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Picture supplied by Sleepy Eye Historic Modern society
Sleepy Eye celebrates the centennial of Babe Ruth’s Oct. 16, 1922, baseball barnstorming pay a visit to to Sleepy Eye, Saturday, Oct. 15. Ruth is pictured at suitable with Bob Meusel of the New York Yankees. Peeking amongst them, to Meusel’s ideal arm is Len Youngman, who retrieved 1 of Babe’s homers at the match.

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SLEEPY EYE — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and Fairfax indigenous Dana Kiecker will throw batting observe at Sleepy Eye Ballpark at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, as component of the Babe Ruth barnstorming visual appearance centennial.

The initially 50 batters to deal with Kiecker will get an autographed baseball, according to a Sleepy Eye Brewing Fb submit.

Kiecker’s look is component of the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s Oct. 16, 1922, barnstorming visual appeal at Sleepy Eye ballpark. The community is invited to the ballpark to enjoy catch and have shots taken with the enlarged 1922 Babe Ruth photo.

Minnesota Twins organist Sue Nelson is scheduled to conduct at 2 p.m. at the ballpark.

At 3 p.m. the Nationwide Anthem will be performed, adopted by a mayoral proclamation, plaque dedication, ballpark billboard determination to the late Dr. Dean Brinkman, who was instrumental in creating the function, and seventh-inning stretch new music executed by Nelson.

A ticketed plan with hot puppy bar, beer, speakers and more songs by Nelson will just take place 5-7 p.m. in the new taproom at Sleepy Eye Brewing, 121 Most important St. W. Tickets can be acquired at sleepyeyebrewing.com. The major brewery will stay open to the public from 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Kiecker, a close own friend of Brinkman, was born in Sleepy Eye in 1961. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1979 and St. Cloud Point out College in 1983. In 1990, he manufactured the Purple Sox opening working day roster in 1990, started off 25 games and pitched into the sixth inning in 19 of 25 commences.

Dana had a occupation-substantial nine strikeouts and no walks in much more than 6 innings on June 14 in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees received 3-1.

In the 1990 American League Championship Sequence with the Oakland Athletics, Kiecker began Match 2 at Fenway Park, allowed just one run and 5 hits in 5.2 innings. He still left the game with the rating tied 1-1. Kiecker was named Crimson Sox Rookie of the Calendar year by the Boston Baseball Writer’s Affiliation in 1990.

On Could 30, 1991, Kiecker was placed on the disabled checklist with a sore ideal elbow. He experienced arthroscopic medical procedures in November 1990.

Unveiled by Boston at the stop of 1992 spring teaching, Kiecker signed a slight league contract with Cleveland. He experienced a arthroscopic medical procedures yet again that November.

Kiecker attended Minnesota Twins spring coaching in 1993 right before retiring because of to elbow soreness.

In two significant league seasons, Kiecker was 10-12, struck out 114 batters in 192.1 innings and experienced a 4.68 Era.

He performed newbie baseball for a amount of a long time in and all-around the Twin Cities metro area. Kiecker also worked as a St. Paul Saints television analyst. He retired from the United Postal Service in 2018 immediately after 27 yrs of services.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at [email protected])

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