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Jake Mauer, 'patriarch of the Mauer baseball family,' dies at 89

Jake Mauer is perhaps best known for his role at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.
Jake Mauer

Jake Mauer, the grandfather of former Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer, passed away peacefully on August 11 at the age of 89. 

Dubbed the "patriarch of the Mauer baseball family" by Canterbury Park, Jake Mauer was a staple at the Shakopee horse racing track when it was known as Canterbury Downs, where he sold race tips called "Big Jake's Green Sheet." 

The man who sells the green sheets at Canterbury Park nowadays is Kevin Gorg, whose familiar face and voice can also be seen covering the Twins and Wild on FOX Sports North.  

“What a gem of a human being,” Gorg said of Mauer in a statement released by Canterbury Park. 

Mauer graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul in 1949. He joined the Marine Corps in 1952 before being discharged in 1954, at which point he played professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox. 

According to his obituary, his baseball career was cut short by polio, though the talent in the Mauer bloodline runs deep as his grandsons Jake Mauer III and Joe Mauer went on to play professionally. Joe was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and became six-time All-Star and the 2009 American League MVP. Jake played a couple of games with the Twins in 2005 and later coached in the minor leagues for a decade. 

Here's how the obituary describes the Canterbury Park hall-of-famer: 

"Jake wore many hats in his life - son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, great-grand-father, athlete, coach, mentor, Korean War Vet, polio survivor, business owner, bartender, story teller, listener, horse handicapper, sales person. Most of all, he loved the adventure of life and lived each day as fully as he could."

In July, Canterbury Park co-founder Curtis Sampson passed away at the age 87

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