The Original St. Paul
Baseball Old Timers
Hot Stove League

Last Updated: 2/25/22

 

 

Due to Cancellation
of 2022 Twins Caravan Events,
this Year's Old Timers Banquet
(originally being planned for Feb 1st, 2022)
will NOT be Held

Please check back late in 2022 for info
on the 2023 banquet!

 


About the Baseball Old Timers Special Events Membership Info & Contacts Related Links

About the Baseball Old Timers

History
The Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League was founded on January 6, 1939 -- by 14 members of the New York Yankee's farm system -- who lived in St. Paul and wanted to keep their interest in baseball alive during the off season. They held their meetings at the Nickel Joint on Blair Avenue in St. Paul -- and continued to do so into 2020!

Today the St. Paul Old Timers has many members. In addition to meeting regularly (at its new meeting location in Roseville) to mingle with good friends and enjoy lively discussion on America's pasttime, the group is involved in charitable endeavors and other activities involving the game.

 

Meeting Dates & Locations
The Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, from September through May. (While no official meetings are held in June, July, and August, other events and activities take place -- see below.) As noted above, meetings are conducted at VFW Post 7555 in Roseville, with batting practice (social hour) beginning at 6:00; the general membership meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Of course, food and refreshments are available, FREE OF CHARGE, to all members!

 

Dates:
4th Thursday
of each month;
September through May
Location:
Roseville VFW Post 7555
(downstairs hall facility)
(Google Map)
1145 Woodhill Drive,
Roseville, MN 55113
651-483-5313
Time:
Board Meeting 6:00 pm
(+ Batting Practice social hour)
Team Game (Meeting) Time: 6:30 pm

 

Printable Old Timers' Prayer

 


Special Events & Activities

Annual Old Timers Hot Stove League Banquet
Each year, the Baseball Old Timers gather together with other baseball friends and fans at the Annual Banquet -- to celebrate the great game of baseball, as well as the relationships to which it has led. It's truly "Where Old Friends Meet!" Big league stars of today, yesterday, and tomorrow are present, as well as sports celebrities of the Twin Cities. This events serves as a fundraiser for the organization.

Due to Cancellation
of 2022 Twins Caravan Events,
this Year's Old Timers Banquet
(originally being planned for Feb 1st, 2022)
will NOT be Held

Please check back late in 2022 for info on the 2023 banquet!

The monumental 81st annual (WOW!) banquet was originally scheduled be held at Jimmy's Event Center (3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights)
on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Batting practice was to begin at 5:30 pm, with the dinner and program starting at 7 pm.

Featured speakers and guests were anticipated to include front-office and player personalities from the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Gophers, as well as local baseball personalities:

Cory Provus - Event Emcee, Twins
Radio Broadcast Play-By-Play Personality
Dan Gladden - Event Emcee, Twins
Radio Broadcast Analyst, & Former Player
Tom Kelly
Retired Twins Manager, Current Special Assistant
Dave St. Peter
President & CEO
Jim Rantz
Retired Director of Minor Leagues
Jerry Bell
Retired Twins President
Tim Tschida
Retired American League umpire
Derek Sharrer - Executive VP & GM,
St. Paul Saints, Twins Triple-A Affiliate
John Anderson
Head Coach of the Minnesota Gophers
Carl Renalls
4th District American Legion Chaplain
TC Bear
Twins Mascot
 

2022 Banquet Flyer
(banquet cancelled)

At the 2023 banquet, this year's honored Older Timer (Pete Bradt) will receive special recognition, and the 2021 4th District American Legion MVP (Justin Hanson of the Rosetown Post 542 Rockets) will be honored with the Klark-Killen Memorial Award.

A Silent Auction, featuring a wide array of sports memorabilia, will also be available during the evening.
A Door-Prize Drawing will conclude the event; all attendees are eligible.

 

Prior Banquet Information

2020 Banquet Pictures
2020 Banquet Program* 2020 Banquet Flyer
2019 Banquet Program* 2019 Banquet Flyer
2018 Banquet Program* 2018 Banquet Flyer
2017 Banquet Program* 2017 Banquet Flyer
2016 Banquet Pictures
2016 Banquet Program* 2016 Printable Banquet Flyer
2015 Banquet Program* 2014 Banquet Program*
2011 Banquet Program* 2010 Banquet Photos
(courtesy of Gordy Jones)

 

*Note: The Banquet Program includes a listing of Officers & Directors, Honored Old Timers, Yearly Klark-Killen Memorial Award winners, as well a list of members who are gone from this earth, but who are certainly not forgotten -- so it is well worth viewing and printing!!! (Banquet programs from 2012 and 2013 are not available at this time.)

 

Annual Charity Benefit Baseball Game
2021 marked the 53rd year that the Old Timers have donated financial support to Our Lady of Peace Home in St. Paul (formerly known as Our Lady of Good Counsel Home), which provides end-of-life care for individuals who have limited financial resources. And, since 1987, in August of each year, the Old Timers have come together on the field -- to raise funds for this worthy facility -- through a benefit baseball game. This year's event was held as follows:

2022 Charity Game Info
Saturday, August 20, 2022


Toni Stone Field (Dunning Sports Complex)
1221 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Game Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Batting Practice: 11:00 a.m.)

