Some History

2017 Department of Michigan Champions
Midland Berryhill Post 165 - Class AA
Gladstone Post 71 - Class A
Kiki Cuyler Award - Martin Money (Midland Berryhill Post 165)
Hal Newhouser Award - Ben Schwalbach (Gladstone Post 71)
Great Lakes Region Champion - Midland Berryhill Post 165
Great Lakes Region MVP - Jordan Patty (Midland Berryhill Post 165)

Department of Michigan Champions (District 2)
Adrian Post 275 - 2012 (AA); 2001;
Adrian Post 97 - 1966, 1963;
Blissfield Post 325 - 2007; 2003; 1994; 1977;
Hudson Post 180 - 2011 (A); 2013 (A);
Jackson Post 324 - 1974;
Jackson Post 29 - 1940;

American Legion National Champions (Michigan)
2009 - Midland Berryhill Post 165
1959 - Detroit Post 187

KiKi Cuyler (AA) and Hal Newhouser (A) State Tournament MVP Awards (District 2 winners only)
2012 - Phil Carey - Adrian Post 275; 2010 - Shane Shroyer - Ida Post 514; 2007 - Tim Duffy - Blissfield Post 325; 2003 - Eric Rose - Blissfield Post 325; 2001 - Brent Coudron - Adrian Post 275; 1991 - Daniel C. Lock - Adrian Post 275; 1979 - Fred Ambs - Blissfield Post 325; 1977 - David Pagel - Blissfield Post 325; 1966 - Thomas Allen - Adrian Post 97; 1963 - Doug Nelson - Adrian Post 97; 1940 - Henry Karwas - Jackson Post 29

Department of Michigan Baseball Scholarship Award (District 2 winners only)
2017 - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275); 2013 - Jacob Britt (Adrian Post 275); 2012 - Joel Crozier (Ida Post 514); 2011 - Eric Schmidt (Blissfield Post 325); 2010 - Camron Moorehead (Adrian Post 275); 2009 - Taylor Milligan (Hudson Post 180); 2001 - Jay Threet* (Adrian Post 275);
* - named American Legion Player of the Year (http://www.legion.org/baseball/awards/player)

Department of Michigan Robert Turner Memorial Scholarship Award* (District 2 winners only)
2017 - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275); 2015 - Grant Anschuetz (Adrian Post 275); 2013 - Hunter Hayes (Adrian Post 275);
*information / application - http://www.michiganlegion.org/assets/turner20152.pdf

District 2 Teams

District 2 American Legion Baseball programs - 2017

Adrian Post 275 "G. Chandler Bond" (AA)
Head Coach: Don Cappeletty; Home Field: Nicolay Field, Adrian College / Siena Heights University
Web - http://www.post275baseball.com

Blissfield Post 325 "Robert Meachen" (A)
Head Coach: Larry Tuttle; Home Field: Blissfield High School

Hudson Post 180 "Hannan-Colvin" (A)
Head Coach: Wayne Perry; Home Field: Hudson High School

Ida Post 514 "Lynn C. Weeman" (AA)
Head Coach: Travis Pant; Home Field: Ida High School / Britton-Deerfield High School

Blissfield Post 325 / A "Robert Meachen" (A)
Head Coach: Greg Sayler; Home Field: Blissfield High School

Hudson Post 180 / Junior "Hannan-Colvin" (A)
Head Coach: Ben Woods; Home Field: Hudson High School

Ida Post 514 / A "Lynn C. Weeman" (A)
Head Coach: Reid Olmstead; Home Field: Ida High School / Britton-Deerfield High School

Some District 2 Posts that have sponsored American Legion Baseball teams -
(Adrian Post 97; Ann Arbor Post 46; Brooklyn Post 315; Jackson Post 29; Jackson Post 324; Ypsilanti Post 282)

Friday, December 1, 2017

12/01 - Jim's American Legion Baseball notes, scores, etc. - Friday December 1 - UNOFFICIAL!

12/01 - Jim's Baseball notes, scores, etc. - Friday December 1 - UNOFFICIAL!

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(1) Notes and comments
(2) American legion updates
(3) Upcoming events

ALWAYS unofficial and normally unaudited - check dates, times, locations - things change (and I do make typos) - feel free to send me corrections, complaints and information;

Miscellaneous items -

#Community support gets lights to Ottawa Post 63's Memorial Field (this is in Ohio, not Canada) -
Some of the "MAJOR DONORS" - (site lists the donation amount)
Ottawa Oil Co
OG Jaycees - OG - Ottawa / Glandorf
FOE 2234 - Elks
First National Bank
Buckeye Transplants
Beckman Jewelers
Ottawa Legion Baseball
OG Rotary Club - OG - Ottawa / Glandorf
Ottawa Kiwanis
American Legion Post 63
Anonymous Donor
Brown Supply Co
Ottawa Baseball Assn
RK Industries
First Federal Bank
Ottawa Chevy
Gerdeman-Hovest
Croy Mowing
SAL 63 - SAL - Sons of the American Legion
Nelson Mfg
Irwin Real Estate
Phantasm Design
Bob Meyer Builders
Ag-Credit
B-K Tool
Verhoff & Co
Nienberg Body Shop
Honda of Ottawa
Ottawa Feed & Grain
VFW Post 9142 - VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars
Northwest Physical Therapy
Matijevich Floor Coverings
Northwest Tractor Co
Whirlpool
First Klass Lawn Care
Industrial Millright
Tucker Pharmacy
Heritage Floors
Findlay Hearing Aid Center (Ottawa)
Steel Tech
Fortman Ins
Looking at this list (from my "neck of the woods") I'm VERY impressed by the depth of support - Jim

#Inappropriate behavior -
(1) Behave yourself - it makes life easier for everyone. Most people know what is acceptable in different situations - use you common sense - if you don't have any then just keep your mouth shut, hands to yourself and stay off social media.
(2) For those that reported issues "thru channels" and nothing happened - you need to identify who you reported the issue to - they should have been the first line of defense and that also needs to be "followed up".
(3) At some point there needs to be some investigation / details of accusations - we do not want "guilt by social media" to become our standard of proof (or do we?).
(4) It is interesting (to me) how few accusations are surfacing (so far) of issues in the academic (university) and medical environments. Maybe those environments still have a ways to go before someone can speak up without fear of repercussions?

