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RI Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame inducts over 55 Rhode Islander adults today

Photo: Kirby Murphy from the inaugural class of the Rhode Island Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame will be co-hosting 3rd & 4th Class induction

The RI Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame (for years 2020 and 2021) will be held TONIGHT, Saturday, November 20th at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The event will include inductions for the third and fourth class, due to last year’s canceled event because of the pandemic. Nearly 60 adult players will be honored.

A Cocktail Reception & Check-in will begin at 3:00 pm, with the Induction Dinner and ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm. 

56 members will be inducted from throughout Rhode Island. They include sponsors, coaches, umpires, directors, and women and men players. These members will join  others in the Hall of Fame, which honors slow pitch softball as one of the most popular participation sports of all time, not only in Rhode Island, but in the US, and throughout the world. 

The Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary performance on the field that has brought the tame to the highest level of competition and inspiration for those who follow.

The Hall of Fame committee includes Robert Berard, Scott Sunderland, Anthony Calabro, Kirby Murphy, Nancy Santopadre, and John Cardullo. 

Presentations include the Coach’s Induction by Bill Langlois, Director’s Induction by Bev Wiley, Women’s Player Induction by Nancy Santopadre, Men’s Player Induction by Dave Marand, Umpire’s Induction by Tom Soares, and Sponsor’s Induction by John Cardullo. 

Attending will be Warwick Mayor Picozzi and Mrs. Picozzi to give greetings and present Warwick awards. Also Mayor Ken Hopkins of Cranston who will present Cranston awards.

Being honored are:

From Cranston: Jodi DiRaimo, Walter Edwards, Frank Hogan, Ken Kohler, Steve Marocco, Dom Piscopiello, Rudy Sanda, and Bob Santos.

From Warwick: Bob Berard, Ben Coletta, Mike Finnegan, Jim Foster, Frank Murphy, Lori Palagi, Joe Pingitore, and Paula Vittulli.

From Johnston: Bob Casey, Al Conti, Roland DeCesare, Kerri Rizzo, and Sonny Russo.

From Providence:  Sal Conti, Al Mello, Ron Pazienza, and Tony SanAntonio.

From Chariho: Scott Sunderland, and Ralph Woodmansee.

From Cumberland: Tony Tager (originally, Central Falls)

From Foster: Ben Aceto, Richard Brindle, and Bill McCarthy.

From Lincoln: Poochie Angel, Frank Foster, 

From Woonsocket: Don Laroche, David “Doc’ Leach

From Wakefield: Wilma Briggs, Mary Hughes.

Others: David Almedia, Cumberland; Ken Andrews, Richmond; Lori Cirella, Jamestown; Kevin Clancy, East Providence; Mike Copice, Coventry; Don Francois, North Kingstown; Ken Franklin, Pascog; Doug Haines, West Warwick; Robin Ramey, Barrington, and Rick Sousa, Bristol.

Each member has a synopsis read of their careers and contributions in Slow Pitch Softball in Rhode Island, and they will receive a certificate as well as a commemorative, dated, Hall of Fame ring, and professional photos will be taken.

CONTACT AT EVENT: JOHN CARDULLO – cardullojohn@yahoo.com – 401-206-6648

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