The Missouri A.S.A. Hall of Fame was instigated in 1986, with initial induction ceremonies held in Springfield in March of 1987. In 1993, the Hall of Blue, recognizing umpires, began and the Gordon Johnson Student Scholarship, to honor outstanding players at the high school level, was created in 1996.
Nomination forms are available from each local district commissioner or from the state office. The nomination deadline is September 15 for induction ceremonies during the Annual Convention the following February. For a nomination form, call (573) 265-2267.
HALL OF FAME
The Missouri ASA Hall of Fame is divided into two categories: Playing Ability and Meritorious Service. Minimum requirements for Playing Ability include at least 10 years as an active player with proven ability at the state, regional, and national level. For Meritorious Service, a minimum of twenty years association with the Missouri A.S.A. is required with demonstrated service through involvement within the framework of the A.S.A.
(Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
2014 (Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
(Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
2013 (Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
(Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
2012 (Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
Richard "Gene" Barr
Richard "Gene" Barr
(Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
2011 (Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
2010 (Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
Nelson is the current SW Missouri District
Commissioner for Missouri ASA. He has been a MASA Board of Directors
member and a District Commissioner since 2003 and is currently MO ASA
Vice-President. Prior, he was the MO ASA
Deputy State Commissioner from 2003-2005, Junior Olympic District
Commissioner from 1997-2006, and Deputy District Commissioner from
1990-2003. Since 2003, he is an ASA National General Council Member. He
has been the ASA Tournament Director since 1990 in Springfield for 2
Regional Qualifiers, 22 ASA National Qualifiers, 4 ASA Hall of Fame
Qualifiers, 51 MO ASA State Championships, 9 ASA Mid America Regional
Championships, and 16 ASA National Championships. As the ASA National
Tournament Director, the Springfield ASA/Springfield-Greene County Park
Board has received 15 ASA James Farrell Awards of Excellences.
MARK NELSON Nelson is the current SW Missouri District Commissioner for Missouri ASA. He has been a MASA Board of Directors member and a District Commissioner since 2003 and is currently MO ASA Vice-President. Prior, he was the MO ASA Deputy State Commissioner from 2003-2005, Junior Olympic District Commissioner from 1997-2006, and Deputy District Commissioner from 1990-2003. Since 2003, he is an ASA National General Council Member. He has been the ASA Tournament Director since 1990 in Springfield for 2 Regional Qualifiers, 22 ASA National Qualifiers, 4 ASA Hall of Fame Qualifiers, 51 MO ASA State Championships, 9 ASA Mid America Regional Championships, and 16 ASA National Championships. As the ASA National Tournament Director, the Springfield ASA/Springfield-Greene County Park Board has received 15 ASA James Farrell Awards of Excellences.
2009 (Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
2009 (Seven Springs Winery, Lake Ozark)
2008 (Cape Girardeau)
2008 (Cape Girardeau)
2007 (The Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark)
MARTY ALBERTSON Albertson has a lengthy list of accomplishments over a 23 year career. He participated in 10 Missouri ASA state tournaments, 20 ASA National Championships, and was named All American four times. His teams won two Mid-America ASA Regional Championships, one state championship and he was named to the ISC All-World First Team in 1988.
DOUG MIDDLETON Middleton's known as one of the best fast pitch pitchers ever to come out of Missouri. He was a member of USA national Teams in 1992, 96, and 98 and was named the recipient of the Herb Dudley Award for outstanding pitcher at the 1998 ASA Men's Major Fast Pitch National Championship. His teams also won national titles in 1991 and 1992 and he was named first team All-American in 1988 and 1998. AS a junior player, his teams won four consecutive ASA National Championships. Doug originally comes from Springfield.
CHARLEY SLAVENS Mr. Slavens pitched softball for 26 years in Missouri. He was named to seven All American and four All Marine teams. He has played in 39 states and eight countries. Charley has been to 12 state championships and over 30 national tournaments. In 1973, he set the record of 660 (including 12 no hitters and one perfect game). He also had the most strikeouts in one game, 42 (21 inning game, 1975).
