When St. Louis banker William A. Donius stepped up to home plate at Busch Stadium Monday, he was wielding a five-foot-long check for $20,000 instead of a baseball bat.

On behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association of St. Louis, Mr. Donius presented the symbolic check to an official of Major League Baseball's Cardinals for the benefit of the area's homeless. The team has a nonprofit arm that distributes money to charitable groups.

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