A lifelong baseball fan, Dave dreamed of seeing a minor league team, or its equivalent, playing games in his native Celina. So Dave wrote a letter, and the next day, Celina received a visit from Lou Laslo, commissioner of the three-year old Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.Laslo liked what he saw, and in September of 1989, the Grand Lake franchise was born, beginning play in 1990, under the direction of the club’s first skipper, University of North Carolina assistant Mark Halvorsen. The team was part of an eight-team alignment in the GLSCL that included Toledo, Bowling Green, Sandusky and Lima in the North Division, and Grand Lake, Columbus, Cincinnati and Muncie in the South Division. Of the league members at the time of the Mariners’ start, only Lima remains, making Grand Lake the team with the second-longest tenure in the league.
The Grand Lake Mariners enters it's 24th season in 2013. Grand Lake is the second oldest member of the Great Lakes "The Lakes" Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The Great Lakes league is one of eight (8) summer leagues approved by the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) and the only summer collegiate league sponsored by major league baseball which also requires the use of wood bats.
All players in summer collegiate baseball teams under NACSB sanctions are members of college teams and have completed their freshman year and have at least one year of college eligibility remaining in addition to meeting all eligibility requirements of the NACSB which are NCAA based.
The 2013 Great Lakes League consists of twelve (11) teams. Licking County, Cincinnati, Xenia, Lake Erie, Southern Ohio, Lima, Grand Lake, Hamilton, OH, Delaware, and Lexington, KY. League play will consist of forty (40) games for each team. The league champion is determined by the championship playoff series.
Organization and Officers
The Grand Lake Baseball Club is a non-profit 501 (3) corporation governed by a board of directors and officers who meet regularly throughout the year.
- Mike Goldschmidt, President/General Manager
- Jonah Jones, Vice President
- Barb Delzeith, Secretary & Treasurer
2013 Board Members
- Jill Griesdorn
- Betty Feliciano
- Mike Overman
- Brian Anderson
- Joe Hoying
- Pat Smith
2013 Committee Members
- Lou Brunswick
- Wayne Miller
- Bill Montgomery
- Cody Castle