This year the Clarinda A's will mark its 60ths season with special events throughout the entire Baseball season. This year the A’s organization is encouraging everyone, especially former players and those who have been associated with the program to mark July 3-5 on their calendars NOW!
July 3 will feature fireworks following the MINK League contest with the Sedalia (MO) Bombers. July 4, a noon picnic for the alumni, 2014 players, their parents, as well as the board, auxiliary and local houseparents will be held with an alumni game and other activities that evening at Municipal Stadium/Eberly Field. At 8:30 the morning of July 5 a golf tournament will be held at the Clarinda Country Club.
Complete details on this and other special season events will be announced soon and forms that will be needed for the golf tournament and registration for returning alum.
We encourage all former players to contact their teammates as we don’t have current addresses or emails for everyone.
Looking forward to a good turnout!
Colleges have started their spring schedules, professional players have started spring training and the Clarinda A’s management and board of directors are continuing their work to be ready for their 60th season which will open May 25 with a double header at 6:00 vs Ozark Generals in non-league games and a single 1:30 game on the 26th.
In the spring of 1954, Clarinda High School football coach John Tedore reintroduced baseball as a varsity sport at the school. With a book on how to lay out a diamond and help from Bill Bench and Vernon Woodard they borrowed a tractor with a blade from local gas station owner Tony Jennings and carved out the diamond in front of the fairgrounds grand stand. They also got a few adult players together to form a town team which in 1955 became first the Merchants and then the A’s. The town team concept changed to a summer collegiate program in the early 70’s. Little did any of those on those first teams dream it would still be going strong and have produced over three dozen major league players, one in the MLB Hall of Fame, as well as over 300 minor league players.
Clarinda, Iowa was founded in 1851, and incorporated on December 8, 1866. Many stories are told of such notables as Jesse James frequently passing through.
The town is named for Clarinda Buck, who according to legend carried water to the surveyors while Page County was first being surveyed.
Clarinda is the home of the Clarinda A's, our summer amateur baseball team. The A's won the 1981 National Baseball Congress championship, and has sent several players on to the major leagues, notably hall of famer Ozzie Smith - who regularly returns to Clarinda for special events.
The Clarinda A's got their start In 1955, when Bill Bench and Vernon Woodard formed an managed a team of local players. Because the financial backing for the team was from local businessmen, they were called the Merchants. The Merchants played their first game in May of '55 and in that first box score lineup were Jerry Jennings, Dean and Gene Bentley, Ralph Taylor, Norman Discher, Merl Eberly, Max Doughterty, Ken Warrick and pitcher Bill Hullinger who threw the entire nine innings for a 9-5 victory over Shenandoah.