Players gave back to Wyo

2012-03-14T00:00:00Z Players gave back to Wyo Casper Star-Tribune Online
March 14, 2012 12:00 am


Chalk me up as another supporter of bringing baseball back to the University of Wyoming. I am one of those formerly recruited out of Chicago many years ago by UW Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Glenn R. "Bud" Daniel.

Contrary to Sen. Larry Hicks' assertion that it isn't "realistic" to play baseball at UW, I reminded him via email that our team won the Skyline Conference Championships in 1954-56, with the latter team going to the College World Series in Omaha. And the UW Club Baseball Team played for the national championship just last year.

UW baseball did indeed help a great many of us with our education and careers. And some of us have attempted to serve the interests of the state of Wyoming. Former Chicago baseball recruit Ed Litecky was a prominent architect in Cheyenne. Jim Hoppe, also from Chicago, is a retired educational administrator in Casper. Bud Nelson, a former high school athletic coach in Sweetwater County, served in the Wyoming House. Bill Frazier owned a pharmacy in Thermopolis.

I represented Wyoming agriculture for 20 years with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, serving five years under the late Sen. Craig L. Thomas, and then replacing him when he left Wyoming for a position with the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. I married a Laramie girl, our daughter received a basketball/volleyball scholarship at Laramie County Community College and later graduated from UW, as did our son. Our son-in-law came to UW after marrying our daughter, received degrees in political science and law, and is now the deputy commandant of the Air Force Law School at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala. I am serving my community in several capacities and am a Trail Boss member of the UW Cowboy Joe Club. I believe that over the years I have paid property taxes many times over what the state of Wyoming invested in me as a scholarship baseball player.

One of my longtime ambitions was to have financially assisted a baseball player from my Chicago high school so that he could have the same wonderful opportunities I did playing baseball for UW. Maybe, with people like Sen. Ray Peterson continuing to provide leadership on this issue, my ambition might be realized.



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