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Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame missing some great players

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Jolstad.Leroy.3web The great LeRoy Jolstad was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame in 2008.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I searched three times and still couldn’t find Walt Nelson or Tom Niederkorn’s name anywhere on the hallowed list.

A list that includes some of the greatest men’s players and contributors in the history of Minnesota men’s fastpitch softball.

The Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame.

The 2014 Hall of Fame induction takes place Nov. 1 at the Rochester International Event Center.

But Nelson’s accomplishments in the pitching circle, or Niederkorn’s greatness in the field won’t be recognized at the event. To me, that’s a shame.

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NSF hosting North American Fastpitch Championships in North Mankato, Minn

Thursday, June 12th, 2014


BIG LAKE, Minn. – The North American Fastpitch (NSF) Championships for men and women (classes B, C, D) will be held August 22-24 at Caswell Park in No. Mankato, Minn.

Located about 75 miles southwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Caswell Park’s excellent facilities has been the site of numerous boys’ and men’s fastpitch national tournaments.

Tournament Website: National Softball Federation

Tournament Contact: Steve Ketter
Phone: 952-405-6936

Full Tournament Details: NSF_FP_Championships_2014_flyer

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

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