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16-Inch Chicago Softball Inducts Its Stars into Hall of Fame
The 19th Annual Hall of Fame Inductee Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at the Drury Lane Oak brook

The 16-Inch Chicago Softball Hall of Fame honors both men and women-players, historic teams, organizers, managers and umpires-who since the 1920s have exemplified excellent 16-inch softball talent, sportsmanship, and set a precedent for future generations. More than 2,500 people voted for their favorite and best stars in Chicago 16-inch softball for the 2014 Hall of Fame induction competition. Since 1995, the institution has inducted more than 500 individuals and teams. The Hall of Fame will induct 16 individuals and six historic teams at this year’s event. The prior 18 Hall of Fame events have attracted approximetly 10,000 guests to the dinner.

“This is a great time for those of us who love the game to celebrate with friends and honor those who have been inducted, while keeping the game alive for those who will be playing after us,” says Ron Kubicki, President of the Chicago 16-Inch Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame event by order-which includes a four-course dinner, four hours of open bar and free parking-are available in advance until March 18th for $115 each, and $75 for people under 21 years of age. Tickets are $135 and $95 at the door. The 19th Annual Hall of Fame Inductee Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 with cocktail hour from 5:30-7:00p.m., dinner 7:00-7:45p.m., and presentations beginning at 8:00p.m. Full page ads in the dinner book are $300. For more information, please call Rachell Entler at (708)522-1070, via e-mail: rentler@pdofp.org.

2014 Inductees Announced!

Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame Excited to Announce 2014 Inductees

Ron Kubicki-President of the Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame-announced this week the new 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees. The Hall of Fame would like to thank all of those who have participated in the voting process and look forward to another exciting year with new inductees.

The 2015 Inductee Dinner will be on March 28th at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, for more information on the Inductee Dinner, Click Here.


Please contact Rachell Entler with any questions.


Rachell Entler

7501 W. Harrison St.

Forest Park, IL 60130

Cell (708)522-1070

Office 708-366-7500 Ext 17.

E-mail rentler@pdofp.org


Hall of Fame Inductees



Lisa Pugh                                                      


Elvira (Babe) Sanfilippo                             


1993-Current Era


Vada Primous                                                           

Carl Maniscalco

Ed chibe                                                        


1981 – 1992 ERA


Matt Gillen                                                  


1964 – 1980 ERA


Mike Marchinski                                        

Sylvester (Vesmo) McKinnon                    


Pioneer – 1963 ERA

Don Stramaglia                                                      

David Hardt  



Justin Fontuna         (Deceased)                



Tom (Oscar) McClelland                           



Stan Patek                                                                


Chicago 16” Softball Hall of Fame

Special Awards 2014


Frank C Holan Award

Paul “Paulie” Wukasch

Jimmy Giblin Sr. (Deceased)


Richard J. Daley Award

Roger “Ozzie” Babilla


Wall of Fame

  1. Anthony “Tony” Ward
  2. Ray “Doc” Warren
  3. James “JT” Tencza
  4. LeRoy E. Sutter (Deceased)


  1. Force (Women’s Team)

Rachelle Richmond


  1. Magic Softball – Ron “Orca” Michalowicz


  1. Ringers Softball

Paul Rowen


  1. Shooters Softball

Art Lurie

  1. Flamingos Softball

Percy Coleman


  1. B’ Athletes Softball

Sherman Martin Jr.



Field of Dreams

  1. Grant Park

Chicago Park District

Presidential Service Award

  1. Molex Inc.


Hall of Fame Honoree

  1. Albert E Fegan (Deceased) No Award. Created softball patent.


High School Team

Taft High School


For the winter months, the Hall of Fame will be open Saturdays from 12-4PM

Hall of Fame Grand Opening Books Now Available for Purchase!


Available for purchase are Hall of Fame Grand Opening books. The book feature pictures, highlights, and information about the Grand Opening. Books are six dollars each, paid in check to Rachell Entler. Please send checks to 7501 W. Harrison St. Forest Park, IL 60130.



We are down to the Final 4 in High School 16 Inch Softball.

The games start Wednesday October 8 at 3 PM.

Taft vs Solorio and then Payton vs Washington HS.

Little Cubs Field is located in Humboldt Park at the Intersection of Division and Kedzie. 1339 n. Luis Munoz Marin Dr, Chicago, IL 60622

Who will win it?? The Championship Game should start at about 5 PM

Come on out on Wednesday at 3 pm and find out!! I will be taping the games for replay on my radio station on Wednesday Night.


or just go to www.myradiostream.com/georgeblissradio
Posted below is the link for the 16 inch Class A National Tournament brackets!


