I stumbled upon this gem on FarleyIowa.com today. It’s an abridged history of the Farley Babe Ruth Tournament.
I’m a little disappointed that my name is not mentioned in the 1991 listing. I had seven hits in the first three games of that tournament! And I was 14 years old playing against 15- and 16-year-olds 🙂
Also, they left out my brother Steve’s “most hits” award from 1980-ish. 🙂
Babe Ruth Tournament and Queen Pageant History
The Farley Babe Ruth Tournament and Queen’s Pageant has humble beginnings but soon turned into a popular mid-summer event.
Back in 1962, Glen “Bud” Gibbs and Bob Scherrman were the Farley Babe Ruth Teams’ coaches. The tournament was started as a means to raise money for bats and balls. There were eight teams in the original tourney, including Bankston, Farley Reds, Farley Giants, Epworth, Holy Cross, Peosta, Pleasant Grove, and Rickardsville.
Team managers selected umpires and the umpires volunteered their time. The Farley ball park was located west of the County Maintenance Building until 1970 when the present ball park was completed on the northeast corner of Farley.
Farley American Legion Post 656 has been able to continue sponsoring the Farley Babe Ruth Teams, donate a money to local organizations through proceeds from the tournament. The tournament committee consists of seven to eight Legion members. The Legion Auxiliary also plays an important role in the tournament–organizing the queen’s pageant, operating the concession stand and maintaining the tournament’s history. (A special thank you to all those above for supplying the information for this web page.)
Admission in 1962 for adults was 50 cents, high school students 25 cents and grade school students 10 cents. Newspaper articles called the tournament aa tremendous success as large crowds turned out to see home teams in action. The next year eight more teams were invited to the tournament. In 1964, a teen queen pageant was added and approximately 1200 fans attended the ceremony. Approximately 1000 fans attended at the ball park in a decorated hay wagon. Present candidates ride in convertibles.
Andy Hollenbach, Farley, 15 strikeouts in one game.
Championship: Rickardsville defeated Farley Reds, 11-4
Paul Scherrman, Frley, ws named Most Valuable Player and received five other awards. He had a batting average of .571 and threw a two-hitter in the final game.
Championship: Farley Giants defeated Farley Reds, 8-2
Bill Hollenbach, Farley, was named MVP, had the most triples and the most hits in the tournament. Loras Ries, Farley, had 21 strikeouts and allowed four hits for the consolation game win in 15 innings. It was a four hour game. Losing pitcher was Dick Frasher, Cascade, who struck out 20 players.
Championship: Dyersville Americans defeated Bernard
Ron Lucas, Holy Cross, had 40 strikeouts in the tournament, the most doubles and was named the MVP.
Championship: Holy Cross defeated Petersburg, 12-0
Lloyd Koelker, Petersburg, was named the MVP with 30 strikeouts in the tournament.
Championship: Petersburg defeated Farley, 5-3
John Palmer, Farley, was named MVP. He had 14 strikeouts and allowed four hits in the championship game.
Championship: Farley defeated Petersburg, 16-1
Jim Tegeler, Dyersville Nationals, was named MVP. He pitched two games allowing seven hits and striking out 24 players.
Championship: Dyersville Nationals defeated Holy Cross, 7-3
Frank Dardis, Peosta, was named MVP. In the championship game, he hit a grand slam, had two other hits and drove in a total of five runs.
Championship: Peosta defeated Worthington, 8-0
MVP Ron Hess, Dyersville Americans, had the most runs batted in and the most stolen bases for the tournament.
Championship: Dyersville Americans defeated Peosta, 1-0
Paul Wessels, Bankston, was named the MVP for his fine all around play. He had the most hits and the most RBI.
Championship: Holy Cross defeated Cascade, 7-3
Tom McDermott earned MVP honors.
Championship: Peosta defeated Farley, 11-9
MVP awarded trophies to Scott Harris, Gary Weydert and Ron McCarthy.
Championship: Rickardsville defeated Dyersville Nationals 10-9
Randy Dunkel, Earville, had 17 strikeouts in one game and 28 strikeouts in the tournament. Dave Michels, Balltown had the most doubles and hits. Kevin Schmitt, Balltown was named the MVP with the most runs batted in.
