Sharp, Steve "Shooter"

Inducted: 1997

Sharp, Steve "Shooter"


He played for some of the finest slow pitch softball teams to have ever come out of Kentucky—The Scott County Merchants, Sportworld, 4th Street Tobacco Warehouse, Kentucky Sporting Goods, T&K, Bassett Products, and Starpath. He also played for several of the country’s best teams outside of Kentucky—New Construction, Datom-Argus, and Taylor Brothers.

He played on teams that won the Kentucky ASA Major State four times 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1984. His Basset Products team of 1984 won the ASA Major Midwest Regional. His Starpath teams won the 1987 ASA Major Nationals, were the 1988 ASA Major National Runners-Up, and the 1988 ASA Super National champions. In 1990, his New Construction team won the ASA Major Nationals.

He played for two Smoky Mountain Classic Championship squads—the 1971 Scott County Merchants’ team and Starpath in 1988. Teams for which he played won the Lake Cumberland Classic 4 times, the Thoroughbred Classic 4 times, and the Louisville Invitational 6 times.

Among his many individual honors were being named All- American three times. He was selected in the 1987 ASA Major Nationals, the 1988 ASA Super Nationals, and the 1990 ASA Major Nationals. He was also named as the Most Valuable Player at the 1985 Lake Cumberland Classic and was the leading home run hitter at the 1979 Thoroughbred Classic.

“Shooter”, as he was known by his friends, exemplified the thought that “nice guys can finish first”. His skills were known throughout the softball world, but his level of play in softball was exceeded only by the amount of respect and love he was given by all who had the privilege to compete with or against him.