By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN Because of his support of a sport he loves, Denny Frey of Howard Lake was recently inducted into the Minnesota American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
Frey was nominated for his exceptional service and volunteer work for the American Legion Baseball League.
“I had no idea I was being nominated,” Frey commented. “I didn’t know what to say. I just did what I wanted to do, and I volunteered because I love baseball.”
He was the organizer of the Wright County Legion Baseball League for 10 years, served as a Legion commander, is a member of the Honor Guard, and calls bingo on Sundays to raise funds for the team.
“Legion baseball teaches kids how to win and lose,” Frey stated. “Sportsmanship is important; they need to know how to win and lose without being a poor sport.”
Frey, originally from Amherst, SD, started playing “midget ball” in Clairemont, SD when he was 9 years old, and continued playing through high school.
“We played with taped-up bats and imaginary runners,” Frey noted.
After graduating high school, Frey attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, then Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, where he obtained a business management degree.
After college, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Alabama for two years.
Frey married his wife, Rhonda, in June 1968, and they moved to Howard Lake in 1970.
“We bought a trailer and could move to either Howard Lake or Watertown, but the Howard Lake trailer court was newer, so we ended up here,” Denny said.
For 25 years, Frey worked as a data processor for various companies, before starting Frey Insurance Agency in 1992.
Denny and Rhonda have two daughters, Stacey and Kristen; and four grandchildren.
Denny was awarded the Aquatennial Commodore’s award in June 2013, and was also recognized as WCCO’s “good neighbor.”
Denny is still volunteering his help and love of baseball. He continues to coordinate local Division Two teams.
Denny watches the children he coached play baseball now as adults.
“It’s a nice, good feeling when the younger generation baseball players recognize me and say hello,” Denny said.