Dick Radatz Jr.


Northwoods League




When Dick Radatz left affiliated professional baseball and co-founded the Northwoods League in 1993, minor league baseball was a shambles in the Upper Midwest. Observers scoffed at his belief that the magic of the legendary Cape Cod summer league—where college players domicile in small towns and compete like professional ballplayers—could be transported to the rural Midwest. But a quarter-century later, with the Northwoods League thriving from Bismarck to Traverse City, about to enter the Twin Cities and Milwaukee metro areas, and seeding players around MLB with solid pro baseball careers, Radatz looks downright visionary.