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Andrew “Buddy” Doroskin

Bud Doroskin began his softball career in 1976 with the Badgers, a local team from Rand Park in Des Plaines. In 1981, he got his first taste of national tournament competition with the Rat Pack, a select group of Rand Park players. In their first metro at Schaumburg, Buddy pitched the Rat Back to a …

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Tim Decker

Tim Decker started his softball career in 1967 playing in local leagues around the Bensenville, Wood Dale, and Franklin Park areas with his high school buddies and his brothers, Gary and Bob. When they moved out of state in the mid ‘70s, Tim made the move to some more notable teams beginning with the Pacers …

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Bill Dvorak

A graduate of Oak Lawn High School who played softball and baseball, Bill Dvorak was one of the top players of the “80’s. During his 21 years playing 16” softball, Bill reached milestones most players only dream of. His softball career began when he formed a church team in 1970. He then started Coolers in …

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Bob Dinkelman

Bob Dinkelman started playing CYO ball for St. Pascal’s in the 1960s with the ’69ers. They played at North side, Shabbona, Dunham, Riis and Portage parks. In 1970, they combined with Active Screw to form the Lyon 45s, playing at Portage, Evanston and Clarendon parks, becoming one of the North side powers in the game. …

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Matt “Mattie” Dosen

Matt Dosen began what would become a 34 year softball career in 1964 when he was 22 years old playing with a neighborhood team at Russell Square and Cal Parks. It might have been a neighborhood team, but it had a legendary sponsor – Alderman Ed Vrdolyak. 1967 brought a change to Dosen’s career when …

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Jerry Dowling

Getting a penny for every ball he and his brother caught. Driving around the South and Southeast side of the city in the sponsor’s coal truck looking for games. Sewing softballs back together with a darning needle. Driving a nail into a broken bat. These are just a few of the Depression era memories of …

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Don “Ducky” Dulbis

This versatile lefty–known for his spray hitting ability, excellent speed and superior defensive skills–began his softball career playing at Chicago’s Hamlin and Welles Parks. “Ducky” played with many teams in the mid 1940s and 50s. In 1948 he was selected to the All-Star team, while playing with Splinter Finance at Northtown Stadium, later to become …

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Steve Donchez

The 1948 Softball World Series program places Steve Donchez in the same class of pitchers as Eddie “Lefty” Sevick, Ralph D’Orio, and the legendary James “Sheik” Di Nardi and Lewa Yacilla. Along with Bob Werderich and Zeke Ireland, Donchez and the Angels of Broadway won the Windy City Softball Championship. Besides being one of the …

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James “The Shiek” DiNardi

Born on Chicago’s famous West side James DiNardi notched a reputation as one of the top two or three 16″ pitchers of his era He earned the nickname of “Sheik” while a student at the Thomas Jefferson School on the West side where he was always the best dressed and subsequently attracted all the girls. …

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Dan Dumas

Dumas was a superb lefty pull hitter that made teams defense him with four infie1ders on the right side of second base.. leaving only the third basemen.. .he still would get hit to right. He had 3 straight batting titles in the Daddie O�Daylie League. He was MVP and batting champion in �62 and �63 …

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