Chicago 16" Hall of Fame
Greg Burzynski - 1964- 1979 Era
Greg Burzynski grew up playing softball
on the fields of Kosciusko Park. He attended St. Patrick High
School and earned a degree in Physical Education from Lewis College.
After being discharged from the Navy, he played right field for
the Lyons 45s. They played league play at Portage, Clarendon,
and James Parks and participated in all the major tournaments,
including the Midwest, the Andy Frain, and James Park.
He won the batting title at the Mission Bell Classic at Santa
Clara, California in 1972 and was named the MVP of the Racine
Tournament in 1976. He was also selected to many all-star teams.
Beside the 45s, he also played with the Second City for more than
fifteen years at Oriole and Hiawatha Parks.
Once his softball days ended, he played in senior-level basketball
in the Sweet Charlie Brown League at Washington Park. He now participates
in the Senior Olympic games. In 1997 when he was fifty, he set
a state district record in the 50 meter dash with a time of 6.8
seconds and a district meet record in the 100 meter dash at 11.3
seconds. He now runs in 5K races and occasional half-marathons
and recently completed a 50 mile relay race.
Bliss said, "Our first inductee in the 1964 - 1979 era played
right field for the Lyons 45s and the Second City. He won the
batting title at the Mission Bell Classic and was named tournament
MVP at Racine, Wisconsin in 1976. He also recently completed a
50-mile relay race. The Hall of Fame honors Greg Burzynski."
Accepting his place into the hall of fame Burzynski said, "This
is a very humbling award to be up here tonight." He went
on to thank a list of players that he had the privilege to play
with along with the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame and especially
his family for their love & support for more than thirty years
as he pursued the playing of the game of sixteen-inch softball.
Burzynski closed his remarks by saying, "I was talking with
Al Maag tonight before coming up here and he told me that more
than ten million people have played the game of softball and to
be one of the first four hundred up here to received this ward
is very special. Thank you very much."
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