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During his 20-year playing career, Johnny Miller was best known for spending the bulk of those two decades batting leadoff and playing left field for EMR. He helped lead his teams to a pair of Major Metro championships (2000 and 2004) and eight top three Major Metro finishes. His teams have also captured a pair of USSSA B National titles and an NSA B and WSL C Midwest World Championship, and many other invitational and Metro tournament crowns. Johnny’s individual accomplishments include being named to the 1st Team All-City Major division ten times and 1st Team All-Decade in 2000. He was an eight-time 1st Team All-Metro selection and a 2000 Major Metro MVP. Overall he has been picked to 19 All-Tournament teams, with five MVP awards. And in addition to many other awards, he has been named USSSA B All-State three times, and to an NSA B, USSSA B and WSL C All-World 1st team. Known as a hitter who could “throw it around the yard” and hit for occasional power, Johnny owns a .660 lifetime batting average and has hit over 450 career home runs.

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Robert “Rosie” Kroell dedicated 45 years to the game of slow pitch softball as a player, manager, coach and umpire before retiring in 2010.  As a player, Kroell competed as a pitcher and infielder with teams like Jones Café, Bud’s Café, Sweeney Auto, Eddie’s Café, Reading Motors, and Northside K of C, then later in a 50-over league at Randy Buck, and more recently in a 75-over league in Blue Ash.  As a manager he guided his Rosie’s Boys/Webers Café team – consisting of his six sons –  to a 1986 Metro title, winning 12 games in a row out of the losers’ bracket.  Later that year the team finished 3rd in the ASA Nationals in Fairborn.  He also coached Watanabe Optical from 1994-1997 as the team amassed numerous top three finishes in ASA Major and Super Major and USSSA A-AA Metros, National Invitationals, Nationals and World Tournaments.  But Rosie is best known as one of Greater Cincinnati’s most recognized and respected umpires.  For 25 years beginning in 1975, he distinguished himself calling Greater Cincinnati’s best leagues and tournaments for the only umpire association he would ever worked for, Ohio Valley Umpires.  Rosie’s league resume included weeknight play at Avoca Park, Koenig Park in Reading, and Hartwell Recreation Center, as well as Greater Cincinnati’s elite Men’s Major play – the Tuesday-Thursday night Majors at Haubner Field in White Oak, and the Friday night Majors at Ross Park in St. Bernard.  He also worked countless invitationals at Avoca Park and Sports Farm in Harrison, and in two of the nation’s premier National Invitationals – the Hudepohl Classic at Ross Park and Northside K of C, and the Ohio Valley Classic at Ross Park and Sports Farm.  He was also honored with being selected to work in the Professional Softball League at Trechter Stadium in 1977 and ‘78.  In 2002 he worked in “The Farewell to Riverfront Cinergy Field,” a softball game between Cincinnati Reds legends and retired major league players that played before a sellout crowd.

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Bob Noeth’s 35-year legacy of longevity, individual and team accomplishments may be unmatched by any Greater Cincinnati softball player over the last three decades.  Whether it was playing for Greater Cincinnati’s top men’s C, B and A teams, in the Masters or Senior programs, or with the top men’s teams in the nation, the common thread that all of Bob’s teams enjoyed was success.  Pitching for teams like Angilo’s Pizza, UDF/Clifton Medical, Freeze Concrete, EMR, Blitz/Watanabe, D & S Engineering, Good Guys, 3rd Street Financial and Hague Water Conditioning, Bob became an iconic figure on the mound, and was featured on the covers of four Cincinnati Softball News during his career.  He led his teams to six state championships, thirty-four National Invitational Tournament wins, three Metro championships, and six National and five World titles in four different organizations.  Bob got his first taste of championship softball pitching Angilo’s to a first place finish in the USSSA “C” National Tournament in 1985, where he earned MVP honors.  Over the next 22 years with Angilo’s, UDF/Clifton, and Freeze Concrete, Bob’s teams captured multiple state, National and National Invitational Tournaments, plus an NSA 35-Over World with EMR in 2004 and an NSA B World with Freeze in 2005.  Then from 2008-‘10, Bob transitioned to the A level with Columbus Pipe and Blitz/Watanabe, competing in several Major NIT’s and the USSSA A World and Men’s Major World Series.  He also won his first Major Metro title with Blitz/Watanabe in 2010.  Over the next two years, Bob bagged two more World titles with Good Guys, winning an NSA Super C World in 2011, and a WSL C World the following year.  He wrapped up his career playing in Conference USSSA for 3rd Street Financial, competing in the most prestigious tournaments in the nation, including the Smoky Mountain Classic.  He led 3rd Street to a Level 1 Metro title in 2013, and also collected his 5th World title in the NSA Coed World with Flohmikyin.  More recently in the Senior program, Bob won a 2014 Winter Nationals with AMR, and a 2014 ISF/ISSA World Series with Southside.  Overall Bob has competed in 13 B Worlds, 4 A Worlds and 2 USSSA Men’s Major World Series.  He has won countless All-Tournament awards in State, National, and National Invitational Tournaments, several MVP and ODP awards, was named Greater Cincinnati Men’s B Player of the Year in 2002 and to numerous Men’s B and Major/A All-City teams, was picked to the Greater Cincinnati All-Decade team in 2010, and was an All-Conference USSSA selection in 2008 and 2014.  With his induction into the Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame in January of 2017, Bob joins his grandfather, Frank Harvey, a 1986 inductee.  Another rewarding aspect of Bob’s career has been playing with and against his son, Bobby Noeth IV.  The two shared All-Tournament team honors on their Good Guys team that won the WSL C World.

