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Near Elrod in Clark County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Birthplace of South Dakota Amateur Baseball

Garden City - - - - - Six Miles North

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 31, 2015
1. Birthplace of South Dakota Amateur Baseball Marker
Inscription. In 1931 an economic depression spread across South Dakota and the nation. A drouth ravished crops and unemployment was widespread.

In an effort to raise the morale of the people and to give amateur baseball players an opportunity to compete, two Garden City businessman organized the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association. One of these men, Howard Lyke, was the first president while F.N. ‘Denny’ Cosgrove became the first secretary-treasurer.

Teams and leagues were organized throughout the state with the first statewide tournament being held in 1933 at Watertown. Winning teams have played in national competition throughout the years. In 1950, Watertown’s Park Grant team won the National Amateur Baseball Congress tournament at Battle Creek, Michigan.

The directors of the association hosts a group of handicapped young people on an annual goodwill trip to attend a Minnesota Twins baseball game.

This marker is dedicated during the nations bicentennial year to all of the team players, managers, state officers, commissioners, and district and league officials who have participated in South Dakota amateur baseball since its inception and to all the loyal fans who have given the support needed for the continued success of the association.
 
Erected 1976
Birthplace of South Dakota Amateur Baseball Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 31, 2015
2. Birthplace of South Dakota Amateur Baseball Marker
by South Dakota Amateur Baseball Assn, The South Dakota Department of Transportation, and the South Dakota State Historical Society.
 
Location. 44° 52.593′ N, 97° 33.375′ W. Marker is near Elrod, South Dakota, in Clark County. Marker is on U.S. 212 0.2 miles west of 433rd Ave., on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henry SD 57243, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Harrison Elrod (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Sports
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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