2006 (February 10)
Playing Ability TIM BLASI Blasi's softball career includes: 4 ASA State Championships, 3 ISC State Championships, 3 ISC League Championships, 6 ISC World Tournaments. He was named ISC League MVP two times in 1990 and 1994; ASA 1st Team All American (1993), 3rd Team All American( 1987); 2nd team All World (1991); USOC Olympic Festival North Team Member (1994); 2004 40+ National1st Team All American.
ROSS DEY Dey's list of accomplishments include: two years on the State Fair Community College (Sedalia) Baseball; he led the Central Missouri State University Mules to the MIAA Conference Championship; 2003 Pan Am Games Silver Medal; 2004 ISF Fourth Place World Championship; 2004 40+ National Tournament 2nd Place All Tournament Team; 2005 ASA National Board of Directors; and 2005 ASA Player Selection Committee.
Meritorious Service RON CLAWSON Clawson has had an extensive softball career, which includes participation in men's fast pitch softball for 42 years (1963-present), 31 state tournaments, played or managed 20 National tournaments, 8 world tournaments, and managed Bronze medal team in the 1987 Olympic Sports Festival. During the span of Clawson's management career, he has had 34 players earn All American status to date.
2005 (February 12)
Meritorious Service MARVIN MURPHY For more than 40 years, Murphy coached youth softball, especially pitchers. Teams such as the Citizen Banksters, Northern Stars and Trojanettes have all benefited from his expertise. He also worked with pitchers from the four state area and his students included two All-Americans. He served as pitching coach for NWMSU in 2003-04 but volunteered his services!
KERMIT DANIEL Daniel's career at the state, regional and national level spans more than 30 years. He has been an ASA registered umpire every year since 1969. He served as UIC for 33 state tournaments, 15 regionals between 1984 and 2003 and attended 11 ASA National Umpire Clinics in Oklahoma City. He has worked the Far East Armed Forces Championship (1976), NCAA women's softball (1981-1996), the MIAA conference (1995-96) and served as the Mo. Valley Conference Championship UIC in 1994. He has umpired in four ASA National Championships and served as National Tournament UIC for eight nationals. He has served as Missouri State Umpire-in-Chief since 1987, has served as a member of the ASA National Council since 1991, is a member of the National Indicator Fraternity (1993) and the ASA Medals Program, gold level.
2004 (March 13)
SPECIAL TEAM INDUCTION: Meierhoffer/St. Jo Casino Players Softball Team (1997-2003) First time in Missouri ASA history, the accomplishments of this team were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The team's unprecedented run in Men's Major Fast Pitch created so many outstanding statistics, they cannot all be included here. The team was sponsored by Meierhoffer Funeral Home from 1997-2000 and the St. Joseph Frontier Casino from 2001-2003. The team won the ASA Major Fast Pitch National Title in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002, finished 5th in 1997 and 1999, and wound up 9th in 2003. They won the ISC World in 2002.
Playing Ability JAMES H. "Lefty" VICKERS In a career spanning 1948 to 1974, Vickers compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, both on the mound and with the bat. His teams played in seven state tournaments and five regionals at a time when very few teams qualified for either. His 1950 Peer Hardware team, Springfield, finished 3rd in the National Softball Congress World Tournament in Phoenix, AZ.
Meritorious Service BILL R. McKINNEY McKinney played softball but was inducted due to his service to the sport. Following an honor laden high school career in track, basketball and football, he went to University of Missouri to play football for the Tigers. At age 10, he had started playing church softball. His Morris Plan men's team won the state championship in 1963 and he went on to play for Walnut Products in the 70's. McKinney served on the St. Joseph Softball Board in the 70's and 80's and served as the St. Joseph Parks and Recreation Director starting in the mid80's. His total softball career spanned over 50 years.
