Thursday, December 1, 2016

Chicago Softball Hall-of-Famer Salvador ‘Buddy’ Ganir dead at 74 - He will be cremated and his ashes placed in a 16 inch Clincher softball... which will be batted out to Lake Michigan

Sal Ganir broke half of his fingers over the course of his life, but it didn’t matter.

As long as he could play 16-inch Chicago softball — which he did from age 16 into his 60s — he was happy.

For many years, Mr. Ganir played for the Dwarfs, a team that dominated the diamonds at Clarendon and Kelly parks. Between 1968 and 1973, he pitched the Dwarfs to 25 park district championships, according to the Chicago 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2012.

He had a lifetime batting average of around .560, said his son David, and hit more than 200 home runs and scored over 2,500 runs.

Fellow Hall of Famer Don DeBat, a former Chicago Sun-Times editor, called him “one of the most competitive sports personalities I ever played with or against.”

“He really pounded the ball,” DeBat said.

He could also hold his own at trash-talking and umpire-arguing, according to DeBat, who said, “He wanted to win.”

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18 comments:

SpankDaddy said...

Played against him one time at 47th and Damen. I thought he was old then. His team kicked our asses.

Anonymous said...

Some guys played with a loaded bat
Sal played with a loaded ass

Anonymous said...

Sal got his start playing "call your field" 3 on 3 pickup hardball
When he was too lazy to walk to the field, he played whiffle ball
In the streets, black electrical tape used to hold the bat together
When a kid would yell "car", the team on the street would head
for the sidewalks
Game was over when you could no longer see the ball, or whenever
Street lights came on, whichever came first
R.I.P. Sal. Soccer just don't cut it.

Aldo Raine said...

South Side gave birth to 16 inch softball while the North Side ushered in man-on-man 16 inch dildo ass sex.

Anonymous said...

WOW how sad to be remembered for playing a meaningless game in a park.

I'd rather be remembered as a good father, brother, son, than someone who played a kids game.

Anonymous said...

Looks just like the Dago who invented the Big Mac! Or Gov. Cristie!

Anonymous said...

Not a meaningless game.... 1972 sat in Kelly Park holding $10,000 for the winner of the game. $5,000 per team.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't hit a curveball.

Anonymous said...

You said it buddy.

Anonymous said...

I worked with Sal at the Gas Company in Chicago. Great father and family man who looked out for the young guys.
RIP Sal.

Anonymous said...

I just layed a turd in my pants. Lol, best comment ever.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, nobody cares

Anonymous said...

At least he amounted to something. And will be remembered unlike your worthless ass! Besides how do you know they are YOUR children?

Anonymous said...

I'd like to posthumously donkey punch his fartbox with a well-used Fungo bat.

-Belly Deep Lou

Anonymous said...

16 inch Mushball, the perfect game for fat, out of shape, drunken Losers who love to pretend that they are somehow real Athletes. Fucken drunken Clowns. A Girl's Game, at best.

Anonymous said...

Being a softball star is like being a

Anonymous said...

I want to be remembered for not tipping waitresses at Bourbon street

Anonymous said...

This guy was a fall-down drunk & wife beater.