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December 20, 2012

Santa preparing for big night

Did you know Santa Claus has his very own baseball card?

The back of the card reads, “Known for his speed, Claus is not only fast on the bases, but able to deliver gifts to all the children of the world in a single night.”

Must be the man in the red suite played baseball in his younger years, because the card goes on to say,

“After his playing days, St. Nick went on to a successful career managing a team of elves.”

So what team did the man from the North Pole play for? The Red Stockings with famous teammates Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph, according to the card.

The card reveals one other fact about the jolly man — his birthdate is in the fourth century.

One young baseball fan was surprised to know the magical Claus had his very own baseball card. The story was shared with 8-year-old Max Porto of Cooperstown when he asked for a binder for his baseball cards during a visit to Santa’s cottage in Pioneer Park in Cooperstown Friday afternoon. Max was there with his mother and sister. It was 3-year-old Natalie’s first visit, and like many youngsters, was eager to see the man with the long white beard until she got real close.

Natalie marched right into the cottage and walked to Santa, but before Mom could get a photo she was scared and shedding some tears. From then on, the little girl was skeptical to get to close.

A steady flow of families came to visit Santa on Friday. It is the busiest time of year for him because he is making his list and checking it twice while final preparations are being made for his yearly trip around the world.

Many children leave cookies, milk and other snacks for Santa and sometimes even treats for the reindeer on Christmas Eve, but some bring gifts and homemade cards during their visits.

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