NEW ULM-Three veteran players and a former baseball association board member and president were inducted in the New Ulm Baseball Association Hall of Fame's (HOF) 25th anniversary class at the Johnson Park 75th Anniversary Banquet at Turner Hall Saturday.
Corey Schaefer, Brady Ranweiler, Brad Weber and the late Frank Stuckey were added to the HOF. Stuckey's son Randall accepted the award for Frank Stuckey. All three players thanked their families for their support.
"I had a lot of good coaches. Coach Jim Senske really got me ready for college baseball. I hope I can help as many players as the coaches who helped me," Ranweiler said after accepting the award. He hit .493, hit 20 homeruns and had 61 RBIs for the 1999 New Ulm Brewers and hit .500 in 2007.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
New Ulm Baseball Association 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees, from left, Brad Weber, Brady Ranweiler, Corey Schaefer and the late Frank Stuckey, accepted by his son Randall Stuckey Saturday at the Johnson Park 75th Anniversary Banquet and 2014 Amateur Hall of Fame Induction at Turner Hall.
Schaefer, who played on five Brewers state tournament teams, thanked his wife for taking care of the kids while he played baseball.
Weber, who hit .446 for the 2001 Brewers, told players, coaches and fans to appreciate the baseball opportunities here and continue the tradition.
Stuckey said he had a nice talk with his late father about the award while he was alive. "He was full of gratitude, he said he felt very humbled and lucky to have worked with the people he did," Randall Stuckey said.
Much of the evening featured a Powerpoint presentation on two screens depicting the historical highlights via video footage and photos of Johnson Park and the players, coaches and other supporters that were part of it. The ball park has had more than 5,000 games involving than 4,000 players since it hosted its first game on Sunday, May 7, 1939.
The ballpark was named after Fred W. Johnson who moved to New Ulm from St. Peter to edit the Review newspaper. Joe Harman and Harry Brand were also honored when the new $14,000 ball park was dedicated.
New Ulm native and former Minnesota Twins player Brian Raabe was among those featured on the video screens. "It's been quite a ride playing baseball in New Ulm," Raabe said. Another video featured a major television network broadcast of New Ulm native Jaime Hoffmann hitting a home run in Dodger Stadium.
"This is probably the most significant event I've ever emceed and I've done a few. Thanks for coming, it's a great night for New Ulm baseball," said KNUJ Radio General Manager Jim Bartels.
Event Chairman Robert Skillings thanked the Johnson Park 75th Anniversary Planning Committee initiated by NUBA plus historical advisors Carl Wyczawski, Jim Aufderheide and Elroy Ubl for all their work.