Hall of Fame

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Keeping a softball league afloat and thriving since 1980 has been a group effort, and the following members of the ECSA Hall of Fame represent some of the league's most important contributors. Here's a look at the ECSA's Hall of Fame inductees each year:

2016: John "Grandpa" Ball, Scott Fisher, Mitch Grospe, Craig Hickey, John Voldal
2015: George Aoyama, Gary "Keo" Keopanya, Rich Watson, Joshua Wojcik 
2014: Sara Fetters, Dan Haugen, Chris Larson, Floyd McIsaac/Changes in Wallingford, Randy Robison 
2013:
Dan Cross, Joan Holzman
2012: Stuart Feil, Ron Fox, Mike Ridgeway
2011: Delmis Perez, R Place
2010: Gary "Meatball" Gilman, Donnie Moritz, Thomas Walker
2009: Gerry Barton, Fred Parham
2008: Greg Bannish, Mike "Milly" Farris
2007: Gary "Dixie" Carter, Dug Wehage
2006: Frank Pichinini
2005: Time Time
2004: Bobby Wright
2003: Nick Bacetich, Al Castor, Bruce Caszatt, Al Fernandez, Jim "Mother" May, Scott Rodriguez, Alex Veltri, Joe Wolanski

Hall of Famer bios are in the process of being updated. Please check back soon for the full list.

INDUCTEE BIOS 

2003

  NICK BACETICH

The Emerald City Softball Association is proud of our 21-year history. As a league we have gone through all the usual growing pains, struggling through some tough years while mourning our losses and relishing the good times while cheering our victories. However, like any organization it is the people that volunteer their time, efforts and professional abilities that keep associations, like the ECSA, growing. As a league, we have never nominated one of our members for such a prestigious honor as the NAGAAA Hall of Fame. We have considered it for several years, but have always put the issue on "hold" -- wanting to first establish our own sense of history within the ECSA.

This past year we successfully created the Emerald City Softball Association Hall of Fame. We are excited about the responses and the great memories that were recollected. Through the number of ECSA Hall of Fame applications and nominations, it is clear that we have an individual in our midst that has been a staple and a guiding force in our league for its entire duration. Nick Bacetich, was not only voted in to be one of our first ECSA Hall of Fame inductees, but also did so with the only UNANIMOUS decision. To be a member of any organization for 21 years and not solicit a single "no" vote for such an honor, indicates to us, that Nick has not only been successful in all that he has done, but has also been able to reach beyond his own team and touch every player and division within the ECSA in a positive manner.

It is no secret that in order to be a contributing factor in a national organization such as NAGAAA -- you must have a strong foundation in your own local organization. We feel Nick Bacetich has been an instrumental part of our foundation throughout both our league history and our participation in NAGAAA.

ECSA LEAGUE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Served as ECSA Secretary (1983-1984)
  • Served as ECSA Vice-Commissioner (1985-1986)
  • Served as ECSA Commissioner (1997-1998)
  • Served as a team Coach (Both Open Division and Women's Division)
  • Served as Co-Sponsor to several teams over the years.
  • Nick has been/is an active player since 1982 and has been named an "All-Star" several times over the years - most recently in the 2001-2002 season.
  • In the mid-80's, Nick participated in the Elite Batboy Team, which won the City of Seattle Metro Championship and earned the team a front-page story in the Seattle Times. (This proved to be a positive groundbreaking article about gay athletics in the Seattle area)
  • Nick has always been available for the league as its legal counsel and other matters involving professional legal review.
  • Nick has volunteered for many tournament assignments, including serving most recently as the Protest Committee Chair for the Emerald City Classic 2002.
  • Nick was instrumental in drafting the current ECSA bylaws, which governs both the Open and Women's divisions.
  • Nick also assisted our league accountant, Maggie Webb, in making application and qualifying for "nonprofit" corporate status in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code.
NAGAAA ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Nick worked diligently in helping to bring the NAGAAA World Series to Seattle in 1995 and was a big part of the success of the NAGAAA World Series '95.

