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ROBERT DEAL (Category: Umpire)
Mr. Robert Deal was affectionately known by everyone as "Mr. Dirty Deal". Robert began umpiring in 1950 and worked 13 ASA national tournaments in both men\'s and women\'s divisions. Mr. Deal was inducted in the National ASA Hall of Fame in 1977.

The former Tennessee ASA State Umpire-In-Chief is also a member of the Etowah Sports Hall of Fame in his hometown of Etowah, Tennessee. Mr. Deal passed away April 13, 1988 at the age of 76.

RICHARD DUGGER (Category: Player)
Mr. Richard "Jarfly" Dugger began playing fast-pitch softball in 1960 at the age of 14. Dugger pitched for the Navy until being transferred to Okinawa in 1968. While in Okinawa he received his first true championship by winning the Service Nationals.

His success includes two State championships including an MVP honor, one regional title, and a fourth and fifth place finish in the ASA Nationals. Richard also participated in the slow-pitch division with his Church team. His career record consists of 940 wins, 302 losses, 41 no hitters, and 3 perfect games. Mr. Dugger who resides in Elizabethton, TN enjoys being able to give back to the game by providing free training and instruction for today's young players.


BUCK JOHNSON (Category: Meritorious Service)
Mr. Johnson was born in 1926 in Soddy-Daisy, TN where he still resides. Mr. Johnson was a physical education teacher from 1949-1979. The Former Sports Editor of the Chattanooga Times was the first media inductee into the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in 1994. He won five softball feature writing awards as well as helping judge National Softball Media Association Contest.

Mr. Johnson was the ISF Chief Press Officer at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Since 1994, Chattanooga has awarded the best high school girl's fast pitch player with the "Buck Johnson Award".

JACK SPORE (Category: Commissioner)
Mr. Spore was associated with softball for more than 40 years and served as the Tennessee State Commissioner for two decades. He also served two terms as chairman of the Awards Committee and on Finance, Building, and the Hall of Fame Committees. In 1955 Spore received National Orchid for his outstanding work in recreation. The Dixie Softball Association honored him as Softball's Best Friend. In 1971, he was recognized by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association for 25 years of active officiating in football and basketball. He served 4 terms as president of the TSSAA officials.

In 1978, Mr. Spore received an award for registering the most youth teams in ASA. In 1982, he was selected as Sportsman of the Year by the Nashville BANNER and directed the first Winston-ASA Slow-Pitch All-Star Series. Under his leadership, Tennessee ASA hosted 10 ASA national softball tournaments. Mr. Spore passed away December 26, 1987 at the age of 69.

JAMES FROST (Category: Sponsor)
Mr. "Jim" Frost is known for his sponsorship of the Frost Falcons softball teams. He coached and sponsored the Falcons from 1983 until 1993. In 1988 Mr. Frost assisted the City of Chattanooga in building the 7 field Tyner Recreational Complex. From 1989 to 1995 he sponsored the Frost Cutlery Collegiate Tournament bringing top ranked teams to Chattanooga. In 1998 a world-class stadium was built at Warner Park and named Frost Stadium in honor of James Frost.

Mr. Frost dedicated a portion of his warehouse for batting cages and practice facilities for not only the Falcons but for any teams needing a place to practice. Still today, the Frost sponsorship continues with teams around the Chattanooga area. He enjoys seeing student athletes receive scholarships from the years of efforts put in training and playing the wonderful game of softball.

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