In case you don't read the newspapers or watch TV, Edina is hosting its first state American Legion Baseball tournament this weekend. It's a big deal, with a military flyover during opening ceremonies yesterday and a whole bunch of entertaining events in addition to great baseball. (Read more about it in the Edina Sun Current, KSTP news, and Edina Magazine.)
While this is Edina's first time as official host, Edina's Braemar Park was one site of the state playoffs in 1985 when Richfield hosted the tourney. Here's a program from that 1985 tournament, part of Edina Historical Society collections contributed by current coach Brad Burley.
Significantly, both Richfield and Edina are (to date) the only teams from Minnesota to win the national title. Our own Jim Donohue, whose son played on the 1983 American Legion World Series championship team, wrote a great history of these two teams, looking back at the 1943 Richfield champs as well as the 1983 Edina team. The piece, titled "Once Every 40 Years" ran in the official program in 1985.
You may know Jim from his years of service in community athletic programs here in Edina. He's on our list of people to interview for an oral history on the establishment of youth sports. I'm glad he wrote the details of the 1943 and 1983 teams here:
If you want to get your memorabilia out of the attic and available for public viewing, bring them in - we'd love to have items like this for all Edina sports.
Did you play baseball in Edina (or watch in the stands)? What memories do you have of playing ball, whether it was for the T-ball team or the World Series champs?
Today is a beautiful day for a ballgame, folks! Happy Friday!
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