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Sauer, Lou Erickson (6/2/1929 - 5/27/2016)
By Sue Parisi
Louise E. (Erickson) Sauer passed away peacefully at her home on May 27, 2016. She was born in Whitehall, Wisconsin on June 2, 1929 to Orlen J. and Sadie O. (Hanson) Erickson. She was the oldest of their seven children.
Lou graduated from Arcadia High School at the age of 16. Soon after, she received an invitation to try out in Chicago for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that had been developed in 1943 during World War 2. She played for the Racine Belles in 1948 and was traded and played for the Rockford Peaches in 1949 and 1950. She retired from her baseball career to marry Burton Sauer. They were married in Arcadia on November 29, 1950.
Through the years, Lou worked many part time jobs. She worked at Vern’s IGA as a grocery clerk. Later, she cleaned the Riverview Lanes for owners Adolf and Agnes Chitko and then Marc and Maryann Przybilla. She coached the high school girls’ softball teams and also an Arcadia City women’s fast pitch team for several summers. After Burton retired from the postal service, they rode together reading meters around Trempealeau County for several years.
In recent years, her home was a favorite stop for the Trempealeau County Tourism buses. She would go out to the buses to hand out her baseball cards, tell her story of how she got into the league, talk about her experiences and also answer questions. Along with her league mates, Lou was included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on November 5th, 1988.
Another honor bestowed to her was being added to the Arcadia High School Alumni Wall of Honor. Her final tribute was to be inducted into the La Crosse Sports Association Hall of Fame on March 15th of this year. There will be a plaque with her name imbedded in the new walkway entrance to the Loggers’ Lumberyard when it is renovated later this fall.
Lou was an avid Brewers and Packers fan and also liked to cheer on the Cubs. In her younger days, she hunted with Burt and later fished with Burt and the grandsons. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She taught family values by living as a true role model.
Contributed by: Sue Parisi
Submitted on: 07/27/2016