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Burt Leventhal

Burt began umpiring in the 1960s and officiated more divisions and more parks than any other umpire. He was known around softball during the 60s as atop umpire in the mens divisions, recreational divisions, and in women’s leagues and women’s tournaments. Burt always officiated the “big game” at Kelly Park during the ‘70s and ‘80s. …

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Tom Levar

Ask any sixteen-inch softball player to mention some of the top organizers for the past thirty years and Tom Levar’s name will surely appear at the top of that list. He started his organizing career as league director at Indian Road Park, running “A” and “B” league tournaments in 1977. The next year he moved …

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Gail “Boydie” Livingston

Like many softball players, Gail Livingston loved the game from an early age. However, she grew up in a time before girls played high school sports, so she began playing 12” softball in the parks of Chicago Ridge in her early teens. After she got married in 1967, Gail Livingston signed up to play softball …

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Linda “Chick” Lillis

From the humble beginnings of Ponytail softball at Kelly Park to winning ASA National Championships with powerhouse Rose and Crown, the kid who shagged softballs for the men’s teams at Kelly Park went on to become a major figure in softball, basketball, rugby, and Olympic team handball. Chick Lillis’ softball career began in 1967 when …

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Michael Lopez

Mike Lopez started playing softball when he was eleven at Mitchell School at Ohio and Leavitt in Chicago. He ran track at Ridgewood High School for four years. In 1987, he started playing Major softball with Sports Station, a team he was honored to play for. They won the ASA Nationals that year. He then …

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Rick “Bundy” Lasky

Rick Lasky was born in Chicago but attended Lyons Township High School in LaGrange where he wrestled and played baseball, earning all-conference honors his senior year. After graduation from high school, Rick played in a Senior Babe Ruth Summer League in Brookfield and after winning the State Championship was playing in the Regional Tournament in …

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Bobby “Lopes” Lopez

Bobby Lopez started playing softball at sixteen in La Grange with his brother’s team, the Family. Mike Spidale saw him play and invited him to play third base for the Stooges. After that, it was on to the Jaw Jackers in Cicero, the Titans and Jerry Main, and then with Lenny Nuzzo on the Blues.  …

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Michael Lee

Michael Lee began his 16” softball career in 1970 playing with the Robert Taylor Van Dykes at Washington Park and Blue Island. In 1973, he left the Van Dykes to join the Magicians where he played with his brothers, Wesley Lee and Hall of Famer “Stretch” Lee at Washington Park. In 1980 he jumped to …

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Rick “Monday” Ligon

Rick Ligon began his softball career with the Jugglers in the early ’70’s. Before he was through, his softball name, Rick Monday, would be known throughout the southside and in every Chicago area park where serious softball was played. In the mid-70’s, the outfielder/first baseman hooked up with the Senators. There, under the tutelage of …

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Richard Ladewig

Throughout his 23 year softball career, Richard Ladewig played for three of the top teams in the 1980’s; the Condors, the Bobcats and the Whips. As an outfielder he had a lifetime batting average over 600, and hit more than twenty home runs a year. Ladewig accumulated four A.S.A championships and six U.S.S.SA. championships with …

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