1975 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1975 held at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (67-3)
Runner Up – Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, California (58-18)

In what turned to be her final appearance in ASA Championship play, Joan Joyce captured both the MVP and the Bertha Tickey Most Valuable Pitcher Award. Joan batted .471 and drove in 8 runs. She pitched 36 total innings, had 4 shutouts, struck out 48 batters and gave up only 11 hits and 3 runs, only 2 of them were earned.

After this season, she joined the Connecticut Falcons of the Women’s Professional Softball League and led them to 4 straight championships (the league disbanded after the 4th season).

She won the 1976 League MVP award and the League’s Most Valuable Pitcher award as she went 39-2 with an ERA of 0.13. She had 13 shutouts, 4 no hitters and 2 perfect games. She also struc out 494 batters in 312 innings pitched. And if that wasn’t enough, she finished 8th in the league in batting (.286) and 4th in RBIs (49). In all, she won 3 total Most Valuable Pitcher Awards. After the first season where she set every pitching record that will stand forever in the history of that league, she had seasons of 24-2, 18-1 and 20-8. She led the league in Pitching Victories, ERA and Strike outs three times each. She made the All-Star team in both years that one was selected. She finished her career in the all time top 10 in batting (.295), Home Runs (16), RBI (137), Runs Scored (117). And in Pitching, she was the all time triple crown winner with a 101-15 record, along with an 0.52 ERA and 912 Strikeouts.

Diane Kalliam broke 25 year old record of .615 batting average record set in 1950 by Margaret Dobson.

  • MVP – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
  • HR Leader – Marianne Cardillo, Buffalo Breski’s – 2
  • Batting Leader – Diane Kalliam, Santa Clara Laurels – .632
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Bethel Stout, Kutis Funeral Home


P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (5-0, 4 straight shutouts, 2 ER, 36 IP, 48 K; 8-17, .471, 4 2Bs, 9 RBI batting, 6 RBI in one game)
P – Sue Sinovich, Kutis Funeral Home (4-0)
P – Paula Noel, Sun City Saints
C – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints
C – Kay Purves, Lansing Laurels
1B – Cindy Breski, Buffalo Breski’s
2B – Sherri Diamond, Sexton Ford Redbirds
3B – Irene Shea, Raybestos Brakettes (12-22, .545, 9 Runs);
SS – Diane Kalliam, Santa Clara Laurels (12-19, .632, 3 RBIs, 6 Runs)
OF – Pat Guenzler, Kutis Funeral Home – 14 hits broke record (14-32, .438, 2 RBI, 6 Runs)
OF – Skig Russell, Lansing Laurels
OF – Mary Nutter, Lansing Laurels
OF – Judy Hoke, Sun City Saints
UTIL – Val Strachan, Precision Plating Golddiggers


P – Charlotte Graham, Santa Clara Laurels (2-2, 22 K in 27 IP)
P – Margie Wright, Sexton Ford Redbirds
P – Bonnie Johnson, Santa Clara Laurels (2-0, 14 IP)
C – Marilyn Carlson, Santa Clara Laurels
C – Janice Aubechon, Kutis Funeral Home
1B – Joyce Compton, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Karen Ambler, Santa Clara Laurels
3B – Bitsy Dobby, Kutis Funeral Home
SS – Mary Ann Kluge, Buffalo Breski’s
OF – Kathy Elliott, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Diane Weiner, Santa Clara Laurels
OF – Denny Buchanan, Sun City Saints
OF – Sue Guenzler, Kutis Funeral Home
UTIL – Vickie Schneider, Kutis Funeral Home


1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (6-0) (Defending Champ)
2. Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, CA (4-2) (North Pacific Coast)
3. Kutis Funeral Home, St. Louis, MO (6-2) (Western)
4. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (3-2) (Cactus)
5t. East Lansing Laurels, Lansing, MI (3-2) (East Central)
5t. Sexton Ford Redbirds, Moline, IL (2-2) (West Central
7t. Buffalo Breskis, Buffalo, NY (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
7t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (2-2) (Southern)
9t. Perkasie Glenettes, Perkasie, PA (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Precision Plating, Bloomington, MN (1-2) (Northern)
9t. Lowry Construction, Memphis, TN (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (1-2) (South Pacific Coast)
13t. Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (1-2) (Host)
13t. Houston Comets, Houston, TX (0-2) (Texas)
13t. Lilacs, Spokane, WA (0-2) (Northwestern)
13t. Sunset Sports, Roy, UT (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
17t. Lorelei Lades, Atlanta, GA (0-2) (South Atlantic)
17t. Waltham Drifters, Waltham, MA (0-2) (New England)


Canada Champ – Kitchener Kieswetters, Kitchener, Ontario did not attend.


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