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Late Tallmadge Little League softball founder honored

Published: July 6, 2014 12:00 AM
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Russell Ilg, who started girls softball in Tallmadge, passed away June 28 at age 69.

Mr. Ilg, known as "Uncle Russ" in Tallmadge, played in the first Tallmadge Little League game in 1953. His father, Bernard Ilg, and three other men started the league.

In 1974, Mr. Ilg started girls softball in Tallmadge so his daughter could play.

Over the years, he has held every board position and has been a volunteer as a coach, umpire of worker in the concession stand.

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In 1991, Mr. Ilg was honored at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., as one of four regional Volunteers of the Year.

Mr. Ilg was honored during the Tallmadge age 12-and-younger All Star softball game June 28 at Washburn Field. Mr. Ilg's great-great niece, Kaylee Hypes, 12, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Mr. Ilg started for Tallmadge High School as a freshman and lettered all four years. He also played for Tallmadge's team in the Class D Greater Akron Baseball Federation league after high school.

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