2005 Sixteen Inch
Hall of Fame
January 14th At Hawthorne Race
Course in Cicero
The Tenth Class of the Chicago
Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame
CICERO: The tenth Annual Chicago
Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame Banquet was held at the Hawthorne Race
Course in Cicero on January 14th with over five hundred fifty people
in attendance at the buffet style diner induction ceremony. Along
with the induction dinner those in attendance were treated to a
silent auction for various items plus the opportunity to participate
in several raffles for cash and prizes.
Master of Ceremonies George Bliss who was assisted by Tony Reibel
opened the evening by introducing recording star Tristen who sang
the 'Star Spangle Banner' with an assist by many in the audience
who sang along with her.
A slide show that was put together by Jack Stout of the over two
hundred previously inducted member from the previous nine banquets
was show next in a year by year formatted screening.
Bliss than introduced the Lane Tech, Indians champions of the forty-eight
team 2005 Chicago Sixteen Inch Public League. Manager Brent Bradish
accepted a plaque from the Chicago Sixteen Inch Hall of Fame and
said this about his ball club, "Hopefully all of them will
get involved after high school and continue in this great sport
and maybe one day get inducted into the Hall of Fame too. So, congratulation
The Pioneers of sixteen-inch softball were inducted first with Larry
Coutre leading off this group. Coutre was a clutch hitting, speedy
center fielder. Coutre who now resides in Florida could not make
the induction dinner and Bliss accepted his award on his behalf.
Tom Cramsie a sure handed shortstop with an outstanding on base
percentage was inducted next and said, "My congratulations
to all my fellow inductee's tonight and also my congratulations
to all people who are in the hall. It is a privilege for me to be
a member of that prestigious group. Thank you again."
Alex Kuhn a Catcher/first baseman who hit with power was next to
be inducted with his award being accepted by his son, Steve who
said; "On behalf of my father and my family we'd like to thank
you for this wonderful honor. I know he'd be very proud if he was
here and he probably like to know when his next money game was.
Julio Sachetti a catcher with bulging forearms that would always
tell he team mates "Never look afraid." And would cheer
his team on by saying "Let's single them to death." was
the final pioneer player to be inducted and his wife accepted his
award saying, "He still playing ball! I know he is! I just
want to thank you for this award. It's very, very nice. Thank you
Pitcher Del Cecchini-Centanni, a left handed pitcher for the McSchnapps
ladies ball club who was know for defensive play in the field was
inducted next as a female player but she could not attend so she
asked her former teammate Linda Sikowski to accept her award and
read a statement that she had prepared for her. In Cecchini-Centanni
statement she said "All of those car rides from one side of
the city to the other, to the suburbs and back, all the games, all
the beers and all the memories
we were a team in every sense
of the word."
Jim Holan presented the prestigious Frank C. Holan Award, which
as named to honor his late father to Ken Doktor. Doktor organized
his first team in 1972 and is still at it today as he manages the
Kings. Holan who held a paper mask of his late father's face in
front of him as he presenting the award saying, "It is very
painful every year when this date rolls around without my dad being
here.' He concluded by saying, "Kenny Dok, you are one terrific
competitor to play against and I certainly think that you are well
deserving of this award and God bless you buddy, and God love you."
In accepting his award Doktor said, "I am especially proud
to receive an award named after one of my best friends I ever met
through softball. I can assure you that Frank is smiling down on
me this evening."
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