Dec. 2017
HOT CITY ALL STARS Benefit The Community

 2016 HOF Inductee Gloria Kolbucz Passes

One of most outstanding softball organizers in the history of the sport has recently passed away. She had lung and bone cancer. She wasn't a complainer. Donations in her name can be made to the Wellness House in Hinsdale.
Since starting her career in 1958, Gloria has played, taught, coached, managed and organized for thirty-five years. She played for Antoinette Maffia at Clark and Ken-Wel Playgrounds. In 1965, she began teaching softball at Mother Guerin High School and at Hiawatha Park for 23 years. She coached and managed teams from local park district levels to teams that competed at the national level. She was the Area Eight Chairperson for Girls and Women's 16-inch softball and the Cluster Two Chairperson responsible for running all softball events. In 1988 she was named the city-wide sixteen-inch Softball Chair for Girls and Women's Softball for the Chicago Park District.
We are extremely grateful for all Gloria's contributions to the game of softball.
Order The Perfect Holiday Gift!
Order your unique Christmas gift for your friends or family. A Hall of Fame brick that will be seen forever at Inductee Park. Brick is $250 and the large brick is $500. To order your brick, please go here!
HOF Meme Goes Viral

When the HOF posts on Facebook, our average views are about 1,500. The most we have ever had was about 9,000 UNTIL.... we posted this meme which has 25,400 views!!! Way to go HOF followers! Meme creation credit: Dave Butterfield

Do You Know How The First Softball Game Started?
The great game of softball started in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. 
Click below to watch how it all started! 

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.

1937 Davis Square Champions 
From Scott Blake. Grandfather Stanley top row on left. Now this is a classic!
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 [email protected] for a chance to be featured in our next newsletter.

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The Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame

Rachell Entler
7501 W. Harrison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
Office 708-366-7500  x 17