Position: Third base

Hans Lyberg

Class of 2018

Infielder

Lafayette Indians 1985; Hallie Eagles 1986-99


Described by his peers as “your best teammate’s best teammate”, Hans Lyberg was the consummate amateur baseball player – versatile and sure-handed on defense, consistent and clutch with the bat, all while being a dedicated and respected competitor for his team.

Breaking in to the CRBL in 1985, Lyberg hit .316 (12 for 38) for the South Division champion Lafayette Indians. When he became a Hallie Eagle in 1986, Hans again hit above .300 (.309, 25 for 81), marking the second of 12 seasons (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998) in which he hit north of .300. His career high ledger occurred in 1997 when he topped .400 for the Eagles (.404, 21 for 52).

A cornerstone of Hallie’s formidable teams of the 1980s and 1990s, Hans and the Eagles soared to play in eight WBA tournaments (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) and survived to the Final 8 three times (1986, 1988, 1995). Within that era of success, the Eagles captured the CRBL title in 1996, vanquishing the mighty Tilden Tigers 11 to 7 at Hallie’s own Sippel Field.

A right-handed bat, Hans regularly hit from the lead-off spot or the two hole, leading the league in runs scored with 25 in 1991. Performing to the responsibilities of that role, Lyberg would have ten seasons of effectively drawing 10 or more walks with a career high of 18 in 1992 and 1997. In another nod to his consistency, the Eagle rapped 20 hits in six seasons (1986, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) and had 10 RBI’s in eight campaigns (1986, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998).

An All-CRBL pick at utility in 1994, the sure-handed defender was also named Honorable Mention All-CRBL in 1987 (second base), 1990 (second base), and 1996 (infield). A participant in three All-Star games (1987, 1996, 1998), Lyberg’s highest all-time rankings can be found in walks (29th), runs scored (34th), singles (38th) and hits (40th).

Scott Wolfe

Class of 2017

Shortstop, 3rd Baseman, Closer

Augusta Athletics 1999; Eau Claire Bears 2000-10


Often referenced but rarely seen, a “five tool” player is the unique ball player that can hit for power, bat for a high average, run with speed, throw with velocity, and play defense with accuracy and flare.  In the world of amateur baseball in the CRBL and the state of Wisconsin, few individuals exhibited those skills better than the Eau Claire Bears’ Scott Wolfe.

After spending his rookie CRBL season of 1999 as a part-time player for the Augusta Athletics, the lanky infielder came back to his hometown of Eau Claire to play for the Bears in 2000.  After hitting .319 (14 for 44) that season, “Wolfie” emerged as a standout all-around player the next season for Eau Claire.  In the CRBL’s return to wood bats in 2001, Scott hit .362 (21 for 56) while leading the league in runs scored with 16.  He also appeared in his first All-Star game and was recognized as an All-CRBL third baseman, his first such award.

In total, the right-handed stick hit over .300 in nine of his twelve CRBL seasons, including .400+ marks in 2003 (.412, 28 for 68) and 2004 (.489, 22 for 45).  In addition to his leading 16 runs scored in 2001, Scott also paced the CRBL with 73 at-bats in 2006, 8 home runs in 2007, 6 doubles (tied) in 2010, and tied for the circuit lead in saves with 1 in 2002 and 2 in 2004.

Beyond the obvious quantifiable numbers, Wolfe had the immeasurable intangible of excelling in the clutch within all facets of the game.  Used primarily as a closer, Scott received a rare start in the 2002 South Division tie-breaker vs. the Augusta Athletics.  At Augusta, the righty twirled a 3-hit, 7 inning shutout while striking out 8 and walking just 1 in the Bears’ 11-0 win.  Two weeks later, Wolfie’s bottom of the 10th two-run homer put Eau Claire past Ellsworth 6-4 in the first game of the WBA tournament as the Bears were on their way to their first Final 8 appearance.

