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Maryland Slow-Pitch Softball Association, Inc.

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2017 Hall Of Fame Induction

   View the 2017 Induction Photos

Click here for a complete list of Upcoming Events (with details and directions).


Maryland Hall of Fame Inductees
Class of 2018

Bernard Bailey

Player / Manager


Baer Chandler

Player / Senior Player


Lawrence "Ken" DuBree


Port Deposit

David "Dave" Hartzell



Raymond "Ray" Hubbe

Player / Senior Player

Middle River

Robert "Bobby" Jones 



William "Bill" Kerns



Stephen "Steve" Krawczyk


Cape Coral, FL

Donald "Don" Leonard



Chip Steffe   


Ellicott City

John "Johnny" Stewart  Player Pasadena
Induction Banquet:  March 24, 2018   

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Tournament in Hagerstown, MD - 1980
 Front Row - kneeling:  John Stewart, Dave Hartsel, Alan 'Ice' Dial, Tucker Hercek, Morris 'Mo' Sessomes, Dal Roberts, Phil Biedronski
Back Row - standing:  Dave Anderson, Frank Cullotta, Brandt 'Barney' Schamberger, Cliff 'Sammy' Gephardt, Bob Linthicum,
Doug Hufman, Gino Pennachia, Bill Sleuss, Jim 'Country' Trout, Ted 'Hoot' Fischer, Ben Ray

 Wilkens House 
ASA National Championship Tournament in Parma, Ohio - 1982

 Names to be added soon

Upcoming Events (Display Only) - Click above link for details

New Home of the Maryland Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame
2nd Annual Association Night at Ripken Stadium
Pre game on field presentation of Scholarships to our 2nd Annual Award Winners
They will also throw out the First Pitch.
Date: Friday, June 24th

Open buffet in Right field party section, all you can eat from 6:35 until 8:05

Individual seats to game,

Fireworks after Game

The new home of the MDSPSA Hall of Fame, 2nd Annual Scholarship Night at Ripken Stadium.

Watch the  Iron Birds play

MDSPSA Event ceremony

and much, much more.

The cost is Active Members are FREE, Guests are $32.00 per person

* Includes All *

 Tickets:         Contact: Chip Mack  

                                       201 Trellis Ct.

                                       Abingdon, Md. 21009

                                       Cell: 410-960-3877

                                       Home: 443-512-8282

                                       E-Mail rmack8@verizon.net

Make checks payable to MDSPSA


 Shifflet & Horn 1976

Front Row (L to R)

Wayne Waters, Charles Phoebus, Ron Gibbs, Frank Schmidt, Joey Warner, Sonny Farrly, Tommy Connley, Pete Fulmer

Back Row (L to R)

Gary Via, John Swantec, Cookie Chillen, Frank Chorba, Angelo Zanti, Bryce Martin, Billy Hipple, Tommy Schafer, Bill Horn

"Turn of the Century - They Started It All!"

The women and men who started it all .......... 

When attending this year's 

Maryland Slow-Pitch Hall of Fame Banquet

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Please take the time and say, "THANK YOU!"


Don White Makes It Right! 1975 Car Center


Back in the Day!



1st Row: Tommy Coyle, Jim Valentine, Charlie Parker, Sid Glover, Andy Goodman, Ralph 'Bo' Shepard

2nd Row: Don White, Fred Harris, Bob Foard, Tom Connelly, Tommy Schafer, Cliff 'Sammy' Gephardt, Steve Grochowski

3rd Row: Lou Einshultz, Frank Chorba, Jim 'Country' Trout

Radio Sport's Talk 105.7 The Fan’s Jeremy Conn Hosts the 2012 MDSPSA HOF Banquet

2012 MDSPSA HOF Banquet - click to view larger photos

Jim PortsSimpersTaylorZitnayPrice Dickie LeeMike Rose
DillJohn CopenhaverPat CareyBradleyJoe AlbertRay DuncanHamel
EaganGoose GosmanDukesDonaldsonSouthwest Balto Boys - Jerry Beck, Johnny Cope and Eddie MilesJohn CopenhaverAlbert & Dukes
Carla and JimMowattHOF Banquet GroupDetwiler, Novotny, MoMohanJR Rathell, Buddy Deshiell, Susan and Gary Kroupa

2012 HOF Banquet Huge Success !
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Lee Hood- 2014 Charles Phoebus Award


Presented by the Maryland Slow-Pitch Softball Association

"This award was established to honor the memory of Charles Phoebus, a founding member of this 
Association and its Hall of Fame, who passed away in June of 2008.  

The recipient of this award is recognized and honored for exceptional dedication, service, support and 
promotion of the ideals of the Association, and for personal contributions to slow pitch softball in Maryland 
but is not eligible for Hall of Fame nomination under any of the prescribed criteria for nomination under 
This award is not necessarily an annual award but is presented only to that exceptional individual who 
possesses the rare qualities and personal attributes this award represents."  