(1) National tournament play will feature seven-inning games - previously all tournament (American Legion - not invitational) games were nine (9) innings with a 10-run mercy rule after seven (7) innings. While this is in line with most high school and summer programs it also makes it easier for teams to handle the pitch-count limitations.
(2) Changes to pitch count (suggestions from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball) -
Pitchers will have a daily maximum of 105 pitches per day, down from 120.
Required rest will be as follows:
1-30 pitches: 0 days
31-45 pitches: 1 day
46-60 pitches: 2 days
61-80 pitches: 3 days
81+ pitches: 4 days
Pitchers may only make two appearances in any three consecutive days;
(3) Courtesy runner and re-entry - regular season play only (not American Legion tournament), Departments (states) may have the option to allow for courtesy runners and re-entry. (Many invitational tournaments already do this, but this allows departments (states) with formal American Legion leagues to utilize these rules if they wish.)
(4) Graduate rule - Any interested 19-year-old may now play for their previous Legion team (if applicable) or the team closest to their domicile. (The rule before prevented 19s from playing if they had not played American Legion baseball before.)
(5) Changes to regional bid procedure - After a number of requests, bids to host regional tournaments (American Legion tournament) may now be one year or two years. Previously, all bids were required to be two years. (The host takes on a significant financial burden - housing / feeding eight teams, umpires, officials along with the actual management of the toournament and site - this allows a Post to commit for one year, instead of two years.)
Other American Legion Baseball headlines -
*American Legion Baseball alums take home major MLB awards (Numerous former Legion players honored for outstanding 2017 season.) - https://www.legion.org/baseball/239979/american-legion-baseball-alums-take-home-major-mlb-awards
*American Legion Baseball to participate in ABCA Convention (Indianapolis, IN - January 4-7) - https://www.legion.org/baseball/239946/american-legion-baseball-participate-abca-convention
*ALWS champions (Henderson, NV Post 40) volunteer and are honored at MLB World Series - https://www.legion.org/baseball/239946/american-legion-baseball-participate-abca-convention
*American Legion Baseball continues helping youth ‘Play Ball’ (MLB / USA Baseball) - https://www.legion.org/baseball/239836/american-legion-baseball-continues-helping-youth-play-ball
*American Legion Baseball alums prepare for World Series - https://www.legion.org/baseball/239705/american-legion-baseball-alums-prepare-world-series
*Legion Baseball has decorated history with the Dodgers and Astros - https://www.legion.org/baseball/239706/legion-baseball-has-decorated-history-dodgers-and-astros
*Minnesota Legion Baseball helps host Million Dollar Arm Symposium - https://www.legion.org/baseball/239186/minnesota-legion-baseball-helps-host-million-dollar-arm-symposium

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*Happy New Year

Thursday - Sunday January 4-7 -

*2018 ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) Convention in Indianpolis, IN (01/04/18-01/07/18) -
including -
Bret Hoyer, John F. Kennedy High School (IA)
Nick Mingione, University of Kentucky
Tracy Archuleta, University of Southern Indiana
Erik Bakich, University of Michigan
Scott Theisen, Saline High School (MI)
Craig Rainey, Adrian College

Friday - Saturday January 12-13 -

*2018 MHSBCA (Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association) Clinic -
(Soaring Eagle Casino - Mount Pleasant, MI January 12-13, 2018)
Speakers include -
Mark Uyl - MHSAA (Rules!)
Andrew Maki - Northern Illinois University (Pitching/Recruiting)
Craig Rainey - Adrian College (Hitting Philosophy/Base running)
Scott Theisen - Saline HS (Building a Championship Program)
Aaron Wilson - Prep Baseball Report (Today’s Recruiting)

Thursday - Saturday January 18-20 -

*2018 OHSBCA (Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association) Clinic -
(Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, OH - January 18th - 20th, 2018)
Including -
OHSBCA Hall of Fame Inductees -
Jim McBride - Kalida
Mike Wiss - Minster
Mike O’Reilly - Sylvania Southview
Some of the other speakers -
Gene Stechschulte - Ohio Northern University
Greg Beals - The Ohio State University
Kyle Hallock - Malone University
Coach Veale - Mount Vernon Nazarene
Cory Mee - University of Toledo
Kyle Sprague - Xavier University

Friday - Sunday June 1-3 -

*Chillicothe Post 757 2018 Summer Kickoff Klassic (16u-17u) June 1-3 (12-16 teams, 4 games guarnatee / $475)
(Junior American Legion Programs / 16u travel teams)

Friday June 8 - Sunday June 10 -

*Tawa Run Classic (American Legion - Ottawa, OH - $500, 12 teams - probably a 4 game guarantee?) -
Games at Ottawa's Memorial Park and Bluffton University's Memorial Field

*Miami Valley Veterans Appreciation Tournament (American Legion - Troy, OH - $600, 12 teams - probably a 4 game guarantee?) -
Games at Duke Park (just north of town)

Friday - Sunday June 22-24 -

*Chillicothe Post 757 Jim Jadwin Memorial Tournament (American Legion SR - 16 teams, $500 - 4 game guarantee?)

