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Kobidar Association of Baseball
KAB edited-1
Sport Baseball
Founded April 5, 1901
CEO Jóhannes Reyrsson
Inaugural season 1901
No. of teams 13
Country Real Flag of Kobidar Kobidar
TV partner/s KSN
Kobidar Association Baseball (KAB) is the highest level of professional baseball in Kobidar.

History

Ernest Smalls

Ernest Smalls in his time with the Boston Americans

Early History

Kobidar Association Baseball was started by the American former MLB star Ernest Smalls. Smalls had just recently completed his long and lucrative career, and decided to move to Kobidar for the sake of his wife, Kobin born model Ingibjörg Oddsdottir. When Smalls arrived in Kobidar, he was delighted to see that football was played regularly, but discovered that baseball was next to unkown in the country. He started a recreational league in 1901, with 3 teams that had 21 games annually. The original 3 teams were the Rösläsk Revolutionaries, the Vaastväk Strikers and the Vaastväk Sliders. The size of his unofficial league grew to the point that 2 more teams were added to the league: the Eyklójyár Whalers and the Tàröfòlðà Wild. In 1911, the league turned professional, paying players anywhere from nothing to 1,000 kd annually. The first Kobin Series was played in 1911, and won by the Rösläsk Revolutionaries Smalls' original three team. This began an era of baseball in Kobidar, punctuated by the dominating Revolutionaries. Smalls retired in 1917 at the age of 47. He then became manager of the Revolutionaries, as well as head of the league. In 1935, official divisions were put into place to even out the championship race. Four division were named: the Northern Division, the Southern Division, the Coastal Division and the Mountain Division

Pan-Handle Additions

In 1939, two more teams were added into the Pan-Handle League: the Trásvalünd Giants and the Vaastväk Mountaineers.

Death of Ernest Smalls

Ernest Smalls, the founder of the KAB died February 22, 1941. He was immediately inducted into the newly organized KAB Hall of Fame.

WW2 Years

During World War 2, some of the best Kobin baseball players of the era were shipped away to fight overseas. This led to the 1945 Kobin Series to be canceled, on account that neither team had enough players to play in the game. Some of the players to be deployed included: Frímman GeirfinnssonKid Hjálmtýsson, Odd Eriksson and Jökull Karlsson. Ten KAB players were killed in the war, and are meomorialized in th KAB Hall of Fame. 

Golden Era

The late 1940s through the 1950s are known as the Golden Era of the KAB. More homeruns were hit throughout the course of this period than  during the last ten or so years of baseball. Players like Jens Sæmundsson, Dale Peters-Branch, and Teitur Arnljótsson peaked during this era, marking it as arguably the mostexciting era in KAB history.

Harry Kunrow

Harry Kunrow

Integration of the KAB

Kobidar was never extremely segregated when it came to race, but up until 1957, all the players that had ever played in the KAB were white. That changed on April 5, 1958 when American born Harry Kunrow was signed to the Trásvalünd Giants. He was recieved much less harshly than American player Jackie Robinson was, but still had insults and racism thrown at him. He persevered through the season, and was a staple in the media. He opened the door for other black ballplyers that wished to play in the KAB, and was joined the next season by 3 other black players.

1967 Additions

In 1967, 3 more teams were added to the league: the Oddrsur Nets (who would become the Oddrsur Cyborgs), the Reyðajör Redbacks and the Òfsyàsík North.

1981 Additions

In 1981, another 3 teams were added to the league: the Seacoast Thunder, the Trásvalünd Skyscrapers and the Oddrsur BlueJax.

Modern History

The 2000s have been dominated by the Rösläsk Revolutionaries, who have 4 Kobin Championships. The most dominating player of the era is most likely pitcher Ás Vakursson, who had a 1.99 ERA during the 2013 season. As of last year, 8 players in KAB history have been banned due to PED use, including 2008 MVP John Zachariah.

List of Champions

  • 1911: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1912: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1913: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1914: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1915: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1916: Vaastväk Sliders
  • 1917: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1918: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1919: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1920: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1921: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1922: Tàröfòlðà Wild
  • 1923: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1924: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1925: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1926: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1927: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1928: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1929: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1930: Vaastväk Sliders
  • 1931: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1932: Tàröfòlðà Wild
  • 1933: Tàröfòlðà Wild
  • 1934: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1935: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1936: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1937: Vaastväk Sliders
  • 1938: Vaastväk Sliders
  • 1939: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1940: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1941: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1942: Vaastväk Mountaineers
  • 1943: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1944: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1945: none
  • 1946: Vaastväk Sliders
  • 1947: Vaastväk Mountaineers
  • 1948: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1949: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1950: Vaastväk Mountaineers
  • 1951: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1952: Vaastväk Mountaineers
  • 1953: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1954: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1955: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1956: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1957: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1958: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1959: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1960: Vaastväk Sliders
  • 1961: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1962:Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1963: Tàröfòlðà Wild
  • 1964: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1965: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1966: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1967: Tàröfòlðà Wild
  • 1968: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1969: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1970: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1971: Vaastväk Mountaineers
  • 1972: Reyðajör Redbacks
  • 1973: Oddrsur Nets
  • 1974: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1975: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1976: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1977: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1978: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1979: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1980: Oddrsur Cyborgs
  • 1981: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1982: Reyðajör Redbacks
  • 1983: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1984: Vaastväk Sliders
  • 1985: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1986: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1987: Oddrsur Cyborgs
  • 1988: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1989: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 1990: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1991: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 1992: Oddrsur Cyborgs
  • 1993: Reyðajör Redbacks
  • 1994: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1995: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1996: Tàröfòlðà Wild
  • 1997: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 1998: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 1999: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 2000: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 2001: Oddrsur BlueJax
  • 2002: Oddrsur BlueJac 
  • 2003: Eyklójyár Whalers
  • 2004: Trásvalünd Giants
  • 2005: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 2006: Reyðajör Redbacks
  • 2007: Vaastväk Strikers
  • 2008: Seacoast Thunder
  • 2009: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 2010: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 2011: Òfsyàsík North
  • 2012: Rösläsk Revolutionaries
  • 2013: tbd

Teams

See also

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