HK founder and president Rainer Martens joined 15 other players, two coaches, and an umpire in the 2009 class entering the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame. The induction came the day after Rainer’s senior softball team, the Florida Legends, won the Softball Players Association National Championship in Dalton, Georgia. Rainer is the team’s coach and starting shortstop.
"A true student of the game, Rainer always strives to win, hates to lose, and never places blame when we do," says Derry Dedmon, a Legends teammate. "He is the team leader at shortstop, but knows the dynamics of each position and how it should be played. He continually strives for perfection in his game, and asks for and usually gets the best his teammates have to offer. Rainer sets the standard of excellence."
Another teammate, Lou Giovanini, added, "The qualities of talent, hard work, dedication, and team attitude are exemplified by Rainer in everything that he does, both on and off the field. One of the best compliments that one can give a talented player is that he is even a better person than he is a player. This would certainly be true of Rainer."
The National Senior Softball Hall of Fame was founded in 1995 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is now Headquartered in Mustang, Oklahoma. It recognizes players, managers, umpires, directors, and sponsors who have achieved the highest honors in senior softball.
For more information, visit the Senior Softball Hall of Fame Web site.