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Fifty years later, Albany pitcher's long-distance title game feat still stands and he's not done

By Ron Haggstrom, Star Tribune, 06/02/20, 8:00PM CDT


Glatzmaier pitched 12 innings in Albany's 1970 title-winning game. Long runs and bike treks followed.

A photo of Albany's 1970 baseball state championship team signed by its members.

Among his many long-distance athletic achievements, Dick Glatzmaier has run in 35 consecutive Grandma’s Marathons and ridden his bicycle coast to coast across the U.S.

But 50 years ago, as an 18-year-old pitcher, Glatzmaier achieved a distance feat for the Albany High baseball team that had never been done and won’t ever be replicated.

After leading Albany to its first state tournament in school history, Glatzmaier took the mound against New Ulm in the 1970 championship game at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. He went all 12 innings, gave up only five hits, struck out 17 and never allowed a runner past second base as the Huskies prevailed 1-0 to win the program’s only state title.

“That is still my greatest accomplishment,” Glatzmaier said. “I was just glad we won the region championship and got to the state tournament for the first time.”

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