Man of the Year

Bill Wadington

Bill Wadington grew up in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago at a time when you went outside and played sports – pinners on the front step until your dad told you to cut it out, running bases, hockey on the North Branch of the Chicago River (when it still froze …

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Fritz Zimmermann

Fritz Zimmermann has sponsored and played on teams at the major level and at the neighborhood level since 1974. These teams include Splinter’s, March, Meadows, Stallions, Lumber Jacks, and others. His teams have won league championships in parks in Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and at ASA and USSSA state and national tournaments. Besides being a …

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Howard Boy

Howard Boy has been a member of the board of commissioners of the Forest Park Park District for twenty-eight years. During that time he has been a major force in making the park district one of the top recreational facilities in the Chicago area. But perhaps the greatest moments of excitement came because of where …

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Anthony T. Calderone

Anthony Calderone has served as mayor of Forest Park since 1999. A lifelong resident of Forest Park, Mayor Calderone began his public service when he was elected a Forest Park commissioner in 1991. He has a long record of public service to the residents, businesses, and organizations of Forest Park. He has provided services to …

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Larry Piekarz

Larry has worked in the parks and recreation field since 1979. He has been with the Park District of Forest Park for twenty years. He started with Forest Park as the superintendent of recreation and upon Dave Novak’s retirement stepped in as director in 2007. Larry has also served as the commissioner for the Streamwood …

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Al Maag

Al Maag was named Man of Year by the HOF in 1996….for his untireing efforts to organize the HOF with Tony Reibel and it’s first awards dinner and display at Hawthorne Park. He was inducted into the HOF as an organizer of the game in 2004. See his full biography there. Besides his talents as …

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Art Lurie

For over forty years, Art Lurie has been involved in 16” softball. Growing up in Albany Park on Chicago’s Northwest side, Lurie got the taste for 16” as a bat boy for his father, Irv, who played in the legendary Windy City League. Art moved on to Roosevelt High School, where he played with the …

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Mike North

Raised in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, Mike’s first real job was as a hot dog vendor at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park in 1969. After a stint in the military and several jobs with the City of Chicago, Mike capitalized on his talent for serving hot food and spicy sports talk when he opened his …

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