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2021 Art Von


Our family fondly remembers the many anniversaries, birthdays, and events spent on the little league fields; even recalling how Laura had to cut her hair short so that she wouldn’t draw attention to herself playing with the boys! The Art Von family is filled with gratitude for how the city has kept his legacy alive by honoring his name with the Art Von Tournament and the Art Von Field at the Lake Park Athletic Complex. Thank you for continuing his work with youth, growing the game of baseball, and continuing the same spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork that Art himself exemplified.

2021 Art Von Tournament

Welcome to returning and new teams looking to register for the 2021 Art Von Tournament!

Read the information below and follow link to register. 


Dates: July 30-31, August 1, 2021
Divisions: 14 Open, 13 Open, 12 Open, 11 Open, 10 Open, 9u Homerun Derby 13U (Wood Bat) and 12U (USSSA Bats)
Entry Fee Structure: $400/Team

Team registration and entry fee payment is the only way to confirm registration in the tournament and will be handled exclusively through Tourney Machine this year. Verbal intent will be noted and included in tournament correspondence but it will not secure tournament entry. Updates will be given as divisions reach capacity but registration will automatically close for a division once capacity is reached. If a division is at capacity teams will have an opportunity to be placed on a waiting list which will be reviewed on July 1st. All submitted payments are final and non-refundable.

Please direct any questions to:

Seth Marsolek
(218) 590-7596

Northern Minnesota has a proud and growing youth baseball tradition. We look forward to hosting you for this year's event. See you in August!



Art Von left high school before graduation to serve with the Army on a forged acknowledgement statement. He paratrooped into Normandy during WWII and received the Purple Heart. He then returned home to Minnesota to start his own private detective business. In 1954 he married Marion Hovland, a nurse, and moved to Fergus Falls where the first of three daughters, Susie, was born. In 1958, Art and Marion welcomed a second daughter in St. Paul and moved to Duluth where Art continued his private detective business and began firearm safety education in the region. In 1959, Art and Roy Rose started Little League Baseball in Duluth on a field on Woodland Avenue. That field is now the Como Park location for Eastern Little League. In 1963, Art and Marion had their youngest daughter, Laura. Art Von served Duluth Little League as a coach, umpire, administrator and finally State District Administrator of Little League Baseball up until his untimely death in 1994 to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and End Stage Renal Disease. He inspired the love of sports and taught hundreds of boys and girls in the community about teamwork and sportsmanship.