He was the chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer for Royal Crown Bottling Company of Chicago from 1981 until the company closed in 2005.

He is semi-retired and is a consultant for select companies and clients. Jim has two children, Debra and Julie, from a previous marriage.

Without its organizers, 16" softball would never have gained the heights of popularity that it now enjoys.

With his colorful antics and legendary methods of recruiting and retaining players, Braasch must rank as one of the top organizers of all time.

Besides using creative methods to sign players, Braasch was also a master of finding sponsors.

Once season he convinced 35 saloon owners to sponsor his team.

Ron Braasch’s recruitment and fiscal efforts paid off as his teams won five Clarendon Park championships.

In 1964 his team finished second to the eventual world champion Bobcats in the World Series of Softball.

In 1965 he and his team stood on the winner’s stand when they won the World Series.

Besides Clarendon Park, Braasch also managed teams at Sauganash, Rosedale, Kelly, Gompers and other hotspots of 16" softball.

He was named a Little College All-American for three years.