Eagle Diamonds' Bios – Current Season
Dan Adler – Outer Garden (Right Field) and Behind (Catcher)
Dan is a pleasant and versatile fellow who joins the Diamonds for his fourth season. In his 2009 rookie season he made his presence immediately felt in the annual Cream City Festival. He collected three hits in a win against the Cincinnati Red Stockings and then struck well again the LaCrescent Apple Jacks, helping his team to a second victory. Dan's "willow" lashed out against the Lemont Quarrymen in last year's contest at Eagle when he swatted for three more "knocks." When not donning the Diamond blue, the former Ball State student attends UW-Wisconsin and coaches the modern version of the sport at Mukwonago High School.
Brent Allen – First Base and Third Base
Brent is a dangerous "striker" who always plays with vigor. He begins his fifth season with the Diamonds. In 2008 his "ash" proved to be solid in helping secure consecutive victories over the St. Louis Perfectos and the Milwaukee Grays. His game performance is known to frequently generate spirited "huzzahs" from the local "cranks." Brent drew a similar reaction from UW-Whitewater football fans, where he achieved All-American honors while playing on the 2007 national championship team. He now coaches that sport at Waldorf College.
Chad Allen – Outer Garden (Left Field)
This talented "ballist" excels in his coverage of the "outer garden" for the Diamonds. Among his crowd-pleasing accomplishments are throwing out "strikers" at first base, and on one occasion, skillfully playing the batted "apple" off of an unsuspecting horse's posterior. The latter incident occurred in a Milwaukee contest. Barehanded, he caught the ball after it bounced off the horse for a putout, only to have the "barrister" rule it a foul ball. Chad is a native of Mukwonago and currently a student at UW-Whitewater.
Danny Cochran – Outer Garden (Right Field) and Second Base
This Iowa boy has found his own "Field of Dreams" with the Eagle Diamonds. Now in his second year, he brings steady play and considerable pluck to each game. He shares his enthusiasm for the sport with his students in Mukwonago where he teaches history at Parkview Middle School and coaches baseball at Mukwonago High School.
Steven Frank – Captain and Shortstop
Steven is an eight year veteran of the team and a graduate of Carroll University. His alma mater, organized in 1846, is Wisconsin's oldest college and the site of the original base ball field where the Waukesha Diamonds took on all 19th century challengers. An internship at Old World Wisconsin found this history major investigating the Diamonds' 1868 origins – the players, rules, and schedules. Steven also coaches the 21st century version of the sport at Mukwonago High School.
Seth Jones – Outer Garden (Center Field)
For the last six seasons, Seth has carefully positioned himself in center field within a grove of maple trees. His superior navigation skills help him snare batted "apples" falling through the branches. At the 2006 Cream City Festival, his booming "ash" led the Diamond "strikers." From his lead-off position, he ignited the team for a hard-fought win over the Downer's Grove Plowboys. He then had a perfect day at the "dish" when facing the Creston Regulators. When not garbed in his woolen Diamonds' uniform Seth studies business administration at UW-Whitewater.
Lee Lovas – Barrister (Umpire)
According to Haney's Base Ball Book of Reference (1867), when selecting a "barrister" teams should choose someone known to be a "true man." That is, "one, who howsoever he may err in judgment, decides a point accordingly to his honest and unprejudiced opinion." As our "true man," Lee keeps order while interpreting the vintage game to the "cranks" in attendance. He is a perennial member, entering his eighth season with the team. Lee resides in East Troy, where the local Thumper nine was defeated by the Waukesha Diamonds in July 1877.
Rob Perkins – Outer Garden (Left Field) and First Base
Rob, a barehanded first baseman and sturdy outer garden "ballist" is an original member of the Diamonds. Ironically, this police officer was recently robbed of a homerun in Menomonee Falls when his towering drive lodged atop a pine tree. The center field defender carefully scaled the 50 foot tree and plucked the ball from a branch before it fell to the ground. This counted as an out, according to rules of the vintage game. A graduate of Ripon College, Rob now patrols the community where the Janesville Mutuals' base ball club "whitewashed" their adversaries in the 1870s.
Scott Perkins – Third Base
One of the original Diamonds, Scott returns for his eighth season. He mans what Haney's Base Ball Book of Reference calls the "most onerous" of the base positions – third base. Scott also holds the distinction of being the first Diamond to hit a ball over the left field fence and across Highway 67. As a graduate of Ripon College, Scott studied on a campus with a rich base ball tradition. The first Ripon College nine initiated play shortly after the Civil War. Its spring 1874 match against Oshkosh Normal (now UW-Oshkosh) marked the first intercollegiate base ball played by any of Wisconsin's normal schools.
John Rossbach – Hurler (Pitcher)
As the Diamonds' primary "hurler," John enjoyed his best season in 2008 when he won eight contests. He also claims several Diamond "whitewashes." He tossed a 6-0 victory against the Oregon Ganymedes in 2007, a 9-0 shutout against the Milwaukee Grays in 2009, and an 11-0 whitewash against the Greenbush Dead Citys in 2010. Last season he added two more shutouts to his record, including one over the Lemont Quarrymen. As a recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point, this math major has figured prominently in the team's numbers over the last six years.
Mike Rossbach – Second Base
Mike consistently finds himself at the top of the Diamonds' batting order. His speed and striking ability make it difficult for opposing "hurlers" to keep him off the bases. In a 2009 victory over the Cincinnati Red Stockings, Mike collected three "knocks." He also excels as a capable second-base tender or a "right-shortstop." He is a native of North Prairie and a graduate of UW-Whitewater.
Jon Schmidt – Right Field
Jon focuses on making barehanded "fly catches" for the Diamonds. Without question, he is overqualified to cover the right field position. Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player (1860) encouraged 19th century teams to assign "the poorest player of the nine" to right field, due to fewer balls heading in that direction. Like several of the founding officers of the original Waukesha Diamonds' club, Jon works in the local banking industry.
Tom Walsh – Third Base and Behind (Catcher)
As a skillful "ballist" who eagerly accepts his captain's assignments, Tom always shines as a teammate. In 2008 his bat boomed in consecutive victories over the Milwaukee Cream Citys Club. More recently in 2010 he collected three base knocks in a win against the Elk Grove Village Bucks. Tom returns for his sixth Diamond season, as a graduate of UW-Lacrosse. When taking care of business on the diamond, he is always on top of the game.