NEW ULM — There are just no two ways about it.
There will be no changing 95-calendar year-previous Carl “Red” Wyczawski. The former New Ulm organization proprietor and mayor died Monday evening at Oak Hills Living Centre in New Ulm.
If you required to know just about something about New Ulm baseball or baseball at better degrees which includes the greatest gamers, or of other sporting activities and other matters for that subject, “Red” was a fantastic source.
Even in his later on decades, he had a great memory.
A Ward 1 town councilor from 1965 by way of 1968, “Red” was New Ulm mayor from 1971 to 1994 and League of Minnesota Cities president from 1974 to 1975.
During his tenure as mayor, he was actively concerned in unique projects like the development of Schonlau Park and the creating of the Glockenspiel at 4th North Road and MInnesota Street. The town also designed the New Ulm Recreation Middle and Vogel Arena for the duration of his tenure.
As mayor throughout the tenure of Council President Monthly bill Gafford, Wyczawski was included in some of the contentious council battles, specifically the controversy over the place to establish a new hearth station in New Ulm. While Gafford and his supporters desired to use the undeveloped metropolis-owned park land at 3rd South and German streets, associates of the New Ulm Hearth Section believed the website was far too hilly, and much too shut to the Goosetown hearth station. They most popular someplace on the north close of town. When the council voted for the Third South website, Wyczawski issued a rare veto protecting against and funds getting expended on that web page. It was later found at its present 8th North Avenue internet site.
Late in his tenure, nonetheless, Wyczawski was charged with shoplifting for using a pack of baseball cards at the Randall Shop in New Ulm. It was minimal offense, but the news unfold wide owing to his placement as mayor. Wyczawski made the decision to serve out his time period and not seek out re-election. Even then, he ongoing to serve on committees and assignments anywhere he could.
“As mayor, I marvel at his 24 a long time as mayor,” stated New Ulm Mayor Terry Sveine. “I’ve been at it for two months. It’s significantly more work than I understood. All the conferences, welcomes, interviews. I keep in mind him greeting me as a teen. He a short while ago sent me a letter welcoming me into the brotherhood (of New Ulm mayors). He donated an uncountable quantity of hours.”
“We’ve had other mayors with rather amazing resumes. Because of to longevity, he has to arrive throughout as our biggest mayor. On top rated of it all, he ran a clothes keep,” Sveine claimed.
Southpoint Economical Credit history Union Economical Adviser Bob Skillings reported Wyczawski mentioned he was good mates with his son Tom because second quality.
“I bought to know the household,” reported Skillings. “‘Red’ was quite encouraging and inspiring with his local community spirit, determination and tough do the job. He’s a person of a sort. New Ulm is so significantly the far better for obtaining him as an advocate. There probably is not a much better historian … With ‘Red’ remaining gone, it feels like an end of an era.”
“It’s a significant void that will under no circumstances be loaded once more,” reported New Ulm Novice Baseball Hall of Fame member Jim Bastian. “He was a remarkable person, a remarkable gentleman for New Ulm and the space. I can not think of a human being who built more of an impression and did extra fantastic points for a city than ‘Red’ did. He was so gracious and optimistic.”
New Ulm Baseball Association Board member Bob Reinhart mentioned Wyczawski was “a genuine baseball male.”
“I often liked doing work with him at baseball tournaments,” stated Reinhart. “I normally realized him on a to start with name basis. He was generally a superior good friend. A good person to know.”
Developing up on a farm in the vicinity of Thorpe, Wis., the place he performed large college and American Legion baseball. Wyczawski signed a slight league agreement and was assigned to the Excellent Blues. At the exact time, he wrote sporting activities for the Duluth Information Tribune and Top-quality Night Telegram. He later on wrote athletics total-time for the Eau Claire Chief. That led to a community relations occupation with the Milwaukee Braves.
Coming to New Ulm much more than a fifty percent century ago, “Red” was associated in American Legion, VFW, large school and newbie baseball. He was chairman of the 1958 point out newbie tournament in New Ulm and chaired the Midwest Central Plains Regional Legion Event.
A individual pal of Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron since Aaron played minimal league ball for the Eau Claire Bears in the Northern League, where “Red” was official scorekeeper and sports reporter, “Red” bought Aaron to occur to the 1978 New Ulm American Legion Baseball Banquet where by he gave him keys to the town.
“Red” mentioned 1 of his Northern League baseball jobs was to introduce African American players, which includes Aaron, to white individuals in minimal league towns.
“We both lived at the Eau Claire YMCA,” Wyczawski claimed. “We ate and traveled on buses together.”
In addition, Wyczawski was chairman of the Minnesota Sports activities Commission and gained the WCCO Radio Very good Neighbor Award. A 2012 Minnesota Newbie Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, he served in the U.S. Army.