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Baseball legend to tour oil wells near Belfield

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.

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.

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.