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Charlie Basch honored in Alex

Echo Press photo by Heather Huwe A celebration in honor of Charlie Basch (third from right), a retired teacher and coach, was hosted Friday at the Alexandria Golf Club. Organizers of the event included Alexandria graduates who had Basch as a coach. They included (left to right) Ron Way, class of 1960; Dan Ness, class of 1956; Skip Hall, class of 1962; Roger Melass, class of 1963; and Dave Erickson, class of 1963.

Dan Ness, mayor of the city of Alexandria, proclaimed August 13, 2010 as Charlie Basch Day in Alexandria.

Basch was told of the news at the Alexandria Golf Club last Friday during an event held in his honor.

Basch was a valuable and beloved part of the Alexandria High School faculty as a science teacher and coach. He joined the Alexandria faculty in 1954 and eventually became the head football and baseball coach.

His accomplishments and honors included leading the 1959 football team to an undefeated season and having the class of 1962 dedicate the Alexian Yearbook to him.

Basch left Alexandria in 1964 and then joined the faculty at St. Cloud State University.

Before his career in Alexandria, Basch played Alexandria Clippers baseball as a second baseman starting in 1951 and later became the team manager.

Basch was an All-Conference football halfback at North Dakota State in 1946, drafted by the Boston Braves in 1947, and played Class C baseball in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He returned to Concordia in 1948 and lettered in football (All-Conference), and graduated in 1950.

Basch was born on March 26, 1916 in South St. Paul where he graduated from high school, lettering in football (All-Conference), basketball (All-Regional), and baseball (All-State).