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Ed Corbett

Softball Builder - Inducted 1966

Ed Corbett is known as "Mr. Fastball" for his outstanding service to fastball from 1946 onward.  He formed the Calgary Umpires’ Association in 1946, and in 1951, he formed the Alberta Umpires’ Association.  He has served in executive positions with the Calgary, Alberta, Western Canada, and Canadian softball associations.  Ed Corbett Field in Calgary is named in his honour.

After Induction

Ed served as a vice-president representing North America on the International Softball Federation Committee during 1966 and 1967. He was governor of the Alberta Amateur Softball Association (now Softball Alberta) in 1977, and president from 1954 to 1955, and again in 1981. He served as president of the Calgary Minor Softball Association from 1978-1981 and as vice-president and president of Minor Sports Calgary from 1978-1980. He served 22 years with Softball Canada as president and/or past president. He retired from softball in 1986. Ed Corbett was named the Calgary Booster Club's Sportsman of the Year in 1967. Ed was inducted into the A.A.U. Hall of Fame (now known as Sports Alberta) in 1966; the Alberta Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, October 1984; and, the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1987, the City of Calgary renamed Renfrew Fastball Park Ed Corbett Field. April 10, 1987, Ed Corbett received the Sport Volunteer Recognition Award by the Province of Alberta. Ed Corbett was born in Calgary, January 25, 1917. He attended Victoria and Haultain public schools and started playing “softball” in the school system (before they played with gloves - 1928). He played quarterback at East Calgary High, Western Canada High, and Commercial High from 1931 to 1936.