Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame - 2008 Hall of Fame Banquet

Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame Class of 2008


by Irv Porter with background information by Brian Hoxsey
www.ilsoftballreport.com

ROCKFORD: The fourteenth Annual USSSA Hall of Fame induction Banquet was held on Saturday November 8, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford with more than 240 people in attendance to honor the seven individuals and two teams being inducted this evening.

The Illinois USSSA 2008 Hall of Fame inductees are Roy Ambrose from Naperville in the male player category, Mike Kueker from Red Bud in the male player category, Jeri Siegfred-Mueller from Evansville in the female player category and Vicky Brown from Rockford in the female player Category. Also being inducted this evening were Kathy Phillips from Paris in the sponsor category, Myron Schroeder from Downs in the Meritorious Service category and Chuck Fisher from Louisville KY in the Honorary category. In addition to these seven individuals two team were also being honored, The Chicagoans women’s Class A team from the 80’s & 90’ plus Team Illinois / Fox Sports Center from the Peoria area and the 1990 USSSA Boys Slow-pitch World Champions.

The evening festivities took place after a served dinner with Co-Master of Ceremonies Chuck Fisher from Louisville, Kentucky opening the evenings program by saying, "Ladies and gentleman, the ultimate honor, that can be bestowed, upon a player, coach, manager, director, umpire, sponsor, or anyone involved in the game of softball in the State of Illinois, is be nominated, elected, and inducted, into the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame. The first Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame induction ceremony was conducted on March the 23rd 1996. And as of this date ninety-three individuals and five teams have received this special honor."

Co-Master of Ceremonies Jeff Brown than introduced the 27 ‘Hall of Farmers’ who where attending this evenings program one at a time as the audience showered them with cheers and applause.

Roy Ambrose

In the 1980’s Roy Ambrose played on a number of league teams in the western suburbs and was searching for the perfect tournament team. During this time, he played on numerous teams including the Shooters, X’s, Steamers and FCA. In the summer of 1993, he decided to put his own team together for the 1994 season and Aurora Thunder was founded the next year. He combined veteran players with new talent to formulate a winning combination.

Between 1994 and 2001 Aurora Thunder won three State Championships, and became one of the most successful teams of that era. After the Thunder reign had ended, he took his veteran expertise to play on two quality tournament teams, WWJD and the Barn. Ambrose has always been known as a smart precision hitter who always looks for the holes. With his ability to hit the ball to all fields he has frustrated pitchers and infielders for many years. As a life time .733 hitter, he usually found himself batting somewhere in the one through five slots.

During his playing career, he has won eight Illinois State Championships and one World Championship. He has been on seven All-State Tournament Teams, one Divisional All Tournament Team, and two All World Tournament Teams. Ambrose continues to play softball on local area teams and plays tournaments in the Senior Division. In three years of playing senior ball, Ambrose has won nine World Championships including the USSSA Men’s 50 & Over World title with the Chicago Classics and Windy City Softball Clubs.

Longtime teammate and close friend Keith Hudon introduced Ambrose by saying, “He is a career educator, the father of two wonderful daughters and obviously he has to be a wonderful father because he is never home and Chris still lets him live there” before adding, "Congratulations Roy.”

Ambrose while accepting his place in the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame said, “To my lovely wife, she supported me for thirty-five years playing softball. She is the greatest wife a softball player could ever ask for…this past season I had elbow surgery and right now she is pitching to me so I can make it back through rehab.”

Brenda Paulson said, “You are a great hitter and welcome to out Hall of Fame.” Paulson went on to present a crystal trophy to each inductee, and a certificate that reads as follows ‘The United States Slow-pitch Softball Association Illinois Hall of Fame," before adding her personal congratulations to Roy.

Myron Schroeder

In 1984, Myron Schroeder played in his first USSSA state qualifier at Lincoln, His enjoyment of the USSSA game led to him becoming Bloomington/Normal's first area director in 1985.

Three years later in 1988, he directed the first Men's Master's State Tournaments (40 and 35 and Over) at Bartonville's Alpha Park. His Fox's Sports team (40 and Over) became the first USSSA State Masters Champions, resulting in them becoming Illinois first representative at a Men's Master's World Tournament event, where they defeated the defending world champions.

