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You can get involved with this AAABA anniversary book project

The Tribune-Democrat and Johnstown Magazine have joined forces on a book project celebrating the 75th anniversary of the All American Amateur Baseball Association tournament in Johnstown – and we need your help.

In addition to the many stories we’ve written and photographs we’ve taken over the years, we want this project to showcase the memories and experiences of those who who have played in, coached in, worked with, or just enjoyed watching the tournament.

This hard-cover, coffee table-style book – titled “A Diamond in Johnstown” – will be available in July, just in time for this year’s tournament.

Here’s how you can get involved:

• Send us your thoughts and memories about the tournament, or reflections on what the AAABA means to you. We will publish as many essays as possible. Please keep submissions under 500 words.

• Share your photographs and AAABA memorabilia. Do you have a baseball collection, an old ticket stub or team pennant, a franchise jersey, a bat used by a tournament legend? We would love to share images of those pieces of tournament nostalgia.

“The AAABA tournament belongs to the community, and we truly hope folks will want to get involved in the telling of this historic journey.” -Chip Minemyer

You can also send your AAABA memories by email to Tribune-Democrat Editor Chip Minemyer,; or by mail to: AAABA Memories, The Tribune-Democrat, 425 Locust St. Box 340, Johnstown, PA 15907-0340. The deadline for submitting AAABA memories is March 31.