Gerry “Mize” Meyer, president of the Belle Plaine Baseball Association, tossed out the ceremonial first pitch for the state amateur baseball tourney on Aug. 15 at Tiger Park. Behind the plate was Meyer’s grandson, Jake.
Gerry “Mize” Meyer, president of the Belle Plaine Baseball Association, tossed out the ceremonial first pitch for the state amateur baseball tourney on Aug. 15 at Tiger Park. Behind the plate was Meyer’s grandson, Jake.
Gerry “Mize” Meyer is stepping down as president of the Belle Plaine Baseball Association following over two decades at the helm, effective Jan. 1. He has been a member of the association for 28 years.
Meyer, 75, has been involved in amateur baseball for over half a century as a player, manager, administrator and supporter. He played for and managed the Belle Plaine Tigers from the late-1950s until 1970. He served many years as the president of both the River Valley and Carver Central leagues. Meyer was involved in five Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournaments hosted by Belle Plaine – serving as co-chair of the tournament in 1992 and 2004. The most current state tournament hosting took place this year.
“I told the board after we received the 2014 bid (with Jordan) that I would step down after completion of the tournament. It’s time for a younger person to take the reigns . . . We currently have a very capable board and this is a good time for a change. We have a great program in Belle Plaine and we now have one of the top amateur parks in Minnesota, thanks to the work and pride of many people,” Meyer said.
Other current Belle Plaine Baseball Association Board members are Brad Schultz (vice president), Meyer’s son Brent (treasurer), Brett Kruschke, Ken Tritz, Dennis Lawson, Nathan Muehlenhardt, Shane Hofmann, Jeff O’Brien and Dave Wagner. Meyer has presided over some 250 meetings during his reign has president.
Meyer has received numerous awards throughout his baseball-related career, most notably his induction into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. He also received the 2012 Mike Downes Award. The award is for “outstanding service to Minnesota Amateur Baseball.”
Among the Belle Plaine Baseball Association’s accomplishments Meyer is most pleased with through the years are:
– New grandstand.
– 1994 state champions, a team that was managed by son Brent.
– New scoreboards, the most recent being installed this past summer.
– Irrigation system for the field and ivy for the outfield fences, similar to Wrigley Field in Chicago.
– Many off-the-field amenities, including asphalt, concrete, tables, benches, flagpoles ticket booth and fencing.
“It’s been a great run and I tip my hat to the Belle Plaine community for all their help over the 53 years I’ve been involved with Tiger baseball,” Meyer said.
Meyer said his quote on the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame website “tells it all”
“Baseball has a lot in common with life. Both require dedication, sacrifice, teamwork, enthusiasm, trust, respect and faith to be successful. Job satisfaction is the goal, not just the score on the board.”