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Chapter the Last

Posted by romeraiders on May 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Former Rome player and manager Ron Kutz was nice enough to share his memories of a number of different things, from old Rome teams, the town of Rome in general, and miscellaneous musings of facts and personalities around town. You can find a lot of interesting stories told by Ron in this here part of the site, as he grew up a Rome kid.


He, along with others, also took time out of their schedules to research a lot of information. The cherry on top is these two photos that we...

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Chapter 20

Posted by romeraiders on August 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Little Rome, Wisconsin would even have a fictional TV series based on it in the early 90’s called Picket Fences. It ran from 1992-1996 and during the first season or two the one-hour weekly program would open with scenes from around town. Pictures of the Lutheran church , the Feed Mill, the Boy Scout cabin that some of us had built with our dads, and other pictures would flash across the screen as the program would begin.


The intro to the series as stated on the web,...

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Chapter 19

Posted by romeraiders on August 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This n’ That Part 2---- After further information it has been found that Rome started up play again in 1974 and not 1973. 1973 would be the year of planning. 1973 would be Hebron’s last year in the league and Rome would take their place in 1974.


Rome won two games in 74, not one as was previously noted, the first win was against Dousman, and the second win came later in the season against undefeated Genesee.


In 75 Rome would go 8-8 and in 76-7...

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Chapter 18

Posted by romeraiders on August 8, 2011 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (1)

This and that. The names of the players on the 1933 Rome Bark River Valley League Championship Team; First Row: Art “Buck” Schultz, Leslie “Tuff” Ley, Merrill Deesh, Toad Schultz 2nd Row: Thurlow “Bub” Barnes, Herb Rieck, Jim Monogue, Harold Roethel, Warren Higbie, Third Row: Grantley Pagel, Nathan Barnes, Bill Pagel, Jack Higbie, and Bill Westphal.


The names for the 1957 Rome Land O Lakes Championship team were Donnie Boos 3b, Lawrence T...

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Chapter 17

Posted by romeraiders on August 8, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Rome boy makes it into professional baseball.


In 1948 young 18 year old Warren “Sukie” Ley was taken into Milwaukee for a professional tryout by former Rome player Bub Barnes. Bub had played and umpired before Sukie’s era and was familiar with talent. Bub was right, Sukie was signed the same day as a pitcher by the Boston Braves organization.


Donnie Barnes, Bub’s son, remembers the story well. Back then the old triple AAA Milwauke...

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Chapter 16

Posted by romeraiders on July 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM Comments comments (0)

When Rome won it. Rome won baseball championships in 1933, 1939, 1949, and 1957.


Warren Higbie, who would be named to the LOL Hall of Fame, would play on the first three championships. In 33, Warren was 20 and on the 49 team he was 36. Warren’s son Dickie would be 18 and just out of high school on the 57 Championship team. Warren would also manage in later years.


Grantley Pagel and Les Ley would also be on the first three championship teams. The fi...

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Chapter 15

Posted by romeraiders on July 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM Comments comments (0)

In chapter one it was mentioned that Dick Higbie may have hit Ken Brereton's garage. I spoke with Dick a few nights ago on the phone. He's 72 now and he lives in Illinois. Dick said he hit it twice, he said one time he only got a triple out of it because the fielder was playing him on the other side of the road. This of course was before the days of the fence.


Dick also said he also liked playing at Jones Park in Fort as one time he hit one over the road in left field. Dic...

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Chapter 14

Posted by romeraiders on July 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Disagreements and baseball-- Rugby has its scrums and baseball has its rhubarbs. In my six years with the team thankfully we never had the old fashioned rhubarb but we did have a few disagreements.


Baseball and disagreements seem to go hand in hand. One disagreement that I remember and Keith kind of remembers it, took place before we were even an official team to be back in the Lakes again for the 73 season. We were holding a practice on the Rome diamond the summer or fall...

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Chapter 13

Posted by romeraiders on July 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM Comments comments (0)

Udo comes to Rome---When I was in fifth grade in the Rome school a new boy showed up who would be in the sixth grade. His name would be Udo Fuchs and all the boys were glad to have another guy in the group.


Udo was born in Germany and came to the states as a young boy. He, his mom Martina, and his grandmother, Oma, which I think means grandmother in German, would speak fluent German amongst themselves which the rest of us thought was pretty neat. Udo and his mom came from ...

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Chapter 12

Posted by romeraiders on July 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Some teams have real spark plug type players on their roster. I go back to that Rome team from the 60's and remember hearing and watching Roger Boos with Dickie Higbie.


was probably about a foot shorter than Dick and to Roger it was all serious business. Watching him play was a lesson in intensity, wearing the Rome uniform with Rome spelled out in block print was serious business to these guys. They set an example of competitiveness .


Dick was more quiet...

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