In a hall of fame, memorabilia takes many forms: the bronzed busts of the immortals, mounted on plaques with their glorious achievements recounted underneath; the uniforms, worn until retirement; the gloves, helmets or shoes of the greats. Memorabilia brings in the fans.

But for enthusiasts of the D.C. Area Slow-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame, the memorabilia acquired over the years is not on display. There is no souvenir shop. No hallowed halls. No halls at all. No building, in fact.

For Public Relations Director Ted Wroth and the other founding fathers, the D.C. Area Slow-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame's memorabilia consists of a few boxes of photos stashed away in a basement. Whose basement, nobody knows.

"A variety of people are supposed to have the photos," Wroth said. "I thought somebody else had it; they thought I did. They are in boxes -- I just don't know where. That has been one of our failings. They are in the boxes because of the lack of a facility to house them."

Not that any of this prevents the induction committee from doing its job.

"Our goal is to recognize achievement at the highest level of slow-pitch softball," says Joe Albert, one of the hall's founders. "Our main purpose is to induct, and I think we've done that. And we don't just induct players. . . . Without the umpires, managers and sponsors, there would be no game."

The D.C. Slow-Pitch Hall of Fame's foundation was formed in the late 1970s, when fast-pitch dominated the softball scene.

Area fast-pitch offcials refused to induct slow-pitch greats into its hall of fame, located at Guy Mason Recreation Center, Wisconsin Ave. and Calvert St., N.W.

As a result, in Aug. 1980, Albert and eight others formed an induction committee for a D.C. slow-pitch hall of fame. By the end of that year, 40 had been inducted.

The induction requirements? To be a candidate, a player must have participated at a high level of slow-pitch for at least five years. If still active, the player must be 35 or older. If the player retired before age 35, he or she must have been inactive at least three years.

A number of sites have been offered as a home for the hall of fame. Organizers, however, are looking for a more centralized location.

"The logic in not accepting Bauer Drive {Recreation Center in Rockville} and old Prince George's Country Club, which was also offered, is that not many softball people go there." Albert said.

As the search for a site continues, this year's induction has already taken place, with four new honorees being selected.

Louvenia Johnson is the only female among the 1987 inductees. Nicknamed "Roc" for the way her hits rock fences, Johnson, a first baseman, has led various teams to 14 league championships.

Her favorite memory is one of a tournament in April 1978. Johnson was playing for Century 21 in the finals of the Earlybird Tournament at Nuttaway Park in Vienna.

"We were losing, 8-7, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh innning and runners on first and third," Johnson said. "Their coach decided to move his second baseman and shortstop into the outfield, giving them six outfielders. The count was 2-2, which was good because I hit better under pressure.

"Chris Kline threw the ball and I hit it into left-center, over the outfielder. It went into the metal fence, 280 feet away. I mean, it got stuck in it. Both runners scored easily. We won."

Richard Eisenacher was unquestionably one of the greatest slow-pitch softball players in area history. He is also an outspoken critic of the current game.

"I always thought slow-pitch was the greatest game ever, but it's changed drastically, and I don't like the changes," Eisenacher said, who first made his mark as one the best high school quarterbacks ever to come out of the Washington area. "There are too many restrictions. Now they have time limits.

"I went down to a tournament in Ocean City. It was a USSSA Class C tourney, and after the first home run hit by each team, they weren't allowed to hit any more. It's hard to believe they don't let you do the things that are basics in baseball.

"When they had the league at Cabin John {Regional Park} in the early 70s, that's when the game was great. There were good teams like Greenbelt Shell and the Addies, which I was on. We played 160-170 games a year and traveled every weekend. We had a great sponsor and great fun. About 500 people or so would come out -- no relatives -- just to watch the game and watch good tournaments, and see lots of home runs."

Many of those home runs were hit by Eisenacher, who in 1976, hit a career-high 165 homers. In 1985, the third baseman/left fielder was named to the American Softball Association's over-35 all-America team.

Dennis Crawford was thrilled to be inducted into the hall of fame. However, his fondest memories will be of the team he played on, and the people he played against.

"I remember the Theismann teams," he said, refering to the Joe Theismann's Restaurant-sponsored clubs he played for beginning in 1981 in the Fairfax County league. "The great thing was that we won with 15 guys -- regular guys who had regular work days and flew to Louisiana or Pennsylvania on Friday afternoons to play weekend tournaments," Crawford said. "And we beat teams that had 15 guys who worked for the company that owned them and all they did was play softball."

Crawford, primarily a catcher, hit an estimated 2,000 career home runs and had a .585 lifetime batting average. His hall-of-fame credentials say he drove in 296 runs in one season, which is believed to be an area record -- and one that would be hard to dispute.

The Theismann teams Crawford played on won five consecutive Fairfax County titles and two Virginia state championships. Four times they went to the world tournament.

For Joe Bollo, it was simply "The Team," but what a team.

With Bollo's induction, 17 of the 20 players on the 1968 Shakey's of Rockville team are members of the hall of fame. The team, which played in the Cabin John League, was 90-10; won tournaments in Frederick, Md., and Harrisburg, Pa.; and went to the national championships in Palmer, Ohio.

"Joe Albert and I decided to try out in 1968. We were just messing around and the next thing we know, we're in the national finals," recalled Bollo, a lifetime .575 hitting outfielder who eventually played on teams that won more than 150 tournaments and more than 50 league championships. "We didn't know what we were getting into."