Minnesota Saltdogs First Baseman John Bezdicek Passes Away
Last Thursday at Haymarket Park, John Bezdicek made his professional debut and impressed with seven strikeouts and two hits over 3 1/3 innings. He showed promise of contributing to the Saltdogs starting rotation as they near the end of this season.
Bezdicek finished his career as the leader in strikeouts per nine innings and third all-time in strikeouts (218). He earned himself the distinction of Academic All-NSIC pitcher for SMSU.
Early Life and Education
Early childhood education and care play an essential role in a child’s development, with research showing that these programs can have profound effects on brain growth – particularly during the first three years.
According to the United States Census, an estimated 11.6 million children under five received regular care other than from their parents on a regular basis. This includes child care centers, preschools, kindergartens and various private and public programs.
Early childhood educators play a vital role in supporting child development by nurturing attachments between young children and their caregivers. These bonds help children form self-awareness, foster emotional intelligence, and lay the groundwork for future relationships.
John Bezdicek is a graduate of White Bear Lake High School and earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. He served in the Minnesota National Guard before teaching vocational agriculture for 30 years until his retirement at age 30.
Bezdicek is a member of the Saltdogs’ pitching staff and has made two starts so far, posting an impressive 2-1 record with a 3.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 innings of work.
Bezdicek is a promising left-hander who has already produced some impressive numbers. His best start to date was a no-hitter in a 5-2 win against Fairfield Fightin’ Blue Hens. On Tuesday, April 17th against West Chester University Blue Hose at home; Fightin’ Blue Hens are currently 25-9 on the season.
Achievements and Honors
John Bezdicek was an outstanding athlete who achieved great success in various areas. He earned a varsity letter in track and field, was an All-American basketball player at Northfield High School, and twice became state champions in swimming. Additionally, as captain of the football team he earned numerous honors such as all-conference honors and All-Minnesota academic distinctions.
He had a deep appreciation of the arts and sciences, as evidenced by his impressive collection of artifacts from different times in his life. Most impressive was his impressive collection of over 500 photographs – among the most comprehensive living person’s photo archive in Minnesota. Additionally, he owns some paintings and sculptures from times past. Additionally, his passion for music and literature can be seen through his large library of books and journals. In addition to these passions, he belongs to several clubs such as Estherville Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Minnesota State University Alumni Association.
John Bezdicek’s personal life was filled with love, laughter and family. He treasured every moment spent with those he cared about most and took pleasure in teaching them how to savor life.
He was a generous and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle who dedicated much of his life to helping those less fortunate – particularly those in need.
On September 29th 1947 in Estherville, Minnesota, Milton and Linda Bezdicek welcomed their son into the world. He graduated from Estherville High School in 1965 and Carleton College Northfield 1969, then worked for three years at Estherville Daily News before joining Sun Newspapers of Minneapolis/St Paul where he would remain until his passing in 2007.