State Champion 1963 and 1964 ... State Runner-Up 1957
Region 5 Champion 1956, 1957, 1963 and 1964
Region 7 Champion 1971, 1972, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989 and 2010
South Lakes Legion League Champion 1987 and 1988
Lakes Area Legion League Co-Champion 2003, 2007 and 2011 Eastern Division Champion 2009 and 2010
Quote of the Day
"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." — Satchel Paige.
Welcome to the home page of the Kenosha Legion Post 21 baseball team. The team is sponsored by The American Legion, Paul Herrick Post 21 of Kenosha and affiliated with the Kenosha Merchants Baseball Club. The Merchants compete in the Lakes Area Legion League and the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Class AAA tournament.
PHR Results; Champions Crowned
The winners of the annual Pitch Hit and Run Competition, an official program of Major League Baseball and sponsored by Aquafina have been determined. They are:
The winners move on to the next round of competition, to be held Sunday, June 2, at Wick Field in Milwaukee. The finals will be held at the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York on July 16.
Merchants Add Elgin To Schedule
The Kenosha Merchants added a quality opponent on the road to their 2013 schedule.
The Merchants will travel to Wing Park in Elgin, Ill., for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Elgin Post 57. The two teams split a pair of games in 2012, Kenosha winning 5-4 in the Wheaton (Ill.) Summer Classic and Elgin taking the rematch 10-4 in the Leo Brunner Invitational in Moline, Ill.
"It's a chance to play a quality opponent on the road early in the season," said Manager Peter DiGaudio. "The game we originally had scheduled (at Burlington) was cancelled, and due to the (WIAA post-season) tournament, this may be the first time we have our entire team together against a quality opponent.
"It should be a good test for us."
Merchants Release 2013 Schedule
The Kenosha Legion Post 21 Merchants announced their 2013 schedule, featuring four in-season tournaments and a date against Plover Post 543, a perennial state power that was ranked No. 1 in the state among Class AAA teams most of the 2012 season.
The Merchants, who finished 19-21 overall and 6-4 in Lakes Area Legion League play, will be playing all of their home games at the newly reconstructed Augie Schmidt Field at Carthage College this year and will host the Class AAA Region 7 State Qualifying Tournament July 24-28 for the first time since 2009.
Kenosha opens at home against border rival Waukegan, Ill., Post 281 on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. The opening weekend continues with an 11 a.m. game June 8 against Sheboygan Post 83 and the LALL opener against Janesville Post 205 at 4 p.m., also on June 8 as part of a three-team round robin. The Merchants took two of three from Janesville last year, both walk-off wins including one in an elimination game in the Region 7 tournament at Genoa City. The following day, defending state champion Madison and regional power Norwood, Ill., come in for another three-team, with the Merchants playing Madison at 12 p.m. and Norwood at 5 p.m.
Another highlight of the Merchants’ season will be the regular season finale, a visit from defending Illinois state runner-up and Great Lakes Regional qualifier Northbrook for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
The Merchants will play in four in-season tournaments, starting with the Genoa City Father’s Day Invitational June 14-16. It will be Kenosha’s first appearance in the tournament hosted by their primary rival and replaces the Wheaton Post 76 Summer Classic, which reduced the size of the tournament field by half and the Merchants didn’t make the field, which was drawn from entries submitted.
Kenosha will also play in the annual Fred Gordon 4th of July Invitational in Waukegan, Ill., July 5-7 before making its annual trip to the Jim Hanus Gopher Classic in Minnesota July 12-14. The Merchants’ pool assignment is in Elko. Also, the Merchants will host the annual Andy Smith Memorial Classic June 21-23 at Nash Park. Among the teams participating will be two-time defending champion Highland, Ind., Post 180.
Merchants' Pool Assignment Set In Minnesota
The Kenosha Legion Post 21 Merchants received their pool assignment for the 2013 Jim Hanus Gopher Classic in Minnesota. The Merchants will be in the Lakeville North pool at Elko, Minn., with Fredrickson Field and Panther Field at Lakeville North High School as the sites for pool play.
Other teams in the pool besides host Lakeville North are Champlin Park, Minn., Wayzata, Minn.; Owattona, Minn; and the Calgary Redbirds from Alberta, Canada.
The pairings for pool play are as follows:
Friday July 12
Saturday July 13
Champlin Park, Minn.
