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In 1965 he and his team stood on the winner’s stand when they won the World Series.
Percy turned this passion into a championship basketball career at Crane Junior College and Chicago State University where he was an outstanding “high scoring point guard”.Ron “Beetlebomb” Braasch retired from softball in 1974.He and his wife, Lois, have been married for 47 years. Coleman began his softball career with the Flamingos in 1964 when he was twenty-three years old.Without its organizers, 16" softball would never have gained the heights of popularity that it now enjoys.With his colorful antics and legendary methods of recruiting and retaining players, Braasch must rank as one of the top organizers of all time.During his umpire career, he always stressed fairness in calling the game, respected the players and the integrity of the game, called the game to the best of his ability, and realized that the game is more important than one person.
Currently he has reduced the number of games that he officiates, but does assign an elite group of umpires for 16-inch major leagues and tournaments.
He started umpiring in church, school, and park district leagues around the West and Southwest suburbs of Chicago.
Little did he know that from these humble beginnings he would go on to umpire over five thousand softball games, many at softball’s highest levels.
In 1978 he became a registered/licensed ASA umpire and began to officiate men’s and women’s 12-inch and 16-inch games for Tom O’Neill, Bob Ancona, and Joe Hoffman at the top parks in Chicago and the suburbs.
That year, he also began umpiring at ASA regional, sectional, and national competitions.
Pitcher Wally Mader played for $200.00 to finance his trips to the track.