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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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BIO:

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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