Santa Monica, California
Born into a fastpitch family, Dave's father Ernie Blackburn was a well
known pitcher in the Midwest during the 60's and 70's, and is a member
of the Indiana ASA Hall of Fame. Dave started pitching at the age of
16, and hasn't stopped.
While still competing, Dave accepted Milt Stark's invitation to join
the ISC organization officially in 2000, replacing Al Ruegsegger as
ISC California Area Commissioner.
In 2001, after successfully testing at the Pioneer days Tournament in
Salt Lake City, the ISC World Tournament entered the era of live
streaming media, under Dave's guidance. He was responsible for
identifying www.Sportsjuice.com as the streaming media distribution
partner to send the ISC World Tournament, out to a Global internet
By 2002, ISC Exec Director Ken Hackmeister created a new position in
the ISC organization, and named Dave as it's first Commissioner of
Streaming and Broadcasting.
In 2004, Dave worked closely with the local ABC TV affiliate in Fargo,
to broadcast the ISC World Championship game live on prime time
television, throughout the Dakotas.
In 2005, the first successful attempt to use live video streaming was
experimented with from the World Championship game at Eau Claire, WI.
This new innovation was well received from the fastball fan base, that
had been built up, on www.Sportsjuice.com.
After 5 straight years of webcasting live audio coverage of ISC World
Tournament games, the ISC took a bold step in 2006 and allowed Dave to
design and procure a live multi-camera video webcasting system, now
known as Ballparkradio.tv. After two successful years of webcasting in
Kitchener, Ontario in 06 and 07, the ISC broadcast 24 games live from
Kimberly, WI in 2008, and 20 more from Moline, IL in 2009.
He also manages the broadcast team, and maintains and assembles the
broadcast equipment, on behalf of the ISC. Internationally, ISC fans
have listened or watched from countries like Argentina, Australia, New
Zealand, Samoa, Japan, The Czech Republic, Venezuela, The Dominican
Republic, Holland, Mexico, Israel, and all throughout the North
As a player, Dave has pitched nearly 1,800 games over the last 33
consecutive summers, and has pitched in 10 International Maccabiah
Tournaments. These tournaments are held under the auspices of the ISF,
in Israel, and throughout Latin America. In the summer of 2009, Dave
became the first American player inducted into the Israel Softball
Hall of Fame, after pitching the Gold medal Game at the 18th World
Maccabiah Games. He is now the only softball player with 4 Gold medals
in the World Maccabiah Games.
In 2005, for his work on behalf of the ISC as live TV and Webcast
Producer, Dave was invited to become a member of the Producers Guild
of America's New Media Council.
Dave also is a previous inductee and serves his local community as the
Co-Chairman of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.