Manders Baseball Museum


The Manders Museum opened on February 22, 2009. The museum showcases the life and baseball career of Harold C. "Hal" Manders, a Waukee resident, who played professional baseball in the 1930s and 1940s. Items on display include autographed baseballs, baseball gloves, souvenir bats, Waukee High School letters, watches, ribbons, numerous photographs, and a video on Manders.





Harold C. “Hal” Manders was born in Waukee on June 14, 1917. He attended Waukee schools, was active in school sports, and graduated from Waukee High School in 1935. Following high school, Manders studied medicine and played baseball at the University of Iowa for 3 years. In 1939, he was drafted as a pitcher by the Detroit Tigers.

During World War II Manders returned home to farm with his father.  In 1941, he married Maribelle Cross. Upon his return to the Tigers in 1946, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. Due to a salary disagreement and his father’s ill health he left the Cubs shortly thereafter to farm. He farmed near Dallas Center where he raised corn, soybeans, purebred Hampshire hogs, and beef cattle.





The Manders addition to the Waukee Public Library opened on February 22, 2009. Mr. Manders passed away on January 21, 2010.