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Reliving Memories of one of fastpitch softball’s greatest pitchers

Monday, May 15th, 2017

WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
Roy Burlison of the St. Louis Browns flies through the air before delivering a pitch to the plate in last night’s (June 16, 1973) professional softball game at Koch Park. Burlison tossed his third straight shutout, whipping the Philadelphia Patriots, 8-0. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo By W. Thomas Stewart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Roy Burlison was one of the greatest fastpitch pitchers the sport has ever known. When his 27-year playing career came to an end in 1992, he had won over 770 games against the best teams in the world.

In 1997 he was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame for an arm’s length of accomplishments: nine times competing in the ASA national tournament; twice selected Most Valuable Pitcher, and twice leading his teams to runner-up in the national championship.

Burlison was also renowned as a coach, teaching hundreds of girls how to play the game the right way. But sadly on May 11, Burlison, 71, passed away (see Roller Homes obituary).

His fastpitch legacy will live on, however, in the girls he coached, and with the players he both played with and against in his long and distinguished career.

Let’s relive some of Burlison’s prowess with a stroll down memory lane…

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U.S. Navy Fastpitch Softball (1962-1970) as remembered by Richard Harkins

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Courtesy of Richard C. Harkins / former Navy fastpitch player

Ricard “Dick” Harkins was stationed at the Navy Sub Base Point Loma (near San Diego) from 1962 to 1970. He played for the USS Sperry (1962-1963) until it was renamed Sub Flot 1. Under the new command, Harkins played from 1964 to 1970, the remainder of his time stationed there.

He has collected and created an amazing chronicle of Navy fastpitch players stationed at Point Loma during that era entitled: Sub Base San Diego Softball

Legendary military pitchers such as Joe Lynch, Floyd Ashton, Ted Brown, Jim Cheesman, Roy Burlison and Bill Smith…

Catchers such as Bob Petinak, Bob Nelson, Harkins, Chuck Porter, Rick West…

Infielders Kenny Wedemeyer, Jerry Wuest, George Giles…and outfielders Jim Morgan, Chuck Porter, Stan Baker, Arnie Durazo, and many more great Navy stars.

Navy veterans and veterans of the other branches that played fastpitch during their service time will enjoy his recollections. He has even selected his All-Star team from that time.

Just visit the link and take a trip down memory lane with Dick Harkins.