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Manager Joel Zimberoff accepting his place inthe Hall of Fame

Chicago 16" Hall of Fame Class of 2010

By Bill Wadington & Irv Porter

Oakbrook Terrace: - The 15th Annual Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held on April 2, 2011 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace with more than seven hundred people in attendance. The evenings program was opened by Tim Maher who read his heart felt story of sixteen inch softball and growing up in Chicago that he uses to open his broadcast on the internet with before introducing George Bliss who served as Master of Ceremonies and kept the evenings program moving at a respectable pace.
Ron Kubicki president of the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame welcomed all those in attendance and also individually welcomed the sponsors of this evening's gala event. Kubicki went on to ask for a moment of silence to remember all the great Hall of Famer's who have passed on and for all the US troops doing their part so that we back here at home on Chicago can enjoy the freedom of having such a great reunion of softball players to honor the best of the best. Kubicki went on to announce that the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame will putting together care packages for our troops overseas that will include sixteen inch softballs and bats but 'No Gloves'. Kubicki closed his remarks with a reminder of the 2nd Annual Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame World Series that will be held at the Forest Park softball complex in Forest Park on August 26 - 28, 2011.
The evenings first award went to Lane Tech High School for winning the Chicago Public League Sixteen Inch title with a perfect 27-0 record including 22 win by the run rule.
Bliss said, "16-inch softball was added as a competitive sport in the Chicago Public Schools in 1999. They have played 12 seasons and Lane Tech has won the title eight of those years".
Lane Tech is coached by George Stavrakas and their award was accepted by their team captain who said, "Maybe one day one of these kids up here will be honored with an induction into your Hall of Fame".

Captain of Lane Tech 2010 Chicago Public League Champions

Ron Kubicki closed the evening program with a reminder that Sunday July 24, 2011 is induction day at 'Inductee Park' for this year's inductee's and the public is welcome in Forest Park. Kubicki closed by thank all of those (over 700 people) that came out this evening for their support of the hall of fame.
Bliss thanked Drury Lane for a wonderful evening and their support in this year hall of fame induction banquet
The evening's 50/50 raffle was worth over $1100 to the winner who graciously donated half of his winnings back to the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame.


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