Guide to the Lebanon Valley Baseball League Collection
NMAH.AC.0067

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0067
Creators:
Darnbach, Ray
Lebanon Valley Baseball League.
Dates:
1936-1963
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1 cubic foot
3 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
This collection documents the history of the Lebanon Valley Baseball League, and includes names of the teams which played, reports of games, problems attendant to both professional and amateur status of a minor league, and League standings. It contains newspaper clippings, letters and memorandums.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Lebanon Valley Baseball League collection was originally a series of scrapbooks, kept annually, of newspaper write-ups of the League games through the baseball season. It contains some correspondence regarding League affairs. Also included are pictures and stories of major sports events which were presumably of interest to the owner. This collection is of interest to persons studying amateur baseball from 1936-1963 in the minor league. The collection traces the development of the League and its teams. It also portrays the dedicated persons who kept the game and League going.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Lebanon Valley (Pennsylvania) Baseball League was started in 1931 and was amateur through 1934. The players were paid in 1935 but the League folded in 1939 because the teams could not meet their payrolls. The League was reorganized in 1941 on a strict amateur basis. Because of World War II, the League was idle 1943-1945. From 1946-1963 the League played every summer season.
Ray Darnbach of Richland, Pennsylvania, a trucker in Lebanon, Pennsylvania since 1916, was an officer of the Lebanon Valley Baseball League for at least twenty-five years. With the exception of the 1962 and 1963 seasons, he kept scrapbooks of the League's games and events from 1936 through 1961. By March 16, 1963, he had gone to the "big diamonds in the sky," as one newspaper report put it. This collection is a detailed history of the Lebanon Valley Baseball League, and includes names of the teams which played, reports of games, problems attendant to both professional and amateur status of a minor league, and League standings. It contains newspaper clippings, letters and memorandums. The Lebanon Valley Baseball League was started in 1931 and was of amateur status through 1934. The players were paid in 1935 but the League folded in 1939 because the teams couldn't meet their payrolls. The league was reorganized in 1941 on a strict amateur basis. Because of World War II, the league was idle in 1943, 1944, and 1945. From 1946 through 1963, the League played every summer season. The number of teams in the League varied through the years as did the communities they represented, depending in part on available sponsors and players. Information in the collection includes material that covers several problem areas: players and manager criticism of the quality of umpires, getting stories to certain press people in a timely fashion, and internal friction within teams. Scattered throughout the articles about the League are newspaper clippings about major league games, well-known sports figures, such as Connie Mack, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth, and also a few articles on the World Series. There are also stories and images of boxing, bowling, swimming and other sports events. One scrapbook, seemingly started in 1935 and including items added until 1945, has an eclectic flavor. Besides Lebanon Valley Baseball League articles, there are images and newspaper clippings of the killing of John Dillinger, the Bruno Hauptman trial, the Dionne quintuplets and floods in Pennsylvania.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Robert Harding, archivist, 1983.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Robert S. Harding
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The collection was purchased from the Americana Mail Auction through George Rinsland, circa 1970.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Lebanon Valley Baseball League Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
The collection was transferred from the Division of Community Life (now the Division of Home and Community Life) to the Archives Center on August 31, 1983.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Inventory available.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Baseball--1930-1970 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sports--20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu