1954 Minnesota Snapshots       

Lawler congrats


Manager Emil Scheid, far left, shakes the hand of pitcher Jim Lawler, who helped Austin to a 12-5 victory over Rochester.

Olin Martin, the third baseman can be seen walking up to Lawler.

Red Lindgren, who socked one of four Austin triples is at the far right. Nearly 2,000 fans took in the game.

Dick JokHugh Orphan

Above Left - The Albert Lea Sunday Tribune provided strong coverage of the local club.  In a late May snippet, the paper noted the addition to the 1954 team of Dick Jok, a teammate of Mike Sichko last year at Williamsport of the Eastern League.  Jok's release from New Ulm, where he hit .350 last season, came through Friday, clearing him for the Packer's 1954 opener.

Above Right - Hugh Orphan as the playing manager of the Winona Chiefs for a fourth season. Orphan was selected as an All-Star hurler in 1953. Mid-way through the '54 season, with the Chiefs in last place, winners of just seven of 22 games, Orphan was fired.

Below left - Albert Lea hurler Carmen Ferullo. Right - Mike Sichko.

Carmen FerulloMike Sichko

Bill AnkoviakAl Radsavage
George New



Above left - Albert Lea playing manager Bill Ankoviak.

Right - Winona's big first sacker Al Radsavage.

Left - Albert Lea southpaw George New.


John PoliakDewey WilkinsJohn Sivinski


Albert Lea outfielder John Poliak













Albert Lea left-hander Dewey Wilkins






Albert Lea third sacker John Sivinski