The camp changed hands in 1964 when Bob Brasher, former baseball coach at Kansas State University, took over and continued the tradition of staffing the camp with former Major Leaguers. After Coach Brasher passed away in 1979, his wife sold Sho-Me Baseball Camp to Phil Wilson – who played for Brasher at K-State.
Wilson ran the camp until the early ‘90s before it ended up in the hands of the Schroeder family in 1993. The camp sat unused for a number of years as the Schroeders invested money to completely renovate and revitalize the park.
The Schroeder family opened the camp again in 1998. Chris Schroeder followed the tradition of staffing the camp with former Major Leaguers – like the St. Louis Cardinals’ Tom Pagnozzi and the Philadelphia Phillies’ four-time Cy Young Award winner Steve Carlton – for a few years, but slowly shifted the style of the camp. He began staffing the camp with high school and college coaches from across the country, like 2016 National Baseball Coach of the Year Kirk Bock from Bryant, Arkansas, who had a knack for teaching the foundation every player needs to be successful in the sport.
Chris Schroeder ran the successful and eventually the only of its kind camp until 2019. The camp remained closed in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic. It gave Chris an opportunity to spend more time with his family and follow his son’s baseball career, which led to his decision to sell.
The redevelopment honors baseball’s rich traditions and historical significance as part of Ballparks of America. When baseball is played here, it will continue to add to the legacy of the athletes, families, kids, and supporters who visited the camp! The rebranded Sho-Me Baseball Camp will host exciting baseball events in a captivating setting overlooking Table Rock Lake in Southwest Missouri.