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National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Leo Fischer

Year Inducted: 1976
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Category: Meritorious Service

Along with Michael J. Pauley, was responsible for founding the Amateur Softball Association in 1933, which grew out of a tourney held in conjunction with the World's Fair in Chicago. Pauley and Fisher drove throughout the Midwest inviting teams to participate in the tournament. Fischer served as the first president of the ASA and Pauley as the first executive secretary. Forming of the ASA brought order to softball and provided uniform rules and playing specifications for all teams. Fischer was elected into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in 1972. For 28 years he was the sports editor of the Chicago American and was past president of the National Basketball League and the Football Writers of America. He worked his way through college at Northwestern as a copy boy for the Chicago Examiner. Fisher retired from the softball position in 1939 and passed away August 28, 1970. He was 72.

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