Claus for a cause: Bill Swank, a local baseball historian who doubles as Santa Claus during the holidays, took his campaign to get a statue of Ted Williams erected at downtown’s former Lane Field to the S.D. Port Commission board meeting Tuesday. Guards allowed the red-suited “Baseball Santa” to enter, but minus his candy cane-striped baseball bat and his “Occupy Lane Field” protest sign.
Swank delivered his plea Santa-style:
“T’was the night before baseball
and all through the town
Not a creature was stirring
when Santa took the mound.
He told the board members
I have a goal,
a statue of Ted Williams…
or I’ll give you all coal!”
Swank elicited a few chuckles but no comment on the statue. Given the current cold snap, coal might actually be much appreciated.