John William Rennicke
August 11, 1929
December 9, 2007
1945-46 East Aurora High School - Illinois (High School)
1946-47 East Aurora High School - Illinois (High School)
1947-48 Drake University (College)
1948-49 Drake University (College)
1949-50 Drake University (College)
1950-51 Drake University (College)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
Rennicke played baseball and basketball at Drake, and after graduating he was signed by the Chicago Cubs and was assigned to their C-level affiliate in Sioux Falls. He was also drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks in the 6th round of the 1951 draft. (The team moved to Milwaukee prior to the start of 1951 season but after the draft.) Rennicke did not make the club, and signed with Elmira in the ABL. He was let go in January, and returned home to Iowa when he got his offer from the Hawks and joined the club on January 30, 1952. He played six games for them before being released. He played another season of minor league baseball, this time with the Cubs' Topeka club.
He married Carla Sheldon (d. 2006) in 1950 and they had two sons.
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Obituary, Brainerd Dispatch, December 11, 2007