A loose knit group of former baseball players gathered during the 1940’s and 1950’s to form a unique baseball organization. Beginning in 1946 or 1947, the group began hosting an annual old-timers game, sponsored by the Fort Wayne Baseball Federation for the benefit of amateur baseball within the city. However, there was little formal activity until 1953 when it the formation of a local National Hot Stove League of America was announced, complete with newly elected officers.
However, facing diminished interest in the early 1960’s, the group was revamped to boost public and media interest. The restructuring included a name change to the Fort Wayne Oldtimers Baseball Association. Additionally, at the October 16, 1961 meeting, Co-Chairmen, Red Carrington and Elmer Wagner, announced the formation of a Fort Wayne Baseball Hall of Fame; with Lou Holterman and James “Hub” Hart being named as the first two inductees.
They continued to operate through the 1970’s and 1980’s before going on hiatus in the early 1990’s. In 1992, a halt in group activity was spurred by the unfortunate passing of many of the more proactive members. A few short years later, in 1998 led mainly by Bob Parker, the group resurfaced and revived the induction of deserving candidates to the local Hall of Fame.
In 2003, the group undertook another name change to the modern-day Northeast Indiana Baseball Association (NEIBA). NEIBA hosts an annual Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet and publishes a quarterly publication, Line Drives.
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I heard that Ernie Banks died today and I am trying to find my old friend Tim Kindler from Moore, OK that moved to Indiana in 1989. He loved the Cubs and I never forget my friends, so if your member is the red-headed Kindler that I know, give him my condolences
Everett Scott there?
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Hello, my Uncle Jim Saxton was inducted in 1982. He passed away in 2003. Unfortunately I do not know what his Fort Wayne baseball history was which got him inducted. Any info would be greatly appreciated.