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.
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.
Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.