Inaugural ABC Hall of Fame Inductions

Introducing the

AMERICAN BOCCE COMPANY HALL OF FAME

Over the course of the past month a few separate events lined up in such a way that it felt like the Bocce Gods were trying to tell me something. First, we moved Ben out of his apartment, which once housed the original Wicker Park Bocce office. I sorted through embarrassing drafts of logos and signatures from the city and photos of me with much less gray. Unrelated to the move, we then cleaned out the Bocce Garage—we had three events happening simultaneously and needed to cut some fresh turf. Behind the giant rolls were trophies that never made it to champs and plaques of accomplishment that never made it on our walls. And lastly, I watched one of our most epic playoff nights unfold at Clark Street Ale House, where several of our most accomplished teams clashed in efforts to cement their legacy in American Bocce history. After the dust settled my mission became obvious: create the American Bocce Hall of Fame.

clean-bocce-garage

That’s a clean bocce garage.

Next month we’re moving into a private office in a new building (which may or may not have a perfectly level, fully astroturfed backyard). I like the idea of creating a small annex with photos, artifacts, and nods to our ABC icons; polaroids of Hall-of-Famers tacked to the wall, autographed visors from Mike, and locks of Daniel’s hair.

Until then we’ll start by giving credit where credit is due. We consider hundreds of our players ambassadors of American Bocce and about half as many very skilled players. Our first class of Hall of Famers starts with the fifteen best in each category. Every six months we will add 5 players, 5 teams, and 5 ambassadors to the Hall of Fame.

  • The Players are ranked based on accomplishment, longevity, statistics, and accolades.
  • The Ambassadors are ranked based on brand support, volunteering, extra involvement, feedback, commitment, and spreading the gospel of American Bocce.
  • The Teams are ranked based on wins, winning percentage, championships, seasons played, and playoff runs.
  • Eighteen players made the first class Hall of Fame in two categories. One player made the first class Hall of Fame in all three.

 

The Hall of Fame

Teams

  1. Daddy’s Balls / Too Black – 58 wins / 3 Championships / 2 runner-ups

  2. Snakes on a Lane – 78 wins / 2 Championships / 0 runner-ups

  3. Bocce Has a Great Personality – 68 wins / 2 Championships / 1 runner-up

  4. del Bocce Vista – 71 wins / 2 Championships / 1 runner-up

  5. The Fighting Cows – 36 wins / 3 Championships / 0 runner-ups

  6. Malortron (& friends) – 82 wins / 0 Championships / 4 runner-ups

  7. Ballz Deep – 80 wins / 1 Championship / 2 runners-up

  8. Bocce Ballers (& friends) – 87 wins / 0 Championships / 4 runner-ups

  9. WTF / Oxtail’s Army – 79 wins / 1 Championship / 1 runner-up

  10. Deboccery – 81 wins / 0 Championships / 0 runner-ups

  11. Hot Cheetos & Bocces / Palle Azzure – 58 wins / 0 Championships / 1 runner-up

  12. Wispy Danglers – 55 wins / 0 championships / 2 runner-ups

  13. Tonsil Bocce – 51 wins / 0 Championships / 0 runner-ups

  14. Bocced – 36 wins / 1 Championship / 1 runner-up

  15. DMK / Slappy Balls – 36 wins / 2 Championships / 1 runner-up

 

Players

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The First Ballot Hall of Famers.

  1. Rick Swanson – 58 wins / 4 Championships / 2 runner-ups / 1 MVP

  2. Scott Sanville 87 wins / 3 Championships / 1 MVP

  3. Karl Haslwanter – 76 wins / 3 Championships / 4 runner-ups / 1 MVP

  4. Keith Kofoed – 56 wins / 3 Championships / 1 runner-up

  5. Aaron Denning – 71 wins / 2 Championships / 1 MVP

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The Second Ballot Hall of Famers

  1. Craig Glover – 78 wins / 2 Championships / 1 MVP

  2. Visor Mike – 87 wins / 2 Championships

  3. Lydia Willis – 78 wins / 2 Championships / 1 runner-up

  4. Vanessa Garippo – 73 wins / 1 Championship

  5. Nick Neu – 66 wins / 2 Championships / 1 runner-up / 1 MVP

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Third Ballot Hall of Famers

  1. Kyle Schiber – 78 wins / 2 Championships / 1 MVP

  2. David Hoffman – 69 wins / 1 Championship

  3. Daniel Morrow – ?? wins / 1 Championship / 1 MVP*

  4. Kurt Pozsgay – 82 wins / 1 MVP / 4 runner-ups

  5. David Sartoris – ?? wins / 2 runner-ups*

*Sorry David and Daniel, your transient nature has rendered your career wins unresearchable.

Ambassadors

(unranked)

  • Andrew Benzer
  • John Brady
  • Jame Briglio
  • Renee Briglio
  • Eric Clarke
  • Joe Morrison
  • Daniel Morrow
  • Elliott Robinson
  • George Rosch
  • Scott Sanville
  • David Sartoris
  • Jimmy Sisto
  • Dan Spomer
  • Erik Varga
  • Lydia Willis

Other Awards and Recognitions

The Carmen San Diego Bocce Traveler Award

  1. The Dutch Rudders have made it to five different venues over the course of their illustrious bocce careers; Thalia Hall, Eataly, Mad River, Whiskey Business, and Clark Street Ale House. Oh, and to boot? They won their championship on the Chop Shop soil after the David Chappelle residency kicked us out of Thalia for the playoffs last year.

  1. While Tonsil Bocce has made home at Chop Shop, they’ve also pulled off the impressive ‘double-dip’ with a 2nd team at both Whiskey Business and Clark Street Ale House over the summer. They’ve also attended American Bocce events at Saint Lou’s, Hopewell Brewery, and Beef & Barley.

 

The Too Many Team Names to Remember Award

Jorts (4 dudes)

  1. ‘The Jorts Guys’ – Malortron / Jorts & Malorts / Body by Bocce / The Kennedy Ass-Stache-ination / Abe Froman’s Sausage Kings / Oooh Bocce I Like it Raw / Casino Royale w/ Cheese

  1. Varga & Friends – Buck’s Bocce / The Big Lebocces / WGN Bocce Team / The Mouthfeels / J-Shooters

 

The Winners Top 20

  • Best regular season winning percentages
  • Min. 70 games played
  • The stats do not account for missing weeks by particular players or substitutions. This is solely based on the total recorded team records and the players on the rosters of those teams

T1.Craig Glover .830

T1. Dave Hoffman .830

T1. Kyle Schiber .830

T1.Scott Koehler .830

5. Keith Kofoed .800

T6. Andrew Benzer .790

T6. Adam Michelman .790

T6. Brandon McMahon .790

9. Kurt Pozsgay .766

10. Scott Sanville .750

11. Karl Haslwanter .691

12. Jay Rosenblum .680

T13. Aaron Denning .664

T13. Jeff Pfeiffer .664

T13. Mark Riffel .664

T13. Tim Zeien .664

T17. Nick Myers .656

T17. Sarah Fanto .656

T17. Nick Leonard .656

 

Most Games Played

-not an exact science but pretty damn close

  1. Daniel Morrow 180+

  2. John Vitale 130+

  3. Visor Mike 130+

  4. Vanessa Garippo 130+

  5. Lydia Wills 130+

  6. Elliott Robinson 130+

  7. Jay Rosenblum 120+

  8. Scott Sanville 120+

  9. Jamie Briglio 120+

  10. Renee Briglio 120+

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