Hour Of South Dakota Sports

May 22, 2020

In The Moment … May 22, 2020 Show 823 Hour 2

It's an hour of SDPB Sports coverage! We begin with baseball. Chad Barman is a baseball coach, a fan, and the Executive Director of the Sioux Empire Baseball Association. 

Next, football. Byron Pudwill is head football coach at Bon Homme and a member of the Football Advisory Committee for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. 


In The Moment ... October 1, 2019 Show 670 Hour 2

While many area sports fans are down on the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Twins have given others a dose of pennant fever.

The "Bomba Squad" set a Major League record with 307 home runs during the regular season while winning the American League Central Division. The Twins open the playoffs at the New York Yankees on Friday.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sportswriter Matt Zimmer joins Lori Walsh to talk Twins!


In The Moment ... July 31, 2019 Show 627 Hour 1

The Class A American Legion Baseball Tournament comes to an end Wednesday night. SDPB's Nate Wek sets up the championship.

And there's a baseball at the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial signed by legendary Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller. Wek explains its background. 

Vintage Songs And Dances Of Immigrant America

Oct 2, 2018
Brewster's Ladies Library

In The Moment ... October 2. 2018 Show 434 Hour 1

When we come to America, we bring our songs and dances with us. Jacqueline Schwab is the acclaimed pianist for Ken Burns' Civil War, Baseball, Mark Twain, and more.

She's been on A Prairie Home Companion and on the Late show with then host David Letterman.

Jacqueline Schwab plays tonight in Brookings. The program is called I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America.

In The Moment ... August 1, 2018 Show 391 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek joined In The Moment with the update on recreation and sports of the week.

He shared a heartwarming story about an amateur baseball player from Dell Rapids who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Dell Rapids did not make the state tournament, but Hartford/Humbolt team has picked him up to give him an opportunity to keep playing in what will be his final year.   


In The Moment ... January 22, 2018 Show 260 Hour 2

Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp dons his baseball cap for a conversation about his time at Minnesota Twins Fantasy Baseball Camp. He joins us to share stories of dreams come true . . . and a shattered thumb.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us each Wednesday with an update of the sports and recreation events throughout the state. This week we talk golf and Post 22.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 29, 2017 Show 166 Hour 2

Tim Schorn is the Director of International Studies and professor of political science at the University of South Dakota.He's with us today to talk about Afghanistan, ISIS and North Korea.

As you may have seen on ESPN there was a little league team from Sioux Falls competing in Williamsport. The team is coached by Jeff Riley and he joins us once again via telephone.

In The Moment ... August 10, 2017 Show 153 Hour 1

The death of musician Glen Campbell this week has many South Dakotans talking about Alzheimer's. Campbell waged a public battle against the disease. Leslie Morrow is the state director for the Alzheimer's Association. We talk with her about lifting the stigma of Alzheimer’s and how and when to seek screening.

Dirk Lammers is a journalist and author of "No-Hit Wonders: More than a Century of Baseball's Greatest Feats." Baseball's poet laureate Chuck Brodsky plays original songs crafted from the traditions of  storytelling and folk music.

Lammers and Brodsky join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about baseball and a few of the most compelling tales of legendary pitchers and legendary games. 

Dakota Midday: The National Pastime In South Dakota

Nov 3, 2015

With the Kansas City Royals first World Series championship since 1985 still fresh on the mind of baseball fans, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center invites people to see their exhibit, "Play Ball!  The National Pastime in South Dakota."  The Hogen Gallery display traces the history of baseball in South Dakota from the territorial era to the present through artifacts, images, video and hands-on activities.  Dan Brosz, Curator of Collections with the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, detailed the exhibit which is open to the public through August, 2016.

This weekend, the Minnesota Twins are hosting a 50th anniversary celebration for the 1965 team that went to the World Series. One of the big reasons the team won the pennant that year was Tony Oliva. He had earned Rookie of the Year honors the year before as well as the American League batting title, which he won again in ’65.

Gary Ellenbolt

Sixty high school and college baseball players got together in Yankton’s baseball park Thursday.  The athletes are coming together to show the scout and other baseball coaches from area colleges they can play at the next level.

The Donaldson Network

On June 6, 1915 in an 18-inning game, Sioux Falls defeated the visiting All Nations club from Des Moines 1 to 0. But even though he got the loss, All Nations pitcher John Donaldson mowed down 30 Sioux Falls batters in a game the next day’s edition of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune described as the greatest game ever played at the Sioux Falls park. The paper also noted that it was the first game in four seasons the Sioux Falls club ever won from the great Donaldson.

The Music of Baseball

Aug 6, 2014
Gary Ellenbolt

Kids who love baseball are known to pick a favorite player and emulate his batting style. Maybe they'll hitch up their pants before they go to the plate--or hold the bat high off the shoulder with the front foot behind the back foot. In the past few years, kids have copied another part of the at-bat; the walk-up song that plays when a player comes to the plate or to the mound to enter the game.  

Randy Stern

Last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star game in Minneapolis was one of the few occasions that fans at Target Field have had much to cheer about this season. At the mid-season break, the Minnesota Twins are in last place in the American League’s Central Division with a losing 44-50 record. With a half a season yet to go, the Twins are facing their fourth year of trying to avoid an embarrassing 100 losses. Matt Zimmer writes about the Twins for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and joined Dakota Midday and discussed the Twins prospects for the rest of the 2014 season.


Talkin' Twins Ball

Mar 27, 2014

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer discussed the outlook for the Minnesota Twins as the 2014 Major League Baseball season gets underway this weekend.  The Twins open their season against the Chicago White Sox on Monday.  Zimmer said this season looks like it could be another downer for Minnesota.

Twins At Mid-Season

Jul 17, 2013

As Major League Baseball is off for the All-Star break, Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports columnist Matt Zimmer assessed the Minnesota Twins at mid-season.  Are they on the verge of another 90-loss season?

Local Talent Prepares For 2013 Season

May 17, 2013

For athletes, playing for local semi-professional teams can be a rare treat. For one Sioux Falls resident, it has become a reality. An Augustana athletes love for the game of baseball has brought him back to Sioux Falls.

"Town Ball" With Mel Antonen

May 16, 2013

Organized amateur baseball, often called "town ball," celebrates its 80th anniversary this summer.  Mel Antonen has written a story in the May/June edition of South Dakota Magazine about six men who, for decades, have managed amateur baseball teams in small South Dakota communities.  Antonen grew up in Lake Norden, South Dakota.  He currently writes about baseball for and is a commentator on Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles TV broadcasts.

The Sioux Falls Canaries Prepare For Rebirth

May 14, 2013

The 2013 Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team begins its season on Thursday night in Sioux City against the Explorers. Friday night the Canaries host Sioux City in the teams home opener game. The name change to Canaries from Pheasants is creating a lot of hype.

Barry Fowler

May 6, 2013

Barry Fowler, former pitcher for the Sioux Falls Pheasants, joins the program. Fowler portrays baseball legend Johnny Sain in the movie, "42," about baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. Sain was the first Major League pitcher to face Robinson in a regular season game. Fowler is also the subject of his own six-part documentary on YouTube called "The Rookie II," which follows his return to baseball in his mid-30s.

Minnesota Twins Preview

Apr 1, 2013

The Minnesota Twins open the 2013 season at home Monday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers.  the Twins are coming off two consecutive last place finishes.  According to Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports writer/columnist Matt Zimmer, the Twins aren't expected to do much better this year.