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The Jayhawk League is summer collegiate league that is sanctioned by the NCAA. It was formed in 1976. Teams in the Jayhwak League play by American League rules. One year they played by National League rules and did not have the Designated Hitter rule, in 1993. They have been playing with the wooden bat since 1991. Also in 1991, The Wichita Broncos were the only Jayhawk League team to play in the National Baseball Congress World Sereis. The rest of the teams played in the Amarillo Shootout, a tournament that was played in Amarillo, Texas. The Jayhawk League has been divided into two divisions twice, the most recent being in the early to mid 1990’s. It is one of the most prestigious, wll scouted, and competitive leagues in the nation. In the past 10 years, a Jayhawk League has had two National Championship teams (El Dorado Broncos in 2009 and Liberal Bee Jays in 2010), five runner-up teams since 2000 (Hays Larks in 2000, 2001, and 2007, Nevada Griffons in 1998, and Derby Twins in 2006) and countless other teams finish in the Top Ten. This summer will mark the League’s 37th season.

 

There are currently six teams in the Jayhawk League. The teams are spread throughout Kansas. The League consists of the Liberal BeeJays, Hays Larks, Dodge City A’s, Derby Twins, El Dorado Broncos, and Haysville. Only Hays and Liberal have been members since 1976. The Joplin (MO) Slashers and Twins joined in 2005 and Dodge City joined in 2007. Joplin and Nevada left the league after the 2008 season. The Haysville Heat joined in 2010. Other teams to be a part of the Jayhawk League were the Clarinda (IA) A’s, Red Oak (IA) Red Sox, Amarillo (TX) Texans, Elkhart (KS) Dusters, Topeka Capitals, and St. Joseph (MO) Cardinals. The Jayhawk League also tried to bring back the atmosphere of the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs (which only lasted two summers – only one as a member of the League).

 

There have been hundreds of players to play on teams in the Jayhawk League, several of which have made it to the Major Leagues. Among them are Lance Berkman (Hays Larks ‘95), Bud Black (Clarinda), Barry Bonds (Hutchinson Broncos ’84), Albert Pujols (Hays Larks ’99), Ozzie Smith, Andy Benes (Clarinda A’s ’87), Roger Clemens (Hutchinson Broncos ’82), Trevor Hoffman (Nevada Griffons ’87), Doug Drabek, Nate Robertson (El Dorado Broncos ’96 & ’98), Brett Butler (Hutchinson Broncos ’78), Rafael Palmeiro (Hutchinson Broncos ’84), B.J. Ryan (Hays Larks ’96), and Chuck Knoblauch (Clarinda A’s ’87).

 

