- National Baseball Congress
The National Baseball Congress of Wichita, Kansas is an organization of 15 amateur and semi-professional baseball leagues operating in the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1934 by Hap Dumont, it has conducted an annual North American championship tournament among its members, The National Baseball Congress World Series, held at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium annually since 1935.
Dumont said he was inspired to start the league after seeing a huge crowd for the circus clown-firemen baseball game in Wichita (the clowns were not allowed to perform on Sundays because of Blue Laws. In 1931 he started the National Semi-Pro Baseball Congress Kansas State Tournament which played on an island of the Arkansas River.
After a fire destroyed the stadium, the city built the Lawrence Stadium. In 1935 he offered Satchel Paige $1,000 to bring his touring Bismarck Churchills from, Bismarck, North Dakota, team to Wichita. Paige struck out 60 batters and won four games. With the rise of Minor League Baseball, the league now is for amateur athletes.
As of January 2011[update], there are 15 member leagues:
League Headquarters State Alaska Baseball League Palmer Alaska California Collegiate League Santa Barbara California CenTex Collegiate League San Antonio Texas Coastal Baseball League Beach City Texas Jayhawk Collegiate League Wichita Kansas M.I.N.K. League Beatrice Nebraska Mountain Collegiate Baseball League Fort Collins Colorado Northern Illinois Baseball League Palos Heights Illinois Pacific International League Seattle Washington Pacific Southwest Baseball League Casa Grande Arizona Rocky Mountain Baseball League Lakewood Colorado Sooner Collegiate League Broken Arrow Oklahoma Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association Palm Springs California Walter Johnson League Goddard Kansas Western Baseball Association San Diego California
Year Champion Runner-Up 2011 Santa Barbara Foresters Peninsula Oilers 2010 Liberal BeeJays Seattle Studs 2009 El Dorado Broncos Anchorage Glacier Pilots 2008 Santa Barbara Foresters Seattle, Washington Studs 2007 Lake Havasu City Heat Hays Larks 2006 Santa Barbara Foresters Derby, Kansas Twins 2005 Prairie Gravel (IL) Santa Barbara Foresters 2004 Aloha Knights (OR) Matsu, Alaska Miners 2003 Chinese Taipei Santa Barbara Foresters 2002 Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots 2001 Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots Hays, Kansas Larks 2000 Liberal, Kansas BeeJays Hays, Kansas Larks 1999 Dallas, Texas Phillies Peninsula Oilers 1998 El Dorado, Kansas Broncos Nevada, Missouri Griffons 1997 Matsu, Alaska Miners Nevada, Missouri Griffons 1996 El Dorado, Kansas Broncos Tacoma, Washington Timbers 1995 Team USA Hays, Kansas Larks 1994 Peninsula Oilers Wichita, Kansas Broncos 1993 Peninsula Oilers Beatrice, Nebraska Bruins 1992 Midlothian, Illinois White Sox Liberal, Kansas BeeJays 1991 Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots Peninsula Oilers 1990 Wichita, Kansas Broncos Midlothian, Illinois White Sox 1989 Wichita, Kansas Broncos Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivans 1988 Everett, Washington Merchants Midlothian, Illinois White Sox 1987 Matsu, Alaska Miners Wichita, Kansas Broncos 1986 Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians 1985 Liberal, Kansas BeeJays North Pole (AK) Nicks 1984 Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians Liberal, Kansas BeeJays 1983 Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners 1982 Santa Maria, California Indians Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots 1981 Clarinda, Iowa A\'s Liberal, Kansas BeeJays 1980 Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners Liberal, Kansas BeeJays 1979 Liberal, Kansas BeeJays Santa Maria, California Indians 1978 Boulder, Colorado Collegians Rapid City, South Dakota Macy’s Diesels 1977 Peninsula Oilers Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners 1976 Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots 1975 Boulder, Colorado Collegians Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners 1974 Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners Boulder, Colorado Collegians 1973 Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners Liberal, Kansas BeeJays 1972 Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots 1971 Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners 1970 Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots 1969 Anchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots Liberal, Kansas BeeJays 1968 Liberal, Kansas BeeJays Jackson, Mississippi Braves 1967 Boulder, Colorado Collegians Honolulu, Hawaii Islanders 1966 Boulder, Colorado Collegians West Point, Mississippi Packers 1965 Wichita, Kansas Dreamliners Liberal, Kansas BeeJays 1964 Wichita, Kansas Glassmen Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners 1963 Wichita, Kansas Dreamliners Ponchatoula, Louisiana Athletics 1962 Wichita, Kansas Dreamliners Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners 