A Minnesota Nice Story: The Lost Wallet

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The only time I ever lost my wallet was at a Twins game in 1972. When I discovered my back pocket was empty, I remember my brother Tom and I running across the parking lot and crawling under a half-open service door to get back into Met Stadium. As we walked through the bowels of that venerable sports palace looking for help, my stomach was in knots thinking about losing over sixty dollars, my driver's license, credit card and student discount card for Burger King. Suddenly, we spotted a burly figure coming towards us. Was this my angel of mercy?

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Why Beep Baseball for the Blind?

The Saint Paul Gorillas. Back row, L to R: coach John Teisberg, coach Kent Evans, Kevin Moldenhauer, Nikki Mattson, Jennifer Dubin, Matt McCoy, John Schmitz, Tom Heinl, coach Dennis Stern. Front row, L to R: Joel Reinbold, Ricardo Maurao, Jerrry Lindau, Mike Hally, Nikki Schlender, Clarence and Nancy Schadegg. Photo courtesy of Dennis Stern.

In 1975, a team of blind baseball players in Saint Paul competed against a team from Arizona in the first World Series. Our Minnesota team was called The Saint Paul Gorillas, and they won the game 15–10. Rules of the game changed from year to year, but the game had beeping “kitten balls” and buzzing bases, as it does today.

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Jimmi Owens, Midway Baseball Ambassador

The Jimmie Owens plaque at Midway Stadium

Unlike the horror stories about parents gone bad at Little League games that occasionally appear on the evening news, Midway has a strong tradition of respect and civility, due in large measure to Jim Kelley, the energetic co-founder of the Midway Baseball program.

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Poem: Saint Paul Saints—Change-ups, Curves & Ponytails—1998

Darryl Strawberry

As our Saint Paul Saints begin another season this year, here are a couple of stars from a bit ago. Ila Border, the first woman to play in organized baseball, and Darryl Strawberry, down on his luck from stardom from the Yankees. Both players earned the applause and joy of Saints fans in 1998.

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