DAVID CARROLL The founder of the Trojanettes softball program in the early 80's, Carroll coached many hundreds of young ball players, expanding the program from a single team to nine teams in all age groups. He is known not just for his ability to teach softball, but to instill leadership skills, dedication, commitment and a desire for goal setting and attainment. He has been called the "glue" that holds the Trojanettes organization together and has volunteer thousands of hours to the betterment of that organization.
HARVEY TAYLOR A coach of boys' fast pitch teams in northwest Missouri, Taylor has taken numerous teams to state and national championships. His coaching career started in 1970 and his teams have finished well at each national tournament they participated in. His 1988 team won the national 12 & Under championship and other teams finished as high as third.
2003 (March 15)
Playing Ability JOHN YOUNGER A fast pitch player since 1970, Younger has played in an amazing 34 state tournaments, 15 regionals, and 24 national tournaments. Most of Younger’s participation has been at the Major Fast Pitch level, and his participation has included one national title with Frontier Casino in 2001 and a third place finish with Harold’s Supermarket in 1986. In 1995, he was named First Team All American. He is known for being a pure contact hitter and has given many young players in the St. Joseph area a chance to play by coaching teams for more than fifteen years. Younger played in five ISC World Tournaments and in 1999 at age 50, became the oldest player ever to hit a home run in the ISC World.
HERBERT "JUNIOR" WILLIAMS Junior Williams was one of the most versatile players ever to play in Springfield, Missouri. He could play any position, but he is most remembered for being one of the nations top catchers, working behind the plate for the likes of Roy Burlison, Jack Burkhart, Gene Barr and many others. He had a tremendous throwing arm and few runners stole a base on him. He was also a speedy runner and a great base stealer. Williams played in twelve state tournaments, nine regionals and twenty one national tournaments, including eight 40 & Over Fast Pitch Nationals and four 45 & Over Nationals. He was named Second Team All American for the Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals in 1972, 73, and 74. Williams also played in three Boys Fast Pitch Nationals in the 1950’s.
DENVER DIXON Dixon’s 28 year career including playing time in Iowa and Florida, and his credentials are impressive. His participation includes 14 state tournaments (8 with Missouri teams), 11 regionals (3 with Missouri teams) and 22 nationals (10 with Missouri teams). With Missouri teams, he played in five Men’s Major nationals and was named Second Team All America three times. He also played in five Men’s 40 & Over Fast Pitch Nationals. He participated in two National Sports Festivals (1979 and 81) and is the only player ever to play every position during a season for the Clearwater, Florida Bombers.
Meritorious Service JOE BRYANT Bryant’s list of accomplishments with the Missouri A.S.A. is as lengthy as it is varied. He has been a registered umpire every year since 1962. He served as a Deputy District Commissioner from 1971 to 1975, District UIC from 1974 to 1976 and was then named District Commissioner in 1976, a position which he still holds. He has umpired in three national tournaments and Tournament Director or UIC for countless youth and adult state tournaments over his 40+ year career. He has been a member of the Missouri A.S.A. Executive Committee since its inception, except for one year.
2002 (March 9)
Playing Ability LARRY HALE An outstanding leadoff hitter, Hale had great speed, a knack to get on base and was a threat to steal a base at any time. He played first base and the outfield and his stats include 20 state, 12 regional and 15 national championships. He also was selected to the US Sports Festival in 1979. He was a first team All American in 1974 & 1975 and his teams won seven state and eight regional titles.
SAM POTTER An iron man of fast pitch softball, Potter's career at 3rd base has spanned five decades. His career includes 23 Missouri state tournaments, 10 regionals, 23 national championships, one World Tournament in 1959 and the 1979 US Sports Festival. He was named second team All American in 1966 and 1973 at the Men's Major Fast Pitch level. Six of his twenty three nationals were at the major level and he has played in nine 40 & Over nationals, five 45 & Over and two 50 & Over nationals.
