Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfield | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted Senior Con n e ct ion s is distributed to: March/April 2021 VOLUME 3 | NO. 2 Senior Con n e ct ion s HJ.COM Gerald ‘Beans’ Roepke retires as Region 7C baseball commissioner after 20 years KIP KOVAR Sports Editor NEW GERMANY – Amateur baseball is all about volunteering your time. No one’s done more than that for the past two decades than Gerald “Beans” Roepke of New Germany. After serving as Region 7C com- missioner for the past 20 years, Roepke announced his retirement last summer at the end of the Region 7C tournament, but it became official at the fall Crow River Valley League meeting. “I enjoyed working with all the teams from the past and present,” Roepke said. “Everybody was always very cooperative. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support. It’s just a good feeling.” When Bob Hope went overseas to entertain the troops, and his show came to an end, he would walk to the front of the stage and say ‘thanks for the memo- ries’. That’s what I want you to remember from this. Thanks for the memories.” While the memories are abundant for Roepke dur- ing his time serving Region 7C and the Crow River Valley League, he believed it was simply the right time to have someone else step in. “My choice of retiring as commissioner marks 20 years,” Roepke said. “I felt it was time to have a change. It’s time to get some different blood in there with different ideas.” The name “Beans” goes back to his playing days for the New Germany Dutchmen. A member of the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, the nickname has stuck with him all these years as he’s continued to be around the game of baseball. “His presence will be missed greatly,” Minnesota Baseball Association board member Jason Kuerschner said. “This past summer after the Region 7C Tournament when Beans announced he was retiring, it was a testa- ment to his work within the Region that he received a well-deserved standing ovation by the fans in the league. This was a tremendous moment for Beans to know that he has left his mark on our league and re- gion that will not soon be forgotten.” Whether it was his playing days for the Dutchmen, or his time as Region 7C commissioner, people knew the name. “I started playing for Green Isle in 1968 so I know Beans very well,” Joe Kreger said. “New Germany had More BEANS ROEPKE on Pg 3 Gerald “Beans” Roepke poses with his plaque after announcing he will be stepping down as Region 7C commis- sioner. Pictured with Beans are Dave Sell, Denis “Soup” Campbell, Dustin Brockoff, and Jason Kuerschner. SUBMITTED PHOTO