By Dave Pedersen
Crow River News
Seven more were inducted into the Hamel Hawks amateur baseball team’s hall of fame Sunday prior to the game against Albertville.
The first group was inducted last year. Some 125 fans and family attended the event.
Floyd Bouley began his baseball career playing with the Hamel Midgets just as soon as he could hold a baseball glove. At the age of 13 he joined the Hamel Hawks and continued playing with them for 35 years.
Bouley also played for the Hamel American Legion, Wayzata American Legion and Wayzata High School. He signed to play professional baseball with the Baltimore Orioles, but was drafted into the US Army. After serving he chose to play for Hamel and not pursue a major league career.
Also playing fastpitch softball in Hamel with Don’s Owl Club and Medina Lanes, Bouley helped build the Hamel baseball field and continued with mowing and weeding.
Russ Bouley began playing shortstop or second base with the Hawks in the 1940’s while he was still in High School. In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and deployed to Korea.
After being wounded in action, Russ was recuperating in Japan when the base captain recognized his talent and invited him to join the Army team. But Russ was eager to get home and returned to the Hawks.
One of his favorite memories involves a long lived rivalry with Loretto pitcher Joe Becker. The two had a standing bet of $5 that Becker couldn’t strike out Russ. According to Russ, Becker never won the bet. Today Russ still lives in Hamel with his wife MaryAnn and enjoys spending time with his children and many grandchildren.
Bill Deziel is deceased. After serving in the Navy, he played with the Hawks for about 20 years. He was a catcher, great hitter and an All-Star.
Dasen Dorweiller, also deceased, was a founder of Hamel Pee Wee baseball along with Paul Fortin. He owned the Hamel State Bank and drove all the players to the ball games to ensure that no one would miss out.
Gerald (Gerry) Dykhoff started playing for the Hamel Hawks 70 years ago in 1946 at the age of 18. He played from 1946 to 1950 and 1955 to 1970. Gerry was involved with the Hamel youth baseball program from 1970 to 1989.
Gerald Fortin grew up in Hamel and played for the Hawks for 20 years as the hard throwing left hander. He owned Fortin Hardware.
Pete Schmidt was born in 1928 in the Hamel/Plymouth area. His father Gordon Schmidt farmed and played baseball for Hamel in the 1920’s.
“In 1946 after High School I joined the Army and spent one year in Japan with the occupation forces and then one year at the University of Minnesota,” recalls Schmidt. “I started my own Formica countertop business in the old Hamel one room school.”
Schmidt, 88, played for Hamel and managed for one season. He said he is happy to see that the young players are once again filling the Hamel baseball uniform with pride.
The Hawks won the game against the Albertville Villains 4-1 Sunday. Pitcher Nate Heisick allowed no runs and four hits in five innings. Joey Gerber pitched two innings in relief.
Matt Blanchard and Blake Luttman both had two hits to pace the offense. Hamel is 7-4 in the league, two games behind St. Michael and St. Francis with eight games to play.
Hamel will host Ramsey in a double header starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17.
A team fundraiser is a night of professional wrestling in the parking lot of Inn Kahoot’s in Hamel, 6:30 p.m. July 30. Minnesota Independent Wrestling will provide the family fun entertainment with tickets costing $10. Information: 763-228-3136.