1963 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1963 held at Jones Beach, New York


Champion – Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, Kentucky (56-6)
Runner Up – Skip Hogan Athletic Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (62-13)


After Gatliff’s had dismantled Skip Hogan’s 15-2 in the winner’s bracket final, the Pittsburgh squad came back to defeat the defending national champs, East Side Sporting Goods of Detroit 5-2 in the loser’s bracket final. This gave them another crack at Galiff’s. Skip Hogan won he first final 16-6 as they hit 6 home runs in the game. Jimmy Watts had 2 HRs and 2 doubles, Bill Downey also had 2 homers, including 4 RBI. Pitcher Lou DelMastro had a double, triple and a 3-run homer, good for 5 RBI. Ron Diulus had the other homer. After a 10 minute break, Gatliff’s came out. Bob Harrison of Gatliff hit home runs in his first two at bats, giving them a 3-0 lead. The Hogans came back with hits from Mike Kovach and Paul Tomasovach. Joe Bull Yimin scored them both with a double. After Ron Diulus hit a single, moving Yimin to third, while Dilius went to second on the throw, Louie DelMastro scored them both with a hit to make the score 4-3 in favor of Hogan’s (DelMastro collected 7 RBIs in the two championship games). In the 5th inning, Skip Hogan’s made 3 errors and Bob Harrison scored the last two runners of the inning to give Gatliff a 9-4 lead. Tomasovich hit a 2-run HR in the 6th, but it wasn’t enough as Gatliff won the title 9-6. For Pittsburgh, Jimmy Watts had 5 HR on the Tournament. The legendary Myron Reinhardt was awarded the MVP award for his clutch hitting and overall excellence and leadership.


  • MVP – Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff Auto Sales (16-30, .533, 4 HR)
  • HR Leaders – Lou Russo, Musicaro Foods (13-21, .619) – 6
  • HR Leaders – Jim Galloway, Musicaro Foods (15-24, .625) – 6
  • Batting Leader – James Mortl, Lud & Angie’s, Milwaukee (18-25) – .720
  • Outstanding Defensive Player – Ken Bryson, Sills Sports Shop, Miami

1963 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Lou Delmastro, Skip Hogan Athletic Club (6-2)
  • C – Lou Russo, Musicaro’s (13-21, .619, 6 HR)
  • C – Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff Auto Sales (16-30, .533, 4 HR)
  • 1B – Jim Galloway, Musicaro’s (15-24, .625, 6 HR)
  • 2B – Don Whitford, Gatliff Auto Sales
  • 3B – Bill Shuman, Karp Motors
  • SS – George Caloia, East Side Sports
  • OF – Jimmy Watts, Skip Hogan Athletic Club (5 HR)
  • OF – Paul Tomasovich, Skip Hogan Athletic Club
  • OF – Emelio Zeke Sinicola, Musicaro’s (10-20, .500 3 HR)
  • OF – Walt Roeckers, Bud’s Cafe
  • OF – Hal Wiggins, Gatliff Auto Sales (14-27, .519, 2 HR)

OTHERS

James Mortl, Lud & Angie’s, Milwaukee (18-25, .720)
Jim Puckett, East Side Sports (17-26, .654, 1 HR)
Bill Downey, Skip Hogan Athletic Club (15-23, .652, 4 HR)
F. Battista, Bill Elliott’s (16-25, .640, 1 HR)
Paul Nutley, Bud’s Cafe (14-22, .636)
Joe Gauci, East Side Sports (16-28, .571)
Paul Nutley, Bud’s Cafe (14-22, .636)
Ron Diulis, Skip Hogan Athletic Club (8-13, .615, 1 HR)
Bill Armfield, TWUA (6-10, .600)
Gene Cupertino, Lud & Angie’s (7-12, .583, 2 HR)
Frank Frietag, Strand Tavern (11-19, .579)
Joe Gauci, East Side Sports (16-28, .571)
Stan Smiley, Cote Saint Luc (6-11, .545)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY (7-1)
2. Skip & Hogan A.C., Pittsburgh, PA (7-2)
3. East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI (6-2)
4. Musicaro Foods, Massapequa Park, NY (5-2)
5t. Bill Elliott’s, Pittsburgh, PA (5-2)
5t. Lud & Angie’s, Milwaukee, WI (5-2)
7t. Karp Motors, Savannah, GA (5-2)
7t. Hamilton Tailors, Cincinnati, OH (5-2)
9t. TWUA Textile Workers, Leaksville, NC (4-2)
9t. Quinn Packing, Providence, RI (3-2)
9t. Lach’s Bar, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
9t. Sills Sporting Goods, Hialeah-Miami, FL (2-2)
13t. Strand Tavern, Waukesha, WI (4-2)
13t. Homer’s Boys, Louisville, KY (2-2)
13t. Westrum’s, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
13t. VFW-World War Vets, Parkersburg, WV (2-2)
17t. Polish Hall, Madison, IL (3-2)
17t. Cote Saint Luc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2-2)
17t. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, St- Louis, MO (2-2)
17t. Earl’s Furniture, Knoxville, TN (2-2)
17t. Dick’s Market, Richmond, CA (2-2)
17t. Silver Springs Sports, Washington, DC (1-2)
17t. DeLoe’s Recreation, Hutchinson, KS (1-2)
17t. Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH (1-2)
25t. Bernson Silk Mills, Buena Vista, VA (2-2)
25t. Local #20, Toledo, OH (2-2)
25t. St. Anthony’s, Wilmington, DE (1-2)
25t. Club 149, Trenton, NJ (1-2)
25t. Grande-Leah, New Kensington, PA (1-2)
25t. Indiana Avenue Church, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
25t. Pabst Blue Ribbon, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
25t. St. Charles Ramblers, New Orleans, LA (0-2)
33t. Stotz Garage, Valhalla, NY (1-2)
33t. Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA (1-2)
33t. Trio’s Restaurant, Bridgeport, CT (1-2)
33t. Professor Erny’s Music, Lafayette, LA (0-2)
33t. Ted’s Portway, Richfield, MN (0-2)
33t. Thompson State Builders, Cocoa, FL (0-2)
33t. Burgies, Davis-Sacramento, CA (0-2)
33t. Troubadours Social Club, Boston, MA (0-2)
33t. South Bend Merchants, South Bend, IN (0-2)
33t. Monroe Greenhouse, Monroe, MI (0-2)
33t. Babylon Republican Club, Babylon, NY (0-2)
33t. Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL (0-2)
33t. Fox Lake Merchants, Chicago, IL (0-2)
33t. Al Green’s Tavern, Rochester, NY (0-2)

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