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Birdsboro resident Thomas Schadt was inducted to the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 2 at a banquet held in Grantville, Pa. Schadt was notified of the induction in December by the ASA of Pennsylvania State Commissioner Andy Loechner.
After nearly 50 years of being involved with the sport, Schadt said that his reaction to the induction is simply being, “Happy, honored, and humbled.”
Following the news of his induction, Schadt said that his shining moments playing the game were being a part of teams that won three ASA Senior National Tournaments (2009 Spring-Ford 55+ team, 2010 Spring-Ford AA 60+ team, 2012 Spring-Ford AA 50+ team). In addition, he said the shining moment as an administrator was being the president of the Millersville Church League from 1979 to 1996.
With this honor being bestowed upon him, Schadt said that he doesn’t want this award to change himself or the way people look at him. He noted, “At 66, I’m very happy to be so involved. I couldn’t have done all of this without the loving support of my wonderful wife Faye.”
He has been involved with softball since 1967 when his church, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Millersville, Pa., began a slow pitch team.
Schadt was the manager of that team from 1969 until 2008, when the church no longer had a team. Schadt noted that the team participated in the Millersville Slow-Pitch Church League, in which he was a league officer, President, vice president and secretary for many years. Millersville’s church league later joined up with the ASA (American Softball Association) in the 1970s.
While he has been sponsoring teams since 1969, Schadt has also taught math in the Phoenixville School District, from which he is now retired with his wife. While in Phoenixville, Schadt organized the schedules and was an officer in the Phoenixville Area YMCA ASA Slow-Pitch Softball League. In addition, he worked as a schedule maker for the Phoenixville Recreation Department Men’s and Women’s ASA Slow-Pitch Softball Leagues.
“I’ve been playing organized slow-pitch softball for the last 46 seasons, and I’ve been sponsoring teams for nearly that long (1969),” said Schadt. “In 1988, I moved my team, the Phoenix Sons, from Phoenixville to the Linfield ASA Slow-Pitch Softball League. That team then became known as Spring-Ford AA, and has been since.”
Schadt is currently the secretary and schedule maker of the Linfield League, in which he does much of the field prep on the property and is also the league’s liaison with the field owners, Limerick Township.
In 1999, Schadt began the ASA Seniors team Spring-Ford AA 50+, which attended the ASA Senior Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. =In 2011, Schadt sponsored 10 ASA senior teams (ages 50-70), three master teams (ages 35-45) and two regular Class D teams. All of these teams participated in ASA advanced play. Schadt’s teams have played in 10 ASA Senior Nationals, including the last eight years in Burlington, N.C. In addition, his regular age teams have played in the ASA Nationals between 1988-1997 in Las Vegas, Nev., Montgomery, Ala., Marietta, Ga., and Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Schadt is also chair of the ASA of Pa. Masters/Seniors Committee, and has attended every council meeting they’ve had over the last four decades and said he has done everything he can to improve the ASA program at all levels.