National Baseball Congress

The National Baseball Congress of Wichita, Kansas is an organization of 17 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 has been held at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium annually since 1935.[1]

History

Dumont said he was inspired to start the league after seeing a huge crowd for the circus clown-firemen baseball game[1] 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 on former Ackerman Island in Wichita (located a few blocks north of Lawrence Stadium). After a fire destroyed the old wood stadium, the city built the Lawrence Stadium on its present site.[1]

In 1935, he offered Satchel Paige $1,000 to bring his touring Bismarck Churchills from Bismarck, North Dakota to Wichita.[2] Paige struck out 60 batters and won four games.[1]

With the rise of Minor League Baseball, the league now is for amateur athletes.

Leagues

As of January 2017, there are 17 member leagues.[3]

League Headquarters State
Alaska Baseball LeaguePalmerAlaska
California Collegiate LeagueSanta BarbaraCalifornia
CenTex Collegiate Baseball LeagueSan AntonioTexas
Chicago Suburban Baseball League
Great Southwest Collegiate League
Houston Collegiate Summer League
Jayhawk Collegiate LeagueWichitaKansas
Kansas Collegiate Baseball League
Mile High Collegiate Baseball League
Ohio Valley League
Pacific International LeagueSeattleWashington
Rocky Mountain Baseball LeagueLakewoodColorado
San Diego Coastal Collegiate League
Southern California Collegiate Baseball LeaguePalm SpringsCalifornia
Sun Belt Collegiate League
Sunflower Collegiate League
Western Baseball AssociationSan DiegoCalifornia

Championships

The first National Baseball Congress World Series was held in 1935.[1][4]

[5]

