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OutCast

In1976 little was going on in the history of Black folk, but we know that at least three things happened. 1. Negro History week became Black History Month. 2. While accepting the Grammy for Album of the year, Paul Simon thanked Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album that year…Stevie had won it 1974, 1975 …

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Sharen Olmstead

Growing up on the north side of Cicero, Sharen’s interest in sports began at a young age as she was always playing basketball, softball, hockey, football, and swimming.  When she was nine years old, she asked her parents if she could join the boys little league – her mother, Camille Olmstead, said, “no, if they …

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Ron Onesti

  It was the summer of ’84 when Ron and Rich Onesti opened a custom athletic uniform shop on West Irving Park Road inChicago. Thesilkscreenoperationthat started with simple t-shirts quickly grew into one of the largest sports specialty shopsintheMidwest. Astheybeganthe operation, schools, businesses and local teams purchased their athletic wear from thenewlyfoundedenterprise. Then,the 1985 Superbowl …

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Team Smooth Over

What started out as fun nights with softball friends and die-hard veteran players, all came together to form the Smooth Over softball team. They immediately established themselves as a team to be reckoned with. In the early-’90s, they emerged as one of the most competitive teams on the South side. They started out playing in …

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Team OJs

The OJ’s , a team that will go down as one of the top women’s teams in 16” softball history, began its ten year run in 1973 when player/coach Linda “Boom Boom” Parker-Trapp and manager Joe Gerage combined their top teams from the Wells Park League. The team derived it’s name from the initials of …

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Terrence O’Brien

A native of Chicago, Terry O’Brien grew up playing softball for many teams, including the Scorpions and Muskrats from 1972 to 1988 in leagues and tournaments at parks throughout Chicago and the suburbs, including Clarendon, Wells, Mather, and Pottawatomie in Chicago, James in Evanston, Majewski in Mt. Prospect and at Forest Park. As president of …

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Patrick O’Connor

Growing up in Chicago, Patrick O’Connor learned the game of 16″ softball in the schoolyards and parks of the city. He played in many Chicago Park District tournaments with a number of different teams during his school years. Since 1983, Alderman O’Connor has hosted his annual softball tournament to help keep alive the rich tradition …

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Jack Olson

      In August of 1970, Jack Olson started the Scrappers. They played their first game in the Ed Kelly Fall Classic Tournament held at Clarendon Park. They beat three “A” teams from Clarendon’s League and then lost 9-7 to the Dwarfs of Clarendon’s “A” League. Because of their success, they were asked to play in …

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Salvatore “Sal” Oliver

Sal Oliver grew up in the Gailwood area on Chicago’s Northwest side. He graduated from Fenwick High School where he played football and basketball in the prestigious Catholic 5′-9″- and-Under League. He graduated from Loyola University with a degree in business administration. Sal had a twenty-one year softball career, and for those twenty-one years, he …

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