USA Softball of Illinois Hall of Fame Museum And One GIANT Bat
- Date Visited: August 19, 2020
- Address: Fairview Park, Casey, IL 62420
- GPS: 39.29124, -87.98672
- Phone: 217-932-3911
- Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM
- Price: Free (donations accepted)
The USA Softball of Illinois Hall of Fame began in 1971 and in 1976 trustees, LeRoy Staley, Joe Snedeker and Moe Ashley constructed the original building for the museum. Its purpose is to bring attention to the sport and honor the men and women of Illinois who have provided a major impact or contribution to the game.
When we visited the website said it was closed for covid and it stills does. It doesn’t look like they have updated their site since March though, because they were open when we went in August.
There is a massive amount of memorabilia in the museum and if you’re really into softball it’s a pretty cool place. We are not really into sports, but we were spending the night in the park and the museum was right there. Jamey and I also have this rule that if it’s cheap, free, weird or sounds interesting or cool we stop and check it out if we have the time. We have discovered some pretty neat things following that rule so far in our travels.
The big hit of this place is actually outside the museum. The whole reason we were visiting Casey, Illinois was because it was my birthday and the whole town is a giant tourist trap. It’s motto is Big Things Small Town because it houses a number of the world’s largest items.
The biggest bat I’ve ever seen is on display right outside the front doors of the museum. While it’s not the world’s largest it is still quite an impressive piece of wood. It is set up for a great photo op. You can act like your ready to swing one out of the park while family or friends can pose as the catcher and umpire behind you.
So if your into softball stop by the museum. If you’re already in Casey to visit all the other attractions you will be checking out the giant bat anyways. It’s free, will take 15 minutes and how many other people do you know can say they’ve been to a softball museum!