Nick was instrumental in putting together the Seattle bid for the NAGAAA World Series '95, which included (for the first time) a video presentation he helped organize, write and produce. This video included "welcome" messages from the Mayors of Seattle and the City of Kent together with remarks from Representative Cal Anderson, Washington State's first openly gay legislator.

An avid golfer, Nick also organized the first golf tournament ever held in association with a NAGAAA World Series Event.

Nick personally negotiated and helped draft the first national sponsorship contract with Miller Beer for the NAGAAA World Series 1995 in Seattle. He also was solely responsible for procuring several donations from local area businesses, which helped sponsor the Series in Seattle.

Nick was also an assistant coach to the Women's Encore Team from 1993-1995 that placed third in the GSWS of 1995 and also garnered recognition in an ASA National Tournament in Arizona.

Nick has participated in a number of NAGAAA World Series Tournaments - including Nashville, Boston, San Diego, Seattle, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

He also served on a NAGAAA committee to assist in reviewing its articles.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Nick has generously given of his personal time and finances having "quietly" helped finance several players over the years so that they were able to participate in league and tournament play in Seattle as well as around the country.

As an attorney, Nick has graciously volunteered his time professionally to assure that the Emerald City Softball Association is abiding by all city and state statutes, federal codes and laws.

He has chaired the Membership Committee for the ECSA and was responsible for organizing and running numerous tournaments for the league.

Nick has also has organized several fundraisers (on behalf of our league) for other nonprofit organizations such as NW AIDS Foundation, Rise 'n Shine, Lambert House and Chicken Soup Brigade.

SUMMATION

After 21 years of existence, the Emerald City Softball Association is proud to be nominating Nick Bacetich for the prestigious honor of being inducted into the NAGAAA Hall of Fame. Nick has not only helped to create and maintain a tremendous local organization, but with his participation in the NAGAAA GSWS of 1995 - from the initial bid presentation to the closing ceremonies - he helped to take that event to a much higher level.

So, it is with tremendous pride and an entire league's support that we submit Dominic "Nick" Bacetich as a nominee for induction into the NAGAAA Hall of Fame.

  AL CASTOR

After the 1982 first Gay Games in San Francisco, the Seattle Gay News (SGN) wrote an article about the Seattle athletes' win across the board. The SGN interviewed Al Castor, and the following is a portion of that interview:

Al Castor coaches and plays volleyball and softball with many straight teams in Seattle, and being gay is not an issue for him. Al is a gay athlete who sets an example for all, gay or otherwise, on how to compete. "Competition," he says, "doesn't mean stomping down the other guy, although, yes, some people use it that way. Competition means wanting to play the game; the score, although it is nice to win, is irrelevant. When you play well, and people see that you are skilled at what you do, you've won."

At the Gay Games in San Francisco, when Al Castor's Seattle volleyball team confronted an unbeatable Los Angeles, Al reminded the team that they could lose, probably would, and that just being there and playing well as reward enough. But as the excitement mounted and Seattle began to show its spunk, the team decided to go for it. Al, at the point, told them "You cannot let them (SEATTLE) down, you cannot let yourselves down." In a hall-biting, roof-raising game, Seattle beat the unbeatable 15-6 and the fans went wild, swooping down on the court, yelling, crying, and bunch of great volleyball players who simply got carried away with being good jocks, got carried off the court in tribute to their victory."

Al Castor's sense of commitment to the advancement of gay and lesbian rights through organized sport has been phenomenal. Through his mentoring, many of us will carry and celebrate his legacy; Al Castor has taught many of us the importance of teamwork, cooperation, dedication and sportsmanship.

As an accomplished gay athlete or sportsperson, Al Castor envisioned that organized sport could provide remarkable opportunities for gays and lesbians to not only interact and network with each other, but also foster a shared sense of community. Today, his vision of the importance of teamwork and dedication makes Seattle Gay Athletes well respected around the nation.

