Who would have ever guessed a young boy growing up in Olympia, Washington and whose passion was to become a professional baseball player, and then to have his dream come true - would voluntarily leave a major league baseball career, but that is exactly the road Darcy Fast has taken.
Darcy excelled in football, basketball and baseball - while a student at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington. He was selected as a High School All-American basketball player by Del Sports Magazine and was drafted by the New York Yankees as a first baseman in the 7th round of the Major League Draft in 1965. Instead of signing his name to a baseball contract after graduation he signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for the Washington State University Cougars under legendary coach BoBo Brayton, but later enrolled at Warner Pacific College where he graduated in 1969.
Darcy's love of sports continued in college and in playing semi-pro baseball. In his second year at Warner Pacific he was drafted as pitcher in the 6th round by the Chicago Cubs and signed a professional contract in 1967. In his first season he was selected to the Pioneer League all-star team, led the league in strike-outs, and was promoted to Triple-AAA Tacoma where he broke Hall of Famer Juan Marichal's Pacific Coast League strike out record in his first appearance.
Darcy's reputation as one of the top pitching prospects in the Cub's organization and his fast rise to the Major Leagues continued when he was called up by the Chicago Cubs in 1968 with less than one year of professional experience.
Faced with the Viet Nam War and a military commitment in 1969, Darcy remained in college and pitched part-time for the Tacoma Cubs, helping them to win the Pacific Coast League Championship It was the year of the great collapse - the Cubs lost a mid-August 9 1/2 game lead to the Miracle Mets and Darcy received orders midway through the season to report for basic training with the Army National Guard. He was later tagged with the label - "The Missing Cub" because he was not available to pitch.
The following year he continued playing with the Cubs and finished his career with the San Diego Padres in 1972.