BORN: MARCH 17, 1928, MUSKEGON, MI
A prep star at Muskegon St. Mary, Fred Storck was a reliable bat and a
popular player throughout an 11-year baseball career.
Storck started his professional career in 1946 as a pitcher in the Cleveland
Indian organization, but would ultimately find his niche in the outfield.
A Central Association All-Star selection as a member of Indians' Class C
affiliate in Burlington, IA in 1948, Storck spent a year in Class B ball with
Chicago Cubs affiliates before being plucked by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the annual minor league
draft in late 1949.
Storck had a huge year at Class AA Fort Worth in 1950, batting .297 in 98 games. He was expected to join the Dodgers' major league roster in 1951, but he was drafted into the Korean War in the fall of 1950.
After serving his country for two years, Storck resumed his baseball career. He had back-to-back big seasons at Pueblo, knocking in a career-high 83 runs in 1954 and smacking a career-high 22 home runs in 1955. Storckís final season was 1956, after which he returned home to Muskegon and started a 30-year career as a detective with the Muskegon Police Department. He retired from the police department in 1987.
BORN: February 7, 1974, WINONA, MS
A Muskegon Heights kid who delighted in exceeding expectations,
Trinity Townsend led the Heightsí Quiz Bowl team to state prominence, but it was on the track where he left his biggest mark.
Townsend was a 400-meter state champion who went on to become a four-time All-American runner at the University of Michigan. The 800 meter became his specialty at the college and post-collegiate level.
A Big Ten champion in the event, he placed third at the 1998 U.S. Nationals, a performance that would have given him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team if it had been an Olympic year. Townsend placed fourth in the 800 meters at the 1996 NCAA Nationals, fifth at the 1999 U.S. Nationals and sixth at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
In 2010, he was inducted into the University of Michigan Menís Track & Field Hall of Fame, an elite fraternity which, at the time, included just 54 members. He continued to do his hometown of Muskegon Heights proud after hanging up his running shoes, teaching high school in Ann Arbor for several years while completing his law degree.
HOCKEY TEAM of 1961-62
A very good way to start a fight, or at very least a heated discussion, is to
gather some former Muskegon professional hockey players and fans together and ask
them what was the greatest single team in Muskegonís 50-year professional
One thing that is not disputable is the first team to bring Muskegon a professional league championship. That prestigious honor belongs to the 1961-1962 Muskegon Zephyrs, a group which was small in numbers (carrying just 13 players for much of the season) but long on talent, winning the International Hockey Leagueís Turner Cup title. The 1962 Zephyrs were led by two of the leagueís top scorers in Joe Kastelic and Bryan McLay, both already members of the MASHF. The teamís other wingers were Ron Stephenson, Stan Konrad, Ken Hayden and Claude Boucher. The centers were Lyle Porter, Warren Back and Larry Lund. Muskegon only had three defensemen on the final roster, with one of those being player/coach Moose Lallo, along with Gerry Glaude and Joe Kiss. The star player in the Turner Cup finals was goaltender Jim McLeod.
The Zephyrs finished with an outstanding 43-23-2 record in the regular season, but really caught fire in the playoffs. Muskegon beat the Indianapolis Chiefs in five games in the opening round, and the Minneapolis Millers in five games in the league semi-finals. Led by the acrobatic goaltending of McLeod, the Zephyrs then posted a stunning four-game sweep of the favored perennial power St. Paul Saints in the finals. The team was owned by Jerry DeLise. Frazier Gleason was the teamís trainer and Dick Bittner the office manager.