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Thanking Roger Nelson for a fastpitch career

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

WANAMINGO, MN – Yesterday, I found an old friend that I lost touch with 45 years ago. Roger Nelson. Every week I visit the website of my hometown newspaper the News Record, searching for the latest news in Wanamingo, Minn. Sadly, that’s where I found Roger.

Roger was my first fastpitch softball manager. He launched me on my way to a 34–year pitching career. Roger took a chance on me when I was 15 years old. He started a team of high school kids with a few older guys mixed in. That very first year in 1965 we were awful. My pitching was awful.

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Remembering my idol, Walt “Nellie” Nelson

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010


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HAMPTON, MN– I stood in the right-side batters box nervous and intimidated. I didn’t dare blink and my knees trembled just a bit. For 46-feet away stood Walt “Nellie” Nelson poised like a growling Grizzly. And he couldn’t wait to dispatch the skinny, 17-year-old back to the bench where his butt belonged.

It was June of 1967. I had just graduated from Wanamingo High School. And I got the call.

“Bobby, R&R Bar in Hampton needs a pitcher, I told them about you,” said Roger Nelson, my very first fastpitch manager (no relation to Walt Nelson). “You wanna’ pitch for them?”

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