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Arizona has a long, varied and proud history in fast pitch softball. This web site celebrates that history - from the pioneers who put Arizona firmly on the softball map to our current day stars participating on the world stage of softball.

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We are in the process of transitioning this site to be fully responsive.

What that means is that is will look equally good on your phone, your tablet, your laptop or your desktop.

Every page must be changed so it will take a while.

Some links will take you to the old pages. The old pages may not work as well as they used to. Other links will not work at all and you may get an error message. Simply 'go back' in your browser to return to the ASF site.

Your patience is appreciated. Gradually it will all get transitioned over to completely responsive and be beautiful no matter what device you use to view the site.

All Hall of Famers are done. Lots of photo albums yet to do.
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.
Summer Newsletter
Golf in 2016
Saturday September 10 at the Aguila Golf Course - both of Baseline Road off 35th Avenue.
Hall of Fame Banquet
Radisson Hotel Phoenix North

10220 North Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ 85051 | 602-997-5900

August 13th, 2016

Registration and a No Host Reception will be from 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM. During this time, visit the memorabilia tables showcasing the lives of our inductees.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM with the induction program to follow at 7:00 PM.

Dinner will include prime rib, vegetables, bread, salad, and dessert.

Cash bar will be located in the ballroom for the convenience of the attendees.

There will be a Silent Auction and a 50-50 Raffle prior to the induction ceremony.

Please note only cash and personal checks will be accepted for silent auction items and late dinner reservations.

Tickets for this year’s banquet will be $45.00.

Please contact Bobbi Forner at 602-266-7125 for ticket information or write to:
(ASF) Bobbi Forner 6336 North 11th St. Phoenix, AZ. 85014

Deadline for tickets is August 1st.

Book Your Room. Radisson Hotel Phoenix North has a special group room rate of $79.00 plus tax.

Deadline for group rate August 1st.

CLICK HERE for a direct link to book your room reservation.

This link is also available on the ASF Facebook page.

If you have any questions regarding room reservations call Evelyn Morales at 602-331-9802.

The hotel offers free breakfast.

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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