122 Years 1893-2015
history in Jasper began in 1868, and several teams were established
during the 1870's and 1880's. In 1893 the Jasper Acmes organized and
begain playing against teams from other towns. The team
was re-named the Jasper Red Jackets and later shortened to the
Jasper Reds. The team,which has experienced ups and downs,
celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 1993, and are still playing today.|
The team was featured in "Baseball Play America" published 1999, by Don Weiskopf and Play America Press.
Bob Alles is the current business manager and brother Bob Alles is field manager. The Reds home is Ruxer Field, located off West 10th Street in Jasper. The Reds' annual reunion will be held July 18th at the Jasper Jaycee's Clubhouse in Armory Park. Anyone is welcome to attend.
For information on the Reds' schedule and annual reunion, plcase contact Bob Alles (812-630-1623).
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The following taken from "Baseball Play America"
Copyright © 1999 Don Weiskopf and Play America Press
100th Anniversary of Jasper Reds Since 1893, there has been a semi-professional baseball team in Jasper, Indiana, the oldest continuing non-pro organization in the United States. Originally known as the Jasper Acmes, the team had reorganized and began playing all their games against teams from other towns. When the Reds celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 1993, Hak Haskins of The Herald, wrote, "With such strong tradition, the team has never let the community forget they were still around."
They had no money, no manager and only a few returning players. Jerry Birge, sports editor of the Herald, wrote an article appealing for a "Committee to Save the Reds." That's when Bob Alles, a 19-year-old University of Evansville sophomore, entered the picture. A former player for the Reds, Alles agreed to take on the mission of saving a team in which his father and three brothers had played for and his father-in-law had managed.
In contrast to many less fortunate semi-pro teams, money has not been an overly difficult task for the Reds. With the exception of a few lean years, area businesses have donated enough to cover most expenses. Team finances were given a major boost following the 1981 season when wealthy Jasper businessman, Alvin C. Ruxer, an avid fan of the Reds who once pitched for the team, set up two $10,000 trust funds for the team. The interest from certificates of deposit has helped significantly to defray season costs, such as new baseballs, umpire fees, etc. Several years ago, Jasper's Recreation Field was renamed in memory of the late Ruxer.
To meet their budget needs, however, Alles and his players must each year solicit funds to keep intact a tradition that without strong support of Jasper citizens and businesses would have faded away like so many teams. And nobody seems to want to see the team die. The team does it by selling season passes, raffle tickets and a few donations here and there. As semi-pro clubs have done for so many years, the names of merchants in this German-flavored town have bought uniforms emblazoned with names - "KREMPP LUMBER", "STERNBERG FURNITURE/TV", etc. Kimball International, for over 20 straight years, has bought the team's insurance.
The Reds still have to depend on their gate receipts to help carry the load. Unfortunately, it does not bring in a large amount of income, but helps pay for equipment, long distance phone calls and the cost of umpires. "During the 50s and 60s, crowds as large as a thousand fans were at the game," said Alles, "because there wasn't anything else to do. Now, many more big league games are being televised, softball has grown in popularity, and many other recreational sports occupy the time of people."
Profile of a Semi-pro Manager
Alles exemplifies the underlying spirit and longtime tradition of semi-pro baseball, although not as successful as those managers who distinguished themselves with championships in the NBC World Series, such as Bauldie Moschetti and Bob Sullivan. Recognition of Alles and the "100th Anniversary of the Jasper Reds" was based on intangibles and achievements other than trips to Wichita. The Reds were invited only once to the NBC classic, in 1993, the year Jasper celebrated their anniversary.
As for the formation of the team roster, Alles explained one of the things he always has done. "If someone plays with us one year and is real faithful to the team, I'll write his name down the next year. Sure, there have been times when I could find better players, but I think, there's something to be said for loyalty. When our team went to Wichita, I had people tell me, 'Load up!' But we just don't do it. According to the rules, a team is allowed to pick up players. I don't care if we get beat 50 to nothing, these guys played for me all summer, and I want them to play in the NBC World Series. We had a camaraderie that the other teams did not have. Players on other teams didn't know some of their teammates. One player told me, I don't know him. He just joined the team."