PATRICK CONNOLLY

As a player, Pat started playing 16-inch Softball at the young age of 16. He started playing with his older brother’s Buc’s and Right-On’s teams in Mt Greenwood Park, filling in for absent players. It didn’t take long for him to earn a regular spot and playing time. Soon, he was being recruited by other teams including the Ringers from Kennedy Park and the Saxon’s Lodge from Blue Island.
In the mid 80’s, a newly formed team called Sportstation asked Pat to play. A talented team, they ended 1986 with a final four finish, an A National Championship in 1987 and another final four finish in 1988. When that team split up, Pat brought his Gators team from Mt Greenwood to the national stage. After a Metro win, the Gators earned a bid to the 1989 Major Nationals in Mt Prospect and took 5th place.
For the next 20 years, Pat competed on the national level with the Gators. With a low budget, they played in any Nationals close to Chicago, always finishing in the top 10 and won 2nd place in the 1994 A Nationals.
When the Gators stopped playing Nationals, Pat played left field with the Jynx for quite a few years, another talented team, with a number of top five finishes.
After battling a few injuries, Pat followed his years with the Jynx playing a year with Mudville, another with the Woodpeckers, winning a national championship at the A Nationals in 2007, before returning to the Jynx as a role player for a couple years before retiring from the national level – at least until the 50 and Over Nationals came back. Pat’s love for the game spanned four decades from being a staple at Mt Greenwood Park, to traveling to the Old Style Classic, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, Arizona and all over the Midwest. To this day, he is always looking to take a few swings and get out on the diamond and continues to be a strong advocate of the game for new and younger teams on the South Side.

Join us October 29, 2022

26th Annual Hall of Fame Inductee Dinner, at the Drury Lane Oakbrook

 

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