Randy “Tex” Filkins

Randy attended George Washington High School where he played baseball and football.  He was named to the all-state team in both sports. In 1976 he attended West Hills Junior College where he was named a baseball All-American. He played baseball for Cal State Stanislaus in 1979 and 1980. He was selected an All-American there and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2004. He was drafted by the New York Yankees and played in their farm system for three years until an ankle injury sidelined his career. Tex played sixteen-inch softball for Sports Station, Bud Runners, Splinters, Cougars and the Ringers. He played from Mt Prospect to Blue Island all week long. On weekends, he played tournaments. In 1982 he was named MVP at Grant Park, helping Sports Station win the title. He won ASA national titles with Sports Station in 1987 and with Splinters in 1991.  Softball tournaments also doubled as family vacations, so it was nice to have his brothers Wally (HOF), Les, and Keith as teammates. The Keith-to-Randy-to-Wally double play combination was a thing of beauty. And many opposing hitters and base runners experienced that beauty.  Randy and his wife, Sue, live in Chicago. They have three children – Jason, Casey, and Beau.