Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has been announced as the featured speaker at the picnic-style dinner taking place on July 3 during the festivities surrounding the baseball history exhibit at the Clay County Heritage Center. The event is put on and organized by a number of local baseball stars and is sponsored by the Parker Historical Society of Clay County. There will be silent and live auctions happening and many of them are baseball related and will benefit the Clay County Heritage Center. Tickets to get in cost $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under, and dinner will take place at the Clay County Regional Events Center on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Some of the menu items that will be on this year’s dinner will include brats, hot dogs, apple pie bars, chips, and baked beans; all of the things you might expect to find at a typical summer picnic.
The Panama native immigrated to the United States in 1958 with his family to New York State, and got his state in baseball by playing in the minor leagues in 1964 where he was discovered by Monroe Katz, a Minnesota Twins’ scout. He played for the twins between the years of 1967 through 1978 before going to the California Angels for another six years during the years 1979-1985. A few years after retiring he went back to coach the Angels in 1992 for seven years before heading up to Wisconsin to coach the Brewers for another two. The 18-time All-Star player is also a seven-time AL batting champion and will also be known as a part of Twins’ history.
Carew will be speaking at this year’s picnic-style dinner in Spencer at the Clay County Fairgrounds to benefit the Clay Country Heritage Center. This will be a great opportunity for baseball fans to hear from one of the greats who played in the MLB almost five decades ago.
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