BOB McCLISH Is considered one of the greatest hitters ever to play softball and at one time held six records at the Men's Major Fast Pitch level. In 1973 he was the National Championship MVP in Seattle, WA and his Missouri career spanned from 1967 to 1978. His career totals included four national, 4 regional and 6 state tournaments. Bob did not start playing softball until the age of 30, following a baseball career at the pro and semipro levels. He played in seven National Baseball Tournaments in Wichita, KS and was voted All American in 1960.
CAROLE MYERS Was a fast pitch and slow pitch player whose career began at age 13. She started at second base and outfielder, but moved to catcher after a few years. Her ASA career started in 1964 and includes two state championships with Foremost in women's fast pitch. She played with Southwest Missouri State University and helped guide the Lady Bears to a 2nd place finish in the 1970 college World Series and 3rd place finishes in 1971 and 1973. She is a member of the SMSU Hall of Fame. Myers played professional softball with the Michigan Travelers, Buffalo Breski's and the St. Louis Hummers. Her professional career spanned 1976-1979. Her slow pitch career was no less impressive, as her credentials include two state and one regional championship and five national championship appearances including a 15th place finish in 1983.
JANICE CRUMPLEYBLUEBAUM A Marionville, MO native, "Crump" started in major fast pitch in 1964 and switched to major slow pitch in 1974. Her teams won twenty one state titles and she played in 8 regionals and 13 nationals, finishing as high as 5th with a Kansas City women's slow pitch team. She began as a left fielder but moved to infield for most of her career. She also served on the Springfield Amateur Softball Association Board for several years.
Meritorious Service KENNETH WORMSLEY Well known in northwest Missouri, Wormsley has impacted hundreds of softball. His 27year career included work as a coach, team sponsor and team management, mostly with girls and women's fast pitch. his teams have been very competitive and he has helped many players move on to the collegiate level. Because of limited facilities in his hometown of Cowgill, Mr. Wormsley built and maintained his own softball field.
2001 No Hall of Fame Inductees)
2000 (March 11)
Playing Ability TIM DAVIS At age 26, the youngest inductee into the Hall, Davis played in 13 state and national tournaments, finishing first in the 1994 nationals and taking the batting title with a .628 average. His first base skills earned him one All American selection and an invitation to the USA/ASA Olympic Festival. Tim died in a boating accident on the Missouri River.
1999 (March 6)
With over 45 years of service in the Brookfield area, Graff played,
managed and sponsored men's fast pitch teams. His teams have
participated in over 20 state tournaments, winning one, four regional’s
and three nationals. Graff Trailers ('60'-66), Graff Elliott ('67-'82)
and Graff Pepsi since 1983 are well known team names in Missouri. A
local softball field in Brookfield was named Howard Graff Field in 1979.
1998 (March 7)
Playing Ability BERT FRANCIS Francis was well known in the early 60's as Missouri's IronMan. His career started in 1946, and the first 22 years he played barehanded. He is still playing, and his 1990 60 & over slow pitch team placed second in the nation. He pitched in 26 state fast pitch tournaments, generally with teams from Jefferson City and Mexico, Missouri, and he participated in many regional and national tournaments.
PATTI COLEMAN Missouri's Patti Coleman was named MVP in many invitational tournaments, and led her women's slow pitch teams to four National Tournaments. She was instrumental in getting the Joplin High School softball program off the ground. She participated in 15 state, five regional and four National Championships, and was chosen as an All American in 1982.
Meritorious Service JOEY RICH Rich has been tournament director for 35 state, six regional, and three National A.S.A. Tournaments, as well as over 100 invitational tournaments. He directed the Springfield Park Board softball program from 1980 to 1988, been an At Large Player Representative on the A.S.A. National Council since 1987. He has been A.S.A. National Office representative to seven National Tournaments, and has been the Vice President and Manager of Operations, as well as Springfield District Commissioner for the Missouri A.S.A. since 1990. He instigated the newsletter "Missouri Basepaths" in the mid80's. Rich was named a member of the A.S.A. National Indicator Fraternity in 1991 and inducted into the Missouri A.S.A. Hall of Blue in 1994. He was instrumental in the development of "The Softball Museum" and was inducted into the local Springfield A.S.A. Hall of Fame in 2000. He became Missouri's third State Commissioner in January of 2003.
