Some of the biggest names from the Minnesota sporting scene will be at Canterbury Park from Oct. 26-28 for the Cactus League Sports Minneapolis Sports Collectible Convention.
This is your chance to meet some of the stars of your youth and have items signed by the former athletes.
• Friday, Oct. 26 – 4-8 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 27 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 28 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is $5 and kids 7 and younger get in free.
The athletes charge different prices for signing different items. Visit the Cactus League Sports website for full details.
The lineup of athletes includes many of the state’s sports heroes. Here’s a look at each of the players planning to attend the Oct. 26-28 autograph convention, along with some of their career highlights.
Former Minnesota Twin Tony Oliva was one of the best hitters of his era, playing 15 seasons in the league and compiling a career .304 batting average.
• 1964 Rookie of the Year
• Eight-time All-Star
• Gold Glove winner
• Three-time batting champion
One of the major contributors of the Minnesota Vikings offenses of the 1980s and ’90s, Steve Jordan is a member of the team’s Ring of Honor and was known
• Six-time Pro Bowler as a tight end
• Named one of the 50 greatest Vikings
• More than 6,300 career receiving yards
Chuck Knoblauch, a member of the Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series team, played 12 seasons in the major leagues.
• 1991 Rookie of the Year
• Gold Glove winner
• Four-time All-Star
• Two-time Silver Slugger winner
Former Twins shortstop Roy Smaller played 13 years in the majors and is now a baseball analyst for Fox Sports North.
• 1979 All-Star
• Member of Twins’ 1987 World Series team
• Member of USC Hall of Fame
A longtime Minnesota Twin, Randy Bush is currently a member of the Chicago Cubs front office.
• Two-time World Series Champion
• 12-year MLB career
• Won World Series as part of Cubs front office
Playing most of his career with the Detroit Tigers, Denny McClain won 31 games as a pitcher in 1968.
• 1968 American League MVP
• Two-time Cy Young Award winner
• Three-time All-Star
Known as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball during his career, Junior Ortiz was a member of the 1991 Twins World Series team.
• Played 13 MLB seasons
• Batted .335 in 71 games in 1991
*Athlete lineup subject to change.