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Dow AC’s had strong influence with boys in Midland in 1940s and 1950s

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

MIDLAND, Mich. – Heroes. Superstars.And everyday citizens of Midland.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the Dow ACs men’s fastpitch softball team won two national championships and a world championship.

But the legendary players and coaches, like Clyde “Lefty” Dexter, Al Linde, and Jimmy Walsh, didn’t stop there.

Through coaching and mentoring youth, they also helped lay the groundwork for today’s flourishing sports community in Midland. Their fingerprints can be found in such organizations as Little League and Pee Wee football, and the ACs were a springboard for Midland becoming a town known for producing outstanding softball organizations such as McArdle’s and the Midland Explorers.

Bud Collins, 92, of Midland, was part of the very first Dow ACs (Athletic Club) team in 1941, just after The Dow Chemical Co. had taken over the former Chemical City Athletic Club team.

The Dow ACs – a program which also included a highly competitive basketball team that played its games in what is now Central Middle School – was the biggest thing in a long time to hit Midland, which Collins noted was still a rural community of fewer than 10,000 people in the early 1940s.

“With Midland being so small at that time, that was the biggest thing that could have happened (to the town),” said Collins, who played third base for the Dow ACs until about 1950, outside of the years that he served in the Navy in World War II. “We packed (Currie) Stadium for every game.”

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Holders drawn in same pool as hosts for 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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By Daniel Etchells / Reporter

INSIDE THE GAMES – Two-time defending champions Argentina have been drawn in the same pool as hosts United States for the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Midland, Mich.

The South American country, gold medallists in Canadian city Whitehorse two years ago and on home soil in Paraná in 2012, are also joined in Pool A by Australia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark and Venezuela.

World number one ranked nation and 2014 silver medallists New Zealand headline Pool B, which features Canada, Israel, Mexico, South Africa and Japan – the 2012 runners-up and 2014 bronze medallists.

Competition is scheduled to take place from July 24 to 30 at the Currie Stadium in Emerson Park in the city in Michigan. Continue Reading in Inside The Games

Midland, Mich. Hosting 2016 International Softball Federation Jr. Men’s World Championship

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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MIDLAND, Mich. – The 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World (fast-pitch softball) Championship will be held in Midland, Mich. at Emerson Park, July 24-30.

Teams from around the globe will compete for the chance to call themselves a World Champion. The USA will field one of its strongest teams and will strive to improve on its 7-4 record in the 2014 world championship and consolation final – an 11-5 victory over Mexico.

Colton Nielson led the way with four RBI on three hits, and Phillip Zimmerman picked up the win, allowing just one run and striking out five over 4 1/3 innings.

Live streaming will be available throughout the entire tournament at no cost to viewers! From first pitch until the Gold Medal moment, fans never have to miss out on the action! Be sure to check back during the Championship to catch the world’s best 19-Under men’s fast pitch teams!

Learn more about the young men that will represent the United States at: WBSC USA Jr. Men’s website

Midland gearing up for ASA boys’ national championships and ISF World Championship

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015


MIDLAND, Mich. – Midland has long played host to championship tournaments in men and boys’ fastpitch softball. As recently as 2010 and 2012, Midland hosted the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

And once again – led by the Midland Explorers Booster Club – the city will roll out the welcome mat, July 30 to Aug. 2, when three Amateur Softball Association (ASA) national championships will be held at Emerson Park for the boys, the young men’s age 23-under, and the Masters 40-older divisions.

“All the divisions promise to be very competitive,” said David Lach of the booster club, who also serves as the tournament director in a press release. “We wanted to provide ‘fastpitch dads’ an opportunity to spend a long weekend playing adjacent to their sons in a national championship.”

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Plan now for ISC World Tournament tickets and lodging

Friday, April 27th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Four months to go until the ISC World Tournament, Aug. 10-18, in Midland, Mich.!

The ISC World Tournament is returning to Midland and it’s time for fans to start making their plans to attend. The Midland Host Committee has great options for lodging at our Host Hotels – the Midland Resort and Valley Plaza. Details about these two outstanding properties are on our website.

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