Ely Celebrates Decades of Baseball Heritage

By KBJR News 1

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM CDT

Ely, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The 1980 American Legion World Series attracted teams from as far away as California and Hawaii to Veterans Memorial Park in Ely, Minn., and this weekend that community is taking the time to celebrate its baseball heritage.

The town is hosting the first-ever "Ely Baseball Days," which is billed not just as a celebration of that 1980 event, but of everything baseball that has come out of the small town over the years.

The weekend-long celebration coincides with the 13th annual Sir G's Midsummer Classic, which has 10 teams and more than 130 players taking part this summer.

Tom Coombe, the tournament director, was at the 1980 tournament and has fond memories of what's widely known as the greatest baseball event in the city's history.

"I was here. I was 10 years old. I was sitting up right about three or four rows from the top, and I remember it very well," Coombe said. "I remember this town was crazy. This ballpark was crammed to capacity, and it's something I'll never forget."

The Sir G's Midsummer Classic will continue through the weekend with a champion set to be crowned on Sunday.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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