Aaron Pointer

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Aaron Pointer
Born: (1942-04-19) April 19, 1942 (age 75)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1963, for the Houston Colt .45's
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1967, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average .208
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 15

Aaron Elton Pointer (born April 19, 1942) is a retired American baseball player. He played in the major leagues for the Houston Colt .45's/Astros in 1963 and again in 1966–67. After his baseball career, he was a National Football League referee. He is also known for being the brother of members of the Pointer Sisters singing group.


Early life[edit]

Aaron Elton Pointer (born April 19, 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is the second of six children of Rev. Elton and Sarah Elizabeth Pointer. He is the younger brother of Fritz Pointer, and older brother of Ruth, Anita, Bonnie, and June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters.[1][2]

Aaron Pointer grew up in West Oakland, California and attended McClymonds High School, where he became student body president. At McCymonds, Pointer was active in sports and he went to the University of San Francisco on a full basketball scholarship. At USF, he met his wife, Leona.[3]

Baseball career[edit]

Pointer signed with the Houston Colt .45's organization (later Houston Astros) in 1961 and played for the Class A Salisbury Braves in North Carolina in the South Atlantic League. During the 1961 season, Pointer had a .402 batting average. As of 2006, he is the last player to bat over .400 in a full season of professional baseball in the U.S.[3][4][5]

Pointer's major league debut was in a 1963 Colt .45's exhibition game. He played one other game in 1963. Pointer played for the Astros in 1966 and 1967. Over three seasons, Pointer had a .208 batting average with two home runs and 15 runs batted in.[1][4]

Pointer was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1968 and he played for the Tacoma Cubs in 1968 and 1969. In 1969, he signed with the Nishitetsu Lions in Fukuoka, Japan and played three seasons there from 1970 to 1972. He also played in Venezuela before retiring.[3][6]

After baseball[edit]

After retiring from baseball, Pointer settled in Tacoma, Washington in 1971 and worked for Pierce County Parks and Recreation, scheduling and supervising athletic activities. He began officiating football games at the recreational level and later at the high school and college level.[3][6][7]

From 1978 to 1987, Pointer officiated for the Pacific-10 Conference, eventually becoming a head linesman. He is also the first African American referee in the Pac-10. In 1987, Pointer joined the National Football League as a head linesman. He retired from the NFL after the 2003 season, but he continues to serve as a game-day observer for the NFL.[3][8]

Pointer retired from Pierce County Parks and Recreation in 2000 after 29 years. He currently serves on the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma board of commissioners, after being appointed to fill a vacancy in 2001. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Tacoma Athletic Commission.[7][9]

In June 2008, Pointer was inducted into the Tacoma Hall of Fame.[10]


  1. ^ a b Aaron Pointer Baseball Stats. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on 2008-06-09.
  2. ^ "JUNE POINTER", The Independent, April 14, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  3. ^ a b c d e Greg Bishop. "Aaron Pointer is a man for all seasons", The Seattle Times, April 16, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  4. ^ a b Jeff Faraudo. "44 YEARS LATER, .400 MARK SAFE, Oakland Tribune, August 30, 2005. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  5. ^ Scott Boeck. "Minor leaguer eyes elusive .400", USA Today, August 25, 2005. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  6. ^ a b Charles Aikens. "Aaron Pointer To Retire From Tacoma Recreation", Oakland Post, November 12, 2000 (via HighBeam)
  7. ^ a b "Pierce County: Metropolitan Park District board picks new commissioner", The News Tribune, April 8, 2001. (Newsbank).
  8. ^ John Boyle. "Upon further review, it's time to move on", The Seattle Times, February 10, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  9. ^ Tacoma Athletic Commission Executive Board. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  10. ^ John McGrath. "Tacoma hall of fame to enshrine Renaissance man, 92[permanent dead link], The News Tribune, June 2, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.

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