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Geiser inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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Six dedicated baseball men were inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame at the 49th Annual Banquet Night on Sept. 17 at the St. Cloud Civic Center. Terry Geiser, Duane Gaulke, Don Goracke, John Hanowski, Ken Kuck and Wendell Stuewe all talked of the relationships and great satisfaction that have come from a lifetime of baseball involvement.

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Bluffton's Terry Geiser knew that he wouldn't be able to keep it together emotionally, so he had his son, Cody, give his speech. Cody told of how his father was still producing and batting leadoff at 41. He hit a home run to lead off Bluffton's first game in the 1995 state tournament. He also hit a double in his last at-bat at age 56. "At Bluffton, things are done the right way -- Dad is proud of that," said Cody.

As a kid, playing ball was a art of Terry's everyday life. He played baseball whenever he could between farm chores. Terry played baseball for and graduated from Wadena High School. At the same time, he began his career with the Bluffton Braves as a 17-year old.

He is currently in his 39th season as a Brave, the last 15 as their manager.

His passion for the game is shown in the ballpark that he helped get for Bluffton, and for the way he cares for that field. Terry also helps in fundraising and was the leader in getting a new grandstand and new concession stand built.

Terry has volunteered to coach Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion and high school baseball. He is an active member of St. Henry's Catholic Church, and is a volunteer and leader of the Heinola Hustlers 4-H Club.

For more info on the hall of fame, go to

mnamateurbaseballhof.com

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