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Class of 2011

Illinois ASA Hall of Fame

The Illinois Amateur Softball Association proudly announces the individuals and teams selected for induction into our Illinois Softball Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will be held at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center on April 9, 2011. The list of inductees for 2011 are as follows:

MIKE HOPKINS, Belleville…..Played men's fastpitch softball for 20 years for the best teams in the Midwest and the Nation. A slick-fielding shortstop-third baseman, “Hop” was always one of the leading hitters on his teams; United Van Lines, GMAC and Budweiser Kings in St. Louis and Decatur, Bloomington Hearts and Fairview Heights in Illinois. He hit over .400 in 1979 for Decatur. He is a member of the St. Louis Metro Hall of Fame.

LARRY DIUGUID, Royalton (Deceased)…..Played men's fastpitch softball for almost 40 years for his home town team. Hit over 300 home runs and could play any position except pitcher. MVP for state championship team in 2002. Made two All American teams while playing in the Masters Division.

HANK DUNHAM, Wood River…..Slopitch player for over 30 years on the local, state and national levels. Considered one of the finest players ever in the Southwest Illinois area. Played on ten Illinois ASA state championship teams. Also coached JO girls team(s) and won an 18 and under state championship in Galesburg in 2008.

LEROY STALEY, Casey…..Sponsor of Illinois fastpitch softball in Casey area. Organized the first boys team in Casey, his 1980 Stingers women's fastpitch team won the state championship. Also co-sponsored the Casey Truckers. Currently serving as the President of the Illinois ASA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum in Casey.

LINDA WILSON, Jacksonville…..Recognized for Meritorious Service. Played, umpired and has been an Illinois ASA commissioner for 15 years. Made all-state team in 1992 in Champaign, umpired in two national tournaments and still works in ASA state tournaments in various capacities.

LLOYD STEWART, Benton…..Lloyd has worked as an umpire for 32 years and is still working for ASA. He has umpired in 31 Illinois ASA state tournaments
and 13 ASA national tournaments. Also served as UIC for three Illinois ASA state tournaments and worked the US Olympic team game here in Illinois. Lloyd is a former recipient of the Illinois ASA Don Plarski Umpire Award.

JOE TOMLINSON, Champaign…..In men's fastpitch, Joe played over 25 years with Decatur Fleetwood Oil, Pittsburg Plate Glass, Maroa Perfect, Decatur Rileys and Sadorus Woodworth Trucking. During his career, he was named to six all state teams, four at the major level and two in the lower division. Played for the Sadorus state championship team in 1985.
NOTE: In addition to the individuals, four teams were selected for the Illinois ASA team Hall of Fame category. Those four teams are:

VANDALIA FREIGHT…. Men's fastpitch team that won 2005 and 2007 Class A National Championships.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MASTERS….. Men's over 50 team that won 1999 National Championship.

EFFINGHAM TURNER TRUCKING….Men's slopitch team that won 833 games, lost 249 and finished in the top four in the Illinois ASA state finals four times.

BNGSA (Bloomington-Normal Girls Softball Association)….JO-Youth organization

 
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