Baseball: Four to be inducted to Red Wing Baseball Hall of Fame
The Red Wing Baseball Hall of Fame will induct four new members at their induction banquet today at the American Legion Clubroom in Red Wing.
Tickets for the banquet are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Social hour being at 5 p.m., followed by a meal at 6 p.m. and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
The Red Wing Baseball Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to honor, through enshrinement, individuals with exceptional careers while playing for a Red Wing team and to recognize others for significant achievements and contributions that they made to Red Wing baseball, according to the Red Wing Aces amateur baseball website.
The inductees include:
• Dan Halvorson. A force in Red Wing baseball throughout the youth, VFW, Legion and high school ranks, Halvorson brought his talents to college, playing for Winona State.
After college, Halvorson signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins. Upon ending his professional career, Halvorson, who went by the nickname “Toad,” returned home and played for the Red Wing Aces. Halvorson resides in Red Wing.
• Jim Kelly. Still revered for his power on the diamond, Kelly played for the Red Wing High School team as well as the Aces. Kelly was a member of the Aces’ 1990 state championship team.
While he proved his worth on the baseball field, football was Kelly’s first love as he was recruited by the University of Nebraska.
Jim is the father of Pat Kelly, who is the starting second baseman and an All-Big Ten Conference player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team. Kelly resides in Red Wing.
• Tom Lilledahl. After moving to Red Wing in 1988, Lilledahl became a fixture in the Red Wing baseball community. Fresh out of playing college ball at Minnesota State University, Mankato, which included a trip to the 1986 Division II World Series, “Lilly” came to Red Wing and played for the Aces until 2001.
Known for his vacuum glove and his clutch hits, the Le Sueur, Minn., native was the starting shortstop for the 1990 and 1993 state champion teams. Lilledahl also coached Babe Ruth baseball in Red Wing, was an umpire in the area and was a member of the Red Wing Amateur Baseball Association Board of Directors. Lilledahl resides in Dodge Center, Minn.
• Tim Ulvenes. A Red Wing native, it took Ulvenes a while to get back into baseball after graduating Red Wing Central High School. Ulvenes served four years in the United State Navy, where he was stationed on the USS Forrestal. After being honorably discharged, he went to college at Wisconsin-River Falls, then returned home to teach at Twin Bluff Middle School for 30 years.
While back in Red Wing, Ulvenes has served on the Red Wing Amateur Baseball Board of Directors, the Red Wing Baseball Grounds Crew and the American Legion Executive Board of Directors. He was an umpire in the area for 20-plus years, and was a fixture with the Legion baseball team for 25 years. Ulvenes resides in Red Wing.