ASA Hall of Fame 2010
Decatur Hotel and
Convention Center - March 27, 2010
(Top L-R) Gary Fraase & Pat
Creek - (Bottom) Larry Ginger & Glen Brandt
Illinois ASA Hall of Fame - Class
Decatur: The 40th Annual Illinois
ASA Hall of Fame induction banquet was held at the Decatur Hotel
Conference Center in Decatur to welcome six new inductees plus four
additional teams with the honor of becoming members of the best
of the best club in Illinois ASA softball on March 27, 2010.
The purpose of the Illinois ASA Hall
of Fame is to honor those men and women from the state of Illinois
who have played a major role in the development of the game of softball
as one of America's greatest sports
To help bring to the attention of the
people of the state of Illinois and America, the widespread value
of, and interest in, the game of softball, by so honoring those
who have made outstanding contributions to its success
ASA Commissioner Ken Hancock spoke the invocation
before everyone sat down to a buffet style dinner top off by succulent
State Commissioner Don Brewer served as the evenings
'Master of ceremonies and using his experience as a former school
board superintendent he kept things moving a brisk and lively pace
throughout the evening. Brewer opened the program by asking all
the current Illinois ASA Hall of Famer's in attendance to stand
and be recognized by the more than two hundred and eighty individuals
who paid to see a teammate, friend or loved one be inducted into
this special softball hall of honor.
The evening's program opened with Brewer introducing
Joe Snedeker from Casey. Snedeker made an announcement that the
ASA Hall of Fame building in Casey Illinois is undergoing a major
rehabilitation program. Snedeker told the story how softball with
lights came to Casey back in 1935. Snedeker went on to announce
that on July 3rd the dedication of the newly remodeled Illinois
ASA Hall of Fame building in Casey will hold its ribbon cutting
ceremony and that everyone is invited to attend. Snedeker explained
some of the ways the Hall of Fame is raising money before turning
the microphone over to Steve Voris who explained how memorabilia
would be collect and displayed at the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame.
Brewer recognized his Illinois ASA Executive Board for all their
work and dedication that they give to not only this banquet but
to the game of softball with a special recognition going to Jim
Nicol who is the Chairman of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Committee
and also to Jerry Stewart who serves as the Cochairman of the Illinois
ASA Hall of Fame Committee.
The Illinois ASA has three prestigious annual awards
that are given out at the conclusion of the Hall of Fame induction
ceremony. The Don Plarski Award is given an umpire. Jim Pownall
presented this year recipient by saying, "He has twenty-seven
years experience as a player and an umpire. He is currently considered
one of out better umpires and is truly deserving of this prestigious
award. He is always willing to help in anyway he can to promote
the game He has umpired twenty-five state tournaments and seven
national tournaments. Jack Gullion.
In his acceptance remarks Gullion said, "This
is a real honor for me."I was fortunate to be around some very
good umpires and as long as you were willing to learn they were
willing to teach,"
The Moreland Jay Fink Award was presented by Bob
Adams to said, "This award is present to the person who does
the most for youth softball Jerry Stewart."
Accepting this ward Stewart said, "I just want
to say thank the Illinois ASA and God bless everybody."
The evenings final presentation is the Chuck McCord
- John Rowe Award with Leroy Emerick making the presentation. Emerick
said, "It is my pleasure to introduce the Jackson County Animal
Control Officer His name is Lloyd Nelson.
Nelson said, "I want to thank the committee
for honoring me with this award." He closed by saying, "I'd
like to thank all of you. Whether you know me or not, you are part
of the ASA family and you have forged me and all the people who
are participating in ASA into a tight family that tries to do the
best for all of you and that's what it is all about. Thank you."
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