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Monday, December 22, 2008

Mel Olson (Inducted 1986)

Mel Olson Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 28, 1986.
      Mel Olson, former mayor of Fergus Falls and currently a county commissioner, was also a star athlete at Fergus Falls High School in the late 1930s, and also played minor league baseball as a pitcher for the Crookston Pirates, in the New York Giants organization.
      Olson was additionally a member of the first Fergus Falls Red Sox baseball team, established in the summer of 1938. He played for the Red Sox (seven seasons) before and after military service during World War II. In minor league baseball, he pitched for Crookston during the 1940 and 1941 seasons. Both Crookston and the Minneapolis Millers were part of the New York Giants organization, which later moved the franchise to San Francisco in the late 1950s.
      As a pitcher for the Red Sox, Olson played against the Alexandria Clippers who once contracted for an exhibition performance by Dizzy Dean after Dean's major league career was concluded. Olson was also on hand when Alexandria dedicated their lights at the baseball field, and he was present for the same dedication at Detroit Lakes. These teams all became part of the baseball West Central League.
      At Fergus Falls High School Olson participated in football, basketball, and track. He competed in the javelin throw at the state track meet in 1937, the final year the javelin was allowed in competition. He was a member of the Fergus Falls American Legion baseball team for four years.
      Olson and his wife, Ruth, have five children, Peggy, David, Cathy, Barbara, and Dan. David and Dan were also athletes at Fergus Falls High School. Olson previously served with the city council and school board. He retired from Otter Tail Power in 1982.
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