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Midwest League 1997

League and Team Leadership

League Officers

  • President/Treasurer: George Spelius
  • Vice President: Ed Larson
  • Legal Counsel/Secretary: Richard Nussbaum II
  • Administrator: George Spelius, Jr.

Umpires

#     Name              Hometown
 2    Gregory Ayers     Vernon Hills, IL
 3    Robert Bainter    Galesburg, IL
 4    Damien Beal       Stone Mountain, GA
 5    Geoffrey Burr     San Diego, CA
 6    Adam Dowdy        Pontiac, IL
 7    Brian Hale        Trussville, AL
 8    Scott Hepinstall  Midland, MI
 8    Andrew Schultz    Millersville, PA
 9    Tyler Hoffman     Qualicum Beach, BC
10    Toby Hoy          Lomita, CA
11    Daryl Massa       Valencia, CA
12    Jason Moore       San Bernardino, CA
14    Todd Olinger      Galesburg, IL
15    Scott Packard     Horseheads, NY
16    Darwin Schiltz    Sergeant Bluff, IA
20    Scott Walendowski East China, MI
22    Mike Jost         Modesto, CA
Pairings:
   Ayers/Bainter
   Dowdy/Massa
   Burr/Hale
   Hoffman/Schiltz
   Moore/Olinger
   Packard/Hoy
   Beal/Hepinstall
   Beal/Schultz
   Olinger/Jost
   Walendowski/Hoy
   Jost/Dowdy
   Olinger/Massa


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Team Leadership

                President               GM
Beloit          Tom Smith               Jeff Nelson
                                        Matt Harris
Burlington      Dave Walker             Chuck Heeman
                                        Kent Harman
Cedar Rapids    Wally Krouse            Jack Roeder
Clinton         Wally Schilling         Alfredo Portela
Fort Wayne      Eric Margenau           Bret Staehling
Kane County     Al Gordon               Bill Larsen
Lansing         Tom Dickson             Jim Weigel
                Sherri Myers
Michigan        William L. Collins, Jr. Jerry Burkot
Peoria          Pete Vonachen           Rocky Vonachen
Quad City       Rick Holtzman           Chris Holvoet
                                        Tim Bawmann
Rockford        Mark McGuire            Mike Holmes
                                        Bruce Keiter
South Bend      Alan Levin              Eric Haag
West Michigan   Dennis Baxter           Scott Lane
Wisconsin       John Wollner            Mike Birling

Coaching Staffs

                Manager         Coaches
Beloit          Luis Salazar    Jaime Garcia*   John Mallee
Burlington      Phillip Wellman Derek Botelho*
Cedar Rapids    Mario Mendoza   Todd Claus      Rick Wise*
Clinton         Tom LeVasseur   Dan Simonds     Darrel Akerfelds*
Fort Wayne      Mike Boulanger  Jeff Carter     Stu Cliburn*
Kane County     Lynn Jones      Brian Peterson* Matt Winters
Lansing         Bob Herold      Mike Mason*     Curtis Wilkerson
Michigan        Billy Gardner   Gerald Perry    Dan Gakeler*
Peoria          Joe Cunningham  Gary Buckles*
Quad City       Manny Acta      Jorge Orta      Charley Taylor*
Rockford        Ruben Amaro     Moe Hill        Juan Pizarro*     Tack Wilson
South Bend      Dickie Scott    Jim Presley     Dennis Lewallyn*  Jim Reinebold
West Michigan   Bruce Fields    Skeeter Barnes  Steve McCatty*
Wisconsin       Gary Varsho     Omer Munoz      Pat Rice*

*pitching coaches

Ballpark Information

                             Stadium                   Capacity Attendance
Beloit                       Harry Pohlman Field        3,500     81,564
Burlington                   Community Field            6,000     52,152
Cedar Rapids                 Veterans Memorial Stadium  3,500    124,629
Clinton                      Riverview Stadium          3,000     50,597
Fort Wayne                   Memorial Stadium           7,100    230,210
Kane County (Geneva, IL)     Philip B Elfstrom Stadium  5,900    436,505
Lansing                      Oldsmobile Park           10,000    523,443
Michigan (Battle Creek)      C.O. Brown Stadium         6,200    126,947
Peoria                       Pete Vonachen Stadium      5,200    148,585
Quad City (Davenport, IA)    John O'Donnell Stadium     6,200    130,932
Rockford                     Marinelli Field            4,500     86,716
South Bend                   Stanley Coveleski Stadium  5,000    197,864
West Michigan (Grand Rapids) Old Kent Park              8,600    536,029
Wisconsin (Appleton)         Fox Cities Stadium         5,500    227,104



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