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Des Moines Baseball: Legends, Lights, and Unique Team Tales

Iowa baseball historian Steve Dunn shares the rich history of professional baseball in Des Moines, dating back to 1887. Home to the Iowa Cubs, the city has hosted legends like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Dunn explores historic ballparks, leagues, and unique team names, offering insights into the vibrant baseball legacy of Des Moines, from the first night game in 1930 to the forgotten Three–I League and the Negro League’s “All Nations” club.

Exploring 'Pug,' 'Fireball,' and Company: A Conversation with Author Steve Dunn about His Latest Book

In his latest work, author Steve Dunn engages readers in a captivating exploration of his newest book, ‘Pug,’ ‘Fireball,’ and Company. Unveiling the intriguing tales behind these evocative characters,  Discover the rich tapestry of personalities that shape the narrative and experience a literary adventure unlike any other in ‘Pug,’ ‘Fireball,’ and Company.

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Des Moines Diamonds: A Chronicle of 116 Years in Iowa's Baseball Legacy

Steve Dunn, a devoted baseball enthusiast for life, meticulously chronicles 116 years of professional baseball history in Des Moines, Iowa. His unique perspective delves into the noteworthy players, managers, and owners who have left an indelible mark on this iconic sports institution in Iowa. Over the years, the city’s ballparks have been graced by legendary figures such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Feller, Tony La Russa, Rye Sandberg, Satchel Paige, and Buck O’Neil.

Whimsical Moments: Steve Dunn's Barnes & Noble Book Signing for Pug Fireball and Company at Jordan Creek Town Center

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Pug Fireball and Company through a collection of captivating photos from Steve Dunn’s recent book signing event at Barnes & Noble, Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, Iowa, held on Saturday, February 17. Each image tells a story of connection, joy, and shared enthusiasm as Steve Dunn engages with readers, signs copies of his heartwarming book, and creates memories that will last a lifetime. Join us in reliving the whimsical atmosphere of this special day, where literature came to life, and the magic of Pug Fireball and Company cast its spell on everyone present.

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Step Back in Time: Rare 1969 Iowa Oaks Program – A Piece of Des Moines Baseball History

Explore the origins of Des Moines’ triple-A baseball with the authentic 1969 Iowa Oaks program, collected by Steve Dunn. This piece of history captures the excitement of the inaugural season, offering a glimpse into Iowa’s baseball heritage. Perfect for baseball fans, Des Moines locals, or collectors looking for a unique item, this program represents a significant moment in the sport’s local history. While not for sale or distribution, it remains a cherished part of Steve’s personal collection, highlighting the legacy of triple-A baseball in Des Moines.

Savoring the Game: Steve Dunn at Principal Park

In the heart of Iowa’s baseball scene, Principal Park stands as more than just a stadium—it’s a nexus of tradition and team spirit. With the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate calling it home, every game day brings forth a symphony of sporting splendor, where memories are made and dreams take flight amidst the roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat.

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Join Steve Dunn at the Picturing America’s Pastime Conference!

Calling all fans and supporters! Steve Dunn is thrilled to announce his participation in the upcoming Picturing America’s Pastime Conference at the Dubuque Museum of Art. As an esteemed attendee, Steve invites you to join him at this prestigious event celebrating the rich history and cultural significance of America’s favorite pastime, baseball. Come show your support for Steve Dunn and immerse yourself in the world of baseball heritage. Mark your calendars and secure your spot today! For more details and registration, visit the event page

Rediscover the Magic of Literature at the Ankeny Authors Fair!

Immerse yourself in the Ankeny Authors Fair, a celebration of literature’s enchanting realm! Engage with diverse authors, exploring their unique tales and insights. From gripping thrillers to heartwarming narratives, discover a treasure trove of literary gems. Purchase books directly from authors, and cherish signed editions as mementos of this unforgettable event. Mark your calendars for a day filled with the magic of literature!

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Spotlight at the Ankeny Authors Fair

Celebrating the literary journey of Steve Dunn, whose profound work on the history of professional baseball in Des Moines has been a game-changer. His dedication to storytelling shines at the heart of Iowa’s capital’s rich baseball heritage.

Capturing Baseball History: Steve Dunn's Chronicle of 116 Years in Des Moines

Steve Dunn and four other authors are featured in the spring edition of the Bradley University magazine. The magazine had this to say about Dunn and his latest book, ‘Pug,’ ‘Fireball,’ and Company, 116 Years of Professional Baseball in Des Moines, Iowa: “Lifelong baseball fan Steve Dunn captures 116 years of Des Moines, Iowa, professional baseball history with a distinctive look at the players, managers, and owners who have contributed to an Iowa sports institution. The city’s ballparks that have hosted such stars as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Feller, Tony LaRussa, Ryne Sandberg, Satchel Paige, and Buck O’Neil also are chronicled.”Dunn is a 1971 graduate of Bradley University, which is located in Peoria, Illinois.

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Cade Horton Makes Impressive Triple-A Debut with Iowa Cubs

Cade Horton gets set to release a pitch against the Omaha Storm Chasers at Principal Park in Des Moines Saturday, May 4. Horton struck out six, walked four and gave up two runs in his triple-A debut. He is the most hyped Chicago Cubs pitching prospect since Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, both of whom pitched for the Iowa Cubs before reaching the major leagues.

Baseball Bridges: Steve Dunn and Phil Dixon Unite in Dubuque's Diamond Legacy