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Baseball ‘Round The Clock Returns to the NBC World Series

WICHITA, Kansas – Baseball ‘Round The Clock, once a staple of the NBC World Series in Wichita, is returning to the NBC in 2024 after an eight-year hiatus. Fans will have the opportunity to watch 11 games over the course of 33 hours, starting at noon on Saturday, July 27 and running through a 6:00pm game on Sunday, July 28.

“Baseball ‘Round the Clock has historically been one of the most exciting and unique events in the NBC World Series,” said NBC tournament director Katie Woods, “For the 90th tournament, it was time to bring it back. We’re ready to introduce a new generation of competitors to some of the same elements – Midnight Madness, the cuckoo clock check-ins and ‘I survived’ shirts – that diehard NBC fans remember.”

Baseball played at all hours has long been a tradition of the NBC. National Baseball Congress founder Hap Dumont came up with the idea of having late-night and early-morning games in the tournament to make games accessible to Wichita fans working swing and graveyard shifts early in the tournament’s history. NBC tournament director Steve Shaad formalized the tradition in 1990 with the introduction of ‘Baseball ‘Round the Clock” as 17 games in 56 hours. BRTC ran every year after that at the NBC through 2016 before it was discontinued.

Fans ready to take on the challenge of surviving all 33 hours of Baseball ‘Round the Clock in 2024 can purchase their Baseball ‘Round the Clock (BRTC) tickets now at nbcbaseball.com for $20. BRTC tickets get participants entry in to all 11 games, as well as a punch card and wristband that will be used for check-ins at least once per game. When check-ins sound, participants have 10 minutes to report to the designated check-in spot and get their card punched to continue in the competition. Participants who have their card punched at every check-in will receive a free t-shirt, a tournament pass for the rest of the tournament, and will be entered into a raffle to win a series of grand prizes.

Director of Community Partnership Brian Turner was a part of the Baseball ‘Round the Clock staff for six years during his tenure with the Wichita Wingnuts, and is looking forward to taking on the challenge once again.

“There’s no event quite like Baseball ‘Round the Clock,” said Turner, “It’s a generational event, and we’re excited to bring it back with a new look, for both old and new fans, in 2024.”

The 2024 NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, runs July 25-August 3 this year and will be played fully at Eck Stadium at Wichita State University. Single day tickets, groups and tournament passes are all available for purchase now .

Father’s Day

Step up to the plate this Father’s Day with a gift from the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

For the baseball-loving dad who lives for summer nights at the ballpark, we’ve got the perfect lineup of merchandise to make his day.

Introducing the official NBC World Series Merchandise – your one-stop shop for all things baseball appeal. From classic tees to sweatshirts, hats and shorts, we’ve got Dad covered from head to toe in gear that screams ‘Play Ball!’

Dive into our exclusive ’90 Years of Champions Collection’ – a celebration of the NBC World Series history and excellence. And here’s the real grand slam – enjoy a special 15% discount on the entire collection from June 2nd to 9th!

And hey, what’s a gift without an experience to match? Grab Dad a tournament pass and give him the ultimate summer spectacle! With a tournament pass, he’ll not only catch all the action of the NBC World Series but also score a coveted Satchel Paige Bobblehead on opening night – a collectible he’ll treasure forever.

This Father’s Day, take care of Dad courtesy of the NBC World Series and let’s make memories together at the ballpark!

“90 Years of NBC Champions” Apparel Collection Announced

“90 Years of NBC Champions” Apparel Collection Announced

National Baseball Congress Celebrating 90th National Championship This Summer

SHOP THE 90 YEARS OF NBC CHAMPIONS COLLECTION

The National Baseball Congress, marking its 90th National Championship tournament this summer, is launching the “90 Years of NBC Champions” collection in collaboration with Indiana-based baseball apparel company Old Fort Baseball Co. Throughout the months of May-July, the “90 Years of NBC Champions” collection will spotlight nine of the National Baseball Congress’ most memorable champions with articles, social media features, and limited-edition commemorative shirts for each of the teams.

