Chicago’s game characteristically mirrors the city
that created it - it’s brash, bold, loyal, and smart.
It possesses a never say die attitude. From 1981 to
1996, no team better exemplified these traits than the
Stooges, the team that in 1993 the Sun Times called
“The neighborhood team that plays big-time ball.” The
Stooges were known for their excellent defense, great
team speed, consistent roster, and superb pitching.
Consistently ranked among the top ten teams
in Chicagoland softball, the Stooges won over fifty
tournaments, captured the tough Broadview League
championship six years in row with a 28 - 0 record
in 1993, won the tough Cicero-Clyde Park League
twice, and won eight Metro championships as well
as the Hawthorne Park championship and the West
Suburban Life Newspaper title. Additionally, the
Stooges were always a threat in the Forest Park “No-
Glove Nationals” and in the ASA Nationals.
The Stooges were born partly out of the 1977
state baseball championship won by players at Proviso
East High School. The team members all lived within ten blocks of each other in suburban Broadview.
The Stooges were always known for the passion for
the game and their camaraderie. Win or lose they
were honorable opponents who many times “popped
the trunk” and shared the contents of their coolers
with friends and opponents alike. Over the Stooges’
sixteen-year run, their children were born and many
of their parents passed away, strengthening the bond
of friendship and neighborhood ties. Talent and
athleticism were important to the Stooges, but loyalty
to the team was more important.
The Stooges always played the game with the best
traditions of “neighborhood” softball. They played
with passion and intensity and earned the respect of
their opponents. Teammates and opponents fondly
remember their “hit-and-run” mentality to this day.
On behalf of all the players, their manager, Jimmy
Spidale, thanks the Sixteen-inch Softball Hall of Fame
for the great honor of being recognized for their great
record, for their competitive softball, and for their
dedication to neighborhood softball.
Bobby Russ, Sr.
Pat Caputo (HOF)
Bobby Russ, Jr.
Larry “Zeke” Cushion
Bill “Red” Davis