Icon Bob Pick Passes Away

Visitation and funeral services for Bob are tentatively set for Monday February 26 at St. James Episcopal Church, 148 S 8th Av, West Bend. The family is still working on the timing for visitation and the service. This story will be updated once formal arrangements are finalized.

Courtesy of Judy Steffes of Washington County Insider

Feb. 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – A piece of West Bend died on Friday night, Feb. 16, as word came out of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee that Bob Pick Jr. passed away. Pick entered the hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The news comes as a shock to many as Pick was a fixture in West Bend, especially at sporting events.

“It will be hard for any male or female athlete that went through the West Bend High School system in the last 40 years, not to have a memory of Bob Pick,” said West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow.

“He made an impact on literally thousands of people, he was a guy who was always in a good mood, a guy who always thought he had a funny joke…. whether they were or not … he was just an icon on every athletic field, gym or court in West Bend and across Wisconsin.”

Pick was part of the fabric of the community. He would approach anyone and engage them in conversation. The icebreaker was normally to ask about your high school and then he’d proceed to give the teams nickname, the mascot and list some high profile athletes from that school.

Former coach and major league player Willie Mueller of West Bend said Bob’s been “a part of the baseball scene and such a helpful person for years.”

“He was a unique kinda guy but he will be truly missed,” said Mueller.

The sporting community wrapped its arms around Bob Pick, many said you “couldn’t help it, he was everywhere.”

“If there was anything going on he was at that game and he’d always bring scorecards or programs back,” said Mueller. “It was truly amazing what he did. If the 7UP team was playing he’d come in after the high school games were done or he’d be walking down and getting a burger or brat and he’d have his Navy hat on.

“You know, sometimes people would get a little frustrated with Bob but his heart was always in the right spot.”

In 2017 Bob Pick was inducted into the West Bend Baseball Association Wall of Fame and recognized for his dedication to meticulous score keeping for over 50 years.

“Good evening friends of baseball. This ride has lasted over half a century and the reason that’s happened is because I’ve lived long enough,” said Pick.

“West Bend is a baseball town,” said Pick. “People have a passion for the sport. I thank the Association for the award and for the friendships that came with it.

Deb Butschlick, athletic director at UW-Washington County, said Bob’s dad started the Robert D. Pick Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award in 1988.  “Once his parents passed Bob always represented the family at our athletic banquets,” said Butschlick. “Bob always greeted the student athletes and talked to them and he was always a big part of that.”

Mitch Knox played for the West Bend Lithia baseball team in 1983. “Bob was one of the friendliest guys you would ever meet; I don’t know that he ever knew a stranger,” said Knox. “He was always on the ball field or the track or cross country.”

Knox said Bob Pick would always come armed with a gift, either a simple scorecard or a t-shirt. “He knew I went to Kentucky and the next thing you know he gives me a shirt from Kentucky for the kids.”

Knox recalled another time, years ago, when he was with Bob Pick at a Foghat concert at the old MECCA in Milwaukee.  “Bob was with us and he ended up knowing the security guard and he got us all in for free,” laughed Knox.

“And he took in his bag of peanuts and his warm skim milk in a bag. I remember we went to a Milwaukee Brewer game too and he knew the security guard there as well,” said Knox.

Funeral arrangements for Bob Pick are pending. He was 76 years old and would have turned 77 next week.

In Memory Of Our League's Founder

The above memorial located at Firemen's Park in Merton is in memory of the founders of the Land O' Lakes Baseball League and Land O' Lakes Old Timers Association, Martin C Weber Sr. and his son, Martin Jr. (photo courtesy of Ellen Sizer, granddaughter of Martin Weber Sr.)

2017 LOL Southwest Playoffs


First Round - Saturday August 12
(3) East Troy 12, (6) Racine 0
(4) Dousman 4, (5) Genesee 0

Semifinals - Sunday August 13
(1) Waterford 8, (4) Dousman 2
(3) East Troy 4, (2) Rome 0

Championship Series
Game 1 - Saturday August 19

Waterford 3, East Troy 0

Game 2 - Sunday August 20
Waterford 16, East Troy 0

Waterford wins series 2 games to none.


2017 Southwest Post-Season Award Winners

Team Awards
Champions - Waterford Rivermen
2nd Place - East Troy Express

Individual Awards
Batting Champion - KJ Banse - Racine Kiwanis
Most Valuable Player - KJ Banse - Racine Kiwanis
Ryan Moritz - Waterford Rivermen
Matt Korman - Waterford Rivermen

Team Most Valuable Players
Burlington - Rex Morrow
Dousman - Gunner Amelunk
East Troy - Dan Douglas
Genesee - Alex Kermendy
Helenville - Casey Palm
Ixonia - Kyle Schmocker
Merton - Chris Price
Racine - K.J. Banse
Rome - Ben Gallo
Waterford - Adam Brechtl

Land O' Lakes Hall of Fame - Class of 2017

Eastern Division - Jeff Ernst. Jeff played for New Berlin for 18 years as an outfielder and was a member of New Berlin's 1977 grand championship team.

Eastern/Southwestern Divisions - Jim Pease. A catcher, Jim played 22 years with Dousman, Palmyra, Genesee, Butler and the Brookfield Blue Sox. He won grand championship with Genesee in 1994 and the Blue Sox in 2005. Jim was the Southwest most valuable player, batting champion and home run champion in 1994.

Northern Division - Darrell Washburn. The current varsity coach at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Darrell pitched for West Bend 7Up for 12 years and managed the team for eight, winning grand championships in 2000 and 2001. He was the Northern Division most valuable pitcher in 2001 and has 105 career LOL pitching wins.

Southwestern Division - Dave Weber. Dave was a pitcher and infielder for North Prairie, though he also spent time with Menomonee Falls, Waukesha and Lannon. He won a batting title and was a most valuable pitcher for the Southwest.

Western Division - Jim (Chip) Semrow. Jim played shortstop for Sussex for 14 years and was a member of Sussex's 1973 grand championship team.

League Meritorious Selection - Tom Plechaty was involved with North Prairie for 27 years. He was a five-time all-star as a catcher and is a three-time Southwest manager of the year. He was North Prairie's general manager from 2003 to 2008.

Ray Klink President's Award - The award is named in honor of the past president of the LOL Old Timers Association. This year's winner, Dick Bloom, is retiring as the board's vice-president after a nearly 40 year career on the board. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983, Bloom was a pitcher for Genesee and also managed the team for 15 seasons.

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