Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame announces Glenn Carlson Award winners

Randy Rothstein — Roscoe

Randy ‘Runts’ Rothstein was born in 1962 and was raised on a farm between Richmond and Roscoe. Randy played little league and some legion baseball in Richmond and played baseball through his freshman year at Rocori High School. During high school, he chose to milk cows with his father.

Shortly after high school, Randy was asked to sing the national anthem for a Richmond Royals game.  From there, Randy would do public address announcing for the Royals from 1982-1987 while also singing the anthem and seventh inning stretch. In 1988, after watching his peers play baseball, Randy got the urge to play again and joined the Roscoe Rangers. He actually hit a home run in his very first at bat against Lake Henry and hit three home runs in a game against Richmond. In his 18 years at Roscoe, Randy was secretary-treasurer and concession stand coordinator for 16 of those years and served as player-manager from 1997-1999. After he retired from playing in 2005, he umpired for four years with the Central Minnesota Umpires Association and has been asked to sing the national anthem at multiple region and state tournament games. He even had a bobblehead made in his honor by the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League.

In 1992, Randy was approached to be the new voice for the Dick Putz Show on KASM radio, reporting area scores and highlights on Sunday nights from April through August.  He is now in his 31st year on the air. In 1993, Randy started doing play-by-play baseball for KASM and has done over 1,000 high school and amateur games.

Randy left farming in 1998, taking a full-time job as a sales representative and sports broadcaster at KASM where he is currently station manager, sales executive and play-by-play announcer. In addition to amateur baseball, Randy has covered over 900 Albany high school football, volleyball, basketball and softball games. In 2017, Randy began a game of the week series, doing play-by-play at amateur baseball parks across central Minnesota for ten weeks each summer.

Away from baseball, Randy is a director of Stearns Electric Association, secretary of the St. Joseph’s Society, past president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and is president of the Mother of Mercy Foundation in Albany.

Randy married Mary Weber in 1991, is the father of Trent (Malia) Rothstein and Jill (Nick) Konz, and grandfather of two.  

As Randy always leaves his listeners, “This is Randy Rothstein, have a good night everyone.”

Tom Melchior — Belle Plaine

Tom Melchior was born in Belle Plaine, Minnesota in 1936. His family moved to Gaylord, and then to Garden City where Tom played youth baseball and his first two years of high school ball.  In 1952, the family returned to Belle Plaine for Tom’s junior and senior years. During the summer of his junior year, Tom began his amateur career as a shortstop for the Carver Black Sox.  

After graduating, he joined the Belle Plaine Tigers for three seasons. In 1954, Tom enrolled at St. John’s University, where he was a four-year starter as an outfielder, and co-captain as a senior. After his junior year in 1957, he was hired as the Benson Braves player-manager for one season.

After graduating college in 1958, Tom played one year for the Le Sueur Giants. He then taught in New Prague in 1959 and played for the New Prague Robins. He spent 1960 in Puerto Rico, teaching and coaching at Colegio San Antonio Abad before returning in 1961 to teach in Montgomery. He played for and managed the Montgomery Redbirds for two seasons. In 1962, Tom began a 31-year teaching career at Burnsville High School, including a decade as the baseball coach. He was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 1971 and retired in 1993.  Shortly thereafter, he became one of the first inductees into the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame.

After accepting the post in Burnsville, Tom and his wife, Sue, settled in rural Shakopee, where they raised their three children, Paul, Marty and Meg. Tom finished his playing career with the Shakopee Indians in 1967, and by the mid-1970s, he retired from high school coaching. Tom then coached a Shakopee Babe Ruth team from 1976-1981.

When Tom retired from teaching, he began a second career as an author and regional historian.  In 1997, he published “They Called Me Teacher,” which recounts the history and stories of Minnesota’s one-room schoolhouse teachers. The book won the 1997-98 Merit Award from the Minnesota Independent Publishers Association. This was followed by a memoir, “From Both Sides of the Desk” and “Never Forgotten,” which chronicles stories of World War II veterans.

By the late 1990s, Tom’s focus was back to his first love, baseball. Over the next decade, Tom researched and interviewed dozens of former amateur baseball players from the region. The result was “Belle Plaine Baseball: 1884 – 1960,” and later, “Scott County Baseball.” These books detail the rich history of townball in Scott County. Both titles sold out their first printing and have been widely used by other researchers, writers, and fans of Minnesota’s amateur game. Tom’s endeavors, on and off the field, have positively influenced the lives of thousands of Minnesotans including his family and friends, his students, and generations of baseball players, coaches and fans.

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