Nelson, Minnie Sue Lane

Inducted: 1997

Nelson, Minnie Sue Lane


She loved fastpitch softball, was known for always giving 110%, and was loyal to her coaches, team manager, and teammates. Her ability with the bat usually had her occupying the fourth or fifth position in the lineup as she had excellent power, could be counted on to drive in runs, and maintained a 450 batting average from 1949 through 1960.

Among the teams for which she played were Honey Krust, Parkette, Burley Oil, Royal Typewriter, and D.E.S. Goldenrods. While with the Goldenrods, they won three State Championships in 1951, 1953, and 1954. In 1954, they went on to play in the West Central Region and were defeated in the semi-finals. Honey Krust and Parkette teams both won Lexington City Championships while she was with them.

She played four different positions in the field and was an all-star at each of them. She had an outstanding arm which served her well at third, left & center field, and was known for having thrown out the hitter going to first base from the outfield a number of times. As a pitcher, she had a number of no-hit games and one-hit games and lost only one game during her two seasons pitching for Parkette. She also hit .613 while with Parkette.

One of the greatest thrills was when her team knocked the defending National Champions into the losers bracket in the Midwest Regional held at Logansport, Indiana. While pitching for the Goldenrods, she and her team completed two of the fastest-played games on record. One game was completed in 47 minutes (by a score of 2 to 1) and another was finished in 37 minutes (by a score of 1 to 0.

She was recognized as a great competitor with an intense desire to win.