(Jordan, MN) For the past 40 years Minnesota has celebrated a never-ending love of the game of baseball through its 35 and older amatuer baseball league. The Minnesota Senior Men's Amatuer Baseball Association will hold its annual state tournament this weekend and next down in Jordan, Belle Plaine, Union Hill and St. Peter. West Central Minnesota has several teams who have been a part of the annual pilgrimage and are looking to rise to the top of those "Twin Cities teams." Menahga/Sebeka is the highest seeded local team in this year's standings coming in at #5 out of 28 teams competing. The Alexandria Classic Clippers finished the year with a 10-3 record to come in at #8. The Urbank Goldtimers landed the #18 position, the Clarissa Cubs come in at #21, the Fergus Falls River Dogs at #25, the K-Town Outlaws are in the #26 position, with the Morris Brewers completing the standings at #28.
In first round action of the AA Tournament Menahga/Sebeka takes on Belle Plaine (in Belle Plaine) on Saturday at 7:30pm. Alexandria faces the Prior Lake Lakers Saturday night at 7:30pm in Union Hill.
In the Class B Tournament both Urbank and K-Town play their opening round games at 2:30pm. The Goldtimers face the Southwest Outlaws in Belle Plaine, while the K-Town Outlaws square off with Northfield in Jordan. At 5:00pm Fergus Falls and Clarissa will play their opponents. Clarissa will face Eden Prairie in St. Peter and the River Dogs will play against the Searles Bulldogs in Jordan. The Morris Brewers will play the St. Peter Saints, in St. Pater at 7:30pm Saturday.
On Friday night, in celebration of 40 years of Senior Men's Baseball in Minnesota, the MSMABA will honor various people for their Hall of Fame. Urbank's Ollie Woida is among those being recognized in a ceremony at the Jordan Mini Met Stadium. Al has played amatuer baseball for more than 50 years. Earlier this summer in Urbank Al (one of the original Gold Timers) added another achievement to his baseball career. At the spry age of 73, Al was the first person in our league to play with 4 of his sons. Sam Woida was on 1st, Scott Woida on 2nd, Robin Woida at shortstop, Al was on 3rd and Charlie Woida was pitching.
The first MSMABA Hall of Fame class was inducted in 2014 and included the Association founders Duane Gaulke and his brother Dave, as well as founder of the Northwest League, Jim Wells of Dent. Woida joins Wells and Menahga’s Gary Kern as the only Northwest League members in the Hall. The MSMABA Hall of Fame is intended to recognize a member’s contributions to the game of baseball, particularly the Association’s game. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those who have dedicated their lives to senior (Over 35) amateur baseball progress, through playing the game as well as work in the community to keep senior amateur baseball alive and kicking. Members are not chosen for their statistics as a player, but for their contribution to the game through team, league, and Association leadership, and a demonstrated love for the game.
For video of Woida receiving the honor, click here.