Amateur baseball: Red Wing Hall of Fame biosRon Gernentz During his long tenure as a Red Wing Amateur Baseball Association board member, Gernentz was involved in concessions and fundraising, among other things.
By: R-E Sports Staff, The Republican Eagle
During his long tenure as a Red Wing Amateur Baseball Association board member, Gernentz was involved in concessions and fundraising, among other things. He also was a member of the Athletic Field grounds crew for Aces, American Legion and VFW games. Gernentz was a principal figure in the upkeep of the field for three amateur state tournaments.
Radtke played with both the Red Wing Aces and Scarlets, beginning with the Scarlets when he was a high school sophomore. He continued until he was drafted into the military service. Radtke played for the Scarlets again upon his return before enrolling at Winona State, where he played baseball and football. He joined the Aces in 1955 when work brought him back to Red Wing and he served as the team's player/manager.
The Goodhue native was a baseball star in Red Wing for more than two decades. He was selected as the most valuable player at the 1993 state amateur tournament after he hit .394 and didn't make in error at first base in helping the Aces defeat Miesville for the title. Shelstad played 12 summers for the Aces, ending his career in 2001. He also played at Mankato State University.
After an accomplished youth baseball career in Red Wing - he was a member of the 1967 VFW team that placed second at state - Turnbull pitched for the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Gophers team that placed third at the 1973 College World Series, making two relief appearances and earning a save at Rosenblatt Stadium. The following year he was the most valuable player on the state champion Aces.
Winkels was on the board of directors for both the Red Wing Amateur Baseball Association and the Classic Cannon Valley League (formerly the Cannon Valley League). He served as the league's secretary-treasure. Winkels also held the title of tournament co-chairman when Red Wing co-hosted the 1991 amateur baseball state tournament.