Illinois Amateur Softball Association (USA Softball of Illinois) Announces


2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ten individuals and five teams/organizations are to be honored at the ASA Hall of Fame Banquet in Decatur April 14, 2018.  They are as follows:




Gene Zerrusen, mens fastpitch player from Effingham area.  Played for T Town Press, Effingham TSA, B.O.S.S., Bonutti Orthopedic, Chippy’s Twisters.  Named to state tournament all star team in three different classes.  Gene was the MVP in the 1992 Mens Major Fastpitch State Tournament.


Scott “Tubby” Hale, Slopitch manager, Murphysboro.  Approximately 35 years as ASA slopitch player and manager.  Approximately 30 years as slopitch manager for teams such as Craine Heating and Air, Da Nite Softball, Reid Builders, Pennsylvania Avenue Sports, Precision Recovery and the Miss N Hitters.  His teams won six ASA state championships in four different classifications.  Hale coached teams have played in Georgia, Oregon, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida and Missouri.


Roger Nichols, nominated in umpire category by Paul Tomazzoli and Steve Shipley.  Umpired for approximately 40 years including 15 years of mens major fastpitch.  Worked 9 ASA National Tournaments, and about 40 Midwest Regionals and state tournaments.  Selected to umpire two Olympic team exhibition games.  A member of the National Indictor Fraternity and the Medals Umpire Program.  Former recipient of the Don Plarski Award.


Dennis McCollum, Mt. Zion. A 3 time mens major fastpitch all tournament team selection.  Played for Decatur Perfect, Decatur Good Old Boys, and Decatur Herbert Trucking.  Outstanding defensive first baseman with a solid swing.


Tom Manor, outfield, St. Louis.  Played mens fastpitch for approximately 20 years mostly on the major level.  Divided his career between St. Louis and Illinois.  In Illinois, played for Alton Leary and Mead, Decatur A’s, Southern Illinois Masters, Champaign Nohren Farms, Decatur Legends and Springfield.  During his two years for Alton Leary and Mead, he was two time first team all tournament in the mens maJor fastpitch state tournament.  He played for one Illinois state championship team, a St.Louis Metro champ and 3 mens masters national championship teams.  He was the MVP in the Granite City, Illinois tournament in 1969.


Joe Zinanni, Kankakee Kardinal first baseman.  Kardinals are a member of the Illinois ASA team Hall of Fame and Joe was their 1st baseman and top RBI man.  He was first team all state in 1968 and 1974.  He retired with a lifetime batting average of .318.  He led his team in RBI’s every year from 1967-1974.


Mike Ginger, Clinton. A versatile fastpitch defensive player who could also pitch and swing the bat with authority.  Played for Bloomington Hearts, Taylorville Blues, Taylorville Bob Ridings, Taylorville Max Klemm, Decatur Generals and the outstanding JO teams from Taylorville from 1981-84.  Selected as a 1st team All American at the mens major nationals in Decatur in 1993.  Also selected All American at the A National Tournament in Texas in 2,000.


Don Thompson, Cowden. Made his mark in Illinois fastpitch circles as a manager, player and commissioner.  For his dedicated years of service, Don was selected in the category of Meritorious Service.  He was involved in Illinois mens fastpitch softball for almost a half century.


Kevin Gosser, Fisher.  Greatest accomplishment as a pitcher was leading the Gibson City TNT team to the Class B state championship in Belleville in 1987.  He also carried a “good bat” and more importantly he played long enough and pitched for enough teams to keep several teams playing softball.  For his contribution to the game, Kevin was inducted in the category of Meritorious Service.  


Bob Hupp, from Oreana,  played ASA softball a long time ago but he is finally being recognized for his efforts.  He played and managed teams for about 15 years.  His last year as a fulltime player was in 1965.  After retirement he continued in softball as manager of the Decatur Riley team.  In his career, Bob played on three Illinois State Championship teams.  As a manager, his team qualified each year for the Midwest Regionals winning the championship in 1962.


The following teams were also voted into the Hall of Fame

Peoria Lady Rage Womens Fastpitch Team

Peoria Rage Mens Fastpitch Team

Roxana Sundevils Mens Slopitch Team

Effingham BOSS, TSA, Bonutti Orthepedic

Midland Magic JO Organization

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