Tom Carter began playing NAGAAA softball in 2005 in Dallas before moving to Seattle to play. (If we had played this season, 2020 would have been his 16th year.) With highlights of those 16 years, including 8 trips to the GSWS, great amounts of league wins under his belt, and a GSWS World Series CHAMPIONSHIP. Tom embodies ALL of ECSA’s core values of Excellence, Community, Sportsmanship, and Acceptance.
T- Team player
Last 10 years have been played in Seattle, where he:
Played for 5 different teams:
-FAT CATS D in 2011-2015
-STROKES Masters in 2012 (GSWS CHAMPIONS)
-LUMBERJACKS C in 2016-2017
-SASSSQUATCH D in 2018-2019
-LUMBERJACKS D in 2020
-Team Manager / Assistant Manager for 6 years -(Fat Cats in 2014-2015, Jacks C in 2016-2017, Sasss in 2018-2019)
-Played in 4 GSWS (2012, 2014, 2015, 2019). -Team qualified for a 5th but he was unable to attend in 2018 (with Sasssquatch)
-Played Fall Ball for 3 years
First 6 years were played in Dallas, where he:
Played for 4 different teams:
-LIGHTNING in 2005-2006
-DEMONS in 2007
-BULI BOYS in 2008-2009
-DEMO CREW in 2010
-Team Manager / Assistant Manager for 5 years
-Played in 4 GSWS (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
Other LGBT sports involvement:
Tom played volleyball in Dallas for 8 years from 2002-2010. League was called DIVA (Dallas Independent Volleyball League) and in Seattle he played for 7 years in the SVC (Seattle Volleyball Club) league from 2011-2018.
When asked by former teammates to describe Tom as a teammate, this is what they said.
“Tom is an amazing teammate. He is always welcoming, friendly, loving, and supportive. Likewise, he’s an encyclopedia of knowledge: records, stats, likelihood, situations, etc. You can always hear his voice through the mess of others and it’s always great to hear. He shows up every game and fundraiser and helps out tremendously” -Kevin Hampton (Fat Cats/Lumberjacks)
“Absolutely love Tom Carter. He is so positive, helpful, caring and a great team player.” -Laura Morris (Sasssquatch)
“I had the pleasure to play with and coach Tom during his time in Dallas on both Mickey’s Dallas Lightning and Dallas Eagle Demons. He is the definition of a good teammate with a desire to win that is only surpassed by his efforts to support and help his teammates to be their best. Tom is a class act who is well deserving and would represent ECSA well in your hall of fame.” -Mark Fiorello (Dallas Commissioner)
“I would describe Tom as the team glue. He’s not only super organized with the managing a team but he’s the most positive teammate you could have. He’s a great friend, awesome teammate, and totally deserving of hall of fame” -Adam Amus Trevino (Fat Cats)
In conclusion, it is clear, through his history of leadership, stellar play, love for the game and his teammates, and sense of community, Tom Carter deserves to be recognized as a member of the ECSA Hall of Fame.