2017 Hall of Fame

MN-USSSA Hall of Fame

Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame Class of 2016

2017 HOF ClassSeating Left to Right: Wayne Kuffel, Erin Brown, Penny Danks, Jerome Krieger
Standing Left to Right: Jerry Tollefson, Jon Glotzbach, Phil Boxwell, Thomas Thaden, Troy Mickelson (State Director)
Posthumous Umpire Award – Pete Strand III
Pete Strand III HOF Picture

Meritorious Service Award – City of Brooklyn Center Grounds Crew
City of Brooklyn Center Grounds Crew Meritorious service Award HOF 2016 - 00

Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament
The 24th Annual Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on June 15, 2017 at the Victory Links Golf Course at the National Sports Center in Blaine. What could be better than spending a morning playing golf during the summer outside of softball? If you relish the idea of driving the links with your friends, you’ll be thrilled to find out about the upcoming Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame Golf Tournament. In an effort to make this event bigger and better than in years past, Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and the United States Sports Specialty Association (USSSA) will be able to pair your love of golf with the socially responsible activity of helping raise money for the Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame.

The event will be a great deal of fun for everyone involved, and Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame will greatly benefit from the proceeds. You can register to play on your own, or you can put together a team of your friends, colleagues, and/or softball buddies. You’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful morning on the greens, while helping provide support for Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame. To register, simply complete the enclosed form and mail it in along with your registration fee or register online at www.mnrpa.org If you’re interested in a sponsorship opportunity or making a door prize donation, please indicate your interest on the enclosed sponsorship form. You may reach me at 763-571-1305 x 106 or weinreis@mnrpa.org if I can answer any questions for you. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the tournament.

Click here for Minnesota USSSA Benefit Golf Tournament Registration Form

Click here for Minnesota USSSA Benefit Golf Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities

Hall of Fame Banquet
Minnesota United States Specialty Sports Association (Minnesota USSSA) annually hosts the Minnesota Hall of Fame slow pitch softball induction banquet to honor those players, umpires, directors and sponsors who have excelled in softball and advanced the game in the state.

Our Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Friday-January 20, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North located at 2200 Freeway Boulevard in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430. There will be a $40 charge for each attendee.

MN-USSSA Hall of Fame Banquet Registration Form

Hall of Fame
Minnesota USSSA honors certain individuals who have contributed to the Minnesota United States Slo-Pitch Softball program by electing them to the State’s Hall of Fame. This is considered the highest honor Minnesota’s USSSA can bestow on any individual. A person can only be elected into the Hall of Fame once.

Hall of Fame Committee
MRPA’s Recreational Sports Commission will appoint a seven-member committee to review nominations and vote on induction into the Hall of Fame. A two-thirds majority vote from this committee is necessary for Hall of Fame induction.

Nominating Procedure
A candidate for the Hall of Fame must be recommended to the Minnesota USSSA Slow-Pitch State Director.

Application / Nomination Form
Click here to download the nomination form as a PDF file

Deadline
Recommendations must be submitted in writing no later than October 1 of each year, using the official Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame application or nomination form. Application forms can be downloaded from the web link above, or obtained from the MRPA office.

Application information must include detailed background information, statistics, and a recent photograph of the candidate for proper consideration to be given. All recommendations are only valid for one year. Unsuccessful candidates may be resubmitted the following year.

Categories
A person must be recommended in one of the following categories to be considered for nomination.

  • Adult Male Player
  • Adult Female Player
  • Umpire
  • Team Manager/Coach
  • Sponsor
  • Director
  • Senior Softball Participant (a male/female player with outstanding contributions to the USSSA Senior (50-55-60-65-70+ over program).
  • Meritorious Award – Special Category: manufacturer, sports writer,
    announcer, maintenance or any other individual who has outstandingly,
    beyond any doubt, contributed to the Minnesota USSSA
    program, but does not qualify to be nominated in any
    of the other categories.
  • Posthumous Award – Special Category: Recognizing someone in appreciation to honor someone who has gone above and beyond or recognize a long-time volunteer or any other individual who has outstandingly, beyond any doubt, contributed to the Minnesota USSSA program, but does not qualify to be nominated in any of the other categories.

Age

  • Hall of Fame nominees do not have to be retired to be nominated or elected.
  • However, all nominees must be 40 years of age or older.
  • Age requirement does not apply to deceased nominees.

Service
A nominee must have completed a minimum of ten (10) years of Minnesota USSSA service. The years of service requirement does not apply to any nominee who is deceased.

Induction
In mid-November each year, that year’s Hall of Fame inductees are announced. Inductees are honored at a banquet in January of the following year.

