National Softball Hall of Fame 2020’s

The National Softball Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for any player, coach, umpire or administrator who aspire to greatness in the sport. With over 400 inductees, the National Softball Hall of Fame is among the most difficult sports halls in the nation in which to gain membership.

Take a moment to browse through the Hall of Fame section and learn more about some of the sport’s greatest athletes and their accomplishments. If you get a chance to visit us in person while in Oklahoma City, please observe these hours of operation:

National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum
2801 Northeast 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-5266
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Check USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex for weekend hours

The Hall of Fame and Museum does not charge, but donations are greatly appreciated and accepted. Your donations help keep this history of softball alive through exhibit updates, upkeep and restoration projects.

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The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1957. Once USA Softball moved to Oklahoma City January 1, 1966 after having its offices in Newark, NJ, the decision to establish a Hall of Fame Building in Oklahoma City was made in January of 1965. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Hall of Fame were held December 19, 1970 in Oklahoma City. The late John Nagy, former Cleveland Metro commissioner, was USA Softball President at that time. Hall of Famers Harold (Shifty) Gears and Carolyn Thome Hart were among those attending the ceremonies.

The National Softball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated May 26, 1973 in Oklahoma City. The building was opened to the public July 1, 1973.

The first of two additions to the National Softball Hall of Fame/USA Softball Headquarters was started July 5, 1976 and completed July 13, 1977 for an additional 4,350 square feet of space. Dedication ceremonies for the expansion were held July 23, 1977. Counting the National Softball Hall of Fame/USA Softball Headquarters and the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, there is 28,406 square feet of space.

A second expansion was added July of 1980 for an additional 5,182 square feet of space, with total footage 18,140 square feet of space.

The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum has over 400 members with two categories of membership: players and non players. Within the player category, there are five categories: Men’s/Women’s Fast Pitch, Men’s/Women’s Slow Pitch and Modified Pitch. Within the non player category, there are five different divisions one can be nominated in: Commissioner, Meritorious Service, Umpire, Managers and Sponsors. A nominee needs 75 percent (nine votes) of the votes cast by the 12 member Hall of Fame Committee to be elected. Annual inductions are held at the USA Softball Annual Meeting.


Through our vast collection of artifacts, the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum strives to educate the public about softball’s rich history. Your support is critical to these efforts.

The Hall of Fame Donation Fund was established to ensure that the National Softball Hall of Fame has a future and is committed to educating people about the great former players and non players and the role they played in the development of the sport.

Your tax-deductible contribution helps the National Softball Hall of Fame continue its mission of educating, collecting and honoring as well as the preservation of the history of softball, the maintaining of present exhibits and purchase of new exhibits and possible expansion of the Hall of Fame building.

Click here to make a donation

Due to the volume of offers we receive, we cannot accept the donation of an artifact without a completed artifact description form. This form must be filled out and mailed or emailed to USA Softball. Please see our Mission Statement and Collections Management Policy to see what types of objects we will and will not accept. Once we have received your form, our staff will evaluate the object’s potential and will be in contact with you as to whether or not we will be able to accept the donation. If your object is chosen, the donated material will be recommended to the Executive Director for consideration. Following the meeting a staff member will contact you regarding the next steps.

 Click here for the Donor Questionnaire Form



NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2020


During the 2020 season there were no inductions were made due to COVID-19.


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2021


Phil Gutierrez

Phil Gutierrez began umpiring in 1975. Served as President of USA Softball in 2014-15. Served as Deputy Supervisor of Umpires, Southern California Umpire-In-Chief, and Commissioner. Umpired at two Men’s Major, one Class A, and one Armed Forces National Championship.


Lovie Jung

Lovie Jung was an Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist. Two-Time Pan American Gold Medalist. Two-Time WBSC World Championship Gold Medalist. US Olympic Hall of Fame member.


Terry Muck

Terry Muck was a five-time all-american. 1973 Men’s Major Fast Pitch Batting Champion. 1976 Men’s Major Fast Pitch Home Run Champion. Two-Time Olympic Festival participant.


Bill Pfeiffer

A 15-year member of the Home Savings team in Aurora, Illinois, Bill Pfeiffer helped lead his squad to 13 ASA National Championship appearances. Pfeiffer was also a member of the USA Softball Men’s National team that earned a Silver Medal at the first-ever Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Additionally, he was a member of the USA Softball Men’s National team that won a silver medal at the inaugural Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico and earned multiple All-American honors. 

Bill was an eight-time All-American. 1979 Pan Am Games Silver Medalist. Four time runner up at Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals. Three-time US Sports Festival participant.

After retiring from softball, Pfeiffer became co-founder of the Aurora Fastpitch Softball Association, which he currently still serves in. 


Doug Roberson

Doug Roberson was an 11-time All American. Six-time Super Slow Pitch National Champion. Two-time Super Slow Pitch MVP


Carl Rose

Carl Rose was an 8-time All American. Two-time Super Slow Pitch National Champion. Three-time Home Run leader at Super Slow Pitch National Championships.


Natasha Watley

Natasha Watley was an Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist. Three-time WBSC World Championship Gold Medalist. Two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist. USA Olympic Hall of Fame member.


Cecil Whitehead was a nine-time all-american. Two-Time Super Slow Pitch National Champion. 1981 Home Run Leader at the Super Slow Pitch National Championship.

Cecil Whitehead


Curtis Williams

Curtis Williams was a 13-time All-American. He won 10 USA Softball National Championships. Was a three-time Defensive MVP.


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2022

Brett Helmer


Christan Dowling


Rusty Bumgardner


George Nokes


Jeff Peck


Cat Osterman


Debbie Doom


Steve Shortland


Jeff Hansen


Al Savala


Mike De Leo


 

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