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Story written and told by Bob Protexter of Sioux City, Iowa and produced by Siouxland Public Media.

This is my father's flag; of Donald Homer Protexter. 

This is my father's flag in memoriam . . . of his dedicated and diligent service to the United States of America.

I have to write this because I knew he never would.

This is Steve Smith and you’re listening to Check It Out. Baseball season is upon us and it doesn’t matter if it’s little league, high school, college or the pros, the sights, smells and sounds are alive and well. Fans come in many different shapes and sizes because discrimination doesn’t exist in baseball.

Cultural Continuum 4-13-18

Apr 13, 2018

The Box at LAMB presents Aura, Akron Community Theater does Oliver, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra performs their spring concert and it's time to play ball at the Sanford Museum in Cherokee.

Hammerin' Hank

Feb 19, 2018
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He was just 23 years old when, in 1957, he won the MVP award. I was in third grade, and hard as it might be to believe, I don't think I thought of him as Black. He'd come up from the Negro league in fact, the very last player to arrive in the Bigs, at a time when African-Americans were just beginning to get a place in major league baseball dugouts. 

Seems to me that Billy Bruton played next to him in centerfield, so he wasn't the only African-American on the roster. But he was early. Those old pics of that 1957 team--World Champ Milwaukee Braves!--have four or five others.

With spring in full swing here in Siouxland, baseball has exploded across our television screens. Big name ball players are once again blasting home runs and up-and-coming rookies are working to make a name for themselves. Where Nobody Knows Your Name introduces us to nine men who are trying to fulfill their dream of making it to the major leagues, as either a player, manager, or even an umpire. The 2012 baseball season serves as the setting as these men toil in the International League, a triple A league that is just below the majors.

For more than ten years, One Book One Siouxland has brought the community together to enjoy great books and quality programming that expands the reading experience. Today, I’m excited to recommend the 2017 One Book One Siouxland selection Shoeless Joe by the late W.P. Kinsella. Written while Kinsella attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, and originally published in 1982, this much beloved and magical baseball novel continues to resonate with readers of all ages.