Two years later, he guided a much younger Fox's Sports team to Illinois' first USSSA Youth World Tournament Championship at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This premier team in 1990 was the beginning of the Team Illinois Youth Softball Association, which has captured 6 world and 5 national titles, with whom he has earned several All-World, All-National and All-State coaching honors.

In 1994, he was awarded the USSSA State Director's Award and in 1995 became the first recipient of the USSSA Boy's National Award for his contributions to the USSSA youth program.

In 1996, he organized Illinois' first USSSA registered girl's fast-pitch team, LeRoy Hardees, which attended the first USSSA Girl's Fast-Pitch World Tournament at Hutchinson, Kansas, where the team finished 4th in the 16 and Under division. This team's success inspired him to direct Illinois' first USSSA Girl’s Fast-Pitch Tournament at Clinton in June of 1997. He continued to direct fast-pitch tournaments until 2003, before focusing his efforts toward creating his hometown's first middle school program at Tri-Valley, while serving as their first coach.

As a coach, he presently has accumulated nearly 2100 softball victories, including nearly 800 at the youth level, coupled with nearly 300 youth baseball wins as a head coach. At the softball scholastic level, since 2002, his teams have compiled an impressive 160-63 record for Tri-Valley and Blue Ridge school districts. This past spring his Blue Ridge High School team captured the school's first IHSA regional softball title and advanced to the school's first "Sweet 16" appearance in any sport

Illinois Executive State Director, Brenda Paulson summed up Myron’s contributions to the IL USSSA program. “Myron is the first Director I appointed in the Girl’s Fast Pitch program and Boy’s Slow Pitch program. His tournaments were second to none and always keeping the players best interest in mind. Myron also is the first Director to step up and take on more responsibility if needed. I’m still hoping he will find the time to run more of those awesome State Tournaments”.

In July, Myron was informed that he had been selected to the Boy's Softball National Hall Of Fame. He will be inducted in July, 2009 at Cookeville, Tennessee.

Tristen Hall, Schroeder’s grandson and a player on his youth 10 & under team made a presentation speech and said, “He makes the game fun for all of us.” he closed by saying, "Ladies and gentlemen meet my grandfather, my coach.”

Schroeder accepted his place in the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame by saying, “All of us on this stage this evening realize that none of us arrived here alone without the support of many.” Schroeder went on to tell of some of his coaching experiences by saying, “After your assistant coach washes the boys red jerseys with the white pants you get to explain to a bunch of twelve year olds boys why they get to play the national championship game in pink pants.” he later stated, “If you coach girls you have to wonder how they can miss so many batting signals but never miss a phone call.” Schroeder closed with a short poem, “I coach, not of fortune or fame. I coach, not so that you will remember my name. I coach, for the knowledge a child may gain. I coach, all for the love of the game.”

Chicagoans

The Chicagoans began play in ASA softball, but because the tournament set up wasn’t to their liking, they moved to the USSSA. Now they found themselves matched up against such powerful national teams like Little Caesar’s of Detroit, Michigan and Cincinnati Knights of Ohio. They finished as high as eighth nationally and were always ranked in the Top 20, mostly due to solid defense and powerful hitting. During the 1980’s, the Chicagoans traveled all over the nation, which included many tournament stops in Rockford.

The line up consisted of such great players. Illinois USSSA Hall of Famers include; Mary Malpede, Karen Foley, Jan Wilson and of course, Gloria Kolbusz. The roster also included Mary Pat McGuire and Mary Schaeffer who are in the Chicago 16” Hall of Fame.

Malpede, an Illinois HOF inductee in 1999, won over 500 games from the pitching circle and appeared in 10 USSSA Class A World Tournaments. Foley, IL. HOF in 1996 was the first female to hit a homerun over the year old 250’ fence at Forest Hills Diamonds in 1982, Wilson, IL. HOF in 1999, was a career .557 hitter with over 200 homeruns.

In 1982, the Chicagoans won their first of three Illinois Class A State Championships and pulled the trick two years later by capturing the championship in 1984. In each championship, Foley was named the most valuable player and Wilson was selected to the All-Tournament team. Although the team changed their name to C.M.C., they were still just as tough and were Class A champs in 1988. During those years the Chicagoans, along with the Lassies and Coors Light were always among the favorites not only statewide but were always ranked in the top 10 Nationally.

“Gloria’s teams competed in our program longer than any other Class A team,” said Illinois USSSA State Director Brenda Paulson. “They didn’t just play, they were competitive and that had a lot to do with Gloria Kolbusz.” “Gloria always had a great team because she had great players. Most of those came from the 16” program in Chicago. The Chicagoans/CMC was the last of the Women’s Class A program” said Paulson.

