By the way, the man's name above is Glen Fenter. He did not know it would only show his initials.
In my opinion Gus is third behind two great sponsors as far as longevity and money contributed to softball. Those two were inducted in the first year and should have statues erected of them at Interstate Park for what they have done for softball in Arkansas. This is in no way meant to slight any of the other sponsors already inducted.
I had not thought of the HOF in several years until it came up at a party. I found it on the internet and recognized the names of several sponsors, but Gus's name wasn't there. I was shocked. I thought he had been inducted years ago.
I could not nominate him because I didn't know how to use e-mail(still don't). Back in March I asked Glen to nominate him for me. He also nominated me. This is not about me and never was. I know some of you will not agree and having read some of the mud slinging that hits this site, please keep it all aimed at me. Gus knows nothing about any of this. I also know part of this post will be repetitious having already posted by someone else, so please bear with me.
With Gus' contributions, Glen an I thought his induction would be automatic. Obviously we were wrong. Gus has Alzheimer's disease. We hoped with his induction this year, he might be able to understand it's meaning. Next year will be too late.
Gus was a very generous man. He paid for everything. He even paid for the wives and kids to go on some of the out of state trips to lessen the family tension caused by softball. I know you die hard softball players will remember softball getting in the way of family life sometimes.
He not only sponsored for almost 20 years, some years he sponsored multiple teams. One year he sponsored 2 mens' teams and one women's team. His 2 mens' teams won the ASA Class A and Class C state championships. The women's team was also very good. So not only did he sponsor multiple teams, but good teams who had to travel a lot. As for as ONH was concerned, Gus spent hundreds of thousands of dollars that a bunch of guy who were mostly from the little town of Ozark(Pop. approx 3000 then) could play softball at the highest level.
I think his exclusion from the HOF this year was an injustice. Others won't agree. They are entitled to their opinion as an I.
If any of the old timers follow this site and want to wish Gus well, please do. His son Newt will monitor the site and pass them on to Gus when he thinks he might understand. By the way Newt Shaffer and his brother Jack were very good softball players and were involved in softball for a long time also.
I don't know what the selection process rules are, and I don't know who all the committee members are, but if possible, I would like them to reconsider adding him to the induction list this year. If the rules don't allow it, I understand. If he hasn't earned it, tell us why.
The HOF does not belong to the selection committee, but everyone who has ever played softball. I would think the committee should welcome the opportunity to defend their selections and rejections.
I lived for softball(many of you will understand this)and I owe Gus Shaffer this tribute and much more. He deserves to be recognized for what he meant to slowpitch softball in Arkansas.
Please forgive any errors.
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