Northeast Indiana Baseball Association NEIBA – Preserving and Promoting Baseball in Northeast Indiana

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The Northeast Indiana Baseball Association (NEIBA) has worked to preserve and promote the heritage of America's National Pastime in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana since the 1940's.

In addition to a Museum (which is located in the Dean Kruse Foundation’s American Heritage Village), NEIBA coordinated a local Hall of Fame and Annual HOF Awards Banquet. NEIBA members also receive a quarterly publication, Line Drives.

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NEIBA 2015 HOF Induction and Banquet

May 4th, 2015

Congrats to our 2015 NEIBA Hall of Fame Inductees and honorees. Thank you to everyone who attended. Here are some photos from this year’s event. Looking forward to another great one in 2016.

Ned Garver Headlines 2015 NEIBA HOF Awards Banquet

April 7th, 2015

UPDATE: April 25, 2015 – Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ned Garver will be unable to attend this year’s HOF Banquet and will therefore not be the Keynote Speaker. Dave Switzer has generously offered to ussume the role. Switzer is a retired 43-year career umpire, having worked games at all levels including local, state, national, international and professional baseball games. He is also a retired college professor and a 2012 NEIBA HOF inductee. Switzer had been tapped to serve as Emcee for the event. In his place, Bill Derbyshire, President of the Wildcat Baseball League, will serve as emcee.

Former St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics and Los Angeles Angels Pitcher, Ned Garver will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Northeast Indiana Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, taking place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Classic Cafe’ Catering and Event Center. 

Those being inducted in this year’s class are Andy Owen (High School Baseball Coach), Leo Ochoa (Fort Wayne Federation Baseball League Coach & Team Sponsor), and Harold Greiner (former manager of the Fort Wayne Dasies), the latter being inducted posthumously.

Those being honored with annual awards are Joe Moorhouse (NEIBA Museum & Hall of Famer Vice President) with the Colin Lister Award, and Caleb Kimmel (CEO of the World Baseball Academy) with the Bob Parker Memorial Award. Retired baseball umpire and college professor, Dave Switzer will serve as the MC for this year’s gala.

Tickets can be purchased from any NEIBA Board member, by USPS mail (NEIBA; P.O. Box 12733; Fort Wayne, IN 46864) of you can submit electronically on our website.

(Click Here to Reserve Your Tickets). 

Detroit Tigers pitcher Ned Garver in a near-empty Tiger Stadium (then known as Briggs Stadium) in Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Ned Garver in a near-empty Tiger Stadium (then known as Briggs Stadium) in Detroit, Michigan. See page for author – Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In Case You Missed It: RIP NEIBA HOFer Harley Parnell Hisner

April 6th, 2015

Local baseball legend Harley Parnell Hisner passed away on Friday March 20th at age 88. The 1976 NEIBA Hall of Fame inductee had also been a long-time board member of the organization and was the 2010 recipient of the Colin Lister Award for “dedication to the game of baseball and its historic legacy.”

Hisner pitched one Major League game: Sept. 30, 1951, for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees. That happened to be Joe DiMaggio’s last regular-season game before he retired. h/t Blake Sebring

Hisner hurled six innings, giving up seven singles, walking four, and struck out Mickey Mantle two times.

On April 20, 2012, Hisner joined nearly 200 former Red Sox players and coaches in Boston to commemorate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Anna, in 2013. They had three children and eight grandchildren.

Harley Hisner on SABR | Harley Hisner Stats via BaseballReference.com

Harley Parnell Hisner at 2010 NEIBA HOF Banquet

Harley Parnell Hisner at 2010 NEIBA HOF Banquet

 

In Memorium: Thelma “Tiby” Eisen

July 11th, 2014

NEIBA Hall of Famer (2006) and former Fort Wayne Daisies player, Thelma “Tiby” Eisen, passed away on May 11, 2014 on her 92nd birthday. She played professional baseball from 1944 to 1952. She lived in Santa Monica, Palm Springs, and Pacific Palisades, CA for her 92 years. Tiby was a centerfielder with great speed and a solid bat. She was an All-Star several times and managed the Peoria Redwings briefly in 1947. No services will be held as she will be cremated.

Thelma "Tiby" Eisen

In Memorium: Tony Martone

April 25th, 2014

Tony Martone

Tony Martone

ANTHONY “TONY” S. MARTONE, 81, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Saint Anne Home & Retirement Community, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 13, 1932, in Fort Wayne, he was a graduate of Central Catholic High School Class of 1951. Anthony worked as a switchman, supervisor, and director of safety with GTE for 37 1/2 years, retiring in 1990. He was the Commissioner of the PAL Football League for 52 years. He was a Eucharistic Minister at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Past Commissioner of City Little League; and Past President of GTE Employees Club for over 40 years. Surviving are sons, Michael A. (Theresa Pappas) Martone of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Timothy J. (Amy) Martone of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Anthony “Sam” Martone, Nicholas Pappas and Benjamin Martone. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Jenny Martone; wife of 56 years, Patricia Ann Martone; and sisters, Mary Lobrillo and Madeline Lobrillo. 

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Fort Wayne sports legend Tony Martone passes

R.I.P. Charlie Shipmann

January 25th, 2014

Charlie Shipman

NEIBA Hall of Famer Charles “Charlie” F. Shipman passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at the age of 93. See more at:

NEIBA Hall of Fame 2013 Photo Gallery

October 31st, 2013

2013 NEIBA Hall of Fame Banquet

September 27th, 2013

Friday October 25, 2013

Classic Cafe’
4832 Hillegas Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
260-458-2982

6:30PM

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Tickets are $25 each
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Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Ray Miller (Baseball Sponsor & Manager)
  • Don Graham (NEIBA Secretary & Line Drives Editor)

Bob Parker Memorial Award

  • Dean Pantazi (WPTA-TV Sports Director)
  • Fred Inninger (Former East Noble HS Baseball Coach)

Colin Lister Award

  • Margery Graham (NEIBA Treasurer-Retired)

Master of Ceremonies

Keynote Speaker:

Fort Wayne TinCaps' Mike Couzens

Fort Wayne TinCaps’ Mike Couzens

Tickets are $25 and can be ordered by mail or Click to Order Your Tickets

Send Check or Money Order to:

NEIBA
P.O. Box 12733
Fort Wayne, IN 46864

RIP: NEIBA HOF’er Russ Johnston Passess

March 25th, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we report the loss of another of our local greats. 2006 NEIBA Hall of Famer Russell “Russ” Johnston has passed at the age of 86. Johnson had been a local little league coach since the 1950’s and was a long-time supporter of NEIBA. His funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Monroeville, with burial at the Monroeville Memorial Cemetery. Visitations at the funeral home are set for 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and the hour before the service.

RIP Doug Brookhart

February 18th, 2013

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of a founding NEIBA member, Doug Brookhart. Doug was also a long-time Line Drives and a 2006 Bob Parker Memorial Award recipient.

Private graveside burial rites will be held Wednesday at the Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2-8 P.M. Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Saint Marys, Ohio, where memorial gifts may be given to the Auglaize County Historical Society.

An obituary for Doug Brookhart can be found here.

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