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Kathleen Stiles

This athlete became the first softball player to gain induction into the Hall of Fame. Kay Stiles' playing and coaching career spanned three decades. She started out on the Akron sandlots with her brothers in both softball and basketball, but her formal career didn't begin until the late 1980s with the Goodrich Local 5 team as a catcher. It must be remembered that his was fast pitch softball that Kay excelled in, not the slow pitch game that is being played today. One of her early highlights was playing in Madison Square Garden in 1939. She played on 11 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) district championship teams - three that won state titles. Later, in 1961, she would manage the Wooster Lumber team to the ASA state title and earn Ohio Manager of the Year honors. She began managing in 1945 while still playing. She was to turn down several offers to play professional because she was raising two daughters. She still is active in softball, but it is limited now to umpiring.

Inducted 1977 | Coach, Softball