The History of the Casey Softball Hall of Honor Original Museum
The Casey Softball Hall of Honor & Museum was a brainchild of Trustees, LeRoy Staley, Joe Snedeker and Moe Ashley.
In 1976 after many years of softball success in the Casey community it was decided that a museum was necessary to preserve the rich history that was created by men, women and children in our area.
The original building was built with approximately $3,000.00 in donations and after appointing a selection committee of seven, the process was completed on July 4, 1976.
The first group of inductees consisted of 17 members with up to 5 members inducted each year to the present.
In September 2007 with the leadership of Shelby Biggs and Jim Knierim, the City of Casey allocated $1,500.00 to assist in the refurbishing of the 32 year old structure. Added was the Hall of Honor Donor Board outside the museum.
Trustees, LeRoy Staley and Joe Snedeker with the assistance of over 80 businesses and individuals led by Len Johnson, Leroy Baston, Todd Whaley, Dirk Pogue and the Illinois A.S.A. contributed many hours and sums of financial assistance to complete the new Casey Softball Hall of Honor & Museum for re-dedication on August 31, 2008 at a cost of $39,000.00.
In 2009 an addition was added on the west side to house historic trophies and memorabilia for the Casey-Westfield High School Lady Warriors.
In 2010 the Illinois Amateur Softball Association (ASA) selected Casey for the permanent home for their Hall of Fame. They donated $7,000.00 to assist in the building addition on the east side. The total amount of cash and in-kind contributions given by ASA and the public to date is $127,000.00.
LeRoy & Jeremy Baston, Jason Garver, Mike Montgomery, Charles Miller, Donnie Jeffers, Ron Smith, Tony Burris, Dirk Pogue & City of Casey and many other local citizens donated time and materials at little or no cost to the Museum Board.
More than 8,925 people from 49 states and 15 countries have visited since the remodeling.