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Keith Williams

An all-around athlete beginning in his prep years at Akron East High School, Williams lettered in track and field, baseball and swimming as a junior and senior. He held the East High shot put record in 1959 and set the District mark of 52 feet that same year. His competitive juices continued to flow after graduation as he continued to challenge his athleticism throughout his adult life. In his early 20’s, the thrill of auto racing was in his blood. He loved the muscle cars of the 50’s, racing a '57 Chevy Corvette. Williams recalls barely beating the well known Arlen Vanke at Dragway 42 in Salem Ohio before he quit auto racing in 1970.  He dominated in age-group Senior Olympic competitions in the long jump, triple jump and shot put in local, state, regional and national meets winning many honors. Senior competitions use five-year increments to classify its members. Throughout his senior competitions in track & field events he has won over 150 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. However, it was through the Akron Silver League Masters that Williams found his most successful sport, softball.  He excelled, playing various outfield positions, with major emphasis on left field. From the time Williams entered senior activities at age 50, he has been a member of five National Softball Championship teams from five different states—Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Georgia. This occured because his athletic ability and fame spread across the senior circuits and traveling teams sought him out. He was voted the best defensive player in the World Championship games in Phoenix Arizona in 1999 at age 59. In the Akron Silver League he has been voted on the All-Star team 21 straight years. He has won two homerun contests and been runnerup twice in the Silver League. He was inducted into the Ohio Senior Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009. At 74 Williams is still competing.

Keith Williams received the Phil Dietrich Senior Athlete Award in 2015.

Inducted 2015 | Basketball, Softball, Swimming, Track & Field