Oct 26

2014 Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame Banquet

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The 28th Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, November 1 at the Rochester International Event Center. The Hall of Fame biennially recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of softball.

Softball is the largest team participant sport in Minnesota and the nation with over 5,000 teams participating in the local program.

A total of 20 individuals in the player, manager, umpire, sponsor, promoter, administrator, organizer, volunteer or media categories have been selected for induction this year. Included are:

Inductee Category
Softball Hometown
David Bakke Player  Minneapolis
Ron Bergstrom Player  Austin
Bruce Blank Player  Duluth/Austin/St. Paul
John Carlson Pioneer  Minneapolis
George “Buzz” Connor Meritorious Service/Manager  West St. Paul/St. Paul
Ken Hagen Player  Austin/Geneva-Ellendale
Dale Kolles Player  St. Michael/Albertville/Elk River
Kevin Kranz Player  Minneapolis
Robert Lenzmeier Player  Minneapolis
Rebecca Macken Player/Manager/Meritorious Service  Rochester
Clarence “Clancy” Mager Meritorious Service  LeCenter
Mark Malde Player  Rochester
Ed “Smokey” Matras Meritorious Service/Player  West St. Paul/St. Paul
Jim Morcomb Player/Manager  St. Charles
George Retzlaff Pioneer/Meritorious Service  Hutchinson/Silver Lake
David “Dub” Richards Meritorious Service  Geneva
Donny Robinette Manager/Player/Sponsor  St. Paul
Ed Schaust Player/Manager/Promoter  Delano/Hollywood
Tommy Smith Meritorious Service  Cambridge-Isanti
Gary Watland Player  Austin/Mankato/St. Paul

Also receiving special recognition will be Tami Morrison and Lee Cohan for their years of service to the Minnesota amateur sports community.

2012’s banquet was attended by over 300 people and an equal or greater number is expected this year.

The cost of the banquet is $45.00. Tickets may be obtained using the Ticket Request Form or they may be ordered online. Deadline for tickets is Friday, October 24.

Nearby Hotels
AmericInn – Room block made under “MN Softball Hall of Fame”

For further information please contact:

Perry Coonce

Steve Ketter
(952) 405-6936