Thanks for Visiting!

As we enter 2019, I would like to offer my thoughts on 2018.  Many thanks to our Officers, Board Members, Special Committee Members and the many Volunteers who keep our Association running smoothly.  Tireless efforts abounded and if not for the dedication of those mentioned above, we would not have attained any success to date. 

It all started with a Vision and it has become the Dream that we hoped it would be.  The creation of the “Maryland Slow Pitch Softball Association” and the “Maryland Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.”

In order to stay successful, we need continued physical and financial support from our Roster of Members.  Please encourage others who love Softball to become a MDSPSA Member.  Please support the MDSPSA Annual Events and don’t let your Membership Dues move to the ‘red column.’

“We Are Only As Strong As Our Weakest Hitter!”

Paul “Max” Kafka
HOF 2006
MDSPSA Lifetime Member

Hall of Fame Inductees Class of 2019

Eugene “Gino” Anselmi



Carla Price Barrera

Player / Administrator


Robert “Carp” Carpenter



Joe Cristy



Brad Gist



Margaret Ann Harding


St. Mary’s County

William “Butch” Hensel

Manager / Coach


Robert “Bobby” Hewett

Senior Player


Terry Lee

Senior Player

Glen Bernie

Michael “Mike” Shriner

Senior Player


Leonard Stewart

Senior Player


Larry “Bear” Weinzirl



Brian White



Hall of Fame Inductees Class of 2018

Bernard Bailey Biography

Player / Manager


Baer Chandler Biography

Player / Senior Player


Lawrence "Ken" DuBree Biography


Port Deposit

David "Dave" Hartzell Biography



Raymond "Ray" Hubbe Biography

Player / Senior Player

Middle River

Robert "Bobby" Jones  Biography



William "Bill" Kerns Biography



Stephen "Steve" Krawczyk Biography


Cape Coral, FL

Donald "Don" Leonard Biography



Chip Steffe    Biography


Ellicott City

John "Johnny" Stewart  Biography Player Pasadena


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

MDSPSA First Board of Directors

        Front Row (L to R):  Mark Phoebus, Bob Fogle, Tommy Schafer, Phil Kyte, and Dan Markowski

        Standing (L to R):  Clyte Franklin, Bob Staab, Bruce Dishman, Dick Trautwein, Charlie Phoebus, Ludwell Jones,
                                        Mike Snyder and Joe Cristy 


MDSPSA First Hall of Fame Class (2006)

Front Row (L to R):  Paul Kafka, Cookie Cherry (for Lynn Cherry), Tommy Lottman, Brenda Shepherd (for Ralph
                                  Shepherd) and Dan Markowski

Standing (L to R):  Phil Kyte, Tom Dilutis, Clyte Franklin, Bernie Allowatt, Don White, Jr. (for Don White), Bruce Dishman,
                                Mike Blum, Charlie Phoebus, Bob Fogle, Dick Trautwein, Mike Ennis, Mike Snyder and Bob Staab

Not Pictured:  Dave Weller

**  Home of the Maryland Slow Pitch Softball's Hall of Fame  **
4th Annual Scholarship Night at Ripken Stadium
Pre-game on field presentation of Scholarships to our Award Winners
They will also throw out the Game's First Pitch!
Saturday, July 14th

Open Buffet in the Right Field Party Section
ll You Can Eat from 5:35pm until 7:05pm

Individual Game Seats and... 

Fireworks After Game!

 Watch the    Play!

MDSPSA Event Ceremony and much, much more!

Active Members: $10.00 - Guests: $30.00 Per Person

Ticket Contact: Chip Mack
201 Trellis Court
Abingdon, MD  21009
                                          Cell:  410-960-3877
                                              Home:  443-512-8282

       Make Check Payable to MDSPSA


B a c k    i n    t h e    D a y
 Display Data 
Tournament in Hagerstown, MD - 1980
Front Row (L to R):  Johnny Stewart, Dave Hartsel, Alan 'Ice' Dial, Tucker Hercek, Morris 'Mo' Sessomes, Dal 'Double                                           Dal' Roberts, Phil Biedronski
Standing (L to R):  Dave Anderson, Frank Culotta, Brandt 'Barney' Schamberger, Cliff 'Sammy' Gephardt, Bob                                                    Linthicum, Doug 'Pony' Hufman, Gino Pennachia, Bill Sleuss, Jim 'Country' Trout,
                                Ted 'Hoot' Fischer, Ben Ray (Team Psychologist)

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

Front Row (L to R):  Bat Boy (Blum), Cliff 'Sammy' Gephardt, Charlie Keenan, Doug 'Pony' Hufman, Travis Nunnaly,
                                  Jerry Beck and Mike Snyder
Standing (L to R):  Tournament Director, Photographer, John Copenhaver, Al Custis, Dan Markowski, Mike Blum, Bobby
                                Boyd, Jim 'Country' Trout and Johnny Stewart 

 Shifflet & Horn (1976)

Front Row (L to R):  Wayne Waters, Charlie Phoebus, Ron Gibbs, Frank Schmidt, Joey Warner, Sonny Farrly, Tommy
Connley, Pete Fulmer

Standing (L to R):  Gary Via, John Swantec, Cookie Chillen, Frank Chorba, Angelo Zanti, Bryce Martin, Billy Hipple,
                               Tommy Schafer, Bill Horn

Car Center (1975)

Front Row (L to R): Tommy Coyle, Jim Valentine, Charlie Parker, Sid Glover, Andy Goodman,
                                  Ralph 'Bo' Shepherd

Standing (L to R):  Don White, Fred Harris, Bob Foard, Tom Connelly, Lou Einshultz, Tommy Schafer,
                                Frank Chorba, Cliff 'Sammy' Gephardt, Jim 'Country' Trout and Steve Grochowski

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 !
Send us your photos!
 Click Here
Team pictures, actions photos, any softball related pictures
We will  post all that we receive
-    -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -  

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
-    -    -    -    -    -    -    -

Bottoms Up/Isagenix/Cropp Metcalfe/Weir Pest Control
-   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -