East Silent Resort had a very special guest recently…former major league baseball star Jack Dittmer (pictured below wearing hat). Jack and his wife Darlene, along with good friends (the Matt’s) enjoyed touring Otter Tail County.
Jack played basketball, football, and baseball for the University of Iowa in the 1940’s. In fact, he was the last athlete to earn 9 letters!!! He was chosen Iowa’s Most Valuable Player in 1949, and was in the school record book for a long time as the career leader in touchdown catches with 13. As a senior, he set a Big Ten Conference season record for yards gained in pass receiving with 333.
Jack’s first year in the majors was with the then-Boston Braves in 1952. In 93 games, he hit .193. But improvement came quickly.His best season was 1953, after the franchise was moved to Milwaukee. It was his first season as a regular, and he hit .266, belted nine home runs and 22 doubles and had 63 runs-batted-in.