1997 (March 8)
Playing Ability CHARLES BLAKLEY This Blakely brother played in 16 state, 12 regional, 9 national tournaments, and played on the ISC AllWorld team in 1984. Wellknown for both his hitting and defensive abilities, Charles was also instrumental in helping to rebuild fast pitch softball in the St. Joseph area in recent years.
LEO BLAKLEY Leo Blakely has played in 21 state, 15 regional, and 12 national tournaments at the Men's Major Fast Pitch level and has also managed in recent years.
1996 (March 9)
Playing Ability ROY BURLISON Ask almost anyone anywhere in the country to name a famous men's fast pitch pitcher, and Roy Burlison's name will most surely be mentioned. Burlison is an incredible seventime All American and was named Most Valuable Pitcher in the 1969 and 1971 ASA National Fast Pitch Championships. He also played played professional ball with the St. Louis Browns in 1973, and he contributed to seven state championships and six regional championships.
BOBBY BLAKLEY One of three famous brothers from the St. Joseph softball spotlight, Bobby Blakley participated in twelve state, ten regional, and eight national championships. He was selected as an All American in 1986 and 1987, and played on bronze medal teams in U.S. Sports Festival teams in 1987 in Charlotte, NC and in 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri.
PATTY VAVRA Vavra played with Ozark Athletic women's slow pitch team of Joplin and in thirteen years played most infield and outfield positions. Her career included participation in 12 state, five regional and three national tournaments.
Meritorious Service ALLEN SEIFERT Seifert, known best in some circles as a sports writer with the St. Joseph NewsPress, is well known in softball circles for his 30 plus years of service as a coach and for many years as a member of the St. Joseph Softball Board. An estimated 1200 girls have played for Seifert, and he has sponsored and coached a myriad of teams. Many of his players went on to play college ball.
1995 (March 11)
Meritorious Service DAVID POLSKY One of the nominators for Mr. Polsky said it well, "Dave Polsky has run out of roles to play when it comes to softball." He was a great player, and one of the more feared clutch hitters ever to come out of St. Joseph. He has recruited many a young player, and has managed and sponsored dozens of teams over the years. He has competed in eight national tournaments and led his team to a third place finish in the Men's 40 & Over Fast Pitch National in 1988. He served as President of the YMCA City Softball League for 10 years and has promoted softball throughout his community. Mr. Polsky passed away in 1995.
Playing Ability KIRK WILSON Wilson's 20+ year career included playing for the well known O'Donnells team from Hannibal and at the 40 & Over Masters level of play. His teams won three state and one regional championship, and in 1991 Wilson was chosen as Most Valuable Player and All American at the Men's Masters National Championship held in Springfield, Missouri. He was named second team All American in 1992 and his career pitching record is 362129 with a 1.42 ERA. His record in national tournament competition is 146 and he has thrown 42 no hitters, four perfect games, and struck out over 3,600 batters. He started his career as a catcher and leading hitter. When he faced retirement due to a knee injury at age 27, his only answer was to move to the pitching position.
LINDA RAPP A women's fast pitch centerfielder for over thirty years, much of her notoriety came with the North Missouri C.T.'s. Rapp was a key hitter in the lineup, and helped the C.T'.s win five state championships in six years.
VERNON "BONES" HARVEY Harvey's softball career has extended for over fifty years. His career includes nearly 40 state tournaments, three regional tournaments and two national tournaments, including the 2003 Men's B Fast in Salem, Virginia when he was in his 70's!. As a pitcher for a number of teams from the Sedalia area, he was named MVP in numerous invitational tournaments. He was active in Sedalia Girls Softball, serving on the Board of Directors for seven years and as President for four years. He submitted a proposal to add girls' softball which was approved by the Sedalia School Board.
