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Muscotah's Joe Tinker-themed attractions!





Thanks to Rainbow Communications and Union State Bank for making Joe Tinker Day possible!

VINTAGE BASE BALL GAME
to support World's Largest Baseball and Joe Tinker attractions

Saturday, July 27, 4 p.m., at Joe Tinker Field in Muscotah
Hodgeman Nine v. Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club, Wichita
1870s uniforms, equipment and rules were used.







See photo gallery of May 17-19, 2013 work weekend.

News release about work weekend.
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Thanks to everyone who helped make the May 17-19 work weekend so successful!  (See below for a list of those who donated and those who worked).



We got to second base with the World's Largest Baseball and related projects and now need to get all the way to home. 


 


August 1 update.  WHAT HAS BEEN DONE
1)   The ball has its first coat of white paint and the seams have been painted red.
2)   Electrical lines laid to the ball.

3)   The ribs are up on the inside of the baseball.
4)   Outfi
eld fence is erected.
5)   Mini-infield has been laid out and now has a home plate.

6)   Concession stand is tuck-pointed, painted, counter tops fixed, ready for mural.

7)   Ten doors are ready for placement on Dollie's walls.
8)    Roses have been planted below the outfield fence and sponsor markers are placed.
9)    Wrigley ivy has been planted below fence. 
10)  The historical baseball mural is in process of being painted on concession stand by artists
        Erika Nelson and Matthew Farley.

THE WORK THAT REMAINS ON JOE TINKER ATTRACTIONS
1) Framing will continue on the inside of the baseball.
2) Community and baseball museum developed within the ball.
3) Touch up welding on outside of ball to make it smoother.
4) Scoreboard.

5) Silhouettes
of Tinker to Evers to Chance for the infield.
6) Interpretive signage will be created and erected.

MAYBE THE BIGGEST GOAL
The hope is that all the Tinker interest will lead to the Muscotah Mercantile getting a new metal building on K-159.  Nothing would be better.


WHAT and WHERE IS MUSCOTAH?
 

Muscotah is a volunteer-led town of about 200 people in western Atchison County in rural northeast Kansas.


WHO IS JOE TINKER?

Joe Tinker was born in Muscotah in 1880.  He was the shortstop for the Chicago Cubs when the won the World Series in 1907 and 1908. 
They have not won the World Series since.  He was one-third of the famous double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance.  Johnny Evers and Frank Chance went in to the Baseball Hall of Fame with Joe Tinker in 1946.  A famous poem, "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" was written about the trio.

WHAT WAS JEFF HANSON'S IDEA?
All Jeff wanted to do was help sustain Muscotah.  The only visitor-type businesses in town are the Muscotah Mercantile, 107 W. 2nd, the Cherokee Bait and Tackle, and the post office.  What else could bring people and energy to Muscotah?  Once he heard Julie Roller's idea of converting the old water tower tank into the World's Largest Baseball, his mind got busy -- and so did his actions.  With help from other community members, the round tank of that water tower is now on the ground in an empty lot with red rebar placed to look like seams of a baseball.  Jeff also thought that maybe Muscotah could capitalize on their native son Joe Tinker and help "reverse the curse" of Tinker's Chicago Cubs and help them win another World Series.

WHAT IS THE MUSCOTAH PROJECT?
With help from the Kansas Sampler Foundation, the Muscotah Project is a plan to bring in money and volunteers to join Muscotah residents in 1) building the basics for a baseball museum inside of the round water tower tank (World's Largest Baseball); 2) build an old-fashioned outfield fence, 3) build a mini-infield, and 4) fix up a concrete concession stand so that a mural can be painted on it.  Monies will be used to purchase materials from locally-owned establishments, when possible.

The Muscotah Project is a social experiment.  Can we crowd-source donations and volunteers to help a small town?  If it will work with Muscotah, it can work with other towns, too.

CAN THIS WORK?
Yes, when you add willing people to the equation.  Thanks to all who are pitching in!


This is more than a baseball dream, but a plan of hope for a community.

Thanks for pitching in!

The donation form is rather primitive but it is secure, detailed, and will help us know how to create a more sophisticated system through Kanstarter.

Questions?  Contact Marci at marci@kansassampler.org or 620.585.2374.

We Kan! Help.