Earlier in the 2002 campaign, Scott had been named the MVP of the CRBL All-Star game at Hallie in the South’s 7-4 win over the North as he had the go ahead single in the bottom of the 7th inning to put the South ahead 3-2 in addition to being the winning pitcher in relief (4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 HA, 0 BB, 2 K).

Further evidence of Scott’s clutch DNA are numerous.  In the 2006 CRBL championship at Carson Park, Wolfe was named game MVP by going 2-for-4 with 1 run, 2 RBI’s and a double.  Moreover, Wolfe was remarkably named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the WBA tournament three times (2005, 2008, 2009) with each recognition coming for his play at the shortstop position.  As of 2016, Scott is one of only three players to have ever won the WBA Defensive MVP award more than once.

Of course, Scott shined in the regular CRBL season as well.  Perhaps his brightest day occurred on Sunday, July 15th, 2007 in the Bears’ doubleheader sweep vs. the Whitehall Wolves.  In the Bears game two, 11-0 six inning win, Wolfe drilled 3 home runs and drove in 5.  In the game one’s 9-1 victory, Scott hit one home run and drove in 2.  On the day, the big Wolfe was 5-for-6 with 4 home runs, 7 RBI’s, 5 runs scored, and a double.

The string of success that the Bears enjoyed throughout the 2000’s was unquestionably tied to the presence of Wolfe in their line-up.  In Scott’s eleven seasons playing for the Bears, Eau Claire won eight South Division titles (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), five league titles (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009), made it to seven Final 8’s (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and captured three WBA state crowns (2005, 2008, 2009).

Individually, Wolfe played in five All-Star games (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010) and received six All-CRBL awards (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010), with his first three at third base and his last three coming at shortstop.

Upon induction, Scott can be found amidst the all-time CRBL leaders in saves (tied for 8th), batting average (26th), slugging percentage (tied for 32nd), and doubles (32nd).

Pat Prince

Class of 2012
Infielder
Cooks Valley Hayshakers 1971-82; Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks 1983-86


A strong right-handed hitter with prodigious power, Pat Prince tore up league pitching for 16 seasons as a member of Coon Valley Hayshakers and Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks.
With the baseball rich Prince family jump-starting the Hayshakers in 1971, brothers and fellow CRBL Hall of Famers Pat, Joe, and Stan provided plenty of offensive force for Cooks Valley’s line-up during the organizations 13 seasons of existence.
Beginning in 1974, Pat had a string of 12 consecutive campaigns in which he hit better than .300. The bright spot for this streak occurred when he hit over .400 in consecutive years, doing so in 1979 (.407, 24 for 59) and 1980 (.423, 22 for 52).
With his plenteous for power, the long-ball hitting Prince tied for the league lead in that category in 1975 with 2. He hit a career best of 6 homers in 1980 and 1984, while also driving in a personal best 22 runs during those seasons as well.
The firepower of the Prince family and the Hayshakers line-up never quite reached the .500 mark or the WBA tournament. That changed for Pat and brother Stan when they joined the fledgling Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks in 1983 after the Hayshakers disbanded. Pat’s big bat (.380 avg., 3 homers, 17 RBI’s) and veteran play helped the ‘Jacks to a 14 and 6 record, a North Division title, a 13-7 win over Cadott in the CRBL title game, and a spot in the WBA tournament. In the league championship vs. Cadott, Pat stayed true to form by knocking a solo homer in a 1 for 4 day with 3 runs scored.
Prince followed up with another power packed year in 1984 (.333 avg., 6 homers, 22 RBI’s) helping Chippewa Falls to another winning record of 13 and 5 and a second consecutive WBA birth. 1985 was Pat’s last full-time effort, checking in with a .300 ledger, 3 homeruns and 10 RBI’s for the Woodcutter’s 11 and 2 crew that won the North Division for the second time, made their third consecutive WBA tourney, and tamed the Lafayette Indians 8-7 in the CRBL title game. In that victory vs. the Tribe, Pat hit a pivotal 5th inning 3-run homer, knotting the game at 6 runs a piece.
Along his road to 286 career hits, Pat topped the 20 hit barrier seven times, with his 1983 total of 27 being a personal best. Joining brothers Joe and Stan as CRBL Hall of Famers, Pat is ranked all-time between 20th and 29th place in nearly every hitting category.
During his league career, the slugging Prince participated in four all-star games (1971, 1972, 1983, 1985), and was recognized as an All-CRBL pick twice (1974 and 1980).

