SMU to break ground on new baseball clubhouse


With a 90 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Tuesday afternoon, the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota baseball team’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Saint John’s has been postponed and moved to Thursday, with a 2:30 p.m. start at Max Molock Field. The groundbreaking for the new Saint Mary’s Clubhouse, which was originally scheduled to take place following the Cardinals’ doubleheader against Saint John’s, will now be held at 4 p.m.

The 2,500-square-foot facility, made possible by a generous lead gift from 1975 alumnus Marc Weisenburger, will include: a locker room with 46 locker stalls; a players’ lounge for study, team meetings, and quiet time; big screen TVs, a ping pong table and gaming area; a coaches’ space; bathrooms and a shower facility; a laundry facility; and storage.

The clubhouse will be named “Pudge’s Place” after Weisenburger’s nickname from his playing days as a catcher with the Saint Mary’s baseball team from 1971 to 1975. Weisenburger made the gift in honor of his experiences at Saint Mary’s, both in school and on the field‚ particularly under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach Max Molock.


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