Kevin Kammueller, a NAFA Hall of Famer and 20-year anniversary star

Written by Bob on July 20th, 2012

Minnesotan, Kevin Kammueller will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies at the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas. He was also honored as one of NAFA’s top ball players in the organizations 20-year existance (1993-2012). Photo By BOB OTTO

“I think Kevin’s love for this game outweighs everything else about him.” – Cal-State Builders sponsor and manager Dave Carlton.

SHAKOPEE, MN – Like many pitchers in the fastpitch game, Kevin Kammueller took a roundabout way before he found his way into the pitching circle. The big right-hander caught some, and he split time in the outfield and infield.

He admits that he won’t be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest hitters or fielders. But pitching, now that’s an entirely different matter. Kammueller has developed into one of the greatest in the history of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA).

On July 17, NAFA named its 20th Year Anniversary team (1993-2012) and Kammueller was one of the 36 all-stars honored by the organization. But that’s not all. At the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas, he will also be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame.

“I am honored to be included with a bunch of good players that NAFA has assembled,” said Kammuller, 46, who got his start in the game when some local St. Paul guys decided to start a fastpitch team in the 1980s.

From that modest beginning, his fastpitch star has steadily risen. He ranks as one of the best to ever hurl a softball in Minnesota and in NAFA World Series play; amassing a long list of accomplishments.

In 2003, he pitched Jeraldine’s of St. Paul to a NAFA World Series A Division championship. He’s also been named an All-World pitcher at the NAFA Open level.

But it’s at the Masters division where he’s really excelled. He’s helped his Jordan Realty team claim championships in the East Age 40-Over in 2007 and 2011, along with a 2010 co-championship in the East 45-Over. And last season, he switched coasts and led the Cal-State Builders of San Mateo to the title in the West 40-Over World Series.

In the 2011 East 40-Over championship, he was selected All-World. But he reached the pinnacle for pitchers at the 2011 West 40-Over, by claiming the Most Valuable Pitcher award.

But one crown stands tall above the rest.

“The East 40-Over Masters win in 2007 will always be a special one,” he said. “Benjie (Hedgecock, NAFA Executive Director) even told us that we had no chance of winning that tournament because the field was too tough for my merry band of misfits.Well, we proved him wrong and squeaked out a couple 1-0 victories to prove we could play with some of the best Masters teams around.”

2012 finds Kammueller once again hurling for the Builders; his second season pitching for the San Mateo based team. He had a great 2010 season, pitching the Builders to 17th place in the ISC World Tournament, which included 46 of the world’s top teams.

Among the world tournament’s top 66 pitchers, Kammueller ranked fifth best with a 4-2 record in 35 innings, along with a 1.40 ERA and 33 strikeouts. Although he wasn’t selected as an all-world pitcher, he certainly had to be in strong contention.

“I think Kevin’s love for this game outweighs everything else about him,” said Builders sponsor and manager Dave Carlton. “Although he has great talent, spirit, passion and resiliency, it’s the love for the game that I think really defines him. He is one of the old-schoolers that is not looking for a payday and helps keep the game alive.”

Come September Kammueller will once again be hurling in NAFA Masters tournaments. And he will be busy. In the age 40 and 45-over tournaments, he will pitch for Jordan Realty in the East tournament at Rockford, IL (Sept. 7-9). Then the next weekend he’ll be in Carson City, Nev. pitching in the West Masters tournaments.

And the right-hander will most likely be adding to his NAFA legacy and accomplishments that earned him a place in the Hall of Fame and 20th Year Anniversary team.

“Kevin’s induction into the NAFA Hall of Fame and as a selection to the 20-year anniversary team are not only well earned, but well deserved,” Carlton said. “He is the kind of person I want to play the game with.”

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Deb Speidel says:

    Way to go big brother! Quite the accomplishment!

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