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  When Excelsior’s Jim Peck and his baseball buddy Fritz Soule from Mound founded the Gopher Classic in the 1970s, it was a rather modest project. The pair recruited 16 local teams to play in the American Legion tournament, which was held in early July at two local ball parks. “We ran it as a [...]

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Twenty-five years ago this month, I was out at Dred Scott Playfield in Bloomington, shooting photos at a Minnesota Sports Federation state women’s softball tournament. That is the day I met Leroy “Oz” Mullerleile.

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Holy Angels got off to a slow start in its summer American Legion baseball season. But HA has regrouped after losing it first three games. The Holy Angels squad has a 4-5 record and won four of its last six games including a 6-4 triumph over the Richfield Reds June 25. Jack Piram provided the [...]

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After a men’s slowpitch softball game at Edina’s Van Valkenburg Park last week, I had the chance to visit with two great friends, Edina sports legends Les Suomela and Art Erdall. When our conversation turned to the 1968 Hornet baseball season, a certain ball was mentioned, and a big smile crossed Erdall’s face. Suomela knew [...]

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