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Baseball legend Al Worthington to come back to Murray County

May 2, 2007

Will throw out first pitch of the 150th Celebration Baseball Game
  Al Worthington, one of the most prestigious and well known baseball players to have played Murray County baseball, is coming back to help the county celebrate 150 years.

Al Worthington is an Alabama native and emerged as a hotshot pitcher for the University of Alabama. His ties to Minnesota and Murray County came in 1950, when he befriended Dick Reusse of Fulda and pitched with the semi-pro ball club called the Fulda Giants.   

Worthington went on to a long career in the major leagues - he played for such great teams as the New York Giants and for their AAA farm club, the Cincinnati Reds, the Minneapolis Millers and the Minnesota Twins. He retired from baseball in 1969, but became a long-time Twins pitching coach in 1972.

Worthington was one of the premier relief pitchers in baseball by the time he joined the Twins midway through the 1964 season. In fact, he was often called one of the "first great Minnesota Twins". He was a key player with the Twins, when they played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series of 1965.

Al Worthington met Shirley Reusee while he pitched for Fulda and they were married at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church.   They now make their home outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

"It will be a great honor to see Al Worthington throw out the first pitch at Murray County's 150th Celebration event.  Along with Murray County, the City of Fulda has a great history of baseball.  Fulda was one of the first small towns in this area to raise money and build a state of the art baseball diamond with covered bleachers and real dug outs. Some of us can still remember the Fulda Giants," stated Mary Magnus, Mayor of Fulda.   "The bleachers are gone now but their memory remains with most of the citizens that played or watched a game from them.  Let's all join the fun and remember to PLAY BALL on July 29."   

Make sure to mark your calendars for the fun filled weekend of Murray County history from July 27th though July 29th, 2007 in Currie, Minnesota. The finale of the weekend will be an old fashioned baseball game with the Hadley Buttermakers playing the St. Croix Baseball Club, which will be played with 1860's rules on Sunday, July 29th at 6:30 p.m.  There will be a tribute to Murray County Baseball and its history at the start of the game with Al Worthington there to pitch out the first pitch.     

"It is a great honor to have Al Worthington coming back to Minnesota and to Murray County. There were many great teams and players throughout our history and Al Worthington is one of our finest," stated Bob Moline, Chairman of the Murray County Board of Commissioners.

Al Worthington coming back to Murray County would not be possible without donations from the Fulda Lions Club, Larry Aanenson with Aanenson Realty, Chuck Holinka of Holinka Distributing, the Hogan Oil Company and Ed Reuesse. We are very grateful for their generous support.

If you have any stories you wish to share about Murray County Baseball, please get in touch with the Murray County Historical Society at 507-836-6533 or with Christy Surprenant at the Murray County Government Center, 507-836-6148, Ext. 119, to get involved in this fun tribute.

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