16 inch Class A National Tournament brackets[1]

Hall of Fame Hours

The Hall of Fame is now open for business!



Saturdays: 12PM-4PM

Inductee Park Day

July 19, 2014
Forest Park, IL
12 PM – 2013 Inductee Plaques Unveiled. Museum Ribbon cutting to follow.

TBD – Ball Game Between Hall of Famers and Chicago Police vs Chicago Fire departments

Hall of Fame Hours this week 7/20:

Thurs and Friday 530-930pm
Saturday and Sunday noon to 930pm


The Chicago 16″ Softball Hall of Fame has been formed to promote the great game that started in Chicago by honoring and recognizing the game’s best players, teams and supporters.

Board of Directors

Ronald Kubicki – President

Ray Topps – Vice President

Mark Frighetto – Secretary

Stan Patek– Treasurer

Rachel Entler– HOF Contact

Bill Wadington– Advisor


Al Maag

Paul Rowan

Art Lurie

Floyd Glover

Fritz Zimmerman

Mike Coleman

Pat McGuire

George Vournazos

Frank Lentine

Sherman Martin, Jr.

Curtis Granderson, Sr.

William Cavanaugh

Ron Zieman


Al Maag
Tony Reibel


Nomination committee co-chairs:

  • Pioneer Era – 1963:  Frank Lentine & Floyd Glover
  • 1964 – 1979:  Frank Lentine & Floyd Glover
  • 1980 – 1993:  Ray Topps & Ron Ziemann
  • 1993 – 2005:  Sherman Martin, Jr. & George Vournazos
  • African American:  Mike Coleman & Floyd Glover
  • Women:  Mary Pat McGuire
  • Umpires:  John Hie & Jim Acanfora
  • Organizers & Managers:  Ronald Kubicki & Mark Frighetto

About the Hall of Fame

16-inch softball has been played by tens of thousands of players in the parks and schoolyards of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for the past century. In order to recognize this this great sport and acknowledge its important history, the Chicago 16″ Softball Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 by Al Maag and Tony Reibel. It is a 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of 16″ softball, and to fostering the growth of the game.

The location of the Hall of Fame is in Forest Park, IL..Inductee Park was unveiled in 2009 and now the museum will open in July 2014. Thanks to the park trustees, Mayor Calderone and the community of Forest Park. Since its inception, the HOF has inducted over 400 former and current softball players, umpires, managers and organizers at annual dinners averaging 600 attendees. In addition to its inductees, the HOF has also been proud to honor those who have contributed to the success of the game, including “friends of softball” and some of softball’s greatest teams.

In 2007, a web site (www.16inchsoftballhof.com) was created to serve as a virtual museum.

Currently, the organization’s management team consists of a president and Board of Directors, and all work is done by committed and non-paid volunteers. The HOF is supported pro bono by the Kellen Company, a professional association planning company.

The Museum is expected to open in the Summer of 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can you nominate someone or a team to be inducted? Fill out the nomination form pages and submit with a photo to Donna Levy at our Hall of Fame address in Naperville, IL.

2. How is someone selected to HOF? Once a nomination form is received it is reviewed by the appropriate committee. The committee who is from that era select the people to be considered to be voted on. The public votes online or can mail in. Hall of Fame inductees vote separately and their input is considered more valuable than the public. Final approval is made by the HOF Board.

3. How is a team selected for the HOF? Nominations are made to the Hall of Fame and the Board selects the teams.

4. How can I volunteer to help? Contact Ron Kubicki or Donna Levy as to what you would like to do.

5. How long are people allowed on the ballot? if a person is not selected on over 2 years to be inducted they are removed from list, they can be added again.

6. Can you be nominated if still playing? Yes if you are at least 50 years old.

7. I have memorabilia for the museum, what do I do to offer it? Advise Donna Levy dlevy@kellencompany.com what you have first to determine if it will be considered. The museum is not big so we do not want items that will not be used. We do love to get jerseys of teams. We are looking for movies and photos too.

8. If I buy a brick, when will be placed in the park? All bricks are placed in ground the third week of July, in time for our inductee day program the Sunday before the Forest Park Invitational Tournament when the plaques of each inductee is unveiled. A ball game is played afterwards by the legends of the game.

9. Why was Forest Park selected? The HOF looked for over a dozen years at a variety of sites. In most cases the cost was too high. Forest Park director, Larry Piekarz offered this location and a small old building being used for kids painting classes. The park trustees loved the idea and offered the property for $1. The HOF has received tremendous support from FP Mayor Calderone and the community…an easy decision.

Submit questions to Ron Kubicki
Chicago 16 inch Softball Hall of Fame
7501 Harrison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: 708-366-7500 cell 708-768-1668