Saturday, July 17, 2010

St. L Browns Fan Club Hosts Annual Luncheon

Two of the biggest names in sports were on hand for the July 16 annual luncheon of the St. Louis Browns Fan Club. More than 155 attendees enjoyed the presentations from Tommy Lasorda, Bob Costas and 6 former Browns players dating back to 1944. Also on hand was Erma Bergmann, a professional baseball pitcher from the 40s and the All American Girls Base League. She was one of the real players from the movie “A League of Their Own.”

Also in attendance were Bill DeWitt, III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals; Fred Buchholz, former batboy for the Browns and Cardinals from the 40s & 50s; Rosanne Delsing, wife of popular Browns player, Jim Delsing; Joan DeWitt McKean, daughter of Browns owner Bill DeWitt, Sr.; Chuck Diering, signed by the Browns but became a popular face with the Cardinals; Bo Drochelman, Grandson of Browns’ George Sisler; Julie Drochelman, Great Granddaughter of Hall of Famer, George Sisler; Bob Muncrief, III, grandson of Bob Muncrief of the Browns and Greg Marecek, President of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

Bob Costas came as an unannounced guest and introduced Tommy Lasoda. Before introducing him he showed a video on the Browns and Eddie Gaedel, the midget, and all of the special promotions Bill Veeck tried. But it was Tommy Lasorda stole the show. As guest, Ron Paul, said, “He was awesome and inspiring.”

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