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National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Joe Barber

Year Inducted: 1978
Hometown: Stratford, CT
Category: Commissioner

Served as Connecticut commissioner for 25 years and was 19th president of the ASA (1974-1975). Was Eastern vice-president in 1968-1969. Former chairman of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Committee from 1992-2004. Through his efforts, the ASA Menís All-Star Fast Pitch Series was started in 1956 and he helped negotiate the first coast-to-coast telecast of the ASA Menís National Fast Pitch Tourney in 1961 and the Womenís National in 1962. In 1974, hosted and ran the first USA-hosted ISF Womenís World Tournament in Stratford, CT. From 1975-1985 he was ISF North American vice president. On November 18, 1999 was elected to the ISF Softball Hall of Fame in the administrator category. In 1962, he held a meeting at the Stratford Motor Inn during the Womenís Major Fast Pitch National Tourney. Out of that meeting the International Softball Federation was formed. In 1965, he attended the first ISF World Tournament in Melbourne, Australia and arranged for the Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT to make the first worldwide tour following the event. Barber was born February 18, 1921 and passed away November 9, 2004 at age 83.

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