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Rome Baseball History

Chapter 18

Posted by romeraiders on August 8, 2011 at 11:50 PM

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 Trebitowski ss, Roger Boos 2b, Donnie Barnes of- 1b, Dick Higbie c, Bobby Ley and Chet Trebitowski pitchers, Babe Ley of, Bud Messmer if, Jerry Herdendorf 1b, Frank Merson of, Pat McCarthy inf, Dick Krueger 1b, and Tine Ley cf and player –manager.


Vic Bente had a year of high school to attend yet when Rome won it in 1957. The Sept. 3, 1957 Milwaukee Sentinel said that Rome wrapped up the Championship on the last game of the season with Bobby Ley getting the win and Allen Ley and Dick Krueger getting two hits each.


A late season 1974 Milwaukee Sentinel article stated that winless Rome got its first win of the year over undefeated Genesse by the score of 5-2. I remember Genesse not being too happy about that and we were kind of mystified ourselves.


A 1975 article of the same paper said that Rome was 3-3 and in the middle of the pack after the season’s first six games. Rome would end the 75 season at 8-8 in fourth place in the nine team division, so things were beginning to look up.


Former Rome resident Jay Van Valin would often mention the exploits of his UW Madison roommate Harvey Kuenn who would go on to play successfully in the major leagues leading the AL in batting in 1959 with a .353 average. He’d eventually manage the Miwaukee Brewers to almost being World Series Champions in 1982.


Jay’s son Reed would play on the early Rome team in 1973-4 or thereabouts.


Rome at one time had three general stores. There was a general store that burned down where the Texaco station run by Art Pinnow would eventually be built. From the believe it or not folder about Rome. A 1983 article written by David C. Such , Jefferson County UW-Extension Resource Agent would be entitled “Rome Pond.” He begins his article in this manner. On Oct. 19, 1916, a headline in the Sullivan News stated, “Squirrel hunt at Rome 50 years ago last week.” The account of the 1866 hunt went on to tell of teams of hunters that started into the woods on a Saturday morning. By six that evening, the winning team had shot 3,686 black, red, and fox squirrels (that was not a typo). Two of the more successful hunters claimed 418 and 410 squirrels apiece.


In addition, numerous partridge, ducks, quail, crows, pigeons, woodchucks, and raccoons were taken. End of story.


It sounds like it was not a good day for ground rodents and just about all of God’s animal creations around the Rome Pond Wildlife area on that Saturday in 1866.


Some tell of how an early owner of the now bowling alley establishment used to be a driver for Al Capone in Chicago. I will leave out the name to protect all of us. And as previously mentioned several have stated how mob folks liked to hang out at the old Bark River Resort by the bridge, it’s said that they liked the hunting and fishing around the Rome Pond area.


Apparently the critters had re-populated after that 1866 massacre. Don’t be too critical of those 1866 hunters of yesteryear , some of them may have been your distant relatives. I guess the DNR hadn’t been yet formed.


When Rome lost their Grand Championship home playoff first game in 1949 against Waukesha CYO and big Joe Long in a 1-0 heartbreak, it’s said that they were hoping to break their home record attendance of 500, but the threatening skies that day kept the crowd a bit below that.

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Reply roman19
5:05 PM on August 9, 2011 
Great stuff, I forgot some of the oldtime names from Rome