FOREST PARK, Ill. (CBS) – Chicago-style softball now has its Cooperstown.
The 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public Saturday in Forest Park, in a converted gas station that sits 100 yard from the fields used for the game’s summer classic, the No-Glove Nationals.
“This is our game,” said Hall of Fame President and member Ron Kubicki. “Sixteen-inch softball is our game from Chicago and now we have something to honor our game.”
Kubicki and other slaved away for as many as 16 hours a day in recent weeks to be ready in time for Saturday’s Opening Day ceremonies. He and contractor Ray Topps worked on the exhibits until late Friday night. Both were pleased with the results, although Kubicki said more exhibits will be added in the coming week, now that the Opening Day crowds have walked through.