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Rich Polfus

  Rich grew up on Chicago’s West Side and moved to the Oak Park area. In the summer of 1973 after graduating from St. Catherine’s, Rich was introduced to Pete Chrisos. At that time they formed the Who, a park district team at Stevenson Park under the direction of Frank Zepf. It was sponsored by …

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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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Walter “Doc” Papierz

Doc Papierz was born on November 14, 1917 in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood on 43rd Street across from Davis Square. One of ten children, Doc attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and Tilden Branch High School. At that time he started working for the Wilson Stock Yards, a job that lasted from 1941 to …

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Rick Pyle

     Rick Pyle first became involved in softball during 1964 by organizing and playing on an intramural team at Glenbrook High School in Northbrook and continuing that summer in the Park District Teen League. He continued playing on and managing various teams into the early 1980s, but his real love for the game was in …

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Robert Pagorek

Bob Pagorek’s softball career began in 1953 when he was a seventh grader and lasted until 1995. During that time he played the game and managed some of the great teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s. He played in many Chicago Park District leagues, primarily on the Southeast Side, at Calumet City and Dolton and …

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Jerome Pelletier

      Pelletier grew-up in Glendale Heights, Illinois and still resides there. He graduated from Glenbard North High School in 1974. He played sixteen-inch softball in the park district with the Pirates and later with the Stray Cats. He worked in various park districts for six years as a scheduler and umpire before staring his career …

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Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson grew up in Calumet Park and attended Eisenhower High School where he played baseball, and football. He also played football at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He played softball for the Hot Dogs at parks on Chicago’s Southwest side and in Oak Park. He began his umpiring career in 1983 when he attended …

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Wally Pecs

Baseball, not softball, was Wally Pecs’ game after graduating from Roosevelt High School. But that changed after several unsuccessful major league try-outs led Wally to look to softball as an alternative outlet for his talents,so at age nineteen he started the Tappers. Two years later he left Tappers to join the Road Runners, a top …

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Dominick Paparatto

Born in July of 1925, Dominick Paparatto attended Morse Grammar School and Crane Tech High School where he excelled in baseball and track. From 1943 to 1945 Dominick served his country during World War II as an aerial gunner in the 15th Air Force stationed in Italy. He began his softball career in 1943 with …

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