Softball History Sections
NOTE - The 2008 and 2009 Pages will be UPDATED very soon, thank you very much for your patience. I apologize for the delay in getting the information up here. The remainder of this site will also be updated to be current as of the 2010 season.
Here is the preview/review of the 2010 National Softball Season. You can still checkout what happened the past few years on the National Softball Scene by clicking on the links below. These pages are loaded with the winners of each tournament along with the runner-ups and MVPs.
Click on the "Kelly's Ultimate Sports" Banner to get the BEST prices around in Softball Bats and other stuff - Email Mike Kelly and he will explain the "ins and outs" of just about every single bat ever made. He is a good man.
Welcome to the Slow Pitch Softball History Site. All the information you ever wanted to know about slow pitch softball is in here. Just click on the link to the left to go wherever you want to visit. This site covers all the national championships of all the softball organizations past and present from men's to women's to seniors and every other class imaginable. All the softball hall of fames and all-time teams are listed along with the yearly team rankings and individual national leaders. Some of the old time tournament classics of yesteryear are documented along with today's major NITs and some of the more prominent invitational tournaments around the country. Bill Plummer of the ASA offers his official description of softball history for all kids doing school projects on the subject matter. There are some stats of the legends of the game complete with many photos. A complete list of softball links and a message board is available also as is a page of thanks for all the people that have helped and contributed to this site. Thanks for stopping by - Steve
Bill Plummer III, Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Manager, announced his retirement effective as of December 31, 2009 and will be stepping down from the ASA National Office. He is the greatest softball historian of all time. He has written a couple of books on the great history of this game. You can still go to www.softball.org and order them. The first one is the "Softball's Hall of Famer" book and it chronicles the history of the ASA National Softball of Fame in Oklahoma City and has a bio on all the inductees. The second book is called "The Game America Plays: Celebrating 75 years of the Amateur Softball Association" Bill worked on this book for a long time and it commemorates the ASA's 75th Anniversary through historical photographs and personal stories. Relive the greatest moments in softball history with this engaging narrative of America's favorite participation sport. With never-before-published photographs and vignettes from players, umpires, and coaches, this is a must-read for every player, coach and fan of softball. Bill was most deservingly inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 1999. This man knows more about Softball History than any man alive in the United States today. He has helped me many times over with information on this site and I want to take the time to thank him for all he's done for me.
Click on the Banners below to go to the ASA's "Inside Pitch" newsletter and also the "Ball and Strikes" Publication.
Here is the link to the ASA online Article Bill Plummer did on me and my site: (Go to Page-5)
Check out the official Softball Magazine Web Site. This is the BEST and most informative Softball magazine in the country today. They have stories and statistics on many of the nation's invitational and national tournaments. Click on the link provided to read about this great publication from Gene Smith and Luann Madison. I used to write a monthly article for these nice people and it was called "Softfacts". Click on the links above to go to their special features "Bat Wars" and "Softball Central".
Check out the official Softball Today Web Site. This is another great softball magazine that always has informative articles on what's going on in the world of softball. Click on the link provided to read about this publication. Every single publication gets better then the last one as they have been including more and more tournament information from across the country. Plus they have their annual equipment guide that is second to none.
Take a look at the web site that Gordie Heagle has put together. Gordie was a close friend of Jerome Earnest and is making an effort to continue what Jerome started on the internet by covering the major softball events. The Old Scout's Web Site will have up to date information, rankings, schedules, statistical leaders and everything else that is good for the game. Gordie also retired last fall and no longer is involved in the great game he loved and promoted. His web site is still up and of course the most looked at "Softball Message Board" in the country.
Check out Mike Macenko's House of Swing. This man is the greatest softball player that ever lived and has been inducted in all four Softball Association's Hall of Fames. He is a true living legend in the sport and gives a lot of his time to making the game better. The site is oaded with great information about the past and present. Complete with articles and photos spanning at least four decades.
Check out the Kendrick Brothers Jason and Nathan's web page Big League Softball. Jason Kendrick is one of the all time greats of this game and probably has won more outstanding defensive player awards than anybody in history. He is a class act. His brother Nathan is one of the nicest people I have ever spoken to. Together, they have a great thing going. They have an assortment of softball stuff on their site ranging from Instructional videos to Actual game videos to Softball Apparel. Jason currently is a Rep for Combat Softball and Nathan is the CEO of the World Softball League
Check out what a guy named Mark Linnemann had to say about this web site. Mark is a well respected owner and writer of the Cincinnati Softball News Publication as well as the Head Chairmen of the Hudepohl Softball Hall of Fame which encompasses the Greater Cincinnati area including Northern Kentucky. If you're interested in getting a subscription, contact him at 859-341-7088 or email him at the link provided. Here is the nice Article he wrote on my site. Thank You Mark
This is one of the more popular Web Sites and Message Boards on the East Coast. Rick Lilly of Angle Inn fame runs this site and it is always filled with so much informative stuff. And the message board always is always 'interesting' as it's title states; Softball Show Smack Talk.
These are three other great sites to go to. Softball Kingdom and Softball Center are both Nationally based and follow the big tournaments. Softball Fans has one of the most popular message boards in the country and also the best bat reviews around.
When speaking about Slow Pitch Softball History, a familiar name comes to mind, Jerome Earnest. Without him, there wasn't much softball history, because he documented a lot of it. He was instrumental in getting the many softball publications to the point that they are today. Way back when, the ASA and USSSA both had their own papers and reported on their own information. Jerome took this idea and ran with it. He reported on all Slow Pitch information with equal emphasis put on all organizations and events. The help he gave me was immeasurable in starting up this site. Before going to the Jerome Earnest's Supreme Softball Site, stop by and visit the page I put together in his honor. It chronicles his life and explains why he was so respected in the softball world. The link doesn't take you to the Supreme Softball Site, that site is no longer, but the link does capture a little of what Jerome was all about. It is a snapshot of what he did back in the 1999-2000 time frame. What he did was unbelievable dedication and hard work.
Kevin Cherkas has a site that is talked about all around the east coast. He is a good friend, a good ball player and an even better person. His message board is sometimes controversial due to the fact he lets people "tell it like it is". But he is a good family man and will not tolerate any stuff on there that he deems "not in the best interest of the game" The Big Boy Softball Message Board is a great site for east coast tournaments and information especially in and around my home state of Pennsylvania.
Inspiration for this page was instilled to me at a young age when I was growing up in Long Island and a man I greatly admire played with and against some of these legends of the game. The sparkle that comes to his eyes to this day as he reminisces about those days only go to show what this great game of softball is all about. Thank you Mister D or as I call him, Dad. I also want to say thanks to My Family for their support also. Being as I am from Norristown, Pennsylvania, I have separate history sections for the ASA of PA Softball History and Norristown Area Softball History for those interested. In closing, I'd like to thank every single softball person (present and past) that has taken the time to talk to me or send me information to help make this page as complete as it can be. I tried to mention every single person that helped contribute to this site in this page of Thanks.
This Web Site (Slow Pitch Softball History) is one of only seven sites to receive the Softball Guru's Sacred Site Award
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