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Appendix A
Hamline Liner Yearbook Tennis Pages
Copies of Hamline Liner pages from 1956 to 1965

Ben Lewis was Hamline Library Director from 1955 to 1964 And Tennis Coach from 1958 to 1964

Tennis Season Year
1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962* 1963 1964* 1965*
Year

# of Name of Staff Pages or for Year Player Coach
1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 4
#

Type of Coach
Player Player HU Staff HU Staff HU Staff HU Staff HU Staff HU Staff HU Staff HU Staff
Type

Position or Department
Student Coach Student Coach Library Director Library Director Library Director Library Director Library Director Library Director Library Director Assistant to President
Department

Bob Hooper Bill Young Ben Lewis, Ph.D Ben Lewis, Ph.D Ben Lewis, Ph.D Ben Lewis, Ph.D Ben Lewis, Ph.D Ben Lewis, Ph.D Ben Lewis, Ph.D Lowell Weber
Name

*Note: Hamline’s MIAC Conference Championship years

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submissions
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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1956

Conference Season Rank

?

Player Coach Bill Hooper

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1957

Player Coach Bill Young

Conference Season Rank

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1957
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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1958

Conference Season Rank

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Coach Ben Lewis 1st Coaching Year

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1959

Coach Ben Lewis 2nd Coaching Year
Conference Season Rank

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1959
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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1960

Coach Ben Lewis 3rd Coaching Year

1960

Conference Season Rank

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages

Coach Ben Lewis 4th Coaching Year

Tom Hutton ^ #1 singles and 1961 MIAC conference singles champion

Conference Season Rank

3rd

1961

1961

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages

Roger Lipelt is NOT shown in this photo, but was a key member of this team.

Conference Champions 1962

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Coach Ben Lewis 5th Coaching Year

Bob Gustafson

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages
Hutton & Gustafson 1962 Conference Champions
Gustafson # 1 Singles Hutton #2 Singles

1962

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Coach Ben Lewis

Tom Hutton

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Tom Hutton 1961 MIAC Conference Singles Champion Bob Gustafson 1962 ● 1963 ● 1964 MIAC Conference Singles Champion

Bob Gustafson

Conference Champions

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1962

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1963 1

Dick Stebbins

Bob Gustafson

Conference Season Rank

2nd

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1963 2

Benjamin Lewis, Ph.D 6th Coaching Year
Library Director 1955-1964

Conference Season Rank

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Tennis Coach 1958-1964

Coach Ben Lewis

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages

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Creating Depth: “Teams” win titles ! Coach Ben Lewis always found a way to keep at least his top 8 players involved in every match (singles and doubles). He even sent 2 teams to play in 2 dual meets on the same day or during the same week. It went un-said, but you knew you were a valued player and we did not want to let your teammates down. I (Bruce) played 4th, 7th, 5th and 6th singles and 2nd & 3rd doubles in 4 years and did not miss playing in some match, same with most other team members. As 7th man my sophomore year, I even played #1 singles in 4 dual matches (won 1—lost 3) while the top 6 players played non-conference matches of a higher caliber — not an uncommon practice. Constant shuffling, gaining experience-Investing in the future. We all had to be ready.

Coach Ben Lewis 7th and LAST Coaching Year

Roger Lipelt is NOT shown in this photo, but was a key member of this team.

Conference Champions

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Bob Gustafson

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages 1964 2

Bob Gustafson Ben Lewis, Ph.D., Coach

Conference Champions
1964 photo not in Liner — taken from Bob Gustafson’s personal collection

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Bob Gustafason, with tennis coach Ben Lewis, after Bob won the 1964 MIAC singles championship the third year in a row. Hamline also had a 8-0 season win/ loss record and won the TEAM MIAC Conference championship.

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Tom Strohkirch

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Conference Champions

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Coach Lowell Weber 1st Coaching Year Strohkirch Twins Co-Coaches
‘65 season

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Hamline University Liner ● 1956 to 1965 ● Yearbook Tennis Pages

Tennis Title
Coach

1965

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Bob Gustafson
*The 1965 team’s loss of their #1 singles player (conference champion 3 previous years) after the 2nd dual meet of the season was a shock to all. Consequently, each team member had to step it up a level in order to finish out the 1965 season with an 8-0 win / loss record and the MIAC conference title. That was 16 straight wins in 2 years (64 & 65). Without question, this team’s record demonstrates the importance of depth and experience plus the good coaching that helped to mold it. This title was an impressive team accomplishment !

