American Softball Association (ASA) National Softball Hall of
was established in 1957. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Hall of Fame were
held December 19, 1970 in Oklahoma City. The late John Nagy, former
Cleveland Metro commissioner, was ASA president at that time. Hall of Famers
Harold (Shifty) Gears and Carolyn Thome Hart were among those attending the
The ASA moved to Oklahoma City January 1,
1966 after having its offices in Newark, NJ. The decision to establish a
Hall of Fame Building in OKC was made in January of 1965.
National Softball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated May 26, 1973 in
City. The building was opened to the public July 1,
first of two additions to the ASA Hall of Fame/ASA Headquarters
July 5, 1976 and completed July 13, 1977 for an additional 4,350 square feet
of space. Dedication ceremonies for the
expansion were held July 23, 1977.
Counting the Hall of Fame/ASA Headquarters and the ASA Hall of Fame, there
is 28,406 square feet of space.
second expansion was added July of 1980 for an additional 5,182 square feet
space, with total footage 18,140 square feet of space.
ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum has 352 members.
There are two
categories of membership, players and non players. Within the non player
category, there are five different divisions one can be nominated in. Those
are Commissioner, Meritorious Service,
Umpire, Managers and Sponsors. A
nominee needs 75 percent (nine votes) of the votes cast by the 12 member
Hall of Fame Committee to be elected. Annual inductions are held at the ASA
player membership includes 192 players in the following
fast pitch (90); women's fast pitch (57); men's slow pitch (32); women's
slow pitch (11); and modified pitch (2).
Hall of Fame has 160 members in non-playing categories including
commissioner (40); umpire (40), meritorious service (41), managers (226) and
Clearwater, FL Bombers, 10 time ASA national fast pitch champion, has the
most members in the player’s category of the ASA National Softball Hall of
Fame with 22.
ASA Hall of Fame Complex is widely regarded as the finest softball facility
in the nation. With four fields and other world class amenities, the Complex
has played host to the best softball competition in the world, including USA
teams that represent the nation in international competitions.
Among the most recent USA Softball National Teams to play in ASA Hall of
Fame Stadium was the 2010 USA Women's National team, which brought home the
gold in the KFC World Cup presented by Six Flags, and the Women's Futures
National Team, which finished third at the World Cup by beating the 2010 ISF Women's World Championship Bronze Medalists from Canada. The World Cup
of Softball VI is July 21-25, 2011, with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic,
Great Britain, Japan and the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team
2007, the Men's National Fast Pitch team won the inaugural American
in 2009 the inaugural Border Battle in Men's Slow Pitch was a success with
the USA defeating Canada 30-23. The 2010 Men's Slow Pitch National Team lost
the Border Battle 30-29 to Canada. On July 23, the third Border Battle will
Annually, ASA Hall of Fame Stadium plays host to a wide variety of softball
events, including one of the nation's No. 1 collegiate contest, the NCAA
Women's College World Series (WCWS), which annually draws more than 63,000
spectators from around the nation and had record setting crowds in 2010. ASA
Fame Stadium has hosted the event
over a dozen times and was host to the most recent WCWS in 2012 where the
University of Alabama Women's Softball team won the 2012 National
Championship by beating the University of Oklahoma! Do I hear a large ROLL
TIDE coming from the stands???
have watched the College World Series, both softball here in Oklahoma City
and baseball in Omaha, Nebraska, for years. I attended the mid 80's Baseball
College World Series in Omaha when the
University of Alabama was playing the
University of Texas for the CHAMPIONSHIP. Fantastic game.
I mention that I was on ESPN with my "Roll Tide" display consisting of
attached to a box of Tide detergent. We lost the series, but I had a
fantastic time. Hopefully, we can go to both games next year.
you plan to visit this museum, please consider taking some time to really
enjoy it. Also, the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum is just across the street,
We also have a segment on this museum.
Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 - 4 pm
The Hall of Fame is closed on weekends, October-April
ASA National Softball Hall of Fame
2801 N.E. 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Touring the Softball Hall of Fame