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Rose Mofford dies at 94...
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Two time Arizona Softball Foundation Hall of Fame inductee, Rose Mofford, dies at age 94.
Rose was a stalwart supporter of Arizona softball. She is in the Hall of Fame both as a player and as a contributor.

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PHOENIX - A former spokeswoman says Arizona's first female governor, Rose Mofford, has died at age 94.

Former Mofford spokeswoman and longtime friend Athie Hardt says Mofford died Thursday morning at a hospice she entered last month after being injured in a fall.

Mofford, a Democrat, served as governor from 1988 to 1991. She was the elected secretary of state when she took over for Republican Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached and driven from office.

Mofford did not run for her own term in 1990. She was succeeded by Fife Symington, who later resigned amid a real estate scandal in 1997.

She was the first of four female governors to lead the conservative state over the next two decades, including Jane Hull, Janet Napolitano and Jan Brewer.

Governor Doug Ducey released a statement late Thursday morning:

“I join the citizens of our state, and many across the nation, in mourning the passing of Arizona’s trailblazing first female governor, Rose Perica Mofford.

Rose Mofford’s story is a truly unique Arizona story. Rising through the ranks of state government to our state’s top office, she shattered a once-thought-unbreakable glass ceiling and served as an unparalleled role model to many. She was noting short of an Arizona treasure, and will be deeply missed.

Governor Mofford brought people together. Both as a governor and a former governor, she exemplified the ability of leaders to unite us—to put partisanship aside and put our country and our state first. During challenging times for our state, Governor Mofford was the steady hand that led us through and held us together.

Governor Mofford’s unwavering commitment to the people of Arizona is illustrated by her decades of public service to make our state a safer, happier, and healthier place to live. Her service should serve as a model for all of us who follow her—serving with heart, determination and putting the needs of Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens first.

“In honor of Governor Mofford’s life and enduring legacy, I have ordered that all state flags be lowered to half-staff."
President Obama remembers and honors Rose Mofford
Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford.  Rose was once fired from a government position because her boss "felt it was better to have a man in that particular job."  But she was undeterred, eventually rising to become Secretary of State, and then governor – the first woman in Arizona to hold that office.  In all, her career in public service spanned more than a half-century.  It’s a story of tireless service, steady leadership, and a trailblazing spirit that inspired not only a state where three more women would eventually follow her in office, but an entire country.  Rose showed us all what to do when somebody says we’re not good enough because of who we are – don’t believe it.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Rose’s family and friends as they remember and celebrate her example.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
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Anita Jane (Byrd) Wells
Anita Jane (Byrd) Wells Legend Player/Pitcher Anita (Byrd) Wells played softball for the Dudettes and PBSW Ramblers from 1948 to 1957. She was recruited right out of elementary school by Dot Wilkinson and Ford Hoffman. At 13, Anita traveled with the Ramblers to pitch in the ASA Women's National Softball Tournament in Toronto, Canada. Anita pitched in numerous State, Regional and six National ASA Tournaments with the Ramblers.
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Tairia (Mims) Flowers
Tairia (Mims) Flowers Player/Third Baseman Tairia started her softball career at 10 years of age in Tucson. She played ASA ball on the Blaze 18 and under team, Lil’ Cats and the Phoenix Storm women’s Major team. She was a four year varsity starter at Salpointe High School. Tairia was an All Region, All State, and All American while in High School. Her Jr. Olympic Team won a Silver Medal in Taipei, Taiwan in 1999. Tairia was a four year softball player for UCLA. Her UCLA Team won the National Championship in 2003. While at UCLA Tairia was named to the All-College World Series Team, All Pac 10, All Region and All American teams. Triria's accomplishments include: Two time World Cup Champions (2006, 2007), two time Pan American Gold medalist (2003, 2007), two time World Champion (2002, 2006), Olympic Gold medalist (2004) and Olympic Silver medalist (2008). Triria currently is the Head Coach at University of California at Northridge.
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Joe Robinson
Joe Robinson Contributor/Umpire .Joe started serving as the Arizona ASA State UIC for A.C. Williams, our Long time State Commissioner, in 1981 and continued as the State UIC for 27 consecutive years. He was appointed as the Rocky Mountain Regional UIC in 2008 and has served in this position through 2015. Joe has worked as an umpire for 56 consecutive years. He was appointed and umpired in 19 ASA National Championships. Joe umpired college softball between 1976-1984. In 1978 he umpired the AIAW Women's College World Series. Additionally, Joe was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. Amongst the accolades associated with his induction into this Hall of Fame, was his receiving a Superior Achievement Award from the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
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Ed McQuade
Ed McQuade Contributor/Coach Ed started his head coaching career as the baseball coach at Ida Grove High School, in Ida Grove, Iowa. He also played fast pitch softball for 5 years with the Ida Grove Merchants. Ed became head softball coach at Greenway High School in the fall of 1979. Under McQuade's tenure, the Greenway High School Team's total overall record is 836 wins 253 losses and 3 ties. Ed's teams at Greenway won 5 State Championships, two State Champion Runners up, and 21 Regional Championships. Greenway competed 36 out of 38 straight years in post season play. Ed was named 4 time Arizona Coach of the Year, and earned numerous Regional Coach of the Year honors. Ed also coached the Destiny and Scorpio girls club softball teams. His Scorpio team won Rocky Mountain Championship, qualified for three Metro tournaments, 3 Regional Tournaments, Hawaii Tourney 3rd Place, Disneyworld Tourney (2001) Champions.
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John Thierbach
John Thierbach Player John played second and third base on several elite Arizona Softball teams including the F.E. Bailey Team, Sports Club of America and Arizona Turquoise Kings. Played with numerous Arizona softball hall of fame members including Jerry Wells, Jay Bob Bickford, Reid Nielson, and Gil Aragon. John participated in several State, Regional, National, and World Championships with ASA and ISC events.
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Scott Keller
Scott Keller Contributor/Coach Scott helped coach and manage the Prescott Merchant's Team comprised of all Prescott young players. The Merchant Team played in various tournaments and qualified for the 18u Boys ASA National Tournament to be played in Prescott. The Merchant's Team defeated the five time Champions, Schilitz Bulls', 15 to 3, winning the 1981 National ASA boys 18 and Under Fast pitch Championship. Sometime between 1981 and 1988, the Prescott Merchants became the Men's Prescott Mustangs. The Mustangs were managed and sponsored by Scott and Barbara Keller. The Mustangs participated in 5 ISC World Tournaments. In addition to coaching and managing the Merchants and Mustangs, Scott also served as the Arizona and Nevada Commissioner to the ISC from 1990 and 1991.
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2016 Life Time Achievement Award
The Arizona Softball Foundation is proud to announce our first LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to be presented to Dot Wilkinson.

Dottie started playing softball in 1933 at the age of 11. As the catcher for the PBSW Ramblers for the next 32 years, she was named ASA All-American 19 times, and won National Championship titles in 1940, 1948 and 1949.

Dot became the first women to be inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. She was also inducted into the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame Charter member in 1974.

She is considered the greatest female athlete in Arizona history and Dot is widely considered to be the best softball catcher of all time. She has been a great ambassador for softball and women's sports.
2016 Reunion Team
The Arizona Softball Foundation is proud to announce the Prescott Mustangs as the 2016 reunion team.

Join your softball family at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North (Metro Center).

During the reception there will be a special video highlighting players, team photos and more of the Prescott Mustangs.

Please pass this info on to past players and interested friends.
Book: FASTPITCH: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game
Written by Tucson resident Erica Westly, the book brings to life the rich 129-year history of the sport, including the many teams and players that were important in Arizona since at least the 1930s.

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