PAT CAREY – ROSETOWN A’S and ST. PAUL CAPITALS
Pat Carey was one of the best two-way players in Minnesota Class “A” Amateur Baseball. He played 18 years of Class “A” Amateur baseball, 15 years for the Rosetown A’s and three summers for the St. Paul Capitals.
Carey played in 10 state tournaments winning a state championship in 1995 with the Rosetown A’s and helped his teams to three other top three finishes. He was also named to the all-tournament team four times over his career.
Carey was an anchor on strong A’s and Capitals teams as a middle-of-the-order hitter and an ace on the mound. His outfield defense in right field and rifle arm were also a hallmark of his play, throwing out many runners trying to take an extra base.
Although records of some of Carey’s career are incomplete, it is safe to say that he hit well over 100 home runs and recorded over 100 wins as a pitcher.
PAT FLANDERS - RICHFIELD
From Pat Flanders: I played exclusively with the Richfield town team from 1981-90...
Interestingly enough, I remember my last at-bat...
It was July 24, 1990... I fouled off at least eight pitches before drawing a walk...
I was greeted jogging down the foul line by a teammate that said - you need to go,
Your wife is having a baby! I left, went home, grabbed my wife...
And my first son, John, was born in the car in the emergency room parking lot of St. Joseph's hospital!
Flanders played high school baseball at Richfield High School as a catcher and third baseman. He graduated in 1980 and played for the Richfield American Legion Blues and Reds from 1978-1980 where his 1980 Legion team was state champions.
Flanders attended Normandale Community College from 1981–82 where he was a catcher and third baseman along with being the captain in 1982 and was all-conference both years. He was the conference batting champion in 1981 and his two-year composite average was .391.Flanders moved on to catch, play third base and pitch at Augsburg College in 1983-84. He was captain in 1984 and all-MIAC in both years. His batting average at Augsburg was .362 and 5-1 as a pitcher. He had not pitched since ninth grade.
Fun statistic – 1984 against Macalaster he was the winning pitcher and also ended up saving his game after others on the staff could not get the outs. He also struck out four batters in an inning because of a passed ball by the catcher.
Flanders thanks all of his teammates and family for helping him be a successful player and person in life.
DICK (GHIZ) GHIZONI– MINNEAPOLIS LAKONIAS
Ghizoni played shortstop for twelve years on six Park National Championship teams and two state tournament teams. The 1981 team was state runner-up to Winona. He was selected to the state all-tournament team in 1981, 1982 and the Minneapolis All-Decades team of the 1980s. He is the Lakonias leader in stolen bases, second in hits, runs scored, and doubles.
“Our teams were built around pitching and defense and Dick was one of our unsung players,” Manager Bart Murphy said.
He was a volunteer baseball coach in Minneapolis and St. Paul for 12 years. He was the head baseball coach at St. Agnes for 20 years, leading the 1998 team to the school’s first state tournament and coached in the Lions All-Star game in 1999.
He is the winningest boys basketball coach in the history of two high schools, St. Agnes and Hill-Murray.
“This would not be possible without former teammates, especially Dave Youngren, Manager Bart Murphy, and organizers Pete Brown, Dick Berry,” Ghizoni said. “I owe special gratitude to my kids Pete, Charlie, Molly, and my wife of 39 years, Ann.”
DAN MILLER – SOUTH ST. PAUL IRISH (C, OF)
Miller played for the South St. Paul Irish for 13 seasons. He is a graduate of South St Paul High School. During his career he hit over .400 many seasons. In the Irish state tournament winning season of 2011 he hit over .425. Miller was named to the state tournament all-tournament team several times as an Irish member. His competitive nature was true in every game you were able to watch him play. He was said to be one of the best to ever wear the Irish uniform. Miller played college baseball at the University of Grandview (Des Moines, Iowa).
Miller wishes to thank his teammates for helping him become the player he has become and their hard work when they played together.
BILL MCGUIRE – STOCKMEN IRISH
The Stockmen's Irish founder graduated from Regina High School (Iowa City, Iowa) where he started four years in baseball and three years in football (all-state) and is a member of the Regina Hall of Fame. He continued his career at Hastings College in Nebraska where he started four years in baseball and football while earning all- conference in both sports.
McGuire started playing town ball at 16 in Iowa and played four years in Minnesota, split between Prior Lake and Forest Lake, appeared in three state tourneys and was named all-tourney in 1971 while playing for Forest Lake.
He is proud to have brought lights to the South St. Paul ball field in 1995 and founding the Irish in 1996. He claims his main contribution to the Irish has been that he was smart enough to not coach the team himself. The Irish have appeared in 14 state tourneys; finishing second in 2003 and taking the championship in 2011, while piling up over 500 wins.
He has been an active member of the board responsible for SSP VFW and Legion teams for 20 years.
McGuire thanks all Irish players and coaches over the years for their contributions to the team's success as well as opponents, fans and officials, but most importantly his wife, Melba, who allowed it all to happen.
GREG SCHILDGEN – LYON’S PUB
Greg Schildgen, DeLaSalle Islander alum, class of 1971, played shortstop on the Section 3 Champions and the third-place 1971 Minnesota State High School Tournament Team. Schildgen played at Metropolitan Junior College in Minneapolis; winning the Minnesota State JCAA batting title with a .516 average in 1972. He went on to play at Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota, competing in Tri State League against Concordia of St. Paul, Bethel College, Northwestern (Iowa), and Sioux Falls College among others. Schildgen, again, played shortstop on the 1975 NAIA Region5Champions; beating Mayville State (North Dakota) in 1975.
Schildgen with his brother, Doug, at North Hennepin Community College, Augsburg College and since 2000 to present at DeLaSalle High School with Doug and son, Dennis.
His state amateur career began in 1972 and he retired in 1997. Schildgen played/managed in Class A amateur baseball for 25 years, culminating in over 1,000 games. All games were with the Warriors. Many years included scheduling 60 games a year. He played/managed in eight Class A state tournaments. In 1977, played five different positions (including catcher) on the Mr. Roberts Warriors state championship team. He managed two Park National league champions. The accompanying duty of all-Star manager is another gratifying memory of his amateur career.
“The players and sponsors are my most enduring memories,” Schildgen said. “When I began playing for the Warriors; we were sponsored by the Minneapolis American Indian Center. That team is indebted to Robert Javis and Eugene (Mooney) Green, who were my first managers. From 1976-79, Mr. Roberts Bar was the sponsor. Next Cato Shriners Club was our sponsor in the early 80s. Mid 80s we were mostly player sponsored as the Minneapolis Warriors. In 1989, Chris Rogers, manager of the Lyons Pub restaurant agreed to sponsor and after 27 years still strongly supports the Lyon’s Pub Warriors. Since 1972, the Warriors have qualified for 20Minnesota State Class A State Tournaments.
“Since 1972, there has always been a Schildgen on the Warriors. Forty-five years of blood, sweat and beers,” Schlidgen said. “I am deeply grateful for the support of my brother, Doug and my two sons Dennis and Rob who have all played on and managed the Warriors. Rob is the current player/manager, continuing the Warrior legacy. Without these three individuals, I would not have achieved HOF status. I am deeply honored to accept the HOF selection but, most of all, to be a part of an immediate family and a Warrior family that shares a passion and respect for the beautiful game of baseball.”