Skip to main content

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

Next Up

Payton Willis

Willis carries shorthanded Gophers to beat Rutgers

The senior scored a career-high 32 points to end a five-game losing streak.


Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl

Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Charges: Mom killed infant son just weeks after getting him back from foster care

The 10-month-old died in her care in Brooklyn Park last April.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Arrests made following fentanyl bust in St. Cloud

Authorities searched two St. Cloud apartments Friday morning.

potatoes 2

Minnesota's 'frozen potato freeway' closure attracts plenty of comment

It was, let's face it, a very Minnesotan reason for a freeway closure.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 9.07.54 AM

U of M fraternity raises money for chef's knee surgery

The GoFundMe has raised around $1,700 of its $5,000 goal.

unsplash restaurant cashier register COVID face mask - crop

7 restaurant, bar groups sue Minneapolis over dining vaccine mandate

"Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pawns..." the lawsuit said.

Screen Shot 2022-01-22 at 7.47.53 AM

Woman fatally shot in St. Paul's North End neighborhood

It's the fourth homicide so far this year in St. Paul.


Wild flip the script, dominate Blackhawks

Ryan Hartman scored twice to earn the first game of a back-to-back.

Hopkins Basketball

Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

argue-wertman booking photos

Charges: 2 teens responsible for violent carjacking spree across Twin Cities

They face a combined 31 felony counts, all tied to carjackings and related crimes.

rep nolan west mn house

MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting

The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.


Curt Sampson

Curtis Sampson, who brought horse racing back to MN, dies at 87

He died peacefully at his home in Hector, Minnesota.

Joe Mauer's No. 7 to be retired by the Twins

He'll become the eighth Twin to have his number retired.

Mauer's status 'hasn't changed much,' no timetable for his return

Mauer has battled concussion-like symptoms since May 18.

Screen Shot 2020-05-13 at 10.53.38 AM

Canterbury Park jockey banned for illegal device, loaded weapon

The Shakopee track has been running live races during the pandemic.

Joe Mauer: 'There is nowhere else I ever wanted to be'

Mauer was emotional during his retirement press conference on Monday.

Mauer supporters out in full force after his emotional game

It's a refreshing change from the constant Mauer bashing.

Mauer passes Killebrew for another Twins milestone

This could be the final week of Mauer's MLB career.

Fantasy baseball wizards cool on Mauer

Joe Mauer was the topic of conversation among fantasy baseball experts on EPSN's Fantasy Roundtable Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Mauer's erratic performance and unexplained injuries last year have downgraded his stock in the fantasy baseball world.