Year Inducted: 2014
Pat Hunt took pride in his hitting whether it was on the baseball or softball diamond.
While he excelled as a hitter, Hunt was even better with his glove and arm in the outfield. He made diving catches and runners rarely attempted to take an extra base on the left-hander.
Hunt, a 1974 Port Huron High graduate, grew up in Port Huron playing baseball. Playing for coach Dick Hillaker, he led the Big Reds to the Eastern Michigan League championship in 1973. As a junior, he compiled a .436 batting average with a .560 on-base average. He led the team in hits (24), runs (12) and RBIs (15). Defensively, he did not commit an error.
Hunt suffered a broken foot during preseason workouts in the gym and played his senior year at about 75% according to coach Hillaker. He was a co-captain and helped the Big Reds with the City Tournament title and reach the Class A district finals.
Hillaker called Hunt “one of the best I ever had the opportunity to coach. A pure line drive contact hitter.”
Following his prep career, Hunt attended St. Clair County Community College and played baseball for veteran coach Dick Groch. His baseball career at SC4 was cut short because of a leg injury.
Hunt played slow-pitch and modified softball for years. He was a member of the Little Caesars modified softball team, which competed in the national tournament for many years. In 1992, the Little Caesars softball team was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame for winning six state championships between 1982 and 1991. He also is in the Hall of Fame as a member of the 1974 Port Huron Diamonds baseball team.
Whether it was playing slow-pitch or modified softball, Hunt had the ability to hit for power, but also spray the ball all over the field.
Hunt, who lives in Port Huron Township, and his wife, Sue, have two sons, Steven and Corey, and three grandchildren. During the winter months, he stays active bowling. He was among the best bowlers in Port Huron for many years.