Tagged: Michael Kleiner

NACC chapter opens in Los Angeles

Building Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles will not follow a Hollywood script. President Erik Steigen and the board know that. On Aug. 2, NACC Los Angeles Chapter, Inc. was incorporated in the State of California.

An interview with legend Jan Stenerud

When Michael Kleiner lived in Oslo in 1969-70, he learned that the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs was a Norwegian, Jan Stenerud. He told his Norwegian classmates, but in the non-Internet age and Norway with only one TV station, they did not know American football…

Knute Rockne, college football legend

Knute Rockne was born in 1888 in Voss. He was a college football coach, innovator, author, ghostwriter, chemistry teacher, stockbroker, husband, father of four children. He was recognized with a stamp, a car and ship named after him, two movies, ithe College Football Hall of Fame, and the Scandinavian Hall of Fame.

Sveum shadowed by more famous cousin

Dale Sveum is “a cousin of John Olerud.” He didn’t have Olerud’s numbers, but the utility infielder played 12 years for seven teams (1986-88, 1990-1999). Sveum has earned some championship hardware as a coach and is currently the bench coach for the Kansas City Royals.

Viktor Hovland

Havemeyer for Hovland

Viktor Hovland has plenty to smile about. In May, he and Kristoffer Ventura helped lead Oklahoma State to its 11th NCAA golf championship. Earlier, he played in his first European tour. On Aug. 19, he beat Devon Bling of UCLA to win the 118th U.S. Amateur at the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Links in Calif.

Brandon Inge

Despite uneven career, Inge loves the game

Brandon Inge has had a long major-league baseball career somewhat like a merry-go-round, as he was switched from position to position. Inge had some productive and non-productive offensive and defensive seasons in his 13 seasons (2001-2013), 12 spent with the Tigers.

The Draken returns

On April 26, 2016, with a crew of 32 to 35 men and women of different ages, representing 10 nationalities and backgrounds, captained by Swede Björn Ahlander, the Draken set sail, like the Vikings before them, into the unknown. At different ports, they hosted Viking villages and allowed the public to board the boat.

Olerud faces life’s curve balls

John Olerud was the most successful of the Norwegian-American baseball players. In a 17-year career from 1989 to 2005, the left-handed first baseman played for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox, amassed a career batting average of .295, 2,239 hits,