2019 Voting Now Open!

Cast your vote for the next 2019 Hall of Fame nominees. Please vote for the nominee(s) in the era with which you are familiar. Join us in celebrating their induction at the 24th Annual Awards Dinner at the Drury Lane in Oak Brook Terrace on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Only one vote per person. Voting …

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Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame Brings Stories About the Great Game to Life

By Al Maag The journey to create the Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame started in the mid- 70’s with the Windy City Softball magazine staff of Tom Bonen, Bob Campbell from DeBeer and Al Maag. Bonen was the editor and was outstanding at reporting on the contemporary softball scene, but the bonus points …

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Softball History Paper

Thanksgiving Day (November 24) 1887 probably seemed like an ordinary holiday for many Chicagoans. At the time, the city’s population and economy both endured the process of rapid expansion. Railroads and shipping highlighted the significance of the Windy City’s status as the United States’ primary metropolis west of the Appalachians. New technology, such as electrification, …

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Inductee Plaque Day 2014

The second Inductee Day in our new 16-Inch Hall of Fame, located in Forest Park, IL, will be Saturday July 18th. We are looking forward to laying these great new plaques and celebrating our 2014 Inductees! A North vs South Softball game of previous inductees will also be played that day. For more information, please call …

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Hall of Fame Grand Opening Media Coverage

Please contact Tiffany Hoffman at Tiffany.Hoffman@maagcommplus.com with any questions!   Check out these links below to see various articles, videos, and radio talk shows about the Hall of Fame Grand Opening! We were so excited about all the coverage we got!   https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/19/forest-park-welcomes-new-16-inch-softball-hall-of-fame/ https://www.geoffpinkus.com/about.asp https://gapersblock.com/tailgate/2014/07/chicago-16-inch-softball-hall-of-fame-museum-opening-this-weekend.php https://oakpark.suntimes.com/2014/07/18/chicagos-16-inch-softball-hall-of-fame/ https://blogging.avnet.com/weblog/mandablog/tag/chicago-16-inch-softball-hall-of-fame/ https://www.cbs46.com/story/26059334/event-promotes-chicagos-game-16-inch-softball-hall-of-fame-museum-opens-july-19th-in-forest-park    

Forest Park Talks About The Hall of Fame Museum

July 19 – Chicago 16″ Softball Hall of Fame Museum Grand Opening Ribbon cutting ceremony, Celebrity Softball Game and Entertainment:  WHEN: Saturday, July 19th  –1:30pm – 2013 inductee plaques unveiled and museum ribbon-cutting ceremony; 3:00pm – CEO – Celebrity Softball Game; 4:00pm – North vs. South Hall of Famers Game; 5:00pm – Entertainment begins! WHERE: Forest Park, IL (Des Plaines Avenue and …

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40 Days to Go!

An American and Costa Rican softball team gather together for a picture after a tournament in San Antonio. 16-inch softball has always been popular because it is a game that can be played anywhere. Only requiring a ball and a bat, softball is enjoyed by professional players, adults, and children in various communities. 16-inch has …

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