Parsons, Sims, First National Bank of Alaska inducted into softball hall fame

    Juneau, ALASKA (KINY) - The USA Softball of Alaska Hall of Fame inductees for the class of 2016 were honored Saturday at the 42nd annual Rainball Tournament.

    They included the late Jamie Parsons,  Umpire Bob Sims, and the First National Bank of Anchorage.

    The former long time manager of the First National Caps, Sandy Williams, remembered his former teammate.  Williams called Parsons a legend.  He credited Parsons for brining  slow pitch softball to Juneau when he headed up the CBJ Parks and Recreation Department.   Williams said there were just six fast pitch softball teams in the 1960's.  Williams compared that to the one hundred plus slow pitch teams during its hey day.

    Fellow umpire Everett Boster honored Sims.  Boster said its an honor to have one of Juneau's own to be recognized as among the best in the state and the nation.

    Sims has been a member and president of the Juneau - Douglas Officials Association since its inception in the early 1980's.  Boster says Sims has umpired softball games in Juneau and across Southeast Alaska for 43 years.  Sims early elite umpire status in 2015 which makes him one of eight in the state.

    In remarks about the sponsor honoree, Sandy Williams says the First National Bank of Alaska has done an outstanding job supporting sports in Alaska including  high school programs.  Williams said this year marks the 50th year the banks has supported the First National Caps men's softball team.

    Meanwhile, Williams, who is also a softball legend in Juneau was one of three people named a Pioneer of the Juneau Sports Association Program.  Also named pioneers  during Sunday's award ceremony were Glen Alt and Rosie Thibodeau.


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