Friday - Tuesday July 13-17 -

*2018 41st Jim Hanus "Gopher Classic" (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area - American Legion - 96 teams, $695, 5 game guarantee (2 teams play 9 games))
Link (2) - http://www.gopherclassic.com/ (2017 info as of 12/01/17)

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American Legion Baseball sites (2017) -
*2017 American Legion "invitational" tournaments (includes prices!) - https://www.legion.org/baseball/tournaments/invitational
*American Legion Baseball 2017 baseball link - https://www.legion.org/baseball
*American Legion Baseball / Michigan - http://www.michiganlegion.org/baseball.html
*American Legion Baseball / Ohio - http://www.ohioalbb.org/
*American Legion 2016 World Series statistics - https://www.legion.org/uploads/baseball/2016/ws/confstat.htm
*American Legion 2016 Great Lakes Regional statistics - https://www.legion.org/uploads/baseball/2016/r5/confstat.htm
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some baseball links (2017) -
* American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) - http://www.abca.org/landing/index
+MHSAA Schedule / score page - http://www.mhsaa.com/sports/scorecenter
+Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) - http://mhsbca.org/
+Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) - http://ohsbca.org/
+Prep Baseball Report (world headquarters) - http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/
+Yappi Sports (Ohio baseball chat) - http://www.yappi.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7
+JJ Huddle (Ohio baseball chat) - http://www.jjhuddle.com/baseball
* College Baseball Insider - http://www.collegebaseballinsider.com/
* Collegiate Baseball - http://baseballnews.com/
* College Baseball Daily - http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/
* MiLB.com (Minor League baseball) - http://www.milb.com/index.jsp
* MLB.com (Major League baseball) - http://mlb.mlb.com/home
* Skippers' Dugout - http://skippersdugout.com/

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 11, 2017

November 11, 2017

Armistice Day
Remembrance Day
Veterans Day


From Robert Laurence Binyon's "For the Fallen" - the "Ode to Remembrance"...
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From the Kohima Monument in Myanmar (ex-Burma) - attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds;
When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today

"In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae (May, 1915) - http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm

Many of the global political issues of the 21st century are founded in the post World War One era - the growth of the United States as a world power, the middle east, the recognition of Japan as a global nation, the creation of many of the Eastern European nations, the dissolution of the Russian Empire, the concept of "self-determination" of peoples.
Just as many have little knowledge on how the United States grew, many also have little idea on how much impact World War One had on the world we live in today.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

08/18 - 2017 American Legion Baseball Awards (some - not all!)

08/18 - 2017 American Legion Baseball Awards (some - not all!)


American Legion Awards -

#2017 American Legion Baseball All-academic team sponsored by diamond sports, inc. -
Note - The team Captain receives a $5,000 scholarship, others receive $2,500 scholarships - individual state winners (like Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275, MI) receive $500 scholarships);
Team Captain: Trace Henry - Tupelo, Miss. - Post 43
Luke Johnson - East Hampton, Conn. - Post 156
Antonio Balducci - Mechanicsville, Va. - Post 175
Jackson Graham - Wilmington, N.C. - Post 10
Austin Dill - Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Post 63
Anthony Ebensperger - Plum City, Wisc. - Post 365
Chase Konert - Alma, Neb. - Post 118
Jarett Hamby, Rock Springs, Wyo. - Post 24
Marcus Alexander - Warick, R.I. - Post 43
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#2017 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year - Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins
"Each year The American Legion honors a former American Legion Baseball player who is currently playing in the Major Leagues for his character, leadership, playing abilities and community service. Individuals are recommended by their respective post."
Some (not all) previous winners -
Brian Dozier - 2017
Cliff Lee - 2016
Alex Gordon - 2015
Michael Cuddyer - 2014
Chad Billingsley - 2013
Brandon Inge - 2010
Justin Verlander - 2008
Jeff Bagwell - 2003
Tony Gwynn - 1998
Greg Maddux - 1994
Harold Reynolds - 1990
Alan Trammell - 1989
Roger Clemens - 1988
Ryne Sandberg - 1984
Gary Carter - 1981
George Brett - 1980
Rick Monday - 1976
Carlton Fisk - 1975
Johnny Bench - 1973
Al Kaline - 1972
Harmon Killebrew - 1969
Mickey Lolich - 1968
Carl Yastrzemski - 1967
Frank Robinson - 1966
Warren Spahn - 1963
Bobby Richardson - 1962
Stan Musial - 1961
Ted Williams - 1960
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#American Legion World Series awards -

