Sports & Recreation
 

50th Annual Southwest Mens Indian Baseball Tournament

  By Marla Baptistos
  Au-Authm Action News
 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual Southwest All-Indian Men’s Baseball Tournament hosted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The Salt River Recreation Department and Community Relations office planned a celebration for the tournament, a week of events to commemorate this special anniversary.

 

Arnold Makil

  By Tasha Silverhorn
  Au-Authm Action News
 

“I started by shagging foul balls, passed balls to the team that was playing then; I believe it was Joe Easchief’s team. I was between 7 and 10 years old at the time,” said Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Arnold Makil about how he got started playing baseball.

 

Joseph "JJ" Antone

  By Richie Corrales
  Au-Authm Action News
 

Joseph “JJ” Antone, who is Pima and Maricopa, recalled when he first played baseball on a team, back when he was still in high school. He started playing baseball at age 11 because it was something to do, and also to keep out of trouble. “There wasn’t much to do around here,” he said.


 

Paul Smith

  By Tasha Silverhorn
  Au-Authm Action News
 

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Member Paul Smith started playing baseball when he was four or five years old, while he was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.