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Lannon History Index : Sports Index

Lannon Baseball, Land O' Lakes, and More

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Transcribed & Edited by Michael R. Reilly

08/01/2016 last Updated

Newly discovered Lannon early baseball history

About 1910-15: [Arthur C.] Miller Hotel in Lannon, the former Leimbach Hotel & Sample Room, sponsored a baseball team called "Miller's Colts". source: Rose Gissal 1899-1991, Remembrances of Rose Miller Gissal, March, 1976, As told to Kathy Pickell, book preserved by her daughter Pat Gissal Schmidt page 13. Copies made by Sussex Historian Fred H. Keller in Sept 2007.

This was the now closed Cornerstone Pub or Ische's. If the Miller Hotel sponsored a team, perhaps the Davis Hotel [Mibb's & Viv's] and the Commercial Hotel [Dugout/Buzdum's] did as well?

The baseball score between Merton and Lannon should have read 5 to 4 in favor of Merton, instead of Lannon.

source: Waukesha Freeman, July 16, 1914

This thumbnail picture appeared in the Sussex Sun, Sept 8, 1998 in an article "Who are these Lannon players?. It's a 1915 Lannon champ pic of the team in the Milwaukee-Waukesha League, and the manager has been identified as Bill Muzzey. Who are the other players?

Land o' Lakes Baseball League mentioned May 11, 1922

Merton - A baseball game was played on the home ground between Merton and Lannon--Merton boy team and Lannon boy team and Merton girl team; Score 1 to 16 in favor of Lannon.

source: Waukesha Freeman, May 5, 1927

Land O' Lakes Baseball


May 1979

Lannon Athletics - Wisconsin 1950 Baseball Team Picture This is a very rare old baseball PICTURE removed from a 1950 Baseball Publication. 1.75 X 2.5






Lannon staves off playoff elimination

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - Monday, September 25, 2000
Author: From Journal Sentinel wire reports

Fueled by 5 1/3 innings of no-hit pitching from Tim Olszewski and five home runs, Lannon defeated West Bend Company, 13-3, in Lannon to stay alive in the Land O' Lakes baseball grand championship playoffs.

A victory by West Bend would have clinched the league championship in the double-elimination playoff format. Instead, the two teams will face each other again next Sunday in West Bend.

Olszewski fanned seven in the complete game effort and faced the minimum 16 batters while allowing no hits through the first 5 1/3 innings.

Home runs were hit by Scott Doffek, Scott Hagen, Dean Haase and Jim Barwick.

Doffek hit two solo home runs while going 4 for 5 with three runs scored.


West Bend Company wins Land O' Lakes

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - Monday, October 2, 2000
Author: From Journal Sentinel wire reports

Travis Phulss hit home runs in his first four at-bats to lead West Bend Company to a 15-7 victory over Lannon in the Land O' Lakes League grand championship game Sunday in West Bend.

It was the first Land O' Lakes title for West Bend Company.

Phulss finished the day 5 for 5 with six RBI and five runs scored.

Darrell Washbrun pitched six innings to earn the victory. T.J. Busse allowed only an unearned run in three innings of relief.

West Bend Company finished with a 21-1 record. Lannon was 19-2.


Land O' Lakes title is West Bend's again

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Author: From Journal Sentinel wire reports

West Bend Company won its second straight grand championship in the Land O' Lakes Baseball League by beating Lannon , 6-3, on Sunday. Brandon Hall's home run in the seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie.

West Bend beat Lannon a year ago for the title.


Lannon's family tree keeps growing

Fathers and sons take the field together for top-tier Land O'Lakes baseball team

In Lannon, they're just carrying on an old family tradition.

When Lannon Stonemen coach Bruce Mayer fills out his lineup card in the Land O'Lakes Western Division baseball league, he needs first and last names. The team already boasts a storied past with names like Reimer and Wnuk stealing headlines summer after summer, and the recent success is due in part to players such as Ron Kozlowski and Jim Barwick. Their sons are having just as large a role.

Kozlowski starred at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, while Barwick is a former University of Wisconsin standout. But that's yesterday's news.

Zach Kozlowski, Ron's oldest son and a sophomore-to-be at Carthage College, is one of the top hitters in the Land O' Lakes Western Division. Zach is almost a shoe-in for LOL Western Division Rookie of the year, and younger brother Tyler just completed his freshman season for the Hamilton varsity team - coached by his father."

"It's really something," Mayer said. "On Saturday at Slinger, Zach had been bugging me to let him pitch, so he pitched the ninth inning," Mayer said. "And we got Tyler in, so they were all in the game at the same time."

"At one time, I hoped I could play in a game with Zach," Ron Kozlowski said. "But I never dreamed I would ever play with Tyler, but to play with both of them really is something."

Ron credited wife Kelly with keeping him around long enough for the opportunity.

"I was ready to shut it down a few years ago once I got to play with Zach, but she said you should stick with it, and maybe play with Tyler, too."

The Barwicks are in a similar boat.

Jim Barwick's youngest son, Danny, just finished his prep season with the Brookfield Central varsity baseball team. Now, he's become the newest branch in the ever-growing Lannon family tree.

"We've got a really nice team, with veterans and young players," Mayer said. "My job should be easy, but it isn't so easy. It's my fault if I can't get all five of these guys on the field at the same time this season."




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