Al A. Kulig: Hall of Fame Inductee
Al A. Kulig began his successful baseball career for Winona State Teachers College when a couple of seniors felt his professional experience would help out the Warrior program. At the time, former professional baseball players could play for college teams and those seniors took Kulig to President Mels Minne, who personally enrolled him to the college. From there, Kulig’s collegiate career became a successful part of Warrior baseball history.
Kulig was a World War II Navy veteran who played college baseball for Lyle Arns and helped the Warriors win four consecutive conference championships and compile a 55-21 record for an impressive .724 winning percentage of his own - .786 on the strength of a 22-6 career record.
During his career at Winona, Kulig struck out 211 batters in 213 and two-thirds innings and posted a 2.99 ERA. Kulig also made his mark when he pitched the second no-hitter in Warrior history, blanking cross-town rival St. Mary’s 7-0 in nine innings at Gabrych Park on May 8, 1950.
Kulig was a Warrior assistant coach in 1954 and helped the team to another conference championship.
After graduation, Kulig left for Independence, WI where he was owner/operator of Kulig Candy Co. wholesale distributorship until his retirement in 1984. A longtime church and community volunteer in Independence, Kulig continues to help out by transporting handicapped individuals to and from an occupational rehabilitation center.
Won 4 letters in baseball
Member of conference champion baseball teams, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953
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