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Pat Bucknell, putting teams and players first

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012


Without the inspiration and drive of Pat Bucknell to start NAFA, many players such as these, may not have had the opportunity to compete in a national tournament such as the 2012 NAFA World Series, which will be held in Topeka, KS from Aug. 9 to 19 where nearly 200 teams are expected to compete.

LACEY, WA – Perhaps the greatest lifetime epitaph one can hope for is “he gave something back.”

That pretty much summarizes Pat Bucknell’s long tenure with men’s fastpitch. For over 50 years Bucknell has given back to the sport he professes that he just can’t seem to pull himself away from.

He’s been a player and a manager competing in all the men’s fastpitch national tournaments: the International Softball Congress, the Amateur Softball Association, and the National Softball Association.

And of course NAFA – the North American Fastpitch Association that he founded 20 years a go in March. With Bucknell leading the way, NAFA opened up a whole new world of fastpitch for the male side of the sport.

“Pat Bucknell was instrumental in the development of men’s fastpitch at a crucial time in the sport’s history,” said Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA Executive Director. “His thinking was always years ahead; although, he always held to men’s fastpitch traditions. NAFA continues to be the leader by holding those traditions firm, while staying a step ahead by listening to what the teams’ want.”

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