OVER-ACHIEVED: Birmingham's LGBT community is definitely a community that has over-achieved based upon its metro population compared to other major cities in the nation. For example, Birmingham had an LGBT softball league starting in 1983...an achievement matched only by 10 other cities in the country.
BIRMINGHAM SLIDERS D TEAM competed in the 2012 Gay Softball World Series in Minneapolis MN, it was their first World Series as a team.
BAMA EXPRESS player J. Beeler makes a tag at third base during a 1993 Express vs Quest cubs game.
BIRMINGHAM DEFENDERS AND #NOFILTER POSING TOGETHER FOR A PICTURE AT THE 2016 WORLD SERIES IN AUSTIN TEXAS
Southern Shootout 2005
BIRMINGHAM'S QUEST VIPERS
Southern Shootout 2005
BAMA BOYS represented New South Softball League in the 2009 NAGAAA World Series in Milwaukee. They had a great time and enjoyed some great competition.
THE PHOENIX PRIDE D TEAM also competed in the 2006 NAGAAA World Series in FT. Lauderdale, Florida. There were a lot of lightning delays this year but all in all the team had a great time.
BIRMINGHAM'S PHOENIX PRIDE D TEAM competed in the 2005 NAGAAA World Series in San Diego, California. Some of these players still play in the league today.
MONTGOMERY ALABAMA RIVER GATORS fielded a team in the NSSL in 1983 and 1998-2003 seasons. The River Gators were a very successful team both on and off the field.
Mid 1990's, Birmingham's Rockets Team put together an impressive winning streak and finished 2nd Place in Atlanta's Armory Classic. Later the team traveled to the Chicago for the Windy City Blowout and captured 2nd Place in a 1 run loss to the Dallas Hidden Door.
DAN CROCKER and STAN MEADOWS talk pregame in the early years of the NSSL. Both were involved in the formation and organization of the New South Softball League in 1983.
SANDI STRONG MID 1990'S
HUNTSVILLE'S VIEUX CARRE TRIBE SOFTBALL TEAM CIRCA 1990
THE BIRMINGHAM KNIGHTS 1990 SOFTBALL TEAM
BIRMINGHAM CRUISERS 1982 First organized openly gay team in the Birmingham League
NSSL LEAGUE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES
KYLE SCOTT, waiting for the next game to begin at 2015 GSWS Columbus, OH
1988 Bama Express players having fun just prior to NSSL opening day games, 1988 in Birmingham. Shown in photo L-R: Bazil, Kitty (Dan), and Phillip L.
BIRMINGHAM SLIDERS D TEAM competed in the 2015 Gay Softball World Series in Columbus OH
Photo of 1995 Southern Shootout brochure that was given out at NAGAAA fall and Spring meetings. During the 80's and 90's, the NSSL would distribute advertisements and softball related items with the tournament logo on them.
JEFF JOHNSON,Awesome attitude, awesome ball player for the CUBS in the late 80's and 90's.
BIRMINGHAM DEFENDERS competed in the 2008 NAGAAA World Series in Seattle, Washington. They had a great showing and finished in 8th place in the D division. The next season the Defenders moved up to C division and still play in C division today.
2008 BIRMINGHAM DEFENDERS took 3rd place in the D division in the "Beat the Heat Tournament" in Dallas. The tournament was held on the 4th of July and it truly lived up to it's name. They also went on later that same season and finished in 3rd place in the Metro Nashville Softball Tournament.
QUEST CUBS SOFTBALL TEAM had verysuccessful seasons in the New South Softball League's Open Division during the mid-late 1990's. - with David Baker
1988 NSSL OFFICERS - this is one of the ways the NSSL raised money in the mid 80's. At this point, the city had not noticed the large turnout of players and fans for Sunday games at George Ward Park. By the late 1980's the concession stand opened on Sunday's. Shown in the photo are NSSL Treasurer and Secretary. A good Sunday raised $400 for the league.
