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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
Field of Dreams Chapter Information

The Field of Dreams Chapter is the local Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research for the state of Iowa.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) was established in Cooperstown, New York in August, 1971. Our mission is to foster the study of baseball past and present, and to provide an outlet for educational, historical and research information about the game.

We invite you to browse the resources available on our site, including some information on Iowa Baseball as well as a collection of Articles gathered by the chapter in 2007, also on the subject of baseball in Iowa.

If you are interested in joining SABR or the Field of Dreams Chapter, see the links on the left. If you would like to attend a meeting (you need not be a member), check the "Chapter News" section of this site to find out when the next meeting is scheduled.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2009 14:40
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