Photos By Bob Otto / 1997 ISC World Tournament and 2011 California Classic Invitational Tournament.
QUAD-CITIES, IL- The International Softball Congress (ISC) recently announced that pitcher Paul Algar will be inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2012 World Tournament in Midland, MI.
The New Zealand-born Algar made his ISC debut in 1982 as a seventeen- year-old pitcher with Hubbard Construction of Bishop, Calif. And in the ensuing years, he has established a sterling career spanning 25 ISC World Tournaments.
Currently, Algar is pitching for the Quad-Cities Sox of Davenport, Iowa, in the 2011 ISC World Tournament.
Algar’s ISC World Tournament accomplishments are impressive and rank him among the best pitchers to ever play the sport.
Algar hurls Farm to first title
In 1997, he was selected the World Tournament’s Outstanding Pitcher in leading the Farm Tavern of Madison, WI, to its first World Tournament championship at Victoria, BC, Canada.
ISC All-World player, David Boys, has seen plenty of Algar over the years and says the right-hander ranks with the best of all-time.
“What I loved best about Paul was his tenacity,” Boys said. “I never saw him quit, or not want the ball in the biggest of moments. His bread and butter was the rise, and even though you knew it was coming, it was very difficult to hit.
“He’s a great guy on and off the field, and I admire him greatly.”
(Boys had a long distinguished career playing for such powerhouses as the Tampa, Florida, Smokers and the famed Decatur Pride of Decatur, IL.)
Algar was named ISC All-World five times – four as a member of the Farm Tavern. His first honor came in 1991, and his most recent in 2003.
He ranks No. 6 in all-time World Tournament wins with 39 (results don’t include 2011 World Tournament), trailing Todd Martin and Doug Middleton tied at No. 5 with 41 victories. Michael White heads the list with 70 followed by Peter Meredith with 61. Both have since retired from the sport.
(Of the top six pitchers, only Todd Martin is yet to be selected to the Hall of Fame, but he certainly is a shoo-in when his turn comes.)
John Becker, both a manager and a catcher in his career has coached and played with and against Algar. He says that Algar is a competitor that challenges hitters and comes right at them.
“Alfie is a fierce competitor,” said Becker, who was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2010. ” He is a true power pitcher. He has that great rise ball. Here it is….see if you can hit it.
“When he was at the top of his game, he just came at you again and again with that explosive rise ball. Great to see Paulie get this well deserved recognition.”
Algar’s other ISC World Tournament accomplishments:
* Two perfect games (1999 and 2003); No. 2 all-time, tied with Jimmy Moore, Kevin Herlihy and Mark Smith
* Five no-hitters (No. 5 all-time, tied with White)
* Nine consecutive wins (1997 to ’98); No. 7 all-time, tied with Ed Klecker, Paul Magan, Mark Smith, Eddie Waymire and White
* Member of three ISC World Championship teams
And his list of accomplishments goes beyond the ISC:
* New Zealand Black Sox 1999-2003 (ISF World Championship, 2000)
* Played for Team USA (2006-2009)
* Pitched on two ASA Major National Championship Teams
* Pitched two age 40-over teams to ASA National Championships
* Won a World Masters championship in Newcastle, Australia
* Seven-time ASA Major All-American
* Two-time ASA Major MVP
* Two-time ASA 40-over MVP
* Two NAFA 40-older World Series All-World Selections
* Twice named NAFA 40-over World Series Most Valuable Pitcher
Algar has also represented New Zealand in the International Softball Federation World Championships, and most recently, he was the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 2010 NAFA World Series Masters age 40-Over Gold Division in leading the Seadogs of Massachusetts (5-0) to the championship.
Joining Algar in the Hall of Fame class of 2012 are Todd Budke, Shawn Rychcik, Adam Smith, Dick Mason and John Miller.