Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 1, January, 1992 Page: 35
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Home Games Tuesday and Friday Nights: Five Years of the Herder Truckers
and hits, etc. I was lucky enough to win $10 one night by hitting a triple off the Moody
Motor Co. sign in center field.
It was one of the most fun filled seasons of baseball that I ever played.
Johnny Miksch (From The Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1986): John Miksch, widely
known in baseball and golfing circles and a former mayor of Weimar [1965-1968], died
at noon Thursday, Nov. 13, in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, of heart disease....
Miksch, a decorated World War II veteran, was in the cleaning and pressing
business here for nearly 50 years before retiring at the end of 1981.
He bought Sanitary Cleaners from Edgar Klockmann in 1933, later selling it,
then was in and out of the cleaning and pressing business before being drafted into the
Army in 1942.
He spent three years in the Army, two overseas, winning the Soldier's Medal
for valor, the Bronze Star for meritorious service, and a Purple Heart. He came out of
the service in 1945 as a first sergeant.
He bought Billeck's Pressing Shop in 1946, changing the name to City
Cleaners, and operated it until selling to Ken Hodde at the end of 1981.
Miksch played and managed baseball from childhood on, but the big-time for
him began in 1947 [actually, 1948] when he and other Weimar citizens built Weimar's
first lighted ball park on land purchased by the two veterans' organizations.
It was one of the first four lighted fields in this part of Texas, the others being
at Conroe, Baytown, and Sinton. Veterans Memorial Park became the twice-weekly
mecca of semipro baseball fans of a wide surrounding area, attracting crowds of 1,500
to 3,500 to this town of less than 2,000 population.
The Herder Truckers under his managing peaked in 1949. The players were
a combination of college athletes who took summer jobs here and hometown boys.
In 1949 the Truckers won the state semipro title and placed fourth in the na-
tional championship playoff at Wichita, Kansas, where they also won the title of "No.
1 town team in the Nation."
It was also in 1949 that the Truckers won the Houston Post Tournament,
which entitled them to play the Houston Buffs, predecessors of the Astros, and they beat
Semipro ball began to fade in 1950 and 1951, but the Truckers' crowds in
two years had paid off the debt on a first-class ball park.
Miksch turned his energies toward his second love, golf. In 1953 he
redesigned the public golf course here and built its first grass greens, also installing a
sprinkler system. In 1962 he re-laid the course and built three new greens. Officially he
was president of the Weimar Golf Club for many years. Unofficially he spent almost as
many hours caring for the greens and fairways as he did at his cleaning business.
A talented golfer, in 1963 he played on a golf team representing Temple
Country Club that won the $50,000 International Gold Cup Tournament in Las Vegas.
Born Nov. 13, 1910, at Holman, he was a son of Frank and Julia (Heger)
Miksch. He married Pauline Neiser here on Sept. 24, 1940. For the past several years
the couple have managed Hill Memorial Park Golf Course. He was a member of the VFW,
Knights of Columbus, and Chamber of Commerce...
Luther Scarborough (Life Insurance Underwriter): Playing baseball with the Weimar
Herder Truckers was a tremendous experience for me. The summers of 1951 and 1952
were really special. Any summary of those years would start with Charlie Herder. He
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