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Softball Hall of Fame to induct Daniel D. Dolan family of Aurora

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Daniel D. Dolan, right, first sponsored a City League team, the Creative DJs, in 1982. (Brian Dolan)

By Rick Armstrong
Aurora Beacon-News
August 7, 2016

AURORA, Ill. – For decades, the Donlan has been synonymous with men’s fastpitch softball in Aurora. Come next weekend, its reach will be extended even further.

That’s when the Daniel D. Dolan family, longtime sponsors of the men’s fastpitch softball Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, will be inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame.

The family is this year’s recipient of the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award that will be presented Sunday morning at the Class of 2016 induction breakfast.

The event, which will be held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, is being held in conjunction with the ISC World Tournament Aug. 13-20 at Moline’s Green Valley Softball Complex.

“I got that call and I was flabbergasted,” Daniel D. Dolan, the family’s 85-year-old patriarch, said. “It is such an honor to be included.”

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Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks carry on Aurora men’s fabled fastpitch tradition

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

JOHN SCHWEIGHART of Camargo, Ill. plays the outfield for the Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks of Aurora, Ill. Photo Courtesy Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks

. – Men’s fastpitch tradition is a fabled one in Aurora, rivaling that of any city, state or nation. The names are legendary: Sealmasters, Home Savings, Coors Silver Bullets, Allsteel Steelers and Creative DJ’s.

Those teams both inspired admiration and struck fear in many a visiting ball club to Aurora’s Stevens-Adamson Field where they once played.

International Softball Congress World Championships? Amateur Softball Association titles? International Softball Federation championships? More than a few, including Stealmasters (formed in 1943) ASA national titles in 1959, 1961, 1965 and 1967. And the list could go on.

As with most things in life, there comes an end. And the great teams that once graced Stevens-Adamson Field have long since disbanded. But not so with the Aurora fastpitch tradition. The Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks have kept that accord very much alive.

For 32 years, the Shamrocks have been a competitive staple in ISC and ASA competition, traveling the Midwest and beyond competing against the best teams in North America.

Kyle Pittman, 27, began playing in a local league at 15 and now patrols the outfield for the Shamrocks. He’s come to know the history of Aurora fastpitch very well.

“Once I started getting into it I started finding out more about the history and legacy of the game in Aurora,” said Pittman. “It seemed like everyone I talked to who was from here new about the game back in its prime. I never got to go watch a game at Stevens-Adamson Field where you could watch the best players in the world compete; it’s something I regret.”

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Fastpitch family loses faithful fan

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Janet “Jan” Drew

MONTGOMERY, IL – The fastpitch softball family lost one of its most devoted fans when Janet “Jan” Drew, 62, wife of NAFA Hall of Fame member, Mike Drew, passed away on Friday, August 9.

Robin Reder, manager of the Dolan and Murphy men’s fastpitch team said that Jan often accompanied Mike to many of the team’s ball games and tournaments in his 20 plus years playing for the Aurora, Illinois ball club.

“Jan was an important member of our team for a long time and a big supporter and fan,” he said. “She attended most games with Mike; it was like a family affair. We will miss her greatly.”

NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, said that he will remember Jan as being one of the most positive people he and the NAFA family have ever known, and a person whose “smile could light up the ballpark,” he said.

“On behalf of the entire NAFA family, we offer our condolences to Mike Drew and the Drew Family,” Hedgecock added. “Jan was a member of our fastpitch family, and our hearts go out to them for their loss.”

Jan is survived by husband, Michael David Drew; daughters, Kristen Stalcup, Kelly Drew and Kari Robinson; sons-in-law, Scott Stalcup and Grant Robinson; grandchildren, Mason and Kora Stalcup and sisters, Joyce Easter McCullough and Barbara Easter Schneid. Jan’s greatest joy was being a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and grandmother.

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