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  1. Glen Moreland says:

    Congratulations to Darren on his enshrinement into the ISC Hall of Fame.

    This is a wonderful accomplishment which is well earned and much deserved.

    A great ambassador for fastball,
    a tremendous competitor, a true champion and above all real gentleman!

  2. Kammueller says:

    It was a privledge to finally throw against Darren at the AAU this past January. I proudly add my name to the long list of losing pitchers.

  3. Larry Lynch says:

    In 1993 when the Toronto Gators burst onto the fastball scene with a Napoleonic surge, the Waterloo Twins played them in practically every tournament around, and regularly in the ISC Travel League. We lost to Toronto 13 times that season, and Darren was on the mound for 12 of them. Our club had some pretty good hitters but the best ofthem came back to the bench just shaking their heads,” that guy is unhittable ” was the response. Over the years we had many epic Gator battles an later when darren moved to Tampa and Decatur we saw the master Z do his magic with those teams as well. Two things stick out regarding Darren: 1995 ISC ‘s and 10 straight shutout wins will never be matched. It was a privelege to watch the great one completely dominate the opposition. Secondly, and I think the most compelling of all the great Darren stories or memories, his humility. He has never failed to embrace a fan, sign an autograph or pose for a photo. He is the Babe Ruth of our game and there isn’t a teammate, an opposition player or coach, or a fan who would not agree, he is the best thing that has happened to our game in this era. Congratulations Darren, you are a pitching giant with a heart to match. Larry Lynch

  4. Bob says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I pitched for the So. Calif. Bronze in the 1983 ASA A Nationals in Bloomington, Ill. When I interviewed Darren, he said he pitched in the tournament too. His team finished fifth, he thought (forgot to ask him which team). He would have been about 23.

    I should make a post and list all the pitchers who have lost to him and what they have to say about the game..:)

  5. Glen Moreland says:

    Congratulations Darren on your upcoming induction into the ISC Hall Of Fame.

    I agree with Hawk that Darren was an outstanding pitcher and a great competitor but it will be for his humility and roll as the sports ambassador that he will be most remembered!

    After a wonderful career with many accomplishments this induction is well deserved.

    Always playing the game the in the spirit it was meant to be played Darren truely is a real gentleman.

    Well done!

  6. Derek Mercer says:

    Had the privledge to play against, and coach with Newfoundland teams against one of the best human beings, and pitchers a person could ever know.
    Congrats. Zack.

  7. vivian hermsen says:

    Hi Kevin: I am a first nations fan of fastball from years, back when my brother Reg Underwood first started fastball in Victoria. Darren was the greatest role model any young up coming ball player could look up to. I recall a game in Victoria when Darren’s was playing and he was not playing at the time, Darren was on his way to the washroom when he spotted my Dad in the stands and he made a point of coming over and shaking his hand and saying “hello Mr. Underwood it is a pleasure to see you again.” My dad thought he had died and went to heaven. Well my Dad has gone to heaven and I know he was just as proud of his son Reg as he was of Darren. Congratulations Darren to you and your family, cause we all know that the family goes through every inning played weather we are there at the game or home with the kids. It is not always affordable or easy with kids in school or to young to travel. So just knowing that they understand and support you makes every pitch or swing of the bat a little easier. So Darren give your family a big hug from the Hermsen/Underwood family and remember it not just our roots one looks at but what we produce from that tree we were gifted with. God bless you and your family. I just thought of a game my son Gary played against you and he joked and asked if he put his status card on his bat if that would help him get a hit. We laughed for years after cause that game he did make contact with the first pitch and got on, on a error which he never forgot. love ya Darren and THANK YOU for years of enjoyment.

