Book Author To Speak At Blue Rapids Library About 1913 Baseball World Tour

James Elfers, Library, who has written a book entitled "The Tour to End All Tours" about baseball. 5/19/03 Photo: Kathy Atkinson
James Elfers, Library, who has written a book entitled “The Tour to End All Tours” about baseball. 5/19/03
Photo: Kathy Atkinson

The Blue Rapids Museum, #36 Public Square, will present Jim Elfers, author of The Tour to End All Tours at 2:00 pm Saturday July 11th. When Elfers thought about writing this book about the 1913 World Tour of the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox, he called the B.R. Library first! Why? He thought that if the smallest town to host this World Tour had photos and information about the game on their ball field, he could surely find information in the larger cities. Dr. Don Musil was the repository for photos and stories of the game and the State Bank had a large original advertising poster and Elfers had the start of his book.

The Hometown Teams exhibit at the museum features a recently uncovered photo of Jim Thorpe, the famous Olympic athlete, on the Blue Rapids field during the 1913 game along with tributes to Blue Rapids H.S., Valley Heights H.S. and local athletes.

James Elfers was raised in rural Pennsylvania and the New Jersey seashore. Owning a degree in Geography, he has been employed by his Alma Mater since 1988. A Library Analyst, he spends his work days assigning call numbers to books and movies for a major research library. The author of the Tour To End All Tours, he has also appeared in other book reviews and online. He is the father of two grown sons and enjoys writing and researching.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.