By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Jerry Klemm is a 60 year old chiropractor who resides in Falls Church, Virginia and also doubles as the commissioner of the long-standing DC MSBL located in our nation's capital. He is old enough to idolize the likes of Frank Howard and Cal Ripken but young enough to appreciate the remarkable talents of their successor Bryce Harper.
For Jerry's hard work behind the scenes at the DC MSBL and his passion for the game, MSBL Founder and President Steve Sigler has honored Jerry as a 2016 recipient of the MSBL Honor Roll award. Jerry took a moment to fill in some blanks for us.
Your name: Jerry Klemm, D.C.
City or town of residence: Falls
League name: DCMSBL
Town where league is based: Washington,
DC Metro Area
Where did you grow up? Vienna, VA
What do you do for a living? Chiropractor
Family information: Wife Mariana
Carroll Klemm, daughter Jenifer, sons Jeremy & Chris, and granddaughter
Describe your baseball resume: Played
one year of college ball at George Mason U.
What is your greatest baseball moment,
either watching or playing? Watching my son Jeremy double in the go-ahead
and eventual winning run late in a Father/ Son Tournament playoff game; playing
on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown with my son, Chris; helping daughter
Jenifer’s high school softball team win their only game of her four seasons on
the varsity team.
When did you start playing for MSBL and how
did you hear about it? Began in 1982 after a patient told me that he was
playing hardball. I was just hoping to make his 30+ Fairfax Mudhens roster and was stunned to find myself starting at
shortstop and becoming the 4 and 5 spot hitter a month into the season.
Do you still play? No
What is the best thing about your league? We
try very hard to give everyone a "level playing field” and do whatever we can
to make our coaches’ jobs as easy as possible.
Do you participate in any MSBL national
tournaments? Played for the DC Nationals Father/ Son team in the MSBL Arizona World Series from 1999-2012. Played
and coached various other World Series tournament teams those same seasons.
Questions just for fun:
Who is your favorite player of all time and
why? I grew up watching Frank Howard of the Washington Senators so he will
always be near the top of my favorite player list. Cal Ripken made the most of
his physical skills and always showed respect for the game. Bryce Harper may
well be my favorite player by the end of his career.
Are there any comments about MSBL you wish
to share? I’m very thankful to Steve Sigler and others with the vision to
find ways for grown men to play hardball, to Larry Lombardi, Roger Stanley and
the late, great Jim Beck for laying the groundwork for DCMSBL and allowing me
to help run the league. Also to the
players and coaches of both DCMSBL and the various Arizona tournament teams for
putting up with me, and especially my family for their love and support as I
continue to be a big kid.