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2nd Annual ASA Hall of Fame Banquet

Sixteen Individuals Awarded The States Highest Honor

Decatur: One of the changes that Don Brewer has brought to the Illinois ASA program since taking over the reins from the late Chuck McCord was to host an annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony. On Saturday March 27th at the Decatur Holliday Inn Conference Center fifteen individuals joined the selective company of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame, the highest honor attainable by the Illinois ASA.
The evening opened with a welcome from Don Brewer the ASA State Commissioner followed by a few remarks from him before turning over the festivities to Ken Hancock the ASA Regional Director, who provided the invocation. After a sit down dinner the festivities got under way with Jim Nicol (Chairman of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Committee) setting a smooth but quickly paced induction ceremony for the two hundred ten people in attendance.
Umpire Fred Barfield was introduced first to the audience first by Bob Daniels who said, "He was willing to do what was needed to make sure that the tournaments were everything that they could be for the players and the umpires."
In accepting his award Barfield thanked those individuals who gave him his first shot at umpiring and also those individuals who believed in him and opened the door so that he could umpire at the ASA National Tournament.
Leroy Emerick presented manager Jeff Davis next by saying, "His team represented the state of Illinois with pride and honor as they played in softball tournaments in thirteen other states over the years."
Davis said while accepting his award remembered to thank not only his players and sponsors but also the people who made the phone calls, took care of plane tickets, rental cars and hotel arrangements. He closed by saying, "I would like to thank my family for allowing me to follow my dream and have a national power house team."
Slugger Larry Davis was next to being formally inducted after being presented to those in attendance by his good friend Pete Salvo who got him started in fast-pitch softball. Salvo hit upon many high spots in Davis career before Davis took the microphone to thank the ASA and his teammates for giving him this honor.
Jim Fassero was introduced by Larry Ginger who said, "I got to know Jim real well since I was a catcher and he kept crossing home plate, so I talked him into playing for my team the next season."
In accepting is award Fassero recalled a tournament that he played in that was held in Nashville, TN. By the time he got home on Monday morning the sun was up and he stopped by the house to make sure his wife was up and did not have time to change his cloths so he went straight to work in the coal mines with his ball uniform on.
Buster Chumbley spoke next on behalf of his friend Hall Of Famer Barry Freeman and said, "Barry said that I was the player who played with him the most, and I only played with him for four years. Barry was known as the gypsy of ASA softball."

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