1951 Minnesota Snapshots       

Don "Gabby" Horman was quite the character in a career in pro ball, the Basin League, Western Canada League, Intercounty League and Western Minny League. This was among the player sketches in the Winona paper in 1951.

Gabby Hormann

Gabby HormannWebb Foley/Gabby HormannRed Star  Did you know?   Hormann had a career in country music. 

As Webb Foley (from Webb Pierce and Red Foley) Gabby did live shows and cut some records in the late 50s and 60s. 

" ... Gabby and I spent quite a bit up time together traveling and doing shows. We did a lot of military bases up and down the eastern coast like Boston, Maine and New York. We never rehearsed and he would pick up guys who said 'Hey, I play this or that.' We wound up with some real characters. He would get some girl to do the twist once in a while. I know he wasn't paid much. He pulled a trailer behind his Buick convertible. If we wanted to sleep, we'd go back there and put a canvas top over the instruments and have a sleep."    (Dennis Puckett recalling his times with Hormann.)

(The "BM" on Hormann's cap is from the 1959 season when he played with the combined Lloydminster (Meridians) - North Battleford (Beavers) entry in the Western Canada League.  Formally they were called the Lloydminster - North Battleford Beaver Meridians, but in the papers and on the street they were jus the "Combines".)