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Tim Cocco launched his playing career almost 25 years ago after playing baseball at Northern Kentucky University, and quickly developed into one of the game’s most potent left-handed power hitters.  First he competed locally with the Northern Kentucky Knights, then at the state level after catching the attention of fellow Northern Kentuckian Red Moore, sponsor of Red’s Boys.  He quickly vaulted up the ladder to regional competition with Planet Softball, earning Kentucky co-Major Player of the Year honors.  Then for the next 20 years, Tim exploded onto the Major level, starring with national powerhouses like R & D, Bell Corp, Budweiser, Chase, Sunbelt, Dan Smith, Long Haul, Jean Shoppe, Red’s Astros and Team Combat.  In 2002 Chase captured the USSSA Men’s Major World Series, and Tim was the home run leader and tournament Most Valuable Player.  In 2005 he won his second Series home run title with Bell Corp and was named Outstanding Offensive Player.  He collected his third home run crown with Jean Shoppe despite a 7th place finish.  Tim won an unprecedented three consecutive USSSA national home run derbies from 2009- ’11.  In World Series play since 2000, he is ranked 2nd in home runs and rbi’s, and in the top ten in hits and batting average.  Tim is a member of the “All-Disney Team,” and in 2012 set a Conference USSSA record for home runs and rbi’s, and was named Offensive Player of the Year.  In 2013 in Ft. Myers, FL, he was inducted into the USSSA National Hall of Fame.

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Jon Jamison is considered to be the preeminent player in the history of Greater Cincinnati class “B” men’s softball.  From starting his playing career with the Wilmington Rebels in 1995, Jon would ultimately reach the pinnacle of the game fourteen years later when he competed in the USSSA Men’s Major World Series in 2009.  In between – and since then, Jon has powered local and regional men’s “B” powers like DeClaire Insurance, Lucke Homes, James Arnold, Freeze Concrete, Columbus Pipe, Blitz/Watanabe, and Pure Romance to untold invitational, National Invitational, State, National and World Championships.  His teams have won four Metro crowns, seven State Championships, a National Championship, and two World Tournaments titles – including the NSA B World in 2007 and USSSA B World Series in 2011.  And he has participated in three USSSA Men’s Major World Series.  Jon’s individual awards include being selected to over thirty All-Tournament teams, most notably in four Metro, State and World Tournaments, and a USSSA National Tournament.  He has also won a multitude of home run leader awards and six tournament MVP awards, including the 2007 USSSA B National and in both the 2007 NSA B and 2011 USSSA B Worlds.  Jon was also named to seven Cincinnati Softball News All-City teams, was runner-up Greater Cincinnati Player of the Year in 2003 and 2010, and Player of the Year in 2007 and 2009.  In 2010, he was named to the Greater Cincinnati All-Decade 1st team.  He has also been a three-time Conference USSSA All-Conference pick.  A lifetime .735 hitter, Jon has clubbed almost 2,000 home runs during his career.

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Jason Roesch’s fifteen-year career was relatively short among today’s softball players, but he made the most of it.  Equally comfortable at 1st or 3rd base or in the outfield, Roesch shined as a situational hitter who could hit behind the runner or go deep as needed, as evidenced by his .670 batting average and 700 career home runs.  If you wanted to win the Major Metro, putting Jason Roesch in your lineup was mandatory.  From 2005-2011, Roesch’s teams reach the finals seven times, and won five.  Roesch was named to four Major Metro All-Tournament teams, and was Metro MVP with Blitz Watanabe in 2007 and in 2012.  Roesch also made his mark at the state and national level, winning a pair of USSSA State and World titles, including a USSSA “B” World title with Blitz Watanabe in 2011.  He was a member of the Blitz Watanabe “B” World runner-up team in 2009, when he was selected the tournament’s Offensive MVP.  A ten-time Men’s Major All-City selection, Roesch has picked to fifteen All-Tournament teams – including a Conference USSSA event in Cincinnati – and won three MVP awards during his careeer.  He also made a USSSA World Series appearance, finishing 4th with Alpine Mortgage in 2004.  In 2010, Roesch was named to the All-Decade team and “Player of the Decade.”  He was also a two-time runner-up “Player of the Year.”

