CAPS is proud to honor those men and women who have given their time, love, and energy to our league. It is with these men and women that CAPS has grown into the successful, accepting, competitive league that we are today.
Class of 2008
Dan Schaefer - Dan joined CAPS in 1994 after spending two seasons with Pittsburgh's Steel City Softball League. He has served on the CAPS Board of Directors as Treasurer (1998-1999, 2002-2005), Commissioner (1999-2001), Commissioner Ex-Officio (2001-2002), and A/B Division Representative (2006-2008, 2012-current). He also served as the Director of the MAGIC Tournament from 1999-2008. He was Treasurer of Washington's Series 2003 when CAPS hosted its first NAGAAA World Series, which helped raise over $25,000 for charity.
As a player, Dan won CAPS Rookie of the Year in 1994. He also won two Team MVP's, and a Division MVP. In 1996 he was awarded the title of "Miss Glamour" for the graceful way he slides into bases. He has been a player and a coach on 18 NAGAAA World Series teams, finishing second in 1998 in the B Division, third in 2001 in the A Division, and second in 2003 in the A Division. His teams have also finished in the top five four other times in the A and B Divisions. Dan was the coach and a played a vital role in forming and maintaining CAPS's only A Division team from 1999-2010. Dan was elected to the NAGAAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
Cal Steinmetz - Cal played on DC's first gay softball team, the DC Tens, which lead to the founding of CAPS. Following their inaugural season, the team split, recruited new players and created four teams which became the foundation of CAPS in 1983. Cal played for 25 years in CAPS and another 7 in SFSF (Ft. Lauderdale).
Cal served on the CAPS Board as League Treasurer (1995-1997), League Commissioner (1997-1999), and Commissioner ex-officio (199-2001). He was instrumental in helping form the Women's Division of CAPS during his time as Commissioner. Cal and his partner Brian sponsored numerous Open and Women's Division Teams over the years.
As a player, Cal was one of the league's best pitchers and was voted as his team's MVP seven times and won Divisional MVP twice. He pitched the DC Metz to a second place finish in the B division at the 1998 World Series. Based on that finish, Cal played a critical role in moving his team into the A division, thus becoming the first A division team from CAPS. Cal was still a contributor on those Metz teams which finished third in the 2001 NAGAAA World Series and second in the 2003 NAGAAA World Series. Following his passing in 2013 from brain cancer, the CAPS Board created the Cal Steinmetz Sportsmanship Award, given annually to the League member who best exemplifies the essence of gay softball through spirited play, integrity of actions, fairness, and demonstrated good will and respect for opponents. Cal was elected to the NAGAAA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Class of 2009
Bruce Sprague - Bruce Sprague Bruce joined CAPS in 1995 and quickly earned the nickname "Cheetah". He served as CAPS League Secretary for seven years (1998-2004), and as MAGIC Tournament Host Committee and Concession Stand Volunteer for 10 years (1999-2008). He also served on both of DC's NAGAAA GSWS Committees, as Closing Ceremony Chairman and Field Maintenance Volunteer for Series 2003, and then as Fundraising and Field Maintenance Volunteer for Series 2013.
As CAPS Secretary, Bruce transitioned the league into the internet age with the development of several new and unique databases, which allowed for greatly improved information dissemination and timely web-site content, and helped the league more than double from 10 teams with 150 members in 3 divisions of play to 22 teams with almost 400 members in 6 divisions of play. While a Series 2003 Committee member, he assisted with national and local publicity and sponsorship efforts that brought a record 154 teams to the tournament and raised over $25,000 for local charities and service organizations.
Bruce has played as an Open B Division outfielder for all but his first year in the league and has contributed to many league and tournament championship teams, and several GSWS Open B Division top 20 finishes. On the field, he is most proud of his Open B Division 2nd Place finish at the 1998 NAGAAA GSWS in Atlanta, GA, where he played every game in left-field for the DC Metz.