*George W. Rulon, American Legion Player of the Year Award - Shane Spencer, Henderson, Nev.
"Through a special arrangement with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, a player is selected each year as the George W. Rulon Player of the Year. The award is based on integrity, mental attitude, cooperation, citizenship, sportsmanship, scholastic aptitude and general good conduct."
Some (not all) previous winners -
2017 - Shane Spencer, Post 40, Henderson, Nev.
2016 - Will Smith, Post 58, Texarkana, Ark.
2015 Justin Hawkins, Post 193, Newberry, S.C.
2014 Sean Breen, Post 72, Brooklawn, NJ
2013 Anthony Harrold, Post 72, Brooklawn, NJ
2012 Emerson Gibbs, New Orleans, LA
2011 Blake Schmit, Eden Prairie, MN
2010 Brandon Drozd, Genoa NE
2009 Tyler Jacobson, Mixtacki-Johnson Post 337, Pulaski, Wisc.
2008 Patrick Singletary, Post 77, Hendersonville, N.C.
2002 Ty Henkaline, Post 217, Sidney, Ohio
2001 Jay Threet, Post 275, Adrian, Mich.
1991 Ryan Beeney, Newark Post 85, Newark, Ohio
1988 Mike Kessler, George Budde Post 507, Cincinnati
1961 James J. Gerber, Edward C. Gehlert Post 554, Cincinnati
1959 Fred Bowen, Jr., Thomas A. Edison Post 187, Detroit
1957 Fred Fox, Robert E. Bentley Post 50, Cincinnati, OH (3B)
1955 Frank Birri, U. S. Postal Employees Post 216, Cincinnati
1952 Russell Nixon, Robert E. Bentley Post 50, Cincinnati
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*American Legion Baseball Slugger Award: Jordan Patty, Midland, Mich. - .529 batting average
"Since 1945, the American Legion has presented a slugger trophy to the player with the highest batting average during national competition.
Some (not all) previous winners -
2017 - Jordan Patty, Post 165 (Midland Berryhill), Midland, MI (.529)
2016 - Tyler Villaroman, San Mateo, Calf. (.475)
2015 Ben Hess, New Orleans, LA Post 125 (.488)
2014 Sean Breen, Post 72, Brooklawn, NJ (.575)
2013 Anthony Harrold, Post 72, Brooklawn, NJ (.529)
2012 Evan Ryan, NE (.571)
2011 Dylan Huskey, Gaffney, SC (.500)
2010 Jake Hager, Las Vegas (.476)
2009 T.J. White, Las Vegas (.559)
2008 Brandon Bass, Omaha, Neb. (.576)
2006 Brady Shoemaker, Terre Haute, Ind. (.523)
1998 Chad Opel, Post 199, Edwardsville, Ill. (.632)
1997 Scott Deopere of Post 200, Rock Island, Ill. (.512)
1988 Scott Hughes, George W. Budde Post 507, Cincinnati (.465)
1986 Mitch Hannahs, Community Post 66, Maynard, Ohio (.486)
1978 Douglas J. Palmer, Ben J. Seifert Post 132, New Ulm, Minn. (.659)
1977 William F. Schell, South Bend Post 50, South Bend, Ind. (.441)
1963 Jerry Mattingly, Funkhouser Post 8, Evansville, Ind. (.413)
958 Kenneth Peters, Robert E. Bentley Post 50, Cincinnati (.420)
1957 Fred Fox, Robert E. Bentley Post 50, Cincinnati (.412)
1953 Charles Selinger, Winnetka Post 10, Winnetka, Ill. (.457)
1947 George Moeller, Robert E. Bentley Post 50, Cincinnati (.500)
1946 Victor Kauffman, Robert E. Bentley Post 50, Cincinnati (.467)
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*American Legion Baseball Big Stick Award: Jack Thomas Wold, Henderson, Nev., – 29 total bases
"The Big Stick Award is given at the American Legion World Series to the player who rounds the most bases in regional and national competition. "
Some (not all) previous winners -
2017 - Jack Thomas Wold, Post 40, Henderson, Nev.
2016* - Zach Luckey, Omaha, NE (27 total bases)
2016* - Angelo Bortolin, San Mateo, CA (27 total bases)
2015 Justin Hawkins, Newberry, S.C. Post 193 (31 total bases)
2014 Sean Breen, Post 72, Brooklawn, NJ (29 total bases)
2013 Anthony Bender, Post 28, Petaluma, CA (28 total bases)
2012 Evan Ryan, Omaha, NE (36 total bases)
2011 Tony Skefte, Eden Prairie, MN (45 total bases)
2010 Matt Halloran, Eden Prairie, MN (34)
2009 Kyle O'Boyle, Midland, Mich.
2006 Brady Shoemaker, Terre Haute, Ind. (39)
1999 Brian Paone, Post 513, New Brighton, Minn. (48)
1988 Scott Hughes, George W. Budde Post 507, Cincinnati (30)
1975 William John Wilson, Hanford Post 5, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (42)
1974 Gregory Allen Tooley, Jenkins Post 254, Rockport, Ind. (22)
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*Dr. Irvin L. "Click" Cowger RBI Award: Zack Luckey, Omaha, Neb. – 13 RBIs
"Dr. Irvin L. Cowger, a former Department of Kansas adjutant and devoted baseball supporter. The National Americanism Commission established an award in Cowger's name, sponsored by the Department of Kansas. The recipient is credited with the most runs batted in during regional and national competition."
Some (not all) previous winners -
2017 - Zack Luckey, Omaha, Neb. (13)
2016 - Angelo Bortolin, San Mateo, CA (16)
2015 Justin Hawkins, Newberry, S.C. Post 193 (12)
2014 Micah Brown, Post 15, Medford, OR (22)
2013 Robert Busse, Post 28, Petaluma, CA (14)
2012 Taylor Elman, Omaha, NE (16)
2012 Evan Ryan, Omaha, NE (16)
2012 Matthieu Robert, New Orleans, LA (16)
2011 Blake Schmit, Eden Prairie, MN (18)
2010 Vince Ampi, Roseburg Ore. (19)
2009 Kyle O'Boyle, Midland, Mich.
2006 Brady Shoemaker, Terre Haute, Ind. (18)
2004 Troy Peterson, Eden Prairie, Minn. (20)
1999 Brian Paone, Post 513, New Brighton, Minn. (26)
1991 Ryan Beeney, Post 85, Newark, Ohio (16)
1988 Scott Hughes, Post 507, Cincinnati (17)
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*Bob Feller Pitching Award: Jordan Patty, Midland, Mich. – 19 strikeouts
