Legendary Austin baseball coach
Dick Seltz dies
AUSTIN -- Richard "Dick" Seltz, who coached Austin High School's baseball team for 36 years, died Thursday at Our House Memory Care in Austin. He was 87.
Seltz never had a losing season as a high school baseball coach. He guided Austin to 509 wins, 23 Big Nine Conference titles, 16 state tournament appearances and two state championships.
Seltz is a member of the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame. He was selected twice as the Region Six Baseball Coach of the Year, was named the Dick Siebert Award recipient and, in 1987, was chosen National Baseball Coach of the Year.
Seltz graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul, where he was named All-City third baseman for three years. He played in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system before his induction into the Army, where he served for 2 1/2 years in the South Pacific. After being discharged from the Army, Seltz returned to minor league baseball with the New York Giants farm team for two years while attending Hamline University, where he was captain of the Pipers.
After moving to Austin as part of the Packers’ amateur baseball powerhouse in 1948, he joined the Austin High School faculty as a social studies teacher and baseball coach in 1951.
The sports complex where the Riverland Community College and Austin High School sports teams play was named Dick Seltz Field field in 2006.
Seltz is survived by his wife, Rosalie Seltz, of Austin; his children -- Steve (Liz) Seltz of Winona, Louise (Dave) Berhow of Austin, Dr. Sam (Margaret) Seltz of Afton, and Andy (Katarina) Seltz of Winona; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and an hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.