After playing for more than 40 teams and a career that exceeded 35 years, Bunceton’s Terry Luster  will receive the biggest honor of his lifetime after being named to the USA Softball Missouri Hall of Fame.
Luster, a graduate of Bunceton High School, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 16th at Linn Creek, Missouri.
Luster said being inducted into the Hall of Fame solidifies the long and successful career he’s enjoyed playing fastpitch softball and traveling throughout most of the United States and Canada.
“I’m fortunate enough to still be able to play but don’t have the desire to travel as extensively as before,” Luster said. “The game itself is great and the people you meet playing at this level share the same passion for the game.”
While competing in all three of the top men’s fast-pitch softball organizations, Luster’s illustrious career in fast-pitch softball began in 1983 but it was two years later in 1985 that his team won the Regional Tournament. His 2002 team won the Gold Medal for USA at the PamAm Qualifier in Guatemala and he was the winning pitcher of record against Canada. He also played on the 2007 USA Men’s National Team in the KFC World Cup of Softball and pitched the gold medal game in which the USA defeated Japan.
In addition, Luster has been named ASA First Team All-American six times and to the ISC All-World Team and NAFA All World Team eight times, including Most Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Player awards.
Also known throughout the country for his pitching at the highest levels of Men’s Fast Pitch, Luster led his team (Ohio Battery) as the first team in history to win all three organizations (ASA, NAFA and ISC) national and world championships in the 50 and over division in the same year in 2017.
Others selected to the Hall of Fame are Todd Joerling of Defiance, Kristy Rich of St. James, Terry Beas of Clinton, Bob Garner of Jackson, Cindy Henderson Snead of Springfield, Rick Berry of Lathrop, Jim Earl of Rolla, Mel Bradford of St. Joseph, Les Beasley of Cape Girardeau and Rick McDonald of Cape Girardeau.