Stein, Russ

Inducted: 2009

Stein, Russ

Prospect, Kentucky

Russ Stein was one of the dominant fast-pitch pitchers in the Louisville area in the nineteen-forties. He pitched St. Agnes to the championship of the Junior Metro Tournament in 1944 and they went on to compete in the Junior National Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1945, as a 17-year-old playing against adults, he pitched McNulty Contractors to the Kentucky State Championship. In the Regional in Indianapolis, Indiana, he pitched all 26 innings of a five-hour ten-minute loss of 2-1. He struck out 31 of the 98 batters he faced, walking only one.

He pitched the next game which was a 1-0 loss in eleven innings. Later that year he joined the Navy to serve his country. Upon his return, he played for several more years for various teams. We are proud and privileged to be able to induct Russ Stein into the Kentucky Softball Hall of Fame and Honor.