WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
In 1935, Raymond “Hap” Dumont hosted the first NBC National Tournament in Wichita, KS at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, offering the legendary Satchel Paige $1,000 to bring his barnstorming team from Bismarck, ND. While Hap, a Wichita Sporting Goods salesman, didn’t have a dollar to his name, he made the money from the tournament and paid Paige along with a little bit of compensation for the other teams on the field. With coverage and sponsorship from the Sporting News (baseball’s bible at the time) the tournament was an instant national success.
FROM NBC TO THE MLB
For the last 87 years, Wichita has been the destination for elite collegiate/amateur baseball and professional league hopefuls. Since its start in 1935, the NBC World Series has produced more than 800 Major League Baseball players.