Don Dennis, Mark Grace enter NBC Hall of Fame

“..the most successful figure in NBC history”

Four men, including former major-leaguer Mark Grace, will be inducted into the National Baseball Congress World Series during this year’s tournament, July 31-Aug. 14 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Grace, longtime NBC player-manager Carl Kentling, Alaska general manager Don Dennis and longtime fan “Baseball” Bill Gwinup make up the class. Kentling and Gwinup will be inducted between games on Aug 7, while Grace and Dennis’ times are to be determined. Continue reading

2006: Chad Kreuter moves to USC

By Brian VanderBeek

Chad Kreuter stepped down Friday as the Nuts’ manager and will take his father-in-law’s spot at USC.

When Chad Kreuter took over as manager of the Modesto Nuts in December, he spoke of having two career goals. He said he either wanted to manage in the big leagues or be the head coach of a top-notch college program.

The Colorado Rockies had Kreuter on a path that eventually could have given him a shot at the major-league half of that dream. But the University of Southern California had a fast-track plan, and it took only a few hours to convince Kreuter which path to take. Continue reading

2006: Andy Stankiewicz joins ASU coaching staff

 Andy Stankiewicz has been named an assistant coach for Arizona State University baseball, Head Coach Pat Murphy announced today. Stankiewicz joins Turtle Thomas, who was also named to the ASU coaching staff today, as the newest members of the baseball staff.Stankiewicz spent 2005 as the manager of the Staten Island Yankees, the New York Yankees Class A affiliate. Stankiewicz led Staten Island to the 2005 NY-Penn League championship. He managed in Staten Island for two seasons before becoming the Yankees Southwest Scout this past off-season. Stankiewicz also spent two seasons as a defensive coordinator and roaming infield instructor for the Yankees minor league system, in addition to one season as the hitting instructor for the Rookie League Gulf Coast Yankees. Continue reading

2006: North Pole Nicks’ Steve Finley (86) joins 300-300 club

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Joe DiMaggio never gained admission to this exclusive club. Nor did Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Babe Ruth.

Until this month, only four players in major league history had. Then, within days of each other, two well-traveled friends – Kansas City’s Reggie Sanders and San Francisco’s Steve Finley – quietly expanded the group to six members. The admissions policy is demanding: 300 career homers and 300 stolen bases. Continue reading

2016: John Lohrke Named President of Goldpanners

1986_06-09_lohrke2FAIRBANKS, ALASKA: The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks baseball club has named John Lohrke President of the club’s board of directors.  John is only the fourth president in the 57-year history of the club, following W.G. Stroecker (1963-2010), E. Chilton Hines (2011-12) and Phil Prax (2013-14-15).

John is a graduate of Santa Clara University, following in the footsteps of his brother Kurt who was a first team all-conference ballplayer for the Broncos. Kurt enjoyed a three-year pro career after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1971.  He had also been drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals. Continue reading