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  1. What *is* the official name of the championship, anyway?

    Comment by skipperxc — January 17, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

  2. Cool Story, *Bringing* not *bring* in last sentence.

    Comment by Spit Ball — January 17, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

  3. I am not sure of the official name.

    I have seen it equally called the NBC World Series Tournament and the National Baseball Congress.

    From what I can tell from their website, it is the NBC World Series Tournament run by the National Baseball Congress

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — January 17, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

  4. Cool comment, *Dumbass* not *Spit Ball* in your name.

    Comment by Justin Ruggiano — January 17, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

  5. I actually knew some of this story. My grandpa lives in Salina and tells a story of driving Satchel Paige from Salina to Wichita, I think to catch a flight. One of my favorite of my Grandpa’s old stories, and I will definitely share this article with him.

    Comment by TR — January 17, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

  6. Thanks for the great article. I love these historical pieces.

    A brief quibble–there were/are a number of basic typos/errors/things left in from a draft version that a closer proof-reading/copy-edit would have taken care of.

    It’s not a big deal, but it made a great article a little less great.

    Comment by Adrock — January 17, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

  7. The House of David was NOT all-Jewish, or even in any way associated with Judaism. They were Israelite in the utopian sense, inthat they wanted to restore the Kingdom of Israel on earth, and wore beards out of respect for the God of Israel. But they were a Christian sect, and a highly functional commune, founded by an itinerant preacher who also loved baseball. And they were from Benton Harbor, MI rather than North Dakota.

    The House of David story is so compelling because it combines many wonderful, odd themes of late 19th, early 20th century American culture – milllennialism, communes, barnstorming.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_David_(commune)

    Comment by TKA — January 17, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

  8. Great article. The first line of it has me confused, however. Is there an edit to be done on “A small a bigger story sometimes hides behind a bit of information.”

    Comment by Greg — January 17, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

  9. Perhaps “Sometimes a bigger story hides behind a small amount of information”? Blame it on computers.

    Comment by Greg — January 17, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

  10. Yes, one would have a difficult time finding ‘Bismark, S.D.’ since no such place exists. Bismarck, N.D. is the capital of the state but the HOD team was never based there.

    Comment by steve wilson — January 20, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  11. nobody cares, spammer.

    Comment by steve wilson — January 20, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  12. http://scottsimkus.wordpress.com/2009/01/18/satchel-in-salina/

    Comment by KJOK — January 21, 2013 @ 9:45 am

  13. i remember watching satchel pitch that summer. it was the 25th year of the nbc natl tour. my best memory was him fielding a bunt and slinging the ball to first about a foot off the ground the whole distance

    Comment by edwin shaw — June 24, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

  14. Does anyone know the exact year in the early ’70s when Satchel Paige returned to Salina to be a guest celebrity at the annual Shriners-Knights of Columbus charity baseball game? I remember that.

    Comment by Fisherman — October 27, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

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