NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME
Museum & Gift Shop
National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum History
Honoring legends of the game for over 60 years, the National Softball Hall of Fame was established in 1957 with the addition of the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum opening its doors in 1973 as a dedicated space created to highlight the milestones of the sport.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Hall of Fame and Museum were held December 19, 1970 in Oklahoma City, followed by the official dedication on May 26, 1973 and the grand opening on July 1, 1973.
The first of two additions to the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum/USA Softball Headquarters began on July 5, 1976 and was completed on July 13, 1977 for an additional 4,350 square feet of space. Dedication ceremonies for the expansion were held on July 23, 1977. A second expansion was added to the building in July of 1980 for an additional 5,182 square feet of space. The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum/USA Softball Headquarters and the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex combine for a total of 28,406 square feet of space.
Museum & Gift Shop Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Holidays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Your support and contributions to the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions.
The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum is a permanent shrine to former and past players of the sport who have had exceptional careers and have been a major factor in growing the game of softball. The first floor highlights the colorful history of softball on story boards and panels with cases filled with memorabilia of past Hall of Famers. Visitors are also provided a glimpse of softball’s history when it was part of the Olympics. The lower level includes dynamic displays highlighting the NCAA WCWS and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Awards. Also on display is a timeline of events, from the game as it was in the early days to the continued growth today.
The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum has over 400 members with two categories of membership: players and non players. Within the player category are five categories one can be nominated in: Men’s/Women’s Fast Pitch, Men’s/Women’s Slow Pitch and Modified Pitch. Within the non player category are five different divisions one can be nominated in: Commissioner, Meritorious Service, Umpire, Managers and Sponsor/Team. Election to the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum is the ultimate honor in softball.