Haverkampf Photography and Video
Photography in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Sir Paul, as he was introduced to me, is in the Alabama ASA Hall of Fame and The West Alabama Softball Hall of Fame. At the age of 11 he taught himself his famed windmill delivery by throwing at bushel baskets against garage doors. With that style he could throw the ball over 100 miles per hour and was taken into the professional ranks. Sir Paul led 11 teams to state championships. After all of his accomplishments, when another softball field was named in his honor Sir Paul said he was honored, but they could have named it after any of the boys who played with him because they deserved it just as much.
Sir Paul played his first softball game in the mid 40s and retired from playing in 1974. That’s when his greatest accomplishments came. He stayed active coaching softball and when girls softball changed to fast pitch in the 90s he was in demand. He worked with hundreds of girls and at least 41 went on to play at the collegiate level. He never charged a penny for any of this. He felt like he had help coming up and you pay back what is given you. I believe passing on that kind of character to the hundreds he was able to influence was his greatest accomplishment.