NORMAN — Long-time Norman resident, Joe Windes, 75, was recently elected to the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame.
The National Senior Softball Hall of Fame was formed in 1995 to recognize and honor those who have achieved special recognition by their peers or have made significant contributions to the success of Senior Softball programs by competing in, supporting or serving in World or National Tournaments sponsored by National Senior Softball organizations in the United States and Canada representing more than 100,000 players.
An individual must be nominated by members and then elected by all the current members of the Hall of Fame. A maximum of 12 candidates are forwarded to the membership for a vote each year.
The induction ceremony is typically held at a national championship tournament in the U.S. or Canada. Windes was inducted at the recent national qualifier tournament held in Mustang.
Windes’ history in baseball and softball goes back to YMCA little league starting in the third grade. He earned a baseball varsity letter at the University of Oklahoma and an OU marching band letter, and served on the O-Club board of directors for many years. His introduction to ASA National Championship Tournaments was with the far west Regional Champion team from Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands in 1968.
After returning to Norman in 1974, he was a part of the Franke and Pepco open teams.
Windes also played on the championship First Baptist Black teams captained by Gary Morris for many seasons, earning his first ASA All-American recognition as a pitcher. He finished his Norman playing days at age 62 by winning the State Championship with The Other Team, coached by Frank Seratte.
Starting in 1993, Windes joined the newly formed Oklahoma Seniors 55+ tournament team playing in Senior Softball tournaments around the country, in Hawaii, and in Canada. The team was together for more than 15 years, winning numerous National Championships in the AAA classification at 55+, 60+, 65+, and 70+ age groups.