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Looking back to 1938: St Paul Packers Beat Minneapolis Jerseys, 7 to 1, for D-Ball Title

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

SUPERIOR PACKERS win 1938 Twin Cities Diamondball League with a 7 to 1 victory over the Jerseys. Left to right first row: Sonny Wrisky, Al Treichel, Don Fehrman and Shorty Mathes; second row: Gordy Johnson, Leo Tschida, John Vollmer and Earl Braun; third row: Charles Flaherty, Knut Hunt, Charles Kreyer, Bobby Tricker, Dwight Reed and Manager Tom Cunningham. – Tribune Staff photo

As a young fastpitch pitcher back in the early 1960s, I heard of this legendary pitcher from the Twin Cities who many considered the greatest of all-time Minnesota hurlers. Of course, each era has its outstanding pitchers. But from the 1930s into the 1950s, none were any better than JOHNNY VOLLMER.

VOLLMER GIVES ONLY FOUR HITS
Three-year record crowd of
6,000 sees St. Paul ace
win despite injury.

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.
Aug. 17, 1938

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Disposing of their last remaining threat, the Superior Packers won the Twin City diamondball league championship Tuesday night by defeating the Minneapolis Jerseys, 7 to 1, before a capacity crowd of 6,000 which set a three-year record at Minneapolis Parade Stadium.

Despite an ankle injury, JOHNNY VOLMER, the Packers pitching ace, allowed only four hits, DWIGHT REED, former Minnesota football star, hit a home run, triple and double to lead the St. Paul team’s attack.

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A Step Back In Time: Johnny Vollmer in Farewell at Softball Park

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The late, great JOHNNY VOLLMER is considered one of Minnesota’s all-time great fastpitch softball pitchers. He is shown here in 1942 just before he was inducted into the army. Vollmer was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame in 1982. Minneapolis Star Photo / May 4, 1942

By JOHN HARVEY
The Minneapolis Star
May 4, 1942

(I remember as a kid in the early 1960s listening to the ‘old timers’ talking about Minnesota’s great pitchers, and Johnny Vollmer was one of their favorite subjects.)

MINNEAPOLIS – Johnny Vollmer, with his old batterymate, Shorty Mathes behind the plate, says goodbye for a while to Minneapolis softball fans tonight at Parade Stadium when his Fort Snelling soldiers play the Grain Belts (brewery) in the unofficial opening of the 1942 season.

Vollmer, the great snapball artist, was inducted at Snelling along with Mathes, last week.

The game is booked for 8:30 p.m. and will go on despite slightly chilly weather. Pregame ceremonies involving a Fort Snelling Color Guard and bugler will begin at 7:45 p.m.

Opposing Vollmer on the Grain Belt mound is Ed Kronfeld, who last year hurled the Rothschild’s to the National Division championship. Proceeds go to the Fort Snelling athletic fund. ­

Johnny Vollmer returned from his military service and reestablished himself as one of Minnesota’s all-time great fastpitch pitchers (slingshot style) and was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame in 1982, along with his catcher, Shorty Mathes.

A Step Back In Time: Remembering Minneapolis pitcher Paul Moreen

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

PAUL MOREEN was selected the Most Valuable Player of the 1962 Minneapolis Classic Fastpitch Softball League. He pitched Cloggy’s to the title.

MINNEAPOLIS – From the 1950s through 1960s, pitcher Paul Moreen was one of the dominate hurlers in Minneapolis and St. Paul men’s fastpitch.

Pitching for Cloggy’s, Moreen was selected the Most Valuable Player of the 1962 Classic Fastpitch Softball League. Leroy Hardeman, sporting a robust .357 batting average, won the batting title.

Moreen, along with Chuck Hays, Joe Perzel and Wayne Erickson were dominate pitchers in Minnesota during that era, often leading their teams to city, state and regional championships.

    THE 1962 CLASSIC LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM

PITCHERS
Paul Moreen, MVP
Joe Perzel
Wayne Erickson

CATCHER
Lou White
Joe Frisco

INFIELD
John Slopek, first base
Ron Pearson, second base
Leroy Harden, third base, batting champion
Darryl Crossman, shortstop
Laurie Balzer, utility infielder

OUTFIELD
Dick Cullen, centerfield
Dave Spencer, left field
Al Knaus, right field
Ernie Dickson, utility outfielder

MANAGER
Mike Solz