George Rapp has been a fixture in Midland softball since 1945, having been involved with the Midland Softball Association for over 70 years. Besides a long and storied playing career, Rapp contributed to the sport locally by founding the 50 and over league, then later founding the 60 and over league in Midland during the 1980’s. Both leagues continue to thrive and provide opportunities for many players. In addition, Rapp has been running the 50+ drop-in program for the Parks and Recreation since 1993.
He played and managed two teams in the 50+ and 60+ Grandmasters Leagues that went undefeated for nine years. Also for nine years, Rapp competed in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, playing softball and basketball. He is a Michigan Ambassador for the Huntsman World Senior Games and Ambassador for the Michigan Senior Olympics for Midland County. Rapp is Vice-President of the ASCOT State League, and managed and played on the Midland team in the ASCOT League for many years. He also played softball and was Assistant Manager of the CFI team out of Flint in the Senior Softball World Series for 12 years. Rapp led his team to an Softball Players Association (SPA) National Tournament championship in Kalamazoo, MI in 1998.
Rapp also helped bring the Michigan Senior Olympics to Midland in 2001-2002. He is a lifetime member of the Midland Softball Association, the SPA, the Senior Softball World Series and the Senior Softball USA Inc. He was awarded the Margaret Whitehead Senior Citizen of The Year for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership by the Michigan Parks and Recreation Association. He played in the 80+ SPA National Tournament in Dalton, GA, taking second place.