History of HASL

1977 - A League of Our Own
First ever Sunday softball league formed. At this time bars could not be open, and in looking for a way to be together and enjoy community camaraderie, Pete, of Pete's Pub, contacted Paul Rogers, a community member and long-time fast pitch softball player, about putting together a league. Paul in turn contacted his old friend Aggie Wheeler, who had also been involved in the game for some time. Together they formed the first league - a co-ed fast pitch league of 4-5 teams. Games were played at Waterworks Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Brown, D. (2017, April 26). History of HASL [Facebook interview by Hanna, M.].


1980 - When It All Comes Together
By this time the number of participants and teams had grown. The league, now a slow pitch league, moved to play at 31st & Broadway - about where the Firefighter's Memorial is now located. There were six women's teams and eight men's teams. This year the men's and women's divisions were separated. The women's division was made exclusively female, while the men could still include women on their roster. This year HASL was officially born and the first Board was elected. The league financed itself by selling hot dogs, cocktails, and keg beer out of the back of Paul Rogers pick up truck. Adrian Ames umpired most all the games - at no charge. And while the competitive spirit that was at least a part of the birth of the league remained, so did the high jinx and fun. Players from this time recall the guys that would play in bikinis, the teams that arrived in limos drinking champagne, and the fact that when your left fielder was in position, all you could see was their head and shoulders over the hill

Brown, D. (2017, April 26). History of HASL [Facebook interview by Hanna, M.].

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