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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…Softball’s ‘Old Man River’ Still Rolling

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

“Then I grab the microphone and say, ‘St. Paul is one place I’m never gonna lose a game.’ And in five years they never did beat me.” – Red Anderson

By MURRAY OLDERMAN
Minneapolis Star Staff Writer
July 13, 1951

MINNEAPOLIS – When it comes to softball, Red Anderson’s one guy who can afford to scoff.

“You shoulda seen the way we did it in the good old days.”

He not only did it in the “good old days,” but he’s doing it now. Folks wandering out around Parade Grounds 1 tonight can catch 42-year-old Red still fooling batters as he serves them up for the Sathers against the Teamsters in Park National League Softball.

That’s the same carrot-top whose softball goes back 27 years…when four and five thousand fans used to flock to the Parade Grounds to see him strut his stuff…when the baseball Millers and Ted Williams attracted an estimated 15,000 to the Parade Grounds for a softball duel against Anderson and gang.

Clyde McCullough’s catching for Kansas City then,” recalls Red, “and before the game he comes to me and says, “whatever you do, I want you to be sure and strike out that big basher.’

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