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Town of Cassel centennial
(1891-1991)

Baseball in Cassel,   pp. 69-73


Page 71

Early 30's - Cassel Baseball Team
early 1930's. A Cassel CYO Team played
fast pitch softball on the ball diamond by
the Sacred Heart School in Cassel. It was
during this time about 1935 that several
of the Cassel players joined Marathon and
continued play in the County League
playing their games on the Marathon City
diamond.
After several years of softball interest
in baseball came back. Bob Lepak offered
the land to expand the softball diamond to
a baseball diamond. The fences were
moved back and new infield developed
and a team was organized largely through
the efforts of Fr. Max Kluczykowski,
Pastor of Sacred Heart of Cassel. This
First Cassel Youth Organization - (7 to r) Emily Wadzinski Murkowski, Eleonore Wadzinski Lepak  team played for Cassel in the County
VaLrian Kordus, Clara Skrzypchak Alquest, Frank Wadzinski, Raymond Wadzinski, Joe Szymanski,  League until WWII when most of the
Virginia Wadzinski Paszch, Frank Szymanski, Irene Wenzel Andreschak, Stanley Szymanski, Alvina  players went to serve their country.
Wadzinsk, Alois Soczka
played in overalls, cow platters had to be
cleaned off the field, and balls and bats
were provided by the players. After a
baseball seam would rip, fish line would
be used to sew the baseball cover over
and over again until the horsehide cover
was worn out. The first set of uniforms
for the Cassel team was purchased by one
of Albert Goldbach's daughters who
worked in Chicago where she obtained
the uniforms at a reasonable price, of
course the players had to reimburse her
for the uniforms....
The popular "Louisville Slugger" base-
ball bat was available for purchase but was
expensive especially in those days when
money was scarce. Mr. John R. Dalske, a
mechanician, built a wooden lathe and
started to cure ash and hickory wood from
which he turned out baseball bats by the
dozen and sold them to the team at afford-
able prices. Szymanski's with all the boys
playing softball and baseball also built a
lathe and turned out their own softball
and baseball bats.                       Cassel Soft Ball Team - 1959 - Front row: Norbert Bergs, Lavern Stenci George Burger, LeRoy Lang
CYO Softball became popular in the    Kenneth Wadzinski, Back row: David Wielock, Ralph Lepak, Donald Imhoff, Robert Wadzinski
1937 Cassel Baseball Club
1938 Cassel CYO - Softball Team


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