In Clarinda, Baseball Is a Family Affair. Every summer since 1969 more than two dozen college-age men gather in Clarinda to play for the A’s. And every summer Pat and Merl Eberly welcome the young baseball players from every corner of the country into their home and into this southwest Iowa town of 5,570. “It’s the best-kept secret in Iowa,” says Merl proudly. This feature ran in the July/August 2011 issue of The Iowan. Story by Terri Queck-Matzie, photography by David Peterson.