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The Rios family’s San Antonio Glowworms steadfast devotion to men’s fastpitch softball

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

The San Antonio Glowworms men’s fast pitch team was started, managed and coached by Heldebrand “Chilolo” Rios, Jr. in 1957. Courtesy Photo By Rios family

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – If any team in America, Canada, or for that matter the world, can beat these numbers, speak up.

For 118 years combined, the Rios family of San Antonio has been firmly entrenched in the men’s fastpitch game. Sixty-two of those years as a team of Rios’ dads, sons, uncles, cousins, grandkids, and 56 years hosting a Rios family run tournament.

It all began with the patriarch of the family, Heldebrand “Chilolo” Rios, Jr., who after an injury ended his playing career in 1957, started the San Antonio Glowworms with its roster filled with Rios’ names. He steadfastly managed and coached the ball club until his death in 1998.

Though he’s gone, the Rios family resolutely continues his devotion and love for the game.

“My grandfather loved this sport,” said grandson David Rios. “It is an honor to carry on his tradition. I am proud to say that there has been a Rios playing men’s fastpitch since the 1930s, from my grandfather to my father and uncles to the grandchildren. We are blessed to carry on his legacy and keep his memory alive.”

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