Minor League Note of the Week: The St. Paul Saints of the fledgling Class A Northern League use a 40-pound pig named The Saint to deliver baseballs to; the home plate umpire four times a game. I Owned by animal trainer and Saint fan Dennis Hauth, The Saint carries the balls in a pouch and is led around on a leash by; Hauth's 17-year-old daughter, Tiffany. I "He's a union pig, so he only works weekends," says team president Mike Veeck, I who clearly shares the promotional genes of his late father, Bill Veeck. "Next he'll deliver drinks."
On Opening Day, The Saint won over the crowd when he showed up in top hat and tails. First-place St. Paul nearly sold out a three-game series last weekend, I drawing 13,123 fans, and The Saint deserved at least some of the credit for the big turnout. "He's getting seasoned," says Veeck, "which might not bode well for; him at the end of the year."