Then: In 1960, Hogan’s Sporting Goods & Toy Store was opened at 525 W. Second St. across the street from the Rivoli Theatre by Dick Oberg (now deceased), whose brother Bob, had recently purchased a drug and sporting goods store in Iowa by the same name.
Now: This spring, the business, which became one of Hastings’ longest enduring businesses for local sporting goods for more than half a century, quietly closed its doors.
Hogan’s Sporting Goods was a top provider of equipment, uniforms, trophies and supplies to area schools across and beyond the Tribland coverage area. The Hastings location was owned and operated for nearly 25 years by Oberg and longtime business partner Merle Bachman.
Bob Stickels worked as manager for Hogan’s for nearly four decades, joining the team in 1972. Stickels, who graduated from Hastings High in 1963 and University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1967, was perhaps best known at that time for having played professional baseball with the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics organization from 1967-72.
“At one time, Hogan’s had everything,” he said. “There was no store like it in Grand Island, Hastings or Kearney. You could buy a ball glove, bat, uniforms, and they were all in one spot. We printed the uniforms and everything.