Team Dwarfs

Starting in 1957 at Audubon Playground, near Addison and Damen, the Dwarfs began a softball legacy that would span four generations, and rank them as one of 16″ softballs most successful and historic teams. Few teams can boast their 1,322 wins against 333 losses for a .799 winning percentage. During their six decades the Dwarfs (and, for a time as the Amalgamonsters in the mid ’70’s) were one of the dominating teams at parks as widespread as Horner and Portage on the North side, to Evanston and Lake Shore. They were one of the few Northside teams to travel to such top Southside parks as Kelly, Blue Island, and Lou Boudreau Stadium in Harvey. The warm summer nights often found the Dwarfs playing before large crowds at the Andy Frain Tournament, at Forest Park and Des Plaines, in Schaumburg and as Windy City Qualifiers. From 1968to 1973 the Dwarfs won 25 Championships at various parks, including six titles at Clarendon. They were also runners up nine times and took third place six times at parks around the city and suburbs.In 1970, 1979 and 1980, as the Amalgamonsters, they placed second at the Nationals and took third place in 1978. In the mid 1970’s, competing as the Amalgamonsters, they played on television in the north end of Soldier Field before 10,000 fans. In the 90’s the Dwarfs (Amalgamonsters) reached a milestone in softball history when many of the sons of the original players began playing at parks in Chicago and the suburbs, extending the legacy. The Dwarfs are also unique in that they are legally incorporated and have their own website.