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Minor League Baseball returns to Springfield

He did build it, and they did come. AA Baseball returns to Springfield. Mike Smith has the story:

The St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug 24th, announced that the club has agreed to purchase the El Paso franchise of the Texas League and move the team to Springfield. Hammons Field, built by Springfield developer John Q. Hammons, will serve as home field for the team. Cardinals President Mark Lamping announced the agreement from the infield of Hammons Field.

Specifics about the affiliation of thee team and final details of the agreement can't be released until September 5th, but Lamping said the AA team will play as the "Springfield Cardinals", which was the name of the Cardinals farm team that played at White City Park from 1930-1942.

The new team will not come from El Paso, but instead from the roster of the Tenn. Smokies who's 2 year old franchise was not renewed by the Cardinals.

AA Baseball would not be possible in Springfield were it not for the efforts of John Q. Hammons, who has wanted to bring a team to town for many years. Nearly 3 years ago, Hammons met with Cardinals President Mark Lamping to show him the plans for Hammons field, and according to Hammons, Lamping, after seeing the plans, gave the plan a green light.

A ticket information hot line has been set up for Springfield Cardinals Baseball. That number is 417-863-2143.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.