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Neodesha in Wilson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Dutch Lorbeer

American Legion Park

 
 
Dutch Lorbeer Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2012
1. Dutch Lorbeer Marker
Inscription.
Adley "Dutch" Lorbeer (1902-1983) came to Neodesha in 1929. Dutch enjoyed a six year pro-ball stint with the Pittsburg[h] Pirates and the New York Yankees organizations, an experience which profoundly influenced the rest of his life. Returning to Neodesha he became sponsor for the Neodesha American Legion baseball team in 1945. This organization enabled boys aged fifteen to eighteen to play ball competitively. Dutch coached, purchased their uniforms, baseballs, bats and gloves and took them all to a St. Louis Cardinals game each year. During his eighteen year sponsorship, Dutch spent over $75,000 on Neodesha's American Legion ballplayers.

The Neodesha American Legion Park was designed by Standard Oil engineer A.M. Burton and dedicated May 8, 1921. Neodesha baseball enthusiasts donated the $4,000 to build the original field with a covered grandstand that held 700.
 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 37° 25.059′ N, 95° 41.754′ W. Marker is in Neodesha, Kansas, in Wilson County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 75), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The ballpark is nestled in the bend of the Fall River on the west side of Neodesha. Marker is in this post office area: Neodesha KS 66757, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Dutch Lorbeer Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2012
2. Dutch Lorbeer Marker
Looking southeast
8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Opening of the Mid-Continent Oil Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away); Soldiers of the World War (approx. 0.8 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sgt Mike Ritter (approx. 0.9 miles away); Norman No. 1 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Actual Site of Norman No. 1 (approx. 1.3 miles away); World War Homefront and Neodesha Cemetery Association Founders Memorial Pavilion (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Neodesha.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Neodesha, Kansas. (Submitted on July 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. American Legion Baseball in Kansas. (Submitted on July 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Dutch Lorbeer Ballpark Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2012
3. Dutch Lorbeer Ballpark Sign
Dutch Lorbeer Ballpark image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2012
4. Dutch Lorbeer Ballpark
Dutch Lorbeer Ballpark image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2012
5. Dutch Lorbeer Ballpark
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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