Mike Veeck


St. Paul Saints




Mike Veeck was back in the news this year, basking in the glory of a Saints playoff run and ringing the cash registers at the new CHS Field, which not only gave the Saints franchise new life, but also proved a major boon for downtown St. Paul. It was Veeck’s patience and persistence in pushing for the new ballpark—using his studied folksiness when necessary, keeping quiet when strategic—that set the stage. At 64, the minor-league baseball legend may be mulling an exit strategy from his various holdings, but it’s worth remembering that Veeck not only pioneered the Saints’ very existence, he has secured its long-term future.