Letters: Al Smith Memorial — Twins Winter caravan stop in Winona was a wonderful event


From: Matt Smith
Winona Chiefs Baseball

The Minnesota Twins Caravan arrived on the evening of Wednesday, January 16, to a big crowd of excited baseball fans at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Holy Family Hall.

The voice of the Minnesota Twins, Dick Bremer, was our MC for the evening. Twins ball players Jake Cave and Tyler Austin did a great job getting the Twins fans in attendance excited about the upcoming season. Twins’ mascot TC was a big hit! The chicken dinner was delicious, and the chance for everyone to meet our guests and get their autographs was enjoyed by all!

Many thanks to the Minnesota Twins organization and caravan sponsor Case IH for including Winona for a dinner in their schedule every year. The proceeds from the dinner go to our local amateur baseball team, the Winona Chiefs.

Thanks to Larry Boyer and Ron Smith for all of their hard work in getting things ready at the Cathedral for our big event. Many thanks to our Bishop, Father Mark McNae, and the other Cathedral of the Sacred Heart priests for the use of the hall.

Many kudos to Ann and her very capable kitchen crew. Thanks also to the many local businesses for the donations that they made to support our event. We couldn’t hold this event without the Chiefs’ ball players and all of the volunteer work crew — thank you for your time and labor — you are all truly the best!

This year’s event was held in memory of longtime Winona Chiefs’ Business Manager Al Smith. Al was the influencer, bringing the Twins’ caravan to Winona for over 30 years. I’m sure that he was smiling down upon us all that night!

See you all again in 2020. Go Twins!


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