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Dick Rasmussen, the Wisconsin State Baseball League’s first batting champion, became the 21st member of Sheboygan A’s Hall of Fame with his 2010 induction.
Rasmussen hit .463 in 1970, the State League’s inaugural season, to win the batting championship.
That was his best season with the A’s as he led the club in hitting with a .340 average, in hits, 48; runs batted in, 35, and total bases, 71. He followed that with a .319 mark in 1971 to become the first A’s player to lead the team in hitting for two straight seasons. He was one of the leaders on that 1971 team that made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the State NBC Tournament.
A catcher and infielder, Rasmussen hit .313 over seven seasons. Despite leaving the club more than 30 seasons ago and playing just four full seasons, his 11 triples still rank in the top 10 Career List.
An outstanding football player at Sheboygan North, Rasmussen also coached the city’s Legion team before moving to Rochester.
He attended Rochester University where he was an all-state football player and won team awards in both football and baseball as the greatest contributor to the team. In his senior year, he was named the outstanding male athlete at Rochester.
He coached football and baseball at Rochester and in 1979 was the conference coach of the year. He took his Masters in Science Education in 1979 and Doctorate in Higher Education Administration in 1997 from Rochester. He is a former high school chemistry and physics teacher.
Well known in NCAA circles, Rasmussen has served on the NCAA Council, the NMCAA Division III Management Council and chaired the Division III Membership committee. He was a member of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics. He served as past president and is the current secretary-treasurer of the Division III Commissioners Association and co-founder and current Executive Director of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. He is also a member of the NCAA Baseball Bat Research Panel.
At the 2002 NCAA Convention he was honored by his fellow commissioners with their first Meritorious Service Award recognizing significant, sustained achievement and contributions to college athletics at the national level.
He is also an active community volunteer. He is a Scoutmaster and District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, he is a past trustee of the Newman Community Parish at the University of Rochester, he serves as president of his local School Board and is past president of the South Side Little League of Rochester.
The father of three children, Bill, Jennifer and Jessica, Rasmussen, the current Executive Director of the University Athletic Conference, is also an active community volunteer.