Raabe inducted into HOF at Minnesota
NEW ULM — Former New Ulmite Brian Raabe, who played baseball for the University of Minnesota from 1987-1990, has been elected to the University of Minnesota Hall of Fame.
He will be officially installed on Friday, September 10.
Raabe was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and a First Team All-American during his playing career at Minnesota.
Now the head baseball coach at Bethel University, Raabe said Thursday that he found out about his selection two weeks ago.
“I got a phone call from the Athletic Director and one of the associates there and they told me I was elected,” Raabe said. The 1986 graduate of New Ulm High School said that it is a tremendous honor.
“Probably of all of the honors that I have been given so in baseball and I have gotten quite a few, that this is the biggest one for me. I loved it there.
“Obviously with my son (Zack) being able to play there and having the success that he had there. The University of Minnesota has always been a place that is near and dear to my heart.”
Zack Raabe was drafted in the eighth round of this years’ Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Raabe said that some of his fondest memories with the Gophers was winning the Big Ten Championship in 1988.
“We also went to a couple of regionals when I was there,” he said. “And the camaraderie that you have with your teammates and the friends that you develop, just being able to play baseball at a very high level.”
Raabe said that he had always wanted to play for the Gophers.
“That was a dream of mine. I really did not have another school that I was looking at. To be able to play there was huge.”
Raabe said that September 10 will be a very special day for him.
“It will be a way to put an exclamation point on my career there. I am not just going in for baseball I am going in with players from other sports.”