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Smith gets the call to softball Hall

Hagerstown man to be enshirned in Maryland Slow-Pitch Hall of Fame

Hagerstown man to be enshirned in Maryland Slow-Pitch Hall of Fame

February 02, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Kellar Smith of Hagerstown has been selected to the Maryland Slow-Pitch Softball Association Hall of Fame.

The 68-year-old Smith will be formally inducted at the organization's annual banquet on April 13 in Glen Burnie, Md.

"I never dreamed this would happen. It's quite an honor," Smith said. "I was really surprised when I got the news."

Smith began playing fast-pitch softball for the Hartle's team after returning from military service in 1963. He later switched to slow-pitch and helped form a league while working at Mack Trucks in Hagerstown.

In 1989 -- at age 50 -- Smith was asked by a friend to play in a national slow-pitch softball tournament in Alabama. He accepted, and a year later he began playing for a Washington County-based team called the "The Good Ole Boys."

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After the team manager passed away in 1993, Smith became player/manager until 2002, when the team folded.

Smith joined the Joe Corbi's Pizza team in Glen Burnie, Md., in 2003 and remains a member of the 65 Major Plus Division squad.

"We have a good club in Glen Burnie," Smith said. "In 2005, we won three national titles -- the Senior World Series in Des Moines, Iowa, the Senior

World Championships in Phoenix and the International Senior Softball Association title in Manassas, Va."

Over his playing career, Smith has been selected to eight all-tournament teams. He usually plays first or third base.

"I've heard many good things concerning Smith and, judging by his statistics, he is very deserving to enter the Hall of Fame," said spokesman Mark Phoebus. "Maryland was one of the few states that didn't have a Softball Hall of Fame when a group met in the fall of 2005 and started one."

Phoebus said the Hall of Fame honors inductees in several categories.

"The class of 2008 will include 19 new inductees," Phoebus said. "We have categories for players, umpires, coaches, sponsors, managers and for others who contributed to the game in one fashion or another. The Hall is open to all aspects of softball."

Smith and his wife, Margaret, have four children and 14 grandchildren. He is retired from Mack Trucks.

For additional information on the Maryland Slow-Pitch Softball Association, contact Charles Phoebus at 410-477-8674 or Mark Phoebus at 410-285-4692.

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