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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Roland Harlow (Inducted 1993)

Roland Harlow Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, August 2, 1993.
 
      Roland Harlow is best remembered as the right fielder on the 1950 Fergus Falls Red Sox baseball team that won the state Class AA championship at St. Cloud, defeating an Austin squad that included future New York Yankee Bill (Moose) Skowron.
      A native of Bertha, Minnesota, and an all-around athlete, Harlow played on the 1950 Red Sox squad with fellow Fergus Falls Hall of Famers Harley Oyloe and Duane Baglien. Ten years later he played on the Red Sox team that finished second in the state Class B tourney.
      Many baseball fans also recall Harlow's playing and managing days with Dalton, before and after his career as a member of the Fergus Red Sox. He also took up work as a baseball umpire and referee-with close to 900 games to his credit.
      At Bertha Harlow was a standout in baseball, football, and basketball. The 5-10 and 160-pound athlete later participated in military athletics while in the U.S. Army. He ran on the track team and, following military service, took up ski jumping near Dalton (a common sport in the area).
      Harlow also played sports via the Fergus Falls Recreation Department and City League, took up golf, and teamed with Doug Johnson in 1972 to win the golf Pot-O-Gold tourney in Fergus Falls.
      As a baseball manager, Harlow quickly learned that it involved more than just shuffling players on the field. The manager also had to mow the grass, drag the infield, climb the light towers to change bulbs, solicit money, and line up rides for players. "But town baseball will always be something special to me," admits Roland. "Any extra work was well worth the effort."
      Harlow and his wife, Donna, have five children: Vicki, Mike, Christy, Mary, and Nancy. They have six grandchildren. Roland retired from the Fergus Falls School District in 1985.
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