41st Illinois ASA Hall
Held at the Decatur Holiday
Inn & Convention Center
Hall of Fame - Class of 2011
(L-R) LeRoy Staley, Lloyd Stewart, Hank Dunham,
Mrs. Larry Diuguid, Linda Wilson & Mike
The 41st Annual Illinois ASA Hall f Fame Induction Banquet was
held on Saturday April 9, 2011 at the Decatur Hotel and Conference
Center in Decatur. Illinois ASA Commissioner Ken Hancock gave
the invocation before more than three hundred sixty people were
served a buffet style dinner before seeing seven individuals and
four teams enter into this hallowed hall of honor for their outstanding
Don Brewer the Illinois ASA State Commissioner served as the Master
of Ceremonies and he kept the evening's program moving with the
help of his good friend and Illinois ASA Commission Jerry Stewart
who also is the cochairman of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Committee.
E.T. Colvin, from Mississippi, the ASA National President elect,
was in attendance and was also given an honorary induction into
the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame. Colvin accepting this honorary
induction chose to address those being inducted by saying, "One
of the great things about being president elect is that I get
to attend these types of functions and meet people who love the
game of softball as much as I do." He closed by saying; "Thank
you for allowing me join you tonight in enjoying these festivities
tonight and if they're ever is anything that I can do for you
my name is in all of those two hundred thousand rules books out
there, and I look forward to the rest of the evening"
Brewer asked for all the member of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame
to stand and be recognized. Brewer went on to recognized all the
ASA commissioners and dignitaries in attendance.
The Illinois ASA Hall of Fame museum from Casey made a short presentation
showing what they have done since the ribbon cutting of the Hall
of Fame last July 3rd.
Before the evening's program ended three special awards that are
so important in the Illinois ASA that are given annually at the
Hall of Fame. The Don Plarski Umpire Award for umpiring accomplishments
over the coarse of their career was earned by Mary Sylvester.
Jerry Stewart presented this award to her by saying, "I had
several male umpires come up to me and ask why we (The ASA) were
choosing women to work the state championship game of the Men's
45 & Over National Tournament and I simple told them because
they earned the job."
Accepting Mary Sylvester said, "Umpiring has been a big part
of my life. And I have made a lot of friends. Umpiring is a family
just like a softball team is a family." She closed with a
simple "Thank you."
This year's recipient of the Moreland Fink JO Award was Cary Frey
Cary who was not able to attend this year's induction banquet
so Bob Adams who was to present this award to him accepted on
The Rowe - McCord Meritorious Service Award was award to Paul
Tomazzoli for his lifelong dedication to the Illinois ASA program.
Jerry Stewart presented this most prestigious award to Tomazzoli
by saying, "I worked with Paul in Effingham at the Women's
State tournament and I thought I saw something there. I think
he has a chance to make a real good umpire. He stayed with and
he stayed with and he is one of the best!"
Accepting his award Tomazzoli said, "This award is a great
privilege I want to thank the ASA and also I want to thank my
wife. Thank you."
L) Mary Sylvester was awarded
the Don Plarski Award
R) Paul Tomazzolli was awarded
the Rowe-McCord Meritorious Service Award