Thursday, March 4, 2010

St. Louis Browns in the 1960s

In 1967, the 38-year-old Larsen was called up by the Cubs for 12 days. He hadn't played in the majors since 1965.

Browns to Play in Farmington in Kitty League

Kitty League action will return to Farmington, Mo. this year, but things won't be the same as they were in the summer of 2008 when the league last played there. The team will have a new look, new ownership and even a new name, according to The Daily Journal, a newspaper in Park Hills, Mo.

New owner Ted Kapnick said last month the Farmington club will have no ties to the city's charter member of the KIT League, the Firebirds. To distance the team from the previous franchise, Kapnick's club will be called the Browns, paying homage to the former St. Louis Browns of the American League. To further the connection to the now defunct professional team just up the road from Farmington, the new Browns will be outfitted in complete vintage 1934 St. Louis Browns uniforms, both home and away.

The Browns will join a depleted Kitty League, with only four of last year's six franchises active in 2010. Marion, Owensboro, Fulton and Tradewater will round out the five-member circuit. Sikeston and Union City will be idle in 2010. To balance the schedule, interleague games will be played with teams from leagues in neighboring states.

Fans will get their first look at the Browns when they open the season at home on June 4.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Holy Cow!! It's Harry Caray's birthday party!!

The broadcasting icon - and one of the most imitated voices and styles to this day - would have been 96 years old, making his birth date March 1, 1914.

Harry's widow Dutchie, held a big party at Harry Caray's Tavern in Chicago, where she unveiled Chicago-based memorabilita at the restaurant that included Harry's signature eyeglasses, Gabby Hartnett's social security card, Ron Santo's 1973 All-Star game ring and 1971 game jersey, Ernie Banks' glove and 1960's bat, Ryne Sandberg's 1989 playoff home run bat, Gordon Beckham's rookie-year glove, Ron Kittle's 1983 Rookie of the Year Award and Paul Konerko's grand-slam ball from the 2005 World Series.

Harry called Cubs games from 1982 until his death in 1997 and his legend spread as nearly all the team's games were carried on superstation WGN in cable systems nationwide.

Before arriving at Wrigley Field, Caray broadcast the Southside White Sox for 11 years after a season in Oakland and 25 years in St. Louis. It was in St. Louis where he became famous as a Cardinals announcer and - going way back to World War II - a voice of the old St. Louis Browns.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Taking Shape

The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame is taking shape. Here's one of the first photos of the display honoring the initial inductees this past fall. The display is located in the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis.

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