Hall of Fame Inductees 1994 – 2015

Stu Alexander (1996)
Dick Anderson (2010)
Rick Anderson (2000)
Anheuser-Busch (1995)
Scott Bailey (2002)
Tony Barilla, Jr. (1994)
Bill Beck (2002)
Garrett Beck (2013)
Warren Bellm (1995)
Doug Berfeldt (1995)
Larry Bigelow (2004)
Don Bowman (1995)
Jim Bowen (2003)
Scott Breuer (2013)
John Brodzinski (2007)
Mike Brodzinski (2015)
Greg Brown (2009)
Ray Brown (2008)
Scott Brown (2013)
Doug Bryant (2010)
Pat Burns (2007)
Rick Busch (1996)
Steve Cahill (2007)
Meghan Chandler (2015)
Butch Clayman (2003)
LeAnn Connolly (2014)
Paul Connor (2004)
Tom Cook (1994)
Lacelle Cordes (2015)
Mark Dallenbach (2014)
Jim Daly (2000)
Tom Daniel (2002)
Chaun DeMars (2012)
Dianne Dingmann (1995)
Venisa Dinius (2005)
Barb Drake Lindgren (2009)
Chris Duda (2007)
Dudley Sports (1994)
Mike Ellenz (2010)
Michelle Erlien (2010)
Joe Ericksen (2008)
Dana Erickson (2014)
LeRoy Ericson (1998)
Steve Ericson (2000)
Kent Esby (1997)
Lori Fisher (2004)
Mike Fluegge (2013)
Jeff Franks (2015)
Todd Fuechtmann (2005)
Linda Garbett (2002)
Nancy Garbett (2004)
Kim Gavenda (1998)
Bill Geisbauer (2015)
Ed Ghostley (1997)*
Ellie Ghostley (1997)
Jeanne Ghostley (2001)
Babe Glumack (2008)
Harold Graczyk (2004)
Jon Gurban (2007)
Steve Hackel (2007)
Marty Hanft (2012)
Laurie Hanrahan (2011)
Harry Harrison (1998)
Fran Headline, Sr. (2011)*
Fran Headline (2013)
Bret Heitkamp (2001)
Pat Hentges (2003)
Scott Holt (2008)
Scott Holum (2010)
Kurt Hornnes (2009)*
Bob Hortenbach (2005)
Dave Irvin (2002)
Jerry Irvin (2003)
Doug Johnson (2011)
Duke Johnson (2012)
Galen Johnson (2011)
Michael Johnson (2004)
Randy Johnson (2005)
Val Johnson (1999)
Julie Jorissen (2003)
Gary Jost (1996)
Jim Kappelhoff (2003)
Matthew Kelsey (2014)
John Keprios (2009)
Scott Kevitt (1999)
Jack Kirk (2010)
Don Klatt (2008)*
Bob Klick (2007)
Dale Kolles (2011)
Ed Korba (2007)
Corine “Corky” Kottke (2000)
Dan Krtnick (2008)
Tom Kubalak (2005)
Jeff Kurkowski (2009)
Dick Kuyath (2006)
Steve Larson (2002)
Dean Laager (2006)
Ted Larson (1994)
Colin Leitch (2005)
Gene Leslie (1994)*
Tedd Lindgren (2005)
John Locke (2010)
Dani Lombardi (2003)
Mike Looby (1995)
Tim Magner (2001)
Denny Malarkey (2000)
Jerry Marinelli (2002)
Tom Maslowski (2001)
Arnie Mavis (1994)
Mike McGowan (2005)
Jennifer McGuinness (2012)
Tom McKeon (1997)*
Steve Michaud (2002)
Bill Miller (2014)
Perry Miller (2001)
Ardell Moeller (2010)
Steve Moncrief (2011)
Dolf Moon (2000)
Garry Morris (1999)
Dick Mumbleau (2006)
Steve Murr (1997)
Steve Nauer (2006)
Dan Nelson (2015)
Darrell Nielsen (2013)
Erick Norby (2013)
Pat O’Connell (1999)
Jack O’Connor (2008)
Gregg Otten (1997)
Jon Oyanagi (2011)
Lori Palesch (2006)
Dale Palm (1994)
Gene Parrish (2003)
Bart Peck (2013)
Mike Pendzimas (2009)
John Phyle (2013)
John Petersen (2000)
Don Phenow (2008)
Lance Peterson (2002)
Paula Price (2008)
Jim Proulx (2012)
Dave Purtle (2000)
Randy Quale (2006)
Sara Reiser (2008)
Mick Ritter (2002)
Dave Robinson (2003)
Ron Rolle (2001)*
Mike Ross (2012)
Dick Rostamo (2001)
Jerry Ruegemer (2012)
Paul Ruikki (2006)
Shelly Schoeberl (2014)
Steven Schultz (2014)
Greg Schwab (2010)
Ron Schwartz (2004)
Dave Serie (2007)
Warren Sherer (2002)*
Dave Slack (2011)
Randy Sonnenfeld (2012)
Al Snow (1996)
Pat Stanchfield (1998)*
Ron Steiner (1996)
Harold Stewart (1999)
Philip Stewart (1999)
Spectrum Screen Printing & Embroidery (1999)
Steve Stinski (1998)
Pete Strand II (2005)
John Strangis (1996)
Richard Starner (1998)
Roger Stawski (2011)
Dave Strecker (1997)
Belinda Strobel (2013)
Shari Strommer (2008)
Monty Stuhler (1996)
Steve Swanson (2012)
Jim Sweat (2009)
Jeff Thompson (2009)
Jimmy Thurman (2006)
Kevin Thurs (2014)
Deb Tix (2012)
Bob Tomhave (2001)*
Al Trapp (2006)
Mike Trewick (2009)
Terry Truhler (1997)
Gerry Turnberg (1998)
Jerry Ujdur (2007)
Lee Ulferts (1998)
Jeanne Vestal (2015)
Todd Volkers (2000)
Dennis Wagner (2014)
Jim Wajda (2004)
Keith Wallace (2015)
Ward Wallin (1999)
Larry Wendell (2004)
Jackie Werner Jr. (2010)
Craig Wendt (2015)
Darrell “Bozo” Wincek (1995)
Dan Yochum (2014)
Chris Yungner (1999)
Bob Yurch (1995)
Kevin Zenk (1999)