- United States
Class of 2018
Eau Claire Twin City Sports 1961-70
Eau Claire Classic Baseball League 1961-65
Chippewa Valley League 1966-68; Pierce-Pepin County Baseball League 1969-70
As manager of the Eau Claire Twin City Sports, George Farmer directed one of the most successful organizations and teams in the rich history of the CRBL. In doing so, he created an admirable legacy of being a selfless promoter, tireless organizer and proud advocate for amateur baseball in northwest Wisconsin.
One of the driving forces behind the creation of the Eau Claire Classic Baseball League (1960-65), Farmer began his time with the Twin City Sports in 1960 as their business manager. In 1961, George took on the demanding dual role of business manager as well as field skipper, essentially running the entire Twin City Sports’ operation on his own. It is a role he would flourish in until his last year with the club in 1970.
During his 10 seasons at the helm of the Sports’ crew, Farmer compiled a resounding and enviable record of achievement and service across three amateur baseball leagues. In league battles, George’s Twin City Sports won two Eau Claire Classic Baseball League championships (1964 and 1965), lost in an ECCBL championship game (1961), claimed one Pierce-Pepin County League crown (1969) and went 21 and 12 in three seasons of play (1966, 1967, 1968) in the Chippewa Valley League, the forerunner to the current day Chippewa River Baseball league.
Within the unforgiving WBA tournament, the Sports enjoyed an incredible amount of success, playing in the WBA during each of Farmer’s ten seasons as manager (1961-70). During those appearances, Twin City survived to play in five Final 8’s (1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1970), made it to three WBA championship games (1963, 1964, 1970) and one WBA championship series (1968). In 1964, Farmer’s squad captured their lone WBA title when they beat the Pepin Lakers 9-3 in the title game at Milltown.
While leading Eau Claire through this exemplary run of success, George secured three WBA Finals to be hosted at Eau Claire’s Carson Park (1967, 1968, 1970) as well as three WBA regionals (1967, 1968, 1970). In the process, he accomplished the demanding and unique feat of hosting both a WBA regional and final in the same season, doing so at Carson Park in 1970.
From a historical perspective, Mr. Farmer should be remembered with appreciation for being a strong, unabashed and persistent advocate for the immeasurable benefits and qualities that amateur baseball can provide to its participants and supporting communities.
Plainly stated, George’s achievements on and off the field as a manager, organizer and promoter have been – and will be – matched by very few throughout the CRBL’s long and winding existence. With his induction, George Farmer rightly takes his place as one of the Chippewa River Baseball League’s all-time greats.
Managerial Record: G W L Pct. Division Titles League CS
Combined ECCBL, 140 95 45 .679 1 3
CVL, & PPCBL
(WBA) App G W L Pct. Final 8’s WBA CS
Combined ECCBL, 10 29 18 11 .621 5 1
CVL, & PPCBL