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Merle "Pee Wee" Heatwole

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A 35-year career as a player, manager and organizer resulted in major contributions to Arizona softball. As a player he ranked as one of Arizona’s best catchers and batters during the 1930s and continued to play until his 55th birthday. He was player-manager, coach and organizer of Skull Valley softball for 15 years during which his Skull Valley Skunks won more than 400 games against 100 losses in 15 years. His team won 27 trophies, much of its success coming in Prescott where his team and leadership contributed to that city’s universal appeal as one of the nation’s softball hot beds. He also was a top semipro baseball catcher for 15 years before turning to softball.