Jim Landry

Class of 2010

Pitcher, 3rd Baseman

Cadott Lions 1953-56; Cadott Red Sox 1957-59, 61-62


          The consensus among those who saw Jim Landry play is basic but telling — the Cadott native was one of the best hitting and pitching talents to ever partake in league competition.

Landry broke into the league as a 16 year-old, hitting .320 (16 for 50) for the Cadott Lions.  This was the first of five seasons in which he would bat over .300 as a regular, with his career best coming in 1962 when he stroked a .379 average (22 for 58) during his last go around in league play.

The supernova of Landry’s talents took place in 1957.  For the fledgling Cadott Red Sox, the right-hander flourished in the extended, once a week schedule format.  In piling up 146.1 innings pitched, Landry whiffed 173 batters in going 14 and 3 with a 3.26 ERA.  His K total led the league outright, while his 14 wins set him as a co-leader with Cornell’s Marty Webster.  Moreover, the 14 win total by Landry and Webster is still standing as a single season league record.

From the batter’s box in 1957, Landry hit .333 (27 for 81) while hammering out 7 home runs, 27 RBI’s, and scoring 24 runs.  Of course, Jim’s standout season coincided with the Red Sox winning an outright title with a 15 and 3 league mark.

None of his offensive totals from 1957 were league highs, although Landry did turn that trick with 14 base on balls in 1958 and 1962, as well as 17 runs scored in his fine 1962 campaign, in which he hit the aforementioned .379.

The righty’s dominance from the mound continued in 1958.  For the 10 and 0, South Division champion Red Sox, Landry sat down 99 batters in 72 innings while leading the then Chippewa Valley League with an 8 and 0 record, 1.63 ERA, and co-leading total of 2 shutouts.  On May 18th of that spring, Jim threw his first of two no-hitters, a 10-0, 9-inning victory over Seymour.

In 1959, Landry’s 5 and 1 record, 53 innings pitched, 85 K’s, and a 1.87 ERA were highlighted by his second, 9-inning no-hitter.  This one came against Boyd on June 7th in another 10-0 Red Sox win.  In the long and winding history of the CRBL, Landry still stands as the only pitcher to throw two 9-inning no-hitters in league competition.

Missing all of 1960 due to military service, Jim returned midway through 1961 to go 1 and 0 in 15 innings with a 0.60 ERA and tie for the league lead in saves with 1.

In Landry’s last season of league play in 1962, his memorable offensive season was augmented by a pitching mark of 4 and 2 with 64 K’s and a 3.65 ERA in 49.1 innings, helping to push Cadott to a second division title and its first birth in the WBA’s Final 8.

A strong validation of Landry’s talents came in early August of 1958, when the Chicago White Sox offered him a contract to pitch at their single-A affiliate in Toronto.  After strong consideration, Jim declined the offer.

Participated in five All-Star games (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962).  During his six seasons, Landry played on one league champ, two division winners, three WBA qualifiers, and one Final 8 squad.

Upon induction, Jim’s highest all-time ranking can be found in ERA where he is 4th.  He is also holding steady at 5th for strikeouts per nine innings pitched, and 7th for winning percentage.

Dick Krumenauer

Class of 2010

Pitcher, 3rd Baseman

Lafayette Generals 1964; Lafayette Indians 1965-68, 73-74, 76-78


Tough, big, and intimidating.  Among his contemporaries, these are the words still used to describe Dick Krumenauer.  The whipping, three-quarter style delivery employed by the big righty enhanced an already lively fastball and put him on the path of mowing down opposing hitters at a rate never seen — and still unmatched — throughout league history.