Charlie Huss

Tennis Title

Conference Champions

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Dick Strohkirch

1965

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Hamline University ● 1956 to 1965 ● Bob Gustafson

Why Bob Gustafson left tennis before completing his last season at Hamline As told by Bruce McKinnon with Bob’s comments added on April 4, 2011

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I (Bruce) graduated in 1964 and quickly became absorbed in my new business world. Years later, good friend Dick Stebbins told me Bob was forced to quit tennis his senior year for health reasons. It proved to be a life changing event for a young man with such a bright future in tennis. But in those days, health issues were considered private and families did not talk about their personal struggles at any depth. And the news was also frightening for a TEAM that faced the loss of their #1 singles player (and 3 time MIAC conference singles champion) 2 matches into Bob’s final season. Bob’s tennis career had been spectacular. He was #1 singles at Wilson 4 years while graduating 6th in his class. He made it to the consolation round of the Minnesota State High School Tournament Bob Gustafson as a freshman, placed 4th as a sophomore and 5th as a junior. He finished 1st as a senior, never losing a set in the district, regional or state tournament play-downs — no opponent winning more MIAC 1965 Tennis than 3 games in any set. He was ranked #1 in Minnesota Junior’s tennis prior to attending college. Conference Champions Bob signed a 4 year, full-ride Williams Scholarship to attend and play tennis at the University of 1st Year Team Minnesota. However, he was forced to back out following a medical problem he experienced while playing in a August 1961 tennis tournament — at the recommendation of his mentor and 62 Bob Gustafson friend, Doc Roberts and at the advice of his physician. Given these circumstances, he decided 62 Charlie Huss to attend college at Hamline (accross the street from his home) where they felt his commitment might be less demanding and stressful. While at Hamline, Bob won 60 matches and lost 2, was a 62 Jim Miller 3-time MIAC singles champion and played on 3 MIAC conference championship teams. He lost 62 Dick Strohkirch only 2 college matches; a non-conference dual match to Wichita as a freshman and a dual match to Dick Shipman of Macalester (who he had beaten in the 3 previous years) during the second dual 62 Tom Strohkirch match of the 1965 tennis season. What followed was a another medical meltdown. Although he John Wirtanen 63 played in one doubles match later in the 1965 season, he left tennis at the advice of his physician 64 Dick Schneider (did not play in the season-end conference tournament) thinking his tennis days were over. Bob did not play tennis again until 1971. By then, hydration requirements for the game were well established and, looking back, he felt he may have out-grown the medical problem (as once suggested by his Minnesota physician). Bob went on to play 15 more good years of tournament and club tennis, but left the game in the mid 1980’s (for golf) when shoulder surgery ended his (serving) career. At my request, he agreed to share some of the problems he faced at Hamline. 64 65 65 65 Jim Anderson Larry Day Paul Burda Peter Rogney

Q: Bob. Explain what happened to you in 1965 that made you give up tennis. A: It’s all about “hydration” — to quote:
“The specific illness was diagnosed in the summer of my senior year in high school as “magnesium sulfate deficiency,” one of the essential minerals needed to keep our electrolytes in balance. I was hospitalized for two weeks. Specialists were called in. Mom told me that the doctors did not know exactly what the problem was. She was fearful that it could become very serious. In retrospect, I think the problem was due to inadequate hydration during tennis matches played in 90 plus summer heat, day in and day out — over many, many years. It produced some serious symptoms, including temporary muscle spasms on the left side of my body and in my head and neck area. Plus I experienced rather severe nausea and also a slightly abnormal EEG (brain scan) or electroencephalogram during the hospitalization. In the years that followed, the spasms would come and go, although I was told that I might outgrow them eventually. I had to avoid becoming overly tired and overly stressed. My mom, an R.N., kept liquid magnesium sulfate at home in order to give me a shot if needed. She taught my wife, Linda, how to administer those shots when we were first married. The episodes reoccurred throughout my time at Hamline and for a number of years thereafter. The spasms were exacerbated by excessive physical activity coupled with corresponding stress. Looking back now, I suspect that not having kept in good shape during the winter months (unlike now), a total lack of proper hydration during matches, the sudden activity in the spring and stress that accompanies that — probably set off those effects. As a result of my hospitalization right after the loss to Shipman in 1965, given the advice of my physician, I did not play any more tennis until after I left the Harvard Ph.D. program in the fall of 1971.“

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Coach Lowell Weber
Assistant to the President

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Clarence Nelson
Hamline Athletic Director

1965 Tennis Coach

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