WALT NELSON pitched for outstanding teams in Minnesota from 1961 to 1972, and in Ohio from the early 1950s until 1961 when he moved to Hastings, Minnesota. Courtesy Photo / Steve Nelson
The Sandusky Register / Sandusky, Ohio
July 31 1958
Stroh’s Ace Faces 21 Batters
NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson grabbed the spotlight in the opening night of the Fifth District Amateur Softball Association tournament here Wednesday night at McQuan Park by tossing a glittering no-hitter.
Nelson faced 21 batters as Sandusky Stroh’s Beer handcuffed the defending champion Fremont Schick’s, 5-0, after the Tiffin Spartans downed Lorain United Polish Club, 4-3.
The big right-hander struck out 15 and didn’t issue any bases on balls in hurling his masterpiece, although two runners reached base. Nelson hit one and the other reached base on an error, but both were cut down trying to steal in the second inning by catcher Walt Nicholson.
Second baseman Carl Michels saved Nelson’s no-hitter in the sixth inning with a sparkling play in which he went behind the base to haul in a sharp grounder and threw the man out.
Nelson made sure of the next batters himself by striking out the last four he faced.
Stroh’s scored once in the first and third innings on a passed ball and an error, adding three in the fifth with Dan Majoy and Nelson rapping out back-to-back singles to open the inning.
Stroh’s collected six singles off the servings of Curt Bowser and reliever Jack Kaiser, with Nelson getting two of them.
Stroh’s Hurler Walt Nelson Selected Most Valuable Player
The Sandusky Register
Wed. Oct. 28, 1959
NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Norwalk Softball League Tuesday night at the Norwalk Softball Association’s annual banquet.
The Sandusky Stroh’s Beer pitcher received 137 votes, the highest ever polled. Gordon Schaechterle of Brooker Brothers, placed second with 109.
Stroh’s Hurt Erie Lumber’s Title Plans
The Sandusky Register
Wed. Aug. 14, 1957
Walt Nelson a one-man gang
SANDUSKY, Ohio – Walt Nelson was the fly in the ointment for Erie County Lumber in Sandusky Softball League action Tuesday night at Battery Park as Stroh’s Beer copped a 6-3 decision.
NELSON HURLED a four-hitter at the Lumbermen and drove in three runs with a double and single as Stroh’s dashed the Lumbermen’s hopes of a SSL title.
The loss dropped Erie one game back of the Rockets and only one more game to go with the Rockets and Erie Lumber squaring off Sunday night a 7 o’clock.
Stroh’s jumped on losing pitcher Dan Renz for two runs in the second inning. Don Stellrecht led off with a single and scored on Nelson’s double; Nelson later scored on an infield out.
Stroh’s added four more in the third frame with Stellrecht and Nelson each driving in a pair of markers with singles.
ERIE LUMBER narrowed the margin in the fourth as Bob Peters whacked out a round-tripper after Paul Nemitz had walked.
Erie threatened in the sixth inning by loading the bases before Nelson retired the last man on a strikeout.
Nelson struck out six for the third-place teams, while Renz gave up five hits and struck out three.