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Stew Thornley discusses his baseball books including: 'The Saint Paul Saints: Baseball in the Capital City' and 'Minnesota Twins Through Memorabilia'

About the books:

From Pig's Eye to a pig on the field, the long and rich legacy of the St. Paul Saints is central to the history of baseball in Minnesota. Celebrate the players, owners, managers, and fans-- and the Saints' return to downtown St. Paul near the spot where the Olympic team first played in 1859. Some fans remember the historic Saints, which provided top- notch baseball in the years before the Minnesota Twins. Others grew up with the current St. Paul Saints, which has pioneered the comeback of independent teams and leagues and left a significant mark on the baseball landscape, as well as adding the "Fun is Good" game- day atmosphere, illustrated best by co- owners Mike Veeck and Bill Murray. And, of course, there are the players, past and present, including Eric Tipton, Roy Campanella, Stan Williams, Ila Borders, J. D. Drew, and Darryl Strawberry, who have made invaluable contributions to the heritage of the game in the city, in the state, and in the Midwest. All of the fan favorite memories and baseball action are captured by Stew Thornley's The St. Paul Saints. 

"When the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota before the 1961 season, baseball fans throughout the Upper Midwest were thrilled to have a roster of established stars such as Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, and Camilo Pascual on their own major-league team. And over the next half-century, the team gave fans plenty to cheer about. In the pages of this unique book, the sights, sounds, and smells of the ballpark come alive as chapters in the Twins story are told, not chronologically, but through brief essays accompanied by close to 200 color photos of the pennants, jerseys, championship rings, gloves, signed baseballs, ticket stubs, commemorative items, and other pieces of memorabilia the text describes. The early pages cover the period before the Twins arrived, extending back to town ball, minor league teams, and the days of exhibition games and barnstorming tours. In subsequent chapters we relive the Twins' World Series appearances, and also the near misses. Individual achievements and milestones are also on display, from the bat with which Harmon Killebrew hit his 573rd home run, to Rod Carew's spikes and Kirby Puckett's Silver Slugger award. Metropolitan Stadium, the Metrodome, and Target Field define successive eras in Twins history, with memorabilia unique to each. The bobbleheads, Homer Hankies, score cards, and other souvenirs will bring back memories old and new to all fans of the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball."--Publisher's website.

Contributor Bio:  Thornley, Stew

Sports historian Stew Thornley has written more than forty books. His first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, was a finalist in the 1988 Minnesota Book Awards and earned him a national research award sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and Macmillan Publishing Company. Thornley is an official scorer for Minnesota Twins home games for Major League Baseball and for the National Basketball Association for Minnesota Timberwolves games.

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