National Softball Hall of Fame Member
W.W. (Bill) Kethan
Year Inducted: 1976
Hometown: Houston, TX
BioOne of the pioneers of the ASA, Kethan served as Texas ASA commissioner from 1948-1987 and built that association into one of the best in the ASA. He served as president of the ASA from 1964-1965 and was instrumental in the ASA moving its headquarters from Newark, NJ to Oklahoma City and eventually building a national office and Hall of Fame there.
Kethan also was heavily involved internationally and served as the first president of the International Softball Federation from 1965-1986. He was one of the strongest supporters of softball’s quest for inclusion into the Olympics, which came about June, 1991 in Birmingham, England.
In 1974, he was elected chairman of the United States Amateur Athletic Federation, an organization composed of some 15 sports governing bodies. In 1981, Kethan was elected to the ISF Hall of Fame. He served on numerous committees during his ASA career including chairman of Foreign Relations and Equipment Standards and vice chairman of Appointments. He died March 1, 1992 at age 77.
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