Al Caster held many important positions in the sports arena such as Commissioner, Vice Commissioner, Secretary, Tournament Director, Head Coach and was the first Miss Gay Softball in Seattle.

1972 - Al Castor was the first openly gay person who competed in the Junior Olympics in volleyball and received the gold medal.

1980 - He joined the Seattle Gay Softball League.

1982 - Member of the Seattle Gay Athletes delegation to the First Gay Games in San Francisco which he received gold medal in volleyball and silver medal in softball.

1982 - Member of the Seattle delegation with efforts to seek membership in the NAGAAA, held in San Francisco and was approved anonymously. (Al Castor, Al Fernandez, Mark Marontate, Time P. Time and Gail Britto from the women's league participated at the meeting in SF).

1983 - Member of the Ritz Caf�?�© softball team representing the Seattle Gay Softball League to NAGAAA World Series held in Chicago. For the first time in their history, the SGSL participated in the NAGAAA World Services and did well. Seattle eliminated Houston who won the previous World Series of 6-0. After eliminating Houston, Seattle and the Los Angeles Blue Dots battled for the 3rd and 4th place. Unfortunately, Seattle lost 2-1 after 12-innings.

1984-1985 - Represented the gay community in softball and volleyball tournaments nationally and locally. Al Castor had won many titles, achievements and awards, such as MVPs, Golden Gloves, etc.

1986 - He took the gay volleyball team that represent Seattle to the Gay Games II in San Francisco. He was the coach and a player. He received a Silver Medal and a medal of honor from the Olympic Committee for his dedication in organizing gay sports in the Seattle metropolitan area.

1987-1990 - Al Castor continued to represent the Seattle gay community in sports and helped to teach elementary and high school students in officiating sports.

  BRUCE CASZATT

Bruce  has coached many teams for the last 20 years (Including the first team to win the Gay Softball World Series).

Other noteworthy achievements:

  • Bruce has always been there for support and to fill in when he's been needed. I feel that throughout the years that Bruce has in his way helped to bring our league to where it is today.
  • Coached/played on the same team with the same sponsor for 14 years (Elite Batboys).
  • Gone to 12 World Series: Boston, Dallas (twice), Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto.
  • Has coached/played with the Elite Batboys to 6 ECSA league championships: 1988,1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995.
  • Coached/played on the bronze-medal team (Elite Batboys) at the Gay Games in Vancouver, B.C., in 1990.
  • Coached/played on the first ECSA men's team (Elite Batboys) to win a NAGAAA World Series championship - B Division Philadelphia, 1993.
  • Coached/played on the first ECSA team (Elite Batboys) to win both the city of Seattle metro league championship and the Highline league championship (south Puget Sound)
  • Coached/played on teams (Elite Batboys) that have won both the Cascade Cup & Pacific Cup.
  • Coached/played on the ECSA team (Elite Batboys) that made the headlines of the Seattle Times newspaper sports section. It featured the Metro League Championship, the ECSA and League Championship, the Cascade Cup tournament.
  • First father/son combination to play in ECSA league - 2001.
  • Has coached the most years in ECSA history.
  ALEX VELTRI

He started his career in Seattle as a part-time bartender in 1967 at the Silver Star, the Columbus Bar and the historic Double Header. Who could have ever predicted from that point, that he would rise from those smoke filled rooms to become one of the most remembered and revered people in Seattle gay softball history.

Did he bat .750 every year? No. Was he a lanky shortstop that made plays that would make your heart skip a beat? No. Was he a power hitter that anchored a batting line up? No. In fact, according to those that remember him �¢?? they actually don�¢??t remember if he even ever owned his own glove or for that matter, ever even swung a bat. He was an average guy. He was not an athlete. �¢?? However, he was at the games and definitely found time to yell at the umpires and cheer on his teams.

Alex is not remembered for his phenomenal play making ability, rather his amazing ability to think about his community and how he could make it more whole.

