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8 Players Named to MINK League All-Star Team

06/24/2018, 9:00pm CDT
By C Eberly

All-Star Game June 27th in Joplin MO

8 Players were named to the MINK League North All-Star Team.  Congratulations to: Isaac Alexander, Cole Frederick, Reid Bonner, Jamaal Chaney, Zeth Malcom, Sean Bergeron, Brandon Andrews and Orlando Ortiz.  The All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, June 27th in Joplin, Missouri.  It will be streamed live on UClickTV

Introducing Sunday Fun-Days!

06/14/2018, 4:45pm CDT
By C Eberly

Join us Sundays at Eberly Field

June 11, 24 & July 1, 8, 15, 22 we will have special family-friendly activities such as:

  • $1 hot dogs
  • Pre-game autographs
  • Kids join players on the field for the National Anthem
  • More fun surprises!

Kids admitted free, adults $5 or $30 for family season pass

"The Baseball Whisperer" - a real Field of Dreams story...

04/20/2016, 1:15pm CDT
By Clarinda A's

...about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program...

"The Baseball Whisperer"

From an award winning journalist, a real Field of Dreams story about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program he built in America’s heartland, where boys come summer after summer to be molded into ball players – and men.

Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything. There, between the corn fields and hog yards, is a ball field with a bronze bust of a man named Merl Eberly, a baseball whisperer who specialized in second chances and lost causes. The statue is a gift from one of Merl’s original long-shot projects, a skinny kid from the ghetto in Los Angeles who would one day become a beloved Hall-of-Fame shortstop: Ozzie Smith.

The Baseball Whisperer traces the remarkable story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A’s baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Smith, future manager Buddy Black and star player Von Hayes, Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity and responsibility.

More than a book about baseball players who landed in the nation’s agricultural heartland, The Baseball Whisperer is the story of a coach who puts character and dedication first, and reminds us of the best purest form of excellence.

BOOK TO COME OUT JULY 5, 2016 – Is available for pre-order on


The Baseball Whisperer is a book that teaches the reader as much about hard work and American values as it does about the game of baseball. Through one man's efforts, hundreds of young men from all over the country and from different economic backgrounds came through a small town in Iowa and learned how to be better baseball players.  Along the way they also became better people. You don't have to love baseball or even sports to learn from the magic that happened in southwestern Iowa.”
—Joe Buck, FOX Sports broadcaster
“In reading The Baseball Whisperer I was able to relive two glorious summers that had such a profound impact on both my personal and professional life. Merl, Mrs. E[berly], and the entire Clarinda community will always have a special place in my heart. To this day I still love telling stories about my time as a Clarinda A.” 
—Bud Black, 2010 National League Manager of the Year and former A’s pitcher
"Mike Tackett, talented journalist and baseball lover, has hit the sweet spot of the bat with his first book. The Baseball Whisperer takes one coach and one small Iowa town and illuminates both a sport and the human spirit."
—David Maraniss, author of Clemente and When Pride Still Mattered

 "Michael Tackett takes us to a wonderful place and time in his heartwarming story about the small-town man who made big baseball dreams come true. The Baseball Whisperer is a compelling sports story, but it also delivers on the valuable life lessons that come from great sports leadership: hard work, honesty, compassion. The story of summer league baseball is the story of the American heartland, and Tackett has captured it beautifully."
—Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist and ABC News, CNN, and PBS commentator

"For all who care about baseball, character and leadership, Michael Tackett has brought us the inspiring and unforgettable story of a phenomenal coach and his legacy."
—Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage

Brian Poldberg to attend Hall of Fame Banquet

Brian Poldberg has been added to those appearing at the Clarinda Baseball Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, November 23 at the Clarinda Academy Activities Center. An A’s catcher in 1979, he has just recently been named as Manager of the Kansas City Royals AAA Omaha Storm Chasers team. He has been w/the Royals organization as a player, coach and manager.

He joins fellow A’s alum Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals and Von Hayes who spent most of his major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies at the banquet.

Reminder doors open at 4:30 for those wanting to view items for the silent & live auction, with autograph session to start at 5:00 followed by dinner and the program.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students K-12; at the door they will be $25 and $20. Tickets are good for one autograph from each guest celebrity, dinner and a bidding number for the silent auction. For further information call (712) 542-4272 or send ticket order to 225 E. Lincoln, Clarinda, IA 51632. Reserved seating is done as paid reservations are received.

A's Hall of Fame Banquet Information


Tickets are now available for the Clarinda A’s 39th annual Hall of Fame banquet set for Saturday, November 23 at the Clarinda Academy Activities Center.

Celebrity guest list includes Ozzie Smith, former St. Louis Cardinal & 2002 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, and Von Hayes, who played the largest part of his major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Both will be signing at the autograph session which will open the evening’s festivities at 5:00, with dinner served at approximately 6:00.  A’s board president Jeff Clark will welcome the guests, Darrell Murphy A’s press box announcer will MC and Mayor Gordon Kokenge will present the awards. Inductees for the Hall of Fame will be announced that night, youth traveling and High Schools teams will be recognized, Clarinda A’s manager Ryan Eberly will give a recap of last season as well as what to expect for the summer of 2014 and the always popular question/answer session with Smith, Hayes and Mike Arbuckle who is the senior advisor/scouting & player development to the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals will close the evening’s activities

Doors will open at 4:30 for those wanting to view the items for the silent auction, with  selected pieces to be part of a live auction. Major league balls and 8X10 photos of Smith and Hayes will be available for the autograph session and A’s shirts, hats and other team merchandise will also be for sale.

Advance tickets are $16 for students K-12 and $20 for adults; at the door they will be $20 and $25. Each ticket is good for one autograph from each visiting celebrity, dinner and a bidding number for the silent auction. Extra autographs will be $20. All proceeds from this event go into the A’s operating budget.

Reserved seating will be assigned as paid ticket orders are received. For further information, call (712) 542-4272 or send your ticket order and remittance to Hall of Fame  Banquet, 225 E. Lincoln, Clarinda, IA 51632. Locally tickets can be purchased and picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office and J’s Pizza & Steak House.

Brian Poldberg

Ozzie & Von during their careers

Ozzie & Von signing autographs at a previous banquet.

Ozzie & Von signing autographs at a previous banquet.