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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.)


Dick Bloom Passes Away

Richard James 'Dick' Bloom of Genesee passed away on November 13 at the age of 82. Dick is a member of the LOL Hall of Fame and was most recently vice-president of the LOL Old-Timers Association.

Visitation with family will take place on Sunday November 25 between 2PM and 4PM at Thelen Funeral Services, W309 S 4840 Commercial Drive in Genesee (near the intersection of Highways 59 and 83). Private services will be held at a later date. 

Dick was born on August 22, 1936 to Arthur and Leda Bloom on the family farm in Genesee Village and was a lifelong resident of the town of Genesee, graduating from Waukesha High School and Carroll University. He loved sports and participated in many sports in his life, with his first love being baseball. Dick would ride his bicycle to games until he was old enough to join the Genesee LOL team. He played 23 seasons for Genesee, being named to numerous all-star teams and was thrilled to have played at County Stadium in a state tournament. He also managed numerous Genesee youth and adult baseball teams.

Dick remained life-long friends with many teammates and opponents. Most of his summer weekends were family outings to baseball or softball tournaments with children in tow. He was a devoted fan of the Wisconsin Badgers, being in attendance at the 1994 Rose Bowl.

Dick worked at Amron Corp. in Waukesha, retiring in 1997. He was always ready for a game of euchre, cribbage or sheepshead. During retirement, he enjoyed his family, home and many friends; with his sense of humor endearing him to many.

Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years Marleene (nee Brimmer), children Patricia (Jeff) Hellman and Douglas Bloom, four grandchildren: Vince (Stephanie) Hellman, Dave (Paige) Hellman, Kathleen Bloom (special friend Christian) and Michael Bloom, many nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings - brothers Lyman and Arthur and sisters Dorothy Kluessendorf, Lois Yatzeck and Catherine Ingle.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the workers at Pro Health Home and Hospice Care for the care given to Dick during his last days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated for the First Congregational Church of Genesee or to the family for distribution per Dick's wishes.


Jim Peterson Passes Away

James Dennis (Jim) Peterson of Saukville passed away on November 7 at the age of 81.

Jim was basically the historian of Land O' Lakes, taking a keen interest in preserving the history of the Land O' Lakes League. He was also involved with the Saukville Saints as well as serving as the Northern Division commissioner and head statistician.

A memorial service for Jim took place on Friday November 16 at Parkside Community United Church of Christ, 166 W Dekora St (Hwy. 33) in Saukville, next to Grady Park. Final burial services were private.

Memorials (in lieu of flowers) to Parkside Community United Church of Christ or a charity of your choice are appreciated by the family.

Jim was born on December 17, 1936 in Milwaukee to Palmer and Clara Peterson. He was one of three triplets (brother John and sister June). After graduating from Port Washington High School, Jim enlisted in the US Air Force where he worked as a cook for four years. After returning to Saukville, Jim was employed at Freeman Chemical along with taking care of John, who was wheel chair bound.

In addition to LOL history, Jim and John recorded the history of Saukville through pictures and artifacts, publishing a book titled Saukville: A Photo History. Additional publications highlighted the United Church of Christ (UCC) in Wisconsin, ministers and the stained glass windows of St. Peter's UCC (now known as Parkside Community UCC). Jim's works are available for viewing at the Oscar Grady Public Library in Saukville.

Jim was a life-time member of Parkside Community UCC and involved in many activities, including the annual rummage sale and building maintenance.

Jim is survived by sisters Eileen Schroeder and Diane (Patrick) McNulty and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings John, June, Marion, Donald and Richard. The family extends a special thank you to Bill Ballbach for his around-the-clock attention to Jim and to Milan Estates for their excellent care during Jim's residency.

The Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is in charge of arrangements. Online condolances can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.


LOL Grand Championship Playoffs

First Round - August 10-11
(4) Genesee 12, (5) Dousman 0
(6) Racine 7, (3) Waterford 6

Second Round - August 12
(1) Burlington 12, (6) Racine 3
(4) Genesee 15, (2) Rome 1

Grand Championship Finals (best-of-three)
Game 1 - August 18 - Burlington 18, Genesee 7
Game 2 - August 19 - Burlington 5, Genesee 1

Burlington wins championship series 2 games to none.


LOL Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Seven worthy individuals were inducted into the Land O' Lakes Hall of Fame roster at the 60th annual induction banquet on Wednesday June 27.

Winning induction are Bryan Bastar (Cedarburg), Robert Buss (Farmington), Ron Kozlowski (Lannon), Pat Moran (North Lake) and Jeff Mierow (Brookfield). Receiving the meritorious induction honor will be Chet Trebitowski (Rome). The 2018 winner of the Ray Klink President's Award is past Southwest commissioner Dick Imrie (Burlington).

New or renewal memberships to the LOL Old Timers Association cost $. Checks (payable to LOL Old Timers Association) can be sent to Bob Groth, PO Box 125, Pewaukee WI 53072.


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.


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.


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

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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