“Capturing the spirit of 90 years of baseball history is a momentous task,” said NBC Tournament Director Katie Woods, “Looking at how Logan and Old Fort Baseball had already brought the history of the Fort Wayne Voltmen – the first team to win three consecutive NBC National Championships – to life, we knew that he was the right person to help us do the same for a few of the NBC’s most historic teams.”

Each of the nine teams featured in the series will have their National Baseball Congress history showcased on both organization’s websites, with a limited edition vintage-style t-shirt available for purchase online at the 90th NBC World Series in Wichita, July 25-August 3 at Eck Stadium.

“Old Fort Baseball Co. is rooted in supporting local baseball not only in our own Fort Wayne community but in communities across the country,” said Old Fort Baseball Co. Owner and Founder, Logan Wiening, “ The NBC is one of the most unique baseball events around with a storied history that hits home with a Fort Wayne connection. We are so proud to partner with the tournament on this collection.”

The nine teams that will be featured are:

  • Bismarck Churchills (NBC Champions in 1935) 
  • Fort Wayne GE Voltmen (NBC Champions in 1947, 1948, 1949)
  • Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners (NBC Champions in 1962, 1963, 1965)
  • Grand Rapid Sullivans (NBC Champions in 1960, 1970, 1983, 1984)
  • Liberal Bee Jays (NBC Champions in 1968, 1979, 1985, 2000)
  • Alaska Goldpanners (NBC Champions in 1972-1974, 1976, 1980, 2002)
  • El Dorado Broncos (NBC Champions in 1989, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2009)
  • Seattle Cheney Studs (NBC Champions in 2013, 2015, 2019)
  • Santa Barbara Foresters (NBC Champions 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022)

The first three t-shirts are available now at www.oldfortbaseballco.com/nbc:

  • The Bismarck Churchills who won the very first NBC World Series (1935), at the time called the National Tournament, behind the leadership of Negro League legend Satchel Paige.
  • The Fort Wayne GE Voltmen who won the NBC three years in a row, from 1947-1949, while sponsored by General Electric.
  • The Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners, created by local businessman Bernie Calkins and sponsored by the Wichita bus company, won the NBC World Series in 1962, 1963 and 1965.

The shirts from the Grand Rapids Sullivans, Liberal Bee Jays and Alaska Goldpanners will be available on June 4th, and the final three shirts – El Dorado Broncos, Seattle Studs & Santa Barbara Foresters – will be available on July 2nd. Fans can purchase individual shirts when they are released for $30 each, or they can pre-order the full set of nine shirts for $199 (more than 25% savings) if they purchase before June 3rd. 

T-shirts will be available on nbcbaseball.com and oldfortbaseballco.com, and a limited number of t-shirts will be available at the 90th NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, to be played July 25 through August 3 at Wichita State University’s Eck Stadium.

About the NBC World Series:

The National Baseball Congress World Series, operated by the NBC Baseball Foundation 501c3, has been hosted in Wichita since 1935. Over 900 players from NBC affiliates have gone on to play major league baseball, including Satchel Paige, Roger Clemens, Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith and Whitey Herzog. 16 teams from across the country will play in the 90th NBC World Series July 25-August 3 in Wichita. The NBC Baseball Foundation is dedicated to connecting the community through baseball with youth programming, alumni relations, and the overall betterment of summer baseball. Learn more or purchase tickets to the 90th NBC World Series at nbcbaseball.com. 

About Old Fort Baseball Co.:

Old Fort Baseball Co., is a lifestyle baseball apparel brand nestled in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a city steeped in baseball history as the birthplace of the first professional game and the legendary Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, who proudly honor our community’s rich baseball heritage and that of similar communities nationwide. Learn more at oldfortbaseballco.com. 

2024 Terry Brewster Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2024 Terry Brewster Community Volunteer All-Star Award are now open, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week. Established in honor of Terry Brewster, a devoted supporter and former board member of the National Baseball Congress, this award celebrates volunteers from any community organization or non-profit in the Greater Wichita Area.

