Kenosha, Wisconsin's Judge Edward J. Ruetz was one of the first local business men contacted by Philip Wrigley's advertising agent, Arhtur Meyerhoff, to help establish a women's team. A great sportsman, Judge Ruetz was quick to persuade his local compatriots to organize the AAGPBL's Kenosha Comets, and he served as president of the team from 1943-1951. He also served as the league's executive committee chairman from 1947 to 1951. In 1951, he took over as league president, and in 1952, even though the Comets had withdrawn from the league, he served as the league's commissioner.
His list of civic achievements would fill a volume. It is notable that he was a former President and Board member of the local and State Bar Associations, Chairman of the Board of St. Catherine's Hospital, Chairman of the Kenosha Post-War Planning Committee, Chairman of the Recreation Committee of the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Executive Committee of the Red Cross, a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S.O., and a meritorious certificate holder from the American Legion.