Fast Pitch Softball

Fast Pitch - Bob "Pappy" Papich Award

We lost a member of our Illinois USSSA family on August 5, 2008. Bob “Pappy” Papich passed away at home from a sudden illness.

Pappy was the Rockford Park District Sportscore Manager upon opening the complex in 1983 until his retirement in 1996. He also became a USSSA Director at this time and later became a great Slow Pitch and Fast Pitch Umpire. Pappy was honored for all his outstanding service to the USSSA and was inducted into the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame in 2002 in the meritorious category.

For those of you who knew Pappy, his true passion was UMPIRING. Pappy always liked good competition. He didn’t much care for individual accolades but he always thought good sportsmanship lead to good character. If Pappy umpired your game you received; respect, hustle, knowledge of the rules and total professionalism.

In memory of Pappy we have established the Bob “Pappy” Papich Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award to be given in each of the Northern IL Fast Pitch State Tournaments in memory and in the true spirit of a wonderful man and friend.

Bob “Pappy” Papich Memorial
Team Sportsmanship Award

Year Age Division Team
2012 10/u Open Keith Stout’s St. Charles Comets-KS
2012 12/u B Jake Nevdal’s Illinois Gold from Davis Junction
2012 13/u Open Kevin Birkholz’s Schaumburg Sluggers
2012 14/u B Pete Catalano’s Roselle Rockers Black
2012 16/u B Mike Chase’s Beach Park Thunder 15U
2012 11/u Open Jim Waslawski’s Wasco Diamonds ’00
2012 14/u A David Plocinski’s Kane County Xplosion 97
2012 Women's Kevin Hill’s Fox Valley Renegades 180 from East Dundee
2011 14/u B Wally Warner’s Northern Ice 96 of Lake County
2011 10/u Open Joe Hann’s Midwest Sluggers from Moline
2011 12/u B Paul Gagliano’s Wasco Diamonds 99PG
2011 13/u open Ernie Stremel’s Northwet Vikings Gold from Palatine
2011 16/u B Scott Beaver’s Glen Ellyn Phillies Gold
2011 11/u Open Lana Leonard’s BNGSA Angel’s 11’s from Bloomington
2010 16/u B Perry Clark's Northern Illinois Thunder
2010 14/u A Bill Morrow's 96 Wasco Diamonds
2010 14/u B Ray Yambor's Frankfort Flames
2010 13/u Open Dion Queen's Bartlett Hawks-Green
2010 12/u B Kevin Lauret's Beach Park Thunder
2010 11/u Pam Fields' BNGSA Angels 11's from Bloomington
2009 18 & Over Tony Palermo’s Chaos of Northlake
2009 16/u B Orlando Evischi’s Aurora Raiders - OE
2009 14/u Open Bill Spittal’s Napervillains from Naperville
2009 14/u B Tad Slowik’s Palatine Patriots
2009 13/u Larry Eissler’s Algonquin Aces
2009 12/u B Jeff Hoffman’s  Northern Illinois Thunder from Sugar Grove
2009 11/u Ron Stout’s Quad City Firebirds ’97 of East Moline