Joe Griggs hugs teammate Geno Shirey during the 1964 state championship team reunion at Fort Payne High School.

Fort Payne’s Joe Griggs was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame class of 2015 in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 17.

The Hall of Fame honors those who have brought attention to softball by playing, managing, sponsoring, umpiring or a combination of all.

Griggs is recogninzed by the AASA as one of the most diversified inductees because he played fast and slow pitch, beginning in 1967.

In 1972, he became the first Recreation Director of Fort Payne where he organized the AASA Umpire Association and served as their booking agent. When he began there were only four fast pitch teams in Fort Payne and he grew it to 38 to 40 teams. Because of Griggs’ work the AASA began playing district and state tournaments in Fort Payne. Teams on a national level came to compete in these tournaments.

“It was big and it was very humbling to me,” Griggs said. “They only select eight to be inducted in the whole state, and I was proud to be one of them.”

He was also a captain on the 1964 Fort Payne state championship football team, which is the only state championship team in school history.

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