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CornbeltBaseball.com is shutting down

September 12, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off
by Jack Warren It’s been a good run for CornbeltBaseball.com, but it’s time to shut things down. We’ve covered local baseball for a long time, beginning more than ten years…

Salute to The Captain

July 16, 2014 – 9:12 pm | Comments Off
by Zack Carpenter As Derek Jeter walked off the field of his final All Star game, you could feel the end of an era happening right in front of you.…

Kingston shows value even in loss

May 25, 2014 – 9:24 am | Comments Off
by Jack Warren, CornbeltBaseball.com editor The loss by Illinois State baseball team in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game for the second year in a row was tough to…

Ronan O’Shea in stretch run for Redbirds

May 22, 2014 – 10:40 am | Comments Off
by Jack Warren, CornbeltBaseball.com editor It was almost two years ago when I was sitting at Jack Horenberger Field on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan watching a Lexington Snipes game,…

Michael Collins, RIP

April 2, 2014 – 10:25 pm | Comments Off
Here’s an article I originally wrote two years ago. I remember quite clearly standing in the concourse at the Corn Crib, up beyond the seats behind home plate. Next to…

Geek-Out: Toora, Loora, Loora….

March 25, 2014 – 8:35 pm | Comments Off
By Tom Jackson Cap Geek ’37 Cleveland Shamrocks — Faith & Begorrah! Last Monday, I totally flaked on wearing green for St. Paddy’s Day. I’m actually Irish, with a family…

Geek Out: Cap Geek is back! And GEEKIER than ever!

March 21, 2014 – 1:47 pm | Comments Off
Geek Out: Cap Geek is back! And GEEKIER than ever! By Tom Jackson Cap Geek OK, my friends, sorry for the extended hiatus. Things got real since my last Geek-Out: Started back at school (pursuing a Master’s in writing at…

Changes are coming to CornbeltBaseball.com in 2014

February 25, 2014 – 2:35 pm | Comments Off
by Jack Warren, CornbeltBaseball.com editor 2014 will brings a few changes to CornbeltBaseball.com. Despite our best efforts the last few years to keep up, we’ve just gotten overwhelmed because of…

B-N college baseball is spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T

January 30, 2014 – 1:28 pm | Comments Off
by Jack Warren, CornbeltBaseball.com editor Preseason baseball rankings are really not much of an indicator of how things might actually play out when the 50+ games are complete. Frankly, they…

A truckload of THANKS for 2013

December 30, 2013 – 8:09 pm | Comments Off
by Jack Warren As 2013 comes to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made everything under the Cornbelt Sports banner such a success.…

Well played, Peoria

December 27, 2013 – 1:28 pm | Comments Off
by Jack Warren, Cornbeltbaseball.com editor We got the news last week that the city of Peoria was partnering with Louisville Slugger for a grand ten-field baseball complex on the city’s…

Geek-Out: Stormy Kromer for the Chromer Domer

October 3, 2013 – 1:43 pm | Comments Off
Goofy-looking? Yeah, goofy like a fox…. (Um, whatever that means….) By Tom Jackson Cap Geek As you’re no doubt aware (if you’ve read many of my prior GO posts), a…

Geek-Out: 1960 Hiroshima Carp from Ebbets/Stall & Dean

September 16, 2013 – 6:43 pm |
By Tom Jackson Cap Geek “CARP”! Not the REDS! Taking a break from James M. Cain’s classic “The Postman Always Rings Twice” to bring you my first Geek-Out in a…

Geek-Out: American Needle Statesman model Brooklyn Dodgers

September 16, 2013 – 6:43 pm |
By Tom Jackson Cap Geek Now, that’s a pretty cap! In honor of the Dodgers clinching their first division title since 2009 last night, I’m featuring my newest Dodgers cap…