Barb Meehan - Barb joined CAPS in the summer of 1999 and participated in her first World Series hosted in Kansas City, MO. From 2000 through 2006 she participated as a player/coach on a number of CAPS women's teams. In 2003 she was elected as the Commissioner of CAPS. During her time in office she oversaw many positive developments on CAPS but the one she is most proud of is moving CAPS softball from Tucker Fields to Watkins Park. She was thrilled to be a part of hosting the 2003 World Series Host Committee where she served as Operations Manager and helped secure the Heineken Sponsorship for the league. In her last NAGAAA World Series, she finished out with a bang at the 2006 Ft. Lauderdale World Series. There the women's team Capital Crew made CAPS history by going farther than any CAPS Women's team had ever gone. Capital Crew placed second at the 2006 World Series in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Class of 2010
Pam Briggle - Pam played in CAPS from 1987-2003 in the Open Division and later in the Women's Division. She serves as CAPS Board Member from 1992-2002 as Secretary, Umpire-in-Chief, Assistant Commissioner, Women's Division Commissioner. She was instrumental in helping form the Women's Division in 1998. After its formation, Pam coached a Women's Division team for many years. She assisted in organizing fundraising efforts at the Verizon Center that benefitted multiple CAPS teams. She along with Lori Bott served as Liaisons with Prince George's County concerning umpiring issues.
In addition to serving the CAPS league, she served two terms as NAGAAA Secretary and represented the CAPS Women's Division at NAGAAA meetings. She represented CAPS for thirteen years as an umpire as the and twice served as the UIC for the both the Open and Women's Division at the NAGAAA World Series. Pam umpired and was UIC for the MAGIC Tournament for 13 years.
Paul "Chip" Brown - Chip has been a CAPS member for over 20 years (1984-2003, 2012- current), and has been both a player and a manager. He was a member of the CAPS/DC Sports Board (1992-2003) serving as Assistant Commissioner for ten of those and acting commissioner for the other. Chip was pivotal in helping create the CAPS Women's Division in 1998 while he served as Assistant Commissioner. In addition to his Board duties, he was the NAGAAA Rep (1994-2003), the MAGIC Tournament Director (1991-1999), Director of the League Talent Show (1992-2001). Chip also served on the Washington, DC Series 2003 Organizing Committee and was the Board's NAGAAA Liaison during the Series.
Chip's teams were always well known for their sportsmanship, team spirit, and solid play. The Jr's Gamecocks team he managed won the C division NAGAAA World Series in 1995 and finished third in 1998. Chip was elected into the NAGAAA Hall of Fame in 2013.
Class of 2011
Matt Bittner - Matt was a member of CAPS from 1989 through 2011 and played on numerous CAPS World Series teams and helped his teams win numerous league and tournament titles. For almost twenty years Matt batted third and played shortstop on one of the best teams in the league and was considered the best player in CAPS for his blend of excellent defense and offensive prowess. Matt played in 18 NAGAAA World Series and led his team trophies in 1998 (2nd place - B), 2001 (3rd place - A), and 2003 (2nd place - A), and numerous other top 10 finishes. Matt loved playing gay softball and was a tremendous ambassador for the league. In 1995 he was awarded the title of "Miss Glamour" for his jazz run to first base and his gracious sportsmanship.
In 2012, Matt posthumously was elected unanimously into the NAGAAA Hall of Fame. After Matt had passed away in 2011 from complications related to cancer, the CAPS Board created a scholarship in his name to honor his contributions to CAPS and his dedication to his teaching profession.
Bob Jackson - Bob was a CAPS member from 1995-2012 and has held several positions within the CAPS board during his tenure. He joined CAPS after spending one year in the SCSL (Pittsburgh). He was the league Treasurer and is credited with developing the league's first web page in 1997. In addition to helping the league as a board member, Bob was one of the league's best players throughout his tenure.
Bob primarily played shortstop in his career and displayed sound defensive fundamentals and frequently made spectacular plays. Always a solid hitter, Bob occupied a top spot in every lineup. He is a complete player. Bob was named his team's MVP three times and was the B division player of the year two other times. He has participated in numerous NAGAAA World Series helping JR's win the C Division title in 1995 and the DC Metz to second place finish in 1998 in the B Division. He coached and sponsored teams throughout the course of his CAPS career. Bob continues to play softball in the SFSF League (Ft. Lauderdale).
