NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies on the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 27, at Kiana Lodge in Suquamish. Social hour begins at noon with the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available by reservation at kitsapathleticroundtable.org. Biographies were written by members of the HOF Committee.
Mike Dotson started his athletic career playing football, basketball, and baseball for West Bremerton peewees.
He focused on basketball at both East High where he played for Les Eathorne, and Olympic College, where he was coached by Larry Sampson.
Upon leaving his college days, Mike’s greatest personal success was achieved on the slowpitch diamond where he cemented himself as one of the greatest power hitters to ever come out of Kitsap County. He played 19 years of slowpitch for some of the best teams in the state and region (Lucky Lager, Scottys, & Charlie B’s).
Mike hit over 2000 home runs in his career, earning himself the nickname “Sultan of Swat” and/or “Swatto Dotto.” He was named to All-Tournament teams countless times, All-State multiple times, and tournament MVP at least a dozen times.
As Mike’s reputation grew, he was intentionally walked more than he was allowed to hit. Most of these accomplishments were achieved hitting a 14-inch softball and using wooden or steel bats. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit with today’s batting technology.
A retired teacher, Mike also coached football, basketball, and baseball at Ridgetop Junior High for 15 years. His expertise helped his teams win multiple league championships for the school.