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Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame to induct 15 of state’s greatest contributors

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The 27th Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, November 3 at the River’s Edge Convention Center (St. Cloud Civic Center) in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Hall of Fame biennually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of softball.

Softball is the largest team participant sport in Minnesota and the nation with over 6,000 teams participating in the local program.

A total of 15 individuals in the player, manager, umpire, sponsor, promoter, administrator, organizer, volunteer or media categories have been selected for induction this year. Included are:

    Inductee Category Softball Hometown
    Anna Anderson, Player, Minneapolis/St. Paul
    Gene Bartz, Player, Edina/Richfield/Minnetonka
    Paula Bergren*, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Duluth
    Dianne Dingman, Player, Anoka
    Paul Harrington, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Farmington
    Bud Heidgerken, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Freeport
    Dick Hudson*, Player, New Ulm
    Dennis Johnson, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, St. James
    Dennis Karp*, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter/Umpire, Carlton County
    Ed Kingsley*, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Princeton
    Denny Malarkey, Player, Roseville
    Bonnie Muzik, Administrator, Brainerd
    Barb Northway, Administrator, Minnesota
    Barb Olson, Player, Duluth/Proctor
    Mark Rieber, Umpire, Mankato
    Robert “Sam” Werner, Player, Minneapolis

    * = Inducted posthumously

2010’s banquet was attended by over 300 people and an equal or greater number is expected this year.

The cost of the banquet is $40.00. Tickets may be obtained using the Ticket Request Form or they may be ordered online. Deadline for tickets is Friday, October 26.

Nearby Hotels
Le St. Germain Suite Hotel
Best Western Plus/Kelly Inn

For further information please contact:

Tami Morrison

Reconnecting with “Brownie”

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

FLORIDA – I met Craig Brown in the fall of 1973, while we were both freshmen at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State). We were in our early 20s and fastpitch fanatics. Pitching was our passion.

But Craig was much more talented than I.

His left-handed risers, drops and his great change-up far exceeded my much slower “junk pitches” from the right side. Craig went on to become one of the greatest pitchers in Minnesota fastpitch history. I challenge anyone to say he wasn’t.

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