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Tony La Russa, right, and Continental Resources executive Richard Muncrief attend the CEO panel that featured Harold Hamm Thursday during the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. La Russa, a three-time World Series champion manager, is a friend of Hamm's and wanted to see North Dakota and learn about oil development.

Baseball legend to tour oil wells near Belfield

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BISMARCK -- The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference had a surprise guest Thursday who wasn't on the lineup card.

Tony La Russa, a three-time World Series championship manager, attended the CEO panel to hear his friend and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm speak.

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La Russa said he was talking to Hamm a few weeks ago about North Dakota oil development and he wanted to learn more.

The timing of the conference worked out well with La Russa's plans to attend a Minnesota Twins game, he said.

After Hamm's speech, La Russa planned to accompany other Continental Resources executives to tour a producing well and a drilling location north of Belfield.

"I can't wait," La Russa said. "I'm just fascinated by it."

La Russa, who ranks third on baseball's all-time wins list for managers, retired from the St. Louis Cardinals after their World Series win in 2011.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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