WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
In 1935, Raymond “Hap” Dumont hosted the first NBC National Tournament in Wichita, KS, at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, offering the legendary Satchel Paige $1,000 to bring his barnstorming team from Bismarck, ND. While Hap, a Wichita sporting goods salesman, didn’t have a dollar to his name, he made the money from the tournament and paid Paige along with a little bit of compensation for the other teams on the field. With coverage and sponsorship from the Sporting News (baseball’s bible at the time) the tournament was an instant national success.
The Legacy Continues
Still today, Dumont’s tournament continues to showcase the best amateur talent in America and around the world. From Satchel Paige to Mark McGwire, Joe Carter, Roger Clemens, Ozzie Smith, Albert Pujols, Tim Lincecum, and Heath Bell, the NBC World Series is a whos-who for the future of the Major Leagues. Each year, nearly every MLB team sends scouts to the tournament looking for the next diamond in the rough. Since its start in 1935, the NBC World Series has produced more than 800 Major League Baseball players.
A New Chapter
In 2019, the Board of Directors of both the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and the National Baseball Congress voted to consolidate the two entities. In 2020, the annual NBC World Series became an official event of the Sports Commission.