Royal Carlson, who spent his career playing in the Tri-River League and the Fargo/Moorhead league, was one of the three fast pitch veterans elected to the softball Hall of Fame at the Selection Committee’s Meeting on January 19, 2019 in Jamestown. Eleven members of the committee were present and voting and seven votes were required to be elected.
Royal Carlson lived in Wolverton, Minnesota but played softball in both the Tri-River League and the Fargo/Moorhead league. His career spanned 26 years and resulted in 490 wins as a pitcher against 190 losses. He played in Wolverton for 14 years and served as manager and general manager as well as league officer and state representative for the Tri-River league. Royal was lured into Fargo to pitch for Schmidt Beer in the Twin City League where he pitch for 12 years. One of the teams for which he pitched was Western Products which won the 1991 state tournament as well as the Regional in their division and went on to play in the National Tournament in Reno, Nevada.
In addition to Royal’s talent on the diamond, he was very active in the softball community helping host four National Tournaments in Fargo and one ISF World Tournament. Royal was a tireless worker devoting a remarkable amount of time to his work in promoting National Tournaments in Fargo. He also held the position of Secretary for Men’s Fast pitch for the state organization for 15 years and was the league Representative to NDASA for eleven years.