Baseball talk in January

Not much about the weather at this time of year makes people think about baseball but a couple of upcoming events can help get you in the mood for the national pasttime. The annual St. Paul Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League Banquet and Mounds View Diamond Club Dinner and Silent Auction are both this month

Mounds View Diamond Club Dinner and Silent Auction

The 10th annual event takes place Sunday, Jan. 31 starting at 5 p.m. at North Oaks Country Club. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Mounds View High School baseball program.

In addition to dinner and the silent and live auctions, the always-popular "Heads or Tails" game is back.

This year's keynote speaker is former Minnesota Twins catcher and current Fox Sports North baseball analyst Tim Laudner. Laudner was the Twins' starting catcher on the 1987 World Series champion team and played in the 1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. 

Tickets for the Diamond Club event are $50 and can be purchased by going to the Mounds View High School baseball webpage at gomvmustangs.com/baseball. There is also information there on how to get tickets through the mail. Orders must be completed by Jan. 23.

St. Paul Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League Banquet

The Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League was started in 1939 by some baseball players who wanted to get together in the offseason and talk baseball. The league is still active today and is holding its annual banquet on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Prom Center in Oakdale.

Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and program following at 7 p.m.

Plenty of baseball dignitaries are expected to attend, including baseball hall of famer Bert Blyleven, current Minnesota Twins Kyle Gibson and Glen Perkins, Twins general manager Terry Ryan and former Twins director of minor leagues Jim Rantz. University of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson and Dave Lee of WCCO radio will also be special head table guests.

The 2015 Fourth District American Legion MVP Alec Abercrombie from Tri-City Red will also be honored.

Tickets are $35, include a prime rib dinner and can be procured by calling Rudy Janetto at (651) 379-2325.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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