http://seniorsoftball.com/?page=12

 
SIGN IN:   Password     »Sign up

Search:   


» Latest news   Sections: Obituaries | Tournaments | Womens' Corner | Editorials     » For Advertisers: Editorial Calendar

Gil Splaine Celebrates 100th Birthday

Jan. 1, 2021


Gil Splaine at the Washington State Games

Former SSUSA member Gil Splaine, of Renton, Wash., recently hit the century mark, celebrating his 100th birthday on Dec. 25.

Splaine began playing senior softball at age 55, and has racked up seven national championship softball rings, along with several Senior Olympic medals.

In SSUSA, Splaine’s playing history includes stints with the Northwest 80s, AZ Silver Foxes 80, Desert Storm 75, and Palm Springs Nationals 75, among others.

He last played SSUSA during the 2010 season with Northwest 80.

Lloyd Livernash, who played with Splaine, had this to say back in 2010: “Gil is truly amazing. He can still do it all. He can run, steal, catch, throw and hit for average, as well as power. Unlike me, he is still playing with all his original equipment and is still playing for the Northwest 80s team that I played for, at a high enough level that they still want him around.”

Along with excelling on the diamond, Splaine has also etched his name all over the Washington State Senior Games record book. His name appears 15 times across five different events in Track & Field – Softball Throw, Long Jump, Standing Long Jump, High Jump, and 50-Meter Dash – in numerous age divisions (80-84, 85-89, 90-94 and 94-99).

“Gil is really colorful,” said Rich Simmonds, Gil’s son-in-law. “He is Irish and will get in a fight if you don’t like the Catholic schools, i.e., Notre Dame, Gonzaga, etc.  He was a high tower crane operator for his career and a member of the operators union for 70 years. I believe he stopped playing at age 97, but is still a dancer and lives independently in Washington and Arizona.”


Senior Softball-USA
Email: info@SeniorSoftball.com
Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
9823 Old Winery Place, Suite 12
Sacramento, CA 95827
Senior Softball-USA is dedicated to informing and uniting the Senior Softball Players of America and the World. Senior Softball-USA sanctions tournaments and championships, registers players, writes the rulebook, publishes Senior Softball-USA News, hosts international softball tours and promotes Senior Softball throughout the world. More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States today. »SSUSA History  »Privacy policy

Follow us on Facebook

Partners