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.

If you are seeking information that you cannot find on this site, please contact us and we'll be happy to assist. Media inquiries are welcomed too.

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.

NEIBA HOF’er Chris Stavreti Passes

November 18th, 2012

Northeast Indiana Baseball Association Hall of Famer (1998) and former Northrop baseball coach Chris Stavreti died Friday at age 73 following a lengthy illness with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those individuals who’s lives he impacted.

Hall of Fame Banquet 2012

November 10th, 2012

The 2012 NEIBA Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet was last night. We have another wonderful turnout and time of honoring this years inductees and award winners. Here is a gallery of some photos from the event.

Bryan Ohio’s Feroen Betts to Keynote HOF Banquet

September 13th, 2012

Feroen Betts, a former baseball umpire who “called ‘em as he saw ‘em” over a span of 34 years will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Northeast Indiana Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Banquet, to be held November 9th. Among Betts’ “vitctims” were Satchel Page, Carl Hubbell, Harry Heilmann and last year’s keynote speaker, Ned Garver, just to name a few.

Isabel "Lefty" Alvarez and Feroen Betts at our 2010 Banquet

Isabel “Lefty” Alvarez and Feroen Betts at our 2010 Banquet

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FanFest hosts women’s league reunion

 

 

NEIBA HOF to Induct Frick, Switzer and Sherman on November 9th

September 11th, 2012

The Northeast Indiana Baseball Association is proud to announce three new members are be inducted into the local Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be help on Friday, November 9 at 6:30 PM at Classic Cafe Catering and Event Center.

  • Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick
  • Local umpire Dave Switzer
  • Long-time Huntington North baseball coach Don Sherman

Classic Cafe Catering and Event Center is located at 4832 Hillegas Road. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by mail at NEIBA, P.O. Box 12733, Fort Wayne, IN 46864, via the organization’s website at neibaseball.org or from NEIBA officers Jim Shovlin, Tim Kindler, Don Graham, Marge Graham, Jack Massucci, Isabel Alvarez, Dona Schaefer, Larry Windmiller, Bill Derbyshire, Ken Nicolet and Joe Moorhouse. The ticket deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

In addition to the inductees, the Colin Lister Aware and Bob Parker Memorial Award will be presented to Jim Shovlin and Chad Gramling respectively.

To learn more about this year’s honorees, please read this article from a previous Bob Parker Memorial Award recipient, Blake Sebring.

Graham to Present Fort Wayne’s Historic Baseball Past at George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series

February 18th, 2012

Fort Wayne History Center

The Fort Wayne History Center’s George R. Mather Lecture Series April 1 lecture will feature NEIBA board member, Don Graham, when he presents “Fort Wayne’s Historic Baseball Past”. For more information, contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at www.fwhistorycenter.com.

In 1993, while serving on the board of directors at the History Center, the Rev. George R. Mather proposed a series of free Sunday afternoon lectures on topics that influenced Fort Wayne and Allen County history. This lecture series has been renamed in his memory. The George R. Mather Lecture Series is made possible with support from the Dunsire Family Foundation. All lectures in this series are free to the public and begin at 2 p.m. [more]


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