1961 Ponchatoula, Louisiana Athletics Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians 1960 Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians Ponchatoula, Louisiana Athletics 1959 Houston, Texas Fed Elgin, Illinois Athletics 1958 Drain, Oregon Black Sox Alpine, Texas Cowboys 1957 Sinton, Texas Plymouth Oilers Fort Wayne, Indiana Dairymen 1956 Fort Wayne, Indiana Dairymen Deming, Washington Loggers 1955 Wichita, Kansas Boeing Bombers Sinton, Texas Plymouth Oilers 1954 Wichita, Kansas Boeing Bombers Springfield, Missouri Generals 1953 Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Hilltoppers Wichita, Kansas Boeing Bombers 1952 Fort Meyer Military District of WA Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Hilltoppers 1951 Sinton, Texas Plymouth Oilers Atwater, California Packers 1950 Fort Wayne, Indiana Capeharts Elk City, Oklahoma Elks 1949 Fort Wayne, Indiana G-E Club Golden, Colorado Coors 1948 Fort Wayne, Indiana G-E Club Elkin, North Carolina Chatham Blanketeers 1947 Fort Wayne, Indiana G-E Club Golden, Colorado Coors 1946 St. Joseph, Michigan Auscos Carmichael, California Firemen 1945 Enid, Oklahoma Army Air Field Orlando, Florida Army Air Base 1944 Sherman Field, Kansas Flyers Enid, Oklahoma Army Air Field 1943 Camp Wheeler, Georgia Spokes Enid, Oklahoma Army Air Field 1942 Wichita, Kansas Boeing Bombers Waco, Texas Dons 1941 Enid, Oklahoma Champlins Waco, Texas Dons 1940 Enid, Oklahoma Champlins Mount Pleasant, Texas Cubs 1939 Duncan, Oklahoma Halliburtons Mount Pleasant, Texas Cubs 1938 Buford, Georgia Bona Allens Enid, Oklahoma Eason Oilers 1937 Enid, Oklahoma Eason Oilers Buford, Georgia Bona Allens 1936 Duncan, Oklahoma Halliburtons Buford, Georgia Bona Allens 1935 Bismarck, North Dakota Corwin Churchill Duncan, Oklahoma Halliburtons
Graduate of the Year
Many players have gone to professional teams. Since 1975 the NBC has recognized a "Graduate of the Year" http://www.nbcbaseball.com/nbcgraduates.html
Year Player MLB Team NBC Team(s) 2011 Heath Bell San Diego Padres El Dorado Broncos ('97) 2010 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees Maryland Battlecats ('98) 2009 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants Seattle Studs ('04) 2008 Joba Chamberlain New York Yankees Beatrice Bruins ('04 & '05) 2007 Jeff Francis Colorado Rockies Anchorage Glacier Pilots ('01) 2006 B. J. Ryan Toronto Blue Jays Hays Larks ('96) 2005 Morgan Ensberg Houston Astros Santa Barbara Foresters ('96) 2004 Nate Robertson Detroit Tigers El Dorado Broncos ('96 & "98) 2003 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals Hays Larks ('99) 2002 Lance Berkman Houston Astros Hays Larks ('95) 2001 Luis Gonzalez Arizona Diamondbacks North Pole Nicks ('87) 2000 Eric Karros Los Angeles Dodgers North Pole Nicks ('87) 1999 Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres Nevada Griffons ('87) 1998 Robin Ventura Chicago White Sox Santa Marian Indians ('86) 1997 Brett Butler Los Angeles Dodgers OK City Utility Towers ('77)/Hutchinson Broncos ('78) 1996 Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota Twins Clarinda A's ('87) 1995 Mark Grace Chicago Cubs North Pole Nicks ('85) 1994 Jimmy Key New York Yankees Kenai Peninsula Oilers ('81) 1993 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants Fairbanks Goldpanners ('83)/Hutchinson Broncos ('84) 1992 Andy Benes San Diego Padres Clarinda A's ('87) 1991 Bob Welch Oakland A's Boulder Collegians ('76) 1990 John Olerud Toronto Blue Jays Kenai Peninsula Oilers ('88) 1989 Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers Hutchinson Broncos ('84) 1988 Mark McGwire Oakland A's Anchorage Glacier Pilots ('82) 1987 Joe Carter Cleveland Indians Boulder Collegians ('79) 1986 Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox Hutchinson Broncos ('82) 1985 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres 1984 Ron Kittle Chicago White Sox Chicago AHEPA ("78) 1983 Dave Stieb Toronto Blue Jays Kenai Peninsula Oilers 1982 Steve Rogers Montreal Expos 1981 Steve Kemp Pittsburgh Pirates Liberal BeeJays/Fairbanks 1980 Bruce Bochte Oakland A's Anchorage Glacier Pilots ('71) 1979 Dave Winfield San Diego Padres Fairbanks Goldpanners 1978 Ron Guidry New York Yankees Liberal BeeJays 1977 Chris Chambliss Atlanta Braves Anchorage Glacier Pilots ('69) 1976 Randy Jones New York Mets Anchorage Glacier Pilots ('71) 1975 Mike Hargrove Cleveland Indians Liberal BeeJays
- ^ http://www.wichitadelano.com/history/baseballandapplepie.htm
- ^ History of the NBC - nbcbaseball.com - Retrieved September 5, 2009
- ^ http://www.nbcbaseball.com/leagues.html
- ^ Past NBC World Series Finalists nbcbaseball.com - Retrieved September 5, 2009
- ^ NBC Graduates of the Year nbcbaseball.com - Retrieved September 5, 2009
- ^ PIL Player & NBC 2009 Graduate of the Year Earns 2nd Cy Young Award - pacificinternationalleague.com - Retrieved December 11, 2009
- ^ http://www.goldpanners.com/Seasons/1971/tournament.htm
- National Baseball Congress website
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