Year Champion Runner-Up
2018 Santa Barbara ForestersNJCAA National Team
2017 Kansas StarsEverett Merchants
2016 Santa Barbara ForestersHays Larks
2015Seattle StudsHaysville Aviators
2014Santa Barbara ForestersSeattle Studs
2013Seattle StudsWellington Heat
2012Santa Barbara ForestersSeattle Studs
2011Santa Barbara ForestersPeninsula Oilers
2010Liberal Bee Jays Seattle Studs
2009El Dorado BroncosAnchorage Glacier Pilots
2008Santa Barbara ForestersSeattle Studs
2007Lake Havasu City HeatHays Larks
2006Santa Barbara ForestersDerby, Kansas Twins
2005Prairie Gravel (IL)Santa Barbara Foresters
2004Aloha Knights (OR)Matsu, Alaska Miners
2003Chinese TaipeiSanta Barbara Foresters
2002Fairbanks, Alaska GoldpannersAnchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots
2001Anchorage, Alaska Glacier PilotsHays, Kansas Larks
2000Liberal, Kansas BeeJaysHays, Kansas Larks
1999Dallas, Texas PhilliesPeninsula Oilers
1998El Dorado, Kansas BroncosNevada, Missouri Griffons
1997Matsu, Alaska MinersNevada, Missouri Griffons
1996El Dorado, Kansas BroncosTacoma, Washington Timbers
1995Team USAHays, Kansas Larks
1994Peninsula OilersWichita, Kansas Broncos
1993Peninsula OilersBeatrice, Nebraska Bruins
1992Midlothian, Illinois White SoxLiberal, Kansas BeeJays
1991Anchorage, Alaska Glacier PilotsPeninsula Oilers
1990Wichita, Kansas BroncosMidlothian, Illinois White Sox
1989Wichita, Kansas BroncosGrand Rapids, Michigan Sullivans
1988Everett, Washington MerchantsMidlothian, Illinois White Sox
1987Matsu, Alaska MinersWichita, Kansas Broncos
1986Anchorage, Alaska Glacier PilotsGrand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians
1985Liberal, Kansas BeeJaysNorth Pole (AK) Nicks
1984Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-PolynesiansLiberal, Kansas BeeJays
1983Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-PolynesiansFairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners
1982Santa Maria, California IndiansAnchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots
1981Clarinda, Iowa A\'sLiberal, Kansas BeeJays
1980Fairbanks, Alaska GoldpannersLiberal, Kansas BeeJays
1979Liberal, Kansas BeeJaysSanta Maria, California Indians
1978Boulder, Colorado CollegiansRapid City, South Dakota Macy's Diesels
1977Peninsula OilersFairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners
1976Fairbanks, Alaska GoldpannersAnchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots
1975Boulder, Colorado CollegiansFairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners
1974Fairbanks, Alaska GoldpannersBoulder, Colorado Collegians
1973Fairbanks, Alaska GoldpannersLiberal, Kansas BeeJays
1972Fairbanks, Alaska GoldpannersAnchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots
1971Anchorage, Alaska Glacier PilotsFairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners
1970Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-PolynesiansAnchorage, Alaska Glacier Pilots
1969Anchorage, Alaska Glacier PilotsLiberal, Kansas BeeJays
1968Liberal, Kansas BeeJaysJackson, Mississippi Braves
1967Boulder, Colorado CollegiansHonolulu, Hawaii Islanders
1966Boulder, Colorado CollegiansWest Point, Mississippi Packers
1965Wichita, Kansas DreamlinersLiberal, Kansas BeeJays
1964Wichita, Kansas GlassmenFairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners
1963Wichita, Kansas DreamlinersPonchatoula, Louisiana Athletics
1962Wichita, Kansas DreamlinersFairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners
1961Ponchatoula, Louisiana AthleticsGrand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-Polynesians
1960Grand Rapids, Michigan Sullivan-PolynesiansPonchatoula, Louisiana Athletics
1959Houston, Texas FedElgin, Illinois Athletics
1958Drain, Oregon Black SoxAlpine, Texas Cowboys
1957Sinton, Texas Plymouth OilersFort Wayne, Indiana Dairymen
1956Fort Wayne, Indiana DairymenDeming, Washington Loggers
1955Wichita, Kansas Boeing BombersSinton, Texas Plymouth Oilers
1954Wichita, Kansas Boeing BombersSpringfield, Missouri Generals
1953Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri HilltoppersWichita, Kansas Boeing Bombers
1952Fort Myer Military District of WAFort Leonard Wood, Missouri Hilltoppers
1951Sinton, Texas Plymouth OilersAtwater, California Packers
1950Fort Wayne, Indiana CapehartsElk City, Oklahoma Elks
1949Fort Wayne, Indiana G-E ClubGolden, Colorado Coors
1948Fort Wayne, Indiana G-E Club *Elkin, North Carolina Chatham Blanketeers
1947Fort Wayne, Indiana G-E ClubGolden, Colorado Coors
1946St. Joseph, Michigan AuscosCarmichael, California Firemen
1945Enid, Oklahoma Army Air FieldOrlando, Florida Army Air Base
1944Sherman Field, Kansas FlyersEnid, Oklahoma Army Air Field
1943Camp Wheeler, Georgia SpokesEnid, Oklahoma Army Air Field
1942Wichita, Kansas Boeing BombersWaco, Texas Dons
1941Enid, Oklahoma ChamplinsWaco, Texas Dons
1940Enid, Oklahoma ChamplinsMount Pleasant, Texas Cubs
1939Duncan, Oklahoma HalliburtonsMount Pleasant, Texas Cubs
1938Buford, Georgia Bona AllensEnid, Oklahoma Eason Oilers
1937Enid, Oklahoma Eason OilersBuford, Georgia Bona Allens
1936Duncan, Oklahoma HalliburtonsBuford, Georgia Bona Allens
1935Bismarck, North Dakota ChurchillsDuncan, Oklahoma Halliburtons

* In 1948, the London Majors defeated Fort Wayne in the best-of-seven-game Can-Am Congress Series, 4 games to 3

Graduate of the Year

Many players have gone to professional teams. Since 1975 the NBC has recognized a "Graduate of the Year"[6]

