Saints And Killebrew Root Beer To Bring Barnstorming Game To River FallsST. PAUL, MN December 14, 2016
What started as a tip of the cap to barnstorming games around the state in the early 1900s has grown into an amazing community event for the St. Paul Saints. For the ninth consecutive year the Saints will stay close to home to play a road game, but this time they will add a first to their list: travel across state lines. The Saints, and partner Killebrew Root Beer, will head to River Falls, WI to help promote and raise money for the area.
The Saints head to the City on the Kinni, ranked as one of the best small cities in the country in “Top 100 Best Small Towns” by Livability, and will take on the River Falls Fighting Fish/St. Croix Valley Baseball League All-Stars at beautiful First National Bank of River Falls Field. On Saturday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. the Saints will play the best of the best from the St. Croix Valley. The field is located at 600 Hanson Dr. River Falls, WI 54022. The All-Star Team will be made up of players from 13 teams: Menomonie Eagles, New Richmond Millers, Osceola Braves, St. Croix Falls Bandits, Fighting Fish, Spring Valley Hawks, Bay City Bombers, Ellsworth Hubbers, Hager City Skeeters, Plum City Blues, Prescott Pirates, Elmwood Expos and Hudson River Rats.
“Killebrew Root Beer is very excited to be working with the River Falls community to provide the 2017 St. Paul Saints Barnstorming exhibition game at the First National Bank of River Falls Field,” said Jim Lundeen, President of RJM Distributing. “River Falls has an excellent baseball park and a dedicated staff of community volunteers who will make the 2017 Saints exhibition game one of the best ever. May 13, 2017 will be a fun day.”
Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with the St. Croix Valley All-Stars taking batting practice at 1:00 p.m. and the Saints at 1:45 p.m. The top three power hitters on each team will square off in a home run hitting contest at 2:50 p.m. with the game beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The game will help raise money for the ballpark, which opened in June, 2014 and is home to the River Falls Fighting Fish of the St. Croix Valley League. The ballpark was funded almost wholly by private citizens, local businesses and the baseball community. The Fighting Fish are the 2011 Wisconsin Baseball Association Champions and reached the finals from 2013-15.
Tickets for the special exhibition are $10 and can be purchased at First National Bank of River Falls, Johnnie’s Bar, the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau or by going online to riverfallsbaseball.org.
The Saints began their barnstorming tradition in 2008 when they celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville. Here is a list of games they have played during their barnstorming tour:
Year Opponent Location
2008 Miesville Mudhens Jack Ruhr Field, Miesville
2009 Cannon Valley League All-Stars Jack Ruhr Field, Miseville
2010 River Valley All-Stars Athletic Park, Chaska
2010 Riverview League All-Stars Veterans Field, Minnetonka
2011 Cold Spring Springers Cold Spring Park, Cold Spring
2011 St. Paul Amateur All-Stars Toni Stone Field, St. Paul (Rained Out)
2012 Hinckley Knights/East-Minny A.S The Brennan, Hinckley
2013 North Star League All-Stars Municipal Stadium in Central Park, Delano
2014 Anoka Bucs/Metro Minny All-Stars Castle Field, Anoka
2015 Owatonna Aces/Southern Minny AS Dartt’s Park, Owatonna
2016 Forest Lake Brewers/Metro Minny AS Ballpark at Schumacher Field, Forest Lake
The Saints open the 2017 season on Thursday, May 18 at CHS Field against the Gary SouthShore Railcats. Season tickets and group tickets are currently on sale for the 2017 season with single game tickets going on sale Saturday, March 18.