Voting Now Open!

Cast your vote for the next 2019 Hall of Fame nominees. Please vote for the nominee(s) in the era with which you are familiar. Join us in celebrating their induction at the 24th Annual Awards Dinner at the Drury Lane in Oak Brook Terrace on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Only one vote per person. Voting ends December 9th, 2019.

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Choosing A Club To Crush A Clincher


Choosing A Club To Crush A Clincher:

Picking The Right Bat For 16″ Softball

By: S. Brady Phillips

CU-31 and C-405. Are these the 21st century bombers on the Pentagon’s wish list? BPF, end-loaded, and balanced. Are these terms you need to know when discussing investing with your financial planner?

The answer to both of these questions is “no”. Knowing what each of the above means helps one accomplish the increasingly complex task of purchasing the right softball bat for you.

Adding to the complexity of this task is that most bat manufacturers focus their research and development dollars on the more lucrative 12″ market.

Always in search of an edge I set out to find the answer to the eternal question, “What is the best bat to use in 16″ softball?”

The first phase of my research was academic. I asked Stan Natonek, a Physics teacher at Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL, to study the difference between hitting a 12″ softball vs. a 16″.

The Science

According to Stan, the first difference is an obvious one. A 12″ softball weighs 6 oz and is harder, with a density of .36 g/cc. A 16″ ball weighs 9 oz with a density of .22 g/cc. In essence you are dealing with two variables, difference in weight and difference in density…..

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Inductee Plaque Day is Saturday July 18th!

The second Inductee Day in our new 16-Inch Hall of Fame, located in Forest Park, IL, will be Saturday July 18th. We are looking forward to laying these great new plaques and celebrating our 2014 Inductees! A North vs South Softball game of previous inductees will also be played that day.

For more information, please call Rachell Entler at (630)-234-2398, via e-mail:

Hall of Fame Grand Opening Media Coverage

Please contact Tiffany Hoffman at with any questions!










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Check out these links below to see various articles, videos, and radio talk shows about the Hall of Fame Grand Opening! We were so excited about all the coverage we got!



Forest Park Talks About The Hall of Fame Museum

July 19 – Chicago 16″ Softball Hall of Fame Museum Grand Opening

Ribbon cutting ceremony, Celebrity Softball Game and Entertainment:  WHEN: Saturday, July 19th  –1:30pm – 2013 inductee plaques unveiled and museum ribbon-cutting ceremony; 3:00pm – CEO – Celebrity Softball Game; 4:00pm – North vs. South Hall of Famers Game; 5:00pm – Entertainment begins! WHERE: Forest Park, IL (Des Plaines Avenue and Harrison Street).  See below for more information on the event and the museum.  Click here for the full article

Hall of Fame Countdown

Check out our blog section for the 50 day countdown till opening day of the Museum starting May 30th.

New Addition to the HOF Blog

The Hall of Fame blogger Tiffany Hoffman writes from behind the scene on all things softball at the annual 16” Softball Hall of Fame inductee dinner. Check out her post and other info at

Starting May 1st 2014

Starting May 1st 2014 the new HOF Contact address will be:

Chicago 16 inch Softball Hall of Fame
7501 Harrison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: 708-366-7500 cell 708-768-1668
Ron Kubicki

Rounding Third Newsletter announces the winners of this year’s 2013 inductees

What an outstanding year it was for the Hall of Fame, congratulations to all the new 2013 Inductees and a big thanks to everyone who voted this year!

Third Newsletter of Rounding Third released today with Inductees

To view Newsletter > Click Here

Inductees are as followed

Wall of Fame                                                       

Curtis Granderson Sr

Toncie Siriscevich                                                                               

Daniel (Sheik) Carmody                                     

Tom (Bomber) Horn

Presidential Service Award

mb financial bank

Teams Honored

Deathwish Softball

Peppers Softball

Traffic Softball

Saints Softball Club

Field of Dreams

Clyde Park

Frank Holan Award

John Reglein

Rich Catizone

Richard J. Daley Award

Sal Milazzo

1993 – Current

Israel Sanchez      

Dave Ruehl

Danny Jalowiec


Sherman Nelson

Rich (Chubbs) Polfus

1981 – 1992

Bruce Parker

Drake Jones

John Stock


Pete McGuire      


Renee (Scrunch) Strasser

Colleen Logan-Linhart        

Pioneers – 1950 – 1963

Don Savage

1964 – 1980        

Ken Israel

Robert (Bobby) Bernstein    

Ray Johnson


Onesti Brothers                             

The dinner will be on Saturday April 26, 2014 at Durry Lane in Oak Brook, IL. Call for tickets at 630-544-5049, check back for more details and updates

Together We Make 16-Inch Softball – Get in the game – tell us your story

Calling all 16-Inch Softball fans: Share your story

Today HOF launched Get in the Game – Tell Us Your Story, an invitation to anyone who has been touched by the game of Softball — whether as a player at any level or as a fan — to share a story of why they love the game. Send the HOF your 16-Inch softball story telling why you love the game, how you got started, and once the submission is approved, it will appear on the HOF website.

For more information contact Tiffany Hoffman at