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Dedicated fastpitch promoter enters the NAFA Hall of Fame

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
2014 Ricola Cough Drop Men's Fastpitch Team. Doug Smith is pictured front row, far right; son John is front row, fourth from left.

2014 Ricola Cough Drop Men’s Fastpitch Team. Doug Smith is pictured front row, far right; son John is front row, fourth from left.

WASHINGTON, N.J. – For 10 years, Doug Smith played slowpitch softball, but when a friend coaxed him on to the fastpitch field in 1983, Smith left the slower game in the dust.

And for the next 32 years, until his death in February 2015 at the age of 60, Smith’s love for fastpitch never faltered. He was the sport’s consummate advocate. He played, he managed, he recruited, he entered his teams in leagues and tournaments. Smith even shopped for his team’s uniforms.

And with his sales background, Smith’s pitch to likely sponsors often met with success.

    SELLING THE GAME

“This is where Doug really shined,” said Bob Fedor, his good friend, former teammate, and on-field manager for many of those 32 years. “He became really good at getting businesses to support a group of guys who wanted to play local and travel fastpitch.”

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NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.

2016 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

Umpire

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
  • NAFA CONTACT INFORMATION
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114