Tom Gwalntey         Lake City Lake City 2009
  Tom Gawaltney

Tom Gwaltney
Lake City, MN

Tom has dedicated more than thirty years to Lake City baseball.  He has coached VFW, Legion and Town baseball during that time.  Tom organized the amateur team the Lake City Serpants in 1989 and continues to manage in 2009. He took on the duties of the field manager of the Serpants which meant that he acted as the grounds crew, equipment manager and transportation provider.  Tom also compiled all the stats and wrote the columns for the local paper.  He used his personal resources to keep the team afloat through the years.  He is responsible for keeping baseball alive in Lake City.

Lake City baseball figure dies

Tom Gwaltney, former Lake City Serpents pitcher and manager, died Thursday at the age of 70 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Gwaltney was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

He started the amateur Lake City Serpents in 1989 and was the sole benefactor for the program for over  20 years. He also managed the team, kept stats and took care of the field. Prior to that, he’d spent more than a decade working with the VFW and Legion teams in Lake City.

He was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2009.

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