The latest effort by the Iowa High School Athletic Association to chronicle the sports accomplishments of Iowa’s athletes is now on-line. Bud Legg is in charge of putting together record books for the various sports, and baseball is the latest. Determining the records takes a lot of research, but baseball hasn’t been quite as tough for Legg. Legg is an admitted baseball buff who’s clipped newspaper articles about the sport, and says the national record book also has several Iowa records. Legg says even as a baseball buff, he was impressed by what he’s found. Legg says one of the big surprises is that Iowa high school baseball has been pretty outstanding. Legg says the game probably hasn’t gotten the recognition it deserves because the record lists haven’t existed. Iowa is the only school that now plays summer baseball. He says there are roughly 57 years to cover for summer and there are also 40 or 50 years of spring baseball. Legg says the summer season has made baseball more important to Iowans. He says it’s unique to Iowa as baseball and softball are the main entertainment for many communities in the summer. Legg says you can see the information on the baseball page of the IHSAA website. He says the stat book is about 68 pages and the all-time best list is about 15 pages. Legg says you can help if you have any information on baseball records. He says he needs a newspaper clipping or validation from a coach or athletic director to include someone in the record book. This year’s state baseball tournament is at the end of this month.
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