USA of PA Hall of Fame bio for Joe Organek
Joe Organek is being inducted into the Amateur Softball Association of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame as a "Manager/Administrator."
Joe made his start in ASA softball beginning in 1978 playing Modified Pitch in Delaware County as a sure-handed shortstop.
In 1982 he moved over to Slow Pitch and decided to put a team together to participate in the Delco Tavern Over-30 Softball League – winning a championship in 1986 with American Legion Post #667.
The league became known as the Manoa Over-30 Softball League in 1990 and was very competitive.
That's when Organek built what would become a powerhouse team.
From 1992 through 1997, his Burmont Inn II team captured the league championship an unprecedented six consecutive seasons. His managerial record during that span was 126-12, which included a 32-2 playoff record.
It was during this time that the Burmont Inn II compiled a 61-game winning streak, a record that still stands in Delaware County.
In his 22 years as a manager he compiled a 622-186 record - a .770 winning percentage - and in those 808 games his teams never forfeited. Perhaps even more impressive was that his wife Barbara was right by his side as a scorekeeper for all 808 games.
In 1998 he became the commissioner of the Millennium Sunday Softball League, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season and continues to be one of the largest Slow Pitch leagues in Pennsylvania – all with Organek at the helm.
In fact, 2017 is his 35th consecutive year as an ASA softball league commissioner in District 6 and he will begin his 20th year on the ASA of PA District 6 staff - starting as a Slow Pitch player representative and then as deputy district commissioner, before being named commissioner in 2006 and to the state's board of directors in 2016.
However, his willingness to help others with their fundraising efforts may be Organek's greatest softball legacy.
He has been the fundraising chairman for 20 years of numerous ASA of PA softball fundraisers, including the Daily Times Champs 'n' Charity Classic and the Daily Local News Charity Challenge Championship, which are played each year to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
In all, whether it was for the American Cancer Society, Delaware County SPCA, Salvation Army, Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure or the ASA of PA Hall of Fame Grand Slam Fundraiser, the more than 165 prize packages he has put together for raffle tickets loaded with Sports Travel and Memorabilia has raised more than $660,000.
Finally, he has been the recipient of the following awards for his involvement with ASA of PA softball as a player, manager, administrator and fundraiser:
• 1997 Daily Times Champs 'n' Charity Classic – Charity MVP
• 2005 Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame – Sportsperson of the Year
• 2008 ASA of PA Meritorious Service Award
• 2008 American Cancer Society - Pennsylvania Southeast Region – Volunteer Achievement Award
• 2011 ASA of PA President's Award.