2003 USSSA Hall
(L to R) Wally Valleroy, Marcel Levesque, Brad Lindmark, Deb
Keller and Don Loid
Rockford: The 2003 Illinois USSSA Hall Of Fame
Banquet was held Saturday March 1st at the Cliff Breakers resort
in Rockford with a crowd of 200 people gathering to honor six individual
during the ceremonies. The festivity opened with the introducing
of fifteen previous Hall Of Fame Inductees who were in addendance
for this year's banquet.
Don Loid from Naperville was the last inductee and the crowd was
still enthusiastically cheering during his induction. Loid managed
the Bank Of Westmont, Mid American Concrete, Tron Piping and now
Ken's Beverage to the USSSA Men's Class B state title, nine consecutive
Masters 35 & Over state titles, three USSSA World titles, two
2nd place finishes at the USSSA World, and two 3rd place finishes
at the USSSA World Tournaments
His longtime teammate and friend Bernie Carroll who said, "As
a manager he organized everything so that the trips we took were
practically flawless, all we had to worry about when we showed up
was to play softball" as he introduced Loid.
Accepting his award Loid said, "The last ten years has been
a great run. We've won eight National or World Tournaments, its
unbelievable, I never thought that I'd win one!"
Marcel Levesque C.E.O. of the Bank Of Westmont sponsored that team
for twenty years.
Former bank Of Westmont Player Ron Halvelka, introduced his long
time sponsor Levesque by giving the crowd an insight into what kind
of a person his friend and former sponsor is by saying, "He
was always asking about families, always want to know if he could
do anything and how your family was, that was very important to
Levesque took the time to recognize all of his family members and
also all of his former players who had gathered to together to honor
him on his evening. He closed by simple saying "I've enjoyed
everything I've ever done, the companionship, the friendships, they're
worth everything I've ever done, thank you very, very much."
Deb Keller from Aurora pitched for 26 years with the Fox Valley
Lassies, who later became Stroh's, Lombard's Big Blue, and the Playmates
from Elgin compiling 22 no hitters and 40 one hit games to her credit.
Hall Of Famer, Helen Biddle introduced her friend and former teammate
Deb Keller by saying, "She had one of the meanest knuckleballs
that you have ever seen." Biddle added "Her never give
up attitude helped her." And she closed by saying "You're
very deserving of this highest honor of the softball hall of fame.
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