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Bedford’s speed, instinctive ability and competitive desire

made him one of the most sought-after softball players in

the state of Michigan. From 1966 through 1990 Bedford played

on a number of city league championship teams in the

highly-touted Tri-County League, including Bernie Call’s

Thunderbirds, Tri-City Collision, Sand Bar, Expressway

Bar and Midland McArdle. He won several team batting titles

with the famed Saginaw Bolters who won the 1979 International

Softball Congress (ISC) World Championship in Bakersfield, CA. when he made first team All-World. He was also named first team All-American “A” National in 1971 and a second team All-American in 1982 by the ASA Men’s National Championship (Midland Explorers), third team All-American in the 1987 ASA Men’s National championship (Midland Explorers) and he again landed first team All-American honors in 1989 ASA Men’s National Championship with Motivational Travel. In 1989, he was named to the USA Pan-American team that participated in the Pan-Am Games in Parana, Argentina. In 1983, Bedford was invited to the USA Pan-Am tryouts. He also made a name for himself as a touch football player from 1965 to 1982. He played 15 years and won championships in 13 of those years for Hoffman Drugs (1965-77), All Sports Tavern (1978) and Pro-Am Sports (1982). Along the way he nabbed 103 interceptions and was a five-time All-Tournament selection. He was inducted into the Michigan Softball Hall of Fame in 1999 and the USFTL Michigan Amateur Football Hall of Fame in 2001.