Kathy Phillips

Any softball team wanting to play at the higher levels of the USSSA must rely on a good sponsor. There are entry fees, uniforms, and travel costs involved in taking teams to tournaments that may take place far away from home. For those players who played for Prime Time out Paris none did it better than Kathy Phillips.

The origin of Prime Time can be traced back to 1980 when Phillips stared playing on a team in Charleston, Il., shortly after she moved to Illinois from Pennsylvania to accept a job at Eastern Illinois University. The team had many names during the 80s first as Ike’s and then Sporty’s, Moose Lodge, McDonald’s/Coors Light and BOSS. Although the club played in the Charleston women’s league, they rarely played in tournaments outside their area. The 1994 season marked a new begin for Phillips’ team as she took over the sponsorship role and Prime Time was born. Prime Time retired following the 2005 season after compiling a 535-257 record from 1996-2005.

“Her dedication not only to USSSA softball, but to the sport in general is worthy of her entry into the USSSA Illinois Hall of Fame,” said teammate Jackie Fischer. “The generosity of her sponsorship has enabled dozens of women to play softball competitively, not only in Illinois, but in a variety of states as well.”

Fisher also introduced her teams sponsor, her friend and her teammate Phillips to the audience by saying, “You have selected an exception teammate, an outstand educator at Eastern Illinois University, a loyal daughter, sister and friend. And, a pet owner that every dog dreams of.”

Phillips said in her acceptance speech, thanked her teammates for playing all those years. Phillips went on to say, "Anyone who knows me will agree that I did not take on sponsorship of a team for altruistic reasons- I just wanted to play and what better way to insure a spot on the line up than to pay the bills." She closed by saying, "Prime Time played many years - when other teams were worried about pulling hamstrings or spraining ankles, we were worried about breaking a hip."

Mike Kueker

The left-handed, line-drive hitting Kueker played either left field of right field for such teams as Horrell’s Distributing, First National Bank of Red Bud and First Bank of Red Bud. He compiled a lifetime .700 batting average and a very impressive .750 on-base percentage. Possessing great speed, Kueker was known for turning singles into doubles and doubles into three-base hits, to go along with numerous inside-the-park homeruns throughout his career.

He began his softball playing days in 1976 with veteran Horrell’s Distributing club. This is where he picked up the nickname “Flea”, and he admits he first thought it was “flee” because of his great speed, but was a little surprised after receiving his team jacket and seeing “flea” stitched into it. That name has stuck with him ever since.

“As his manager, I can say without any reservations that Mike made an immediate impact on the success of our team, hitting regularly above .500 and fielding with grace and accuracy in the outfield,” said Horrell’s manager Larry Ehlers. “Once I explained to Mike his role on the team, the team’s leadoff hitter and centerfielder, I had no role other than consultant because Mike assumed his responsibilities at his position with vigor, knowledge and competency.”

From 1979 through 1992, Kueker was the player/manager for the First National Bank of Red Bud. In 1980 he played in his first Illinois USSSA state tournament with Mudville Giants and a year later made his initial trip to the Class C Divisional with FNB of Red Bud. The 1986 season saw his club finish 13th place at the Class C Divisional. All told, Kueker teams participated in the Illinois State and Divisional each year form 1982-1992. In the 1993 and 1994 campaigns, Kueker played and managed First Bank of Red Bud. In 1993, Kueker and his team finished second place at the Class D Illinois State Tournament and a solid seventh place finish at the Great Lakes Divisional Tournament held in Cincinnati, Ohio. In that divisional Kueker hit an impressive .778 for the tournament. He then bounced around with a few different Class D teams over the next few years and played for Chester Victor Drugs in 1997-1998 in the 35 and over Illinois State Tournament. In 1999, with Muehl’s out of Fairview Heights, Kueker help his team to a second place finish at the Illinois State 40 and over tournament.

All in all, Kueker played in 10 Divisional (five in each Class C and D) and 17 State Tournaments (six in each Class C and D, plus five in Class B). He also was named All-League in the USSSA sanctioned Red Bud league 11 straight years (1990-2001).

