Sixth Annual ASA Hall of Fame
At The Decatur Hotel Conference
Center In Decatur On March 15th
Row (L-R) Fran Prochaska, Barry Pepper, Richard Tillitt and David
Scott --------Bottom row (L-R) Leo
Sassatelli and Tony Romolo
DECATUR: The Sixth Annual Illinois
A.S.A. Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony took place on
Saturday March 15th at the Decatur Hotel Conference Center in Decatur
with more than 200 people in attendance to honor the evening's inductee's.
Ken Hancock gave the Invocation before every enjoyed a buffet dinner.
The evening festivities opened with Dan Highland from Normal serving
as the master of ceremonies and keeping things moving all evening
at a good pace. In his opening remarks Highland said, "We have
had some wonderful banquets before. The Hall of Fame ceremony has
been both touching and reminiscing for everybody. A great opportunity
to get together with your old teammates umpire and friends and remember
those great days that we all look back on in a game America loves
so much, softball."
Don Brewer Illinois ASA State Commissioner took the podium next
and he spoke his thoughts about the evenings ceremony and went on
the recognize all of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame members that
were in attendance, his ASA staff members plus a few special dignitaries
that were also in the evening crowd.
Brewer went on to tell everyone about before they had the Illinois
ASA Hall of Fame induction dinner six years ago those who were inducted
were normally recognized between games of a double header. With
this in mind he started a new tradition by introducing each of the
Illinois ASA Hall of Fame pitchers who were in attendance one by
one to this evenings crowd and promising to introduce a different
group each year at the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.
Highland pointed out that in 2007 the Illinois ASA registered over
6000 teams and 600 umpires while produce the third highest revenue
for the ASA National organization.
Jim Nichol Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Chairman read from a plaque
that was to be presented to this years inductees so that everyone
would know what each plaque said, "Illinois Hall of Fame Amateur
Softball Association Of American In Recognition Of An Outstanding
Career In Softball the Highest Honor Attainable In The Illinois
The evening's first inductee was Fran Prochaska from Rock
Island as a coach and sponsor. He has sponsored teams since 1984
and in his twenty-two years of participation in the Illinois ASA
his teams have finished in fourth place at the state tournament
eleven times, finishing in third place twice, second place twice
and his team s also has won an Illinois ASA state title. His team
also participated in the senior division of softball where they
have collect three more second place finishes at the Illinois ASA
Introducing Prochaska was his good friend Greg Behne who said, "He
and his family have been to Africa, China, Ecuador, Antarctica,
Alaska, Spain, Morocco, Portugal New Zealand and Holland. We believe
that he is out there looking for a better team but he hasn't found
it yet." Behne went on to say, "We don't have a lot of
turnover on our team we are very loyal to Fran and Fran is very
loyal to us."
Accepting his place in the Hall of Fame Prochaska said, "My
coaching staff & I have always tried to put together a team
that could complete and give 100 percent. A team that will give
the best that it has and if they get beat, they will walk of the
field and say 'Oh' lets have another beer and the sun will shine
tomorrow. Half the fun is winning the other half is having fun."
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