Used as both a starter and reliever for Lafayette, “Krummy” was a strikeout monster, averaging an all-time best 14.29 K’s per nine innings during his 11-year league career.  He efficiently eclipsed the century mark four times in whiffs, doing so in 1966 (111 K’s in 65.1 IP), 1967 (122 K’s in 68.2 IP), 1968 (133 K’s in 73.2 IP), and 1976 (133 K’s in 82.1 IP).  His strikeout totals in 1967 and 1976 led the league, as did his innings total from 1976.  Krumenauer also set the pace with the totals of 7 wins in 1967, a 1.71 ERA in 1974, and a 1.53 ERA in 1976.  On his way to collecting 16 career saves — the 2nd highest all-time mark in league play — Dick led the league or tied for the league lead in saves five times, with a personal best of 4 in 1968.

His unblemished 6 and 0 league record in 1974 coincided with the Indians’ 12 and 0 league season, which at that point, was only the 6th time in league history that a team had finished the regular season undefeated.

Krumenauer’s greatest season came in 1976, when his arm and bat led the Indians to a WBA birth and their only league championship in the 24-year existence of the team.  While hitting .308 (16 for 52) with 2 homeruns and 12 RBI’s, Krumemauer was a force on the hill.  For the 10 and 4 tribe, he went 6 and 1 in 82.1 innings pitched with 133 K’s, a 1.53 ERA, and 3 saves.  In that year‘s title game, Krummy spaced nine hits, struck out 11, and laced a double within a nine-inning complete game effort for the Indians as they finally tamed the Tigers, 4-3 at Tilden.

The searing dominance that Krumenauer unleashed from the hill was never more evident than on June 2nd, 1976.  During that night’s 7-2 Indians’ victory over the Chippewa Prides, Dick struck out 25 batters in the 9-inning contest.  Over 30 seasons later, Krummy’s mark of 25 punch-outs still stands as a single game CRBL record.

With Dick in the fold, the Tribe from apple country won division titles in 1966, 1974, 1976, and 1978, qualified for the WBA in 1966, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, and 1978, and ran to the Final 8 in 1977 and 1978.

In six of his nine seasons as a regular pitcher, Dick had a sub-3.00 ERA.  In three of those years (1968,1976,1979), he was below the 2.00 mark.  Consequently, he checks in at 4th all-time in ERA.  In addition to his #2 ranking in saves, he is in the top 10 for strikeouts at #7.

Participated in five All-Star games (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1973).  Named All-CRBL in 1974, one of the two seasons the award was given before it became a yearly institution in 1978.

Randy Rubenzer

Inaugural Class of 2009

Outfielder, 3rd Basemen

Jim Falls Sturgeons 1979-2001


During his 23-year career with the Jim Falls Sturgeons, the heavy hitting Randy Rubenzer established himself as one of the toughest outs to ever set foot in a CRBL batter’s box.

A left-handed stick, Rubenzer was a respected and recognized offensive force, playing in 15 All-Star games (1983-1985, 1987-1992, 1994-1998, 2000) and getting elected to a league record 10 All-CRBL teams (1983-1986, 1988,1990,1991,1995-1997).  He hit .300 or better in 17 seasons, doing so consecutively from 1983 to 1997.  Exceeded the .400 mark in seven of those seasons — .468 in 1984 (22 for 47), .433 in 1986 (29 for 67), .674 in 1988 (29 for 43), .489 in 1990 (23 for 47), .481 in 1991 (26 for 54), .426 in 1997 (26 for 61), and .419 in 2000 (18 for 43).  His stratospheric mark of .674 in 1988 led the league and set a single season record that may never be reached.  He also led the league in hits that year with 29, doubles with 11, runs scored with 27, and walks with 21 while driving in 23 runs during what could be considered one of the handful of greatest seasons ever in league play.  His other league leading outputs were in 1985 when he tied for the top mark with 7 doubles, in 1986 when he was alone in first with 10 doubles, and in 1990 with 22 walks.  Reached 20 or more hits in a season a league record 13 times.

