1968 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1968 held at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Champion – Mueller Pipe Liners, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Runner Up – BYM Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

BYM Club eliminated Jim’s Sport Shop in a close game 6-5 to make it to the Finals. Mueller Pipeliners defeated BYM in the Championship 10-9. Brookline scored 5 runs to take a 9-6 lead in the top of the 7th. Mueller came back with Tom O’Donnell driving in the tying and winning runs on the games last play to win 10-9. Jim Cody of Mueller pitched all 7 victories for Mueller and was the MVP. Cody surrendered only 17 runs in the 7 games he pitched. Ron Engler of BYM and Tom Taylor of Gatliff’s tied for the Home Run lead with 5. Nothing official was ever found, but Pittsburgh newspapers eluded to the fact that Ray Kruel was the tournament batting leader.

  • MVP – Jim Cody, Mueller Pipe (7-0, 2 Shutouts, 17 Runs given up)
  • HR Champion – Ron Engler, BYM Club – 5
  • HR Champion – Tom Taylor, Gatliff Auto – 5
  • Batting Champion – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop


  • P – Jim Cody, Mueller’s Pipe Liners (7-0 Pitching, 2 Shutouts)
  • P – Lou DelMastro, BYM Club
  • C – Fred Cox, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • C – Sonny Rider, Gatliff Motors
  • 1B – Mark Farrington, Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • 2B – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • 3B – Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • SS – Paul Elphinstone, BYM Club
  • OF – Miller Adams, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • OF – Dick Polgar, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • OF – Jerry Schunk, Harrison Merchants
  • OF – Ron Engler, BYM Club (5 HRs)
  • OF – Tom Taylor, Gatliff Auto (5 HRs)

FINAL STANDINGS (top-10 listed, 50 teams played)

1. Mueller Pipe Liners, Milwaukee, WI (7-0)
2. BYM Club, Pittsburgh, PA (7-2)
3. Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
4. Harrison’s Merchants, Harrison, IN (8-2)
5t. Tirabassi Excavating, Kenosha, WI (6-2)
5t. Milwaukee Electric Tool, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
7t. Louisville Stars, Louisville, KY (4-2)
7t. Floyd Warren’s, Irwin, PA (4-2)
9t. Gatliff’s Auto Sales, Newport, KY (3-2)
9t. Brill’s Uniform Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
9t. MarVal Builders, Hamilton, OH (3-2)
9t. Golden Bear Lounge, Covington, KY (2-2)
13t. Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV (3-2)
13t. Larry’s Barber Shop, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
13t. Surf Bar, Cudahy, WI (5-2)
13t. O’Brien’s, Big Bend, WI (2-2)
17t. Seaco, Dalton, GA (2-2)
17t. Las Vegas Stars, Las Vegas, NV (1-2)
17t. Berardi Construction, Pekin, IL (2-2)
17t. Dominiques Motors, Breaux Bridge, LA (2-2)
17t. Covington Merchants, Covington, KY (3-2)
17t. Corky’s, McHenry, IL (3-2)
17t. New Rochelle Coachmen, New Rochelle, NY (1-2)
17t. Home Readers, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
25t. Timmels, Watertown, WI (4-2)
25t. Cheeks, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t. Main Tavern, Covington, KY (2-2)
25t. Ski-Hut, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t. Mike’s 31 Club, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t. Hey Brothers, Dixon, IL (1-2)
25t. Polling Motors, Piqua, OH (1-2)
25t. Stars, Joliet, IL (1-2)
33t. Stanton’s, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
33t. Big Apple, Tempe, AZ (0-2)
33t. Bryant Furniture, Albertville, AL (0-2)
33t. Kendall’s Lounge, Detroit, MI (1-2)
33t. Robert’s Lounge, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
33t. Bit of Italy, Covina, CA (0-2)
33t. Roger’s Midway Inn, Rochester, NY (1-2)
33t. Logan’s Party Store, Inkster, MI (0-2)
33t. Pekin Traffic Club, Pekin, IL (0-2)
33t. Indian Nation, Stillwater, OK (0-2)
33t. Lincoln Avenue Merchants, Dixon, IL (0-2)
33t. Optimist Blue, Dixon, IL (0-2)
33t. WQAD Radio, Moline, IL (0-2)
33t. Darvin Excavators, Pekin, IL (0-2)
33t. Schlitz, Fond du Lac, WI (0-2)
33t. Cincinnati Stars, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
49t. Spartansburg, SC (0-2)
49t. Totemburgers, Newport, KY (0-2)


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