Terry Brewster’s commitment to Wichita sports, particularly youth sports, was a cornerstone of his life and his contributions to our community. By recognizing outstanding residents who volunteer their time, talent, and resources for others, we continue to honor Terry’s memory and legacy.

Nominations for the award can be submitted online at nbcbaseball.com until May 31st at 5:00 pm CST. Individuals from any local non-profit are eligible for nomination by community members. Winners will be selected by a panel of local professionals and community leaders.

The 2024 award recipients will receive four tickets to an NBC World Series game, where they will be acknowledged during the event. We invite the community to attend the games and join us in celebrating these dedicated volunteers.

The 90th NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, will be held from July 25th to August 3rd, 2024, at Eck Stadium, Wichita State University. The NBC World Series is one of the country’s longest-running sporting events and the largest summer collegiate national championship. Over 800 NBC alumni have gone on to play in Major League Baseball.

Group tickets and tournament passes for the 2024 NBC World Series are available for purchase at nbcbaseball.com.

For more information and to submit nominations, please visit nbcbaseball.com.

USA Baseball Girls Clinic May 4

Wichita, Kansas – April 22, 2024 – The NBC Baseball Foundation is proud to announce a special partnership with League 42 and USA Baseball.

The partnership will host a baseball clinic on May 4th for the girls of League 42, instructed by USA Baseball Women’s National Team members Anna Kimbrell and Valerie Perez.

The clinic, organized by the National Baseball Congress, aims to promote inclusivity and diversity in baseball. By collaborating with League 42, a non-profit youth league in Wichita, the event seeks to empower young girls while honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson.

“League 42 is the home for nearly 100 girls that play baseball in Wichita, and we want to connect them with the USA Baseball Women’s National Team in order to expand their opportunities through sports,” said Katie Woods, Tournament Director of the NBC. “Baseball is for everyone, and the NBC is focused on providing accessible and supportive environments for girls to learn, grow, and excel in the sport.”

Anna Kimbrell, who is a 10-time alum and has been affiliated with USA Baseball since 2006. , is a two-time gold medalist with the Women’s National Team. She helped Team USA win gold at the 2015 Pan American Games Qualifier and at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan American Championships. Kimbrell was the first girl to play junior varsity, varsity, and American Legion baseball in South Carolina, and currently coaches middle school baseball & instructs catching clinics around the country.

Valerie Perez was named to the Women’s National Team’s final 20-player roster in 2023, and will compete for a spot on Team USA’s roster this summer when it competes in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Baseball World Cup Finals in Canada. A former baseball and softball player, Perez is now a firefighter in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Girls Baseball Clinic will feature interactive drills, skill development sessions, and small group coaching led by the WNT players, along with coaches from League 42. Participants will have the chance to enhance their baseball skills, build confidence, and connect with fellow players who share their passion for the game.

In addition to promoting girls’ participation in baseball, the event aims to raise awareness and support for women’s baseball both locally and nationally. By showcasing the talents and accomplishments of female athletes, the hope is to inspire the next generation of female baseball players and advocates.

“We are thrilled that members of USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team will be in Wichita to instruct the girls of League 42 in baseball,” said Bob Lutz, Executive Director of the League 42 Foundation. “This is a wonderful opportunity not only for these young girls to learn more about baseball, but to be around great role models. This will impact their lives for years to come!” League 42 strives to teach the importance of education, passion, integrity and diligence in a way that would make Jackie Robinson proud.”

The Girls Baseball Clinic reflects the shared values of the NBC Baseball Foundation, League 42, and USA Baseball in promoting diversity, inclusion, and excellence in baseball. Together, we are committed to creating positive and memorable experiences for girls in our community and beyond.

NBC Feature: Dian Overaker

While Hap Dumont may have dreamt up the National Baseball Congress and the idea of a national tournament, one Wichita woman is credited in part with keeping the tournament going for so many years. 

Dian Overaker worked as an administrator for the tournament, hired by Dumont himself after the two, as well as Dumont’s wife, Ann, and Overaker’s husband, Bob, became close friends. 

