Featured speakers include Ed Mickelson who played with the St. Louis Browns during their last year the team played in St. Louis in 1953. Mickelson will share some of his experiences mentioned in his book, "Out of the Park: Memoirs of a Minor League Baseball All Star." Ed was signed by the Cardinals and played his first game on September 18, 1950. He was picked up on waivers by the Browns during the off-season in the fall of ‘52.
Joining Mickelson is Dan O'Neill, sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Dan covers a number of beats for the newspaper to include baseball, hockey and golf. He has won awards from the Associate Press, Golf Writers Association of America and the Society of Black Journalists for feature writing and columns.
O'Neill recently published a book about the Browns and Cardinals home park from years past - Sportsman's Park. The book, "Sportsman's Park: The Player, The Fans & The Game" includes numerous photos from Sportsman's Park for both the Browns and Cardinals.
Reservations are $22 per person. To make a reservation, make your check payable to St. Louis Browns Fan Club and mail to Bud Kane, Treasurer, 443 Fieldcrest Dr., Webster Groves, MO 63119.
Information on the history of the Browns, news, links, Sportsman's Park and more is available at the organizations' web site at: http://www.thestlbrowns.com.
IN OTHER ST. LOUIS BROWNS NEWS
The St. Louis Browns Historical Society has named Bill Rogers Editor of the St. Louis Browns Fan Club newsletter called "Pop Flies." Rogers is a life-long resident of St. Louis living in Oakville in South County. Bill is also an avid baseball and Brownie fan. Bill started a consulting business in 1988 and writing a technology newsletter for credit unions along with one on biometric identification (fingerprint, facial recognition, iris, etc.)
Rogers maintains several blog and web sites on the Internet in support of local issues, credit unions and the biometric ID industry. He is actively involved in producing conferences and seminars as a meeting planner. Bill is also on the speaking circuit and acts as a moderator for several national programs.
According to Bill, "As a youngster I recall seeing dozens of Browns ball games along with Cardinal games. I still have a collection of Browns scorecards which we'll share with our readers. Many of the scorecards are covered with autographs. I recall seeing one game where Joe DiMaggio hit three line drive home runs off the scoreboard at Sportsman's park. I can't recall who won the game, but I suspect we lost."
Bill was also a legitimate member of the Knot Hole Gang as a young lad. "We often waited under the stands to get autographs from players as they walked from the field to their locker room. If we didn't recognize the player, we found out later from his autograph. Those were the days of real baseball."
St. Louis Browns Historical Society was formed to preserve the history and memory of the St. Louis Browns baseball team. The Browns won only one pennant in their 50 year history in St. Louis meeting the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series in 1944.
Rogers says, "If you have any Browns memories such as the one recalled above, how about sharing it with us. You can make it as long or as short as you want. You can mail it direct to us or send it by e-mail."
Information about the St. Louis Browns is available at their web site at: http://www.thestlbrowns.com.
For information, contact Bill Rogers, publisher of the Browns newsletter at 314-892-8632 or Bud Kane at 314-961-0527.