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. To recognize 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 committed, non-paid volunteers, do all work.
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
Bill Cavanaugh – Treasurer
Rachel Entler– HOF Contact
Bill Wadington – Advisor
Al Maag – Co-Founder
Tony Reibel – Co-Founder
Sherman Martin, Jr.
Curtis Granderson, Sr.
Hall of Fame Grand Opening Books – Available for Purchase!
The book features 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.
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