Near Elrod in Clark County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Birthplace of South Dakota Amateur Baseball
Garden City - - - - - Six Miles North
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.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henry SD 57243, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Harrison Elrod (approx. 8.7 miles away); Clark County Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.7 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 156 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.