The Hannibal Hoots fans arriving at Clemens Field in Hannibal for the July 15 game versus the Quincy Gems may have been surprised to hear Christmas carols being played by the Salvation Army Brass Band.

 

 

 

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Editor's note: Reporter Bev Darr is a member of the Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council.

The Hannibal Hoots fans arriving at Clemens Field in Hannibal for the July 15 game versus the Quincy Gems may have been surprised to hear Christmas carols being played by the Salvation Army Brass Band.

The band was led by Major Andy Miller, leader of the Hannibal and Quincy Salvation Army.

Children were excited to be greeted by Santa, aka Clifford Icke, the Hoots' custodian, who was ready to throw out the first pitch in the game at 3 p.m.

They also saw a display of sports memorabilia that had been donated for a silent auction to benefit the Hannibal Salvation Army, and bell ringers with red kettles for donations, including Frannie Altheide, leader of the Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council.

Several people were carrying toys or bags of canned food to be collected in two trucks brought by Poage Auto Group, who co-sponsored the Christmas In July with the Hannibal Salvation Army.

Among the first arriving with items to donate for the Salvation Army were Perry Mayor Chad Williams and his wife, Meri. “We come to all the games,” Mayor Wiliams said. “We are season pass holders.”

One couple bringing a bag of canned food was Bob Allen and Ann Wilson.

Children carrying toys to donate included Emery and Isaiah McHargue.

One special event offered through Poage was a chance for someone age 18 or over whose name was drawn to win $10,000 by throwing a ball 60 feet into the back of a Poage pickup truck, if the ball did not bounce out.

Chuck Houston, Poage general manager, reported the name drawn during the game for the ball thrower was Mary Adkison. “She made a great throw, but it didn't make it to the truck,” he said.

Houston explained that donations of toys and food are being received all during July at both Hannibal Poage locations on U.S. 61 South.

The Hoots lost to the Gems, 20-1.

For more pictures see photo gallery.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.