Topeka Base Ball Club -1909

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Butch Nieman 1943 45 Boston Braves


Terry Bettis 1970

Terry Bettis 1970


Harland Coffman,1948



Terry Bettis was a two-sport athlete at Topeka West before the school offered a baseball program, but he found other local venues for developing his skill as a left-handed pitcher. From youth baseball in the Cosmopolitan and SCABA leagues, Bettis advanced to American Legion ball in his teens and to the Washburn University roster as a young adult. In 1966, his Legion tournament performance received notice in The Sporting News when he allowed only one hit in Read more ...

Joe Oliva was a youth baseball coach for 10 years in the Cosmopolitan and Suburban leagues before becoming the chief umpire in the Suburban League. He started umpiring with the youngest teams, moved up as he gained experience at each level, and soon became known as the best umpire in the league. Read more ...

Elmer “Butch” Nieman - A native of Marshall County, Kansas, outfielder Elmer “Butch” Nieman joined the Topeka Owls in 1947 and became the team’s player/manager the following year—a dual role he would fill through the 1951 season. During his five seasons with the Owls, Nieman consistently earned league-leading honors in several offensive categories. Most

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