"Bob Feller was the first American Legion Baseball alumnus elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Despite an active business career, Feller continues to maintain a keen interest in the program. The recipient is the player with the most strikeouts in regional and national competition."
Some (not all) previous winners -
2017 - Jordan Patty, Post 165 (Midland Berryhill), Midland, MI (19)
2016 - Gerald Hein, Kennewick, Wash. (24)
2015 Jordan Ragan, Medford, OR Post 15 (23)
2014 Jake Meyers, Post 1, Omaha, NE (29)
2013 Mike Shawaryn, Post 72, Brooklawn, NJ (33)
2012 Emerson Gibbs, New Orleans, LA (26)
2011 Colton Loomis, Midland, MI (35)
2010 Kevin Hill, Midwest City, Okla. (35)
2009 Matt Stites, Festus, Mo.
2001 Chad Billingsley, Post 300, Napoleon, Ohio (43)
1999 Steve Grasley, Post 513, New Brighton, Minn. (43)
1989 Jeff Thelen, Janesville Post 205, Janesville, Wisc. (34)
1988 Scott Klingenbeck, George W. Budde Post 507, Cincinnati (36)
1982 Robert Wassenaar, Edina Post 471, Edina Minn. (34)
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*James F. Daniel Jr., Memorial Sportsmanship Award: Will Hanafan, Omaha, Neb.
"The James F. Daniel Jr. Memorial Sportsmanship Award is presented to a player who participates in the Legion World Series and best embodies the principles of good sportsmanship. "
Some (not all) previous winners -
2017 Will Hanafan, Omaha, Neb.
2016 Logan Vidrine, Post 58, Texarkana, AR
2015 Ben Hess, New Orleans, LA Post 125
2014 Tanner Gross, Post 165, Midland, MI
2013 Robbie Podorsky, Post 81, Gonzales, LA
2012 Brent Tenuto, Brooklawn, NJ
2011 Brandon Woodruff, Tupelos, MS
2010 Blake Schmit, Eden Prairie, Minn.
2009 Garret Yatch, Midland, Mich.
2006 Brady Shoemaker, Post 346, Terre Haute, Ind.
2003 Michael Badger, Post 92, Rochester, Minn.
1996 Andy Hoffman, Berry Hill Post 165, Midland, Mich.
1992 John Klopp, Merle Guild Post 208, Arlington Heights, Ill.
1988 Pete Rose, Jr., George W. Budde Post 507, Cincinnati
1982 Michael David Hufhand, James DeArmond Golliday Post 6, Kokomo, Ind.
1979 Stephen Michael Petersen, Barrington Post 158, Barrington, Ill.
1976 Michael James Boddicker, Hanford Post 5, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1975 Curtiss Dean Becker, Hanford Post 5, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1971 Michael Leroy Curran, Hanford Post 5, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1958 Scott Seger, Robert E. Bentley Post 50, Cincinnati
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*Jack Williams Memorial Leadership Award: Henderson, Nev., coaching staff
"Adjutant Jack Williams led the Department of North Dakota for 49 years before his death in 1967. Aware that proper adult leadership is an important component of success, Williams encouraged qualified men to work in the program. To honor Williams' memory, this award is presented to the manager and coach of the national championship team as outstanding representatives of adult leadership. "
Some (not all) previous winners -
2017 Manager Scott Baker and staff;
2011 Manager Scott Hackett and coaches Mike Halloran and John Buteyn, Eden Prairie
2009 Dan Cronkright, Mgr., Steven Cronkright and Patrick Dawson, coaches, Midland, Mich.
2003 Coaches Tony Beck and Keith Kangas, Post 92, Rochester, Minn.
1999 Manager Jeff Larson, Post 513, New Brighton, Minn.
1999 Coaches Mark Paone and Mike Maslowski, Post 513, New Brighton, Minn.
1998 Manager Ken Schaake, Post 199, Edwardsville, Ill.
1998 Coaches Steve Haug, Keith Opel, and Mike Schaake, Post 199, Edwardsville, Ill.
1988 Manager John McMichen, George W. Budde Post 507, Cincinnati
1988 Coach Tom Kilgore, George W. Budde Post 507, Cincinnati
1983 Manager Clifton M. Olsen, Edina Post 471, Edina, Minn.
1983 Coach Bruce Barron, Edina Post 471, Edina, Minn.
1977 Manager Mel Machuca, South Bend Post 50, South Bend, Ind.
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*StatCrew All-Tournament Team -
Designated Hitter: Zach Luckey, Omaha, Neb.
Utility Player: Jordan Patty, Midland, Mich.
Catcher: Roger Riley, Henderson, Nev.
First Base: Jack Thomas Wold, Henderson, Nev.
Second Base: Peyton Williams, Randolph County, N.C.
Third Base: Tom Steier, Omaha, Neb.
Shortstop: Will Karp, Hopewell, N.J.
Outfield: Will Hanafan, Omaha, Neb.
Outfield: Logan Allen, Bryant, Ark.
Outfield: A.J. Light, Lewiston, Idaho
Pitcher: Matt Stansky, Strewsbury, Mass.
Pitcher Josh Culliver, Omaha, Neb.
Pitcher: Shane Spencer, Henderson, Nev.
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*American Legion Great Lakes Regional MVP - Jordan Petty (Midland Berryhill Post 165 / Midland HS);
*Kiki Cuyler Award (Class AA State MVP) - Martin Money (Midland Berryhill Post 165 / Midland HS) -
*Hal Newhouser Award (Class A State MVP) - Ben Schwalbach (Gladstone Post 71 / Gladstone HS) -
*American Legion Baseball / Robert Turner Scholarship - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275 / Clinton HS - Goshen College) -
*American Legion Baseball / Diamond Scholarship (Michigan) - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275 / Clinton HS - Goshen College);
*American Legion Adrian Post 275 Frank & Shirley Dick Scholarship - Ty Peck (Adrian Post 275 / Adrian HS - Jackson College);
*American Legion Adrian Post 275 G. Chandler Bond Scholarship - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275 / Clinton HS - Goshen College);

