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SABR 52: Minnesota Town Ball Game

SABR 52 convention logoOn Sunday, August 11, 2024, attendees at SABR 52 have the opportunity to watch a game of Minnesota town ball in Cologne, which is hosting the Region 7C qualifying tournament at Fritz Field. The ballpark is located off US Highway 212, just 35 miles from the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Baseball Association’s state-wide amateur tournament, held each year since 1924, is a uniquely Minnesota tradition. More than 270 towns around the state field a team every summer and compete for the state championship. Town ball alumni include former major leaguers Terry Steinbach and Jim Eisenreich.

Attendees will leave the hotel at 9:45 a.m. and return to the hotel by approximately 3:15 p.m. The Cologne ballpark concession stand includes the self-proclaimed best cheese curds and hamburgers in Minnesota.

Total cost for the game and roundtrip transportation from the Hyatt Regency hotel will likely be around $30 to $40 per person, with a game ticket included. If you are interested in attending this game, please fill out the form below.

To learn more about town ball, click here to download a PDF copy of Celebrating Minnesota Town Ball: The Early Years, by SABR member Armand Peterson.


Originally published: June 3, 2024. Last Updated: June 4, 2024.