THIS YEAR'S MDSPSA Hall of Fame's Charlie Phoebus Award Recipient is:



Lee Hood currently is the Site Supervisor for the Bachman Sports Complex, Department of Recreation and Parks, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Lee has been at Bachman since it opened in 1998, and an employee of AA County Recreation and Parks since 1996.  That was the year Lee was inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame as an Administrator.  Don Brooks, then a Director with AA Recreation and Parks and now a National Director for Senior Softball-USA, attended that ceremony.  He immediately offered Lee a part-time job as a Site Supervisor at Upton Fields (now Randazzo).  Brooks had hired Lee in  the late 1970's as a gym supervisor.  The rest is history as they say.  Lee has maintained several other fields throughout AA County, including the fields at Old Mills for many years.  In 1972, he was the Junior Commissioner for the State of Maryland's Girls' Soccer Program.  For 14 years, Lee oversaw the Girls' Youth Soccer Leagues at Little Flower Catholic School.  He was instrumental in developing a Co-Ed volleyball league in the county, and oversaw basketball, baseball and other sports leagues.  Lee has been a dedicated public servant, always going above and beyond his required duties.  As a result, he has enabled tens of thousands of people in Maryland and from around the country to participate in and enjoy sports, especially slow pitch softball.

At Bachman, Lee works tirelessly to ensure that the nightly softball leagues for Seniors, Men, Co-Eds, and Women are an enjoyable place to play.  The same is true for the many weekend tournaments held atBachman throughout the season.  Lee makes sure that the fields are in the best playable condition, and that the needs of all of the participants are met. Josh ThomasBachman's Maintenance Supervisor, describes Lee as "always humble, putting softball and the needs of others first".  Thomas further stated that "Lee is usually the first person there and the last one to leave the fields.  He literally locks the gates at night.  He is willing to do whatever is necessary, whether it's trash collection, providing water in the dugouts, and just keeping the park clean for our guests.  You will often find him at Bachman on his days off, making sure things are running smoothly and pitching in wherever necessary."  Brooks echoed Thomas' remarks and noted that "whenever I needed someone to go beyond the call of duty, Lee never hesitated to help, and his meticulous attention to detail and his dedication to complete the job at hand never waivered.  I consider Lee to be a good friend, and his receipt of this prestigious award is very deserving and appropriate". 

Lee notes that he has always loved slow pitch softball, beginning as an assistant coach and scorekeeper for teams such as Betty and Jake's, and National Fitness.  With his knowledge of the game and his ability to assess players and teams, Lee is often a good resource for managers and coaches willing to seek his opinion.  His greatest joy, says Lee is "just being around the game and all of the players, and the many, many friendships I have made over the years".  In all respects, Lee Hood is a true ambassador for slow pitch softball and is most deserving of the Charles C. Phoebus Award for his enthusiasm and dedication to the game. 

Lee and his late wife Catherine were blessed with two children, Thomas and Emily.  Lee resides in Glen Burnie.

Congratulations to
Lew's Crew 40+ Women, winners of the Tournament of Champions in Orlando!
Ground has been broken and work has begun on the Lew Oppenheimer Memorial Garden at Cedar Lane Park.  
The garden, located at the entrance to Cedar Lane Park Field #3, will feature the park bench donated by the
Maryland Slow Pitch Softball Association surrounded by six varieties of flowering shrubs and trees.  


Greenbelt Shell - 1972
Greenbelt, MD
ASA Regional Champions 1971 - 1973

Ray Sears & Son
Gambrills, MD
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Bottoms Up/Isagenix/Cropp Metcalfe/Weir Pest Control
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Photos of 2017 Hall oF Fame Induction
2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
MDSPSA "Hall of Fame" New Home - Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen, MD
Kenny Borkmann "GOAT?"
Shifflet and Horn 1976 - back in the day!
Kenny Dement Memorial at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park
Lee Hood- 2014 Charles Phoebus Award
"Turn of the Century - They Started It All!"
Don White Makes It Right! 1975 Car Center
Everett "Buddy" Dashiel - Mayor of Brooklyn - HOF 2008
Jock City Order Form - MDSPSA HOF Apparel
Baltimore Monuments - 1977 Revisited ! ... 5 pgs
1977 APSPL World Series "Flash Back" (12 pages)
Jarretsville's Furniture - 1980 Las Vegas Tourney - a Maryland First
History of the Baltimore Beltway Senior League
"Golden Age of Softball" a Pioneer's Scrapbook through the '70s & '80s
Romans 60 World Champs - Photos
"Long Wait is Over!" Romans Win SPA 60 AAA National Title
The Journey - For the Love of ROMANS Softball
#1 National Softball Best Seller, "How to Recruit and Build Dynasties" By Bruce A. Dishman
Mike Blum - Home Run Hitting Legend of Catonsville - A Daughter's Scrapbook and Tribute To Her Dad.
Danny Markowski - HOF 2006 - Softball Immortal
Update! - Lew Oppenheimer Memorial Garden at Cedar Lane Park
In Memory - Tommy Olszewski
Phil Kyte - The lighted field #1 at Merritt Point Park is named after him
Max Kafka 2006 HOF Inductee - "All World" Trophy in Long Island, 1971 - 1st Marylander
2012 Hall of Famer Mike Dill gives Carl Edwards #99 some batting tips
In Memory - 2010 HOF Inductee Richard "Dickie" Montgomery new memorial at Pinesburg Park.