Jake Laber spent more time dealing on the mound than any other pitcher in Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks history. Laber is the only pitcher in team history to start 100 games. He also holds RedHawks records in wins, starts, and innings pitched. After all that hard work he will now forever be enshrined as the team is retiring his number 19 in honor of his great career on the mound.
Jake was a graduate from Fargo North along with playing American Legion baseball for Fargo Post 2 and being a standout performer for NDSU. He won 10 games in three of his five seasons with the RedHawks. Laber unexpectedly passed away in 2016.
“Jake Laber embodied everything this organization stands for both on and off the field,” said RedHawks General Manager Matt Rau. “It’s a great honor for the RedHawks to guarantee that the number 19 and the memory of Jake will always have a presence at Newman Outdoor Field."
He joins Jeff Bittiger (35) and Joe Mathis as the only RedHawks to have their numbers retired. Jackie Robinson (42) and Roger Maris (8) have also had their numbers retired by Fargo-Moorhead.
Laber’s number will be retired on Monday, July 19 in a pregame ceremony before the RedHawks series finale against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. First pitch is set for 7:02 p.m.