NeveHarms As one of the most notable softball personalities, Chuck McCord has fulfilled the leadership role of President of the National Amateur Softball Association of the United States for 1984-85, and in this capacity has traveled internationally for the past two years promoting the inclusion of softball and baseball in Olympic competition.
Chuck has excelled in softball as an athlete, official, manager and commissioner.
This is the second time in his career that he has been recognized with the Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award having received it previously in 1972. He was also inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1982, and is a member of the Illinois Hall of Fame.
Chuck has been connected with softball since 1947 when he was named manager of the Caterpillar Dieselettes. Through 1972 his teams won 886 games, lost 201, and competed in 18 national tournaments. He served as Illinois State Softball Commissioner from 1953 to 1985.
McCord has served as administration manager of the Pan-American games for softball and has recently been appointed by President Helmick of the Olympic Committee as a member of the Olympic Sports Festival Committee for four years.
As one of the most notable softball personalities, Chuck McCord has fulfilled the leadership role of President of the National Amateur Softball Association of the United States for 1984-85, and in this capacity has traveled internationally for the past two years promoting the inclusion of softball and baseball in Olympic competition.
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.