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
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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