Crede a Hometown Hero
Joe Crede grew up in Westphalia and played baseball at Fatima High School before making the cut as a starter for the Chicago White Sox. His coach knew he was something special.
"He was one of the very few players who never went into a slump," explained Crede's high school coach Dennis Fick.
It was on Fatima's fields where Joe became a high school legend. His career batting average: Over .500. He hit 18 homeruns his senior year. But that was just a small beginning.
Crede is now on baseball's biggest stage: The World Series where he reached base safely in all four games, including two homeruns.
"There was a game in Linn towards the end of the season, his first at bat he hit a homerun not only over the fence but over the firehouse onto the highway. And the scuttle-butt is that he went from a 12th round pick to a fifth round pick on that swing," Westphalia resident Dan Wilde said.
The people of Westphalia have been rooting for the White Sox. But more specifically, they're rooting for Joe.
"Well, we're going to welcome him home and when he gets here we'll have a couple of cold beers together," Wilde said.
Crede batted .288 in the World Series with two homers and three runs batted in.