Kay Purves was a member of the inaugural Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame induction class in 1976. She passed away in Lansing over the weekend. We looked up information about her past and let's just say she had a distinguished softball career. She was 82 when she died after a long battle with dementia.
Kay was known mostly for her involvement with the women's fast pitch softball team, the Lansing Laurels. She managed and played from 1961-87 and the team folded at that point. She umpired later and was a part of the game almost her entire life.
Purves' 1974-75 Laurels team is being inducted July 25th into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. You can bet she'll be mentioned with fond memories that night by the former players who will be on hand.
It reminds me of a marvelous era of summertime play in softball in Lansing, now mostly gone. City League baseball on the men's side still exists but fast pitch softball is a distant memory. Those of us who remember it, remember Kay Purves.
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