Presenting Kueker this evening was his good friend and teammate Larry Ehlers who said, “Mike utilized his softball skills and his knowledge of the game effectively becoming a consistent lead-off hitter, competent center-fielder and an aggressive base-runner.” Ehlers went to say, “Flea simplified good coaching, showed compassion and patients and encouraged his player to play the best way they how.”

During his acceptance speech Kueker said, “I retired from softball five years ago and I have no regrets. I did it on my own terms. Still to this day I can walk into a store and I will see somebody who looks familiar and that guy will turn around and look at me and say’ I don’t know your name but I know that they call you Flea.”

Team Illinois Fox's Sports Center

In the fall of 1989 Coach Myron Schroeder set out to finding enough 15 and Under talented pieces to participate in the 1990 USSSA Youth World Tournament. Over the next five month period, 12 pieces of talent were accumulated from 6 different central Illinois high school baseball programs. It was his intent to put together a team that just might win a game at the tournament. In his wildest dreams did he realize that he was constructing one of the finest boy's youth softball teams ever to play the game?

With a willing sponsor in Jim Fox of Fox's Sports, the team had a uniform sponsor and a team name, but little else to support what was on the horizon for these 12 untested softball players. As these dozen players arrived at the world tournament's opening ceremonies, one had his leg in a cast and two others were wrapped in bandages and tape, while the entire team noticed that they were the smallest team in stature compared to the other 25 other competing teams.

Even though outsized, it did not seem to detour the team's spirit and desire to do their best. Their goal of winning a game remained intact, as they took the field for their first world tournament test, despite hampering injuries to key personnel.

Fox’s Sports / Team Illinois made it all the way to the ‘if necessary game of the USSSA Boys World Tournament where they rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh inning before winning it in eight innings over the defending nation champions.

At that moment, all the doubters realized that they had forgotten to measure this small team's heart, as they celebrated and unexpected championship.

To this day, Coach Schroeder says it perhaps was his most rewarding softball win, as he emphasizes that the Fox's team was the most coachable team he has ever been around. "They are truly a special group that won a world title together.”

Jeri Siegfried-Muller

In her 29 year playing career, 12 of those participating in the USSSA, Evansville’s Jeri Siegfried-Muller played on some talented women’s softball teams.

Siegfried-Muller, a solid shortstop with some time at third and first base, played on Dashners of Red Bud and Plums/Bud Light out of Belleville before retiring in 1997. A line drive singles hitter with some power, Siegfried-Muller boasted a .640 batting average over her years on the diamond. In USSSA tournaments or leagues was named most valuable player seven times and was selected to five state All-Tournament teams. Also in 1992 she was awarded the most valuable defensive player at the state tournament in O’Fallon.

She played on teams that were Class C State champions four times. With Dashners, Siegfried-Muller and her mates won the 1986 Illinois State title at Evansville and also in 1989 at Columbia. But her fondest moment was her first participation in the USSSA World Tournament, in which her club finished in eighth place.

“The most exciting event was attending our first world tournament,” said Siegfried-Muller. “The opening ceremony followed by the overwhelming number of teams. The quality of play and the friendliness of the other players was great. The tournament was well organized and the umpiring was good.”

Brenda Dressel took the podium to introduce her good friend and teammate Jeri Siegfried-Mueller to the audience by saying, “When we would get to the town or city to play ball, Jeri would would go to find the fields and than Jeri would go find a church because sometime that weekend Jeri was going to go to church and she did!" Dressel closed her remarks with some advise for Jeri's son Brandon by saying, “You should pay attention to what your momma says about playing ball because she knows her stuff on that subject!"

In her remarks while accepting her place into the Illinois USSSA Hall of fame Siegfried-Mueller said, “As I look back to was all about playing hard, giving it your best being a good sport and having a good time afterwards." She concluded by stating, "It's a big honor to be inducted into the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame especially on my mom's 78th birthday."

Triple Play/LT’s Bar & Grill

The Triple Play/LT’s Bar & Grill softball team from Machesney Park had quite a fine 2008 season, finishing with a 47-17 record in USSSA Class E tournament play. The shining moment was winning the championship at the Class E Central Divisional National at West Des Moines, Iowa at the end of August.

They started the 2008 season by capturing the title at the Byron Class E Opener with a 7-1 record, while averaging almost 19 runs a game. Over the next three months they finished no worse than seventh in the five tournaments they entered.