Raffle tickets for cash prizes:
$2.00 each OR 3 tickets for $5.00

After the game, refreshments will be served
during a gathering on the VFW Post 7555 patio,
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.:
1145 Woodhill Drive,
Roseville, MN 55113

The St. Paul Old Timers will choose sides and square off in the name of great fun for a great cause -- Old Timers against the St. Paul Pastimers. Raffle tickets will be sold (for only $2.00 each -- or 3 for $5.00) and several attendees will go home with cash prizes. Refreshments and lunch will be enjoyed after the game as well -- !

A great time was had by all last year, so make plans to attend the 2022 game!! Come on out to watch the older generation (semi-pro and former scholastic ball players) play ball in a relaxing outdoor environment -- all to benefit a very worthy facility!

Please remember that if you cannot make the actual ballgame in any given year, monetary donations are always accepted and very much appreciated! For more information about this wonderful event, please see how, in this event flyer. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact the Old Timers.

 

Other Events
In addition to meetings and the above events, members enjoy taking in a Twins game and other local events as a group.

Future Event Info

2022 Old Timers Twins Outing
Contact
Bob Bradt to for more
information and /or to buy tickets.

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
(Jim Kaat's Number Retirement Day!)
vs. White Sox
Cost: $31.00 (approx.)
(3rd Deck, Behind Home Plate)

Bus Info: $10
(The bus will depart from / return to
the Roseville VFW)
Golf Outing
(Date and place TBD)
Information contact:
(Cost TBD)
Saints Game Outing
(Under consideration / TBD)

Gopher Game Outing
Under consideration / TBD
Contact: TBD
Cost: TBD

 

Other Info:

FEATURED BOOKS / SITES:

StewThornley.net
Please visit the web site of member, Stew Thornley (an Official Scorer for Major League Baseball), by clicking the link above.

Stew's site features a ton of great historical baseball information, particularly involving the Twin Cities area teams (as well as Minneapolis Lakers hoops history!) You will also find inforamtion on all of
Stew's publications and books, which belong in everyone's baseball library!

Lastly, info and a link to the
Society of Baseball Research, of which Stew is an officer, is also available -- as well as a grave site tour and information (yes, really!) on MLB Hall-of-Famers.

 

4th District American Legion Baeball
For information, game schedules, scores, etc., make sure to visit the 4th District American Legion Baseball web page, by clicking the link above. Historical information on past seasons is also available!

 

Baseball Before the Twins,
Lexington Park and the Original st. Paul Saints in the Turbulent 1940's
by Vern Schultz
Author Vern Schultz (now deceased) had a lifeling love with Americas's national pastime. In this book, he shares a plenitude of baseball memories from the most important and exciting decade of baseball played by the original St. Paul Saints.

Contact
Rudy Janetto about obtaining the book, if any remaining copies are available.

 

The Best of River-Town Small-Ball
by Doug Nachbar
Author, Doug Nachbar, was on hand at the December 2016 meeting to discuss his book, "The Best of River-Town Small-Ball." In it, Jim Stoll (Arlington A's, Marble Mallards) and 9 other legends of the Minnesota River Valley Lower Basin are featured / profiled, including Jordan's NBA Hall-of-Famer, Jim Pollard, Belle Plaine's Jim Harsh, Prior Lake's Pat Devitt, Lonsdale's Jim Kubes, and John Freund, who played for LeSueur, Glencoe, and Shakopee. Per Nachbar, baseball was king during this Golden Age of the game, and the princes of the diamond which he profiles are the reason why.

For information on obtaining a copy of the book:
Doug Nachbar, 952-393-7470,
MidasTales@aol.com
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/RiverTownSmallBall/?fref=ts

 

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Membership Info & Contacts

How Do I Join this Superb Organization?
The only requirement for membership in the Baseball Old Timers is having some kind of a connection to baseball, as well as a love for the game -- AND an interest in spending great time with good friends, who also enjoy the great American game! You must also be at least 21 year of age.

If you are not a member, you should be, if you --

  • Have played professional or amateur baseball;

  • Have furnished financial backing to a recognized baseball team;

  • Were a baseball umpire, belonging to an umpire's association;

  • Were the manager or coach of an organized baseball team; and/or

  • Have a recognized track record of special interest or contributions to baseball at its many levels.

Membership dues are $25.00 annually (what a deal !!!!!)... and joining is a simple process!

1. Print this membership application form, fill it out, and follow the instructions on the form. OR

2. Call Rudy Jannetto at 651-379-2325 for further information -- or if you have any questions regarding membership, OR

3. Send us an an e-mail with your questions, and we will promptly respond with needed information.

The Baseball Old Timers welcome your interest in our organization!

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Related Links

Minnesota Twins AM 1500 ESPN Radio 4th District
American Legion Baseball
St. Paul Saints

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