WOR HOF Announces its First Member to the 2015 Hall of Fame Class-Mr. Freddy Ramirez

Posted On: 03/20/2015

Portland, OR; March 19, 2015 – On behalf of World Outdoor Racquetball and
the Outdoor Racquetball Hall of Fame (WORHOF), it is a distinct honor to announce the
first inductee to the 2015 outdoor racquetball Hall of Fame, Mr. Freddy Ramirez. Mr.
Ramirez is a one-wall legend who hails from New York; is a person who has one of the
greatest streaks in racquetball history (along with partner Robert Sostre, 2014 inductee)
by never losing a pro/open doubles match in New York one-wall ball for 12 straight
years and is a famous action photographer and the editor of the widely acclaimed
racquetball magazine titled, “Restrung Magazine.” WORHOF celebrates nominees who
are “hybrid candidate”—those unique, one of kind player and special racquetball
contributors like Freddy Ramirez.” Clearly, Freddy epitomizes the term “hybrid
candidate” in every way possible way.
First off, we want to thank some incredible people who made this happen including
Belinda Dettman for her outstanding public nomination of Freddy Ramirez; Brett Elkins
who is the WORHOF chairman and its founder; to our past WORHOFF inductees who
also vote--20x national, 3-wall legendary pro/open singles champ Brian Hawkes; the
dynamic doubles team of Martha and Greg McDonald; the outdoor/indoor racquetball
godfather Charlie Brumfield; Barry Wallace and Bob Wetzel who are the founding
fathers of outdoor racquetball/famous pro players and of course Robert “The Ice-man”
Sostre who starred with Freddy Ramirez for many years including this year. And a very
special thanks goes out to Hank Marcus, WOR Executive Director and Greg Lewerenz,
WOR National Director whom we have to thank for this great annual event.
Where does one begin with documenting this living legend who only last year took a
current top 4 indoor pro Daniel De La Rosa to a sensational tiebreaker in the national
one-wall pro singles championships. Freddy Ramirez, in fact, upon being told that he
was being inducted stopped practicing, composed himself after clearly being
overwhelmed and thanked our committee for this great honor. When asked about his
greatest moment/memory in outdoor racquetball, he said unequivocally, “It was when I
travelled from New York to Florida in 2004 to play in the National One-Wall Outdoor
Championships (The Beach Bash). Going there pulled me away from the world of onewall
by meeting legends like Jason Mannino and Cliff Swain and by playing and
competing against other legends who also played three-wall ball. Doing this, made me
want to play in every WOR Outdoor event. I believe I have only missed two championships since that time.”

Freddy Ramirez stature has grown along with his hoist of major multiple championship
titles-an ironman string of 12 years without losing any one-wall pro/open New York
tournament in doubles with his partner Robert “the Iceman” Sostre,” along with winning
9, 1-wall national titles (Beach Bash) at the generally acknowledged one-wall
championships, plus many other victories in 3-wall championships and several semis at
major events and many CPRT final appearances. As recently as this year (and last),
he finished second at the national 1-Wall Beach Bash in Florida in pro singles. Freddy’s
accomplishment (along with Robert Sostre) of not losing a single tournament in one
walls for 12 years in a row made racquetball’s noted 2015 list of the top 10 greatest
streaks in racquetball history (indoor or outdoor). He also is the 17-time New York State
One-Wall Doubles Champion (with Robert Sostre). His resume is below and it is an
honor to present to you Mr. Sportsmanship himself…Freddy Ramirez.

