Last Updated: October 9, 2017
Ray Sykes Passes Away
Ray was the former manager of Butler, winning five LOL grand championships and nine Eastern Division championships. He was inducted into the LOL Hall of Fame in 2012.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, from 3-6 PM at the Schramka Funeral Home, 13220 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield. Burial with full military honors will be Friday, Oct. 13, 11 AM at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 10700 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee. (Please meet inside Pinelawn gate at 10:45 AM).
Obituary for Raymond Sykes Jr.
("Gabby", "Big Ray", "Rayski", "Ramie"). Ray was born on December 20, 1930 in Ferndale, MI to Raymond and Edith Sykes. Ray passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. Ray is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Murel (nee Tracy), four children, Dick (Jody), Patty (Kevin) Good, Dan (Patty) and AnnMarie (Jeff) Micklitz. He was also the cherished grandfather of Patrick (Carrie), Kerry (Rhonda), Meagan (Greg) George, Lindsay, Molly (Jacob) Campbell, Alec, Sara, Daniel, Kyle, Kelly and Christopher, and great-grandfather of Olivia, Natalie, Will and Ec. In the end, Ray will always be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital for their dedication, hard work and effort.
Ray graduated in 1949 from Lincoln High School in Milwaukee where he was a three sport varsity athlete. Playing football, basketball and tennis, in 1948 he won the Milwaukee Public Schools City tennis tournament in doubles, and set the city single game scoring record for basketball.
Ray was one of the first 19 year olds to be drafted in Wisconsin, proudly served his country in the US Army from 1949 to 1952 during the Korean War. He served in the US Constabulary in Germany, the "Circle C Cowboys".
Ray met his future wife and love of his life, Murel Tracy, in Milwaukee in 1948. After his military service, they married on August 29, 1953. Together they raised four children.
Ray worked for Thiele Weiner and Playtex before settling in long term as a clothing salesman with the Washington Manufacturing Company, where he won numerous awards, including salesman of the year, and became a member of the $500,000 and One Million Dollar Sales Club. Moving from Milwaukee to the Town of Brookfield, Ray spent his time raising his children, coaching youth baseball in the Land O' Lakes Leagues, and playing basketball and softball with friends. He was also involved in the American Legion. Later he became the longtime coach of the Butler Land O' Lakes men's team where he guided them to nine Eastern Division titles and five Grand Championships. He was inducted into the Land O' Lakes Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition, Ray likes to attend sporting events and watch his grandchildren play. He was also a longtime Packer season ticket holder.
The Schramka Funeral Home is serving the family.
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
Semifinals - Sunday August 13
Game 2 - Sunday August 20
Waterford wins series 2 games to none.
2017 Southwest Post-Season Award Winners
Team Most Valuable Players
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.
LOL Code of Conduct
The Land O' Lakes Baseball League requires its players, managers, coaches and spectators to exercise good sportsmanship during and after all LOL events. Please support the players and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racist, sexist or ethnic comments and/or other intimidating actions directed at officials, coaches, team representative or players is not tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition, barring from all LOL events and/or possible police action. The LOL thanks you in advance for your cooperation.
LOL Requires Signed Waivers To Play
The LOL requires all players and managers to sign a waiver of liability release prior to participating in their first game. A copy of the waiver can be downloaded by clicking on handouts in the left-hand column, then clicking on LOL Player Waiver. Division commissioners manage completed waiver forms in their divisions.
BBCOR Certification Required For LOL Bats
LOL teams and players are reminded that the LOL bylaws allow only wood or wood composite bats. Any new composite bat must be BBCOR certitifed for use in an LOL game.
Player Registration, Forms Online
Basic LOL forms are available for download, including player registration cards and liability waiver forms. Please click on the handouts link in the left hand column. A list of downloadable files will come up. Click on the form desired. All forms are in Word format.
Calendar Events Sought
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Interested in Playing LOL Baseball?
The Land O' Lakes Baseball League has been around for 95 years to provide players in local communities in southeastern Wisconsin the chance to play baseball. Eligibility to play on a particular team is based on a player's residence.