Despite cancelled season, American Legion teams find ways to play

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Like the rest of the Class of 2020, Anoka Baseball’s seniors endured cancellations of proms, graduation ceremonies and the entire spring sports season. The summer American Legion season was one of the final dominos to fall. But, they’ve found a way to play – and are salvaging at least a few good memories in an otherwise forgettable year.

Click the video box on this page to see KSTP Sports’ story on the Anoka American Legion team which, like several others statewide, found a way to play despite the cancellation of the summer Legion season

Minnesota had 366 American Legion baseball teams registered in 2019 – more than any other state in the country.

When the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it meant Minnesota wouldn’t play a statewide Legion Tournament for the first time since 1925.

Anoka head coach Don Gawreluk joined several other coaches around the state to arrange games independent of the American Legion sanctioning body. The goal was allowing players in the Class of 2020 to get a few final chances to play ball with lifelong friends before they head off to college and out into the world.