Inductees The 1965 Lettes Team, along with the 1951 squad rated by long time manager Chuck McCord as perhaps his two stongest, won 41 games and lost but four against some of the nation's longest competition.
The team won the very strong Houston Invitational Tournament and had a 23-game winning streak during the regular season before climaxing its year with its third place finish in the Amateur Softball Association's World tournament that at that time included teams from Japan and Canada.
Lorene Ramsey, Illinois Central College's long-time softball and basketball coach and in her playing days one of the nation's very best pitchers, posted a 32-2 record and allowed just 16 earned runs in 258 innings. Gerry Hamerstrand was 9-1 with just four earned runs in 65 innings. Third baseman Irene "Pep" Kirwan hit .405, first baseman Joan Nelson .404 and catcher Ann Mullins Tindall .380. Mullins whacked three home runs and Kerwin and Nelson two each.
The rest of the team was composed of shortstop Marlys Taber, second baseman Pat Alexander, outfielders Marty Green, Pauline Schlicher Stauch, and Fran Seketa along with Pat Campobello McSwegin, Cindy Adams Butkovich, Diane Manley, Elizabeth Shaner, and Bonnie Swanson.
The 1964 and 1965 Lette teams made history by setting regular season attendance records for men's and women's amateur softball teams, drawing crowds of 111,000 and 117,000 for a 22 home game average of over 5000. In two games with Japan, about 10,000 attended each game, a great tribute to a truly deserving team.
The 1965 Lettes Team, along with the 1951 squad rated by long time manager Chuck McCord as perhaps his two stongest, won 41 games and lost but four against some of the nation's longest competition.
|Jerry & Elaine Reibling|
For four decades Jerry and Elaine have volunteered their time and effort to benefit the runners competing in events within the Tri-County. Just prior to Jerry’s induction into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame in 2015, the race’s co-founder, Steve Shostrom said, “Jerry and Elaine are treasures in the running community. They have made substantial, lasting contributions to the Steamboat Classic and the Illinois Valley Striders over the years. They have worked tirelessly at countless local races through heat, rain, ice, snow and wind to get quick, accurate results for runners of all ages and abilities." Jerry was involved with the Steamboat Classic for 35 years and Elaine has been a part of the Race for the Cure for about 30 years. Married over 50 years, the Rieblings helped pioneer the transformation from hand timing to computerized timing for the major running events in the Tri-County area. In addition to the Steamboat Classic and Race for the Cure, they have served at the following events over their decades of service: the IHSA State Cross Country Meet; Illinois Valley Striders events; countless high school invitationals including the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational (Peoria Notre Dame) and the Peoria High Invitational at Detweiler Park; and Bradley University and the University of Illinois cross country meets and invitationals. Jerry has also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run and running the satellite event from Canton to Peoria. The dedication and passion of Jerry and Elaine for these events has enabled thousands of others to experience achievement and enjoyment while competing in running events.