“Golden Age” Prairieland 3 Tournament will take place in Springfield on April 28th!


Prairieland 3 has been announced!  Go check out Eric Berg’s blog Red 11 for the official press release.

The organizing committee of Tom Fulton, Dave Rueck, Eric Berg and I have brought on Springfield native Todd Daniels to help with the tourney.  Thanks Todd!

We are working on the finer details but here is the quick 411

Date: April 28th

Time: 8:30am

Location: Ramada Inn Springfield in Springfield, Illinois


Golden Age Theme

Participants may choose any team from 1920-1960 (inclusive)


  • NO World Series participants (winners or losers)
  • 1941 Red Sox (they are ineligible due to Jim Welch’s championship in 2016)

We will be conducting a team selection draft late February so begin thinking of what Golden Age team you would like to take to the tournament.  If you are interested in going to this tournament or are just interested in following the news of the tourney, please feel free to follow the Prairieland 3 APBA Tournament on Facebook courtesy of Eric Berg’s Red 11 Blog.  Thanks, Eric!

Previous champions of the Prairieland Tournament include


  • 2016 Jim Welch 1941 Red Sox
  • 2017 Dick Butler 1977 Philadelphia Phillies

Stay tuned here and Red 11 for more news of the Prairieland 3 tourney!

Thomas Nelshoppen

I am an IT consultant by day and an APBA media mogul by night. My passions are baseball (specifically Illini baseball), photography and of course, APBA. I have been fortunate to be part of the basic game Illowa APBA League since 1980 as well as the BBW Boys of Summer APBA League since 2014. I am slogging through a 1966 NL replay and hope to finish before I die.


  1. Some of us from Jacksonville will be coming.

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