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Richard 'Dick' Imrie Passes Away

Burlington baseball legend Richard 'Dick' Imrie passed away on Saturday September 14, 2019 at Sage Meadow Living Center in Lake Geneva at the age of 76. Dick served as the Southwestern Division commissioner for 25 years. Dick is a 2009 meritorious inductee to the Land O' Lakes Hall of Fame and the 2018 recipient of the Ray Klink President's Award. He is also a member of the Burlington Baseball Hall of Fame and the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Burlington native and Burlington High School graduate was born on October 12, 1942 to Clarence and Helen (nee Gardner) Imrie in Lyons WI, where he spent his early life.

Dick's baseball career started at Burlington High School as a pitcher for fellow HOFer Glenn Braunschweig before serving in the US Navy from 1962-64. After his Navy discharge, Dick enrolled in the Major League Baseball Umpire School in Florida, but ultimately was not selected to continue.

After returning to Burlington, Dick began a 38 year career as a forklift truck driver for Foster-Forbes Glass, retiring in 2004.

Dick coached in the Burlington American Legion baseball program from 1976 - 88 and was highly involved with the Wisconsin State Legion Board of Directors before retiring three years ago. He was a highly-regarded umpire for many years with partners Dennis Busch and Bill Milotz.

Along with Rollie Bauman, Dick was part of the inaugural 2010 induction class to the Burlington Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also a contributing member of the Burlington HOF committee and will be missed.

Dick was a die-hard Cubs and Packers fan who enjoyed spending time with his regular family and baseball family. He will be missed by all.

Dick is survived by three children: Trisha (Chad) Heiligenthal, Kristin Imrie and Laurie Imrie; grandchildren Quinn Imrie, Seth and Keegan Heiligenthal. He is further survived by a sister, Betty Westman and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Jim Westman.

Dick's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Aurora Hospice and the staff and friends at Sage Meadows Living Center for their care and compassion.

Visitation is at the Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home, 625 Browns Lake Dr, Burlington on Tuesday September 24 between 10am and 1245pm. Services will follow at 1pm with graveside services at 2pm at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St, Union Grove.

The family has suggested memorials to the family, in honor of Dick, to be divided between his favorite youth baseball organizations. The Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home (www.danielsfamilyfuneral.com) is in charge of arrangements.


Chet Trebitowski Passes Away

One of the Rome Raiders' biggest supporters, Chet Trebitowski, has passed away days after his 92nd birthday.

Chet is a 2018 inductee to the Land O' Lakes Hall of Fame. Besides a player for Rome, Chet spent many years doing whatever needed to be done for the Raiders.

Arrangements are pending and will be posted once they are available.


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.)


2018 LOL Grand Championship Finals

Game 1 - Sat August 17 - West Bend 7UP 14, Waterford 7
Game 2 - Sun August 18 - West Bend 7UP 13, Waterford 6

West Bend wins the grand championship series 2 games to none.


Land O' Lake Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced

The LOL Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 was inducted on Wednesday June 26. Following are the HOF's newest members.

Mickey Pruefer played 25 seasons for Port Washington, West Bend Benders and Grafton. In the mid-1990s, he won a batting championship and most valuable pitcher in consecutive seasons. He joins his father Don, inducted in 2002.

Steve Perkins played 15 seasons for Rome who also was a batting champion and most-valuable pitcher.

Dan Sykes played 19 seasons for Butler and was part of multiple grand championship teams. In all but two of those seasons, Dan was at least a .300 hitter. He joins father Ray and brother Richard in the HOF.

Gary Paige played nine seasons for Sussex and Merton. A lifetime .329 hitter, Gary went five straight seasons batting a minimum of .343.

Steve Zimmerman played for Lannon and Sussex.

John Rozek is this year's winner of the League Meritorious Award. In addition to his involvement with both youth and adult baseball in West Bend, his financial management skills are in demand.

Erine Audley is this year's recipient of the Ray Klink President's Award for his many years of service to LOL and the Merton franchise.


Interested in Playing LOL Baseball?

The Land O' Lakes Baseball League has been around since 1922 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.

Teams are always looking for new players. There are no age limits, however, players under age 18 require signed parental permission prior to playing in their first game. Also, high school age players are not eligible for LOL play for a particular year until their high school's baseball season is over.

If you are interested in playing LOL baseball, use the email link in the left-hand column to email the webmaster the following information: your name, address, phone number, positions played, etc. The webmaster will put you in contact with teams in your area.


Calendar Events Sought

At the bottom of the home page, a calendar listing of events related to Land O' Lakes baseball will appear. To have your event appear on the calendar, please email the details to the webmaster through the link in the left-hand column.

Please include in the details the name of the event, date, time and location. Include a few details about the event and a contact name and phone number in the event a site visitor has any questions. Thank you.

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