1994 (March 12)
Meritorious Service BILL BYRD Byrd began working for the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department in 1960 and served as Deputy District Commissioner under Howard Scott. He directed his first Missouri A.S.A. State Championship in 1963. In 1975 he was promoted to Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, and then appointed Director in 1981, the same year he was appointed District Commissioner. All told, Byrd's softball career includes directing well over 100 state, district and local tournaments and has spanned almost thirtyfive years. Bill Byrd died in December of 1998. Playing Ability
CHERI KEMPF A player since the age of nine, Kempf's accomplishment list is unending. As a fast pitch player in the Girls 1315 division in 1977, her team won the National Championship in Freeport, Texas, and Sheri was named MVP. She was a three time NAIA All American and is a member of that organization's Hall of Fame and was invited to the Pan American tryouts in 1983. She coached at Austin Peay University for five years. In 1991 she was asked to play with the Raybestos Brakettes, the ultimate National Champions that year, and winners of gold medals in the Olympic Sports Festival in July of that year and Kempf's record was 190 for the season. In the summer of 1992, she was named to the U.S. National Women's team that played in Izumo City, Japan and Beijing, China.
JERRY McDANIEL McDaniel began his career in 1969 and was one of the best third basemen ever to come out of St. Joseph. He played in numerous state tournaments and in two national championships.
ROGER SHEPARD Shepard played in the St. Joseph area from 1949 to 1970. His teams advanced to state tournament play every year from 1951 to 1970, and he helped his teams win two state championships. He played in a total of 19 states, 7 regionals, and one national tournament.
1993 (March 13, Sheraton Inn, Springfield) "Celebrating the Missouri ASA's 60th Birthday!"
Meritorious Service BILL "RED" GATES Gates has coached, managed, played, umpired and worked at the district level for a combined 30+ years. His teams advanced to 20 state tournaments, five regionals, and three nationals, including a fifth place finish in 1980 in the Women's Major Slow Nationals in York, Pennsylvania. He served as Deputy District Commissioner for sixteen years and has been Southwest District Commissioner since 1984. Under his leadership, team registrations have more than doubled.
DAN KINNEY The Missouri A.S.A. State Commissioner since 1984, Dan Kinney has been active in sports since childhood. He served as Deputy District Commissioner for Springfield from 197177 and as District Commissioner from 197783. Under his leadership, the Hall of Fame itself was instigated as were such innovations as the Missouri A.S.A. Spring Convention and "Missouri Basepaths." Kinney has overseen 14 national tournaments in Springfield as well as hundreds of local, state, and regional events.
Playing Ability REBECCA "BECKY" DUFFIN One of the foremost women's fast pitch players ever to pitch the game, Duffin's list of accomplishments is a mile long. She pitched all 33 innings of a Mid-America Regional tournament game in 1987 in what is unofficially considered the longest game in A.S.A. history. She operated a pitching school in St. Louis, played her college career at S.M.S.U. in Springfield, and coached high school softball for several years. She played A.S.A. ball with teams from Jefferson City and St. Louis.
THOMAS J. DOYLE After a fouryear career with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1930s, Doyle became one of the finest pitchers ever to come out of Springfield. His teams won five state championships and in 1946 Doyle pitched a Springfield team to the nationals for the first time ever. In 1948 his team finished third in the nation.
1992 (March 21)
Meritorious Service PETE PALMA Palma's long association with the A.S.A. began in 1952 as a player, but his umpiring career started in 1960. He served as Co-UIC for Missouri from 1970 to 1981; Western District (St. Joseph) UIC 1985-89; Deputy State UIC for Missouri 1984-87; and as treasurer and umpire scheduler for the St. Joseph Umpire Association since its inception in 1980. He was umpire coordinator for the 1981 and 1984 Men's Major Fast Pitch Nationals and was tournament director for the Men's Masters FP Nationals in 1988.
KEN CHRISTGEN, SR. The first inductee in the Hall of Fame as a sponsor, Mr. Christgen has sponsored teams in St. Joseph since 1965 and in some years sponsored as many as five teams. He built Walnut Park and his teams won no less than six state championships and played in seven national tournaments and one Sports Festival.
