Hall of Fame Inductees
All Inductees By Name
Kurt Uidal / Inducted 2006 1980's & 1990's Era
Kurt Uidl's competitive softball career began in 1979 and ended in 2001 with a national championship while playing for the Miller 45s. During those years, he was a valuable member of teams that won four ASA or USSSA National championships, and he played in places as close as Mt. Prospect and as far away as Kingman Arizona and South Dakota. He started with the Park Rats and then moved to Custom Tape, staying with them until 1984 when he joined up with the Turtles. While with the Turtles he earned the most valuable player award in Evanston in 1986. The next year with the Turtles he took second place in the ASA Nationals Homerun Hitting Contest. He played with Bud North in 1988 and '89, helping them to a second place finish at the ASA Nationals and the championship at Forest Park. In 1990 and '91 he played for the J-Birds and March Manufacturing. He won his first national title in 1992 when he switched to the Rabbits and helped them win the USSSA Nationals. In 1997, while playing with the Splinters (he joined them in 1994), he helped them to the ASA National title; he did the same in 1998 with Lettuce and again in 2001 with the Millers 45s. He was named as 2nd Team catcher in the All Classic League in Mt. Prospect and received 1st and 2nd All-American Team honors at the ASA tournaments. He retired from softball when his first son was born. Now he enjoys coaching his two sons, Cody and Bradley.
Joseph Umana / Inducted 2004 Media & Organizers
For more than fifty years, Joseph Umana did what most players did not want to do: he organized games and leagues so that softball players could play. His fifty-three year career of softball playing and organizing began in 1950 at Welles Park. Playing in an intermediate league, his team won two park championships and placed second in the Chicago Board of Education Tournament, a tournament that drew teams from across Chicago. In 1955 his team entered the Clarendon Park “B” League and won the championship in 1956. In 1957 Joseph Umana’s S & N Jewelers, under the sponsorship of Hall of Famer Nick “Niggy” Branman, moved into the “A” League at Clarendon. They captured first place in 1957 and won the overall championship in 1958. That year they also won titles at Chase and Portage Parks. For twenty-three years Joseph Umana organized and played for his company team at the Northwestern Railroad, winning industrial league championships nineteen out of twenty-three years. In 1969 and 1970 the Northwestern team won the championship at the highly respected Chicago Park District City Industrial Tournament at Grant Park. They took second place in 1972. For the past thirteen years, he has been managing and playing with a variety of teams in Des Plaines, adding to his streak of fifty-three years. During his fifty-four years as a player / manager, Joe Umana’s teams racked up an impressive record of championships and second place finishes. His teams took second place nineteen times and captured forty-eight first place titles (including three Industrial League City Championships). Besides playing at Clarendon Park, Joseph Umana also helped league directors George Morse and Tony Struppa by filling out schedules of play. This volunteer effort made enough copies of the schedules for every player and fan at Clarendon.
Richard Urbanski, Jr. / Inducted 1997 1964-1979 Era
Richard Urbanski, Jr.
Urbanski believes that life is as a challenge that one must attack with diligence and tenacity. This belief has certainly been proven in Urbanski’s softball career. Beginning with Gaffie’s Gaffers at Cornell Park at fifteen, Bruins and concluding with the Budweiser Whips in 1984. Richard has won three National Championships, three ASA National Championships, has been named to seven ASA All-American teams, and to two USSSA All-American teams. He has also received MVP honors in nine different softball leagues. Richard was a member of the following ASA National Champions: the 1978 Bobcats, the 1983-‘84 Budweiser Whips. He feels that the two best teams were the 78 Bobcats and the ‘83 Whips who finished with 113 wins and 8 losses. Throughout his softball career, Rich averaged 160 games per season at shortstop. He started his working career in private industry and is currently working at his greatest professional achievement - Bureau Associate for the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Richard attended St Rose of Lima Grammar School and St. Rita High School where he played varsity basketball. He and his wife Susan will celebrate their tenth anniversary this year.