It was after winning the national championship with his traveling softball team in 1991 that Steve Crampton, president of Champion’s Choice, really hit a home run.
Then a general manager at Stavis Seafoods in Boston, Crampton, now 58, was approached by companies seeking sponsorships with his successful softball club. His friend, Gary Niland, said he should aim higher and enter the sporting goods business.
At first, Crampton was hesitant.
“I told him I’m not a salesman,” he remembered. “He replied, ‘You’re a people person.’ ”