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2013 American Legion Baseball Season Review

The 88th season of American Legion Baseball in Wisconsin came to an end with the annual All Star Weekend at Miller Park in Milwaukee. This season saw 220 teams and more than 2300 athletes participate in the five classes. In the 42nd Annual All Star Game played August 18th, the South team scored three runs in the sixth and five times in the seventh to defeat the North team 10-6. Dustin Gordon from Onalaska was named the games Most Valuable Player. Gordon was 1-for-1 with a triple and one RBI, and also struck out three in one inning pitched. Cole Nelson from Wausau was named the Chairman’s Award winner. Nelson went 2-for-2 with two RBI in the game. The All Star weekend got underway on August 17th with the third class of inductees into the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. The three gentlemen honored have a combined 151 years of service (and still counting) to American Legion Baseball in Wisconsin. The honorees were: Don Friday – Don was a coach for Stevens Point Legion during the 1960’s, and was the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Public Relations Officer until 1999. Don was the long time sports editor for the Stevens Point Journal, and won numerous awards for his reporting of area sports. Dick Imrie – Dick is known as Mr. Baseball in Burlington. He served in the Navy prior to beginning his baseball career. Dick has umpired and coached American Legion Baseball for over 35 years. He currently serves as Regional Director of Region 7.

Robert Weyenberg – Bob, who served as Department Commander in 1987-88, is a former coach of Appleton Legion in the early 1960’s. He served as league President in the Fox River Valley league and Regional Director in Region 5. Bob also started the Menasha Legion Baseball team in 1970. Five champions were crowned this past season. Ash Port won their first title in Class AAA. Beaver Dam clinched their sixth Class AA championship. Waupun captured their third overall Class A title and first since 1976. Eau Claire won the 17-U title while Beaver Dam claimed the 16-U championship. Four teams represented the Badger

State in National Regional competition. In the Great Lakes National Regional played at Terre Haute, IN, Ash Port lost their first two games. Plover lost their opener to eventual Regional Champion Napoleon, OH, then battled thru the losers bracket before being ousted in the semi-finals. Waupun finished as runner up in the Division II Central Plains Regional held in Pratt, KS. They were edged in the championship game 2-1 by La Crescent, MN 2-1. The highlight of the tournament occurred on August 10th when Waupun’s Nate Hopp threw a perfect game against Iola, KS.

Department Commander Ken Rynes of the Bayard De Hart Post No. 13 in Richland Center throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Brewers vs. Reds game on August 18th at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Legion Baseball All Star game was played following the Brewers loss to Cincinnati. The South defeated the North by a score of 10 to 6.

September 2013 cover  

September 2013 Front/Back Cover

September 2013 cover  

September 2013 Front/Back Cover