By Brandon Comeaux
Since 2000, the Louisiana USSSA (United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association) Hall of Fame has honored individuals across the state for their contributions to the game. This year, the organization is adding some Cajun flare to its prestigious group.
Perry Gallow of Opelousas had an interesting start on his path to the Hall. Gallow provided 27 years of service at the Opelousas Police Department and was elected as chief in 2006. While his father was his greatest inspiration for the love of baseball and softball, his softball career began when he joined a pickup team organized by the police department.
“I found out the game was not as easy as it looked,” Gallow says with a laugh. “28 years later my passion for the sport is stronger than ever and I am as competitive at 54 years of age as I was then at 26, certainly not as fast though!”
This game with the help of wonderful sponsors and great teammates has allowed him to travel to 15 different states and participate in 15 different world tournaments, with more still to come. In those 28 years he has hit well over 800 home runs, 18 all tournament selections, and twice named team World Series MVP (Law Enforcement-2013/ Senior Softball 2015).
Gallow once held an event, “Chief Gallow’s Home Run Derby.” With the help of sponsors and the law enforcement community, the player was able to raise over $60,000 for the Opelousas Boys and Girls Club.
“To be inducted into the Louisiana USSSA Hall of Fame I consider an incredible honor. Being recognized by your peers is a humbling experience. I am very grateful to receive this honor and consider it to be the greatest highlight of my athletic career, thus far. I am extremely grateful for my wife’s support and encouragement as well as the many incredible sponsors, teammates, opponents, umpires and coaches,” says Gallow.
Steve Peloquin of Lafayette has a passion for softball, which is heard every season when the Ragin’ Cajuns take the diamond. As the radio voice of the UL softball team, he combines an incredible knowledge of the game with an excitement that is unmatched. Peloquin also had a career in softball long before he began calling Ragin’ Cajuns games nearly 15 years ago.
Peloquin, who was one of the top five pitchers in the state, went on to win two state championships as well as a regional title while serving as player-manager of both teams.
The player has umpired in state and regional tournaments and has also been the host of the Louisiana USSSA Banquet for the last 10 years. It’s because of this diverse background in the sport that Stevie P. is now a Hall of Famer.
“I’m honored beyond belief. I grew up loving the game,” says Peloquin with a smile, reminiscing about how he used to go out to Beaver and Girard Parks to watch some of the top softball players in the area compete. “While other people grew up wanting to be like Pete Rose or Steve Garvey, I wanted to be like Jack Dale Delhomme.”
Jack Dale Delhomme of Breaux Bridge formerly played second base for Pete Nicolosi & Associates, winning multiple state titles throughout his career. On those teams, he paired with fellow infielder Rickey Broussard to form what Peloquin calls “the best double play combination in the state throughout the 70s.”
According to the Louisiana USSSA Hall of Fame website, the pair turned a record-breaking 16 double plays in the 1979 Regional Championship in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
The talented player gave the inception speech when Broussard was inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame in 2016. Delhomme later coached basketball at Fatima and Teurlings Catholic, and even went on to become the mayor of Breaux Bridge.