He was the owner of a number of Seattle historic bars including: the Elite (opened in 1970?), the Elite II and the Encore. Even though he owned bars, one of his goals for the gay community was trying to facilitate gay men meeting outside of bars. He often tried to organized things outside of the bar community �¢?? including events like Easter egg hunts for single parents and their children. He noticed that organizations like the Court of Seattle and the Knights of Malta were getting people together outside of the �¢??bar scene�¢?? and always that that was healthy for the gay community. He fully believed that events that did not 100% focus in or around bars would help self-esteem, friendships and most importantly develop a real sense of community.

During potlucks at his bar on Friday nights, he would often pass the hat to see if his patrons would support his team(s)

He started sponsoring in the gay league by telling the guys on a Friday afternoon that if they created a team and some energy, he would make sure that it was paid for and he would support it 100%. He rarely told people this, but in addition to making sure fields, uniforms and equipment were paid for he would often help pay for traveling expenses for players that could not afford to go to out of town tournaments.

He was not only a philanthropist to the Gay Softball league �¢?? but he also was a force in the grass roots fundraising efforts that brought the GSWS to Seattle in 1995.

He died of a heart attack (while waiting for a bus to go to the hospital) and is still missed by MANY of his friends.

"A guy with a heart as big as all outdoors" is how he was described by one of his best friends. (George Ray, KCTS Television.)

He was born in Pennsylvania, and he was close to his family.

Words used to describe him were: Organized, Motivated, Friendly and Kind to everyone he ever met. If he had one fault it was probably his overwhelming generosity.

The teams that he sponsored were always decked out in full uniforms, and he was sure that they had the equipment that they needed.

His big team (most successful) was the Elite Batboys. He also was a very big proponent of making sure that his team

The story goes that the team took on a straight team in Woodland Park, and the guys came out in full force (complete with 3 guys in drag as cheerleaders), and the gay men filled the stands. Heckled at first, the team held their own. By the end of the game the other six teams that were also playing at that complex were asking about how they could recruit those gay guys from the team! That game was umpired by George Ray.

He was one of the first (if not THE first) to sponsor more than one team in a single year. He sponsored three teams in the league.

During his many years in Seattle he was also named Emperor in the Court of Seattle. He was always first-class in everything he did and traveled extensively during his reign.

In addition to supporting the gay softball league �¢?? he also gave generously to the Seattle Men's Chorus and to local public television.

 
2009

    FRED PARHAM

Fred Parham began playing softball in the early stages of what is today called Emerald City Softball Association back in 1978. This is over 30 years of being associated with ECSA and he is still actively part of ECSA.

Over these 30 years he has been a player, coach, ECSA Team representative, mentor and friend to many players of the ECSA. He's been a huge financial supporter of the league via participation in the league fundraising events or donating when we host the World Series. Back in the early 1990's the league used to have drag competition -- each team submitted a participant -- the event was held to raise funds for the league and for teams going to World Series. Back at this time Fred was quite renowned for his Tina Turner impersonation and would bring the house down with his Tina Turner numbers. Just recently in 2008 Fred and his partner, Gregg, became Diamond Club members to show their support for ECSA hosting the 2008 World Series.

Where Fred shines the most in his softball career with ECSA is when he is coaching. Any team he's coached he truly looks at every player as his kids -- a sort of extended family. He loves to teach, mentor and make his teammates better players and better people. He is their coach and he is their friend. In a conversation just recently Fred shared some of his softball philosophy that he was sharing with the current team he is coaching. It is related to sportsmanship -- telling his players you have to respect you competition win or lose -- at the end of the game when you go out and slap hands with the other team and say "good game" you truly need to mean it. This philosophy has been prevalent throughout Fred's softball career -- he is a very focused and intense person during a game. But when the game is over, you are his friend, and he truly respects any team or players he plays against.

Fred has coached several teams over the years that have earned World Series berths. A memorable such team is the team he took to the 1992 LA World Series. This team ended up making it to the championship game and took 2nd place in the C Division of that World Series. He has taken teams to the Minneapolis and San Diego World Series and was a mentor to the Monarchs, the team that took second place in B Division at the Portland World Series. The Monarchs were also the B Division Champions the following year at the Washington, D.C., World Series.

