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Duane Gaulke- Jordan

Duane was born in Chamberlain SD and grew up on the family farm where he learned to love baseball.  He played junior league and American Legion ball.  He enlisted in the Army in 1958 and while a Fort Lewis Washington he played with the Post team.  When he returned to SD he played in Plankinto, White Lake, and Gann Valley SD.  In 1967 he moved to Minnesota and started playing for the Savage Pacers; he then moved to Jordan and played for the Jordan Brewers and also managed the team all the while he helped with T Ball and Little League. In 1979 he still hungered to play competitive baseball.  He organized the Minnesota Senior Men’s Baseball Association which is now in its 32nd year of operation under his direction. He has managed and played for the Jordan Alers for the past 32 years during which time he has also been involved in helping to improve baseball fields with lighting systems, scoreboards, dugouts, and helped with field maintenance.


Duane Gaulke



Terry Geiser- New York Mills

As a kid playing ball was a part of Terry’s everyday life; he played baseball whenever he could between his farm chores.  Terry played baseball and graduated from Wadena High School. At the same time he played amateur baseball for the Bluffton Braves.  He is currently in his 39th season as a Brave; the last 15 years as the manager.  His passion for baseball is shown in the ball park that he helped to get for Bluffton with a grass infield and in his care of the field; he waters and lines the field before games; he helps with fundraising and was the leader in getting a new grand stand built and also a new concession stand.  Terry has volunteered to help coach Little League, Babe Ruth, Legion and High School. Terry is an active member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church and a volunteer leader of the Heinola Hustlers 4-H Club.

Terry Geiser

Don Goracke- Morris - Chokio

Don has been involved with baseball for more than six decades as a player, coach, manager, teacher, and mentor to baseball players in the Morris community.  He has been a part of T Ball, Little League, Babe Ruth, VFW, Legion, High School, college baseball programs and organizations, and baseball camps.  Don played amateur baseball from the late 1940’s through the late 1970’s.  He has also played with the Morris Legends senior men’s baseball team. In the community Don is a member of the Lions Club- he received their highest award for service. He has served on the Morris Park Board, sports boosters and community education board that oversees baseball facilities.  He is an active member of the Assumption Catholic Church where he serves on various committees and boards.


Don Goracke

John Hanowski- Little Falls- Flensburg

John is a 1976 graduate of Little Falls High School ; he played football and baseball and played in both the Shriners All State football game and the Lions All State baseball game.  John attended St. John’s University where he played on the 1976 National Championship football team; he earned three varsity baseball letters.  John played amateur baseball for the Flensburg Falcons of the Victory League; he also managed the Falcons to numerous state tournament appearances.  John has been tireless in his development of youth baseball.  He helped to start the Junior Victory League, and the Little Falls Baseball travel teams.  John is both the Flyers High School baseball coach and the VFW coach.  In addition to coaching John has spent countless hours working on the fields where he has helped build batting cages, cut sod, mended fences, mowed grass, fixed backstops, and leveled.  John is an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.


John Hanowski

Ken Kuck- New Ulm- Searls

Ken played high school baseball for Holy Trinity High School now New Ulm Cathedral and the New Ulm Legion teams; he developed those skills as a young boy on the farm throwing balls off the buildings. He was an outstanding catcher for and later managed the Searls amateur baseball team; he also coached the Searles little league team.  When his playing and managing days were over, Ken took up umpiring.  He umpired amateur and high school baseball for more than twenty years. He was very active in the Searls Baseball Association as a member of the board of directors and president. He has been a member of the fund raising group to enhance the ballpark with the purchase and installation of lights for the ballpark.  Besides his board duties Ken ran many of the fund raisers and helped with field maintenance.  He is a current trustee of St. John’s Catholic Church and a past member of the New Ulm Catholic School board.
Ken Kuck

Wendell Stuewe- Hamburg

Wendell graduated from Central High School, Norwood-Young America in 1960. Wendell played amateur baseball for the Hamburg Hawks from 1958-1971.  He served as treasurer for the team from 1973-2010.  For the State Amateur tournaments hosted by Hamburg in 1983,1988,1998 and 2007, he was the facility supervisor.  Wendell has spent untold hours and set high standards for the baseball field.  He guided the team through many major projects.  He designed and facilitated the building of the new grandstand which was completed in 1995.  If fact he did a lot of work on the grandstand himself.  In 1982 Wendell re-started the Hamburg Little League Baseball program; he has coached Little League, Babe Ruth and Legion teams. Wendell has been a member of the Hamburg Fire Department, the Hamburg Commercial Club, and the Central High School Booster Club.


Wendell Stuewe