SSHoF logoBob Van Impe

Builder (1986)


From 1946 to the present, Bob Van Impe has been involved with softball. From 1946 to 1965 he was a player, a coach, a manager or an executive member of the Saskatoon Amateur Softball Association.

Bob was appointed commissioner with the re-organization of the Saskatoon Senior Men’s Fastball League in 1965. The following year he was named commissioner for the Saskatchewan Amateur Association and the Canadian Amateur Association.

In 1969 Van Impe was named to the highest post in the country, president of the Canadian Amateur Softball Association. He remained its president until 1986. More executive posts came his way. In 1971, he was elected North American vice-president of the International Federation. In 1973, Bob was elected vice-president of the International Federation and was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Olympic Association.

Named Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1979, Bob also saw one of Saskatoon's softball fields named after him.

** Deceased