Hall of Fame Inductees
All Inductees By Name
Lewa “Rocco” Yacilla / Inducted 1996 Pioneers 1887-1949
Lewa “Rocco” Yacilla
Many softball historians will tell you that Lewa Yacilla was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He was the pitcher you wanted on the mound in money games. Lewa started playing softball in the Granada League at Polk and Halsted. He played for the city champ Adducci's and many others. He was best known for being on eight Windy City League championship teams and five runners-up teams, including Fewer Boilers, Kool Vent Awnings and the Witt Hanley Yankees. He pitched the only no-hitter in the history of the Windy City League for Salerno in 1939. He is credited with over 3.000 wins. Lewa, who earned the nickname "Mr. Softball," was also a Gompers Park director who fiercely promoted the sport he loved. He was also a community leader who helped physically challenged children. Lewa was inducted in the 1963 Chicago American Softball Hall of Fame and the Italian- American Sports Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife Marge and three children. He is since deceased.
Vito “Tasty” Yario / Inducted 1996 Pioneers 1887-1949
Vito “Tasty” Yario
This righty pitcher was most widely known for inventing the hesitation pitch and also having a big drop on the ball even though the pitching was much faster in those years. Considered the best before the great Lewa Yacilla came on the scene. He was a Chicago American Hall of Fame member. Also known as Tasty, Vito played for Adduccis, and Salerno Cookies. Came in 2nd in the 1st National Championship game in 33 with Cinderella Florists. Deceased.