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Mike Tallo

Considered to be the greatest 16” softball pitcher since 1950. Today every pitcher tries to emulate the quiet thin man who threw right and backed up to play defense. Mike came to the 16” game late after playing minor league ball for the Giants. He quickly made an impact with the Strikers and revolutionized the …

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Ted “Todge” Tomczak

One of the best shortstops of the era, Ted Tomczak played on a variety of top teams including the Dunne Cones, the 1025 Club, Bennetts, Tracys, Ted Reese and Jim Roses. In 1945, Ted, with the 1025 Club, won 81 games against only 8 losses. In addition to his prowess at shortstop, Tomczak’s 550 lifetime …

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Richard Triptow

An ad for the old North Town Currency Stadium Calls upon fans to come out and watch Chicago’s greatest sports stars in action. It features Dick Triptow, with a star next to his name as a “crack cage and diamond star from DePaul.” One look at Triptow’s softball accomplishments shows that the ad was not …

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Mel Turner

Mel played 12″ and 16″ softball during the 20s, 30s, and 40s, dissolving his team at the end of the season. While Mel made his living in the automotive world (securing numerous patents for technical advances in automobile repair tools,) his second love was softball. Mel and his family lived across the street from Bill …

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Ray “Topps” Topolski

Ray began his softball career in the “Back of the Yards” at Sherman Park with his friends the Chi-Wolves. Played for Daly Hamburgs after returning from college. He flourished as a centerfielder with the Jimmy Rose team at Clarendon and Chicago and Kedzie Leagues until ’59. One of his highlights was a 4 home run …

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