Old-timers to be honored at Saturday’s baseball game

by Mike Nistler


“Is this heaven?” the old ballplayer asked.

“No, it’s St. Joe,” came the reply.

Well, maybe that’s not quite the way is was in the movie “Field of Dreams,” but for at least this Saturday that will be the case when the St. Joseph Baseball Reunion will be held.

If you remember when baseball was played in the ‘50s and ‘60s in St. Joseph, you’ll surely want to attend the game at Schneider Field.

Some 15 to 20 ballplayers from that era and up are expected to be at the game and beforehand to take some swings of the bat, field some ground balls and pop flies, eat, pose for photos and share stories of the old days. The activities begin at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Park and will be followed by a game between the Joes and Sartell in a pivotal league match up.

“We are just planning to have more of a social gathering,” said Mike Staller, who helped organize the event. “Most of these guys grew up together and we just wanted to bring them once again together to talk baseball and tell stories to the younger guys.”

The public is invited to enjoy the festivities beforehand and then stay and watch the game.

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