The St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) have announced plans for a promotion that will pay tribute to Mary Tyler Moore. Moore, who passed away in January at the age of 80, will be honored at CHS Field on Mary 18.
On Opening Day the Saints, who celebrate their 25th season, will highlight the actress with “We’re Gonna Make It After All” Night.
On Thursday, May 18, the first game of their Silver Anniversary Season, the Saints will hand out tams, the hat Moore threw in the air at the end of the opening sequence of the show, to the first 6,000 fans in attendance. The tams will have blue and white stripes on the majority of the cap, with the bottom of the cap solid blue with two black stripes, similar to the color of Moore’s tam. In addition, at the end of the second inning the Saints will play the opening sequence on the video board and fans will be asked to spin around and throw their tams in the air at the same time as Moore.
As part of the pomp and circumstance of the Opening Night team introductions the Saints will pay tribute to Moore’s character as a news producer by inviting out local Minnesota newscasters. Each newscaster will be paired up with a Saints player and will take the field with the team prior to the game.
In the show Moore plays Mary Richards, who moves to Minneapolis and gets the position of Associate Producer for WJM’s Six O’Clock News. She becomes friends with her boss, Lou Grant (Ed Asner), newswriter Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod) and anchorman Tex Baxter (Ted Knight).
Mary rents a third-floor studio apartment in a 19th-century home from Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) and becomes best friends with her upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper). The exterior shot of the house, featured in the opening credits, is located at 2104 Kenwood Parkway between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.