Randy’s standout play coincided with the emergence of the Sturgeons in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as an offensively explosive and formidable foe.  From 1986 to 1993, Jim Falls was 86 and 49 (.637 %), winning a North Division title and playing for a league championship in 1989, qualifying for the WBA from 1986 to 1992, and making it to the Final 8 in 1991.  Rubenzer’s other WBA appearance with the Sturgeons came in 1983.

An all-around player, Randy was equally adept at picking the hot corner as he was shrinking the gaps in Jim Falls’ outfield.  In the mid-1980‘s, he also served as a useful right-handed pitcher for the Sturgeons, grabbing an ERA title in 1985 with a mark of 1.96 (4 ER/18.1 IP).  In 1986, he went 7 and 1 with a 2.96 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched while lacing his .433 average at the dish.  1987 saw Randy eat up another 53.2 innings in collecting a 5 and 4 record for the WBA bound Sturgeons.

Upon induction, he ranks 4th in batting average, 9th in games played, 6th in singles, 2nd in doubles, tied for 2nd in triples, 9th in homeruns, tied for 3rd in RBI’s, 5th in runs scored, 3rd in total bases, 8th in slugging percentage, tied for 11th in stolen bases, and 6th in walks.

Fittingly, Rubenzer was the first league hitter to surpass the 400 hit mark for a career, reaching this milestone in 1999.

Dave Hepfler

Inaugural Class of 2009

Pitcher, 3rd Baseman

Jim Falls Sturgeons 1967-74, 76-78, 89; Hallie Eagles 1979-80, 84, 86-88, 96


During a league career that touched four decades, Hepfler was known from start to finish as a powerful, hard-throwing righty who possessed an electric curveball to compliment a hissing fastball.

In 1968 — his second year in the league — Hepfler became the fourth pitcher in league history to win the pitching triple crown, leading the league with 9 wins, 144 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.38 in a league high 85 innings pitched.  In the 1968 All-Star game, Hepfler’s Sturgeons whipped the League All-Stars 10-2, as he was named MVP for his 3-hit complete game performance in which he notched 14 K’s and retired 21 of the first 22 batters in the game.  At the plate, Dave was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s.

From 1967 to 1969, Hepfler went a combined 18 and 2 with 287 strikeouts in 165 innings and an ERA of 1.59.  Then from 1986 to 1989 — in a testament to his longevity — he went 9 and 0 with 102 strikeouts in 73.2 innings and an ERA of 2.08.  Within this qualitative span, the righty grabbed an ERA title in 1988 with a 1.57 mark and then led the league in saves with 3 in 1989.

In 1987, hurled the league’s 24th no-hitter, a five-inning 15-0 win vs. the Lafayette Lakers.  Led the league in saves with 3 in 1989.  Came out of retirement in 1996 to help the Hallie Eagles win the CRBL title game over Tilden, pitching two innings of scoreless relief.

Possessed power at the plate as well, driving out 31 homeruns and driving in 168 runs during league career.  Attained season high of 5 homeruns twice (1979 and 1987) and 18 RBI’s twice (1971 and 1979).  Hit over .300 in seven of his 18 league seasons, with a high of .390 (16 for 41) in 1969.  Led the league with 20 RBI’s in 1971.

The dual threat that Hepfler provided helped his teams claim seven division titles, two league championships, qualify for 10 WBA tournaments, and survive to play three Final 8’s.

Elected All-CRBL four times (1972, 1979, 1988, 1989) and appeared in five All-Star games (1968, 1970, 1971, 1980, 1984).