In recent years whenever this league was in need of coach for a team Fred was always the first one to approach about coaching. He did it with the Angels a few years ago -- the league had players that wanted to play -- but no coach -- they asked Fred and he stepped up and took on coaching and playing on that team. He moved the team up to the B Division after one year and coached them a couple more years. He took the 2008 season off but then in 2009 was approached by the Atomic team -- who had just won the D Division in the 2008 World Series and several of the players were moving up to play in the C Division and wanted someone to coach them -- someone to make them better players and to prepare them to play in the C Division. Fred was the excellent choice for that and again agreed to coach another team. They will be a better team for it.

Fred is one of three active members of ECSA that is still playing/coaching in the league since its inception -- the other two are Bruce Caszatt and Time Time -- both Bruce and Time are already ECSA Hall of Fame members. It's time to add Fred to that list. Fred possesses everything that you would expect of an ECSA Hall of Fame member: longevity in the league, respect and loyalty to the League, leadership, humanitarian, success as a player and coach (several championships), and sportsmanship. The ECSA is definitely a better league because Fred has been part of it for the past 30 years.


2011

  RON FOX

Every generation of any organization has its notable characters. In 1991 one of those characters came to the Emerald City Softball Association as Ron �¢??Lucy Box�¢?? Fox. His larger than life personality was only overshadowed by his amazing skill and dedication to the ECSA. For 13 years he represented the ECSA in local, metro and national tournaments with pride. Over his years of participation he garnered numerous awards, served on the Executive Board and inspired up and coming players in the growing league. Included in his tournament wins was a NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series win in 1993. It is with pleasure that nominate Ron Fox for the Emerald City Softball Association Hall of Fame.

Giving back

The list of games, awards and tournament wins (including a Gay Softball World Series title) Ron Fox has also dedicated his time giving back to the league. His bigger than life personality has inspired players throughout his time in the league. He has also served on the Executive Board as secretary and has given back his time as a coach and a team manager.
He also donated his time for league fundraisers that gave funds back to the organization such as the Miss Gay Softball Pageant.

Excellence on the field

1991 �¢?? Ron�¢??s first games for an ECSA softball team was actually at a tournament in Lynwood in the fog and the rain with the Elite Batboys. His team placed in the top 10 at that tournament and from that point on, they didn�¢??t slow down for a minute. The Elite Batboys played 86 games that season!

  • 1991 Division Champions (Undefeated season)
  • Golden Bear Classic 3rd Place (losing only to the 1990 and 1991 Gay Softball World Series Champions)
  • 1991 Seattle Metro League Champions (Playing as an openly gay team in 1991 in the Metro League was still a very impressive and bold decision.)
  • Two Ã?¢??Coors Light Challenge Series TournamentsÃ?¢?? 4th Place (Ron Fox named to All Star Teams at both tournaments)
  • 1991 Pacific Cup, Vancouver, B.C. 2nd Place (Ron Fox Tournament Defensive MVP)
  • Cascade Cup 3rd place
  • Autumn Classic San Diego 4th Place
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series, Boston MA. Top 10

1992 - Elite Bat Boys (118 games that season!)

  • ECSA A Division Champions
  • Cascade Cup 3rd Place
  • Seattle Metro League Champions (Featured story on the front page of the Seattle Times Sports Page titled Ã?¢??BATBOYS MAKE BIG NOISEÃ?¢??)
  • West Seattle Metro League 2nd Place
  • North Bend and Mt. Vernon Tournaments (MVP of both tournaments)
  • Autumn Classic, San Diego Champions
  • NAGAAA GSWS, Los Angeles CA

1993 �¢?? Elite Bat Boys (124 games played)

  • 2nd Place ECSA
  • West Seattle Metro League Champions
  • Seattle Metro League Champions
  • Cascade Cup 2nd Place
  • Golden Bear Classic Ã?¢?? Participant
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series Philadelphia, PA B Division Champions
  • Crowned Miss Gay Softball Washington as Miss Lucy Box
    • The beginning of an tradition that continues in the ECSA today

