Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 1, January, 1992 Page: 31
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Home Games Tuesday and Friday Nights: Five Years of the Herder Truckers
to Gindler's Department Store to pick up a shirt that I had won for hitting a home run
over their sign on the outfield fence. I remember hanging out at Johnny Miksch's
cleaners and going next door to the bakery to get fresh kolaches. I remember living at
Ms. Alma Reischner's house and going across the street to pester Leroy Herder, who
was always hard at work, and asking where Charlie Herder was and getting the usual
answer that he was "at the farm."
I remember fondly the trips with Charlie to his farm to see his beloved cows,
and the times that I got to fish in the tanks on the farm, and the time I got to drive his
tractor to mow the grass around the house. I remember seeing my first and only calf
being born at Charlie's farm.
I remember coming back to Weimar after playing a game out of town only
to find everybody in town gone to a dance at the dance hall south of town. I remember
going out to the dance and being "taught how to polka" by Helen Marie Berger lifting
me off the floor and dancing me around the hall.
I remember that long bus trip we all took to Alpine to play Herbert Kokernot's
fine Alpine baseball team with all the Baylor players on it. I remember racing the train
from Weimar to Columbus on the motor bike that I built from a bicycle in the Herder Truck
Line garage with parts and equipment that belonged to Charlie Herder. Only the bike
frame was mine.
I remember living in a big house on the highway with all the other ball players
and eating all of our meals at the Weimar Coffee Shop on a meal ticket. As you can tell,
I have a lot of fond memories of Weimar and a lot of good friends that I am sorry I have
not kept up with.
Jiggs Kana (Semi-retired): Liz, 1, Betty Jove, and Phil stayed in Weimar until 1956. I
resigned at Hill Bank and Trust Company to purchase a Western Auto Store in Eagle Lake,
Texas. We moved to Eagle Lake in November of 1956 and operated the business until
1962. I sold the store and went to work as a clerk-carrier at the U. S. Post Office. I
enjoyed the job because it was mostly outside work, and also left me some time for
fishing, hunting, and coaching Little League teams for several years. I had a great time
trying to make ball players out of the Little Leaguers.
In 1972 the South Central Texas Old Timers Baseball Association and Hall
of Fame was formed and I was elected a charter member. I served as president in 1987
and 1988 and am presently serving as a director. 1987 was a great year for Liz and me.
We became grandparents of lovely twin girls. They are a joy to have around and brought
new life to our family. I retired from the Postal Service in 1984 due to medical reasons.
I needed something to do, so I started in the specialty advertising business. Liz, my lovely
wife, is my driver and advisor. We enjoy it immensely, always meeting new and old
friends in our travels.
Al Kasparek (Retired): I was born in Yoakum on June 2, 1921. I went to St. Joseph
High School in Yoakum, playing basketball and baseball. Our baseball team played in
the Lavaca Catholic League, which included Catholic churches from Worthing, Hal-
lettsville, Shiner, Sweet Home, and Praha. Praha had to drop out of the league after
several of their players got injured when the cotton truck they were riding to a game in
I graduated in 1939 and began pitching in the South Central Texas League
with the Yoakum Toms. I was enlisted in the Air Force on August 29, 1942 and served
until January 26, 1946. In the service, I pitched for Waco Army Air Field with manager
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