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St. Paul fastpitch great Jim Rubbelke looks back on the good times

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

“During warm ups, the umpire gave DeWall the ball. It was a DeBeer day ball. It was like handing Al an ice-cold beer. You knew he was going to have a good night.” – St. Paul manager Jim Rubbelke on Al DeWall pitching against the Long Beach Nitehawks in the opening game of the 1976 ISC World Tournament.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A smile spreads across Jim Rubbelke’s face when he looks back upon his years in the fastpitch game.

Now, 63, and retired from fastpitch since 1990, Rubbelke’s received some of the highest honors in the sport: He managed for 19 years, and led a team to an ISC World Championship in 1976. He played for 13 years and was an ASA All American.

He’s a member of the St. Paul and Minnesota Softball Hall of Fames. And he’s about to enter another.

In August he joins the greatest of the greats when he gets inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame during the 2003 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Rubbelke recently agreed to a Question and Answer session looking back upon his 32-years in fastpitch softball.

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Remembering USA’s greatest men’s fastpitch players

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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Ever wonder who has represented the United States in the Pan American games and International Softball Federation World Championships?

Here’s a listing of the USA teams from 1979 to 2009. USA Softball

Did you play on any of those teams? Do you know someone who did? Did you play against any of the USA’s best?

If so, send a comment.

For example, on the World Championship team of 1979 there was Bob Christensen, Joe Lynch, Harvey Sterkel, and Most Valuable Player Charlie Richard…1984 had Tom Penders, Jeff Seip, Owen Walford…

1996 included Russ Boice, head coach, Bill Boyer, Brian Martie, Jimmy Moore…

Check it out, interesting information.

USA Men’s National Team in Pool A of softball World Championship

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The 13th International Softball Federation Men’s World Championship is just a few weeks away (March 1-10) and will be held at Rosedale Park in Auckland’s North Shore.

And TEAM USA will be competing. The schedule Pool Play Draw has been released, and the U.S. squad will compete in Pool A, which includes:

    Australila
    United States
    Venezuela
    Great Britain
    Czech Republic
    South Africa
    Indonesia
    Samoa

Team USA’s National Team roster opening game on Mar. 1 won’t be an easy one as the Americans play defending world champion, Australia.

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