Triple Play/LT’s Bar & Grill finished fourth at the 66 team Class E Northern Illinois State Tournament in Joliet. Chad Desmond and Adam McKay were named All State Tournament Team members. A week later, they went a perfect 6-0 at the Central Divisional as team manager John Hulmes, tournament Most Valuable Player J. D. Schaller, Offensive Co-Most Valuable Player Dan Bohn, Jeremy Handt, Wade Kretsinger, John Swanson and Dan Zintak were selected to the All- Divisional Tournament team.

The second weekend in September, the team traveled to the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida to compete in the Class E World Tournament with 208 teams. The club continued their great play as they went 6-2, finishing in a very impressive fourth place with Nick Russo and McKay being named All- World Tournament Team.

And if all that wasn’t enough for one team’s accomplishments in one season, Triple Play/LT’s Bar & Grill ended the season by finishing second at the Class E Grand Finale in St. Charles.

Chuck Fisher

In the spring of 1996, close to three hundred people crammed into the Clock Tower Grand Ballroom, to witness thirteen of Illinois' finest softball talents, be inducted into the inaugural class of the Illinois USSSA Hall Of Fame. Being the Hall of Fame's first ceremonies, it was important the induction ceremonies came off without a hitch, so State Director Brenda Paulson called upon a long time friend to be that evening's Co-Master of Ceremonies. Chuck had already had his “try-out” at the 1993 Women’s World Series when he organized the opening ceremonies and was the emcee at that Rockford event. Also, Mr. Al Ramsey, CEO of the USSSA was at this World Series and was so impressed with Chuck and Jeff Brown’s game, play by play, that both of them became a part of his team. Jeff became “the voice” of the Men’s Major World Series and Chuck has been the Master of Ceremonies at the National Hall of Fame banquet.

For those in attendance, it was evident that he was going to lead this banquet and future banquets with dignity, swagger, and grace. No one else could ever get 300 people to go to the bathroom at the same time…..prior to the beginning of the induction ceremonies.

This "silver tongued" Southern gentleman with his Kentucky style for description, and on that night, became the voice of the Illinois Hall Of Fame; a voice that has become a trademark of the thirteen Illinois Hall Of Fame banquets that have followed.

At the conclusion of that evening's inductions, the talk was not about the countless funny stories that came from the inductees, but the professionalism of the Co-Master of Ceremonies to arrange and guide the ceremonies in a timely manner. It was evident that the future success of the Illinois Hall Of Fame was in good hands with Chuck Fischer and Jeff Brown at the microphone.

It was not like this was Chuck Fischer's first trip to a podium. He had led the USSSA National Hall Of Fame ceremonies since 1994. That experience allowed him to tackle the tough tasks of introducing people he did not know and making them sound like he had known them his entire life, while guiding the Illinois Hall Of Fame inductees on and off the stage on his professional time table.

Hall of Famer Ken Paulson spoke about his close friend Chuck Fisher saying, “We are all softball players, we spit we scratch we swear who from that group is going to lead a formal function?" He went on to say, "He has a southern accent so everyone has to pay close attention." Paulson also said, "Even after a heart attack Chuck made all our Hall of Fames. He comes here every year." Paulson concluded by saying, "he has never scratched spit or sworn inside the borders of Illinois. He lend class and dignity to our Hall of Fame and we are better because of it."

Fisher opened with a quote from broadcaster Paul Harvey "Now for the rest of the story." Fisher went on to say, "Ladies and gentlemen we are seeing individuals and teams being honored her tonight for their great sponsorship, coaching, and playing abilities and here I am standing before you to receive an honor for talking." Fisher went on to say, "I'd like to publicly thank Jeff Brown for making this job so easy." Fisher closed by saying, " to all of you I say thanks for inviting this poor boy from Kentucky along for the ride. Thank you very much!"

Brenda Paulson said, "We all know that to be successful you need to surround yourself with good people and good friends. Chuck you make our Hall of Fame banquet with Jeff (Brown) second to none!"

Vicky Brown

Over her 35 year career, Vicky Brown played with such teams as National Bank of Rochelle, Prairie Moon Saloon, Uniform Tooling and King Potter. She did her best to give her club an advantage from inside the pitching circle and she did that very well. Being a player/coach for 20 of those seasons also gave her another avenue to help give her team meet their winning goals.

“Playing softball has been a wonderful, lifelong activity for me and my family,” said Brown. “I have gone from player/coach in Class B, to A, to C, to D and in 2007 a Rockford Park District player and a team sponsor.”