ONE OF THE NSSL's pioneers(1982) Darrel Boatwright enjoying festivities at NAGAAA's World Series. Darrel is one of the 18 co-founders of the NSSL and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He served many roles in the NSSL.
QUEST SOFTBALL TEAM CIRCA 1995 BIRMINGHAM SOFTBALL LEAGUE
NEW SOUTH SOFTBALL LEAGUE BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA
COACH KIMBRELL played on the original1982 Birmingham Cruisers Softball Team. The following years he left the Cruisers team to form and coach other New South Softball teams (Fantasies Gamecocks, etc.) Unselfish individuals like Kimbrell helped enable Birmingham to have more teams and establish the NSSL. The number of teams a league has is determined by how many people are eager enough to step up and lead a team.
Joseph, Greg, Rex, and Rick having fun during one of the may rain delays in Austin at the 2016 World Series
BIRMINGHAM'S QUEST D TEAM The Quest Team was excited to travel to Dallas for the 2004 Gay Softball World Series.
BIRMINGHAM #NOFILTER D TEAM COMPETING IN THEIR FIRST WORLD SERIES IN AUSTIN TEXAS 2016
IN 1992, The BUCHANAN'S BRAVES traveled to Huntsville to play the Vieux Carre Tribe team. (May 1992). The team completed the season and represented the NSSL in the NAGAAA World Series in Los Angeles. (L-R: Oneal Castleberry, Jerry Frost, Mark Porter, Barry Brunner, George Duke, and Ken Doss.
KEN DOSS, former NSSL Commissioner and Assistant Tournament Director for Southern Shootout, he also played for the Quest Cubs Softball Team in the 1990's.
BARRY L. BRUNER former Buchanan's Braves softball player in the mid 1990's.
MARK PORTER, former Eunice Knights softball player, rests between games during 1991 Southern Shootout.
Game ball from 1994 signed by Rex (Ellie Mae) Cole
DAVID BAKER QUEST CUBS SOFTBALL TEAM OPEN DIVISION 1990
A. BURROUGHS - one of probably the greatest pitchers who ever graced the mound for the NSSL attended the 2014 Southern Shootout Tournament over Easter Weekend
BAMA EXPRESS SOFTBALL TEAM 1991
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BIRMINGHAM SLIDERS D TEAM competed in the 2014 Gay Softball World Series in Dallas TX
TRAVIS, MIKEY AND ROD, enjoying a break during 2015 GSWS Columbus OH
ROBERT WOODS staying out of the rain in this mid 80's NSSL photo. Woods played for the Gizmo Gators.
TRAVIS McCLURE,player for the Birmingham Pride D Team, this was his1st season with the team and the league and he competed in his 1st World Series in 2007 in Phoenix. The Pride changed it's name to the Birmingham Defenders the next season and Travis still plays on the team today.
MIKEY DOBBS, Player for the Quest Vipers during a game at the 2007 NAGAAA World Series in Phoenix.
2007 QUEST VIPERS, TheQuest Vipers had a great showing at the 2007 NAGAAA World Series in Phoenix, Arizona. If remembered correctly I think they finished in or around 12th place.
ALBERT LAGON, player for the Quest Vipers during a game at the 2007 NAGAAA World Series in Phoenix.
NSSL Women's softball in the mid 1990's shows LGBT Pride during a game at George Ward Park in Birmingham. Shown is Sandi Strong (red jersey) who is a pioneer (along with Celeste, Donna, Kay, and Juanita) in women's softball. Strong's Tomahawk team won second place in the Southern Shootout's first women's division. These women (and others) are legends.
JUANITA and KAY hoist the first ever women's division trophy during the 1992 Southern Shootout Tournament. Juanita and Kay (as well as Celeste, Donna, and Sandi) were instrumental in helping the NSSL's inclusion of women into the league.
SOUTHERN SHOOTOUT #12 Tournament program from April 2-3, 1994
BIRMINGHAM'S first New South Softball League logo (1983) copyright
ORIGINAL 6 CHARTER TEAMS OF THE NEW SOUTH SOFTBALL LEAGUE 1983
New South Softball League © 2013