This has been labeled the Riverboat Series, and because Clinton, Iowa, is situated on the Mississippi River midway between Minneapolis and St. Louis, we called George Kampling, the sports editor of the Clinton Herald, to find out which team Clintonians are rooting for. "The Cubs," he said.
KEEPING THE CARDINALS IN STITCHES
While St. Louis manager Whitey Herzog puts together patchwork lineups, longtime Cardinal fans Fern Class of Beaufort, Mo., and Clara Rothmeier of nearby Gerald, Mo., express their devotion to the national pastime with patchwork quilts. Says Claas, "There aren't too many people who do baseball quilts."
Claas's masterpiece is a huge (8' X 8') quilt she sewed to commemorate the Cards' 1982 World Series victory. It features 39 Redbirds perched on 39 bats, and beside each is an embroidery of a player's autograph. Stitched along the border of the quilt are likenesses of baseballs, Clydesdales and Fred bird, the St. Louis mascot.
Rothmeier's best work is My Favorite Baseball Stars, which took her 10 years to complete and was once displayed in the Hall of Fame, in Coopers-town. It contains fabric images of 44 baseball greats, including Stan Musial and Ted Williams, as well as embroidered autographs of 500 other players. She tried to create a similar quilt depicting current Cardinals but eventually had to give up the project. "Every time I completed a player, he was traded," Rothmeier says with a sigh.
If the Cards should sew up the Series, Claas and Rothmeier plan to collaborate on a quilt honoring the team. In the meantime, Rothmeier is needling her husband, Roman, a retired soybean farmer from Clements, Minn., who is something of a Twins fan. "Somebody around here might just have to sleep on the couch," she says.