MUNGER JOINS MASA HALL OF FAME: Former Frankenmuth resident and Frankenmuth High School alumnus, teacher and coach Ralph Munger was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Softball Association’s (MASA) Hall of Fame at a banquet held at The H Hotel in Midland on Saturday, January 24. Munger was joined by his family, friends and fellow teammates and opponents at the ceremony. Pictured above, seated (l-r) are Ralph, his grandson, Thys VanderWall, and his wife, Kathy (Krafft) Munger. Back: Daughter Johanna VanderWall, and her husband, Jason, and his daughter Cassidy Dunham, and her husband Aaron.
SUPPORTING RALPH’S INDUCTION: A large contingent of past Frankenmuth fastpitch softball players attended the 2014 Michigan Amateur Softball Association’s Hall of Fame Banquet, held at The H Hotel in Midland January 24. These men either played with, competed against, coached or sponsored teams with former Frankenmuth resident Ralph Munger (center, with plaque). The group included, front row (l-r): Wayne Lassiter, Russ Ackerman, Al Rodammer, Munger, Herb Zeilinger and Dick Krueger. Back: Mike Bender, Fred Hecht, Bill Bender, Oscar Jammer, Carl Hoppe, Ed Opperman, Mark Jarlock and Al Nuechterlein. The MASA Hall of Fame was founded 34 years ago and seven other Frankenmuth-area players have been inducted. They are: Al Compau, player, 1992; Zeilinger Beverage, sponsor, owners Red Zeilinger and Herb Zeilinger; 1993; Al Poellet, player, 2006; Tom Stasik, player, 2009; Dick Krueger, meritorious service, 2010; Tiffany’s Food & Spirits, sponsor, owners Russ and Tracy Baker; and Al Rodammer, meritorious service, 2012.