11th Annual Chicago Sixteen Inch
Hall of Fame
Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame Class
CICERO: More than five hundred fifty
people paid to attend the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame's 11th
Annual Induction Dinner held at the Gold Cup Room at Hawthorne Race
Course in Cicero on July 21st, 2007. A silent auction and several
raffles were available for those in attendance during the cocktail
hour before a buffet style dinner was served. Upon the completion
of dinner the evening's festivities began with Chicago Sixteen Inch
Hall of Fame Executive Committee member, Art Lurie introducing recording
star Tristen who sang the national anthem.
Lurie next presented a video made up of outstanding plays made during
sixteen inch softball games from Jack Stout personal library of
Lurie said, "We are still searching for a permanent location
for the Hall of Fame to be. We have boxes and cases of memorabilia
just waiting to go into a permanent hall of fame." He went
on to announce, "We have spent countless hours creating a web
site which is now our hall of fame for the time being." Lurie
pointed out teat the web site address was listed on page three of
the evening's program. Everyone individual and every team that had
been inducted into the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame are there.
The address is www.16inchsoftballhof.com
Lurie closed his remarks by introducing his boyhood friend from
the North side of Chicago, and this evening's co-host Bob Sirott
and Marianne Murciano.
Lane Tech High School was presented an award for winning the 2006
Chicago Public League 'Sixteen Inch' city title once again with
Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame Executive Committee member Stan
Patek accepting on their behalf.
The Pioneer Era was introduced next with Thomas Curran going first.
Curran a pitcher played from 1944 through 1953 said while accepting
his place in the Hall of Fame, " I'd like to hank the committee
for this honor and also all my former teammates who made this night
The second Pioneer to be inducted was Charles 'Missy' Miceli a shortstop
and pitcher who played softball for more than five decades. Miceli
passed away in 2002 and his daughter Katie accepted on his behalf
who said, "I can not think of an honor he would have appreciated
more being inducted into the softball hall of fame would have brought
him great pride."
Anthony 'Anno' Ross a strong armed left fielder who passed away
in 2001 was the third Pioneer to be inducted this evening with his
son Jim accepting on his behalf. Ross said, "On behalf of the
entire Ross family I'd like to thank Jack Dowling and the entire
hall of fame committee and I'm sure if dad was here he want to thank
his teammates for all of the great teams that he played on and for
Stanley 'Lefty' Stein a left fielder and lead-off hitter from the
30's and 40's was inducted next. Stein who passed away in 1998 place
in the hall of fame was accepted by his sons Fred and Joel. Joel
Stein said while accepted for his father. "This is a very proud
moment for our family and a great way to honor our father's accomplishments;
he'd be grinning ear to ear if he were here."
The evening final 'Pioneer' inductee was Charles 'Pee Wee' Wilson
who lives out of state and could not attend. His award was accepted
by Hall of Famer Leonard McKinnon who said, "This morning he
(Wilson) told me to thank the induction committee for accepting
him to given him this award." McKinnon added. "I'd like
to thank all the ball players and fans from the South Side of Chicago,
Washington Park for being here tonight."
(L) Joseph Pusateri - 1950 - 19763
Err & (R) Joe Aarna - Organizer
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