1964 and 1965 American Legion Baseball team reunites

Members of the 1964 and 1965 American Legion Baseball Team had their very first reunion here in Langdon on June 27.

Posted on 7/5/14

By Dee Entzi

With a total of 27 players between the two rosters, several of which played both years, 15 were in attendance this last week. Former player, Wayne Westphal who played both years, organized the event that invited the team members and their spouses to the Langdon Country Club for a day of reuniting. They played golf; followed by a prepared supper and program; and later in the evening, a drink at their former spot… Tom’s Lounge (formerly owned by player Tom Perius).

Though this is the groups’ first gathering, they have remained in close contact over the years due to the bond formed so many years ago around their mutual love of sports.

“This started a lot of comradery for all of us. I started when I was only 16 and we’ve all stayed connected throughout the years,” commented Dennis Throndset, of Langdon. He continued, “It’s been a lot of fun, a few of the guys I haven’t seen in years.”

Only a few of the former players stayed  in Langdon, the rest are scattered across the state, some now reside in Minnesota, and one player traveled from Nevada to be here this last weekend.

Merry Manson, wife of Gene Manson, remarked, “It’s been fun for the guys to reminisce about the good old days.”

As the men gathered on Friday for a day of fun, they also remembered the six team mates they’ve lost over the years, manager Vic Krom; Jim Rosland; Richard Iverson; John Biby; Allen Bruers; and Roger Gendreau.

“There are guys that are unfortunately not with us today, they’re missed,“ stated Throndset.

The men present were, Ray Herbel; Gary Paulson; Ed Laxdal; Tom Perius; Bob Perius; Kent Krom; Wayne Westphal; Cameron Sillers; Dennis Throndset; Gene Manson; Jerry Wilhelmi; John Bewier; Jim Gebur; Dick Johnson; and Merle Mikkelson.

Since taking second place in Hettinger in 1964, and first place in Oaks in 1965, several of the team members went on to have careers in the world of sports, some are still actively involved, and a few right here in their hometown.