Class of 2013
Lori Bott - Lori was an original member of the DC softball league and played for over 20+ years, ending in 2004. During her years, she served on the CAPS board for four years and was a Board Member for ten years. She served as the Leagues NAGAAA representative for four years. She played a key role in the formation of the CAPS Women's Division and subsequently coached a women's team for six years. Lori assisted in organizing fundraising efforts at the Verizon center that benefitted multiple CAPS teams. She along with Pam Briggle served as Liaisons with Prince George's County concerning umpiring issues.
As a player in both the Open and later Women's division, Lori earned respect with her solid play and strong desire to compete. She played on the first competitive team from Washington, DC to attend the NAGAAA World Series and competed at the Series in both divisions from 1982-2003. She represented CAS as an umpire at the World Series and numerous other NAGAAA affiliated tournaments from 1990-2002. She also worked as an umpire in CAPS League games and the MAGIC Tournament.
Class of 2014
Aubrey Collier - Aubrey joined CAPS in 1998 after playing in MASAA for three years. From his first year in the league, Aubrey has been the best player at his position in CAPS and was widely recognized as one of the best pitchers nationally for many years. His knowledge and love of softball still drive him to compete at a high level. He has always played on one of the highest-level teams in CAPS.
Aubrey has been named his team's MVP five times (1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2011) and was voted his CAPS divisional MVP two other times. His teammates and competitors recognize his achievements and his worth to his team. Aubrey led his CAPS teams to two "A" division World Series trophies including a second place finish in the 2003 Series held in Washington and a third place finish in 2001.
Aubrey served on the CAPS Board of Directors as both Assistant Commissioner and Division rep. He was a Field Captain for Tucker Road Fields during the 2003 World Series. He was a member of the MAGIC Tournament committee from 2000-2004.
Ron Dennis - Ron joined the league in 1996 and has been on the Board of Directors for the past eight years where he has served as the CAPS League Treasurer. He also served as Finance Director for the 2013 NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series. Ron is tireless in his attention to detail, and he has been commended on both the local and national level for the professional performance of his duties. He is painstaking in his commitment to doing his job as Treasurer.
Class of 2015
Jeff (Jiffy) Klein - Jeff began playing organized gay softball in Washington, D.C. in 1982 and has served as league commissioner, the Fall Invitational Softball Tournament (FIST) Director (the forerunner to the current MAGIC tournament), C Division Representative, and volunteered on several World Series committee bids.
Jeff began playing on the original Badlands team and he also played on the first DC tournament team, the DC Rogues. He then played for many years with JR's Gamecocks which won numerous league division championships and in 2003 he founded the DC Big Blue. He served as the coach/manager for ten years during which time the DC Big Blue won numerous league division championships and earned several MAGIC Tournament 1st place finishes. During the course of his softball career, Jeff has represented Washington D.C. in over ten different NAGAAA GSWS.
His accomplishments and his sincerity reach far beyond the norm, while encouraging collaborations on the field as well as off the fields. As a manager he has achieved great success not always with the most talented players in the league but by creating a team cohesiveness and synergy which result in great success. He has been the leader on and off the field, a fine player, exemplar of sportsmanship, and a good friend to the league.
Kevin Zajac - Kevin joined CAPS in 2004 and has played an integral part in the league since then to include leadership roles, displaying sportsmanship, and selflessly helping the league. Beginning with his rookie season with the Remington's Spurs, Kevin has been one of the league's best players while playing the most demanding position, shortstop. Kevin also coached his team from 2005-2014 and his 2005 DC Disturbance team became the first CAPS B-division team to win the NAGAAA World Series. Kevin has attended every NAGAAA World Series since he began playing in Washington and he helped the DC Union to a third place finish in the 2015 World Series. His teams have always competed at the highest level and have won numerous league and tournament titles.
Kevin served CAPS as the B-division Representative from 2008-2012 and was the Director of the MAGIC Tournament from 2009-2014. He was on the Organizing Host Committee for the GSWS in 2013 and served as the Fields Director helping coordinate four separate complexes and host over 180 teams.