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Gerry Gund - NSA National Hall of Fame

Article compliments of Dennis Yohnka, Daily Journal Sports.

Photo Taken by Jim Kimmell

He was a fixture in the softball field for years. He was a constant on the tournament planning committees. But Kankakee's Gerry Gund was most comfortable working behind the scenes, making calls and meeting people — always promoting softball.

His playing skills were honed, starting as a sixth grader. His event planning talents were learned, in his 20s, at the knee of St. Anne's Terry Sirois and Walt Andrews. But his love of promoting the game seems to have been an inherent thing.

And all of those attributes played a role in Gund's recent election into the National Softball Association Hall of Fame. It may have been the next logical step after his 2007 induction into Illinois softball hall, but the recognition, complete with commemorative ring, was not a foregone conclusion.

"It is an unbelievable honor," he said. "Over 40 years of tournaments has brought back plenty of old and new friends, players, coaches, fans, umpires and staff."

Along the way, Gund earned a trophy case full of hardware, recognition for achievements such as directing the NSA's girls fast-pitch World Series in 2002, 2005 and 2006. In fact, he served 15 years for the NSA, and earned a wide range of awards there, including state director of the year.

Of course, slow-pitch was his game. He played as long as he could and then wound up serving as director for 22 World Series events — including the Super World Series nine times.

Gund's induction into the national hall took place November 5, in ceremonies held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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