December 15, 2017

Northeast Michigan Baseball League members attend reunion in Omer

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OMER — Members of the Northeast Michigan Baseball League (NEM) held their annual reunion picnic at the Ye Olde Courthouse in Omer Sunday, July 22.

Players, coaches, family members, and others came out to the reunion. A few members stood up and told stories before the audience along with guest speaker, former Detroit Tiger Dave Rozema. Lunch was served, and afterward six living members and two posthumous ones were honored with entrance into the NEM Hall of Fame.

Visitors also nominated and voted on the honorees for next year’s Hall of Fame, with one, Cletus Vallad, argued to be a guaranteed entry for his work in setting up the NEM reunions and the museum.

The NEM operated from 1916 until 1986, and spanned communities from as far south as Saginaw northward to Alpena. The museum was set up at the Omer courthouse when the Arenac County Historical Society took over the building.

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