Playing Ability BONUS FROST Perhaps the very best player ever to come out of Springfield, Frost's career spanned 24 years. He was named a Men's Major Fast Pitch All American in 1966 and 1979 and played in thirteen nationals. In 1959 he set a national tournament record by getting on base seven times in seven at bats (4 hits, 3 walks). He was selected as first alternate to the 1979 U.S. Pan-American team. He has sponsored numerous youth, women's and men's teams, and managed a men's fast pitch team for eight years.
TOM O'BRIEN O'Brien played fast pitch softball for over 20 years, and the top of his list of accomplishments is his All American selection in 1980. He was an outstanding outfielder and hitter for St. Joseph's Polsky Motors and later for Walnut Products. He played in the 1982 National Sports Festival and batted .412. His career batting average is over .300 and he participated in four national tournaments.
1991 (March 2)
Meritorious Service JIM LITTLE Springfield's best known manager, Little started his career in 1965 with Bud's Mobile Homes. During his nearly thirty years in managing, his teams advanced to the Men's Major Fast Pitch Nationals nine times, and finished in the top five on five different occasions. His record includes five state titles and six regional titles, including a 306 record at the regional level. Possibly his highest honor has been to serve as one of two coaches for the U.S. Pan American team in 1983 and 1987.
Playing Ability MARION "MOUSE" MATTHES Matthes' animated playing career extended from 1947 to 1975 in Jefferson City, and he appeared in 24 state tournaments, nine regionals, five nationals. His overall record as a pitcher included 34 no hitters and five perfect games. He was known for his humorous antics.
LARUE SAVAGE Considered one of Springfield's finest players, his 12year career garnered five AAA league batting titles and participation in ten state tournaments including six as state champions, three regionals, and three Nationals. He batted over .300 in all three national tournaments, and he was named twice as an All American second baseman.
1990 (March 3)
Meritorious Service MARTIN "MUTT" NAGLE This St. Joseph area umpire worked softball over thirty years including many Men's Major Fast Pitch State Tournaments. He served as head groundskeeper for Walnut Park for more than twenty years. Walnut Park hosted numerous state and regional softball tournaments.
LOUIS P. "TONY" ANTIMI Antimi worked for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department from 1954 to 1975, retired, and then began working part time again because he "had to get back on the fields." He worked diligently to improve the programming and facilities for youth softball and baseball, and was honored in 1975 when a new four field softball/baseball complex in Columbia was named after him. Playing Ability
WILLIAM "BILL" MANARY Manary, of Springfield, played on six state championship teams, four regional champions, and played in four national tournaments. He played every position on the field except pitcher. He was selected as an All American second baseman in 1956 and was inducted into the Springfield A.S.A. Hall of Fame in 1966.
ALICE P. WARD Ward played with Anderson Typewriter and more notably with the Goetz Girls of northeast Missouri. Teams she played with won seven state tournaments, two regionals, and played in three national championships.
1989 (March 4)
Meritorious Service BOB NICHOLS Nichols served as State Umpire-in-Chief for several years and his overall career spanned more than 40 years in the Jefferson City area.
BOYD KOCH Besides playing and managing, Koch's umpiring started in 1942. He served as the St. Joseph Co Umpire-in-Chief for 12 years, and was Missouri State UIC for 11 years.
Playing Ability DOROTHY CLUTTER As a pitcher, shortstop and top home run hitter for the North Missouri C.T.'s, Clutter distinguished herself in more than one role. In one six-year stretch (1970-75), she amassed a 11049 pitching record, while batting .310. She often played shortstop in the first game of a doubleheader, then pitched the second game. Her leadership was inspiring. Dorothy Clutter died in 1976.
NANETTA CARTER Carter began playing softball in 1947 and after playing with several different teams, settled in for a long term relationship with the North Missouri C.T.'s. Still active in coaching, her teams finished in the top four of the Women's Major Fast Pitch state tournament in 19 out of 25 seasons, including 7 championships and 7 runner-up finishes. She has coached in 22 states, Canada, Mexico and estimates well over a half-million miles traveled in her career.
