Tag: Softball Player Profile

Softball Player Profile: Brad Wendt

Larry Wolfe Where’s Brad? He’s not here; he went away. I bet Brad Wendt heard a lot of those corny jokes as a youngster. But as an adult, he actually “went” to a lot of places and did a lot of different things. A native of Madison, Wisc., Brad graduated from Monona Grove High where…

Softball Player Profile: Mark Durben

Mark Durben

Larry Wolfe As a young man, Mark Durben admits that he got in with the “wrong crowd” back in his hometown of Racine, Wis. He worked at jobs in a foundry and snowblower plant after graduating from Horlick High in Racine before deciding at age 23 that he needed to escape. As a self-professed “hippie,”…

Softball Player Profile: Susan Rodke

Susan Rodke

Larry Wolfe Susan Rodke (nee Griffin) was born in Billings, Mont., and then lived briefly in California as a young child, before her family settled in Minnesota. She spent most of her childhood in Fergus Falls before the family moved to Barnesville when she was in high school. She was a four-sport athlete for the…

Softball Player Profile: Vern Rodgers

Vern Rodgers

Larry Wolfe Remember the Beach Boys’ 1964 classic, number one hit song “I Get Around”? Well, that phrase could also describe Vern Rodgers’ work career. A native of Quincy, Mich., Vern attended Glen Oaks Community College and Western Michigan University before beginning his vocational odyssey. Vern first joined the Kroger Company in Coldwater, Mich., and…

Softball Player Profile: Thom Stephens

Larry Wolfe Ask any of the guys at the Field of Dreams to describe Thom Stephens, and the most likely responses are, “really good player” and “really nice guy.” Thom’s probably prouder of the latter. A Santa Clara, Calif., native, Thom graduated from Buchser High where he played both varsity baseball and basketball for the…

Softball Player Profile: Jerry Hester

Larry Wolfe Minutes after he smashed a long grand slam homer that iced a recent win for his team, I sat down to interview Jerry Hester. Jerry’s a modest guy and not one to boast, but teammate Larry Kaufmann walked by and said, “Tell him about the Vegas tournament when you hit 11 homers!” As…

Softball Player Profile: Suzy Steinmann

Larry Wolfe Talk about a busy lady: From realtor to house renovator and “flipper” to professional singer to sports participant to working with charitable and church organizations, Suzy Steinmann does it all! And then wonders why her husband says she’s a “workaholic”! A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a mid-sized city on the southern…

Softball Player Profile: Terry Zeltinger

Larry Wolfe A true North Dakotan, Terry Zeltinger was born in Minot and grew up in the small town of Tolley (population 50!) in the northwestern portion of the state near the Canadian border. Terry’s graduating class totaled nine, so he was involved in everything the school had to offer, including baseball and basketball. He…

Softball Player Profile: John Castro

Larry Wolfe John Castro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, but grew up in Chicago after his family moved there when he was just three years old. John graduated from Lane Tech High on the north side of Chicago where he was on the Indians baseball team. He also played Connie Mack baseball as a…

Softball Player Profile: Tom Koshar

Larry Wolfe This article could have been entitled “Tales of the Hollywood Shoe Shine Boy,” because Tom Koshar could fill a book with stories about his teenage days as “shoe shine boy to the stars.” He worked on the set of various TV programs at Allied Artists, Columbia Pictures, and Paramount, among others, and shined…