Brown has compiled an impressive 800-300 pitching record spanning all levels over her illustrious career. She hit .360 with 40 lifetime homeruns, but admits none were over the fence and they came early in her playing days when she was faster. She has too her credit a no-hitter, thrown in a USSSA sanctioned tournament, to go along with a pair of one-hit games in league play. She also states that she was once hit in the head by a line drive, which required 34 stitches to close, and that some say she hasn’t been right since.

She was named to four Illinois State All-Tournament teams, twice in each the 1970s and 1990s. With King Potter, Brown was named All-Tournament at an N.I.T. and later at the Divisional Tournament. In 1983 her club Prairie Moon Saloon finished seventh at the World Class A Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

“Through the years I have made many lifelong friends, created a lot of great memories and learned many life lessons,” said Brown. “This includes fond memories of my Dad who kept score for my team for 25 years before his passing. I learned about leadership and teamwork through playing, that I use today at work.”

Over her 35 year career, Vicky Brown played with such teams as National Bank of Rochelle, Prairie Moon Saloon, Uniform Tooling and King Potter. She did her best to give her club an advantage from inside the pitching circle and she did that very well. Being a player/coach for 20 of those seasons also gave her another avenue to help give her team meet their winning goals.

“Playing softball has been a wonderful, lifelong activity for me and my family,” said Brown. “I have gone from player/coach in Class B, to A, to C, to D and in 2007 a Rockford Park District player and a team sponsor.”

Brown has compiled an impressive 800-300 pitching record spanning all levels over her illustrious career. She hit .360 with 40 lifetime homeruns, but admits none were over the fence and they came early in her playing days when she was faster. She has too her credit a no-hitter, thrown in a USSSA sanctioned tournament, to go along with a pair of one-hit games in league play. She also states that she was once hit in the head by a line drive, which required 34 stitches to close, and that some say she hasn’t been right since.vShe was named to four Illinois State All-Tournament teams, twice in each the 1970s and 1990s. With King Potter, Brown was named All-Tournament at an N.I.T. and later at the Divisional Tournament. In 1983 her club Prairie Moon Saloon finished seventh at the World Class A Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

“Through the years I have made many lifelong friends, created a lot of great memories and learned many life lessons,” said Brown. “This includes fond memories of my Dad who kept score for my team for 25 years before his passing. I learned about leadership and teamwork through playing, that I use today at work.”

Mindy Jackson introduced her sister Vicky Brown by saying, "Larry Bird said, a winner is someone who recognizes their God given talent, work their tail off to develop this skills and uses these skills to accomplish their goals." Jackson went on to say this about her sister, "This honor is not just for her playing of softball . Its for Vicky's spirit, her drive to win, and her demand to excel in what every she does." She also said, "Vicky was an expert on the rules particular her interpretation of those rules." She closed by saying, "Vicky and many of the Hall of Famers here to night epitomes this, 'Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, and guts that’s what little girls are made of. The hell with sugar and spice!"

Accepting her award Brown said, "I am humbled and honored to receive this tonight. I love the game of softball, it has been such a part of my life and my families and I'll continue to play."

Class of 2009

The evenings festivities concluded with C0-Master of Ceremonies Jeff Brown, making the announcement for the individuals and team to be inducted at the 2009 Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.

Brown said, “It is now my honor to tell you who has been nominated and one year from now will be inducted into the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame.

Let me introduce for the first time the ‘Class of 2009’.

In the male player category, a former player of Lilly Air and Joe Blacks, from Round Deer, Wisconsin, Phil Higgins.

In the umpire category, from Chester, Illinois, Mark Shields.

In the male player category, former member of One Hour Cleaners and Mountain Top, from Plainfield, Illinois, Joel Craig.

In the female player category, a member of the Chicagoans, from Chicago, Illinois, Dee Susin

In the director category, from Red Bud, Illinois, Orvel Cox.

In the umpire category, from Shorewood, Illinois, Tom Seddon.

In the female player category, former player of Dashners, from Red Bud, Illinois, Cinda Leifer.

In the male player category, a former member of RMA and Rogers Drywall, from Rockford, Illinois, Randy Torgerson

And entering, the ‘Hall of Honor’, next year, a fine team playing out of Naperville, Illinois, The Lantern.”

The 2009 Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday November 7th, 2009 at the Cliffbreakers Restaurant & Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois.

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