“She had a personal relationship with the Dumonts, and she started working down there, and I think it just started as a part-time job and it turned into a full-time job, and she ended up staying there for 30 years,” Overaker’s son, Kent, said. 

Overaker started working with the NBC World Series in 1970, just one year later Dumont passed away, leaving a lot of uncertainty around the tournament. Many credit Overaker for keeping the tournament alive, through her personal relationships with affiliated teams, her resiliency and her willingness to share her opinion.  

“What I thought was a real unique thing that [Dian] did, and maybe a real important part of continuing the tournament, it wasn’t just a business thing, where you come here and we make money off your team, she had a personal relationship with these men and women,” Kent said. “She cared about people, it was just part of her.” 

During the tournament Overaker would be in her office at the stadium from early morning until midnight or later, on standby, just in case. 

“A lot of times she wouldn’t go out and watch any ballgames, she was in the office until midnight doing stuff. She was just real dedicated,” Kent said. “I spent a lot of time down there, and believe me, a lot of good memories.” 

Overaker was drawn to baseball long before she met the Dumonts. Overaker earned a degree in journalism from the University of Indiana, and covered sports for the University’s newspaper, where she became the first female sports editor in the state. It’s how she crossed paths with Bob, as he was a sportswriter for the South Bend Tribune a few hours away – home of rivals Notre Dame. The two went back and forth over the AP wire about the respective universities until Bob took the trip to Bloomington, and as Kent puts it, the rest is history. Bob eventually became a sportswriter and eventual sports editor of the then Eagle and Beacon newspaper, bringing the Overakers to Wichita. 

“It was a big thrill,” Overaker said in a Wichita Eagle piece from 2000, the year she was inducted into the NBC World Series Hall of Fame, “Baseball is a man’s world. It felt like I belonged.”

February is National Girls & Women in Sports Month, and this month we are featuring a few of the women who have made an impact on the NBC World Series. Overaker is one of three women who has been inducted into the NBC World Series Hall of Fame, along with Melinda Rich (2007) and Betty Abbott (2009).

NBC Feature: Betty Abbott

 

The NBC World Series is celebrating 90 years this summer, and one woman greeted fans for more than half of those tournaments. Betty Abbott is a familiar face for fans, organizers and teams, as she spent more than four decades working and volunteering for the tournament in Wichita.

Abbott was inducted into the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame in 2009, one of three women to be a member of the NBC Hall of Fame, after a long career with the tournament and former Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, and many years of volunteering after that.

“I worked at the ballpark and the guys that worked at the ballpark ran [the NBC World Series] too, so whatever they said to do, I did,” Abbott said. “I just wanted to help whenever I could.”

Abbott is serious when she says she did whatever was needed. She vended chairback seats, packed umpire kits with fellow NBC Hall of Famer Dian Overaker, took tickets and a lot more. She started working at the stadium around 1958. At the time she also worked for the City of Wichita Parks Department, when she’d finish her day of work, there’s only one place she’d want to be.

“She was always there, everyone knew her,” said Brian Turner, NBC World Series director of community partnerships and former Wichita Wingnuts GM. “Fans looked for her when they came to the games, and when it came to the tournament you always heard people talking about Betty. Generations of fans.”

After Abbott retired from working at the stadium in 1994, she continued volunteering at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and the NBC World Series. She would clean skyboxes and stadium offices, and she continued taking tickets and greeting fans. Abbott credits determination and a love for sports, baseball and meeting people for keeping her around the tournament for so many years.

“I loved being at the stadium and sharing my experiences with people and greeting them with a smile,” Abbott said.

In the more than six decades since Abbott started working with the NBC World Series, she’s made countless memories, but few compare to watching her son, David, as a bat boy during the tournament. Abbott says she loved her job, and above all, she loved sharing baseball with her family. She attended the tournament in 2023, and hopes to do so for the 90th anniversary of the NBC in 2024 as well.