Upon induction, his highest rankings as a pitcher include being 2nd all-time in strikeouts per 9 innings, tied for 10th in saves, 11th in total strikeouts, and tied for 13th in wins.  Offensively, his highest level is in homeruns where he is tied for 15th all-time.

George Gannon

Inaugural Class of 2009

Shortstop, 3rd Baseman, Umpire

Lafayette Badgers 1948; Lafayette Braves 1951-55,57-59; Bloomer Pines 1956; Lafayette Generals 1962-64;

Lafayette Indians 1965-70; CRBL Umpire 1970-95


One of the most well-known, well-liked, and well-respected figures in league history, the knowledgeable and personable Gannon was a fixture in league play for nearly fifty years.

Forgotten by many is that Gannon was a hard-nosed and formidable player for 19 seasons.  Upon retiring in 1970, he was the league’s all-time leader in games played, at-bats, hits, singles, doubles, RBI’s, runs scored, stolen bases, walks, and total bases.

Hitting primarily out of the lead-off spot, Gannon led the league in runs scored with 20 in 1963, 18 in 1964, 15 in 1966, and 16 in 1968.  Led the league with 16 walks in 1965 and 12 free passes in 1966.  His hit totals of 24 in 1964 and 25 in 1965 both set the pace among league hitters for those seasons.  Had over 20 hits in a season four times, with his career high of 25 in 1965.  Won two batting titles, hitting .414 in 1964 (24 for 58) and .397 in 1965 (25 for 63).  Hit over .300 eight times, with his .414 mark in 1964 being a personal high.

A key figure on the highly competitive Lafayette teams of the 1950’s and 1960’s, he helped the Generals win a division title, qualify for the WBA, and make the Final 8 in 1963.  In 1966, he hit .300 for an Indians team that won their first Eastern Division title and qualified for their first WBA tournament.

A participant in eight All-Star games, (1951, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965) George played in the era before the All-CRBL awards became a yearly institution.

A highly respected official, George umpired admirably in league play for over 25 years, capping off an involvement in the CRBL that stretched across seven decades.

Roger Bergeron

Inaugural Class of 2009

3rd Baseman, Outfielder, Manager

Jim Falls Nosal 1958; Jim Falls Dairymen 1959-60; Jim Falls Cadets 1961-64; Jim Falls Sturgeons 1965-81


Roger “The Duke” Bergeron spent his entire 24-year league career in Jim Falls, using his left-handed stroke to amass one of the more impressive offensive careers in CRBL history.

Piled up 366 hits in 1,257 at-bats for a career average of .291.  Holds league records for career triples with 14 and single-season triples with 5, set in 1968.  Hit over .300 for eight consecutive seasons, starting his tear at a clip of .362 in 1967 and concluding it at .311 in 1974.  Other .300+ season came in 1965, when he hit .333 (20 for 60).  Had 20 or more hits in a season five times, doing so four years in a row from 1967 to 1970.

In 1968, led the newly named CRBL with 72 at-bats, 22 hits, 5 triples, and tied for the lead in RBI’s with 15 for the 14 and 4 WBA qualifying Sturgeons.  Followed that in 1969 with possibly his finest season when he led the league in batting average at .378 (28 for 74), hits with 28, triples with 3, RBI’s with 22, and runs scored with 19.

Steered the ship as manager of the Jim Falls Sturgeons from 1971 to 1979, a nine season period considered to be one of the best eras in franchise history.  Playing at Jim Falls‘ famous field, Roger and the Sturgeons captured a division title and played for the league championship in 1973.  The Bergeron led Jim Falls squad qualified for the WBA three times (1972, 1973, 1975), and made the Final 8 twice (1972 & 1975).

Appeared in eight All-Star games (1961-1965, 1968, 1970,1971).  Elected All-CRBL in 1972.  First player in league history to reach 50 doubles, 300 hits, and 1,000 at-bats in a career.  Retired as the all-time leader in games played, at-bats, hits, singles, doubles, triples, RBI’s, runs scored, walks, and total bases.