Season

Team

Record

NBC Finish

1976

Liberal

18-6

Tie 7th

Dodge City

17-7

Hutchinson

14-10

El Dorado

11-13

Hays

9-15

Cowley County

9-16

Topeka

7-17

1977

El Dorado

21-3

Liberal

15-7

3rd

Hutchinson

15-9

Tie 7th

Dodge City

11-11

Cowley County

6-15

Hays

6-18

4th

Topeka

4-15

1978

Liberal

19-3

4th

El Dorado

13-9

Tie 5th

Clarinda

13-10

Dodge City

12-12

Pueblo

12-13

Tie 7th

Hays

8-14

Hutchinson

7-17

Tie 5th

1979

Clarinda

21-9

Liberal

18-10

1st

Hutchinson

18-11

Tie 7th

Dodge City

16-12

Beatrice

11-18

Hays

1-27

4th

1980

Clarinda

33-9

Liberal

32-10

2nd

Dodge City

32-10

Tie 7th

Hutchinson

22-20

Sturgis

20-22

Beatrice

17-25

Tie 7th

Hays

11-31

x-Emporia

1-31

Folded after 7 games

1981

West

Liberal

14-4

2nd

Dodge City

12-6

Sturgis

7-11

Hays

3-15

East

Hutchinson

7-5

3rd

Beatrice

6-6

7th

Clarinda

5-7

1st

1982

Hutchinson

18-4

4th

Liberal

15-8

3rd

Beatrice

11-10

Clarinda

12-12

Hays

2-12

1983

Hutchinson

19-5

4th

Clarinda

14-10

5th

Liberal

12-12

Beatrice

9-13

Hays

6-16

1984

Hutchinson

21-7

4th

Liberal

21-8

2nd

Beatrice

18-10

Red Oak

14-16

Clarinda

12-16

Hays

3-29

1985

Clarinda

21-8

Liberal

21-8

1st

Beatrice

13-6

Wichita

12-16

Hays

12-17

5th

Nevada

9-23

Red Oak

7-21

1986

Liberal

25-6

Tie 7th

Wichita

22-10

Tie 5th

Nevada

16-15

Tie 7th

Red Oak

15-17

Clarinda

13-16

Tie 7th

Hays

10-23

Hutchinson

10-24

1987

Liberal

26-12

Tie 3rd

Red Oak

25-14

Tie 3rd

Nevada

21-18

Clarinda

22-20

Tie 7th

Wichita

18-18

2nd

Hutchinson

16-19

Fort Smith

17-24

Hays

9-29

1988

Wichita

23-13

Tie 7th

Liberal

21-14

Nevada

19-15

Clarinda

19-17

3rd

Hays

14-22

Red Oak

14-22

Hutchinson

13-22

1989

West

Liberal

23-12

Amarillo

23-17

Hays

18-21

Hutchinson

18-22

East

Wichita

29-10

1st

Clarinda

21-17

Nevada

18-19

Red Oak

4-36

1990

West

Liberal

18-9

Tie 7th

Amarillo

14-14

Hays

8-24

4th

East

Nevada

16-11

Wichita

19-16

1st

Clarinda

18-17

Red Oak

11-15

Note-Nevada won title in playoff game with Liberal

1991

Wichita

33-15

3rd

Nevada

31-15

Liberal

27-19

Amarillo

24-20

Clarinda

25-23

Hays

24-24

St. Joseph

20-27

Elkhart

14-33

Red Oak

12-32

1992

Liberal

30-16

2nd

Wichita

26-15

3rd

Nevada

25-15

Elkhart

26-21

Amarillo

24-20

Clarinda

20-23

Hays

20-24

Red Oak

16-23

St. Joseph

11-36

1993

West

Liberal

32-20

Elkhart

31-20

3rd

Wichita

24-17

5th

Amarillo

23-17

Hays

13-29

East

Nevada

37-15

Tie 7th

Clarinda

24-26

Topeka

19-22

Red Oak

16-23

St. Joseph

12-29

1994

West

Elkhart

29-18

4th

Wichita

27-21

2nd

Liberal

25-23

Hays

22-26

East

Topeka

30-18

3rd

Nevada

28-20

5th

Red Oak

22-25

St. Joseph

8-40

Note – Elkhart won title in playoff with Topeka

1995

West

Wichita

36-8

3rd

Elkhart

29-16

Tie 11th

Liberal

26-15

Hays

20-27

2nd

East

Nevada

24-20

Tie 17th

Topeka

23-24

Tie 11th

Red Oak

13-35

St. Joseph

11-37

Note – Wichita won title in playoff with Nevada

1996

Liberal

24-12

Tie 7th

Nevada

23-13

11th

Topeka

22-14

Tie 7th

El Dorado

20-16

1st

Hays

20-16

4th

Elkhart

12-24

Kansas City

5-31

Note – Standings include forfeits on rainouts that couldn’t be played

1997

Nevada

28-12

2nd

Liberal

22-18

Tie 7th

El Dorado

20-20

Tie 7th

Hays

17-23

5th

Topeka

17-23

Elkhart

16-24

Note – Hays forfeited five victories

1998

Nevada

27-12

2nd

El Dorado

22-16

1st

Liberal

23-17

4th

Topeka

18-22

Tie 7th

Hays

15-24

Tie 17th

Elkhart

13-27

Note – El Dorado’s PCT is .579 while Liberal’s is .575

1999

Liberal

27-13

Tie 4th

Nevada

24-16

Tie 18th

El Dorado

20-17

Tie 7th

Hays

20-20

Tie 18th

Elkhart

14-25

Topeka

12-26

Tie 11th

2000

Topeka

25-12

Tie 21st

Liberal

22-18

1st

Elkhart

21-19

Tie 21st

Nevada

20-20

Tie 6th

Hays

15-23

2nd

El Dorado

13-24

Tie 7th

2001

Hays

29-11

2nd

Elkhart

23-17

Tie 3rd

El Dorado

20-20

Tie 17th

Liberal

19-21

Tie 7th

Nevada

15-25

Tie 25th

Topeka

14-26

2002

Hays

21-9

Tie 9th

El Dorado

18-9

Tie 9th

Liberal

17-11

Tie 7th

Nevada

14-16

Tie 5th

Topeka

10-19

Elkhart

7-23

2003

Hays

23-6

Tie 5th

El Dorado

15-11

Tie 7th

Liberal

13-14

Tie 33rd

Nevada

13-16

Tie 9th

Topeka

11-18

Elkhart

8-18

Tie 33rd

2004

El Dorado

20-12

Tie 4th

Hays

19-12

Tie 9th

Elkhart

12-16

Liberal

12-17

Nevada

13-19

Tie 13th

Note – Hays and Elkhart have a tie

2005

Hays

27-12

Tie 12th

El Dorado

24-14

Tie 7th

Liberal

19-21

Nevada

17-23

Tie 9th

Wichita Twins

15-23

Tie 31st

Joplin

15-24

Tie 31st

Note – Elkhart is a member of the league but did not field a team in 2005

2006

Hays

25-14

4th

Liberal

24-16

Tie 17th

El Dorado

20-19

Tie 9th

Derby

19-19

2nd

Joplin

15-25

Nevada

14-25

Tie 9th

Note – Elkhart is a member of the league but did not field a team in 2006

2007

Derby

33-13

3rd

Hays

29-15

2nd

El Dorado

27-19

Tie 4th

Nevada

25-21

Tie 12th

Liberal

22-24

Joplin

12-30

Dodge City

8-34

Note – Elkhart is a member of the league but did not field a team in 2007

2008

Hays

27-9

Tie 7th

Derby

24-12

Liberal

22-14

Tie 4th

Nevada

21-15

El Dorado

17-19

Dodge City

15-21

x-Joplin

0-36

x- folded, forced to forfeit all games for not finishing the season

2009

El Dorado

22-9

1st

Hays

17-13

Tie 4th

Liberal

18-14

3rd

Derby

16-16

Tie 9th

Dodge City

5-26

2010

Haysville

23-8

Tie 7th

Liberal

21-11

1st

Hays

17-15

El Dorado

11-18

Tie 13th

Derby

11-21

Tie 9th

Dodge City

11-21

2011

Haysville

22-12

Tie 4th

 

Hays

20-14

Tie 13th

 

Derby

19-15

Tie 17th

 

Liberal

18-15

Tie 7th

 

Dodge City

11-22

 

 

El Dorado

11-23

 

 

The Broncos and the Jayhawk League wish to thank Lynn Womack for his work in compiling these standings and for providing how early Jayhawk League teams finished in the NBC.

 

 

 

 
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