Getting to CHS Field

Saints And Killebrew Root Beer To Bring Barnstorming Game To River Falls

ST. 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


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.