Year Player MLB Team NBC Team(s)
2016Ian KinslerDetroit TigersLiberal BeeJays ('01)
2015Hunter PenceSan Francisco GiantsLiberal BeeJays ('03)
2012Michael YoungTexas RangersAlaska Goldpanners ('96)
2011Heath BellSan Diego PadresEl Dorado Broncos ('97)
2010Mark TeixeiraNew York YankeesMaryland Battlecats ('98)
2009Tim Lincecum[7]San Francisco GiantsSeattle Studs ('04)
2008Joba ChamberlainNew York YankeesBeatrice Bruins ('04 & '05)
2007Jeff FrancisColorado RockiesAnchorage Glacier Pilots ('01)
2006B. J. RyanToronto Blue JaysHays Larks ('96)
2005Morgan EnsbergHouston AstrosSanta Barbara Foresters ('96)
2004Nate RobertsonDetroit TigersEl Dorado Broncos ('96 & '98)
2003Albert PujolsSt. Louis CardinalsHays Larks ('99)
2002Lance BerkmanHouston AstrosHays Larks ('95)
2001Luis GonzalezArizona DiamondbacksNorth Pole Nicks ('87)
2000Eric KarrosLos Angeles DodgersNorth Pole Nicks ('87)
1999Trevor HoffmanSan Diego PadresNevada Griffons ('87)
1998Robin VenturaChicago White SoxSanta Marian Indians ('86)
1997Brett ButlerLos Angeles DodgersOK City Utility Towers ('77)/Hutchinson Broncos ('78)
1996Chuck KnoblauchMinnesota TwinsClarinda A's ('87)
1995Mark GraceChicago CubsNorth Pole Nicks ('85)
1994Jimmy KeyNew York YankeesKenai Peninsula Oilers ('81)
1993Barry BondsSan Francisco GiantsFairbanks Goldpanners ('83)/Hutchinson Broncos ('84)
1992Andy BenesSan Diego PadresClarinda A's ('87)
1991Bob WelchOakland A'sBoulder Collegians ('76)
1990John OlerudToronto Blue JaysKenai Peninsula Oilers ('88)
1989Rafael PalmeiroTexas RangersHutchinson Broncos ('84)
1988Mark McGwireOakland A'sAnchorage Glacier Pilots ('82)
1987Joe CarterCleveland IndiansBoulder Collegians ('79)
1986Roger ClemensBoston Red SoxHutchinson Broncos ('82)
1985Tony GwynnSan Diego PadresBoulder Collegians ('80)
1984Ron KittleChicago White SoxChicago AHEPA ('78)
1983Dave StiebToronto Blue JaysKenai Peninsula Oilers ('77 & '78)
1982Steve RogersMontreal ExposLiberal Bee Jays ('80)
1981Steve KempPittsburgh PiratesLiberal BeeJays/Fairbanks ('73) / ('74)
1980Bruce BochteOakland A'sAnchorage Glacier Pilots ('71)
1979Dave WinfieldSan Diego PadresFairbanks Goldpanners ('71 & '72)
1978Ron GuidryNew York YankeesLiberal Bee Jays ('70)
1977Chris ChamblissAtlanta BravesAnchorage Glacier Pilots ('69)
1976Randy JonesNew York MetsAnchorage Glacier Pilots ('71)[8]
1975Mike HargroveCleveland IndiansLiberal BeeJays ('72)

See also

References

  1. "History of the NBC". nbcbaseball.com. National Baseball Congress Foundation. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  2. Steiz, Dale. "Lawrence Dumont Stadium History". Wichita Historic Delano District. Archived from the original on August 27, 2008.
  3. "Leagues & Teams". nbcbaseball.com. National Baseball Congress Foundation. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  4. "National Baseball Congress World Series". nbcbaseball.com. National Baseball Congress Foundation. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  5. "Past NBC World Series Finalists". nnbcbaseball.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  6. "NBC Graduates of the Year". nbcbaseball.com.
  7. "PIL Player & NBC 2009 Graduate of the Year Earns 2nd Cy Young Award". pacificinternationalleague.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  8. "Twenty Seven Years of Gold at the National Baseball Congress World Series - 80th Year in 2014". pannervault.com. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
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