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Jeffrey Dale “Jeff” Click was the pre-eminent shortstop in Greater Cincinnati softball during from the late ‘90’s until he retired in 2010.  Respected as a complete hitter, Click hit for power early in his career, then changed his approach while batting leadoff for Watanabe.  However, he was able to produce with whatever the situation called for.  He was best known for being able to play a solid shortstop for his size, and his ability to hit from that position.  Click spent most of his career with two teams: six with Watanabe Optical from 1999-2000 and 2007-2010, and ten with 1st American Title/Freeze Concrete (1996-1998 and 2002-2007).  He had a lifetime batting average of .610-plus and started every single game of his career at short.  Click’s teams won some fifteen National or World Tournaments, including an ASA A National title, three USSSA B National titles, and an NSA B World title.  His teams also captured seven state championships, over twenty USSSA B NIT’s, and three ASA Open Metro crowns.  Twice he appeared in the USSSA Men’s Major World Series.  Click has been named tournament MVP eight times, and to thirty-one All-Tournament teams.  He was selected B co-Player of the Year in 2003, has been named 1st team All-City more than ten times, was picked to the All-Decade team in 2000 and 2010 and was named runner-up Player of the Decade in 2010.

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Robert M. “Bob” Massong patrolled centerfield for several Greater Cincinnati “A” teams during his thirty-year career, including Diesel Excavating, Hammer’s, Avoca Park, Bushelman Construction, and Jay’s.  With his induction later this month, he and his father will become the third father-son duo to be inducted into the Norwood Sorrento’s Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame, and the first to both be inducted into the Player Category.  Massong’s father, legendary slugger Steve “Hammer” Massong, was inducted in 1985.  Sam (1987) and Marty (2002) Monterosso were the first father and son to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in the umpire and player categories, respectively.  Ray (1985) and Dick (2009) Ernst joined the Monterosso’s in 2009, also in the umpire and player categories.  Like Jeff Click, Bob Massong was a “complete” hitter, with a lifetime batting average of over .600 and with more than 300 home runs to his credit.  He won three city tournaments, including 1984 and ’85 with Bushelman and 1993 with Jay’s.  Also with Jay’s, Massong finished 5th in two USSSA “A” World Tournaments, and captured a USSSA A State Tournament in 1990.  Massong went 19-for-21 in that event on his way to Tournament MVP honors.  Massong was named the Greater Cincinnati “Player of the Year” with Bushelman in 1984.  He was picked to the Greater Cincinnati All-Decade 1st team in 1990, the All-Decade 2nd team in 2000, and also in 2000 was selected to the Greater Cincinnati All-Century team.

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Most softball players never even dream about winning a state, national or world tournament.  But Michael Anthony “Mike” Smith had already won all three by the time he was only eighteen.  Playing with Avoca Park, J. R. Express, Freeze Concrete and H & W for twenty-four years, Smith – the common thread behind each team’s success – became a virtual icon at the B level in Greater Cincinnati.  In fact, one could make a case that his name was synonymous with B softball for a quarter of a century locally, and that he was the consummate – if not quintessential – class B softball player.  Despite the fact that Smith spent most of his career playing at the B level, his skill-set was such that even the best teams in Greater Cincinnati recognized that he was one of the premier 2nd basemen in the tri-state, and unequivocally the best defensive 2nd baseman.  Not only was he named to the All-Decade first team for the nineties in 2000, he was also selected to the All-Century team.  Achieving such honors was virtually unheard of for a B player.  But those accomplishments were just icing on the cake for Smith’s 27-year career.  Additionally, he has made ten world tournament appearances, captured three national titles – including the ASA 16-18 under Boys Youth Nationals in 1979 at the age of 18 – and ten state championships.  His Freeze teams won back-to-back USSSA B National titles in 2003 and 2004.   And in 1992, he led his 1992 J. R. Express team to an Open Metro title, which was an unprecedented achievement for a B team.  Smith’s individual awards also included being named MVP in two state tournaments and the ’91 Metro, and runner-up B “Player of the Year” in 1984 and 1995, and B “Player of the Year” in 1989.  In addition to his unrivaled defensive skills at 2nd base, Smith compiled a .609 lifetime batting average – most of which was done before the onset of composite bats.  He also had great speed and was a renowned clutch hitter.

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Not many team or individual accomplishments escaped slugger Joe Penwell’s reach during his 30-year career competing with legendary teams like Backstop/Easton, Watanabe/TPS, and EMR/Meiner’s/Worth.  By the numbers, Joe’s teams amassed ninety tournament championships, including six Major Metro titles and thirteen Metro crowns overall, four State titles, and two National and two World championships.  They also recorded a runner-up finish in the NSA A World, and a 4th and a 7th place finish in the ASA A Nationals, and a 5th place finish in the USSSA A World.  Joe was selected to six B All-City teams and eleven Major All-City teams, was a two-time class B “Player of the Year” and Major Metro Most Valuable Player, and a two-time Major “Player of the Year” runner-up.  He was selected to fifteen All-Metro teams, was named to an NSA All-World 1st team, and in 2000 was selected to the Greater Cincinnati All-Decade 1st team and to the All-Century team.  Primarily an outfielder, 1st baseman and catcher during his career, Joe was a lifetime .650 hitter who belted over 2,000 home runs.

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