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Stepping Back In Time: Tim McGuire numbers among the best for Bloomington Beer Nuts

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

TIM McGUIRE had a successful pitching career with the Bloomington (IL) Beer Nuts, a major-caliber team from Bloomington, Illinois. Photo / The Pantograph

“I was wild as all get out. I might strike out 10, but I would walk 15 or 16.” – Tim McGuire

Pantograph staff
June 25, 1986

BLOOMINGTON, IL – The numbers don’t lie. A 22-3 record, 1.01 earned run average, 175 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 151 innings.

Without question, they add up to the best start of Tim McGuire’s softball pitching career. That, he says, is what worries him.

“The book on me is I usually throw better in July and August (than May and June),” the Bloomington Beer Nuts right-hander told a reporter at O’Neil Park, his home away from home.

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Brian Martie to be inducted into ASA softball Hall of Fame

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

By Randy Kindred /

BLOOMINGTON, Ind — In the late 1980s and early 1990s, when men’s major fastpitch softball had a presence on the Bloomington-Normal sports scene, Brian Martie was at the core of its success.

His nearly 20 years as a standout infielder included two stints with the Bloomington Hearts. Martie’s potent bat headed some impressive lineups, and tonight, he will be in good company again.

The Bloomington resident is among 10 people to be inducted into the Amateur Softball Association National Hall of Fame at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“It’s overwhelming,” Martie said Tuesday while waiting to catch a connecting flight. “There are so many awesome people I got a chance to meet and get to know (through softball).

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