In nominating Roy Kindt to the Hall of Fame,
fellow Hall of Famer, Bob LaMont, describes Roy
as someone who was never in the limelight but
was someone who had a profound effect on the
popularity of 16-inch softball. As one of softball’s
great managers, he played with some of Chicago’s
great athletes during the pre-World War II days,
earned three battle stars fighting in the Pacific
during World War II, and then managed a Hall of
Fame team during the 1970s
Roy Kindt grew up in the Belmont and Central
area of Chicago’s West side and attended
Steinmetz High School. He played hardball with
the Chicago Romans and the Bel Central Cobras.
As a center fielder hitting in the number three
slot, at seventeen he was the youngest (and
possibly the best) player on the team.
The Cobras were managed by Johnny
Niggling, whose brother Johnny Niggling was
known as the New York Yankee killer, and
competed against some of the top hardball teams
in Chicago: Winkler Motors, Benda Coals, Cole
Boosters, the River Grove Nationals, Graylins, and
the Giants, a team from Washington Park that
featured players from the old Negro League.
These players competed for the Kansas City
Monarchs, the Birmingham Black Barons, the
Memphis Red Sox, and Chicago’s own American
Giants, who played in the old Chicago White Sox
Park. Even though they were beyond their peak
playing years, they were still great players.
In 1942 Roy left for military service in World
War II. He started his twenty-year career in
organizing and managing softball teams in the
early ‘60s when he managed the St. Pascal CYO
team. He took them to three championships at
Clarendon Park and at Grant Park. During the last
ten years of his career, he managed the Lyon’s 45s,
a Northwest side powerhouse and a Hall of Fame
team that won numerous league and tournament
titles. Because of his managerial skills, they
competed against some of the notable South side
teams of that era.
Roy is retired from softball. He is also a retired
accountant for the Chicago and Northwestern
Railroad. He and his wife, Anne, have a son, Tom,
a daughter-in-law, Jacque and two grandchildren,
Heather and Troy.
They now split their time between Chicago’s
Northwest side and Arizona.