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Illinois ASA News Release

The 2nd Annual Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
and Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 27th at 6:00 PM at the Decatur Holiday Inn.

Fifteen former Illinois softball greats have been selected for enshrinement in this year's
Hall of Fame Class. The list of inductees and a brief biography of each follows:

BRIAN MARTIE - Bloomington (Ramsay), Illinois

  • Appeared in every National Tournament from 1986 - 2000
  • Three-time MVP of Illinois ASA State Tournament
  • Participated on the 1998 USA Softball National Team, where hw hit .300
  • First Team ASA All-American in 1997 and 1998
  • Third team ASA All-American in 1993
  • Played on teams that finished 3rd and 4th in the ASA National Tournaments
  • Won a gold medal in the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival

GARY ROSENDOHL - Percy, Illinois

  • Played Men's Fast-Pitch Softball for 15 years with Decatur A's, Murdale Oilers, Alton Leary and Meade
  • Played for St Louis Budweiser Kings, Pinckneyville Celtics and Steelville American Legion. Decatur, Murdale and Alton all won state titles during his tenure with teams.

STEVE PORTER - Alton, Illinois

  • Editor of Alton Telegraph
  • Formerly Sports Editor of the Alton Telegraph
  • Covered ASA Softball for over 20 years

JEFF DAVIS - Wood River, Illinois

  • Men's Slo-Pitch Manager
  • Sponsor of teams such as Phonemasters/TPS and Kohlers. These teams won one National Championship and three (3) State Championships.

GEORGE RENNER - Granite City, Illinois

  • Manager of fames Belleville Whiz Kids. This Women's Slo-Pitch team won 12 Illinois ASA state titles and finished 2nd in the nation in the 1989 National Tournament.

LYNN RENNER - Granite City, Illinois

  • Star Pitcher for the Belleville Whiz Kids
  • Made First Team All-American in 18989

PAUL TOMAZZOLI - Hillsboro, Illinois

  • Long-time umpire for Illinois ASA
  • Worked several State and national Tournaments
  • Currently the Fast-Pitch UIC for Illinois ASA

JIM WESTBROOK (Deceased) - Hillsboro, Illinois

  • Great 3rd baseman for the Coffeen Roadrunners, formerly one of the top Class A teams in Illinois

JIM FASSERO - Kinkaid, Illinois

  • A fast-pitch player, manager for over 20 years in Taylorville before switching to Decatur Riley team in 1966-1968
  • Competed in Men's Fast-Pitch Softball from 1952 to 1996 when he retired at the age of 59

EUGENE 'PETE' PETROVICH - Mascoutah, Illinois

  • Fast-pitch player, manager and sponsor for 61 years.
  • Still manages Pete's Blues
  • Competes as a player in Senior Softball at 76 years of age

FRED BARDFIELD - Orlando, Florida (Decatur)

  • Veteran umpire who has worked many State and national Tournaments

RAY ROBERSON- Champaign, Illinois

  • Manager for many years in Champaign-Urbana area

LARRY DAVIS - Peoria, Illinois

  • Fast-pitch power hitter who had outstanding career with Peoria Pow Wow, Bloomington GMC, Springfield Quality Furniture and Peoria Keystone

BARRY FREEMAN - Wright City, Missouri

  • Pitch for Decatur A's, Decatur Riley's and Springfield Quality Furniture
  • Most Valuable Player for 1973 State Champion Quality Furniture

FORREST 'BUTCH' WOODS - Bloomington, Illinois

  • Made 1st Team All-State five times as a catcher fro Bloomington Hearts and Bloomington GMC

The Illinois ASA Hall of Fame was established in 1969. It is the highest honor attainable by a player, manager, sponsor, media or fan. The public is invited to the induction ceremonies. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased from the Illinois ASA State Commissioner Don Brewer at 618/684-6864 or Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Chairman Jim Nicol at 217/877-2121.

 

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