Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Feb. 21 and 28, 2000

Baseball team

Members of the 1947 Waverly baseball team are: front - Vince Decker, Gib Main, Zip Zeller, Jack Rogers, Ernie Sowata, Bob Decker; back - Jack Reinhart, Kenny Sexton, Pauly Martinson, Tom Jolicoeur, George Berkner and Clay Calgren.

The boys of summer, circa 1947

Between Dick Mattson of Buffalo and Bob Decker of Waverly, the boys of summer were identified.

Decker, also one of the players, said that Zip Zeller and Jack Rogers were from Waverly and Pauly Martinson was originally from Waverly. Ernie Sowata, he said, was from Holdingford.

Mattson recalled that Tom Jolicoeur was a left-handed pitcher and Zeller was the best third baseman in Minnesota at that time.

His accolades for the team continued. Gib Main was a great first baseman, he said, and Decker was just great wherever he played. Mattson remembered Jack Reinhart hitting many baseballs in Waverly Lake, most of which probably were never found.

Mattson said he was just a teenager at the time, but loved baseball.


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