Dick Bremer’s life in baseball recalled in new book; parents were Pelican retirees Clarence, Eleanora
Minnesota Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer, who spent much of his childhood in Dumont, south of Wheaton, also has ties to Pelican Rapids.
Bremer is the author of a new book that starts with his childhood and small-town baseball in Dumont. The book extends to his many years as a broadcaster for the Twins, starting in the 1980s.
Dick’s father was a minister and his parents later retired to Pelican Rapids.
In the late 1980s the Twins Winter Caravan was enroute from Detroit Lakes to Fergus Falls. Bremer and Kirby Puckett made a quick stop in Pelican Rapids to visit Dick’s parents, Clarence and Eleanora.
“At that time my parents were living in a senior citizens’ high rise in Pelican Rapids,” Bremer recalls on Page 134 of his book. “The Twins Winter Caravan coordinator said we were a little ahead of schedule and we could stop for about 15 minutes in Pelican Rapids.”
People recognized both Bremer and Puckett as they walked through the lobby and made their way to the elevator.
“Kirby was nice enough to sign a baseball for my parents,” Bremer said. “After a nice visit we left and headed to Fergus Falls.”
Clarence Bremer died in 1991, with his funeral held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids. Eleanora passed away in 2006, in the Twin Cities,
Dick Bremer’s father also served as a minister in Staples, where Dick graduated from high school in 1974. Bremer then attended St. Cloud State University and worked in radio before transitioning to TV. He became a Twins broadcaster in the early 1980s.
Bremer’s book has 108 short stories, one for every stitch on a baseball. Thus the title, “My Life in Stiches with the Minnesota Twins.”
Dick and his wife, Heidi, attend the same church at St. Michael-Albertville, southeast of St. Cloud, as does Elizabeth native Ken Kothe and his wife, Katherine.
“Back in 1977-78 Dick’s dad and I were on the board of directors of Lutheran Island Camp near Henning,” Kothe said. “Heidi’s dad, Maynard Larson, was a member of my church in St. Cloud when I was a pastor there about five years ago.”