12 November 2013 –
The Marist Softball Club welcomes softball legend Paul Algar who will be with us this year and hopefully for the ensuing years. Paul is available to assist our club members in the art of pitching and any matters of softball.
Paul had played on many NZ national teams over the years with the highlight being winning the ISF World Champs Gold medal in 2000. Paul was afforded the ultimate recognition in the USA with his induction in the ISC Hall of Fame.
Below is a shortened version of his citation:
Paul Algar – ISC Hall of Fame – Player – 2012
Originally from New Zealand, Paul Algar made his ISC debut in 1982 as a seventeen year old pitcher with Hubbard Construction of Bishop CA and has carved a sterling career spanning 25 ISC World Tournaments.
Paul was named ISC All-World on five occasions, four as a member of the Madison WI Farm Tavern for whom he led his team-mates to two world championships, in 1997 and 1999. Paul entered the 2011 world tournament with 39 career wins, two shy of Todd Martin and Doug Middleton who are tied for 5th at 41 career wins each. Paul has pitched five no-hitters including a pair of perfect games in 1999 and 2003.
The Early Years
Before Paul came along, his older brother Loren was already an established pitcher, and his dad, Ray, was a pretty fair first baseman on the ball diamonds of Wellington and Melrose.
Father and brother had set a path that young Paul eagerly followed. And one that ultimately landed him a seat in the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame.
“Watching my brother pitch, I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Algar, 47, adding that Loren is 11 years older. “I would practise on the sidelines while Loren pitched.”…
And Paul practised and practised, and practised some more, says his dad, Ray.
“Ever since he was a kid, he practised hard by himself,” Ray Algar said. “He would gather a whole bunch of balls and throw at targets on a wall. He would spend two to three hours and then come home for a soft drink and then back to his pitching.”
For several years, Ray travelled to the US to watch his sons play in some of America’s finest teams. He followed Loren and Paul’s exploits from California to Florida and throughout the Midwest.
For Paul, coming to the US as a teenager opened up a whole new world of fastball adventures. He’s played for some of the finest teams ever assembled in the history of the sport. Some of those teams include the Farm Tavern of Madison, WI; Green Bay All-Car; New York Heflin Builders; Hubbard Construction (Calif.); Aurora All-Steel, and Tommy’s Angels of Oshkosh, WI.
Paul was asked by Bob Otto:
Q: What has the sport both taught you and given you?
A: Play hard between the lines, but be the same person off the field as on, and not have a big ego. When I’m pitching, I love it when thousands are watching; it helps me focus more. I (enjoy) having people come up to me at tournaments and talk. It’s such a good time.