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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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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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


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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

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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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