WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County Historical Society will present “Moonlighting: Al Huenke on Baseball’s Field of Dreams” with Mike Lackey at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, on the organization’s Facebook Live page, facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory.
Lackey is a retired columnist and baseball historian and will discuss New Bremen native Albert “Mac” Huenke’s professional baseball span.
Courtesy of Auglaize County Historical Society:
New Bremen native Albert (Mac) Huenke, a pitcher known as “a strikeout wonder,” played for several professional baseball teams in the 1910s, including a notably short stint with the New York Giants. Local historian and New Bremen resident Ryan Tinnerman has charted the teams for which Huenke played:
1913-1914: Dallas Giants (Texas League) Class B ball
1914-1915: New York Giants (Major League Baseball)
1915-1916: Rochester Hustlers (International League) Class AA ball
1916: Troy Trojans/Harrisburg Islanders (New York State League) Class B ball
1917: Rochester Hustlers (International League) Class AA ball
About our presenter
A longtime newspaper reporter, editor and columnist, Mike Lackey is also a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where he earned a degree in history, wrote for the student newspaper, and kept statistics during the first golden age of Quaker baseball. He launched his newspaper career as a $45-a-week proofreader in Saint John, New Brunswick, and subsequently worked 36 years for The Lima News before re-tiring in 2008. His most memorable assignment involved traveling 16,000 miles to visit every Lima in the United States.
Lackey has won or shared 10 writing awards from The Associated Press, twice being named Ohio’s top columnist in his circulation category. He also has written for publications and projects of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Allen and Auglaize county historical societies; Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture; and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Lackey spent 16 years researching and writing the biography of Auglaize County native and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer, Bob Ewing (Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing). Mike Lackey lives in Lima.