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A Step Back In Time: St. Paul Stroh’s Gatsby’s Tournament features life in the fast land

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

BOB MOORE, left, and TOM RUBBELKE of the 1987 St. Paul Stroh’s Gatsby’s team as they prepare for the Stroh’s Gatsby’s Invitational, organized by manager Jim Rubbelke. Several of the nation’s top-ten ranked teams participated including Penn Corp, Sioux City, Iowa; Farm Tavern, Madison, Wisc.; Teleconnect, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and All-Car, Antigo, Wisc.

By Perry Coonce / Minnesota Sports Federation State Commissioner
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Aug. 2, 1987

ST. PAUL, Minn. – World class fastpitch talent will be on display today at St. Paul’s Dunning Complex for the Stroh’s Gatsby’s Invitational.

The quantity of men’s fastpitch teams in Minnesota has diminished in recent years, but the quality hasn’t, according to tournament organizer Jim Rubbelke.

“We have some of the finest players in the world in Minnesota and are only hurt by the lack of pitchers, and the fact that very few are being developed,” said Rubbelke.

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Twin Cities fastpitch scene could use more Buzz Connors

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

…One girl told me, ‘if he plays slowpitch, I’m going to leave him.’” –George Connor

By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

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ST. PAUL, MINN – A dead arm was the best thing that ever happened to George “Buzz” Connor’s ball playing career.

Back in 1969, the then 36-year-old Connor’s baseball pitching arm went dead. He had nothing left overhand. The solution? Start whipping the ball underhand.

“My arm just went dead pitching baseball,” said Connor. “My catcher Hap Holmgren said, ‘you’re going to start throwing softball.’”

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