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Vic Masi

Inducted 1992

 

Biography

This Elgin High School graduate is one of the men most instrumental in the development of the City of Elgin’s recreational programs and facilities. He worked for the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department for 17 years beginning in 1966. He initiated the City League Basketball Program, as well as programs for women and instructional programs for youths. At its peak, 64 teams competed in the Elgin City Basketball League, and it continues to prosper today. He also coached five City League championship teams. Vic inherited a 10-team fast-pitch city softball league. He worked to add 16, 14, 12-inch, and women’s leagues. Under his leadership the program expanded to 200 teams with over 3,000 players. He was a key figure in pushing for one site for softball league play. A former golf director at Wing Park Golf Course, he was among the proponents of a city 18-hole course. He worked on helping to get a referendum passed for funding the construction of such a course, which is now Spartan Meadows. He was the first course manager and was director for 10 years. He was a well-respected and well-liked sports announcer for WRMN Radio in Elgin for 20 years, several of those as sports director. He was a charter board member of the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame. He coached several Elgin All-Star basketball teams and has been a general goodwill ambassador and promoter of Elgin Sports throughout his lifetime.