1994 - The Elite II Bat Boys

  • ECSA Ã?¢??AÃ?¢?? Division Champions
  • Seattle Metro League 2nd Place
  • Queen Anne League Champions (ECSA Combined team)
  • Golden Bear Classic Ã?¢?? San Francisco, CA 3rd Place
  • Cascade Cup - Champions
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series, Nashville, TN (top 10)
    • Team had to be escorted to the fields due to death threats by anti-gay picketing
  • Autumn Classic San Diego Ã?¢?? Participant

1995 - Elite II Bat Boys

  • ECSA A Division Champions
  • Palms Springs Classic 4th Place
  • Cactus Cup, Phoenix AZ Champions
  • Tournaments of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA Particpant
  • Seattle Metro League Ã?¢?? 3rd Place
  • Chi Town Classic, Chicago, IL 4th Place
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series, Seattle WA - Top 10
  • Cascade Cup, Seattle WA
    • Ron Fox named Most Valuable Defensive Player

1996 �¢?? Sea Wolf B Team - Coach and Manager

  • ECSA B Division 2nd Place
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series, Minneapolis, MN (Top 10)
  • Golden Bear Classic, San Francisco, CA
  • Emerald City Classic, Seattle, WA

1997 �¢?? Wolf Pack

  • ECSA A Division Ã?¢?? Champions
  • Suguaro Cup, Phoenix, AZ
  • Vancouver, WA Tournament 2nd Place
  • Seattle Metro League
  • Cascade Cup, Portland OR Ã?¢?? Champions
  • NAGAAA GSWS San Diego (1st time pitching)

1998 Seattle Wolf Pack

  • ECSA A Division Champions
  • Cascade Cup, Portland OR Champions
  • Vancouver WA Tournaments 2nd Place
  • Autumn Classic San Diego, CA Participant
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series Atlanta, GA 6th Place

1999 Acclaim Alley Cats

  • ECSA B Division 2nd Place
  • Everett Slow Pitch Tournament 2nd Place
    • Ron Fox All Star for Tournament
  • NAGAAA GSWS Kansas City, KS 6th Place

2000 Cuff Tigers

  • ECSA B Division 3rd Place
  • Emerald City Classic, Seattle WA (Participant)
  • Cascade Cup, Portland OR (Participant)
  • NAGAAA GSWS A Division, Toronto, ONT Canada Ã?¢?? 6th Place
  • Autumn Classic, San Diego, CA

2001 R Place Pounders

  • ECSA A Division Champions
  • Queen Anne League 2nd Place
  • San Diego, CA (Participant)
  • 3rd in the ECSA B* Division.
  • Emerald City Classic (Participant)
  • Cascade Cup Ã?¢?? Champions
  • NAGAAA GSWS San Francisco, CA (4th Place)

2002 Thumpers

  • ECSA B Division Ã?¢?? 3rd Place
  • Emerald City Classic Ã?¢?? 4th Place
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series Portland, OR (7th Place)

2003: Cuff

  • Ron began playing the season for the Cuff team. It was a tough year for him. He played only one weekend and then his partner got gravely ill and he needed to give him constant attention and care at home. His partner passed away in August that year. The funeral was the same week as the NAGAAA World Series. It ended RonÃ?¢??s 13 straight years of participation.
  • Autumn Classic, San Diego, CA 3rd Place

An Emerald City Softball Association cornerstone

For 13 years, Ron Fox probably played more softball games than any other player in our history. These seasons included multiple local and national tournaments. He represented our city and our association with pride and skill. From metro championships to being a starter on a Gay Softball World Series, Ron Fox has seen it all. For 13 years, from Seattle to Philadelphia and pretty much everywhere in between, Ron Fox took his bigger than life personality and his skill and made Seattle proud. It is with a great deal of pride from that we nominate Ron Fox and ask for your support to induct him to the Emerald City Softball Association.



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