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30 Years and Thousands of Games for One of Cincinnati’s Best People in Softball

DSC04061Bob Shad a long time community resident of Colerain Township got involved with slow pitch softball back in the mid 1980”s and has continued to be involved as one of the nicest and most respected individuals in the game. Bob like most players started out playing recreational softball but quickly found that softball offered attractive features that appealed to Bob’s competitive side of his personality. As a result of the competition of the game and local softball being at its height of participation in the late 1980’and early 1990’s, the beginning and start of EAP softball teams emerged. Thru a personal friend whom Bob new very well and owned a business, the name EAP began to appear on uniforms that Bob played for and helped manage. For Bob, evolving from a full time player to a sponsor/manager still engages Bob’s competitive side to compete at the highest level possible. Bob always viewed being involved with teams as like a family, “play good, look good, act professional and play hard” said Shad.

In the first 26 years of Bob’s involvement in the game, softball was a full time commitment that involved leagues at Rumpke Park and of course weekend tournaments. Over the past few years, Bob has stopped playing and continued the EAP tradition by staying invested in the game part-time. Bob recalls many a memories over the past 30 years, some of those being, the Wednesday night Major Division at Rumpke Park (now RiverCity-West), the thousands of people who used to come to the City Metro Tournaments, the many of laughs with teammates and their families and the many people he has had a chance to meet. Some who Bob met left big impressions, like John Earls (deceased), Danny Saylor and Brian Wegman, whom Bob first met at a fundraiser tournament. John, Danny and Brian are special people who helped me along my way in this game said Shad, there are many more but those individuals stand out. In addition to these three men, Bob gives all the credit to his wife of 31 years for allowing him to be part of the game of softball he loves so much, I am so lucky to have such support from my wife says Shad. Away from the dirt fields and parks, Bob enjoys swimming and his hot tub in the backyard with his wife, his entire family, his son, daughter and his granddaughter. Bob says spending time with his family is very important to him, Bob has the pleasure of playing softball with his son now, playing on a team with my son does not get much better than that said Shad.1610759_792462927444022_8820475300602456863_nBob Shad 2015

When asked if Bob has any advice for other sponsors/managers of softball teams, Bob replied “make sure you surround yourself and teammates with good people, especially those that love and respect the game”. We old timers are big believers in team chemistry versus overall talent; the two mixed together makes a pretty good team thou, stated Shad. When asked if Bob ever sees himself not involved with softball, he laughed and said. “I have tried a few times, but I love the guys and I like to compete, as long as I have both I will be around”.

Story by Todd Sledge, photo provided by Robyn Fecke and Feckefoto.com

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