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Monte Hansen, center, and Bill Smith, both of River Falls, right, bring their lawn chairs to make sure they get front row seats behind home plate for every Fish home game. Bob Burrows photos

Birth of Fish Nation; town ball proves to be a hit in RF

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Bill Smith of River Falls hadn't been to an organized baseball game in nearly 50 years until the Fighting Fish amateur team came to town in 2008.

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"When I was 11 years-old growing up in Maplewood, me and my brother used to caddie at the White Bear Lake Yacht Club and we'd work a quick nine in the morning and make $1.25, then hitchhike to the old Met Stadium and get 'knothole' seats for 50 cents," he recalled. "Since then, I really couldn't care less about baseball."

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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