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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

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.


Paul Moreen, MVP
Joe Perzel
Wayne Erickson

Lou White
Joe Frisco

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

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

Mike Solz