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New Iowa Gravesite Photos Added
Written by Steve Smith   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:06

Three pictures of gravesites have been added to the list.  They include Dick Kenworthy, a native of Red Oak IA and third baseman who played 125 games for the White Sox in the 1960's.  Kenworthy is buried in Red Oak. 

Lynn King was an outfielder who played 240 games for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1935 to 1939.  King was born in Villisca IA and is buried there.

The third is Gil Paulsen who pitched two innings for the 1925 Cardinals in his first year in professional baseball.  Paulsen allowed no earned runs so he has a 0.00 ERA for his brief major league career.  He continued to pitch in the minor leagues until 1932 but never returned to the major leagues (There must be a story there somewhere).  Paulsen was born in 1902 in Graettinger IA, died in 1994 at the age of 92 in Harlan IA and is buried in Marne IA.

The pictures were taken by Jim Simmelink of Adair IA.  To view the pictures go to the list under the "Iowa" heading and click on "Iowa Baseball Gravesites.



Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:10
New Iowa Baseball Website
Written by Steve Smith   
Friday, 04 July 2014 15:09

Jim Simmelink of Adair IA is interested in Iowans who have played professional baseball.  He has created a website entitled "Iowa Professional Baseball Connection."

Please take a look and provide any feedback you may have to Jim.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 15:14
New Iowa Gravesite Photo
Written by Steve Smith   
Monday, 15 October 2012 13:06

Courtesy of Rich Lowe of Bonaparte IA, the photo of the gravesite of Pitcher Roxie Lawson of Donnellson IA has been added.  To get to the gravesite pictures, click on Iowa Baseball and click on Iowa Baseball Gravesites.


Last Updated on Saturday, 04 May 2013 16:23
Ralph Bell
Written by Field of Dreams Chapter   
Sunday, 10 June 2012 12:47

Ralph Albert Bell pitched for the Chicago White Sox in 1912.  He also enjoyed a minor league career with teams in the midwest - Pittsburg KS, Springfield IL, Joplin MO, Burlington IA, St. Joseph MO, Winona MN and Fargo-Moorhead.  Ralph is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk IA.  His and websites indicate that he was born November 6, 1890, in Kahoka MO.

Ralph's granddaughter, Vicki Boyer, has e-mailed the Field of Dreams chapter, indicating that his correct birthdate is November 16, 1890, which is what is inscribed on his gravestone - see picture on the Field of Dreams website under Iowa Baseball Gravesites.  Vicki stated that her grandfather was born at Argyle IA which is in southeast Iowa's Lee County near Keokuk.  She stated the family moved around between Iowa, Missouri and Illinois but that Ralph was born in Iowa.

Many thanks to Vicki for her correction to her grandfather's biographical information!

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 June 2012 18:57
Norway Baseball Book
Written by Charles Crawley   
Sunday, 27 May 2012 14:57

A new baseball book entitled "Norway Baseball - Gone But Not Forgotten"  has been issued about the baseball history of Norway, Iowa.  The book may be ordered at  Norway IA was the subject of the movie The Final Season.


Last Updated on Sunday, 27 May 2012 15:14
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