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Former St. Louis Cardinal Ken Reitz to speak at Greenville Chamber lunch

Ken Reitz, one of the greatest-fielding third basemen of the 1970s, is this year’s featured speaker at the Cardinals Baseball Lunch, sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. The lunch, which is open to the public, is Tuesday, June 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Donnewald Distributing, 2100 Samuel Andrews Drive in Greenville.

Reitz, a Gold Glove winner in 1975 for his fielding excellence, was nicknamed “The Zamboni” for his ability to sweep ground balls off the artificial turf at Busch Stadium II. He set a National League record in 1980 as he committed only eight errors at third base. Reitz played in the major leagues from 1972 to 1982; eight of those seasons came as a Cardinal.

Reitz played in two famous games in Cardinal history: a 25-inning victory over the New York Mets in 1974 and Bob Forsch’s no-hitter in 1978. He was an All Star in 1980, but was traded during the offseason to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Bruce Sutter.

Reitz will participate in a question-and-answer session, then sign autographs for fans. Tickets for the lunch, program and autographs are $10 per person and $5 for youth 18 and under. You may purchase tickets at Bradford National Bank and Watson’s Drug Store in Greenville or by contacting the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.