*American Legion Regional MVP awards -
ALBB / Northeast Region Nick Martin (Shrewsbury Post 397 (MA))
ALBB / Mid-Atlantic Region - Zach Bregenzer (Hopewell Post 339 (NJ))
ALBB / Southeast Region Trevor Marsh (Randolph County Post 45 (NC))
ALBB / Mid-South Region Jake East (Bryant Post 298 (AR))
ALBB / Great Lakes Region - Jordan Patty (Midland Berryhill Post 175 (MI))
ALBB / Central Plains Region - Zac Luckey (Creighton Prep (Omaha, NE))
ALBB / Northwest Region - A.J. Davis (Lewiston Post 13 (ID))
ALBB / West Region - Ryne Nelson (Henderson Post 40 (NV))
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

08/17 - American Legion Baseball notes, scores, etc. - Thursday August 17 - UNOFFICIAL!

08/17 - American Legion Baseball notes, scores, etc. - Thursday August 17 - UNOFFICIAL!
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ALWAYS unofficial and normally unaudited - check dates, times, locations - things change (and I do make typos) - feel free to send me corrections, complaints and information;
#Henderson (Nevada) Post 40 defeated Omaha Five Points Bank (Nebraska) to win the 2017 Ameerican Legion World Series Championship. Midland Berryhill Post 165 finished 1-2 and did not qualify for the four team semi-final / championship games. More below.

#American Legion World Series awards (more detail on FRIDAY) -
*American Legion Baseball Big Stick Award: Jack Thomas Wold, Henderson, Nev., - 29 total bases
*American Legion Baseball Slugger Award: Jordan Patty, Midland, Mich. - .529 batting average
*Dr. Irvin L. "Click" Cowger RBI Award: Zack Luckey, Omaha, Neb. – 13 RBIs
*Bob Feller Pitching Award: Jordan Patty, Midland, Mich. – 19 strikeouts
*James F. Daniel Jr., Memorial Sportsmanship Award: Will Hanafan, Omaha, Neb.
*Jack Williams Memorial Leadership Award: Henderson, Nev., coaching staff
*StatCrew All-Tournament Team -
Designated Hitter: Zach Luckey, Omaha, Neb.
Utility Player: Jordan Patty, Midland, Mich.
Catcher: Roger Riley, Henderson, Nev.
First Base: Jack Thomas Wold, Henderson, Nev.
Second Base: Peyton Williams, Randolph County, N.C.
Third Base: Tom Steier, Omaha, Neb.
Shortstop: Will Karp, Hopewell, N.J.
Outfield: Will Hanafan, Omaha, Neb.
Outfield: Logan Allen, Bryant, Ark.
Outfield: A.J. Light, Lewiston, Idaho
Pitcher: Matt Stansky, Strewsbury, Mass.
Pitcher Josh Culliver, Omaha, Neb.
Pitcher: Shane Spencer, Henderson, Nev.
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*American Legion Great Lakes Regional MVP - Jordan Petty (Midland Berryhill Post 165 / Midland HS);
*Kiki Cuyler Award (Class AA State MVP) - Martin Money (Midland Berryhill Post 165 / Midland HS) -
*Hal Newhouser Award (Class A State MVP) - Ben Schwalbach (Gladstone Post 71 / Gladstone HS) -
*American Legion Baseball / Robert Turner Scholarship - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275 / Clinton HS - Goshen College) -
*American Legion Baseball / Diamond Scholarship (Michigan) - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275 / Clinton HS - Goshen College);
*American Legion Adrian Post 275 Frank & Shirley Dick Scholarship - Ty Peck (Adrian Post 275 / Adrian HS - Jackson College);
*American Legion Adrian Post 275 G. Chandler Bond Scholarship - Kyle Staelgraeve (Adrian Post 275 / Clinton HS - Goshen College);
*American Legion Regional MVP awards -
ALBB / Northeast Region Nick Martin (Shrewsbury Post 397 (MA))
ALBB / Mid-Atlantic Region - Zach Bregenzer (Hopewell Post 339 (NJ))
ALBB / Southeast Region Trevor Marsh (Randolph County Post 45 (NC))
ALBB / Mid-South Region Jake East (Bryant Post 298 (AR))
ALBB / Great Lakes Region - Jordan Patty (Midland Berryhill Post 175 (MI))
ALBB / Central Plains Region - Zac Luckey (Creighton Prep (Omaha, NE))
ALBB / Northwest Region - A.J. Davis (Lewiston Post 13 (ID))
ALBB / West Region - Ryne Nelson (Henderson Post 40 (NV))
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Champions -
ALBB / American Legion World Series Champion - Henderson Post 40 (NV)
ALBB / American Legion World Series 2nd place - Omaha Five Points Bank (NE)
ALBB / Northeast (1) Region Champion - Shrewsbury Post 397 (MA) -
ALBB / Mid-Atlantic (2) Region Champion - Hopewell Post 339 (NJ) - 38-10
ALBB / Southeast (3) Region Champion - Randolph County Post 45 (NC) - 38-8
ALBB / Mid-South (4) Region Champion - Bryant Post 298 (AR) -
ALBB / Great Lakes (5) Region Champion - Midland Berryhill Post 175 (MI) - 40-2
ALBB / Central Plains (6) Region Champion - Creighton Prep (Omaha, NE) -
ALBB / Northwest (7) Region Champion - Lewiston Post 13 (ID) - 39-11
ALBB / West (8) Region Champion - Henderson Post 40 (NV)
ALBB / Illinois State Champion (A) - Edwardsville Post 165, IL
ALBB / Illinois State Runnerup (B) - Danville Post 210, IL (2nd most registered teams in Region)
ALBB / Indiana State Champion - Rockpost Post 254
ALBB / Kentucky State Champion - Shelbyville Post 39 (not in Great Lakes Region)
ALBB / Michigan Class AA State Champion - Midland Berryhill Post 165
ALBB / Michigan Class A State Champion - Gladstone Post 71
ALBB / Michigan Zone 2 Class AA Champion - Blissfield Post 325
ALBB / Michigan Zone 2 Class A Champion - Hudson Post 180
ALBB / Michigan Zone 4 Class AA Champion - Midland Berryhill Post 165
ALBB / Michigan Zone 4 Class A Champion - Gaylord Baseball Club
ALBB / Michigan Zone 5 Class A Champion - Gladstone Post 71
ALBB / Michigan Zone 1 AA - Fort Dearborn Post 364 is the only participating team
ALBB / Michigan Zone 3 AA - no participating teams
ALBB / Michigan Zone 5 AA - Sault Ste Marie Post 3 / AA is the only participating team
ALBB / Ohio Senior State Champion / Host - Napoleon Post 300 / River Bandits
ALBB / Ohio Senior State Runnerup - Beverly / Lowell Post 389 / 750
ALBB / Ohio Junior State Champion - Conneaut Post 151
ALBB / Ohio Region 1 - Napoleon Post 300 / River Bandits
ALBB / Ohio Region 2 - Sidney Post 217
ALBB / Ohio Region 3 - Sandusky Post 83
ALBB / Ohio Region 4 - Utica Post 92
ALBB / Ohio Region 5 - Circleville Post 134
ALBB / Ohio Region 6 - Lancaster Post 11
ALBB / Ohio Region 7 - Steubenville Post 33
ALBB / Ohio Region 8 - Beverly / Lowell Post 389/750
ALBB / Wisconsin State Champion (A) - Eau Claire Post 53
ALBB / Wisconsin State Runnerup (B) - Oshkosh (most registered teams in Region)
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Thursday August 10 - 15 -

