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’52 Legion game an instant classic

Sunday, June 22, 1952, was such a nice day in Spokane that Ernie Banks, months away from launching his Hall of Fame baseball career with the Chicago Cubs, would have …


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 …


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.


1940 season ended at regionals

In 1940 four teams from Spokane competed – Lewis and Clark, North Central, Rogers and Gonzaga High School. The Valley had two schools – West Valley and Central Valley. The …


Lewiston has rich Legion history

Lewiston’s American Legion (Lewis-Clark Post 13) baseball team has won thirty-eight Idaho state championships.


Reporter’s notebook: 24 summers of memories

Recent American Legion reminiscences about legendary Spokane Valley coach Ron Jackson and Yakima Beetles standout Dave Edler (and company) bring to mind an anecdote when Jackon’s Appleway Chevrolet got the …


Four years of great memories

Back in the old days, you could play Legion baseball until your 19th birthday so I got to play four summers of Legion ball on good old Al Jackson Field …


Brush with team greatness

Reading these past weeks of former legion players’ baseball experiences, some memories of my legion baseball playing years were rekindled.


Legion finale a painful memory

The most memorable Legion game was the last one I played in, in 1950.


Mound appearance brought laughter and that’s no stretch

It was the summer of 1975, Elton John was frequently on the radio between several “Disco Classics”… and the Big Red Machine (Cincinnati Reds for you youngins) was steaming to …


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 …


Playing Legion ball a great honor

I have enjoyed reading personal reflections on American Legion Baseball. I am writing this on the Fourth of July. I am thankful to the American Legion for the opportunity it …


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.


Diamond success translated to life

Being members of the 1955 Rogers High School American Legion baseball team was such a special privilege with outstanding memories. Jim Forsyth, Rogers’ baseball coach, was also our American Legion …


But he had Tin Man’s heart

The year was 1966. I was playing Legion ball for Bonners Ferry as a seventh- grader because we did not have enough players. I was hanging around practice, knowing my …


Great treat for baseball fans

I moved to Spokane in 1984, after growing up in the Yakima area. From the mid 1970’s through the summer of 1984 one of my favorite things to do in …


Golden times from Alaska

In 1955 the Sitka, Alaska, American Legion team won the Territorial playoffs. The tournament was played in Anchorage in early August. Alaska was, at the time, still a territory.


Watching dad umpire precious

American Legion Baseball was a special part of my childhood. After losing his right arm during World War II, my Dad, Bob Chilton, turned his baseball prowess into umpiring Legion …


He put the punch in punchless season

I look back on my only season of American Legion baseball as one of the most enjoyable summers I ever experienced. I also look back on my only season of …


Legion ball shaped their lives

Boy, do we have the memories from American Legion baseball. My husband, Ron Jackson, coached Legion ball from 1960 to 1984. Those were 24 years of great kids and great …


Two coaches made lasting impressions

My special baseball legion story will be a memory check for my 88-year-old brain. In 1937-38 I played for the Cannon Park Legion team with all city parks sponsored teams. …


Legion baseball led to a life-changing move

I have made my home in Spokane for 35 years. How I came to be in Spokane is my American Legion Baseball memory. My sophomore and junior years at Pasco …


Glad he didn’t call time

In 1980 I was coaching the Shadle team (Barstone) on which my younger brother, Bradd, was an All-League player, and Mark Rypien was playing. Two stories come to mind regarding …


Championship season in 1955 is memorable

There are many favorite moments in my one-year Legion season, but the one that stands out above all was winning the city championship of a Major League Baseball city, that …


Heat, sand, beetles wreaked havoc in ’59 game

It was late July, 1959, around 5 p.m. when we left Chino, Calif., on a balmy day of around 80 degrees, for Barstow, Calif. Now you have to understand that …


It was season of the LC Orphans

In the spring of 1958, I was a junior at Lewis and Clark High School. I played baseball and was looking forward to summertime American Legion ball. However, LC had …


Eagle, punches landed in 1969

I graduated from North Central in 1970 and played four years of baseball for North Central and two years of Legion ball with Barstone Fuel Company, a company owned by …


Coach Huffman was quite a character

Back in the mid-60s (1963-64), I played for the legendary George Huffman. George was a really good coach, but he was even more fun to be around. Here’s a few …