Please Meet Gary Serum
Gary Wayne Serum was born in Fargo, North Dakota on October 24, 1956 but grew up in the Alexandria, Minnesota area. Gary grew up playing basketball, baseball, and football but basketball was the game he really enjoyed. After graduating from high school, the Twins signed Serum in 1975 out of one of their “tryout camps” and to this day Gary is one of only three tryout camp signees to play a big league game in a Twins uniform. The other two are pitcher Charlie Walters and infielder Jerry Terrell. Serum quickly worked his way up the Twins minor league system playing in Elizabethton (rookie), Wisconsin Rapids (A), Orlando (AA), and Tacoma (AAA) and then he got the call that all baseball players wait for. On July 22, 1977 Serum made his major league debut at Met Stadium in relief against the California Angels just 2 years after signing his first pro contract. The first batter, Rance Mulliniks hit a single but Gary retired the next 6 batters, two of them on strikeouts. Serum spent all of 1978 with Minnesota, primarily as a starter, but in 1979 the Twins acquired Jerry Koosman and Paul Hartzell and Serum was moved to the bullpen and his innings pitched dropped dramatically. In April of 1982 Gary was included along with Roy Smalley as part of a trade with the Yankees where the Twins acquired Ron Davis, Greg Gagne, and Paul Boris. Gary felt almost immediately that this trade was probably the end of his baseball career as the Yankees just did not call up many of their own from their minor league system. Serum had a good year in Columbus and Nashville in 1982 but did not get called up by the Yankees. At the conclusion of spring training in 1983 the Yankees wanted Serum to play in AA ball but Gary no longer was interested in those long bus rides and asked for his release and at the age of 25 walked away from baseball and came back home to Minnesota and went back to college.
Gary then got involved in sales and over the years he sold insurance, advertising, solar and automobiles. Then, 21 years ago Gary got into the restaurant business and he has owned and operated Serum’s Good Time Emporium in Anoka, Minnesota ever since. Serum’s Good Time Emporium is famous for its chicken wings and Gary tells a great story during the interview on how that occurred. In his spare time Gary enjoys boating and golfing, both here in Minnesota and at his place in Florida.
The interview with Gary is 39 minutes long and took place in January 2012.