NEW ULM - Three players - one still playing and two former players - and two non-players will be inducted into the New Ulm Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame this Sunday at the Kaiserhoff.
Former players Joey Keckeisen and Tony Hanten and current New Ulm Brewers player Chris Peters along with non-players Ted Marti and Dick Mueller will be honored at the Hall of Fame banquet Sunday.
The social hour begins Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Kaiserhoff, with the banquet beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Keckeisen played for the New Ulm Brewers for nine seasons beginning in 1983 and was primarily a first baseman. Keckeisen played in 199 games and had over 600 at-bats, compiling a batting average of .275. In his final season in 1994, Keckeisen had a .410 batting average.
In 1993, he was one of the hitting leaders for the Brewers as they earned a berth in the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
One of his career highlights came in a 1987 game at Essig where he had two home runs and drove in seven runs. He played for New Ulm High School and New Ulm Legion.
Hanten started playing for New Ulm Kaiserhoff in 1990 and played 11 seasons for the team, helping the team to state tournament trips in 10 of those seasons.
In addition, Hanten hit over .300 in 10 seasons and ended his career with a robust .355 average.
He played in 301 games for Kaiserhoff, had 1,100 at-bats and was near 400 career hits.
Hanten played for NUHS, New Ulm Legion and also played college baseball at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Peters still plays for the New Ulm Brewers and in his 16th season with the team as a catcher and pitcher.
Peters also managed the Brewers from 2001-2004. In his four years as manager, Peters guided his team to state tournament trips in three of the years and compiled a record of 95-32 in that span.
Peters ranks third in career marks for amateur baseball players in New Ulm in at-bats, hits and doubles.
As a pitcher, Peters has more than 40 wins, close to 600 innings pitched and 500 strikeouts.
His lifetime batting average is over .300 with 51 home runs.
In a game at St. James in 2000, Peters had a five-hit game, including three home runs.
Peters also played high school baseball and Legion baseball in New Ulm.
Marti has been the CEO of August Schell Brewery here in New Ulm since 1985 and has been an avid supporter of New Ulm baseball.
Marti has continued a long tradition of support for New Ulm's amateur baseball teams.
The New Ulm Brewers began play in 1939 and Schell's has provided assistance for uniforms and equipment for many decades.
Schell's has also hosted countless meetings and parties related to the New Ulm baseball programs.
Mueller was a member of the New Ulm Baseball Association for many years.
In 1990 he chaired the souvenir stand when New Ulm hosted the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
He later became the overall chairman of the 1993 Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Tournament held here in New Ulm.
Mueller was also the business and program manager for New Ulm Legion baseball for many years.