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Mary Patnode (right) is happy to see Bernie Gerl as the two met and share stories at Wade Stadium on Thursday. Gerl was a member of the 1948 Duluth Dukes team that was in a bus crash that killed six, including manager George Treadwell, Patnode's father. (Bob King /

Reunion marks 66th anniversary of tragic Duluth Dukes bus crash

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Bernie Gerl took a phone call late last summer from a man looking to reunite lost history.

“Does the name ‘George Treadwell’ mean anything to you?” the man asked.


“Why, yes it does,” Gerl responded.

“I’m his nephew,” the man said.

Gerl nearly fell out of his chair.

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