“Freddy Ramirez should be a nominee, in the sense that I can’t imagine him not being in
the World Outdoor Racquetball Hall of Fame. He is a legend in outdoor racquetball.
Ramirez is listed as one of the top ten players with the Greatest Streaks in Racquetball
History.” (Belinda Dettman, in her submission notes for Freddy’s nomination)
“Just as you begin to take that all in--12 consecutive undefeated years in Pro/Open in
[National One-Wall} doubles, you then realize that he is also a force to be reckoned with
in his singles game. He started that Doubles streak in 1997. And here it is 18 years
later, and at last year’s Beach Bash 2014, Ramirez took Daniel De La Rosa (IRT #4
ranked Pro Player) to tiebreaker in the Men’s Pro Singles Finals.” (Belinda Dettman on
her reasons for nominating Freddy).
“There is something to be said when excellence is personified not only through skill, but
through “on the court” behavior. Respect is earned, not given. Freddy is someone that
the juniors, and up-and-coming, can look up to. Every match is played with intensity and
integrity, a true champion. For all of these reasons, and countless others, it is my honor
to nominate Freddy Ramirez to the World Outdoor Racquetball Hall of Fame.” (Belinda
Dettman, summary on why she nominated Freddy Ramirez)
“I have never argued a call in competition, outside an appeal-ever.“ (Freddy Ramirez)
His Greatest Outdoor Racquetball Achievements
1) 16-Time, New York State 1-Wall Pro Doubles Champion w/Robert Sostre. This
event was the first major held for 1-wall. (Winner in 1997-2009, 2010, 2011,
2) 12 consecutive years of going undefeated in all Pro/Open 1-Wall New York
tournaments from 1997-2009 with his same partner—the 2014 outdoor hall of
famer, Robert Sostre. They ultimately lost in a smaller NY tournament when
Sostre suffered an Achilles tendon injury in 2009 and again in 2012 at the NY
championships (1997-2009)
3) 1-Time Champion, National 1-Wall Pro Doubles Championships (inaugural year)
held in Florida in 2004 (with partner Robert Sostre). This is now considered a
National Championship event called the "Beach Bash". Note-The event stopped
for 2 years while the historic courts were remodeled and resumed in 2007. (2004)
4) 9-Time Consecutive 1-Wall Pro Doubles Champion w/Robert Sostre at Florida's
Beach Bash (National 1-Wall Championships). (2004-2012). [The streak ended in
2013 with a second place finish.]
5) 2-Time Finalist, 1-Wall Pro Doubles Championships w/Robert Sostre at Florida's
"Major" Beach Bash-National Championship (2013 and 2014)
6) 1-Time Finalist, 1-Wall Pro Mixed Doubles Champion w/Yoannis Garcia at
Florida's "Major" Beach Bash-The National One-Wall Championship. (2012)
7) 2-Time Finalist, 1-Wall Men’s Pro Singles at Florida’s Major Beach Bash--The
National One-Wall Championship (2014 and 2015)
8) 3-Time Champion, 1-Wall Men’s Pro Doubles Championships, Pro-Kennex
Central Park Open w/partner Robert Sostre (2011, 2013, 2014)
9) 1-Time Champion-Two Divisions: 1-Wall Men’s Pro Doubles, Hartford Open
Championships–w/Robert Sostre and Pro/A Division w/Danny Olmo (2012)
10) 2-Time Finalist-3-Wall, CPRT Doubles at the WOR Championships Huntington
Beach with Mike Peters (2011 and 2012)
11) 1-Time Finalist, 3-Wall Ball CPRT Pro Doubles Finalist Vegas (2nd Place
w/Robert Sostre). Note-Cliff Swain/Clubber Lane won the finals (2010)
Additional Outdoor Racquetball Achievements, Contributions & Awards
Publisher/Chief Photographer of the highly acclaimed, racquetball magazine
“Restrung Magazine” (www.RestrungMagazine.com). Considered “the opinion leader” in
racquetball programming with a large racquetball audience that rivals most major
publications in our industry, his publication covers indoor and outdoor events with
brilliant, captivating articles and scintillating digital action photography. (2011-present)
Official Photographer-US Open, 2011-2014 for the International Racquetball Tour
(IRT) and a frequent contributor to USA Racquetball Magazine. Ramirez has also
written numerous articles for the IRT and is a heavy contributor (photos/articles) for USA
Racquetball’s Racquetball Magazine. (2011-2014)
Personal Quotes and Reflections About His Career
From Freddy Ramirez on his career and his reflections: “The highlights of my career
are: 1) the 2004 One-Wall Nationals--the first ever at Garfield. It was truly a big event
and that's where I met players for the first time that I have been friends with ever sinceGuys
like Cliff Swain, Sudsy Monchik and Jason Mannino 2) I'd have to include Rob
[Sostre] and I finishing in the Semis at the 2005 WOR 3-Wall Championships [as onewall
players]. 3) The first time we came back at Garfield (one-wall championships) after
many years.”4) Many of Vic Leibosky’s tournament. 5) “The first ever 3-Wall Ball.” 6)
Our final tie-breaker against Swain/Lane in the Pro CPRT.” 7) “It was the ability to be
able to travel to WOR tournaments that connected me with the IRT and USAR as a
photographer writer.”
World Outdoor Racquetball
Based in Portland, OR, World Outdoor Racquetball is the governing body and organizer
of competitive outdoor play. Formed in 2004, WOR is actively expanding and further
developing the sport of racquetball played at outdoor facilities throughout the world plus
developing new venues for the sport through relationships with clubs, parks, schools,
and events, including those that will use portable and temporary courts for major events,
promotions and championships.