Minor League Baseball in Topeka

As far back as the 1880s Topeka has hosted minor league baseball teams of varying ability. The team most people around here remember fondly is the Topeka Owls, who competed in Western Association, a Class D league, from 1939 until 1942.

When Washburn Ruled

Near Topeka, close to the I -470 and Burlingame exit, there is a sign pointing you towards Washburn University. On the sign, an inscription reads “home of the 1987 NAIA National Basketball Champions”. It doesn’t seem possible, but its been 30 years since Washburn ruled the small college basketball world. The championship game ended with a dramatic 79-77 victory […]

No more Royals baseball, no problem

For Royals baseball fans, our season is over. Here are some ideas to help you survive until it’s Royals baseball time again!

Passing of a Pioneer

Pat Summitt died this week from an advanced case of dementia. She was a pioneer for women’s sports coaching the University of Tennessee, Lady Vols from 1974 to 2012.  Her obituary could read something like this. “Patricia Sue Summitt was an  college basketball coach who achieved the most wins in NCAA basketball history of any […]

Professional Baseball Returns to Topeka

A band of Train Robbers have arrived in Topeka. There is no need to worry, and don’t lock your doors. For the first time since 1961, Topeka is home to professional baseball!

Baseball’s Opening Day is Here!

To a baseball fan, nothing is anticipated more than Opening Day. Read about my memories of fun opening days – and check some books out on my favorite team, too!

The Kansas City Monarchs in our Hometown

On September 10th at 7:00 pm Negro Leagues historian and author Phil Dixon will speak on the history of the Kansas City Monarchs.  Dixon’s talk will not only include the history of this team but some surprising ties that the Monarchs have with Topeka.  The event will take place at the Bettis Family Sport Complex Event […]

A Celebration of Baseball in Shawnee County

The roots of the great game of baseball run deep throughout Shawnee County.  While baseball is referred to as the American Pastime,  it is more than a pastime to many families and players who participate.  It would be an impossible job to even estimate the  number of players, coaches, managers, umpires, sponsors and fans who have shared in this passion over […]

Remember our Fallen Heroes. They are the Reason We Are Free

Over the next few days there will be several opportunities at TSCPL as well as in our community to remember, honor, and commemorate some important historical anniversaries. The first event to call to your attention is the Memorial Day Weekend ceremony to honor our communities World War soldiers on May 24 at 7 p.m. at […]

Root for the Home Team

Okay let’s face it happily the Kansas City Royals are a relevant team once again.  Last fall was a blast, and all sorts of new fans, young and old are wearing Royal Blue once again.   Personally I have been a die-hard fan of Kansas City Baseball since I was a child.  The predecessors to the Royals […]