North Platte American Legion Baseball has had a long and distinguished run in North Platte, with the program officially starting around 1960. Hundreds of players and fans, along with dozens of coaches and others truly dedicated to the program have been involved in American Legion Baseball. In 2013 the Board of Directors decided a Hall of Fame to honor these outstanding individuals should be started. The inaugural class included two coaches, two players and two individual volunteers.
This year’s class includes one player, one state championship team, and two individuals who donated countless hours to making North Platte American Legion Baseball what it has become. This year’s class includes Zane Smith, Bob and Pat Sparks and the 1989 Midget Post 163 baseball team.
The Hall of Fame weekend will begin at 4:30 pm Friday May 1st at Bill Wood Field with an intra-squad scrimmage of our current Legion teams followed by an alumni vs alumni game at 6:30 pm. In between innings we will honor the Hall of Fame inductees. Admission is free. Saturday May 2nd, the American Legion 4 person golf scramble will begin at Lake Maloney Golf course with a shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Following the golf tournament, there will be a banquet in the clubhouse honoring the 2014 North Platte Legion Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. The golf tournament cost is $65.00 which includes the banquet. Tickets for the banquet only are $20.00. All past Legion players are invited to come out and participate. The entire community is welcome as well.
The First Nationals will start their regular season Sat May 16th when the Seniors travel to Scottsbluff. The Juniors host Scottsbluff at Bill Wood Field in North Platte at 1:00 pm. The Juniors and Seniors will be home to host a doubleheader against Hershey on May 20th and all proceeds will go to North Platte Legion Alumni Kade Folchert and his family.