Help Build the World’s Largest Baseball

Muscotah ballThe Kansas Sampler Foundation plans a work weekend in Muscotah  May 17-19 to build a rural baseball museum within the World’s Largest Baseball.

Muscotah, a town of 200 in western Atchison County, is the birthplace of Baseball Hall of Famer, Joe Tinker.

It made sense to Jeff Hanson, 70, to capitalize on the town’s connection to Tinker by building an unusual baseball museum out of a 20-foot in diameter water tower tank. A mini-infield with an old-fashioned outfield fence and iron cut-outs of Tinker and his famous double-play teammates, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, will be located behind the ball. A mural of Tinker to Evers to Chance will be painted on the concrete concession stand.

Muscotah joe tinkerHanson said, “Maybe we can even help “reverse the curse” for the Chicago Cubs by drawing attention to Joe Tinker.”  The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908 when Tinker was the shortstop.

With help from local people and support of area businesses, Hanson has placed red rebar on the round tank to provide the look of baseball seams.

Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, said, “Sometime volunteer-led towns need some outside support with ambitious projects. We’re asking for baseball fans, or anyone connected to Kansas or concerned about rural America to respond with donations or to volunteer. We have a form that outlines all that is needed.”

Bob Topping, Lawrence, is the project coordinator and has listed each task and all materials needed on the sign-up form at