1988 (March 5)
Meritorious Service GORDON JOHNSON Johnson served as District Commissioner of the Northwest District for nearly thirty years, and was the State Junior Olympic Commissioner from 1982 until his death in 1992. He coached, managed, pitched and served as a leader of youth in his local community for over 55 years! His immortal words to close his acceptance speech still ring true today: "When I reach the bar on judgement day, how happy I will be, if just one child steps up to say, 'Gee, he did a lot for me!' "
GENE BASSMAN Mr. Bassman was the Southwest District Commissioner for thirty years, beginning in 1952. In 1962, he actually mortgaged his home in order to build the first ball park in Joplin. He did anything and everything from scorekeeping, field maintenance and umpiring, to ensure a quality softball program for his community. At one point, the Joplin Softball Association Board of Directors voted to give him a salary. He took the money and bought a tractor for the ball park, and the next year bought a popcorn machine. He never accepted any money for his efforts.
HOWARD SCOTT Largely responsible for the growth of softball in the mid-Missouri area, Howard Scott served as the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Director for thirty years, and was the Jefferson City District Commissioner for twenty eight years.
MANNY HORD Hord was considered to be one of the finest umpires in the country. He served as UmpireinChief for the St. Joseph District for over twenty years, and was UIC for the state of Missouri. He was President of the St. Joseph Softball Association for 19 years, and umpired numerous state and regional, and two national softball tournaments. In 1965 he was assigned a 46day tour of the Far East to promote softball and conduct rules clinics. Prior to his umpiring career, he played and coached. As a manager for the Goetz Girls, he won three state championships.
Playing Ability TIM REYNOLDS Reynolds tall 6' 6" frame was an imposing figure to opposing batters. He became a leading fast pitch pitcher in the country and his statistics include five state and one regional championship; two Olympic Festivals including one silver and one bronze medal; seven national championships including selection to the 1981 Men's Major Fast Pitch All American team.
PEGGY HUTCHINSON A leading first baseman on the women's fast pitch scene, Hutchinson's career included 12 productive years with the North Missouri C.T.'s. She began playing softball at age 12, and her career highlight was selection to the 1969 Regional All Tournament team.
CHARLOTTE STAMPER Stamper's career as a pitcher from 1963 to 1978 included seven state championships with the North Missouri C.T.'s. At the 1967 state tournament, she pitched all but four innings of the entire tournament due to an injury to the team's other pitcher, and she pitched 37 innings leading her team to the championship.
CHARLES PUSATERI St. Joseph area inductee, Pusateri is known for his hitting. His career accomplishments include over 22 years of competition which included six Major Fast Pitch Nationals, a third place finish at the 1974 Nationals, numerous batting titles, and selection as first alternate for the 1981 Pan American team.
1987 (March 7)
Meritorious Service FRED HOFFMAN Missouri's first state commissioner, who served from 1933 until his death in early 1984. Mr. Hoffman was known nationally for his efforts in Missouri, and served on a variety of committees for the A.S.A. including being chairman for the prestigious Appointments & Ethics Committee, and was the national A.S.A.'s President in 1962-63. His induction into the National A.S.A. Hall of Honor was in 1976.
VIRGINIA DRAKE Not only did Virginia Drake serve as the Missouri A.S.A. secretary from 1947 until 1975, she was instrumental in assisting in the overall development of softball throughout Missouri. Her congenial and supportive nature made it easy for others to ask for her help. She passed away in 1978.
JIM EWING Ewing was Recreation Director for Springfield from 1942 to 1953, and then served as Parks Director from 19531977. He then served as a sales representative for the Dudley Company until his death in 1988. During his tenure, the local softball program gained national attention as facilities were developed and a lengthy list of local, state, regional and national softball championships were hosted under Mr. Ewing's leadership. He served as Springfield's District Commissioner for more than 20 years.