Text of Proclamation

Whereas, Wayne Terwilliger, a graduate of Western Michigan University, began his baseball career in 1948 with the Des Moines Cubs and has spend 54 years in professional baseball playing and coaching in various organizations, and served as first base coach for the St. Paul Saints for the past eight seasons-a man who is loved and cherished by the organization and by Twin Cities baseball fans; and

Whereas, Wayne served our country during World War II in the Pacific and was a part of three significant landings, beginning with Saipan and ending with Iwo Jima; and

Whereas, during the 1951 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Twig was in the dugout when New York Giant Bobby Thomson hit "the shot heard 'round the world...and the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant"; and

Whereas, Twig has played against a number of hall of famers, including Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, and Satchel Paige and Twig has coached and played with Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Pee Wee Reese and Kirby Puckett; and

Whereas, Twig was the Minnesota Twins first base coach in 1987 when they won the World Championship and when the Twins again won the World Championship in 1991 Twig was named the USA Today First Base Coach of the Year; and

Whereas, Wayne Terwilliger, at age 77, is the consummate professional who loves life and lives every day to the fullest and despite his accomplishments and celebrity, remains a humble and unassuming baseball legend who will be missed by Saints fans everywhere;

Now, Therefore, I, Randy Kelly, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby proclaim Monday, September 2, 2002, to be

Wayne Terwilliger Day

in the City of Saint Paul in recognition of this distinguished gentleman's achievements.

Randy C. Kelly, Mayor

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