Your name: Lawrence Kolcz
City or town of residence: Geneva, IL (Chicago area)
League name: Midwest Suburban League
Town where league is based: Chicago
Where did you grow up: Chicago
High school and college, if applicable: Weber High School
What do you do for a living: Retired form Com Ed (power co. in Ill.)
Family information: Joan (Wife of 10 years 2nd Marriage) 4 children, Nichole 31, Aaron 23, Justin 21, and Sarah 19
Describe your baseball resume: Did not play college, and there was no place to play hardball, until 1997 when I formed the MSL. Taking the MSBL model, and starting my own league, I consider this my major baseball accomplishment. Second to that winning two rings in the Arizona tournaments.
What is your greatest baseball moment, either watching or playing:Winning that first ring in 1997. After that watching my teams enjoy what I’ve put together under the supervision of Steve and Brian.
When did you start playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it:1997. After starting with the NABA one year earlier, with disastrous results, we looking for better alternative. A conference call to Steve in Sept. of 1997 solved the issue, and next year we will be celebrating our 17thseason with the MSBL.
Do you still play: Yes, at the A level in the MSL, and at the 35+ level in the CNMSBL, our sister league also MSBL.
What team and age bracket: Cobras 18+, A Level, and 35+ CNMSBL
What is the best thing about your league: The league is modeled after National and their tournaments. We have 3 levels of play A,AA,AAA, so we separate the player’s level of experience. We play our All-Star games for all three levels in a Stadium, our Championship Series at all three levels are in a Stadium Setting, and the winners of all three levels receive world series rings. New this year is our separate league but with full affiliation to the MSL and MSBL the Korean Baseball League. They have 6 teams, and are experiencing the MSL/MSBL organization for the first time, and will hopefully move up and join our main frame at A.
What is the funniest thing you have ever witnessed on a ball field:Grown Men crying after winning a ring in Zona.
Questions just for fun:
Who is your favorite player of all time and why: Mickey Mantle, great center fielder, fast, best hitter I have ever seen from either side. Pete Rose, why is this guy not in the Hall? Set the example for hustle, 200% every time he walked on to the field
Who is the best player in the majors right now: With everything that’s going on right now, I don’t even care, I don’t even like watching million dollar players that don’t even run out when they hit the ball. I love watching the players in my league they pay to play, and they could show major leaguers how to play the game.
Who is the greatest pitcher of all time and why: Sandy Koufax, he had a curve ball that could go around the batter and still be called a strike. Just look up his stats, and he only played 11 years and quit at 30.
Are there any additional personal comments you wish to add about your playing or life thus far: Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and my love for it, at 62 keeps me driven to run my league, and be part of this great game until the day I die.
Are there any comments about MSBL you wish to share: What can I say, except thank you Steve and Brian, I am a success here in Chicago because of your National Model, and your supervision over the last 16 years.