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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Where Are They Now?
The following autobiographical and biographical sketches (with the excep-
tion of that for John Miksch) were written for a proposed Herder Trucker reunion in the
summer of 1990. Because Charlie Herder became ill, the reunion was never held.
Hilbert "Buddy" Boeer (Retired): After leaving the Herder Truckers, I moved my family
in the latter part of 1948 to Houston and went to work for Shell Oil Company at the Deer
Park Refinery. I continued my baseball playing with the Shell Oilers for five years. We
played the Herder Truckers for the semi-pro title at Brenham in 1951. The Truckers were
victorious in the deciding game with a score of 9-7. In 1954, I hung up the old bat and
glove and took up umpiring baseball for the next 14 years. I called everything from Little
League through college. When it got to the point of not being fun anymore, I decided
to retire from the game completely.
I retired from Shell Oil Company in 1976 after 29 years of service. I lived
in Pasadena, Texas with my wife and four children, three girls and one boy, for thirty
years. After the children were grown and left home, my wife and I returned to live in
Weimar in 1984 where we plan to live out our lives. Currently I am trying to catch up
on my hunting, fishing, "Honey-do" jobs, and keeping up with my five grandchildren,
three boys and two girls.
Cotton Davidson (Assistant Head Football Coach, Baylor University): After leaving
Weimar in 1952, I graduated from Baylor the following year. The next 15 years I spent
in professional football, except for two years in the service. I played with the Baltimore
Colts, Dallas Texans, and Oakland Raiders. I retired in 1969 to my ranch in Gatesville.
In 1972 I joined the Baylor coaching staff and have been there for 18 years.
I married Carolyn Mabry in 1954. We have four children that have all
graduated from Baylor University and they have produced seven grandchildren.
TravisA. Eckert (Insurance Agent): I am a native of Austin, Texas and played for Weimar
from 1950 to 1953. I played only a short while in 1950 as a fill in player while the Texas
Longhorn baseball players were in Omaha for the College World Series.
I have been in the general insurance business since I graduated from the
University of Texas in 1955 and now own the Travis Eckert Agency, Inc. I married Carol
Foust of Austin, the girl I was going with when I played in Weimar, and we have three
children, Clairlea, 34, Lauren, 32, and Will, 30.
My fondest memories of Weimar are all about the wonderful people that I met
who made Weimar such a great place to play ball and live in the summer. I remember
being in Raphael's Weimar Coffee Shop for lunch and seeing a crowd outside looking up
at the water tower with George Dixon Berger perched on top and his mother, Helen
Marie, on the bottom rung of the ladder telling George Dixon to come down that minute
or she was coming up to get him.
I remember Dixie Hiller making Carol and me matching Western shirts to wear
to parties in Austin. I remember Ham and Edgar Beken buying the baseball players at
Root & Toot's the biggest T-bone steaks in the house "back to back" just because they
loved to see people eat as much as they each could. I remember Ms. Alma Reischner's
parrot strutting the half block to town shouting "I am Ms. Alma's pretty boy."
I remember playing golf with the mayor, Teddy Brasher. I remember going
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