Joplin Draws Near 700 For Exhibition Game

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The American Association’s exhibition game in Joplin MO this past Sunday drew over 650 fans for the game between the Wichita Wingnuts and Kansas City T-Bones:


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  1. Well, we can’t give out any kudos to the captioner of the photos who kept calling this a semi-pro baseball exhibition. He is showing his age and maybe uneducated ignorance by calling it that. The writer was spot on and hopefully will correct his colleague. Semipro probably still exists, but is not anything like this level of ball. Semipros still work for a living, while the independents are full time employees during the season at least. That’s how I see the difference.

    I’m not even sure if semipros get any money for their efforts, do you? My grandfather pitched out of Camden sand lot ball, and I’m sure that was more just for the fun of it. I’ve seen the Lansdale PA Phillies play on weekends only, and of course there is no admission fee…they just pass a hat.

    This photgraher probably hasn’t taken a baseball picture since pro ball left town! No wonder his ideas are confused.

    Looking forward to all the indy seasons. batterUP!

  2. What the article does not say is whether the attendance was enough to show sufficient interest in bringing a team to Joplin again or not. How does 650-700 measure up? Is that the tip of a bigger iceberg, or a depressing sign? Was the weather a factor, or how much admission was charged for an exhibition that may have kept many more away? Where’s the BEEF?

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