2011 Illinois ASA Hall of Fame
The Illinois ASA announces the team and individual Hall
of Fame inductions for 2012. Enshrinement for the inductees will take
place at the Dragons Dome in Pekin on Saturday, April 14th at the annual
Illinois ASA Commissioners Council Meeting. The actual location of the
state Hall of Fame and Museum is in Casey, Illinois. The individuals
and teams to be honored follow.
Merle Adams, Decatur (deceased), Meritorious Service: Merle played
men's fast-pitch softball for 30 years with teams such as Clinton, Cerro
Gordo, Agenta and Maroa. While pitching for Cerro Gordo, he won 85 and
lost 45. He also managed the Maroa Red Door team. Suffered a heart attack
and died in the pitching circle for his Maroa team in 1973.
Bruce Evans, Bloomington, Meritorious Service: Bruce has been
the Illinois ASA Junior Olympic Assistant Commissioner for 15 years.
Among his duties are administering the Illinois ASA website, handling
team registrations, scheduling and financing. He is the Illinois ASA
technology consultant to the national office and has been involved in
the BNGSA JO program for many years.
Judy Higginbotham Miebeck, Marshall, Fast-pitch Player: Judy
was the star centerfielder and manager for the Clark County Culverette's
for many years. She went on to play for the Decatur Stingers for seven
years. During those years, the Stingers won 284 and lost 181 and won
the 1980 Illinois ASA state championship. She finished her career with
a .320 batting average.
Mark "Bubba" Palmer, Marion, Slo-pitch Player: Mark
was one of the greatest power hitters in the history of ASA softball.
He played for most of the best teams in the Midwest including the St.
Clair A's and Belcher Construction. He has already been inducted into
the St. Louis Metro Hall of Fame and the USSSA Hall of Fame. He played
for over 25 years.
Chris Smith, Macomb, Umpire: Chris has umpired for almost a quarter
of a century. His tournament experience includes eight state tournaments
and six nationals. He has attended two National Umpire Schools and has
been actively involved in the Macomb softball league.
Carl Stacey, Calvert City, Kentucky: Sponsor: Carl sponsored
softball teams for over fifteen years. His best and most well known
team was Arcola S and K Rigging, a squad that won the 1978 ASA Class
A Men's Fast-pitch National Championship. Carl was also a driving force
and major donor to the construction process for the Arcola City Park
Tom Streder, Springfield, Sponsor: Tom has sponsored men's slo-pitch
teams for sixteen years in A, B, C and D ASA state tournaments. Also
sponsored and played in the ASA Coed State Tournament(s). His teams
won state championships in 1995 and 1998 and finished 2nd in Coed state
in 1996 and 1998.
Mary Sylvester, Pleasant Plains, Umpire: Mary has thirty-five
years fast-pitch umpiring experience and a resume' which includes twenty
state tournaments, nine JO Youth National Tournaments and one men's
Masters 45 and Over National Tournament. An Illinois ASA Don Plarski
Award recipient in 2011, she is also highly regarded in IHSA umpiring
Albert Zeller, Peoria, Sponsor: Albert sponsored ASA teams from 1985-2001.
His best-known team was Avantis, a women's fast-pitch team regarded
as one of the premier clubs in the Midwest and the Nation for many years.
His teams won six state championships and participated in twelve national
The following teams/organizations will also be inducted into the Illinois
ASA Hall of Fame at the Banquet in Pekin on April 14, 2012:
Stewardson-Strasberg Tates Farm Implement - Men's fast-pitch
team participated in ASA for over twenty years with an overall won-lost
record of 1,290 and 634. Finished as a state tournament runner-up eight
times (some A and some AA) and won Class A state championship in 1989.
Wood River Aces - Men's slo-pitch team that participated in ASA
for 22 years with an overall record of 728 wins and 439 losses. In ASA
state tournament competition, the Aces finished 2nd twice, 3rd once
and 5th twice. Also participated in ASA Midwest Regional Tournaments
in Alton, Sioux City, Iowa: Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Limestone Girls JO Organization: The team/organization was founded
in 1975 and has produced four state championships and three regional
championships. Still participating at high level.
Washington Cobras Girls JO Organization: The team / organization
was founded in 1978 and is still in competition today. The organization
has produced four ASA sate championship teams.