Rardin Jr., Donnie

Inducted: 1999

Rardin Jr., Donnie

Lexington, Kentucky

Among the outstanding Kentucky slow pitch teams he played for were: Lexington Contractors, Sports World, Hacienda, Southside Automotive, Buffalo & Dad’s, Riverside, Starpath, and B-Dry. Nationally, he played for Bell Corp, one of the country’s premier super teams.

Teams he played with:

-Won the 1991 ASA Major Nationals

-Won the 1994 ASA Super Nationals

-Was Runner Up in the 1993 ASA Super Nationals

-Won the Louisville Invitational Tournaments in 74, 75, 81, 85, 90, & 98

He was named the MVP and All-American when he led Riverside Paving to the 1991 ASA Major National Championship. He was named all-tournament in the LIT six times (1975-81-83-84-85-91) and MVP twice (1981 & 1985).

He played for Kentucky’s first professional softball team, the Kentucky Bourbons, and played in both the American Professional SP League and the North American Softball League. He was named All-Pro and four times led his team in hitting. In 1979, he appeared in the first live broadcast of sporting events on ESPN as a member of the Kentucky Bourbons in the APSPL World Series.

Teams he played for won championships at every level. Kentucky teams for which he played are a who’s who of the state’s best. He is recognized as one of Kentucky’s greatest all-time hitters, having won batting championships in both amateur & professional play over the course of three different decades.