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Gary Grob

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Peik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harley Oyloe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Koplitz

 

 

 

 

Larry Klunder

 

 

 

 

Terry Helget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Grob--- Caledonia

Gary Grob

Gary Grob’s baseball career extends from 1949-2002 as a batboy, player, manager, coach, volunteer, field maintenance, and mentor to youth. Gary played school ball for La Cross Central High School and Winona State.  He played amateur ball for La Crescent, Winona, Caledonia, Rushford and Rollingstone. He also played service ball while serving in the Marine Corps in 1956 & 1957.  Gary coached and directed the Caledonia Park and Recreation program from 1958-1964 Gary started the Pee Wee, T Ball and Little League. Gary coached baseball at Winona State from 1967-1974 and 1976-2002.  His 1020 wins are the most ever for a head college baseball coach in Minnesota. Gary has served over 55 years as a MSHSL official.  He has been a member of Kiwanis International for 38 years serving as secretary for 33 years.

 

 

   
   

----Charlie Peik- Gaylord

Charles Peik

Charlie Peik played high school baseball for Brownton from 1960-1963 and college ball for Mankato State.  He played amateur ball for the Brownton Bruins and the Gaylord Islanders.  Charlie has played, coached, and supported baseball in a variety of ways for the past 45 years.  He coached high school baseball for Gaylord and Sibley East.  He also coached the Gaylord Legion and the Gaylord Islanders town team.  Charlie was also in charge of the summer recreation program for children ages 9-15.  He was co-chairman of the 2009 MBA State Tournament hosted by Gaylord and Arlington.  He is currently vice-president of the Gaylord Baseball Association.  In addition Charlie has spent countless hours working on the field, in the concession stand, running the scoreboard, and setting up hitting cages.  He has built picnic tables, bat stools and decks for Walsh Field.

 

 
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--Harley Oyloe-- Fergus Falls

 Harley Oyloe

Harley played Legion baseball and graduated from Moorhead High School in 1938.  When his family moved to Fergus Falls, he pitched for the Fergus Falls Red Sox town team. In 1940 he signed a professional baseball contract as a pitcher for the St. Paul Saints.  He played for the Grand Forks Chiefs. His prime years as a pitcher may have been when he was in the Army during WWII. He played for his base team in California. They faced many major league players: Moose Skowron, Red Ruffing, Hank Bauer and Joe DiMaggio. After the war he returned to Fergus Falls. In 1950 he helped Fergus win the State Championship by pitching a 3-0 shutout.  Harley was on the Fergus Park and Recreation Board for twelve years.  He was on the committee to build the Legion Park in Fergus. He coached the Legion teams in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s and to a state title in 1960

 

 

Tom Koplitz- CAMBRIDGE

Tom Koplitz

Tom has played in every level of amateur baseball from tee ball through town ball.  He played high school baseball at Bloomington Lincoln from 1968-1970 and American Legion for the Bloomington Blues.  Tom played college baseball at Augsburg where he broke up Dave Windfield’s perfect game with a single in the last inning of a game against the Gophers in 1973.  Tom has coached and managed at every level in Cambridge from tee ball through town ball and currently manages the Rum River Bandits.  Tom started the Special Olympics program at Cambridge State Hospital and Cambridge public schools in 1976.  He was named Minnesota Special Olympics Coach of the Year in 1986.  His glove for Troops Drive sent used baseball gloves to the 850th Horizontal Engineer Company in Afghanistan

 
   

--Larry Klunder-- Arlington

Larry Klunder

Larry Klunder has contributed his energy and love of amateur baseball for over fifty years.  His contributions have varied from championship player to field maintenance.  Larry played high schoold baseball in Clarksville, Iowa and college baseball with the Upper Iowa University Peacocks.  He played amateur baseball for the Arlington A’s from 1962-1969.  Larry was a physical education teacher and athletic director at Arlington-Green-Isle High School. He was the varsity baseball coach from 1964-1979.  He started summer recreation programs in Arlington.  Larry has helped to maintain the Arlington A’s baseball field.  Following his retirement from teaching he umpired high school baseball.  Most recently he was a volunteer host to the teams in state amateur tournaments in Jordan and Belle Plaine.

 

 
   

--Terry Helget- Essig

Terry Helget

Terry played high school baseball for New Ulm Cathedral from 1984-1987 and during these years played VFW and Legion baseball in New Ulm in addition to Bi-County baseball at Essig.  He played four years of college baseball at the University of St. Thomas from 1988-1991.  Terry played his entire amateur career for the Essig Bluejays from 1988-2015 playing in 800 games over those 28 seasons and appearing in 18 State Amateur Tournaments as a player (14 times as a draftee) earning All-Tournament Team honors three times. Terry was very involved in the Essig youth and amateur programs as a player, coach, board member, and volunteer.  He was instrumental in many projects: new grandstand, fencing, scoreboard, new dugouts, new youth field, sprinkler systems, field resurfacing and new lights.  He has officiated high school and college basketball and has also umpired high school, amateur and college baseball.  He umpired the NCAA Division III World Series in 2012 and the NCAA Division II World Series in 2016.  He has been the Tomahawk East League Secretary-Treasurer since 2001 and is also active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church as a council member and lector. Terry also volunteers as a youth baseball and basketball coach and has served as a summer camp counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
 
     
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