The 2019 St. Louis Browns annual reunion luncheon will honor the 75th anniversary of the all-St. Louis 1944 World Series.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21. If you are interested in going, you need to submit your reservations by Aug. 14.
Ed Wheatley, the president of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society & Fan Club, said the group has put together what it believes will be a fantastic baseball experience for its 35th annual Browns reunion.
“Wow – what a record. You don’t see anything like that in Brooklyn for the Dodgers or Boston for the Braves or Philadelphia for the Athletics,” Wheatley said. “It is great to come together and relive the legend of this beloved team.”
Wheatley said the membership and activities have been buoyed by the award winning book and subsequent film shown on the PBS network.
Now, a sequel, “A Baseball Legacy – The Fans Remember the St. Louis Browns” will premiere on the PBS network on Aug. 10.
This year’s luncheon has a very special focus, Wheatley said.
Joining the luncheon will be former Brownies, Don Larsen, Ed Mickelson, and Tom Jordan.
“Tom will celebrate his 100th birthday with us,” Wheatley said. “We look forward to soon announcing additional former Browns players attending as well as other former players from across the major leagues.”
The luncheon’s main theme is celebrating the 75th anniversary of St. Louis baseball’s greatest event — the 1944 World Series when the Fall Classic saw the American League’s Browns compete against the National League’s Cardinals not only for who was best in all of baseball; but more importantly, who was the best team in St. Louis.
“We will have a panel discussion on 1944 comprised of distinguished members of the St. Louis Cardinals, the media, and the St. Louis Browns Historical Society,” Wheatley said. “Through film, discussion, and memorabilia; we will trace how the two teams came to meet. One won for a third season in a row by 14 ½ games, and the other won on the last day of the season. We will highlight each of the six games, as well as, how the series’ outcome impacted the destiny of each franchise.”
To celebrate this event the Historical Society has put together an amazing 56 page commemorative limited edition of Pop Flies to celebrate this special series with stories, photos, and memories. This keepsake will be available at the luncheon at a reduced price for those attending the luncheon or through the mail per the registration below. Thinking ahead, this will make a fabulous Christmas gift for those who love baseball.
This year also celebrates the 50th anniversary of two other key baseball milestones. In 1969, the Amazing Mets won their first World Series and St. Louis’ own Art Shamsky was a member of that team. Art not only recently wrote a book titled “After the Miracle,” he will be at the luncheon to talk and sign copies of his book.
The other milestone saw another moment with a Brownie fingerprint. That year saw the birth of the Seattle Pilots franchise and their sole year of existence. Former Brown Joe Schultz was their manager for their lone year in existence.
Reservation tickets are to be picked up at the reservation table prior to the event.
The luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn SW Route 66 at 10709 Watson Road in Sunset Hills.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $37 for members and $47 for other. You can join the Fan Club for as little as $30 a year and get reduced pricing for luncheons and roundtables.
If you have questions, call Wheatley at 314-608-9977.