Jim Nelson started his Babe Ruth career running the concession stand with his wife, Carolyn. A couple of years later, he started moving up the ladder to become president of the Cowboy Capital League. The senior division of his league grew as they added six or seven neighboring towns to the program.
In the middle of his presidency, John Villar offered him the job as District Commissioner. Jim took the job, but continued as League President as Dodge City was hosting the 1987 Midwest Plains Regional 13-15 Tournament. Through Jim’s tremendous efforts, the regional tournament was very successful for the players and fans and it was also very successful financially.
Jim did an excellent job as District Commissioner for Western Kansas. He saw the program grow in many areas. After his business partner died, Jim had to retire as District Commissioner, but he was quickly named as the Assistant State Commissioner for 14 year-olds.
Jim’s contributions to Kansas Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball are countless. He does many of the “little things” that are so important. As an example, he drove from Dodge City to Topeka to support the program when a presentation was being made before the KSHSAA.
Jim said, “Babe Ruth Baseball is a great program with a great and very correct philosophy. No other program can touch it. We can be proud of our program and know that we are doing the right thing and teaching the right values to the youth of Kansas.”
Jim and his wife Carolyn live in Topeka. They have a son, Jim. Jim’s wife is Kelly and they have two sons, Jake and Ethan. One of Jim and Carolyn’s daughters, Wendy Nelson, is married to John Calvin and they have one son, Daniel. Their other daughter, Shannon Nelson, has two children, Lena and Mia.
Jim retired from his position as Assistant State Commissioner-14 Year-Old Division on September 11, 2010.