THANKS TO THESE PEOPLE WHO WORKED DURING THE MAY 17-19 WORK WEEKEND:
From Muscotah:  Jan and C.J. Hanson, Ed and Susan Higley, Brian, Deanna, and Clayton Higley, Terry Huntley, Debbie Liggatt and granddaughters Ella and Gretchen, Sharyl Wilson Leitch, Keith and Dollie Wilson, Judy Green, Margaret Jacobs, Selma Tacker.
Lawrence:  Bob and Jan Topping, P. Michael Eravi, Janet Horner.
Effingham:  Steve Caplinger, Ray Ladd
Atchison:  Charles and Ronda Crossland, Emily and Gwendolyn.
Baldwin City:  Michael Crawford.
Topeka:  Gary Satter.
Lucas:  Erika Nelson.
Manhattan:  Julie Roller, Steve Sackrider, Will Hommertzein.
Marion:  Teresa Huffman.
St. George:  Kayla Oney.
McPherson:  Joe Hirsch, Nakita Bose
Blue Rapids:  Nancy Nolte, Pat Osborne.
Waterville:  Helen Stucky Risdon.
Perry:  Jerome Ratzlaff.
Wichita:  Darcy and Dany Herold.
Onaga:  Annette Cline.
Gentry, AR:  Charles and Angie Durbin
Inman:  WenDee LaPlant, Marci Penner

THANKS TO THOSE WHO DONATED FOR THE FIRST PHASE
Business in-kind:  The Barn Bed and Breakfast, Valley Falls; Reflective Group, Baldwin City, Rainbow Communications, Everest; The Branding Pot, Eureka

Indivduals:  Anonymous Baseball Fan; The Artist Box, Atchison;
Debbie Bernsden, Hutchinson; Shirley Black, Howard; Jane Brophy, Chanute; Jere Bruning, Hiawatha; Simone Cahoj, Leoti; Cline Auction & Realty, Onaga; Kylee Colson, Oakley; Charles Crossland, Atchison; Susan Curtiss, Wilson; Basil Dannebohm, Meade;  Christy Davis, Davis Preservation, Topeka; Connie Dougherty, Lucas; Charles and Angie Durbin, Gentry, AR; Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Lawrence; Janet Horner and Michael Eravi, Lawrence; Lorena Graza, Napa, CA;  Lida Hook-Gray, Liberal; Carol Mellenbruch Gusenius, Lindsborg; Paula Haas, Matfield Green; Dan Hall, Manhattan; Jenn Haugh, Topeka; Darcy Herold, Wichita; Cindy Gilmore, Liberal; Glacial Hills RC&D, Wetmore; Christy Hopkins, Tribune; Laveta and Charles Horner, Chapman; Terry and Jeannie Johnson, Olsburg; Nick Levendofsky, Republic; Luke Mahin, Courtland; Susan Marshall, Peabody; Dollie Mathes, Harper; Teresa McAnerney, Wathena; Chris McCord and Kelli Penner, Ellinwood; Eric Montgomery, Topeka; Meade County News, Meade; Kayla Oney, St. George; Clark and Jacque Pregont, Atchison;  Donna Price, Goodland; Proud Kansan; Rainbow Communications, Everest; Eileen Robertson, Humboldt; Von Rotheberger, Lucas; Julie Rural-er, Manhattan; Gary and Julie Satter, Topeka; Lea Ann Seiler, Jetmore; Andrea Springer and Steve Snook, Hutchinson; Wanda and Dale Small, Muscotah; Sue Smith, Emma Chase Cafe, Cottonwood Falls; Janae Talbott, Russell; Rosa Thomas, Whiting; Robin Valenzuela, Garden City; Kristina Vaughan, Canute, OK; Jaron Weese, Russell; Anna Wilhelm, Holton;  Kathy Wilhelm, Topeka; Charles & Ina Kay Zimmerman, Olathe; Betty Kirby, Kansas City.

MEDIA
Television
Fox 4
Kansas First
WIBW

PRINT
Topeka Capital Journal  by Jan Biles
Reuters by Kevin Murphy

Podcast
American Road Magazine podcast with Erika Nelson.

Videos at the ball
Painting the ball
Singing "Take me out to the Ballgame"

News release
From Kansas Sampler Foundation

Blog
Basil Dannebohm