Friday, March 20, 2009

Browns to Hold Spring Luncheon on April 28, 2009; Make Reservations Early

Lunch to honor 65th Anniversary of St. Louis' Last American League Pennant

St. Louis Browns Baseball Fan Club Recognizing Players from the 1944 pennant winning Season

The St. Louis Browns Fan Club announced their Spring 2009 Luncheon, “Lunch with the Browns,” scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 at the Missouri Athletic Club - West, 1777 Des Peres Rd. in Town & County in West St. Louis County.

Featured speakers include Babe Martin who played with the St. Louis Browns during the 1944 season. Martin was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 25, 1944. He played four seasons with the Browns and two with the Boston Red Sox during his major league career. Babe will share some of his experiences during his playing days. Babe is one of those colorful baseball figures of the 1940s and 1950s. He was fortunate to get to know some of the finest players in the history of baseball.

Also invited as a featured speaker is Al LaMacchia who pitched 16 seasons of baseball between the major and minor leagues. Al pitched for the Browns and Washington Senators between 1943 and 1946. One of the most knowledgeable men in baseball, LaMacchia has been a baseball scout after his playing days ended. LaMacchia is the only baseball scout ever to be named a Vice President of a ball club, The Toronto Blue Jays named him a Vice President in 1984. Today he scouts for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Also attending the luncheon is Bud Byerly who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1943 to 1945. Bud played a total of 12 years in the major league with St. Louis, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Senators and the New York Giants.

Reservations are $24 per person. To make a reservation, send your check payable to St. Louis Browns Fan Club and mail to Bud Kane, Treasurer, 443 Fieldcrest Dr., Webster Groves, MO 63119. You can reserve and pay by credit card. See instructions at the top of this page in right hand corner.

Look for a few other players joining us to include:

Don Lenhardt

Roy Seivers

Bud Thomas

Information on the history of the Browns, news, links, Sportsman’s Park and more is available at the organizations’ web site at:

For information, contact Bill Rogers, editor of the Browns newsletter at 314-892-8632 or Bud Kane at 314-961-0527.

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