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  • Lumbermen awaken bats before State

    The Coeur d’Alene American Legion baseball team won’t take a grab bag approach to its lineup when the Idaho state tournament begins tonight. Because the Lumbermen had a state berth …


  • Bandits, Mt. Spokane stay alive in state American Legion baseball

    Two Spokane entries in the state American Legion baseball tournaments still have the prize in sight. In the AAA tournament at Bellingham, the Bandits defeated Pepsi-Pak 5-4 on Sunday. In …


  • Military members honored for service to community

    A Spokane airman was among five members of the military honored at the 97th annual American Legion Department of Washington State convention Friday. This is the third year the group …


  • Wood Bat Classic draws 94 teams

    The annual Spokane/Coeur d’Alene 4th of July Legion Wood Bat Classic begins Thursday and concludes Monday in the Spokane area. There are three tournaments in one – for senior teams, …


  • Mt. Spokane gets blanked, elminated by Yakima

    Dustin Yates threw six innings, giving up just three hits while striking out seven, and scored a run to lead Yakima Valley past Mt. Spokane 2-0 in a junior American …


  • Area legion teams struggle at state

    It was a difficult day Sunday for local teams at the American Legion State playoffs, as no team in the AAA or AA tournaments registered a win. In AAA, the …


  • Forgotten sacrifices: Grand Coulee Dam memorial found in Colville

    GRAND COULEE – By most accounts, the last life claimed by the Grand Coulee Dam was that of Howard Gumm. The day he died, July 27, 1984, the Teamster was …


  • Shadle Park High School installs FieldTurf in baseball stadium

    After about three years of booster efforts, a new synthetic playing surface has been installed at Shadle Park’s Al K. Jackson Field, making it Washington’s first high school baseball field …


  • American Legion helps out drivers

    Drivers pull over because someone’s bladder has gone red-zone. That’s Bob Grendell’s theory about why holiday travelers who started somewhere in Montana stop at the westbound Huetter rest area between …


  • Gonzaga Prep eliminated from AA American Legion state tourney

    Montesano limited Gonzaga Prep to two hits in a 3-1 victory at the AA American Legion state tournament Monday in Anacortes, eliminating GP. Brock Bayley (0-1) took the loss, allowing …


  • Brooks’ Jackson Field aspirations take shape

    It isn’t exactly the Field of Dreams – that story of a baseball field created in a cornfield – but it is one man’s dream to install an artificial turf …


  • Tri-County outlasts senior Legion field

    By the time the final two teams reached the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Wood Bat Classic senior American Legion championship game Saturday afternoon at Avista Stadium, they’d reached the bottom of their …


  • Wood bat classic set this week

    The way the calendar falls this year, the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Wood Bat Classic American Legion tournament begins on Wednesday, the 4th of July, and concludes Saturday. Chino Red out of …


  • Bandits fall one win shy at state

    John Albert homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday night to give Bellingham a 10-9 win over the Spokane Bandits in the title game of the …


  • Chino beats Eagle in Wood Bat Classic Final

    When Miles Ryan woke up at 6 a.m. Monday, all he could think about was playing more baseball. Little did he know it would be his effort on both sides …


  • Eden Prairie stays unbeaten

    So it’s come down to this in the American Legion World Series. The team with the most pitching left will probably capture the championship today.


  • Midwest City wins, takes on Eden Prairie

    Bull Snake did it again – and Mouth was Clutch. Kevin “Bull Snake” Hill, who set an American Legion World Series record when he fanned 15 batters in six innings …


  • American Legion World Series going after big crowd today

    The Spokane Regional Sports Commission, the host organization for the American Legion World Series, is putting out a challenge to sell out the title game today. Today’s play begins at …


  • Eden Prairie beats Las Vegas; Roseburg, Midwest City win

    Batting last in the order, Eden Prairie right fielder David Belusky provided heroics with a pair of doubles that helped bring the Minnesota team from behind and to within a …


  • Roseburg’s Ampi family has ties to Spokane

    While the Roseburg, Ore., baseball team seems to have discovered a second home in Spokane, at least one of its most loyal fans has rediscovered her first. Diane Ampi and …


  • Pitcher’s two hits boost Eden Prairie

    Caleb Phillips literally took matters into his own hands Saturday night at the American Legion World Series. Phillips pitched effectively through 7 2/3 innings and had two big hits to …


  • Blanchette: Redmond’s newfound free time filling up

    On the back of the first Mike Redmond baseball card – Kane County Cougars, 1993 – it read, “Will be a great coach when playing days are over.” As left-handed …


  • Virginia team bulled way into World Series

    As with most American Legion baseball teams, Chesapeake, Va., goes by its Post name, in this case 280 Greenbrier, rather than a mascot. However, the team has suggested it could …


  • Roseburg team happy to settle down in Spokane

    The Roseburg (Ore.) Docs American Legion baseball team has adopted Spokane as its temporary hometown. Considering they’ve been essentially on the road for three weeks, they’re glad to be stationed …


  • Italian Club season one for ages

    Memories fade with time, but by any measure the 1967 American Italian Club baseball season was remarkable. Many would ultimately go on to play sports in college and several played …


  • Long ball worth two candy bars

    In 1955, I was 16 and a Junior at Boise High School. I was playing American Legion Baseball that summer. We played a majority of our games at Air Way …


  • Son’s comeback from head injury inspires dad

    My American Legion story isn’t about a season many years ago here in Spokane. In fact, it’s not about me. It’s about my son, Max Parada and a truly remarkable …


  • Pitcher hung in for 21 innings

    The American Legion World Series in Spokane brings back memories of a 21-inning game in July 1951 between Kellogg and Bonners Ferry. I pitched all 21 innings for Kellogg and …


  • Lewiston team had quite a run

    In the summer of 1939, the Idaho State American Legion baseball tournament was held in Boise. Lewiston was in that tournament and I was on the Lewiston team.


  • Great summer of 1939

    Way back in 1939? Oh yeah, we played American Legion baseball in 1939. I was a member of the Washington state champion Sunnyside Junior Legion baseball team.

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