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    Address 519 Main St
    Lake Norden, SD  57248
    Telephone 605/785-3553
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    70th anniversary of Faulkton's 1936 State Champion baseball team -- 2006-03-06

    2006 marks the 70th anniversary of Faulkton's 1936 State Champion baseball team...a standout team in an era of great town league baseball. My grandfather, Victor Bauhs, was the first baseman on this team. He played for Faulkton for many many years, and was inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame in 1960. Victor played along side a number of other very good players including fellow 1960 Hall of Fame inductee, Claude Oaks; catcher, Marvin Lloyd; 2nd baseman, Walter Thiede; shortstop, Rolland Simmons; 3rd baseman, Lloyd Grogan; left fielder, Donald Bentson; center fielder, Lowell Kellett; and right fielder, Ellsworth "Pinkie" Billings. Sam Evans was the long-time manager... My grandfather was a quiet man but enjoyed telling stories of those years. And he still had a hell of an arm as a 70 and 80 year old man, playing catch with me in the back yard. When he died in 1988, I came in to possession of his scrapbook. It contains many photos as well as clippings, especially from that 1936 championship season. I also have a baseball autographed by the entire team. The articles tell quite a story of a team that captured the state title after a number of failed attempts. The 1936 state championship carried Faulkton to a national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, where they faced teams from Birmingham, Alabama, and New York City. I am working to compile a brief history of the 1936 Champions and would be glad to hear from any one regarding their memories of this team, its players as well as memories of this glory era for town league baseball...

    Jim Rusch

    Charles L. "Deacon" Phillippe -- 2005-07-16


    Is there any mention of "Deacon" Phillippe in the SD Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame? He supposedly lived at Athol, SD and played for Ashton and Redfield in the 1890s. He later became a star pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the turn of the century.

    I am interested in any information particularly regarding his life in SD.

    Thanks, Steve O.

    Steve Olsen

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