[This article features the three new MBA Hall of Famers with River Valley League ties. For the full article, including Hadley's Myron Bennett and Hutchinson's Bruce Rosenow, click here.]
Dave Hartmann — Arlington
Dave Hartmann played baseball in high school for Arlington, Green Isle and baseball for St John’s University in Collegeville from 1971-1975. He played amateur baseball for the Arlington A’s and the Dundas Dukes.
Hartmann has coached Little League, high school and amateur baseball. He umpired for 20 years at the high school, college, and amateur levels.
In 2004 Hartmann served as co-chairman for the Minnesota Baseball Association State Tournament hosted by Belle Plaine/Jordan.
In 2005 Hartmann was elected as a director on the state board and has served as secretary/treasurer for the past four years.
Hartmann has been involved with “Play Ball Minnesota” to promote baseball in Minnesota.
In addition to baseball, Hartmann has been a United Way board member, Dollars for Scholars committee member and a member of the Rotary Club.
Gary Hess — Fairfax
Gary Hess is passionate about kids being able to play ball. Because of his efforts there is now a fund making baseball available to every kid who wants to play. Hess led youth baseball organizations for more than 20 years.
In 1975 he was director of the Fairfax summer recreation baseball program. From 1976-1996 he was a high school league umpire. From 1986-1993 he coached the seventh and eighth-grade baseball team at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Middle School. He coached the Fairfax Cardinals amateur team for 19 years.
Hess helped bring the Minnesota Baseball Association State Tournament to Fairfax in 2000.
He used his Twins connections to bring “Twins Fun Nights” to Fairfax when Twins stars like Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Halsey Hall,and others came to share a love of baseball and help raise funds for Fairfax baseball.
Randy Heidmann — St Mathias (and Gaylord)
Randy Heidmann was a three-sport athlete at Gaylord High School.
In 1970 he went to play baseball at Mankato State. He was a captain and earned honors as all-conference, all-region and he was named to the NCAA II World Series All-Tournament Team.
He signed a contract to play in the Twins organization in 1973.
Heidmann played amateur baseball fo Gaylord from 1998-2006. He coached traveling youth baseball teams in Brainerd/Baxter.
In 2004 Heidmann was instrumental in establishing an amateur baseball team in St. Mathias.
He managed the team from 2004-2015. He led various fundraising efforts to support the team and maintain the ballpark.
In 2006 Heidmann became the president of the Victory League and holds that position today. Heidmann has served as a youth mentor and contributed to civic organizations.