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Baseball's Bill Veeck Changed The Pitch Of The National Pastime - 11 June 2016

Bill Veeck's surname rhymes with deck. As in how he KO'd baseball's tradition. A transformational baseball owner, Bill Veeck: Changed the makeup of stadiums, players and fans. Signed the first black player in the American League. Turned venues into carnivals. Produced Cleveland's last World Series triumph. Hired the first black front-office executive. Put the Go in Chicago's pennant-winning Go-Go Sox of 1959. Added names to uniforms and pregame shows to radio. Made millions of doll...
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The St. Paul Saints welcomes in a new era of baseball at CHS Field - 27 May 2015

The St. Paul Saints have a new home in Lowertown at CHS Field. This new ballpark opened its doors to a sellout crowd and you can bet that they brought all the fun and excitement that is a Saints baseball game. Whether it's in stands behind home plate or on the grass in left field there is no bad place to watch! Published on May 27, 2015   Published by Visit St Paul 
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St. Paul Saints' new ballpark gets high marks for sustainability - 19 May 2015

The St. Paul Saints are billing brand-new CHS Field as the "Greenest Ballpark in America." And while they may get an argument or two from any number of stadiums — including the big-league ballyard at the other end of the Green Line — they make a good case. CHS Field will include solar and water systems and an aggressive recycling program.  When the Saints begin their season Thursday night in downtown St. Paul, they will play in a ballpark that collects rainwater from atop a nearby building to...
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Ecolab and Saints Partner on Green Efforts at CHS Field; Ecolab is an official sponsor of the “Greenest Ballpark in America” - 7 May 2015

CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints, was designed to be the “Greenest Ballpark in America,” with sustainability a key focus throughout construction. Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, signed on today as the founding partner of the ballpark’s environmentally responsible initiatives. Sustainability efforts at CHS field include recycling, solar power and water conservation and re-use. CHS Field will utilize recycling and composting to ensur...
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The funniest man in baseball is having the last laugh - 29 April 2015

Minor league promotions guru Mike Veeck has built a profitable empire of minor league baseball teams, including the St. Paul Saints. Mike Veeck has been called the funniest man in baseball. Veeck's slogan is "Fun is Good,'' and his teams host some of the most entertaining -- and outrageous -- promotions in all of sports. Who else would hire a dog or pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire or have mimes perform instant replays? Who else would lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attenda...
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Mike Veeck Preaches Fan First Fun for St. Paul Saints - 1 March 2015

Outside of players and managers, there are few names in baseball that are as recognizable as the name Veeck. It is a name that is on equal standing with such legendary baseball figures as George Steinbrenner, Ken Burns, and Bill James. Many recognize the name Bill Veeck as a Hall of Fame owner, but it is his son, Mike Veeck, that has taken his personal passion for the game and built the most highly successful independent league baseball team in North America, the St. Paul Saints. Mike’s father...
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The St. Paul Saints went marching out of Midway Stadium, marking end of an era - 29 August 2014

Three hours before game time at Midway Stadium on Thursday seemed to follow the same familiar ritual the St. Paul Saints have followed for the past 22 seasons as they prepared to face the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Players, arms crossed and talking, stood scattered around the tarp-covered field under an intermittent drizzle and dreary-gray skies. The first hint of barbecue smoke wafted from the nearby parking lot, signaling the arrival of the early die-hards, like the Miller family, who have been coming...
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Competing with the American living room - 29 April 2014

The Minnesota Vikings and the St. Paul Saints say they treasure their fans and each team says they have designed their new facilities with those fans in mind. So, how many bells and whistles does a diehard fan need, anyway? Plenty, apparently. And giving fans what they want isn’t cheap. In fact, amenities can surpass construction costs like labor and steel, according to Chris Allphin, Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment vice president for team and venue services. A concourse view of the pl...
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Prince “Mission Impossible” in St. Paul - 7 February 2014

It was the Fall of 1996. As I was showing the ballroom of the Saint Paul Hotel to a group of five people for a future wedding, I heard a voice call out, “John, John are you there?” Wearing a black baseball cap, Bill Murray walked into the promenade and, moments later, he and I stood face to face. Graciously he pardoned himself, and then asked, “Hey, John, could you help me with something?” The group I was escorting didn’t mind being interrupted by such a celebrity as Mr. Murray. Standing...
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What's It Like to Work for the Chicago White Sox? - 23 August 2013

William “Night Train” Veeck—known as “Train” to his friends—is the grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Veeck. Bill was a promoter of Major League Baseball and also had ownership interests in the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, and Cleveland Indians. I spoke with Train about his grandfather and his own work in baseball, working for the White Sox. What was it like growing up in a baseball family? Besides your grandfather, your father Mike has ownership interests in several mino...
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Lowertown Ballpark Update #1 - 12 June 2013

