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Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

“Al Doran literally changed the game of fastball when he got involved. He became the focal point for fastball news. The game has never been the same since.” – Blair Setford

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RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – In the world of fastball, Al Doran is known as a visionary, a game changer, a technology expert. And if you were to fix a title on him, “Friend of Fastball,” fits pretty well.

For he certainly has been that and more; especially to the International Softball Congress (ISC) and legions of fastball fans worldwide.

His ball diamond exploits won’t win him much fame. He played fastball as a teenager and adult, and he coached boys and girls’ fastball in Toronto.

But off the field?

That’s where he’s made his mark. Doran has nearly 50 years of experience in the design, development and application of computer-based information systems.


Back in 1995, he saw that fastball had a major problem: It had very little Internet presence. So he took his professional expertise, turned to fastball and basically said: let me help you broadcast fastball news and market this wonderful sport on the Internet.

“I decided to do something because no one in the media, with the exception of Bob Tomlinson and his Fastpitch Chronicle was talking about the sport,” said Doran. “But the Chronicle often took months to get to subscribers and by then a tournament in your own town could be over, and almost no one knew about it.”

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Hill United Chiefs perfect in Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Justin Schofield (circa 2012), helped Hill United Chiefs win the Peter Hallman tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

ST. CLEMENTS, ON, Canada – Check out the game-by-game results of the Peter Hallman Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament provided by Gary Baughman and Al Doran of Al’s Fastball.


Six new members inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men's championship teams.

Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men’s championship teams. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1998 ISC World Tournament

MOLINE, IL – During ceremonies at the ISC World Tournament, six outstanding individuals were inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame.

  • Tom Boyd, umpire, New Tripoli, PA
  • Daniel D. Dolan Family, sponsor, Aurora, IL
  • Thomas Makea, outfielder, New Zealand
  • Jarrad Martin, first base, outfielder, pitcher, New Zealand
  • Todd Martin, pitcher, Ontario, CA
  • Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa, New Zealand
  • To read their Hall of Fame biographies, visit: alsfastball / ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2016

    Check out Al’s Fastball redesigned website. Fantastic!

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015


    Al Doran has been promoting, marketing and sharing the latest news about men’s fastball, and recently he unveiled his new-look website.

    Check it out at alsfastball, I’m certain you will like the new style and format.

    Al Doran was inducted into the in 2008 for his many years of service to the ISC and to fastpitch softball.

    Read “Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball” to learn more about his devotion to fastball.

    2015 ISC World Tournament set, schedule released

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

    2015 ISC Tournament.2lr Photo by MATT ELLICK, Photographer and Diamond Supervisor for the Belleville Softball Complex.

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For all the information concerning the ISC World Tournament, Aug. 8-15, at the Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend, visit 2015 ISC World Tournament and Alsfastball By Al Doran .

    Official tournament website
    ISC team rosters
    World Tournament bracket
    World Tournament umpires

    2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship photos by The Star Phoenix of Saskatoon

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

    ISF Photos.1lr Team Canada infielder Ian Fehrman looks to the umpire to see if he tagged Team New Zealand outfielder Ben Enoka during the 14th Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe field, June 28, 2015.

    SASKATOON, SK, CANADA – Look and enjoy some terrific World Softball Championships photos taken at Bob Van Impe Stadium and Gordon Howe Softball Stadium in Saskatoon by photojournalists of the Star Phoenix newspaper.

    A cap tip to Al Doran of Al’s Fastball for providing the information.

    Men’s fastpitch does a poor job marketing itself

    Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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    YUCAIPA, Calif. – In 1979 I got into the insurance business when a very successful friend convinced me that selling auto, home and life policies could be financially lucrative.

    The first thing he advised me – actually warned me – was something I’ve never forgotten about marketing:

    “If you don’t let people know what you do, you will fail.”

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    Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

    YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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    Boys of Summer tournament to honor ‘Creature’ Krueger

    Sunday, July 13th, 2014

    Andrew Pekarek, Press-Gazette Media
    6:40 p.m. CDT July 10, 2014

    Former Circle Tap manager will have No. 38 retired at tournament

    DENMARK, Wisc. – Wayne “Creature” Krueger never traveled without his catcher’s gear.

    It was a habit the Denmark native developed as a teenager when he started playing fastpitch softball at Greenleaf’s Way-Morr County Park in the 1960s. And it came in handy when he transitioned to manager of the Circle Tap team in the mid-1990s and was occasionally needed to fill in behind in the plate.

    But pitcher Jeff Umentum remembers one time when Krueger forgot a very important piece of equipment.

    “He didn’t have a cup for protection, so he used a French fries basket from inside the bar,” Umentum said. “We threw it out afterwards. But he wanted a little protection because I was known for throwing some in the dirt.”

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    Rod Peterson and the Farm Tavern’s legacy begins at 1996 ISC World Tournament

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    Boyd Dahlman drilled a home run that helped the Farm Tavern defeat Broken Bow, Neb. Qualigraph, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the 1996 ISC World Tournament and is greeted by his teammates as he crosses home plate. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, WISC. – The big question at the 1996 ISC World Tournament: Would this be the year that Rod Peterson and his Farm Tavern ball club of Madison would finally win a world championship?

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