WATERLOO, Iowa — Slowpitch softball has been a significant part of life for five local men who make up the 2013 Waterloo Softball Association Hall of Fame class.
Steve McMahon, Steve Chidester, Tom Giblin, Chuck Harstad and Joe Schares will formally join the WSA Hall Friday at 6:30 p.m. as part of the association’s annual July 4th festivities. The night begins with the Home Run Derby and firemen vs. police games at 6 p.m.
McMahon spent 20 years as one of the top players in local leagues and tournaments. The local all-star shortstop compiled a career batting average of nearly .650 and was a member of four district championship teams and six state qualifiers.
McMahon’s Locker Room team went undefeated while winning the Class C regional and state championships in 1986. He played for the Waterloo Industries team that was third in the state Class A tournament in 1984 and for the 1993 35-and-over state champions.
Giblin’s resume spans 40 years, covers all 10 positions on the field and is still growing as a senior player.
He was McMahon’s teammate on the 1986 Class C regional and state championship Locker Room teams, as well as the Waterloo Industries team that was third at Class A state.
While his overall career batting average is around .625, Giblin has prospered on the senior circuit where he was part of Fossils national championship teams in 2010 and 2011. He was an All-Star selection in 2007 at Dalton, Ga., made the all-tournament teams at the 2010 and 2011 nationals, won the Sportsmanship Award at the 2010 nationals in Las Vegas, owns two All-America honors (2010, 2011), has been named all-tournament five times and was the MVP this summer in Rochester, Minn.
Chidester spent nearly 30 years in the game from 1972-1999.
Many of his biggest successes came during a 20-year run with SportsWorld that included 72 tournament championships, five state championships, three regional tournaments and six national tournaments.
A talented shortstop and leadoff hitter, Chidester batted .615 for his career and in 1985 went on a stretch where he hit eight consecutive home runs and drove in 14 teammates.
Softball has been part of Harstad’s life for the past 35 years. On the national level, he has four national championships to his credit. He played for the Fossils teams that won in Class AA in 2002 at Plano, Texas, in 2010 in Las Vegas and in 2011 in Lansing, Mich., and in Class AAA in 2012 in Shawnee, Kan.
Harstad has also served the Waterloo Softball Association as a 12-year board member with one term as the WSA’s president.
Schares began playing in 1987 and continued for 17 years. He was part of the Mike’s Brake and Front End team that won the Class C state title and placed ninth at nationals; spent 10 years with the Derry Brothers Class A squad that won several state championships, a regional title and qualified for nationals 10 times; and helped his Omega Cabinets team win a Class A state industrial title.
Among his other career highlights was a top 10 finish at the Class A 35-older nationals where he earned All-America honors.