TO BE HONORED
By John Thompson
Congratulations to the five honorees determined by the Host Committee of the annual Legends Fastball Tournamnent to be appropriately designated as “Fastball Legends”.
five will be honored today at 2 pm during ceremonies at the Peter Hallman
Fastball Classic Tournament in
Selections of individuals who have been afforded recognition as part of the “Legends” tournament are based on varying contributions
to the fastball community and for their impact on the game.
Many considered for nomination as a “Fastball Legend” participated in the game in a by-gone eras, when the opportunities to be selected to a national team were limited. Previous honorees include:
· Players who had an outstanding career in the Woodstock area – Bill Fidlin, Chuck Hendricks, Dick Parker, Dan “Doc” Werby
· Players who had an out standing career in women’s softball, at either the local, national or international level – Lori Sippel, Marg Skillings, Karen Snelgrove.
· Individuals who made significant contributions to the game such as coaches, sponsors, administrators, media - Terry Baytor, Jack Fireman, Bruce Huff, Larry Lynch, Joe Todd
· True, unquestioned legends of the game – Dick Hames, Pete Landers, Steve Virag, Darren Zack
Born – December 26, 1942
Once umpiring gets into your blood, it becomes all-encompassing. Just ask Bruce Bierman, a member of the “blue” fraternity for more than a quarter century.
Bruce began his career with the Hespeler Umpires Association in 1980, and became a carded Softball Ontario/Canada official a year later.
In 1984, he officiated in his first provincial Sr.
Women’s championships in
In 1987, he umpired at his first Junior Women’s Championship
He served as the UIC for invitational and provincial tournaments, including Waterloo CHYM’rs & Twins, Legends, Civitan Invitational Jamboree and the Orillia World Series (all 10 years from 1998 to 2007).
Bruce earned Level 5 International Umpire Designation in
1997 and was appointed as the Deputy UIC for Men’s Fastball in 2001 for the Canada
Summer Games in
Bruce received the Softball Canada Umpire of the Year
Award in 1995, was inducted into Softball
has four children – Debbie, Laurie, Christa and Jeffrey – and resides with spouse
“Walking and talking”
Fastball fans for decades know that Dan Donahue can “talk the talk”. He also proved he could “walk the walk”
Dan’s accomplishments are many and significant as he combined solid “in-your-face” defence as a gold-glove figure at 1B, with a menacing posture in the batter’s box that consistently resulted in solid extra-base hits.
From 1968 to 1975 Dan played for the Hespeler Simplicity team contributing to a pair of Inter-city championships, a 1973 OASA crown, and winning the batting title and earning MVP honours in 1974.
During 1975-1980, he was a key member of the successful Owen Sound King Farms team that won OASA Senior title (1975) and was the OFL champion (1979), the same year that Dan captured another batting championship (.340) & MVP title.
In 1981 he joined the Kitchener Edelweiss/Pride of Canada Club, the OASA runner-up to Sarnia Glis in 1982.
Dan competed in nine world tournaments
with four different teams, and one ISF world tournament with Team
In 1984, at the OASA Eliminations in
Dan continues to immensely enjoy the ball park camaraderie and is quick to engage an audience. Did he really “walk the walk”? Of course he did - just ask him!
“Multi-skilled & focused”
Born – August 9, 1955
graduate of Waterloo Minor Baseball and Kitchener Minor Softball, Barry Musselman was
the first KMSA product to compete at the senior level. He did so as a 19-year-old
junior and member of the Kitchener Evergreens and also played with
In the mid-1980’s, he helped maintain senior ball in Waterloo, serving as a Player-Coach in 1986-1987 and following retirement, once again coaching the Twins in 1996-97.
During the games, Barry was always fully focused and expected the same of his team-mates. That was appropriately balanced following the challenges on the diamond and he also knew how to party. However, at the opening pitch he was ALWAYS prepared and competed with intensity.
In the senior glory days of the 80’s and 90’s, when teams had to qualify to attend national and international championships, Barry participated in six Canadian championships and eight ISC tournaments.
During a twenty year senior career,
(retired in 1994) “Muss” was an All-Star 2nd baseman nine times, earned four league batting titles and was twice named as the league’s MVP.
Barry maintained his fastball involvement, coaching the Waterloo Juniors from 2000-05, endeavoring to instill, in the younger players, his own passion and respect for the game. He encouraged players with skills to focus on the game from the first to last pitch, and display a commitment to the game that he loved.
Barry also excelled at hockey, competing for his hometown Waterloo Siskins and Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks.
is a 28-year employee of the City of
“Skills to share”
Born – December 9, 1943
The adage that “those that can, do” and “those that can’t, teach” may be true – but not in the case of Doug Neil who has combined his considerable skills on the mound, with a personable teaching style that has resulted in his serving as a valued mentor and coach to a lengthy list of accomplished young pitchers.
was born and raised in
After his playing days he began coaching Wingham Int. C and Juniors (OASA title) and helped organize the Bluewater Fastball League.
learned about teaching pitching from famous
was a pitching coach for Team Canada Junior Men’s team in 2005 at the Worlds and
assisted the Bridge To The Future program in the ISC
of the pitchers he has assisted have advanced on pitching scholarships in the
“Longevity & impact”
Born – January 21, 1968
native of Tavistock, Brian Stere joined the Waterloo CHYM’rs as a “walk-on” in 1990 and attended his first ISC
World Tournament that same year in
1993, on a memorable
1994, Chubbs hit an unbelievable 10 for 10 in the ISC
Qualifier, and followed
with an ISC All-World catchers award in
Despite many opportunities to move on, Chubbs became the offensive mainstay of the Twins for his entire career.
He retired in 2005, and it was poetic justice that in his last week with the Twins he fashioned a twilight hitting rampage and an all-star berth at his final Canadian Championships. As a gifted musician he made road trips special for teammates throughout his career.
Chubbs is the only Twin to have his sweater retired - 16 years for #16, with so many huge hits, ending his career with 14 ISC World Tournament appearances.
Brian enjoys his fastball retirement with his wife Danielle and two sons, Blake and Carter. He is a successful self-employed contactor and enjoys golf, pick-up hockey and sharing special times with family and friends.