The Original St. Paul
Baseball Old Timers
Hot Stove League

Last Updated: 1/21/24

Ticket Sales are Now CLOSED for the
Fabulous 2024 Old Timers Hot Stove League Banquet !!

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Southview Country Club
239 Mendota Road East
West St. Paul, MN 55118

5:30 pm: Batting Practice (Social Hour)
7:00 pm: Game Time (Dinner & Program)

Featuring a Star-Studded Panel of Head Table Guests
and a Fabulous Steak Dinner

(Please help spread the word by downloading the flyer
and distributing it to friends, family, and associates!)

All Tickets Must be Purchased by Midnight on January 15th
Don't Delay; Purchase Early to Secure Your Seats!)

See Below for Further Details; Check Back for Updates too!

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

About the Baseball Old Timers

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!


4th Thursday
of each month;
September through May
Roseville VFW Post 7555
(downstairs hall facility)
(Google Map)
1145 Woodhill Drive,
Roseville, MN 55113
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.

The monumental 82nd annual (WOW!) banquet will be held at The Southview Country Club (located at 239 Mendota Road East, West St. Paul) on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Batting practice began at 5:30 pm, with the dinner and program starting at 7 pm.

(Please help spread the word by downloading the flyer
and distributing it to friends, family, and associates!)

Featured speakers and guests at the 2024 banquet currently include current and retired personalities from the Minnesota Twins, from the Saint Paul Saints and from the Minnesota Gophers, as well as local baseball celebrities:

Sean Aronson
Scheduled Event Emcee;
Saint Paul Saints' Vice President,
Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
Rocco Baldelli
Current Manager, Minnesota Twins

Derek Falvey
Current President of Baseball Operations
Minnesota Twins
Tommy Watkins
Current 3rd Base Coach
Minnesota Twins
Tim Tschida
Retired MLB Umpire &
St. Paul Native
Jerry Bell
Retired Twins President (1987-2002),
Executive Board Chairman, Twins HOF Member
Jim Rantz
Retired MN Twins Director of Minor Leagues,
Twins Hall of Fame Member
Father Dan Haugan
Old Timers Member / Pastor, Lumen Christi
Catholic Community in St. Paul
John Anderson
Head Coach,
Minnesota Gophers

At the 2024 banquet, this year's Honored Older Timer (Glenn Gostick) will receive special posthumous recognition, and the
2023 4th District American Legion MVPs (Evan Fischer of Rosetown Post 542, and Colin Scanlan of Hamline Purple Post 418)
will also 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 FREE Door-Prize Drawing will conclude the event, with all attendees eligible to enter!


Prior Banquet Archives

2023 Banquet Program*
Twins Caravan Press Release (Twins web site)
2023 Banquet Flyer
Twins Caravan Press Release (MLB Story)
2020 Banquet Program*
2020 Banquet Pictures
2020 Banquet Flyer
2019 Banquet Program*
News Article / Photos
(White Bear Lake Magazine)
2019 Banquet Flyer
2018 Banquet Program* 2018 Banquet Flyer
2017 Banquet Program* 2017 Banquet Flyer
2016 Banquet Program*
2016 Banquet Pictures
2016 Printable Banquet Flyer
2015 Banquet Program* 2014 Banquet Program*
2013 Banquet 2012 Banquet News Article / Photos
(Mendota Heights Patch News)
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
2023 marked the 55th year that the Old Timers have donated financial support to Our Lady of Peace Hospice 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, each year, the Old Timers have come together on the field -- to raise funds for this worthy organization -- through a benefit baseball game, featuring the St. Paul Past-Timers vs. the St. Paul Old-Timers. This year's event was held as follows:

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Toni Stone Field (Dunning Sports Complex)
1221 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Batting Practice: 11:00 a.m.)

Raffle tickets for cash prizes:
$2.00 each OR 3 tickets for $5.00
(Cash Prizes: 1st Prize - $150; 2nd Prize - $75; 3rd Prize - $50; $4th Prize - $25
Winner need not be present to win. Contact
Bob Bradt to purchase raffle tickets!)

After the game, refreshments were served
during a gathering on the VFW Post 7555 patio,
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.:
1145 Woodhill Drive,
Roseville, MN 55113

A great time was had by all, so make plans to attend the 2024 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

2024 Old Timers Twins Outing
Bob Bradt to for more
information and /or to buy tickets.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Start Time: 6:40 pm
Cost: $ 30.00 / person

Bus Info: $ 10.00 /person
(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:

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.

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,
Facebook page:


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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.

  • Are simply a great fan of the game!

Membership dues are $25.00 annually (what a deal !!! -- free food and brew / soda is served at all meetings too)... 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 Bob Bradt at 651-455-3487 for further information -- or if you have any questions regarding membership, OR

3. Send an an e-mail to Bob with your questions, and he 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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