Rich Leonard - MCSHOF Inductee - 2010

A 1963 graduate of Mason County Eastern, Rich Leonard was one of that school's finest all-around athletes. He was the leading scorer and rebounder during one of Eastern's most successful runs in basketball. He was also an outstanding athlete in track and field, baseball, and football. Growing up on a farm in Fountain, Leonard grew into a 6-foot, 3-inch, 220-pound slugger who is arguably the finest power hitter ever in Mason County fast-pitch softball and also a player who was as renowned for his sportmanship as his home runs. He played on some of the area's most successful teams, including the Urka 8's, Steve's Amoco, Walt's Lunch, Evans & Harrell and Andrulis. He started out as a shortstop, moved to second base and also developed into an outstanding pitcher. After he finished playing, he umpired and was elected to the Mason County Softball Hall of Fame. He has since developed into a pretty fair golfer, and was enshrined into the Michigan Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in 2015.