Neodesha in Wilson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
American Legion Park
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.
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 320 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.