Kracht Betekent Overwinning Armweide, known as KBO Armweide or more commonly as just KBO, is a professional baseball club located in Armweide, Houtmansland. They are recognised officially as the first professional team in Houtmansland, being listed first of the three founding clubs of the Houtmansland Professionele Honkbalvereniging (the HPHV) despite being invited to join by the other two, Eikenheuvel HC and SHC Koedijk.
Kracht Betekent Overwinning, translated to English means Strength Means Victory, an early name for the club that was founded in 1898 by a group of employees at the Armweide Brouwerij brewing company. Success locally against other local clubs soon saw them invited to form a partnership with the Armweide Heren Club – a private social club for Armweide’s upper class men – in return for a permanent place to play in 1899 in which the players accepted.
After a 12-game series against Armweide Scheepswerf in October 1901 in which KBO won 9 games to 3 that was heavily covered in local newspapers, a visit from board members of Eikenheuvel HC and SHC Koedijk offering a chance to join the upcoming professional league, Topklasse Divisie, followed. Having lost their star infielder Ceriel Remmers to Nyhaven in the Koanian Super Ligan a few weeks earlier, KBO accepted the deal with all players quitting their jobs at the brewery the following week. The club, now re-named KBO Armweide held a friendly game against Atletisch in March 1902 prior to the start of the inaugural Topklasse Divisie and ran out 24-1 winners.
Playing out of Hattem Park, KBO Armweide tends to favour small ball to win them games due to the vast size of the 31,000 capacity ground. A deep outfield makes home runs almost non-existent whilst triples suffer substantially with the narrow outfield thanks to a shallow foul pole in left. Pitchers have a great time here, especially right-handers.
KBO Armweide, unsurprisingly, are known as ‘Brouwers‘ (Brewers) colloquially due to their history, formally adopting the colours of red, white and black from the Armweide Brouwerij in 1925.