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Combat’s Scott Brown with Mike Macenko
By Scott Brown
Hello LPS readers,
Scott Brown again, coming at you with our next installment of articles. This
time I am really excited to bring you a legend in softball and I am even more
excited that he is part of the Combat Sports team. I want to introduce Mike Macenko, No. 1 All-Time Softball Player. Mike has
accomplished many things as a ballplayer, starting with being a USSSA, ASA,
Mike Macenko is a name that is known around the world and across the nation when it comes to softball and in the over 27 years of Big-Time softball, he has achieved just about everything there is to accomplish, from winning numerous National Championships, to leading the country in home runs, to being selected to All-American teams 34 times. Mike is a legendary player of the game and has been a solid addition to the Combat Sports family. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the game and I am happy to have him share with you some of his experiences over the years.
Mike Macenko here with Combat Sports – I started playing Big Time softball at a very young age. I believe I was 17 years old when I first started on a competitive level. It was one of those things where I was in the right place at the right time. It all starts with practice and that is pretty much what I did from that day on. I wanted to be one of the best, so I knew that it was going to take a lot of hard work to achieve my goal. The one thing you need to accomplish this is to be associated with great teammates and coaches. Fortunately I was surrounded by the best and I knew then that if I worked hard enough anything can happen.
To be considered one of the all time best softball players is quite an honor for me. I myself know that there have been many great ballplayers that have come down the same road I have and deserve as much recognition as I have over the years. I think they all know who they are.
I have been very
fortunate to have played at the highest level of softball for over 27 years and
during this time I have had the pleasure of playing with two of the best teams
of all time. I played with Steele’s Silver Bullets for 15 years and for two
years in 1994 and 1995, I played with Ritch’s
The Steele’s Sports
Company was around for 18 years and the Steele’s Silver Bullets played for
three years from 1988 through 1990. In that period of time we played ball in 48
of the 50
When you are traveling all over the place playing softball, it is hard being away from your family but I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience and my family supported me the whole way. We knew it was going to be tough but we also did not know how long it was going to last, so sacrifices were made and we, as a family, have no regrets.
In 1987 our Steele’s
Team started out in
• We hit 6,690 home runs as a team – I hit 844 of them myself.
• I batted .744 with 1,444 hits in 1,940 at bats.
• I also had 1,534 RBI.
• MVP at Dudley USSSA NIT,
• MVP at
• MVP at Old Style/Steele’s NIT,
• MVP at Smoky
MVP in the ASA Super Nationals,
• MVP in
Softball Hall of Fames – USSSA, ASA, NSA and
In 1994 and 1995 I had the pleasure of playing with some of the best: Rick Weiterman, Doug Roberson, Ron Parnell, Dave Steffen, Charles Wright, Dirk Androff, Darrell Beeler, Paul Drilling and John Meyers. These were some of the best years for me and the camaraderie that you have with your fellow teammates is something that is hard to explain.
In 1990 I came close with my Silver Bullets team but we got beat in the final USSSA tournament. They (Ritch’s) won all four in 1992 and we came close in 1990 with the Bullets.
Those were some
exciting years for me. The one highlight that stands out while playing with Ritch’s was when we hit in Tiger Stadium, just the
atmosphere of being in the same batters box that I knew Mickey Mantle stood in,
was exciting to me. That day, I hit two balls onto the right field roof that
stayed up on the roof which was quite a thrill to be able to do that. Later
that day someone told Sparky
Mike is quite literally one of the best in the game and he has so many experiences and so much knowledge to share that I feel fortunate to be able to work with him. We feel privileged that he is part of our Combat Sports family. Until next time, train hard and play hard.