In this first in a series of regular updates, the City of Saint Paul takes you behind the scenes on construction of the Lowertown Regional Ballpark, the future home to the Saint Paul Saints, amateur and youth teams and other events. In this episode we'll learn about the architectural firm designing the facility, and the environmental clean up company readying the old Diamond Products factory for demolition.    Published on 12 June 2013  
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Night Train Veeck Carries on a Baseball Legacy on South Side - 11 June 2013

As crews power washed the concourse and upper decks at U.S. Cellular Field, William Night Train Veeck found a pair of dry seats, settled into the empty stadium and explained how the game day experience means absolutely everything. “The [team’s] performance helps. Icing on the cake. When it’s great, it’s great, and when the team is not doing so well, it really stands out that we control the full experience ... the amount of fun that fans have, which is the most important thing to me, the expe...
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St. Paul Saints keeping fun simple at Midway Stadium - 27 May 2013

    ST. PAUL — It’s a placid, mild Friday afternoon in the Twin Cities. The towns’ beloved but beleaguered Major League Baseball team is out of town, about to put the finishing touches on a 10-game losing streak in one-hit fashion. Spring’s final gasp wisps through the air on the east side of the Mississippi River. The hum of slowly mounting rush-hour traffic can be heard rising off the interchange of Highway 280 and Interstate 94. Here, in an industrial, r...
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Mike Veeck dusts off one of his father's old ideas to crowdsource the umpiring at a Saints game - 17 May 2013

The left-handed batter tried to check his swing in the first inning. In a reflex honed through thousands of innings behind the plate, Dwight Childs, a catcher for the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association, pointed up the third-base line, appealing for a swinging strike call. But there was no umpire there — or at second, or at first or even behind the plate at Midway Stadium. The game’s final arbiter, a man in a flowing black robe that flapped in the breeze, stood with his arm...
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Mike Veeck talks about the St Paul Saints' new stadium in Lowertown - 14 May 2013

The location of a new professional sports stadium is critical to building support -- public and private, financial and emotional. Perhaps there's no better example than the new stadium for the St. Paul Saints, to be built in Lowertown -- a now trendy part of St. Paul. It's a unique location for a team that is equally out of the ordinary. Published on May 14, 2013.    Greater MSP Business Show  
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A Veeck is back working for the White Sox - 12 September 2012

Sunday was Grandparents' Day at U.S. Cellular Field. The person in charge of group sales for the event, according to a sign spotted at the ballpark, was one "Night Train Veeck." Was this some kind of gag? Is there such a person as a Night Train Veeck? And, if so, does it mean that a member of the legendary Veeck baseball family has once more been turned loose upon our fair city? A call to the number on the advertisement provided quick answers. “Train,” came the voice on the other end of the p...
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Saints are no angels; Edgy promos are part of the game for team's GM - 17 August 2012

Ever wonder who gets to approve the weird and often wonderful promotions at the St. Paul Saints games? That would be general manager Derek Sharrer, who gave the go-ahead for such edgy giveaways as the Larry Craig "bobblefoot" and the spinning bobblehead commemorating the Coleman-Franken recount. Such headline-grabbing promotions are as much a team effort as what takes place on the field at Midway Stadium, said Sharrer, who's in his eighth year as Saints' GM and executive vice president and 18th...
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Minor league Saints hosting night for atheists - 12 July 2012

For one day next month, the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team will become the Aints. The Saints, known for off-the-wall promotions in the team’s 20-year history, will have a theme night on Aug. 10 titled “A Night of Unbelievable Fun,” sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists. While the team’s staff generates many of the Saints’ promotions and giveaways, several ideas come from outside sponsors. This promotion fell into the second category, said Saints general manger Derek Sharrer...
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Mike Veeck has shaped the St. Paul Saints in his own image - 2 May 2012

Every year, Mike Veeck, president and part owner of the Saints, waits for the crowds at the Baseball Hall of Fame to thin. He finds a bench with his wife, Libby, and stares up at the plaque facing them. The visage of Mike's father, Bill, looks down — his trademark grin emblazoned across the facade. "It's the place I feel closest to him," Mike says, his charcoal goatee turning up in a bittersweet smile. The plaque enumerates Bill's many accomplishments: World Series owner, renowned innovator, "c...
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Mike Veeck championing stadium for St. Paul Saints - 2 May 2012

St. Paul Saints' Midway Stadium is crumbling. Ask anyone on the team, and many lawmakers in the city and state Legislature, and it's the common refrain. "Midway's great, but it's time to move on," says Kevin Millar, former St. Paul Saint and World Series winner with the Boston Red Sox. Constructed in 1982, Midway Stadium, near Energy Park, was designed as a civic ballpark to be open to the public. It has since undergone two expansions, and currently seats over 6,000. Thirty years on, Midway reta...
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St. Paul Saints GM is always selling - 20 July 2011

