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Bob Lind, Published February 06 2014

Neighbors: Column on old Inkster ball field brings back fond memories

“What a shock to see a picture of the entryway to the old Inkster baseball diamond in your Nov. 25 column.”

So writes Wayne Lucht, Fargo, in reference to this photo of the cornfield where the Inkster, N.D., diamond once was located, and where he and his brothers played baseball. The photo was sent in by Duane Midboe, Inkster, northwest of Grand Forks.

“Most of the rocks in that entryway came from our farm,” Wayne writes, “as my older brother remembers hauling them to the diamond.

“I would like to add that the Grand Forks Herald rated our diamond as one of the top five amateur baseball diamonds in the state.

“The picture brought back many fond memories,” Wayne says.

“Inkster won the American Legion state tournament two years in a row in 1949 and 1950. Eight years later, a group of players from those champion Legion teams, who had been playing amateur baseball at other towns, and some younger players from Inkster formed an amateur team.

“During that summer, one of the games played was against the Mayville (N.D.) Redcaps, a team made up of top collegiate players; Mayville was the top collegiate baseball team in North Dakota that year. The Mayville team beat us 4-2 in 10 innings.

“After the game, many of the Redcap players, who played games all over the state, said our diamond was one of the best they played on.

“Later that year,” Wayne writes, “Bowman, who beat that Mayville team 1-0 the day before at the state amateur baseball tournament at Jamestown, beat the Inkster team 6-4 in the championship game.

“Lots of couldas, shouldas and wouldas by my two older brothers and myself have been discussed about those two games ever since, and will continue on forever.

“I would like to add,” Wayne writes, “that Lloyd Omdahl (former North Dakota lieutenant governor and now a Forum columnist), and all his brothers who lived at Conway, 7 miles north of Inkster, played all their Legion games at Inkster, also.”

Lyn Augustin, St. Thomas, N.D., also enjoyed seeing this photo.

“I remember the three-day Peewee baseball tournaments there in July each year,” Lyn writes. “Towns like Lawton, Lankin and St. Thomas would show up. That was 40 years ago!”

Lyn recalls that, “They would give you five cents for each foul ball you returned to the public address announcer. Also, the concessions would sell mini-bottles made of wax; you’d bite the top off to suck the juice.”

There you have some memories of town baseball to warm you up this mid-winter day.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com