The founder of the Sioux City Saints baseball team, Fred Stolen, was honored on Saturday.
For nearly 40 years, the Sioux City Saints have given amateur baseball players a place to play in the summer. Most of the players are college guys, hoping to stay sharp after their spring season ends. The godfather of the Saints, was honored at the Fred Stolen Classic on Saturday.
Fred Stolen started the Saints in 1975 and managed the team for 21 years. He also coached at Morningside for 15 years and at Briar Cliff for six more. Stolen has literally coached hundred of players over the decades and had a career record of 348 wins and just 92 losses with the Saints.
Soon to be 86 years old, Stolen threw out the first pitch in the Saints last game of the season, staying close to the game he loves.
"It's important for the whole family," said Stolen. "We all kind of enjoyed baseball and the fun we had at it. I had a lot of guys that were playing college ball and as it went over the years it got to be more. Almost of them were college kids. Most of them were from the Sioux City high schools and we had a lot of fun with them."
Stolen picked the Saints light blue and orange colors so they wouldn't favor any of the Sioux City high schools. This is the Saints 39th season.
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