South Dakota American Legion Baseball Player of the Year

The Legion Baseball Player of the Year Award was founded in 1951 and is awarded to the best player in the State Tournament each year. The State Athletic Commission votes to determine the Player of the Year.

YEAR

CLASS A PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CLASS B PLAYER OF THE YEAR

2014

 Matt Minnick – OF – Rapid City Post 22

Jacob Leighton – P – Madison

2013

Greg Schaefer – OF – Rapid City Post 22

Tanner Anderson – 3B – Vermillion

2012

Matt Thomas – P – Brookings

Jamie Jorgenson – P – Groton

2011

Alex Schultz – P/IF – Sioux Falls East

Dustin Steckler – P/SS – Garretson

2010

Parker Sullivan – Rapid City Post 22

Tyson Gau – P/SS – Alexandria

2009

Kolton Emery – P – Rapid City Post 22

Tyler Johnson – P – Vermillion

2008

Justin Kline – P/C – Aberdeen Smittys

Brady Nolz – P/IF – Parkston

2007

Trey Krier – P – Sioux Falls West

Tom Murtha – P – Parkston

2006

Josh Nolan – IF – Rapid City Post 22

Jared Donahue – P/OF – Winner/Colome

2005

Chris Kessinger – IF/P – Sioux Falls East

Jeremy Wermers – P/IF – Parkston

2004

Chris Kessinger – OF/P – Sioux Falls East

Brock Kreutzfeldt – P/3B – Madison

2003

Corey Benson – P/IF – Sioux Falls West

Travis Lester – IF – Milbank

2002

Andrew Shepherd – Rapid City Post 22

Pat Krause – IF – Milbank

2001

Greg Geary – 1B – Rapid City Post 22

Trey Flicks – OF – Groton

2000

Brad Hunt – P/IF – Rapid City Post 22

Jesse Kurtenbach – C – Groton

1999

Josh DeJong – P/2B – Mitchell

James Gordon – UTIL – Scotland

1998

Rusty Remmers – OF – Watertown

Jay Merrigan – CF – Vermillion

1997

Kris Garry – CF – Sioux Falls

Landon Jacobsen – P/SS – Brandon

1996

Luke Wheeler – 3B – Rapid City

Dallas Schneiderman – P/SS – Brandon

1995

Mark Ellis – SS – Rapid City

Scott Johnson – P/1B – Flandreau

1994

Mark Ellis – SS – Rapid City

Ryan Gordon – P/C – Salem

1993

Ryan Merritt – LF – Rapid City

Jeremy Hinker- P/1B/OF – Howard

1992

Dan Conrad – C – Sioux Falls

Lee Fischer – P/OF – Wessington Springs

1991

Kyla Yamada – SS – Rapid City

Nick Johannsen – P/OF – Miller

1990

Ryan Krogman – P/SS – Brookings

Peter Wilson – P/IF – Canton

1989

Mike Lorang – P/CF – Sioux Falls

Doug Sehr – P – Canton

1988

John Legel – SS – Sioux Falls

Donny Godel – SS – Winner

1987

Shawn Muffat – OF – Rapid City

Gary Kortan – P/SS – Tabor

1986

Marty Andrews – C/P – Rapid City

Rob Stack – P/SS – Tabor

1985

Steve Ramharter – CF/P – Sioux Falls

Steve Fejar – C/P – Tabor

1984

Todd Miller – 2B – Aberdeen

Eric Larson – OF – Groton

1983

Mike Erbele – C – Rapid City

Dennis Putzier – C – Colton

1982

Burt Beattie – P/SS – Aberdeen

Gene Lorenz – P/SS – Clark

1981

Kent Torve – P/3B – Rapid City

Bruce Mogen – P/1B – Mobridge

1980

Roger Lewis – P – Rapid City

Kevin Hofer – C – Scotland

1979

Steve Wolff – SS – Rapid City

Brett Neuman – C – Groton

1978

Bud Bartholow – OF/C/P – Rapid City

Rich Zimney – P/OF – Groton

1977

Jim Hendrickson – OF – Rapid City

Brooks Gehring – P/1B – Parkston

1976

Rich Downs – C – Rapid City

Ron Westby – P/SS – Groton

1975

LeRoy Weimer – C – Rapid City

Ron Hoffman – P/1B – Colton

1974

Craig Soderquist – 1B – Rapid City

Kirk Carr – SS/P – Orient/Faulkton

1973

Joe Ewing – OF/P – Rapid City

Joe Walter – OF/P – Howard

1972

Bill Ewing – 2B/P – Rapid City

Tom Maxwell – P/IF – Parkston

1971

Dave Collins – 1B – Rapid City

Ron Weidler – P/OF – Howard

1970

Terry Danielson – C – Rapid City

Larry Keeton – OF – Wessington Springs

YEAR

PLAYER OF THE YEAR (ONE CLASS)

1969

Cliff Anderson – P/C/1B – Dell Rapids

1968

Greg Stanczyk – OF – Rapid City

1967

David Lee Bauer – P/SS – Eureka

1966

Raymond L. Johnson – P/SS – Canton

1965

James Moreland – 3B – Sioux Falls

1964

James Geaghan – SS –Gregory

1963

Erin Peterson – 2B – Rapid City

1962

Robert Dorn – C – Chamberlain

1961

Gene Thedorff – P – Huron

1960

Wally Johnson – SS/P – Aberdeen

1959

Jerry Crider – P – Sioux Falls

1958

John Beisner – C – Rapid City

1957

Lew Mavity – SS – Sioux Falls

1956

Roger Hackett – P – Aberdeen

1955

Kermit Kidner – P/1B – Rapid City

1954

Mike Braun – P – Flandreau

1953

Marvin “Mike” Poppens – P – Lennox

1952

Ronald Peterson – C – Sioux Falls

Lyle Dahme – P – Aberdeen

1951

Joe Belak – P – Gregory

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