February is National Girls & Women in Sports Month, and this month we are featuring a few of the women who have made an impact on the NBC World Series. Abbott is one of three women who has been inducted into the NBC World Series Hall of Fame, along with Melinda Rich and Dian Overaker.

NBC Foundation Pickleball Tournament Presented by Aetna

Grab your pickleball partner and help us kick off the 90th anniversary of the NBC World Series at Chicken N Pickle this March!

On Sunday, March 3rd, the NBC Baseball Foundation will be hosting  our first pickleball fundraiser tournament from 10am-1pm at Chicken N Pickle- Wichita! Help us continue to be “the future of a baseball tradition!”

Click HERE to register

Details

Location: Chicken n Pickle, 1240 N Greenwich Rd, Wichita, KS 67206
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024
Time: 10am-1pm

Included with tournament entry:

  • 3 guaranteed pickleball games (and more if you progress in the tournament)
  • Tournament T-shirt
  • Food & non-alcoholic drinks
  • Plus prizes for our first place teams in both the recreational and competitive divisions.

Teams

  • A team consists of two players
  • Team members must sign up together
  • Each team must come up with a team name

Tournament

  • Every team is guaranteed at least 3 games
  • If you keep winning after your 3 games, you get to keep playing
  • All equipment will be provided
  • 1st place winners in both divisions will receive a prize
  • A pickle-ball pro from Chicken n Pickle will run the tournament

Tournament Ticket

  • Tickets are $150 for a team (team consists of 2 people)
  • Tickets are non-refundable

Sign up today!

We have limited spots and lots of interest in this tournament, so don’t wait to sign up! Grab a partner and join the NBC for our first-ever pickleball tournament benefitting the NBC Baseball Foundation and the NBC World Series! Teams can register as any configuration of doubles pairs: men’s, women’s or mixed, but both teammates must be 12 years of age or older.

Sponsorships Available

  • Food Sponsor: $1500
  • Drink Sponsor: $1000
  • Court Sponsor: $500

For more info on sponsorships, contact Tyler Racy via email: wsc1@wichitasports.com

Click HERE to register!

90th World Series Tournament Announced

Wichita, Kansas – The NBC Baseball Foundation announced today that the 90th National Baseball Congress World Series, powered by Evergy, will be held July 25-August 3rd at Eck Stadium at Wichita State University. The NBC World Series has been held in Wichita every year since 1935, making it one of the longest continuously running sporting events in the nation. 

“Tens of thousands of players have played in the NBC Tournament since its inception, including more than 900 who went on to play Major League Baseball,” said NBC Tournament Director Katie Woods, “We can’t wait for the opportunity to celebrate all of the tournament’s rich history, as well as showcase the next generation of baseball stars, at the 90th Anniversary tournament in 2024 with fans of all ages.” 

The NBC World Series is the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball tournament, and features teams from across the United States. Founded in 1935 by Hap Dumont in Wichita, the NBC was played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium through 2018. Many baseball innovations have roots in the NBC, including the pitch clock, the designated hitter and the batting helmet. Known for its unique promotions and high-quality baseball, the National Baseball Congress has had more than 900 former players go on to play Major League Baseball, including Roger Clemens, Satchel Paige, Ozzie Smith, and modern stars like the Texas Rangers’ Josh Jung. 

As part of the 90th anniversary, the NBC teamed up with Old Fort Baseball Co., based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to design a 90th logo. Paying homage to elements of prior NBC logos throughout the decades, the anniversary logo will be seen on merchandise and promotional items throughout 2024.  

“Old Fort Baseball Co. is a company founded on a deep love for local baseball, and baseball history,” said Woods, “The Fort Wayne Voltmen have a special place in NBC history as the first team to win three consecutive championships, and are one of the reasons that Old Fort was created. Partnering with a company as passionate about the success of community teams and the history of the tournament as we are was a natural fit for the logo design.” 

