NeveHarms As one of the most notable softball personalities, Chuck McCord has fulfilled the leadership role of President of the National Amateur Softball Association of the United States for 1984-85, and in this capacity has traveled internationally for the past two years promoting the inclusion of softball and baseball in Olympic competition.
Chuck has excelled in softball as an athlete, official, manager and commissioner.
This is the second time in his career that he has been recognized with the Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award having received it previously in 1972. He was also inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1982, and is a member of the Illinois Hall of Fame.
Chuck has been connected with softball since 1947 when he was named manager of the Caterpillar Dieselettes. Through 1972 his teams won 886 games, lost 201, and competed in 18 national tournaments. He served as Illinois State Softball Commissioner from 1953 to 1985.
McCord has served as administration manager of the Pan-American games for softball and has recently been appointed by President Helmick of the Olympic Committee as a member of the Olympic Sports Festival Committee for four years.
As one of the most notable softball personalities, Chuck McCord has fulfilled the leadership role of President of the National Amateur Softball Association of the United States for 1984-85, and in this capacity has traveled internationally for the past two years promoting the inclusion of softball and baseball in Olympic competition.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.