Looking forward to the 2016 ISC World Tournament

Written by Bob on July 26th, 2016
Wonderful, nostalgic Phil Welch Stadium with its covered wooden bleachers in St. Joseph, Missouri, hosted the 2000 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Wonderful, nostalgic Phil Welch Stadium with its covered wooden bleachers in St. Joseph, Missouri, hosted the 2000 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, Ill. – It’s been 17 years since I attented an ISC World Tournament, and that was at St. Joseph, Missouri in 2000 where the Decatur (IL) Pride won the championship by defeating the Broken Bow (Neb.) Travelers 2-1 at Phil Welch Stadium.

But after this long hiatus, I’ll be heading to Moline, Ill. and Green Valley Sports Complex to watch the final three days of the tournament as the best club teams the sport has to offer battle from Aug. 13-20 for the 2016 ISC World Championship.

The great Peter Meredith of Salt Lake City Larry Miller Toyota fires a pitch during the 2000 ISC World Tournament at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph, Missouri. Meredith's ISC career extended from 1980-2001. He finished No. 2  all-time in world tournament victories with 60. Photo By BOB OTTO

The great Peter Meredith of Salt Lake City Larry Miller Toyota fires a pitch during the 2000 ISC World Tournament at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph, Missouri. Meredith’s ISC career extended from 1980-2001. He finished No. 2 all-time in world tournament victories with 60. Photo By BOB OTTO

The players I once photographed have since left the game. No longer do White, Algar, Meredith, Rychcik, Abbot, Sorenson, Martin, Middleton, Boys, Zack, Wahl, Martie, Miljavac, Walford, Tangaroa, Schott, Seaman, Makea, Wallin and Wiebe…and so many other great stars of fastball of a bygone era thrill fans with their amazing talent.

But the current stars, of this new era are every bit as talented as the old guard. Stars such as Folkard, Jones, McCullough, Shailes, Kronk, Zechman, Mata, Cleary, Ellsworth, Ezekiel, Johnson and Mancha…will try with every ounce of their talent and toughness to win a world championship for their teams.

Let the games begin!

At the 2000 ISC World Tournament, a then young Billy Sizemore got St. Joseph Meierhoffer pitcher Chris Bigelow to autograph his softball. Bigelow (2-2, 0.88 ERA) helped St. Joseph finish fourth at 6-2 in the 48 team tournament.  Photo By BOB OTTO

At the 2000 ISC World Tournament, a then young Billy Sizemore got St. Joseph Meierhoffer pitcher Chris Bigelow to autograph his softball. Bigelow (2-2, 0.88 ERA) helped St. Joseph finish fourth at 6-2 in the 48 team tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

7 Comments so far ↓

  1. John Younger says:

    Thanks Bob Great Memories !

  2. Bob says:

    Thanks John, I loved it in St. Joe. Great ISC tournament and Meierhoffer did the city proud. If you’re in Moline, please flag me down.

  3. Mal Swift says:

    Many of the same stars you photographed not too long ago are still at it in the ISC Legends division. Algar, Meredith, Boys, Zack, Martie, Walford,Price, Price, Challis, Hoffman, Sleep, Gillis, just to mention a few will be participating. ps Bring your camera as is “Where are they now “.

  4. Bob says:

    I knew many of them played Legends, but I was referring to the World Tournament. I’m looking forward to the Legends tourney and hope to at least cover the semis and championship games. See you there Mal. I like that title, “Where Are They Now.”

  5. Steve says:

    I use to watch the Farm practice up at the university fields in Eau Claire, WI. Farm always came up a day early for the Classic. Rod would drive up that Corvette and him and Algar would get out of that car like they were the king and prince of softball, ha. But I remember Abbot was amazing at BP, could literally hit ball after ball 300 ft and in the same area. It would just be white in one spot like snow but it was all softballs. I wish I could tell stories about all those guys, but I would hog the comment section. Man I miss those days.

  6. Bob says:

    Steve, I’ve got plenty of space, so tell all the stories you want! This was a good story. Thanks for sending.

  7. Steve says:

    I wish I could remember who hit it or the team. But Algar was throwin for Farm and he got just rocked on Hobbs field up at Carson Park this particular game. At the time, that never happened, he was on the top of his game. But to put Paul out of his misery for this game some guy just hit a bomb over that big RF fence on the Hobbs field. The ball had to have landed at least halfway down that hill, and then it must have rolled. Someone later said they found the ball floating near the bank in Half Moon, that lake down there.
    Also, Hennigar was the best player who could play hungover I ever saw. I didn’t realize it at the time, but sometimes in fastpitch when your tired or even wasted you can still play out of your mind cause you aren’t thinking about how hard this game really is. It makes total sense now why Jody was able to do what he did. But at the time It was like, how the hell can he do this and do it this good. I believe you wrote once that he was the Babe Ruth of fastpitch
    softball, yea he definitely was.

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