Sixteen teams are slated to participate in the 2024 NBC World Series, with bids being announced over the summer, prior to the tournament. Defending champion Hutchinson Monarchs (KS), as well as the runner up Santa Barbara Foresters (CA), receive guaranteed bids for their finishes in the 2023 NBC World Series. 

Tickets to the 90th NBC World Series will go on sale in May. Learn more about the tournament, and the NBC Baseball Foundation, year-round at NBCBaseball.com or on social media at @NBCBaseball. 

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NBC Baseball Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization supporting amateur baseball across the country, and has been part of the fabric of America’s Pastime since the NBC World Series began in 1935. The NBC’s goal is to be the Future of a Baseball Tradition by preserving and celebrating baseball history, while providing opportunities for the next generation of baseball talent. Tax ID: 46-3773723 

Old Fort Baseball Co. is passionate about the game of baseball and the incredible sense of community it fosters. Born out of a deep love and passion for Fort Wayne and America’s Pastime, Old Fort Baseball started as a simple outlet for creativity. Telling the stories of Fort Wayne, Indiana’s rich baseball history through the creation of logos and apparel has transformed into an opportunity to become a part of not only the amazing small business community in their hometown but also the larger national baseball community as a whole. Learn more at oldfortbaseballco.com. 

NBC Baseball Foundation Internship & Practicum Information

NBC Baseball Foundation Internships & Practicum Opportunities

The NBC Baseball Foundation (National Baseball Congress World Series) is looking for spring and summer interns to assist in the operations of the NBC Baseball Foundation, as well as the 90th Anniversary NBC World Series (July 25-August 3, 2024) in Wichita, Kansas.

The internship & practicum program may include nights and weekends. These internships are paid a $500/month stipend, with the opportunity for commission on sales, and they will be able to network with individuals, organizations, and businesses in the community.

Spring Session: February through May

Summer Session: May through Mid-August

 

Sales & Sponsorship Internship

  • Actively make sales calls for groups & fundraisers for the NBC World Series (commission paid on sales made)
  • Learn to create partnership proposals
  • Assist with sponsorship execution and fulfillment
  • Assist with ticketing operations, including ticket printing and distribution
  • Work with local business and community partners on trade partnerships
  • Create and execute sales-focused theme nights

 

Baseball Operations & Communications Internship

  • Communicate with teams, leagues & players about the NBC World Series
  • Work with official scorer to update website, record book, and create content & features about teams & players
  • Update summer collegiate database and research best practices in amateur baseball
  • Make sure NBC continues to innovate and integrate technology in to the tournament
  • Baseball knowledge required

 

Marketing & Promotions Internship        

  • Assist in creating a marketing plan for upcoming events
  • Create social media and marketing content, including Instagram, Facebook & Twitter
  • Email marketing
  • Website updating and content creation
  • Work with local media partners and marketing partners to promote events
  • Create a fun fan experience for events, including elements such as between innings promotions, stadium entertainment, promotional events etc.
  • On event day, execute in-game promotions and assist with giveaways, promotions and entertainment as needed

 

Content/Video Production Internship

  • Organize shoots and coordinate logistics with coaches and front office
  • Quickly edit content for social media distribution
  • Research and create videos for all NBCWS/WSC social media profiles and YouTube channel
  • Oversee/coordinate NBC World Series livestream
  • Shoot videos at events as needed
  • Help maintain the department’s video and replay database
  • Take ownership and lead design and creative projects as assigned
  • Contribute creativity to planning and executing in-game promotions
  • All other duties as assigned

 

Operations Internship

  • Assist in planning and organization of events, including organizing and executing event timelines, and assisting with all aspects of event operations
  • Assist in set up and tear down of all events
  • Areas of involvement may include (but not limited to): ticketing system, venue operations, equipment and gear, volunteer organization, merchandise, hospitality etc.
  • Opportunity to work across departments and learn overall operations of sporting events
  • Must be detail oriented and organized
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds

All interns will work with other internal departments on various special projects throughout the season, and perform other duties as assigned.

For additional information about the internship program, please submit your resume to katie@nbcbaseball.com or call 316-265-6236 with questions.

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