Andrew Kent - Robert Heidenburg "Sweet Ol' Bob" Umpire Scholarship Winner
Andrew Kent was recently named the Robert Heidenburg "Sweet Ol' Bob" Umpire Scholarship award winner for 2019. The Robert Heidenburg Umpire Scholarship was established in 2012 for graduating seniors who currently umpire in the 3&2 program. Mr. Heidenburg was a long-time umpire and umpire supervisor at 3&2 dating back to the 1970’s
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Andrew is from Overland Park, KS. He is currently attending K-State with a major in Milling Science, but he hopes to add a second major to that. Andrew played center field, first base, and pitcher for club teams until his freshmen year of high school. Along with baseball, Andrew played varsity basketball during high school for a homeschooled team called the Metro Academy Mavericks. During high school, Andrew was an umpire at 3&2 for three seasons. Additionally, Andrew achieved the Freedom Award in Trail Life USA, which is the equivalent of being an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts.
3&2 Night at T-Bones Baseball, the 2018 American Association Champions
Kick off Labor Day with another 3&2 Night at the T-Bones!!
3&2 Baseball is taking over a T-Bones baseball game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Friday, August 30th . The T-Bones will be taking on the Sioux City Explorers at 7:05pm.
We have tickets available for T-Bones Night on the 3&2 online store. Just $8.00/ticket. The deadline to order tickets is August 26th. To buy a T-Bones ticket , click here.
Teams with the highest ticket sales will be rewarded. The 1st place team will be involved in the T-Bones Buddy program, which allows players to run out onto the field prior to the game and stand there for the national anthem. All teams can participate in the Opening Ceremonies parade prior to the game. Get your tickets now!
DIAMOND DOL-1 RETURNS AS OFFICIAL BASEBALL FOR FALL SEASON
The Diamond DOL-1 baseball is returning as the official league baseball for the Fall season in 2019.
Over the years, we’ve seen the cost of baseballs skyrocket and felt we needed to find a ball that would meet the needs of the teams in our league for a cost that was more reasonable. This ball will be used at the 1st grade-High School level. The cost is $40 per dozen or $5 per ball. The official league baseball in 2015 was $50 per dozen.
Balls will be available through 3&2 in the following locations:
When you play more than 10,000 games during a season, you’ve got to feed a lot of people. At 3&2, we’ve been doing so for generations and the food is almost as much of the memory as the game! We are known far and wide for our excellent ballpark fare… there are people who come back to 3&2 just to get a bag of fries, a hamburger or a fried burrito! As a matter of fact, at one point our French fries even had their own Facebook page!
We’re looking for that proven, food-service industry superstar that can be difference maker for 3&2. You’ll be in charge of up to five concession stands, a staff of around 100 and finding new and innovative ways to satisfy the hunger of players and fans alike.
You’ll be part of our family that is continuing the legacy of 3&2 as we prepare for our 70th year as the leader in youth baseball in the Kansas City area, and a heavy hitter on the 3&2 team that is providing a quality game and ballpark experience for more than 600,000 people a year who enjoy games here.
If you think you’re all that and a bag of chips (we serve those too!), we want to hear from you! We’ll be holding tryouts (also known as interviews) this fall so that we are ready for spring training in 2020. Send a cover letter with all your career and qualification stats and resume that includes all relevant experience to Jeff Chalk, 3&2’s Executive Director, at
Click here for a more detailed view of the Concessions Manager job description.
Sally Withers Enters Final Fall Ball Season after 39 Years As Concessions Manager
After 39 years of serving as the concessions manager at The 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County, Sally Withers will be stepping aside from that role at the end of the fall ball season this year.
“My greatest memories are about all the people,” Sally said. “The people were the best part.”
It has truly been a family affair for Sally and her husband, Jim. Her sister, Katie; daughter, Stephanie; son, Jimmy; and mother-in-law Elizabeth; not to mention a handful of cousins and grandchildren, who have all been very involved in the day to day operation of the concession stands.
“I could not have done this without my family,” Withers said with a chuckle. “If you were related to me you DID work. That’s one way to see your family, just make them all work with you!”
Stephanie Manning, Sally’s daughter, enjoyed the family component of the work arrangement. “I got started because of my mom being in charge. I came back year after year because I enjoyed it and had kids to raise and get through college. Plus, Sally and I are a team. It has been cool to look around during shifts over the years and have every single person working that shift be related to you!”
Sally claims she was either in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong time when she was first asked to step in and lead the concession stand.
“Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, my son Jimmy was playing and my husband, Jim, was an area director. We were so involved at that point I figured why not? We were in a bowling league with people who ran 3&2 and they knew I was in food service in the school district. We got started and it just got in my blood. I’ve stayed this long because I’ve enjoyed the friendships.”
For 25 of the 39 seasons that Withers has been at 3&2, she also spent her days in food service in the Shawnee Mission School District.
Sally is not going to miss the seven-day-a-week grind through the spring, summer and fall seasons. When she started, it was just the nine-field complex that is now known as the East Complex. And while that was work, it didn’t compare to the effort that goes into running concession stands for 27 fields at both the East and West Complexes, but also four more fields at the SMSD softball fields.
“My greatest memories are about all the people,” Sally said. “That has been the best part of it. Vic Graham, and that’s going way back. The relationship I had with Jerry Root - we’d bark at each other like we were an old married couple, but we’d both do whatever we could for each other. All the kids that worked here. Some are still here and have brought back their children to work with them. The people are the best part.”
“One of the things that makes 3&2 so special is that we’ve had long-term relationships that have meant so much to the organization,” 3&2 Executive Director Jeff Chalk said. “The Withers family is uniquely special. Their commitment to 3&2 has been remarkable. So honest. So trustworthy and reliable. We have a lot to be thankful for that Sally and her family have been such a big part of our team.”
“You can’t tell the story of 3&2 without Sally and her family.”
While the search is on for 3&2’s next concessions manager, Sally is willing to stick around to assist in the transition. “I don’t want to go home and sit. I need to keep at it, just not seven days a week.”
From the generations of people who have enjoyed the concessions at 3&2, they all agree Sally can’t really retire until the next person knows how to get the French fries right!
Well wishes for Sally and her family can be mailed to: