1963, Lee Jordan joined Dell Spellman and Tom Slanker to create Knik Little
League. The first year the league sported only four teams, all in the Majors
(ages 10-12) level. Since then, KNIK Little League has grown exponentially in
size. In 2016, we had more than 450 registered players making up: 10 Tball, 9
Coach Pitch, 9 Minor League, 6 Major League, 2 Intermediate, 2 Minor Softball
and 4 Major Softball teams.
it is true that when summer ascends, we Alaskans tend to worry more about
sockeye salmon returning safely home than base runners. But the game is still
beloved in the Far North because baseball, like the Last Frontier itself, is
about heroes, renewal and second chances. “Baseball,” writes sports historian
John Thorn, “served as a beacon, revealing a path through the wilderness.”
Indeed, the game was brought, played and passed on to the next generation by
dissimilar people filled with similar hopes and dreams, who in the end, see
salmon and ballplayers with the same goal: They both want to complete a cycle,
get home safe, and score,” courtesy of the Anchorage Museum.