November 26, 2014

NEM players and families gather for annual reunion

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Attendees for the NEM reunion arrived early at the Ye Olde Courthouse in Omer to look through the museum records July 21.
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Bob Proulx of Sterling shows off an old left-handed catcher’s glove in the NEM museum.
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The reunion was held inside the courthouse today, as organizer Bob Pelton said he did not receive enough pre-registrations to justify renting a tent.
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Organizer Bob Pelton gives his opening remarks, and solicits ideas on how to pass the torch on organizing the reunion for next year. Ultimately, the attendees agreed on organizing a committee including himself, two members from the old league’s southern division and two from its northern division.
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Previous hall of fame inductees stand up during the NEM reunion.
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Lindsay Pelton and Bob Pelton solicit ideas for the 2014 hall of fame inductees. Attendees then had the chance to vote for who they would like to see from each division brought in next year.
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Tom Schwerin of Kawkawlin and Lee Foco of Pinconning catch up during the NEM reunion. Schwerin also accepted a posthumous hall of fame induction on behalf of his father, Les Schwerin.
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Guest speaker Rick Rudrow reminisces about his time playing baseball with the NEM. He pitched and played first base for Crump, Standish and Mt. Forest from the age of 14, eventually finding his way to high school and college teams. He played on the Phillies briefly before becoming the Pinconning High School coach for 21 years.
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Ray Gulvas accepts his hall of fame plaque from Rick Rudrow.
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Alex Fedak looks over the plaque denoting him as an NEM hall-of-famer.
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The 2013 Northeast Michigan Baseball League Hall of Fame inductees. Pictured are Ron McCarthy, Ray Gulvas, Harold Janiszewski, Harlow Gillings, Alex Fedak, and Ken Ayers.
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Brothers Tony and Rick Windt accept a posthumous induction for their father Jim Windt.
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Kathy Vallad, widow of museum creator Cletus Vallad, accepts a posthumous induction on behalf of her husband.
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Bob Proulx leads the attendees of the reunion in a round of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to close out the event.
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Members of the old Northeast Michigan Baseball League met in Omer July 21 at Ye Olde Courthouse for the annual NEM reunion. Attendees had the opportunity to look through the NEM Museum’s photo albums and records, enjoy a chicken dinner, and honor this year’s hall of fame inductees. Pinconning’s Rick Rudrow, an NEM pitcher and first baseman, was this year’s guest speaker.

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