Ken Veenema was Glen Rock High School’s most accomplished baseball player.
A three-year starting second baseman for Coach Carl Zaisser, Ken helped lead the 1971, 1972 and 1973 teams to three consecutive BPSL Championships. Both the 1972 team and the 1973 team went on to win the Group 2 State Sectional Championship and the 1972 team won the Group 2 North Jersey Championship before being defeated in the State Championship Final. The 1972 team’s final record was 25-6-2 and the 1973 team’s final record was 21-5-1. As a junior Ken was named to the 1st Team, All BPSL; 2nd Team, All Suburban; and Honorable Mention, All County; and as a senior, he was named to the 1st Team, All BPSL; 1st Team, All Suburban; 1st Team, All County; and 1st Team, All State, Group 2.
Ken also played football for three years for a young Coach Alan Deaett.
At Cornell Ken led the Big Red in hitting in 1976 (.372) and in 1977 (.373). He set school records for most season hits (56), most season (94) and most career (191) total bases, and most career doubles (27), and tied the career most triples mark (9). He was named to the 1st Team, All Ivy League in 1976 (at 1st base) and in 1977 (at 2nd base). He was also named to the Coaches All-Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball Team. Cornell was Ivy League Champion in 1977 and made the NCAA Regional Semi-Finals that year. Ken was inducted into Cornell’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. The Chicago Cubs drafted Ken in the 10th Round and he played for their Rookie and A League teams in 1977 and 1978.
Dr. Veenema attended medical school at Columbia University and is currently practicing Sports Medicine in Baltimore. He is the Team Physician for the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Ken and his wife Tener have four children.