Russ Thompson liked action and fast-pitch softball was where he found it. And he was part of that action for some 3,000 games in 27 years, becoming one of the most dominant players in Akron fast-pitch history. A first and third baseman, Thompson played on 14 Amateur Softball Association Northeastern Ohio District tournament championship teams. Twice he was named to the ASA all-state tournament team. Three times he made the All-VFW state tournament team. In 1982, he was selected as a charter member of the Ohio Softball Hall of Fame. Thompson retired from softball in 1962.