Venerable Solanus Casey, patron saint of baseball, ora pro nobis!
Solanus Casey was born in the La Crosse Diocese and attended seminary in Milwaukee.
He was a huge Detroit Tigers fan.
Eighty-five-year-old Brother Leo recalled that Fr. Solanus had “a great sense of humor. He would tell little jokes—often on himself. The friars would kid him a lot, too. He loved hot dogs smothered with onions and he loved baseball. Even when away from Michigan he would keep tabs on the Detroit Tigers. It was his simple and down-to-earth manner that made it easy for people to relate to him. No one seemed intimidated by him.”There are photos somewhere that I have seen with him in full habit playing catcher at his friary. (if you have seen them, let me know!)
A truly American Saint!