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Adam Folkard reaches new milestone in ISC World Tournament career

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

2015ISCprogramfolkard.1lr Adam Folkard of the Hill United Chiefs won his 30th ISC World Tournament game to move up to 14th on the ISC’s all-time winningest pitchers list.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It certainly wasn’t Adam Folkard’s most challenging moment in his fastball career, but his 12-0 victory over the Shakespeare Falcons in the ISC World Tournament on Sunday moves the hard-throwing right-hander from Australia higher on the all-time wins list in world tournament history.

Folkard – pitching for the two-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada – won his 30th game to reach No. 14 on the ISC’s all-time winningest pitchers’ list; tied with K.G. Fincher, Alan Colglazier and Terry Luster.

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Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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Leo “Lefty” Bartos and Art Gillis, none better for men’s fast pitch

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Leo "Lefty" Bartos, left, and Art Gillis were two of men's fastpitch softball's greatest contributors. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2000 ISC World Tournament Hall of Fame ceremony

Leo “Lefty” Bartos, left, and Art Gillis were two of men’s fastpitch softball’s greatest contributors. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2000 ISC World Tournament Hall of Fame ceremony

SAGINAW, Mich. – Two of Michigan’s and the world’s all-time great men’s fast pitch promoters were Leo “Lefty” Bartos, who was inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 2000, and presented by his good friend Art Gillis during ceremonies at the 2000 ISC World Tournament in St. Joseph, MO.

Gillis followed Bartos into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2006.

Both men have since passed away; Bartos in 2012 and Gillis on Dec. 30. But their incredible work ethic on behalf of fastpitch will long live on as some of the greatest contributions ever made in the history of the sport.

Thursday’s Turning Back The Pages: Remembering Brian Paton, one of Canada’s greatest fastpitch players

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Paying tribute to Brian Paton, who was inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame in 2011. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

Woodstock, Ontario, CA – Brian Paton played in 12 consecutive International Softball Congress World Tournaments and was a member of three ISC championship teams – twice with the Toronto, Ontario Gators (1993-95) and with the Smokers of Tampa Bay, Florida (1998).

In 1995, he helped to lead the Toronto Gators in their amazing come-back week to capture the ISC title in Sioux City, Iowa. In so doing, Paton established a new record for hits in a tournament (17) and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Patrolling centre field, he was one the best at stealing what appeared to be “sure-hits” and limiting base runners to singles. He was not simply a member of great teams – those teams enjoyed their successes in no small part as a result of Brian’s leadership – witness his nine “top-four” finishes in ISC world tournaments.

Paton has numerous other notable softball accomplishments, including playing for Team Canada (1985-2002) and helping his country win four Pan-Am gold medals and silver and gold in the International Softball Federation World Championship.

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  • Former ISC Executive Director and Hall of Fame member Milton Stark passes away

    Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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    Eight distinguished Taft Union High School graduates were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame Saturday night at a banquet held in the Mullen Gymnasium. From left, they are Ben McEnroe and Evelyn Dykes accepting for the late Dr. Ben Dykes (Class of 1940), John T. Howe (Class of 1953), Larry Peahl (Class of 1953), Bill Black (Class of 1943), Lee Roy Kelly (Class of 1960), Milt Stark (Class of 1950), second from right and Dick Walsh (Class of 1956). Inductee Tracy Rogers (Class of 1985) was unable to attend. They join 47 others enshrined in the Hall of Fame since its inception in 2007.

    READ: Taft Union High School Hall of Fame adds eight distinguished alumni

    Milton Dale Stark
    April 28, 1932 – July 24, 2014

    Milton Dale Stark, 82, class of 1950 died from congestive heart failure Thursday, July 24, 2014 peacefully at home in Anaheim. He was born in Fellows on April 28, 1932 to Ernest and Ruth Stark.

    Milt left Taft after graduating from Taft College in 1956. He then graduated from Whittier College in 1958. He taught English and coached for 30 years at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights.

    Through years of military, collegiate and recreational competition, Milt began to compile one of the most powerful resumes in the history of fast-pitch softball as a catcher. He was a member of the famed Long Beach Nitehawks and was an All-World catcher in 1966 and 1968.

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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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    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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    Stepping back in time with ISC Hall of Fame pitcher Alan Colglazier

    Thursday, March 6th, 2014

    Colglazier97ISC WT Alan Colglazier pitching for the Colorado Ravens of Englewood in the 1997 ISC World Tournament in Victoria, BC, Canada. Photo By BOB OTTO

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The storyline goes something like this. A younger brother tags along to watch his older brothers play fastpitch. The team happens to be short a player one night.

    “Hey, you want to play?” the younger brother is asked.

    Alan Colglazier thought they’d never ask.

    And as the saying goes, the rest is all history. And what a history it has been for the 62 year old, right-handed pitcher from Colorado.

    “I had two older brothers, Sid a catcher, and Norm a first basemen,” said Colglazier. “I was always going along to watch them play. One day they were short a player and I filled in for them. I played in a junior league during the summers starting around age 14; just neighborhood kids putting a team together.”

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    Irvin “Red” Meairs Dedicated Long Beach Nitehawks Man

    Friday, November 15th, 2013

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    The fabled Long Beach, Calif. Nitehawks won 10 International Softball Congress World Tournaments during their long run in men’s Major Division fastpitch softball. Photo illustration By BOB OTTO

    “All I want of a ball club is a lot of hustle, keep the ball moving someplace, and most of all a desire to win,” said Irvin “Red” Meairs in the Nitehawks 1979 official program. “If a club has these qualities, they will win many games.”

    By BOB OTTO
    Originally published Sept. 24, 2001

    LONG BEACH, CALIF – His devotion is legendary. His commitment 100 percent. So claim his former players and friends who know him best.

    Drop the name “Red” or “Nitehawks” in Long Beach, California, and fastpitch softball old timers have instant recall. However, mention one name without the other, and those knowledgeable old timers will likely scold such rudeness.

    In a career that spanned over 30 years, Irvin “Red” Meairs and the Long Beach Nitehawks men’s fastpitch softball team were linked as one. Their marriage never faltering right up until the team folded in 1988.

    Devotion. Red’s strongest attribute, say Nitehawks players.

    “This was his team, his players, his family,” said Bob Todd, a 15-year Nitehawks pitcher. “If you played for the Nitehawks you where part of Red and Connie’s family. Red’s devotion and love of the game and for the Nitehawk players was beyond that of anyone I ever knew.”

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    A Look Back At Jim Seaman’s huge win over Green Bay All-Car in the 1996 ISC World Tournament

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    96.ISC.Seaman.Jim.1web Jim Seaman hurled one of the biggest wins in the 1996 ISC World Tournament by defeating the Green Bay All-Car Roadrunners. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, WISC. – In the 1996 ISC World Tournament, Jim Seaman hurled the Broken Bow, Neb. Qualigraphs to a huge upset victory over the Green Bay All-Car Roadrunners in the second game of the World Tournament.

    Seaman allowed just four hits and one earned run in picking up the 5-2 victory, and outdueled Green Bay’s Michael White, who gave up nine hits.

    mike.white Michael White (seen her in a Decatur Pride uniform) lost the matchup with Seaman, but went on to hurl All-Car to runner-up in the 1996 ISC World Tournament. He was selected a First-Team All-World pitcher for his 5-2 record in 40 innings, allowing 21 hits, six earned runs, seven walks with 68 strikeouts, and one of the tournaments top ERA’s at 1.47. Photo By BOB OTTO

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