Sunday July 14
Lakeville North, Minn.
Monday July 15
Vs. Winner/Maple Grove
Vs. Winner/Excelsior vs. N. St. Paul
Tuesday July 16
Who's On First
The classic Abbott and Costello routine. Funny every time you watch it.
Since The Cubs Last Won The World Series ...
Radio was invented; Cubs fans got to hear their team lose.
TV was invented; Cubs fans got to see their team lose.
Baseball added 14 teams; Cubs fans get to see and hear their team lose to more clubs.
George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays.
Haley's comet passed Earth twice.
Harry Caray was born....and died. Incredible, but true.
The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.
Man landed on the moon, as have several home runs given up by Cubs pitchers.
Seventeen U.S. presidents were elected.
There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution.
Prohibition was created and repealed.
The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered and became the subject of major motion pictures, the latest giving Cubs fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top.
Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League.
Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down.
A combination of 40 Summer and Winter Olympics have been held.
Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown; several thanked Cubs pitchers.
Bell-bottoms came in style, went out of style and came back instyle; disco did the same.
The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins have all won the World Series. The Diamondbacks and Marlins didn't even exist as franchises until the 1990s.
The Cubs played 14,153 regular-season games; they lost the majority of them.
Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico were admitted to the Union.
The Kenosha Merchants roster for 2013 is as follows:
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GKYBSA Web Site
The website for the Greater Kenosha Youth Baseball-Softball Association is up and running. The GKYBSA is a group of civic-minded people supporting baseball and fastpitch in Kenosha.
1906 - Jesse Tannehill snaps the Boston Pilgrims' 20-game losing streak (19 at home, both American League records) with a 3-0 win over the White Sox. Both Boston teams will finish last, while both Chicago teams finish first. It's the first time two cities have had two winners and two cellar-dwellers.
1919 - Ever-popular Casey Stengel, now a Pirate, is good-naturedly applauded when he comes to bat in the seventh inning at Brooklyn. He doffs his cap in response and, to everyone's delight, releases a sparrow he had hidden there.
1922 - Babe Ruth is suspended one day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump after being called out on a play at second base, then going into the stands after a heckler. He is also stripped of his title as team captain.
1935 - Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting three home runs at Pittsburgh. The final one, the last of his 714 career home runs, is the first to clear the right field grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at 600 feet.
1937 - After hitting a home run against the Yankees in his prior at bat, Mickey Cochrane suffers a skull fracture from a Bump Hadley pitch. Coach Del Baker will run the team for Cochrane, who will never return to active play.
1941 - Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. His run to be the first since Bill Terry in 1930 to exceed .400 will be marked in newspapers throughout the season, although it will often give way to Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak.
1951 - Willie Mays, who was hitting .477 with Minneapolis, goes 0-for-5 for the New York Giants in his major league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1953 - Max Surkont of the Braves strikes out eight Reds in a row, establishing a new major league mark, as the Braves win 10-3 in the second game of a doubleheader. Surkont strikes out seven in a row before rain delays the game, then strikes out Andy Seminick to start the fifth inning. Surkont records 13 strikeouts on the way to his sixth straight win.
1960 - George Crowe's major league-record 11th pinch-hit home run, off Don McMahon, gives the Cardinals a 5-3 win over the Braves. Crowe began the season tied with Smoky Burgess and Gus Zernial in career pinch home runs.
1964 - Ground is broken for a new stadium in St. Louis.
1975 - Cleveland's Dennis Eckersley, in his first major league start, throws a three-hit shutout in beating Oakland 6-0.
1981 - Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 3,000th major league game, scoring the winning run in Boston's 8-7 triumph over Cleveland. Yastrzemski joins Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3,000 games.
1982 - Ferguson Jenkins strikes out Garry Templeton in the third inning of the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Padres to become the seventh pitcher in major league history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.
1984 - The Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley and minor leaguer Mike Brumley to the Cubs for veteran Bill Buckner, who had been benched in Chicago in favor of Leon Durham but will immediately become Boston's starting first baseman.
1989 - After shopping him for several months, the Mariners finally trade star pitcher Mark Langston to Montreal for pitchers Randy Johnson, Brian Holman, and Gene Harris.
Friday, Jun 7
Waukegan, Ill., Legion Post 281 @ Kenosha Legion Post 21 Merchants