Hall of Fame adding Ports

November 11, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

*TC It was at a national sporting goods convention in New York in 1968 that Jim Ports was introduced to a sport that would soon become his passion.

Now, after 26 years of devotion to slo-pitch softball, Ports tomorrow will become the first Marylander inducted into the U.S. Slo-Pitch Softball Association's Hall of Fame during its convention in Chandler, Ariz.

Ports, 58, a Perry Hall resident and businessman and the USSSA Maryland state director since 1968, is being recognized for his accomplishments as a player, coach, sponsor and administrator. He will be the shrine's 53rd member.

"It's been at the center of my life," said Ports, who runs Maryland USSSA out of his sporting goods store, Sportsline, in Perry Hall.

A graduate of Poly, Ports grew up playing fast-pitch softball and helped lead the Hampden Boys Club to Baltimore City youth titles in 1956 and 1957. He played fast-pitch in unlimited leagues until 1967.

Ports' rise to national slo-pitch prominence began in 1971 when he was named a region vice president. He served as the USSSA's national president in 1990-92.

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