Happy birthday to North Dakota baseball star (and now coach) Darin Erstad. A native of Jamestown, Erstad spent 14 years playing Major League Baseball and was a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. Erstad was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 MLB Draft. During his career, he helped the Los Angeles Angels to a World Series title in 2002 and two other American League playoff appearances. He retired in 2009.
This week, Erstad was named Head Baseball Coach for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. He had previously been volunteering as an assistant coach with the Huskers.
In his hometown of Jamestown, visitors can see the World’s Largest Buffalo (statue) and three rare and real albino buffalo at the National Buffalo Museum. Experience pioneering life at the Frontier Village and slide into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame to see inductees such as Vikings football player Jim Kleinsasser, newly retired Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and homerun king Roger Maris.
Special events include the Fort Seward Wagon Train June 19-25, which gives visitors a flash-from-the-past covered-wagon experience. The Tatanka Festival, July 7-10, will have wild west shootouts, parade, carnival and much more.