The movement to get John Wesley Donaldson elected to the baseball Hall of Fame continues.
There was a recent national story on Donaldson on Yahoo's thepostgame.com. There was a time when Donaldson was considered as good - some thought better - a pitcher as Satchel Paige. The pitcher's prime years were in the 1910s, when he was the star hurler of J.L. Wilkinson's All Nations Team.
The All Nations featured a mix of players of many ethnic backgrounds, and the ball club first brought interracial baseball to hundreds of American cities, said baseball historian Pete Gorton. For years, the Minneapolis man has been leading the charge to get Donaldson elected to the hall.
Donaldson won more than 350 games and had 4,500 strikeouts. Several times, he pitched in Aberdeen.
In 2006, my teammates and I shared our top 125 moments in Aberdeen sports history as part of the city's 125th birthday celebration.
Moment No. 26:
On June 14, 1915, Donaldson pitched All Nations to a 4-0 win over the host Hub City Cubs with minor assistance of his teammates, according to a report in the Aberdeen newspaper.
Donaldson had 17 strikeouts.
One of the biggest crowds of the season was present and the fans were certainly given a rare treat in the line of sensational pitching, the newspaper reported. The way the Cub stickers were trying to connect safely with the white pill served as a source of pleasure to the large crowd present.
Donaldson was born Feb. 20, 1892 in Glasgow, Mo. He died on April 12, 1970, and is buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery (section 7, lot 1, row 17, grave 97) in Alsip, Ill.
If you have any memories of Donaldson or know anything about him, you can contact Pete at email@example.com. He does a newsletter about Donaldson and collects items, stories and memories about him.
Here are some other things I know:
Shot put: The all-time South Dakota state high school outdoor shot put record could be in trouble. Eric Flores of Custer set the mark at 67-4 in 2006. So far in two indoor meets at the DakotaDome in Vermillion this spring, 6-foot-3, 247-pound Beresford senior Kyle McKelvey has marks of 63-8 and 63-4 (fifth and sixth best high school throws indoors in the nation this season).
Shot put II: Former Aberdeen Central standout George Amundson used to be first on that list when he registered a 62-1 throw in 1969. Now, he is tied for eighth.
New book: A new children's book, Umpire in a Skirt: The Amanda Clement Story tells the story of South Dakota native Clement, the first paid female baseball umpire in the country. The story about the Hudson native was written by retired teacher Marilyn Kratz of Yankton, illustrated by artist Hector Curriel of Sioux Falls and published by South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Details: Your local bookstore or sdshspress.com.
My picks: Just for the record, I was 56-21 in my South Dakota high school boys' basketball post-season predictions.
In Class AA boys' tournaments, I was 3-1 in my districts predictions, 1-3 in regions and 6-1 in the state tournament. In Class A, I was 12-4 in districts, 6-2 in regions and 4-3 in the state tourney. In Class B, I was 12-4 in districts, 8-0 in regions and 4-3 in the state tourney.
I was 51-26 in my girls' basketball picks.
In Class AA, I was 2-2 in my districts predictions, 2-2 in regions and 4-3 in the state tourney. In Class A, I was 10-6 in districts, 6-2 in regions and 6-1 in the state tourney. In Class B, I was 13-3 in districts, 4-4 in regions and 4-3 in the state tourney.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Readers tell and e-mail him with stuff plus he reads all the daily newspapers in South Dakota on a daily basis. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: aberdeensports.net/inthehuddle.