McFarland twins will speak at local senior men's group meeting

News-DemocratSeptember 11, 2013 

— Twin brothers Dave and Kevin McFarland, of Belleville, will be the guest speakers Friday at the monthly meeting of the Belleville Area Senior Men's Sports Group.

The meeting will be held at the PSOP (Programs and Services for Older Persons) Building at 201 N. Church St., in Belleville.

Dave, a longtime sales representative for Curt Smith Sporting Goods, will speak on the changes in athletic equipment. Kevin, who has visited numerous major and minor league ballparks, will relay his experiences as a baseball historian. Both McFarlands also played basketball at McKendree University.

Men or women interested in attending the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. meeting, including lunch at 11:30 a.m., can make reservations by contacting PSOP Activities at 618-234-4410 Ext. 7016. The cost is $6 per person.

In 1947, the late Bill McFarland, the twins' dad, began a five-year minor league career as a 17-year-old first baseman in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. A three-sport athlete at East St. Louis Senior High School, McFarland also played for teams affiliated with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh.

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