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After a celebrated career playing industrial softball with the Cincinnati Firefighters from 1960-’75, Walt Shroyer returned to the game in 1992 to excel on the Senior Softball circuit for sixteen years.  From 1992 through 2007, Shroyer starred with national powerhouses like Joseph Chevrolet, MVM, Wopac/Donato’s Pizza, Nothdurft, Papa John’s and Dayton Legends, winning fifteen national tournaments in ASA, SSUSA, and SPA sanctioned events.  He has been named to a dozen All-American teams and was selected Most Valuable Player in numerous events, including the 65+ division of the SPA National Tournament in 2005.  He was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 1996.  A left-fielder who batted leadoff throughout most of his career, Shroyer has a career batting over of over .600, an on base average of over .800, and has belted over 200 home runs.

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Like most Senior players, Jan Worley’s 52-year softball career began at the “open” level.  When she was only 13, Jan was already playing with national champion Rutenschroer Florist against some of the best competition in the nation.  Rutenshroer won back-to-back ASA Metro titles in 1967 and ’68, and went on to place 3rd and 4th, respectively, in National Tournament play.  After continuing her career with Riverside Ford, the Cardinals and Jake Sweeney in the seventies, and then Empress Chili in the eighties and nineties, Jan found her way onto the Ohio Cardinals senior team in 1999.  Since that time, she has been part of over twenty World Championship teams and a Gold Medalist in five Senior Olympics.  Her individual honors include six All-World selections and being named as the Outstanding Defensive Player in the 2011 SPA World Tournament.  A 3rd baseman with a lifetime .550 average, Jan was named to the Greater Cincinnati All-Century team in 2000.  In 2012 she was part of the Ohio Cardinal team that was inducted into the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame, and was also named Senior Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Association.

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James A. “Jim” Spelbrink has been playing softball for 53 years, but it has been during the last 21 years, when he began playing in the Senior program, that his career really exploded.  Since 1992, Spelbrink has played in 35 World Tournaments and won an incredible 26 of them while competing with Greater Cincinnati teams like the Tri-State Masters and Joseph Chevrolet, and national powerhouses like Nothdurft (Detroit, Mi.), Papa Johns (Louisville, Ky.), Dixie Gas (Miami, Fl.), and Suncoast Orthopedics (Venice, Fl.).  Spelbrink spent much of his early career playing Industrial ball with the G. E. (General Electric) Jets, with whom he won eight plant championships from 1960-1970, and with the G. E. Aces, whom he helped power to an ASA Industrial Metro title in 1987.  In between that time he won thirteen league titles with Bramble Inn and 43 Bar, and later captured eighteen tournament championships with The Hut Café.  Spelbrink got his first taste of Senior ball in 1992, when his Tri-State Masters team captured an SPA National title, and Spelbrink was named to the All-American team.  Since then he has been selected an All-American seventeen times.  A solid infielder at any position, Spelbrink’s primary position is 3rd base.  But he is best known as adept line-drive hitter and a run-producer, with a career batting average of over .675, and more than 250 home runs to his credit.  Once while playing in the 2009 SPA National Tournament in Dalton, Ga., Spelbrink went 23-for-24 (.958) and was named a 1st team All-American.  Spelbrink was one of thirteen individuals to be inducted into the inaugural Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 1996.

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When Jeannine Bohn was named to the Greater Cincinnati All-Century Team in the year 2000 at the age of 63, one might have expected that honor would have been the exclamation point to wrap up her amazing career.  But for Jeannine, it was just another milestone along the way.  Since that time, she has shined on the Senior softball circuit with national powerhouses like the Michigan Miracles, Ohio Cardinals, the Sportaculars (Canada), the Great Lakers, and the Silver Buckeyes – just to name a few.  Her teams have won senior titles in USSSA, LVSSA, and SSWC, and medaled in the Huntsman World Games, SPA, and Senior Olympics.  And Jeannine has earned numerous individual honors, including All-World, All-American, Best Defensive Player, and Most Valuable Player.  Primarily a shortstop during her sixty-year career and known as a solid contact hitter, Jeannine boasts a lifetime batting average of .638.  She says that her greatest thrills in softball include pitching a no-hitter in fastpitch in 1962, being involved in a tournament winning 8-2 double play, completing a triple play in the Huntsman World Senior Games and winning a gold medal, and hitting for the cycle.

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