It is with a great deal of sadness that Independent Sports Association and Senior Softball USA announces the death of longtime ISA/SSUSA President Bill Ruth. Bill, 87, died after suffering a major stroke at his home in Kent, Washington.

Bill has sponsored, managed, and played on Senior Softball teams for almost 30 years. In fact, he has either played or managed baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer teams for more than 60 years. His teams played at the highest level for many years. Bill was also a partner in fishing lodges in Alaska, as well as a gold mine near the Yukon. Bill’s main business was in real estate throughout the Northwest and in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

Bill was elected into four Hall of Fames: The USSSA (Washington) Hall of Fame, the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame, the SSUSA Hall of Fame and the ISA Hall of Fame. Bill became President of Senior Softball USA in 2000 and was a guiding voice behind the growth of SSUSA in both America and around the world.

Bill was a very close friend and partner, a fierce competitor with a wry sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye every time he started a new adventure.


Mike Caldwell