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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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USA pulls off another thrilling win, 4-3 in nine innings over Australia

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Fred Kelly / fred.kelly@mdn.net

Midland, Mich. – The United States’ final pool play game began over four hours late on Wednesday, but it sure was worth the wait.

Jonathan Broadbear’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave USA a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over Australia for the Americans’ second dramatic win in front of a large crowd at Currie Stadium in as many nights at the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship.

A day after edging Czech Republic 3-2 at the stadium, USA came from behind twice against perennial power Australia in a game which was originally slated for 6 p.m. but which ended up starting after 10 p.m. after a mid-afternoon thunderstorm swept through Midland and pushed the day’s action behind schedule.

Two and a half hours and three ejections later, USA emerged with its hardest-fought victory of the tournament so far. Continue Reading

Newspaper coverage of ISC and NAFA national tournaments vary greatly

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

The Midland Daily News did a good job of covering the 2012 ISC World Tournament in Midland, Michigan with several game stories, scoring summaries and a few feature stories.

But the same can’t be said of covering the NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas by the Topeka Capital-News which through my searches, only published three articles.

And that coverage was of the first week of the tournament. I’ve found nothing written or photographed in the Capital-Journal about NAFA’s AA-Major, A and 23-under divisions being played out from Thursday through Sunday.

One would think that when a major sports organization such as NAFA brings in over 100 teams to their fair city, which brings in a huge infusion of spending money (players, families and fans have to eat, need a place to stay, entertainment, and various shopping) that the local newspaper would cover the event.

Apparently not in Topeka. Maybe city officials and the business community should have a talk with the newspaper’s publisher.

Folkard leads Six Nations in the ISC tourney

Friday, August 17th, 2012

By John Kennett for the Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – The pitching of Adam Folkard, along with the power of Steve Mullaley and Jeff Ellsworth, was a lethal combination for Six Nations (Ont.) on Thursday.

Those three led Hill United Chiefs to a 3-1 win over Jarvis (Ont.) Travelers in the International Softball Congress World Fast Pitch Tournament at Currie Stadium.

“When Adam is pitching that way, you can beat anybody,” said Chiefs’ manager Doug Eidt. “He hasn’t been healthy, but he is healthy now and he can beat any team there is.”

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Midland Daily News providing fine coverage of ISC World Tournament

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Fastpitch fans be sure to bookmark the Midland Daily News. Or check it out periodically. The local paper is doing a fine job covering the 2012 ISC World Tournament.

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Scott dominates as Midland Explorers blank Bombers, 5-0

Monday, August 13th, 2012

By ADAM BOUTON / Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – The Midland Explorers added veteran flame-thrower Don Scott to their squad this season in part because they wanted a big game pitcher. Continue Reading

ISC World Tournament is just days away

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

By the Midland Daily News
By Adam Bouton

MIDLAND, MI – Preparations are nearing completion as Midland prepares to host the 2012 International Softball Congress Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament for the second time. The tournament begins next weekend.

“Everything seems to be on track,” said Kyle Beane, co-chairman of the ISC committee. “We’re wrapping up some of the details. Everyone has done a great job of getting it ready. The fields are in great shape. That’s a huge part of it.”

Opening games for the ISC World Tournament are set for Saturday, Aug. 11.

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Midland Explorers prepping for ISC world tournament

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

By John Kennett for the Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – With one International Softball Congress World Tournament already under their belts, plans are well underway for the 2012 ISC Men’s World Fastball Tournament.

Projected to pump $2.3 million into the local economy, the Midland Explorers host committee welcomes over 70 teams to Emerson Park on Aug. 11 for eight days of the best fast pitch softball in the world.

“I still say we were very fortunate because we got great community response from the fans that came out in 2010,” said Midland Explorers’ Host Committee CO-chair Kyle Beane. “The second time through is easier. It’s still a lot of hard work, but there are not as many surprises this time because we have a list to work from.”

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