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Twin Cities Fastpitch Softball’s Best

Monday, June 19th, 2017

In 1962, AL DEWALL was pitching for St. Paul Whitaker Buick at the age of 22. Photo Courtesy / Jeff Collins

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL – In 1984, men’s fastpitch was still robust and thriving in the Twin Cities, featuring several of Minnesota’s top teams and ‘players to watch’ as featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

  • All-American Bar, St. Paul: pitchers Don Olson, Al DeWall and Bob Moore; shortstop Jerry O’Connor; outfielders Jim O’Neill and Bill Saatzer, and first baseman Jim McDonald.
  • St. Paul Merchants: pitcher Dave Levity, catcher Jeff Shie and outfielders John Urman and Jerry Booth
  • E.K. Lamont’s, St. Paul: pitchers Stan Busman and Tom Rubbelke and outfielders Mark Conway and Tom Wolfe.
  • Lake Elmo State Bank, Lake Elmo: shortstop Dan Eichten and infielder Jerry Smith.
  • Halek’s Bar, Minneapolis: pitcher Dave Bakke, shortstop Mike Peterson, outfielder Howie Schaber.
  • Nirico Construction, Minneapolis: pitcher Dave Meyer.
  • Hard throwing Stu Morrison inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame

    Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
    STUART MORRISON of Cloquet, Minn. pitched his way into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame by winning two state championships, one regional title and winning over 450 games with over 4,500 strikeouts in an 19 year career from 1963 to 1981. Courtesy Photo

    STUART MORRISON of Cloquet, Minn. pitched his way into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame by winning two state championships, one regional title and winning over 450 games with over 4,500 strikeouts in an 19 year career from 1963 to 1981. Courtesy Photo

    CLOQUET, Minn. – Softball backstops measure upwards of 20 feet high and wide. Even at those dimensions, corralling Stuart Morrison’s pitches often proved futile.

    “When I first started pitching in 1963 there wasn’t a backstop in Minnesota that could hold me,” said Morrison with a laugh. “I didn’t know where the ball was going to go.”

    Morrison started playing fastpitch as a sophomore in high school, only because he got cut from his high school baseball team. The Scanlon fire department invited him and several other young players to give fastpitch a try. Morrison did and was hooked.

      A PITCHER IS BORN

    Although a good hitter, Morrison was intrigued by what he saw happening in the circle.

      “There was a good fastpitch league in Cloquet at the time,” he said. “I saw Craig Pollard pitching and I thought, ‘if he can do that, I’m going to give it a try.’”

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