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Illinois Amateur Softball Association

2010 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center

The Illinois Amateur Softball Association proudly announces the individuals and teams selected into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame. Six individuals and four teams will be honored at this years induction banquet. The list of Inductees for 2010 are as follows:

BILL PHILLIPS from Belleville: Phillips pitched for twenty-five plus years for teams in the Belleville area. His 1980 team, Fairview Heights Merchants finished in second place at the ASA Men's Class A National Fast-pitch Tournament in Oswego, New York. Phillips is considered to be one of the top three pitchers in the seventy-five year history of the Belleville City League.

LARRY GINGER from Taylorville: Ginger has been involved in ASA softball for over thirty years as a player, manager and sponsor. Ginger played for eighteen years compiling a .318 lifetime batting average. His Taylorville JO teams won six consecutive state championships. His 1979 and 1980 teams respectively finished in second place and third place at the ASA JO National Tournaments

GLEN BRANDT from Pleasant Plains: Brandt sponsored the Pleasant Plaines Brandt Chemical team for over twenty-five years. His 1985 team won the Illinois ASA Men's Major Fast-pitch State Tournament. Brandt is also a longtime sponsor and supporter of local youth teams.

PAT CREEK from Quincy: Creek has been an ASA Umpire for thirty-six seasons during which time she has been selected to and worked five ASA National Tournaments. Creek has also worked countless state tournaments. Creek umpired the first-ever 18 & Under Gold national Tournament, The Coed major Slopitch Nationals Tournament and the first ever Women's Slopitch National Tournament. She also serves as a rules interpreter for the Illinois High School Athletic Association.

GARY FRAASE from Pleasant Plains: Fraase has participated in Illinois ASA Men;s Fast-pitch softball for thirty-five years as a player and manager. Fraase played with teams from the Springfield area before managing the Springfield Brandts from 1978 through 1983. In 1977 he set a Illinois ASA Men's Major Fast-pitch record with six hits in one game during the Illinois ASA Men's Major Fast-pitch State Tournament that season.

GARY LONNON from Cerro Gordo: Lonnon who is now deceased was an all around outstanding player from Central Illinois during the 1960's. Lonnon was named to three Illinois ASA Men's Major Fast-pitch All-State Tournament while playing for Cerro Gordo, Decatur Perfect, Perfect Window Cleaners, Decatur Rileys and Maroa Red Door. Lonnon was a perennial .300 hitter and he hit a career high seventeen home runs during the 1961 season.

In addition to the above named inductees, the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame committee has selected the following organizations for induction into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in the team category:

Bloomington Lady Hearts ..................Women's Fast-pitch

Quincy Jets........................................ JO Youth Fast-pitch ...

Champaign Nohren Farms ................. Man's Master Fast-pitch ......

Pleasant Plans Bandits ....................... Men's Fast-pitch

Formal Induction ceremonies will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center. For ticket information contact Cathy Anderson, Decatur/Forsythe Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-331-4479.

 

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