PHOENIX

2014

Elby Bushong Jr. (Male Player)Won Men’s A World Tournaments in 1980 with Campbell Carpets of Concord, CA and in 1983 with J & R Roofing from Phoenix. Dubbed “Boom-Boom” in honor of his prodigious home runs, he was the first representative from Arizona selected for the USSSA National Hall of Fame, being inducted in the Major Player Category in 1982.


Ron Seaton (Sponsor/Manager)Founder, organizer and sponsor of RMS Softball. RMS culminated an outstanding run of excellence by winning the 2010 Men’s C World Tournament. Ron was selected as the All Tournament Manager for guiding his team to the title. 


2015

John Booker Sr. (Male Player)One of the most feared power hitters from southern Arizona and the southwest for almost a quarter century. A member of the prestigious USSSA Major Players list for many years and an integral cog of standout teams such as SNAFU and Nova Financial. After basically retiring from playing, John served USSSA with distinction as the Arizona Black American Program Director for several years.

Mike Calise (Male Player) - Became a major force on the slow pitch scene after a nine year career in minor league baseball where he hit 33 home runs for AAA Louisville in 1982. Mike and brother Dominic played for Sonny’s out of Connecticut as well as several of the best teams in Arizona including Landsharks and Elite. 


Jimmy Henninger (Sponsor/Manager)- The driving force behind and relentless manager of Trim Fit, a dominant team in Arizona Men’s and Hispanic softball for many years starting in the 1980’s. The high point of their extended run of excellence was capturing the 1988 Men’s B World Tournament in Concord, CA. 


Diane McQueen (Female Player)- Following a stand out career in fast pitch, she joined Big Apple in 1987. Over the next 13 years she helped the team become one of true forces in Women’s softball acquiring countless all tournament and MVP awards along the way. The consummate team player, she often declined AT awards so a teammate could receive additional recognition. After the end of the Big Apple era Diane continued to play for the Saints Senior Softball Team until her passing. 









2016
Tony Silvas (Director/Umpire)- Umpire and Director for USSSA since the 1980’s. Tony was one of only a select few umpires from Arizona considered to work the elite Men’s Major World Series. Most recognizable as an assignor and overseer of the umpire program, Tony also headed
the Hispanic Program for many years.


Pat Farmer (Female Player) - Joined Big Apple in 1987 as a young utility player with a strong arm. By the time Big Apple was done, she had established herself at her natural position as a shortstop. Additionally, she was a sound fundamental hitter who delivered exactly what was
needed in the clutch and was an integral part of the Big Apple run of excellence.


Carl Blank (Male Player) - One of the truly dominant pitchers in Arizona slow pitch history who seemed to get better with age. From 2006-2010 he was named Tournament MVP at least six times, culminating with the 2010 Men’s C World Tournament. Carl was easily the MVP and the central figure behind RMS taking home the USSSA World Title. Carl has also been the on the mound of "other" World Championships for other sanctions.

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