Monday, June 18, 2012

Browns Fans Already Signing Up for 2013 Players-Fans Reunion

One day after the 2012 St. Louis Browns Fans and Player Reunion, Ken Potter was on the phone making his reservation for the 2013 luncheon. When informed the 2013 reunion had not yet been scheduled, Ken replied, "That's all right. I will be there regardless of the date and location. I just want to be first in line." Ken was one of 209 other fans who attended the recent reunion at the Holiday Inn Viking in St. Louis County.

Pictured below is Bill Borst, founder of the STL Browns Historical Society; Ned Garver, former Browns pitcher and Denise Rivlin, Browns Fan Club Member. Click to enlarge photo.

Bill Rogers, President of the Fan Club, said he was already fielding questions as to how the fan club will top this year's program. Rogers said, "This has become a common question ever since we had Mike Veeck, son of Bill Veeck, the last owner of the Browns as our speaker in 2009. This was followed in 2010 with Tommy Lasorda and Bob Costas as speakers and then followed with Whitey Herzog, Bob Turley and Ned Garver last year.

This year's speakers included Milo Hamilton, broadcaster for the Houston Astros who started his baseball broadcast career with the St. Louis Browns in 1953 broadcasting televised games. Hamilton is one of six living members of the Broadcaster's Wing of the baseball Hall of Fame. He has called some 9,000 games and worked for six major league clubs. He has called many famous events with the most famous play-by-play call of all time - Hank Aaron's number 715.

Ned Garver, with his stories and yarns, is an annual favorite. Ned pitched for the Browns from 1948 to 1952. He was a 20-game winner in 1951 when the team lost 100 games and finished in last place.

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