Championship: Balltown defeated Dyersville Americans, 16-7.
Kevn Kraus, Farley, was named MVP.
Championship: Hopkinton defeated New Vienna.
Nick Vorwald, Holy Cross, was named MVP. He had 36 strikeouts in three games and seven hits in the tournament.
Championship: Epworth Cubs defeated Holy Cross, 5-0
Glen Naber, New Vienna, threw a no hitter and was named the MVP. He won three games and had 36 strikeouts.
Championship: New Vienna defeated Luxemburg, 10-0
Kevin Digmann, Dyersville Legion, batted .375, and had 23 strikeouts and six hits including a home run in the championship game. Ed Delaney, Pleasant Grove, had 16 strikeouts in one game and 26 strikeouts in the tournament.
Championship: Dyersville Legion defeated Dyersville Americans.
Mark Kramer, Epworth, had 16 strikeouts in one game and 38 strikeouts in the tournament. Jeff Offerman, Petersburg, had 16 strikeouts in one game.
Championship: Rickardsville defeated Epworth, 10-8
Dennis Jaeger, Dyersville American, was named MVP. He struck out 13, allowed two hits, and had three hits including a triple and a home run.
Championship: Dyersville Americans defeated Epworth, 10-1
Bernie Schieltz, Holy Cross, won one game, had 18 strikeouts and was named the tournament MVP.
Championship: Holy Cross defeated Farley, 4-2
John Link, Dyersville American, threw a no hitter in the first round of the tournament. He was named MVP and had 14 strikeouts.
Championship: Dyersville Americans defeated Farley, 7-2
Sean Dardis, Peosta, had three wins, 15 strikeouts in one game, 37 strikeouts in the tournament and 4-for-9 at the plate. He was named MVP. His dad, Frank, was awarded the MVP in 1969.
Championship: Peosta defeated Farley, 9-1
Kris Kremer, Dyersville Legion, was named MVP. He had 23 strikeouts for the tournament. He had a .636 batting average with four walks and seven hits.
Championship: Dyersville Legion defeated Pleasant Grove, 5-3
Eben Baumhover of Peosta was named MVP. Peosta beat Farley in the championship.
Eric Lehmann, Epworth, was named MVP. He had three wins, 25 strikeouts, and a batting average of .333.
Championship: Epworth defeated Dyersville Legion, 4-3
Dave Beckett, Dyersville Legion, was named MVP. In the championship game, he struck out 16 and had three hits.
Championship: Dyersville Legion defeated Farley, 14-0
The MVP went to Nic Ungs, Dyersville American, and Jeremy Petsche, Farley. Ungs had a batting average of .727 with two singles, five doubles, and a triple. He also pitched the last inning of two separate games. Petsche pitched three games for Farley and had 33 strikeouts.
Championship: Dyersville American defeated Farley Legion, 14-4
Sam Kurt, Cascade, struck out 21 batters in the tournament and was named MVP.
Championship: Cascade defeated Farley Legion, 8-7
Kyle McDermott, Cascade, pitched two wins and had a batting average of .500. He was named the tournament MVP.
Championship: Cascade defeated Dyersville American, 5-4
Chris Conlon, Key West, was named MVP. His triple in the championship game helped to tie the game that Key West eventually won.
Championship: Key West defeated Epworth, 12-7
The Farley Legion Babe Ruth Team ended the season 17-1, losing to Peosta in the tournament’s championship game.
Championship: Peosta defeated Farley, 13-7
Ben Cooper, Dyersville American, was named the MVP. He pitched two winning games and had five hits. Mike Conrad, also from Dyersville American, had seven hits in the tourney.
Championship: Dyersville American defeated New Vienna, 12-7
Austin Brown, Rickardsville, was named the MVP for his fine all around play. Sam Scherrman, Dyersville Legion, had the most hits and shared the most doubles award. Dale Wilgenbusch and Dennis Brehm, coaches for the tournament champions Rickardsville, were part of the Rickardsville team that won the tournament 30 years ago. This year their sons were part of the winning team.
Championship:Rickardsville defeated Dyersville Legion, 13-6