The Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame board of directors is proud to announce the 2017 class that will be honored on April 7th at Drury Lane in Oak Brook. The inductees received over 75% of the votes from the public, Hall of Fame inductees, committees and the board of directors.
Don (Donny) Bianchi
Calvin (Cal) Jackson
Beth Schultz Porzelt
1993 - Current
Bob Russ Jr.
Frank C. Holan Award
Richard J. Daley Award
Dr. Hank Golembesky
Wall of Fame
Teams to be Honored
Field of Dreams Award
Marshalltown Sixth Street Softball Complex
Joe Cordt's Director
Willie Simpson Inducted into the USA Softball Hall of Fame!
Regarded as the greatest clutch hitter and toughest competitor in 16-Inch softball, Willie "Steamer" Simpson was one of the last guys you wanted to face when the game was on the line. Always clutch at the plate, Simpson is a six-time All-American, 10-time National Champion and two-time MVP of the Men's 16-Inch National Championship. Spending most of his career with the Bobcats out of Chicago, Simpson helped his team come out of the loser's bracket in the 1979 National Championship, including seven-straight wins on Championship Sunday. Finishing his playing career after the 1988 season, Simpson's loyalty to team play was reflective in his tenure with the Bobcats. When asked what his strong points were, Simpson quickly replied it was his team mentality, noting: "I got a lot of clutch hits, but you know somebody has to put you in that situation. There were always guys who were on base ahead of me. It takes 10 or 11 guys to play a softball game."
Red Bull 2nd Year Co-Ed Tournament Won by the Stickmen 2.0
Red Bull City Clinch is the premier tournament of champions for the Chicago Sport and Social Club's Spring and Summer 16" Softball, a key area of growth for the sport.
Show Your Accomplishment in Style!
Whether it's for yourself or a gift for an honoree or for your teammates...the plaque that describes your success that is on display at Inductee Park in Forest Park is now available for your friends and family to see. It is beautifully framed in a custom gold 14.75 x 10.5 shadow box ready for hanging.
Send orders to:
7501 W. Harrison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
Office 708-366-7500 x 17
Please provide the following:
Name of honoree or team
Whitney Young Beats Taft for 2017 Chicago Public Schools 16 Inch City Championship!
SSA Las Vegas Big Ball Champions: March!
Hall of Fame Museum Schedule
Open Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 Only
Call Rachell Entler at (708) 366-7500 x 17 for an appointment.
Don't Miss Daily Old Photos on Facebook
Since September, the HOF Facebook page has been showing a different team every day - from the '30s to the contemporary era. In just that short time, we have had an average of 1,000 people view our highlighted teams, individuals, and HOF features and activities. On several occasions, we have even hit 5,000-7,000 views.
Check us out! We believe you will enjoy our page and may see folks you know - or even your own team.
The HOF is Looking for 16 inch Softball Memorabilia
A very nice patch was donated to the HOF. If you have any items that you would like us to consider for display please share by contacting Rachel Entler at Forest Park or drop off on a Saturday afternoon at the museum.
Do you have a great story, photos, or ideas of league or team names you would like to share? Send them to Tiffany.Hoffman@Maagcommplus.com for a chance to be featured in our next newsletter.
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