Thursday, July 24, 2014

 Universal Baseball Association attendees (from left) Cappy Gagnon, Punch Shaw, Luke Saiisbury, Mary Lynch, Larry Roth, Cliff Otto and Ed Goldstein visit the home dugout during a tour of Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M.

The 24th Universal Baseball Association trip lands in New Mexico.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:37 a.m.
 Martha Jo Black (left) and father Joe Black had a very close relationship.

‘Joe Black: More Than a Dodger’ is due out Feb. 1, 2015.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
 LaVonte Stewart, 8, enjoys the fun and festivities during a Lost Boyz Inc. and Experience Baseball Inc. outing at the July 4 Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Both LB and EB are organizations that serve urban youth.

Experience Baseball has community partners in four other Major League Baseball cities — Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City and Minneapolis.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.
 Ryan Strausborger leads off for the Frisco RoughRiders in a 2013 game. The Elkhart Memorial High School graduate is in his fifth season of professional baseball in 2014.
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.

Elkhart Memorial graduate Ryan Strausborger played 60 games at Triple-A Rock Rock before going back to the team he played for in 2012 and 2013. He was hitting .500 in his first six games with Frisco.

 Caleb Stayton (24) bats for the Lake Erie Monarchs in Alaska in 2014. Stayton is an Elkhart Christian Academy graduate and will be a Ball State University sophomore in 2014-15.
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:05 a.m.

Caleb played on a tour with the Lake Erie Monarchs while experiencing several off-field adventures with father Fred. 

 FILE - In this July 29, 2007 file photo, Tony Gwynn holds his National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego's most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday, June 16, 2014. He was 54.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
Posted on June 24, 2014 at 2:40 p.m.

Justin Masterson played for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at San Diego State in 2006 and considers himself fortunate for the experience.

 It took 18 innings for No. 3 Lafayette Central Catholic to beat Westview 8-3 in the Class 2A Whiting Regional. It is one of the longest games in the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association record book.
Posted on June 9, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

The Class 2A Whiting Regional went well into the night before the Knights defeated the Warriors.

 Here is a mock-up of the Kalamazoo Growlers
Posted on June 5, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.

Taken a selfie recently? You could have it included on a new Kalamazoo Growlers jersey.

 Caleb Stayton (right) shares a high-five with head coach Rich Maloney after Stayton hit a solo home run for Ball State University against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. It was the first collegiate homer for the freshman and Elkhart Christian Academy graduate.
Posted on June 4, 2014 at 1:49 p.m.

Caleb Stayton, who was a freshman first baseman at Ball State University in 2014, will play for the Lake Erie Monarchs this summer, including a trip to Alaska for the famed Midnight Sun Game.

 Dylan Fosnacht, a Washington teen, got baseball tongues wagging when he delivered 194 pitches in a recent game.
Posted on May 20, 2014 at 7:44 p.m.

Former area mound standouts Ben Bailey and Ben Wagner weigh in on the debate.

 Denny McLain, who won 31 games and the American League Cy Young Award for the 1968 Detroit Tigers, is slated to appear at Concord Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, as part of a sports cards and collectibles show.
Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:14 a.m.

Denny McLain, who won 31 games and the American League Cy Young Award for the 1968 Detroit Tigers, is slated to appear from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of a sports cards and collectibles show scheduled for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the mall's center court.

 A commemorative uniform celebrating the Fort Wayne Kekiongas worn by the Fort Wayne Wizards during the 1995 baseball season. Ebbets Fields Flannels jersey is property of the Fort Wayne History Center.
Posted on May 1, 2014 at 7:58 a.m.

On May 4 of 1871, the first professional league baseball game was played in Fort Wayne between the Forest Citys of Cleveland and the Kekiongas of Fort Wayne.

 Penn's  Ryan Kaczmarski gets a welcome at third base by Coach Greg Dikos after hitting a triple in the top of the fifth inning.
Posted on April 25, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

According to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association's numbers entering the 2014 season, there were only two dozen coaches with 600 or more career victories.

Steve Krah
Steve Krah
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