Being general manager of the St. Paul Saints means never having to worry about finding something to do. When he's not fitting in a few hours of sleep, Derek Sharrer is selling Saints baseball. Like almost everyone who works for the St. Paul Saints, Derek Sharrer has one job title -- and countless jobs. The ticket-takers for the independent baseball team also work the phones for group sales and outfield advertising. The box office workers use the Yellow Pages for cold calls. All employees ...
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Getting in touch with Mike Veeck - one of Baseball's true legends - 15 May 2009

I’m obsessed with baseball. I mean, really obsessed. If I didn’t have a girlfriend, I would still be living in my mother’s house collecting baseball cards, playing fantasy baseball, and Tivo’ing every game I could. It’s really good that Katlyn’s here to keep that in check. Trust me, I know I’m a weirdo. And I’m okay with it. So for the past couple months it’s been eating me up inside that the President of the Charleston Riverdogs, Mike Veeck, lives in the same town as me. I mean, it’s...
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Saints bring replays to baseball - 19 June 2008

The St. Paul Saints announced today that replay will be available to umpires when they host the American Association's All-Star Game on July 22. The game will be televised regionally and umpires will have access to feeds from all seven cameras via a videophone carried in the crew chief’s pocket. They will be able to select which camera to view, and control the speed of playback. By putting the choice to go to replay in the hands of the umpires could keep delays to a minimum. Allowing them to re...
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Minor league baseball team tries out new gas-related promotion; Fort Myers links minor league baseball tickets to petrol price - 2 June 2008

Everyone knows that gas prices are out of control. This Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in AAA's Fort Myers-Cape Coral survey area was $3.959, slightly below the state average of $3.961, and up from $3.672 a month ago. One year ago, the average price in the survey area checked in at $3.110 a gallon. The good news is that there may be some relief on the horizon. Gas prices have risen so high that they are now the standard by which minor league prices are measured. I...
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Veeck's mission is simple: Bring the fun - 1 November 2006

Fun is good, and so is business for the minor league's premier ownership team, the Goldklang Group. Guided by minor league promotions guru Mike Veeck, four of the five teams fully-owned by the Goldklang Group - Charleston, Fort Myers, Hudson Valley and flagship St. Paul - set attendance records this season. The Saints, who play an abbreviated schedule in the American Association of Professional Baseball, led the way, drawing 377,078 fans. Unwilling to rest on their success, the Goldklang Group ...
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Mike Veeck says "Fun is Good" - 1 April 2005

Midgets? Nuns who give massages? Disco Demolition Night? Free vasectomies on Father's Day? If there's one thing Mike Veeck learned from his father and from building a profitable empire of minor league baseball teams, it's this: Fun is good.   Laugh if you want at Labor Day, when pregnant women get in free. Chuckle at the mascots running bases, the silly gags, the goofy promotions. That's exactly what Mike Veeck wants. One of minor league baseball's most successful ...
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The family values of Mike Veeck, the Prince of Baseball Promotion - 15 September 2003

Marilyn Monroe look-alikes, nuns giving back rubs to fans, cross-dressing dog mascots, death-to-disco night, Bill Murray leading a marching band, Elvis tributes...just another typical scene for the prince of baseball promotion, Mike Veeck. Peel back the zaniness and find constant innovation, no fear of failure, and an inherited calling. ( If the name Bill Veeck means anything to you, it brings to mind a wacky showman out of baseball's golden era. He was a guy who pulled wild stunts like sending...
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Veeck Still Treats Baseball As Game; Fans Are No. 1 When They Visit Minors' Saints - 23 June 1996

St. Paul Saints games in the independent Northern League, massage-giving nuns roam the stands and a tuxedo-clad pig delivers baseballs to umpires. They have had a ballpark seance in which fans tried to reach Thomas Edison but kept getting some guy named Joe. And one night they debuted Mime-O-Vision, where five mimes recreated close plays and got pelted with hot dogs. "We sold 26,000 hot dogs," Saints' co-owner Mike Veeck told the Los Angeles Times. "It was great." Veeck is the No. 1...
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Veeck His Name, Fun His Game; Bill's Son Mike Running Class A `Riot' In St. Paul - 27 June 1993

      ST. PAUL — The St. Paul Saints' first workout was being watched closely by the local media at Municipal Stadium-until club President Mike Veeck walked in. See Veeck? He's the guy dressed in the purple shirt and silk tie with baseball-team logos on it. Even in the minor leagues, Veeck doesn't look like your stereotypical baseball executive. Any resemblance between Veeck and some of the button-down major-league executives who run their clubs like corporations is mere coinci...
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Mike Veeck couldn't stay away - 5 May 1991

Jericho the Miracle Dog fetches foul balls. Fans behind the first-base dugout get their hair  and a blind radio announcer broadcasts from the press box. Visiting Municipal Stadium for a Florida State League game, you`d think Bill Veeck were still alive. Veeck died in 1986. But his willingness to try any promotion that would put people in the seats lives on in his son Mike, president of the Pompano Beach Class A team known as the Miracle. `My dad and I were great friends for a long time...
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