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Late, great fastpitch legend Dave Blackburn to be honored

Monday, July 14th, 2014

blackburn.dave Dave Blackburn will be honored at a memorial celebration of his remarkable life, July 26, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

By Larry Silfen

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – Please join us on Saturday July 26th at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, 10900 Pioneer Boulevard to pay tribute to our great pal Dave Blackburn.

This will be the final SCIFL Tournament of the season and a great venue to share memories about Dave, aka “Breeder.

There will be a SHORT ceremony on Field 1 after the 10:30 AM games which will be broadcast on Ballpark Radio. That will be followed on Ballpark Radio by a Maccabi USA game.

Many of Dave’s friends and teammates past and present will be on hand.

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A Hall of Fame Pitcher Returns After A 54-day Shutout

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

blackburn.dave For softballer Dave Blackburn, booking an appearance at the Maccabiah later this month meant overcoming a nearly two-month-long coma.

In August 2010, Maccabi USA team member Dave Blackburn was nearly killed when his car was hit by an SUV on an Arizona highway, en route to the American national championship for players over 40. He was helicoptered to the hospital unconscious, in critical condition, with serious injuries all over his body.

Born in Hammond, Indiana, Blackburn took after his father and became a fast-pitch softball pitcher. At the age of 50, after the decision to induct him into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame, the man who had pitched dozens of no-hitters and stared down opponents on the field found himself in a new battle — for his life.

“Two broken legs, a broken ankle, broken wrist, nine broken ribs and the sternum on one side,” his brother Jay said at the time. “His pelvis was broken, he had a hole in his colon that was torn, a hole in his lung and subsequently, the lung collapsed. It’s one of those never-gonna-be-the-same accidents. It’s hard imagining him ever walking normally again without assistance for a long time.”

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Best of the West and Santa Barbara, perfect partners for men’s fastpitch

Thursday, February 21st, 2013


“The Best of the West bucks the trend of encouraging teams and (players) to play down and encourages them to play up and take on the best.” – Dave Blackburn, Best of the West tournament director for 13 years.

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF – Many open level men’s fastpitch tournaments have vanished in Southern California. But there’s one that continues to survive, and many would say thrive: The Best of the West.

Come the first weekend in June, the Best of the West will celebrate its 23rd consecutive year in offering a tournament for “all comers,” as former 13-year tournament director (1998-2010), Dave Blackburn would say. Ten teams entered last year, and Blackburn and current tournament director, Clyde Bennett, are expecting another strong field.

But first a little background.

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For ISC Hall of Famer Lanny Rupp, softball was his life

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The late Lanny Rupp was inducted into the class of 2011 ISC Hall of Fame and he is also a member of the Long Beach (Calif) Hall of Fame.
Courtesy Photo / Ronnie Rupp

LONG BEACH, CA – In the 1970s and ’80s, great players, great teams and great managers abounded in Southern California’s Western Softball Congress.

But when it came to recruiting, no one was greater than the late Lanny Rupp.

Rupp was the general manager and manager of the Lakewood Jets. If Rupp wanted to sign a top-caliber player, he went after him with a salesman’s charm and a bulldog’s gusto.

Most times, he landed his target.

“He worked, he plotted, he planned and he recruited, recruited, recruited,” said Hice Stiles, who played with and against Rupp in the Western Softball Congress (WSC).

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From the brink of death to the Hall of Fame

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Santa Monica Daily Press
By Rebecca Asoulin

(Here’s a stirring story about strength, determination and love of family and a sport.)

Despite serious injuries and health issues, Dave Blackburn was determined to attend his ISC Hall of Fame induction in the Quad-Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

DOWNTOWN — Dave Blackburn, Santa Monica resident and a recent inductee to the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame, tells a “joke.”

“Every day for a month I had to look the grim reaper in the eyes and say I have a hall of fame to get to and you and not any one else is going to stop me,” Blackburn said.