American Legion Baseball - 2017 World Series
2017 National Tournament site - http://americanlegion.sportngin.com/
2017 Regionals -
*Eight (8) Regions (8 teams each, Nine inning games, double elimination, rosters locked in June)
*64 teams - Fifty (50) state champions, Eight (8) regional host teams, Six (6) additional teams based on number of registered teams in state)
*Eight (8) Regional Champions advance to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC - There are no "AUTOMATIC" World Series teams;

2017 American Legion Baseball World Series
*American Legion Baseball World Series page - https://www.legion.org/baseball/worldseries
*two (2) four team pools (three (3) game round-robin)
Stars Pool -
Arkansas - Bryant Post 298, AR (pool - 2-1; championship )
Idaho - Lewiston Post 13, ID (pool 1-2)
New Jersey - Hopewell Post 339, NJ (pool 1-2)
North Carolina - Randolph Co. Post 45, NC (pool - 2-1; championship )
Stripes Pool -
Massachusetts - Shrewsbury Post 397, MA (pool - 1-2)
Michigan - Midland Post 165, MI (pool - 1-2)
Nebraska - Creighton Prep, NE (pool - 3-0 / championship 1-1)
Nevada - Henderson Post 40, NV (pool - 1-2 / championship 2-0)
*top 2 teams from each pool play single-elimination semifinal and championship
*nine (9) inning games (seven (7) when impacted by weather)
*American League Rules (10 run after 7 innings mercy rule)
*televised on ESPN3 and ESPNU

Overall Stats -

Schedule -
*Thursday - August 10 (Games online on ESPN3)
Game 1 - Shrewsbury Post 397-3 (1-0 / 35-6), Midland Post 165-2 (0-2 / 40-3) - 10 innings
Media -
Game 2 - Creighton Prep-9 (1-0 / 55-4), Henderson Post 40-1 (0-1 / 54-8)
Media -
Game 3 - Lewiston Post 13-4 (41-11), Bryant Post 298-0 (0-1 / 43-8)
Media -
Game 4 - Randolph Co. Post 45-6 (1-0 / 39-8), Hopewell Post 339-3 (0-1 / 38-10)
Media 8

*Friday – August 11 (Games online on ESPN3)
Note - Friday's games were seven (7) innings due to weather issues - games started three hours late.
Game 5 - Creighton Prep-6 (2-0 / 56-5), Midland Post 165-3 (0-2 / 40-4)
Media -
Game 6 - Henderson Post 40-1 (1-1 / 55-8), Shrewsbury Post 397-0 (1-1 / 35-7)
Media -

*Saturday – August 12 (Games online and ESPNU)
*ALBB Day 3 recap -

Game 7 - Bryant Post 298-7 (1-1 / 44-8), Hopewell Post 339-4 (0-2 / 38-11)
Media -

Game 8 - Randolph Co. Post 45-4 (2-0 / 40-8), Lewiston Post 13-1 (1-1 / 41-12)
Media -

Game 9 - Creighton Prep, NE-8 (3-0 / 57-5), Shrewsbury Post 397-5 (1-2 / 34-6)
Media -

*Sunday – August 13 (Games online and ESPNU)

Game 10 - Midland Post 165-1 (1-2 / 41-4), Henderson Post 40-0 (1-2 / 51-9)
Media -

Game 11 - Hopewell Post 339-7 (1-2 / 39-11), Lewiston Post 13-5 (1-2 / 41-13)
Media -

