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Dick Brubaker


From the 1984 Edition of GRAND SLAM SOFTBALL

By Ed Kirner

Editor and Publisher

 

AURORA, IL – On Saturday, Aug. 25, between games against Madison, Wis., Dick Brubaker will  be honored in front of his home-town fans after being inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame Aug. 11 in Allentown, Pa.

 

Brubaker is the first Aurora player to have gained the ISC Hall of Fame and after reading the following article, you will agree he is very deserving of this high honor.

 

 “I think that obviously in the world of softball this is the highest honor you can get and I’m very honored and pleased” said Brubaker.  “One of the things that pleases me is that it happened while I’m still active and feel honored by that because it doesn’t happen often.”

 

Brubaker’s career spans from 1953 to the current season, in which he has a record of 16-1

 

DICK BRUBAKER’S ISC HIGHLIGHTS

Participated in 13 ISC World Tournaments.

Twice named Most Valuable Player of ISC World Tournament.

Six times named to ISC All-World teams.

Leading hitter award at ISC World Tournament in 1958.

Leading pitcher award at ISC World Tournament in 1962.

Pitched four no-hitters in ISC World Tournaments.

Presently holds ISC record for most consecutive no-hit innings pitched in World Tournament game (18 in 1964).

 

Brubaker’s Softball career 1953-1983

1953Tampico, Ill.  First year of major competition.  Used as spare outfielder.  Team finished second in ISC World Tournament.

1956Prophetstown, Ill. Pitched in first ISC State Tournament.

1958Rock island, Ill. Hamm’s Beer. Pitched in first ISC World Tournament. Pitching record: Won 2, lost 2.  Won the Leading Hitter award with a .500 average.

1959Rock Island, Ill. Hamm’s Beer. Team finished third in ISC World Tournament. Pitching record: Won 2, lost 2. Pitched a no-hitter.  Named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

1961Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Played in first ASA Regional Tournament

1962Rock Island, Ill. Hamm’s Beer. Team finished second in ISC World Tournament. Pitching record: Won 4, lost 0. Named to All-World team and co-winner of Leading Pitcher award.

1963Rock Island, Ill. Hamm’s Beer.  Team finished third in ISC World.  Had pitching record of 3 wins, 1 loss.  Named to All-World team.

1964Rock Island, Ill. Argus. Team finished third in ISC World Tournament.  Pitching record was 3-1.  Pitched no-hitter.  Also established an ISC World Tournament record by pitching 18 consecutive no-hit innings.

1965Rock Island, Ill. Argus.  ISC World Tournament pitching record was 2-1.

1966Rock Island, Ill. Disco Bombers. Team finished second in ISC World Tournament. Pitching record was 3 wins, 1 loss.  Pitched two no-hitters.  Named to All-World team.

1967Moline, Ill. Harrelson’s Motors. Team won the ISC World Tournament. Pitching record was 2-0.  Pitched championship game, beating Allentown, Pa.

1968Rock Island, Ill. Bombers.  Team finished second in ISC World Tournament. Pitching record: 5-2.  Pitched four shutouts.  Named Most Valuable Player and named to All-World team.

1969 -  Skokie, Ill. Anixter Bombers.  Played in ASA Regional.

1970Skokie, Ill. Anixter Bombers. Went to first ASA National.  Pitching record: 1-1.

1971Skokie, Ill. Anixter Bombers. Team finished third in ASA nationals.  Pitched a no-hitter and tied ASA record by striking out 19 batters in a seven-inning game.

1972Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan.  First season with new team in Aurora.  Also accompanied Welty Way of Cedar Rapids, Iowa to ISF World Tournament in the Philippines.  Pitched championship game for United States, losing 1-0 to Canada in 12 innings.

1973Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan.  Played in ASA National.  Pitching record 1-0.

1974Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Team finished second in ASA Nationals.  Pitching record 1-0.

1975Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Team finished second in ASA Nationals. Pitching record: 3-1.  Named to first team All-America.  MVP ASA Regional Tournament.

1976Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Team again finished second in ASA Nationals. Pitching record 4-2.  Named to first team All-America.  Most Valuable Player in ASA Regional Tournament.

1977Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan.  For the fourth year straight, team finished in second place in ASA National Tournament. Pitching record was 3-1.  Named to first team All-America. Most Valuable Player, ASA Regional Tournament.

1978Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Pitching record 0-1 at ASA Nationals.  For the fourth straight year Dick was Most Valuable Player at ASA Regional Tournament.  He made a tour of New Zealand with Seattle, Wash. Team.

1979Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Pitching record at ASA National Tournament was 1-1.  Named to ASA All-Tournament team at Regional Tournament.

1980 – Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Aurora makes its debut into the ISC and won the ISC World Tournament.  Pitching record was 3-0. Named to ISC All-World team. Team finished third in ASA National Tournament. Pitching record 2-1. Named to second team All-America.

1981Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Pitching record was 0-1 in ISC World Tournament. Made tour of Japan with team, where he pitched and conducted pitching clinics.

1982Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Pitching record 1-1 in ISC World Tournament.

1983Aurora, Ill. Home Savings & Loan. Team finished third in ASA Nationals.  Pitching record        2-0.  Season pitching record 22-3 with ERA of 0.68.  Twelve-year pitching record with Home Savings was 314 wins and 57 defeats with an ERA of 0.66.

 

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