ASA National Softball Hall of Fame

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
 



 


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The American Softball Association (ASA) National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum 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 ceremonies.

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.

The National Softball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated May 26, 1973 in Oklahoma City. The building was opened to the public July 1, 1973.

The first of two additions to the ASA Hall of Fame/ASA Headquarters was started 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.

A second expansion was added July of 1980 for an additional 5,182 square feet of space, with total footage 18,140 square feet of space.

The 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 Annual Meeting.

The player membership includes 192 players in the following divisions: men's fast pitch (90); women's fast pitch (57); men's slow pitch (32); women's slow pitch (11); and modified pitch (2).

The Hall of Fame has 160 members in non-playing categories including commissioner (40); umpire (40), meritorious service (41), managers (226) and sponsors (13).

The 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.

The 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 playing.

In 2007, the Men's National Fast Pitch team won the inaugural American Challenge and 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 be held.

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 Hall of 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??? 

I 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.

Did  I mention that I was on ESPN with my "Roll Tide" display consisting of toilet paper 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.

If 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.


Operations:
 
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 4:30 pm
Sat:  10 am - 4 pm
Sun:  1 pm - 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

 


  

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