Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 22, 2011

Readers identify baseball players

Several readers identified the men in the History Center of Traverse City archive photo that appeared in the Aug. 15 Community section.

Kim Couturier said the baseball player without a ball cap in the middle of the photo is his father, Walter Couturier. He said his father was a standout pitcher who played on independent league baseball teams and the Boston Red Sox farm system. He thought this photo was a summer league baseball team during the early 1940s.

Walter Couturier played baseball at Leland High School. During high school, he once pitched all nine innings of both games in a doubleheader against Traverse City High School. He shut out the Traverse City squad in both games, Couturier said.

Couturier also thought the men on the far left and far right are his father's brothers, Paul and Leroy Couturier. He said there were eight brothers in the family and they all played baseball.

Joyce Chandler Weathers said she believes her father, Winfield (Win) Chandler, is the baseball player next to the priest in the team photo.

Elaine Kozlowski thought the clergyman in the photo could be Father Roman Kosnik.

He was the pastor at Immaculate Conception in Traverse City from 1940 to 1948. She noted that Father Kosnik started a school marching band at Immaculate Conception school.

History Center archive photos that appear in the Community section can be found online at

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