Inductees "Rudy" Rudolph, orginally from Springfield, was a teen-ager when she began her working career at Caterpillar in the Mid-1940's. She joined the famous Caterpillar Dieselettes softball team in 1947.
Rudy played through the 1964 season, culminating a 19-year career as a truly outstanding catcher; and as a Springfield native, was named Springfield's "outstanding girl athlete" of the 1947-57 decade.
Rudolph was co-captain of the Lettes from 1951 through 1962. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1961 West Central Regional Tournament, and was a member of the Manager's All-American team in 1950.
Although primarily a catcher, "Rudy" could also handle both short-stop and third base. Her top year was 1955 when she hit for .381. Her lifetime average was .285.
Rudolph was also inducted as a member of the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame. She was a member of the coaching staff of Illinois Central College's 1982 National Junior Championship team, a link with softball she still maintains.
"Rudy" Rudolph, orginally from Springfield, was a teen-ager when she began her working career at Caterpillar in the Mid-1940's. She joined the famous Caterpillar Dieselettes softball team in 1947.
1957 Woodruff Football Team
First Row: Bob Thompson, Manager, Jerry Edenburn, Bill Shelton, Bob Doss, John Helmick, Greg Short, Bob Triplett, Ron Allen, Manager.
AFTER LOSING ONE GAME in 1956, the 1957 team, also coached by Virgil Boucher, produced another unbeaten season, winning its first nine games before battling Manual to a 7-7 tie in the final game of the season. The 1957 team scored 275 points and allowed 76, shutting out Limestone, Kewanee and East Peoria.