Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame to induct five new members

Myron Bennett — Hadley

Myron Bennett

Myron Bennett manages the Hadley Buttermakers of the Class C Gopher League in southwest Minnesota. He serves as Gopher League schedulingcoordinator and volunteer groundskeeper for Laurie Mahon Memorial Field in Hadley.

On summer Sunday afternoons the Hadley community multiplies from 62 to 200 fans for game day. This is made possible because Bennett schedules the opponent, hires the umpires, lines up ticket-takers and bat boys, stocks the concession stand, grooms the field, pencils in the starting lineup, and hits infield and outfield.

Bennett has coached junior high baseball for Murray County Central in Slayton for the past 25 years.

Bennett has delivered meals in the Murray County Meals on Wheels  program. He has been an active member of the Hadley Lions Club for 30 years. 

Dave Hartmann — Arlington

Dave Hartmann

Dave Hartmann played baseball in high school for Arlington, Green Isle and baseball for St John’s University in Collegeville from 1971-1975. He played amateur baseball for the Arlington A’s and the Dundas Dukes.

Hartmann has coached Little League, high school and amateur baseball. He umpired for 20 years at the  high school, college, and amateur levels.

In 2004 Hartmann served as co-chairman for the Minnesota Baseball Association State Tournament hosted by Belle Plaine/Jordan.

In 2005 Hartmann was elected as a director on the state board and has served as secretary/treasurer for the past four years.

Hartmann has been involved with “Play Ball Minnesota” to promote baseball in Minnesota.

In addition to baseball, Hartmann has been a United Way board member, Dollars for Scholars committee member and a member of the Rotary Club.

Gary Hess — Fairfax

Gary Hess

Gary Hess is passionate about kids being able to play ball. Because of his efforts there is now a fund making baseball available to every kid who wants to play. Hess led youth baseball organizations for more than 20 years.

In 1975 he was director of  the Fairfax summer recreation baseball program. From 1976-1996 he was a high school league umpire. From 1986-1993 he coached the seventh and eighth-grade baseball team at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Middle School. He coached the Fairfax Cardinals amateur team for 19 years.

Hess helped bring the Minnesota Baseball Association State Tournament to Fairfax in 2000.

He used his Twins connections to bring “Twins Fun Nights” to Fairfax when Twins stars like Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Halsey Hall,and others came to share a love of baseball and help raise funds for Fairfax baseball. 

Randy Heidmann — St Mathias

Randy Heidmann

Randy Heidmann was a three-sport athlete at Gaylord High School.   

In 1970 he went to play baseball at Mankato State. He was a captain and earned honors as all-conference, all-region and he was named to the NCAA II World Series All-Tournament Team.

He signed a contract to play in the Twins organization in 1973.

Heidmann played amateur baseball fo Gaylord from 1998-2006. He coached traveling youth baseball teams in Brainerd/Baxter.

In 2004 Heidmann was instrumental in establishing an amateur baseball team in St. Mathias.

He managed the team from 2004-2015. He led various fundraising efforts to support the team and maintain the ballpark.

In 2006 Heidmann became the president of the Victory League and holds that position today. Heidmann has served as a youth mentor and contributed to civic organizations.

Bruce Rosenow — Hutchinson

Bruce Rosenow

Bruce Rosenow played baseball in high school for Brownton and started his amateur baseball career in 1966 with the Buffalo Creek Crickets.

He played college baseball for Willmar Community College and  Gustavus College. His first teaching and coaching jobs were at Hector. He moved to Hutchinson as the baseball coach. Rosenow helped to bring amateur baseball back to Hutchinson in 1985. He was a player, a  board member, or officer since 1985.

Bruce has also coached summer recreation baseball, VFW,  Legion and amateur baseball in Hutchinson.

Rosenow served on the committee as co-host for the state amateur baseball tournaments in Hutchinson 1994 and 2005.  

As a 22 year survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, Rosenow is active in  Relay for Life for finding cures for cancer.

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