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NAFA’s opening day highlighted by Hall of Fame ceremonies

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Matt Palazzo, Josh Johnson and Jeff Jahn were inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during ceremonies, Wednesday. Photo By BOB OTTO

DES MOINES – NAFA inducted several of its top performers and contributors into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex, Wednesday night.

Matt Palazzo of Des Moines; Josh Johnson, Brooklyn, Wisc.; Jeff Jahn, Oregon, Wisc.; Eric Steinbeck, Hermann, MO.; Darin Michael, Lacey, Wash., and Mark Miller, Appleton, Wisc. were all inducted.

Darin Michael, left, was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame, and presented by Lacey A’s manager and NAFA Founder, Pat Bucknell, Wednesday night. Photo By BOB OTTO

NAFA 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies

Friday, August 2nd, 2013


DAYTON, ORE – NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock announced that the 2013 NAFA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted during ceremonies at NAFA World Series tournaments in Des Moines, Iowa; Portland, Ore., and Madison, Wisc. on specified dates and times listed below.

Each inductee will have a close friend or NAFA Director make the induction speech, then each inductee will give an acceptance speech.

Each inductee will receive a NAFA Hall of Fame Pullover Jacket with their Name on it and a specially designed wall plaque.


Wednesday, August 7th, 6:45 p.m., Greater Des Moines Softball Complex Field One:

  • Matt Palazzo, Player Category, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jeff Jahn, Player Category, Oregon, Wisc.
  • Josh Johnson, Player Category, Brooklyn, Wisc.
  • Wednesday, August 7th, 8:45 p.m., Greater Des Moines Softball Complex Field One:

  • Mark Miller, Sponsor Category, Appleton, Wisc.
  • Eric Steinbeck, Player Category, Hermann, Mo.
  • Darin Michael, Player Category, Lacey, Wash.
  • Thursday, August 8th, 12:45 p.m., Walker-Johnston Softball Complex Field Three:

  • Ed Gasper, Player Category, Stockton, Calif.
  • Friday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. on Field B at the Bowling Green Softball Complex, Madison, Wisc.

  • Rick Radloff, Player Catergory, Madison, Wisc.
  • Saturday, August 24th, 6 p.m., Portland, Ore.

  • Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura, Coach Category, Waseda University, Japan
  • The 2013 NAFA Hall of Famers, an exceptional class

    Saturday, July 6th, 2013

    Josh Johnson, an outstanding hitter and pitcher from Wisconsin, who was on the 2013 USA Men’s National Team, will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the NAFA World Series in Des Moins, Iowa, Aug. 7-18. Photo By BOB OTTO

    NAFA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – The North American Fastpitch Association began in 1993. In those 21 years of offering men’s fastpitch national tournaments, hundreds of great sponsors, managers, players, directors and umpires have participated under the NAFA banner.

    But there’s a select few who have risen to the top of the sport – we call them the “best of the best.”

    Since 1999, NAFA has inducted 46 players, managers, sponsors, umpires and contributors into its Hall of Fame – legendary players such as Todd Malnory (WI) in 2007; manager Leo Blakley (MO) in 2012; sponsors Merna and Elmer Wilber (WI) in ’12; and NAFA founder Pat Bucknell (WA) in 1999.

    As in the past, this year’s class is exceptional. All nine will be inducted during the NAFA World Series in Des Moines, Iowa from Aug. 7 to 18.

    palazzo.matt.361web Matt Palazzo of Iowa will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the NAFA World Series. Palazzo was a 2013 USA Men’s National Team member.

      Meet NAFA’s 2013 Hall of Fame class:
  • Mark Miller, sponsor, Appleton, WI
  • Matt Palazzo, player, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jeff “Teddy” Jahn, player, Oregon, WI
  • Eric Steinbeck, player, Hermann, MO
  • Josh Johnson, player, Brooklyn, WI
  • Darin Michael, player, Olympia, WA
  • Rick Radloff, player, Madison, WI
  • Ed Gasper, player, Stockton, CA
  • Tadashi Yoshimura, Coach, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
    Stories and bios about the Hall of Famers will be published until the NAFA World Series starts on August 7. If you have played with or against, or know these gentlemen, please post comments about your memories of them.