  8. Nick McCurry says:

    Congrats Z-Man! I had the honor of having Darren pitch for our Ashland ESS team. I knew we would have trouble keeping him for long, as you could see he had the ability to be the best in the world. (turns out, I was right,he was the best). It was always an honor and a real pleasure to compete with and against him over the years. Z-Man, you are first class, on and off the field. Thanks for the memories! Nick

  9. Doug your number 1 fan says says:

    It is a honour to call Darren and his family my friends.I watched Darren first pitch in the super tough New Zealand curcit with all the best kiwi pitchers he did great on a average team in 1989. He then came to Vancouver in 1989 to play and we have been good friends ever since.What a true legend of the game I was so truly blessed to watch him pitch so many games in the tough Norwest.Have a great day in midland Zee your number 1 fan and Pal Dougie bro

  10. Les Barber says:

    Congratulations to the Greatest Fastball Pictcher of All Time on your Trifecta of Fastball Hall of Fame Inductions, as Larry Lynch says in his comments you are the Babe Ruth and the Nolan Ryan of Fastball, Bob Otto did a great job in not only writing about Darren Zack’s Legendary Pitching accomplishments, but about Darren as a wonderful, kind Human Being that always had time for Fans and time to mentor young people, I once told a friend I would have loved to have hit against Darren and been his Catcher and then I thought about it again, just being his Catcher would have been fine.
    Les “Ironman” Barber

  11. RICK ELIAS says:

    Congrats Darren. It is a well deserved honor. Im proud to have played with and against you.You and your family are excellant people first and unbelievable ambassadors for the game.

  12. Craig Crawford says:

    It was a thrill playing with and against Darren over the years. One little known thing in 1995 when we had lost to the Ravens, I was in right field when a high throw to the plate allowed the winning run to score. In the face of defeat Darren put his arm around me and let me know that “This is how records are broken pal”. The rest is history. Something I will never forget.

  13. abbie carricato says:

    hey big guy–just finished reading about your accomplishments in fastball. congrats for being an outstanding athlete and person. keep on that highway.best of luck in future.

  14. Harry Boghigian says:

    Caught Darren back in 83 with the Belmont Merchants. Without a doubt the greatest pitcher i ever play with or against. Back then we played against The Fog, Dennis Armel, Al Lewis, the Quinn Brothers. He beat them all and this was when he was a kid. No surprise to me turned out to be the best ever. The thing i appreciated the most about Darren, was that he was a kind compassionate human being and a great teammate. Congratulations Darren on your upcoming induction. Still have the old Belmont Merchants Yearbook if you would like it.

  15. carmen guenette says:

    my dad caught for you and you are also my cuzin apperantly witch makes me feel pretty special.. that i will try to live up to your great achivements im am already starting to pitch and when im a bit older i will be better and hope to play in isc’s just as you did.

  16. Just wanted to congratulate Darren for his achievement and to thank him also for his contribution to the sport. As a native person, I am extremely proud of him and what he has done to raise the level of achievement for our people. It is a treat and honor to see him come out for the Native Canadians every year. I hope he continues to show up. Darren is featured in our CNFC website under our Athlete Profile section.

  17. Thank you for the article. I will post a link to it =)

  18. Bob says:

    Thank you Stephanie. I saw Darren pitch in three ISC World Tournaments. He’s in that rarified class of athletes we call “one of the best of all time.” I enjoyed talking with him and writing about him. Here in southern California it’s the Native Americans and Latinos that are keeping the sport going. The Soboba reservation had a 14 or 16 team tournament in November. That’s really good numbers for these parts.

  19. David Matte says:

    Congrats Zack,You were always the best. I just wanted to say keep in touch with me on Facebook, we can talk about those crazy Port Aux Basques days,David Matte

  20. Anne Keshane-Rowan says:

    Love it! I’ll play till i can’t play anymore, what’s summer without ball, eh?…Now thats so true. Love of the game, can’t be good if you don’t love what you do!

  21. Tim Henderson Sr. says:

    It sure was great to see ya pitch. I hope to see ya at the games at Bloomberg. Congratulation big fella.

  22. syl skalecki says:

    congrats Darren—you are true inspiration to all young children —your character and humbling manner is admired by your nation and all nations worldwide– garden river and sault ste marie are very proud of you………best wishes to you and family—-syl

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