Game 12 - Bryant Post 298-5 (2-1 / 45-8), Randolph Co. Post 45-0 (2-1 / 40-9)
Media -

*Monday – August 14 (Games online and ESPNU) - single elimination

Game 13 - Henderson Post 40-7 (2-2 / 56-9), Bryant Post 298-3 (2-2 / 45-9)
Media -

Game 14 - Randolph County Post 45 vs Omaha Post 1 / Creighton Prep - weather delay - completion on Tuesday

*Tuesday – August 15 (Games online and ESPNU) - single elimination
*ALBB day 6 recap -

Game 14 - Omaha Post 1 / Creighton Prep-3 (4-0 / 58-5), Randolph County Post 45-1 (2-2 / 40-10)
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Game 15 - Henderson Post 40-2 (3-2 / 56-10), Omaha Post 1 / Creighton Prep, NE-1 (4-1 / 59-5)
Media -
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#National Participation (registered teams) - 2017 Department Champions & Region Qualifiers -
Region 1 / Northeast (August 2-6 - Shrewsbury, MA / Shrewsbury Post 397) -
Connecticut - 155 teams - Stamford Post 3, CT and West Hartford Post 96, CT
Maine - 45 teams - Bangor, ME and Braintree Post 86, ME
Massachusetts - 123 teams - Shrewsbury Post 397, MA
New Hampshire - 34 teams - Rochester Post 7, NH
Rhode Island - 20 teams - Woonsocket Post 85, RI
Vermont - 17 teams - Franklin County Post 1, VT
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Region 2 / Mid-Atlantic (August 2-6 - Leesburg, VA / Leesburg Post 34) -
Delaware - 11 teams - Delaware Post 1, DE
Maryland - 39 teams - LaPlata Post 82, MD
New Jersey - 50 teams - Hopewell Post 339, NJ
New York - 92 teams - Rockland Post 130, NY
Pennsylvania - 282 teams - Wesleyville Post 571, PA and Ephrata Post 429, PA
Virginia - 66 teams - Albemarle Post 74, VA and vs. Leesburg Post 34, VA
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Region 3 / Southeast (August 2-6 - Asheboro, NC / Randolph County Post 45) -
Alabama - 52 teams - Troy Post 70, AL
Florida - 22 teams - Tallahasse Post 13, FL
Georgia - 8 teams - Covington Post 32, GA
Kentucky - 18 teams - Shelbyville Post 37, KY
North Carolina - 109 teams - Randolph Co. Post 45, NC and Wilmington Post 10, NC
South Carolina - 80 teams - Florence Post 1, SC
*Tennessee (now Region 4)
West Virginia - 25 teams - Wheeling Post 1, WV
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Region 4 / Mid-South (August 2-6 - New Orleans, LA / New Orleans Post 285) -
Arkansas - 71 teams - Bryant Post 298, AR
Kansas - 73 teams - Ottawa Post 60, KS
Louisiana - 20 teams - Desrehan Post 366, LA and New Orleans Post 285, LA
Mississippi - 11 teams - Amory Post 25, MS
Missouri - 124 teams - Jefferson City Post 5, MO
Oklahoma - 8 teams - Ada, OK
Tennessee - 10 teams - Columbia Post 19, TN
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Region 5 / Great Lakes (August 2-6 - Toledo, OH / Napoleon Post 300) -
Illinois - 147 teams - Edwardsville Post 165, IL and Danville Post 210, IL
Indiana - 44 teams - Rockport Post 254, IN
Michigan - 37 teams - Midland Post 165, MI
Ohio - 60 teams -Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750, OH and Napoleon Post 300, OH
Wisconsin - 213 teams - Oshkosh Post 70, WI and Eau Claire Post 53, WI
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Region 6 / Central Plains (August 2-6 - Dickinson, ND / Dickinson Post 3 Roughriders) -
Iowa - 10 teams - Johnston Post 728, IA
Minnesota - 357 teams - New Brighton Post 513, MN and Ham Lake Post 2000, MN
Nebraska - 295 teams - Creighton Prep, NE and Papillion Post 32, NE
North Dakota - 67 teams - Fargo Post 2, ND and Dickinson Post 3, ND
South Dakota - 82 teams - Pierre Post 8, SD
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Region 7 / Northwest (August 2-6 - Missoula, MT / Missoula Post 27 Mavericks) -
Alaska - 21 teams - Juneau Post 25, AK
Hawaii - 45 teams - Mid Pacific Institute, HI
Idaho - 125 teams - Lewiston Post 13, ID
Montana - 65 teams - Missoula Post 27, MT and Bozeman Post 14, MT
Oregon - 42 teams - Medford Post 15, OR
Washington - 121 teams - Pepsi Pak Selah, WA
Wyoming - 38 teams - Cheyenne Post 6, WY
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Region 8 / West (August 2-6 - Denver, CO / Eagle Crest Post 1) -
Arizona - 20 teams - Tucson Post 7, AZ
California - 51 teams - Chico, CA
Colorado - 75 teams - Grand Junction, CO and Eaglecrest Post 1, CO
Nevada - 33 teams - Henderson Post 40, NV
New Mexico - 34 teams - Albuquerque Post 13, NM
Texas - 10 teams - League City Post 554, TX
Utah - 32 teams - St. George Post 90, UT
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Midland Berryhill Post 165 at the American Legion World Series -
2017 - ALWS team
2015 - ALWS team
2014 - Runner-up
2011 - ALWS team
2009 - ALWS Champion
2008 - ALWS team
1996 - ALWS team
1990 - ALWS team
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TBA (October / November) -

*2017 World Series - 2017 American Legion Champion attends