By Steve LaMontia,
Executive Regional Director
Joe Viau is the 71 year old 2006 founder of the Northeast
Wisconsin MSBL in Green Bay and is being recognized as the newest member of the
2013 class of the MSBL Honor Roll. This 2009 MSBL World Series Hall of Fame member
is currently serving as the league vice-president and is also involved in the
Green Bay Miracle League, a baseball league specially designed for the benefit
of children with disabilities. To learn
more about the Miracle League click on http://www.msblnational.com/Featured-Stories/Blog/A-Field-of-Hopes-and-Dreams.htm#.UqnwUCfmAzo.
Joe currently lives in Kewaunee, Wisconsin but grew up in
Michigan. He is now retired and attended
the University of Phoenix, a far cry from Wisconsin weather. Joe has been married to Ruth for over forty
years and boasts a son and daughter who have contributed two grand kids to the
Joe continues to manage the Bay Shore Eagles in the NE
Wisconsin MSBL in the 25+ division and brings multiple teams to the MSBL World
Series in Arizona every year. He is just
managing his teams for now but plans on returning to the diamond when a few
medical issues clear themselves up. We
caught up with Joe and asked him to pipe in on a few of our Honor Roll
What is your greatest
baseball moment, either watching or playing? Watching Hank Aaron when he
was a rookie for the Milwaukee Braves.
When did you start
playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it? 1989 in the Denver
MSBL. I saw an article in the Denver
What is the best thing
about your league? We are all amateurs but we are still competing.
What is the funniest
thing you ever witnessed on a baseball field? I saw an outfielder jump for
a fly ball near the fence to take away a home run but he never came down. He was hanging from the fence by his belt!
Who is your favorite
player of all time? Hank Aaron.
Who is the best
player in the majors right now? Max
Scherzer, pitcher, Detroit Tigers
Who is the greatest
pitcher of all time and why? Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves. He played ball without the big salary like
today’s guys and he pitched all nine innings.
Are there any
comments about MSBL or anything to add about your playing life thus far? I enjoy MSBL because it continues to give guys
of all ages a chance to keep playing ball.