The season to “Play Ball” is here—with spring finally arriving after a long winter in the lake country.
A look back on baseball in the Pelican Rapids-Rothsay area this week.
Pictured above, the Pelican Rapids town baseball team of 1935. Based on this photo, the squad had just enough players to take the field—at nine—with the coach, presumably, seated at center. In addition, two capable batboys served the team in the dugout.
The Press has a number of old team photos on file, but few have any identifications. If you know any names in this photo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-863-1421.
In addition, a big league baseball card of Dave Goltz—a Rothsay High School standout athlete who made it to the majors, throwing for the Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers—including a World Series appearance for the Dodgers in 1981. He won 20 games for the Twins in 1977. He was the first 20-game winner for the Twins since Bert Blyleven in 1973.
Goltz was born at the old Pelican Rapids Hospital on June 23, 1949. He was 6 feet 4 inches when he graduated from Rothsay—a four-sport athlete. As a young man, he played American Legion and VFW baseball in Fergus Falls; and for the Foxhome town baseball team.
He signed with the Twins for a $10,000 bonus in 1966, right out of high school—plus a $10,000 college fund, which he used to study at Moorhead State College during the off-season.
He spent 1969 away from baseball, called to active duty with his Army Reserve unit as a helicopter mechanic.
He finished his career with the California Angels, including a playoff appearance in 1982, when the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Angels in five games.