Nicodemus in Graham County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Nicodemus Baseball History
"Dad didn't like to work on Sunday; he didn't farm on Sunday, so that give'em baseball time! Dad played 2nd base and mom was their score keeper." (James R. Bates 2011)
James R. Bates (1927-2017)
Avid baseball fan. This sign was funded in part from the James R. Bates Memorial Fund
The Nicodemus Blues II - Vintage Baseball Club was a living history organization hosted by the Nicodemus Historical Society and was comprised of volunteer players, most descendants of former Nicodemus Blues baseball players.
First Team 2010
Terry Petrie — First Base Tony Conway — Second Base
Terry Jukes Jr. — Third Base
Barrie Tompkins — Pitcher Nick Crowley — Bench
Thomas Wellington — Manager Bernard Bates — Score Keeper
Reggie Jordan — Short Stop William Bates — Catcher
Robert Alexander — Center Field David Dowdell — Right Field
Troy Chapman — Bench Gil Alexander — Line Coach
Barrie Tompkins — Coach Veryl Switzer — Honorary Catcher
Domineck Jornigan — Bat & Water Boy
Location. 39° 23.583′ N, 99° 37.09′ W. Marker is in Nicodemus, Kansas, in Graham County. Marker is on Washington Avenue east of Adams Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the south side of the street, directly in front of the Roberta Riley-Robinson baseball field. Marker is in this post office area: Bogue KS 67625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Francis Hotel (about 800 feet away); Nicodemus (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street Boom and Beyond (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Nicodemus (approx. ¼ mile away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Nicodemus National Historic Site
Also see . . .
1. Baseball in Nicodemus, Kansas. (Submitted on March 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. 1907 Nicodemus Blues baseball team photo. (Submitted on March 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Nicodemus National Historic Site (National Park Service). The first groups to populate the town in 1877 came mostly from the Lexington, Kentucky area. Moving west to Nicodemus was no small feat, as the town was a distance from rail and stagecoach routes. Upon seeing the remote and somewhat barren location of Nicodemus, some of the original 380 settlers who left Kentucky to establish the town turned around and went back east. For those who stayed, the first goal was building a town from the ground up. Construction began immediately to provide housing for the new arrivals. After living in dugouts, the settlers built sod houses. In time, they replaced these with frame houses as the community grew and became more financially successful. At one point, the town had a baseball team, post office, ice cream parlor, and two newspapers. (Submitted on March 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.