Forsman to be inducted into
Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame
Sept - 2014
Mark Forsman was an 18-year old kid fresh out of high school baseball when he began playing for the Dassel-Cokato Saints in 1982. The following year, he became manager “because I was the only one stupid enough to do it,” he said. However, Forsman has spent his time since then building a successful amateur team and a ballpark to be proud of in his hometown.
He will be honored for his efforts by being inducted into the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 20. Forsman said he was honored and surprised when he received the call informing him he had made it into the hall of fame.“I thought, maybe 10 years down the line would be a good time to get something like this,” he said.
“I didn’t expect this, nor was I striving to achieve it.” He noted he would never have gotten this far without all the great people who have helped over the years, or the sacrifices his family was willing to make.
“When you have a dream, and someone else is accepting of that dream and lets you do that, it’s humbling to me I get a little choked up about it,” Forsman said. “The problem with accepting an award like this is you think of all the people who have helped over the years. It’s great to get the award, but what about all those other people who helped?”
Forsman’s love of baseball, and creating a great ball field, was forged in high school when he played for DC Chargers coach Mick Hoien in 1980 and ‘81. Forsman said Hoien was his inspiration for becoming a good manager.
Read more from the 6/30/14 article in the Enterprise Dispatch