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Bob Lind, Published June 22 2012

Lind: A bit of baseball nostalgia from 1959

The baseball season is in high gear. Been out to see the RedHawks yet?

In any event, here’s a bit of baseball nostalgia from 1959.

It comes from Dean Kvidt of Dilworth, who that year was an outfielder for the Cook Sign team that represented the Fargo Park Board League in the North Dakota Amateur Baseball League state tournament in Jamestown.

Dean was 21 and had just returned from military duty in Korea.

The other members of the team were Earl Berger, Tom Engh, Don Knutson, Jerry Larson, Bruce Morgan, Pat Vickers, Kent Zabel, Ed Forsythe and Larry Paulson.

Allen Zitzow was the batboy, and the manager was Harry Halvorson.

The Cook team didn’t win, Dean says, but he remembers how much he enjoyed playing in that tournament and in all the team’s games.

“We were all there for one purpose,” he says, “and that was to have fun and play the game (without steroids!).

“There were no buses to transport us from game to game, no coolers to tow along, just us, looking forward to playing the All-American sport of baseball.”

Dean is sure all the members of that Cook team remember the “good old days, even though we can no longer run the bases or touch home plate – but good memories remain.

“Isn’t it funny how time slips away?”

Sure is, Dean.

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