1981 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1981 held at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Champion – Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
Runner Up – Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, Florida


Howard’s/Western Steer became the third team in the last three years to win Softball’s Triple Crown (ASA, NSPC and USSSA Championships). It wasn’t easy as they had to Jerry’s twice to in the crown. The won the first final 31-24 as Dick Bartel was 5-5 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs. Rick Scherr and Stan Harvey chipped in with 2 HRs each. In the Final Championship game, Howards won 25-11. Stan Harvy’s 2 HRs and 6 RBIs, along with Dick Bartel and Bill Ferguson, who both combined for 7 hits and 9 RBIs. For Jerry’s, Harold Kelley was 7-9 with 5 HRs and 7 RBIs in both games total. This victory cumulated Howard’s/Western Steer’s triple crown as they previously won the NSPC and ASA titles. they finished the year with a 160-15 record and many people consider this team to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest teams of all time.


  • MVP – Rick Scherr, Howard’s (21-27, .778, 15 HRs, 34 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Rick Scherr, Howard’s – 15
  • Batting Leader – Mickey Morrison, DCS (12-15, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 Runs) – .800
  • Defensive MVP (Given out for the First Time) – Steve Howard, Howard’s/Western Steer

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Craig Elliott – York Barbell/Ken Sanders ( – Also 3-2 Pitching
  • Pitcher – Buddy Slater – Howard’s/Western Steer (7-14, .500, 2 RBIs, 7 Runs) – Also 3-1 Pitching
  • Catcher – Cruz Martinez – Capitol Insulation (10-13, .769, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Catcher – Fred Trice – Jerry’s Caterers (21-36, .583, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • First Base – Rick Scherr – Howard’s/Western Steer (21-27, .778, 15 HRs, 34 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Second Base – Steve Howard – Howard’s/Western Steer (15-29, .517, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Third Base – Ken Carlton – Jerry’s Caterers (19-33, .576, 13 HRs, 25 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Russell Bradley – Howard’s/Western Steer (14-33, .424, 2 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dick Bartel – Howard’s/Western Steer (17-30, .567, 11 HRs, 17 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Ron Ford – York Barbell/Ken Sanders (13-20, .650, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Outfield – Tom Beall – Howard’s/Western Steer (11-21, .524, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Mickey Morrison – Dave Carroll’s Skoal Bandits (12-15, .800, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Rich Petrunyak – Nationwide Advertising (15-21, .714, 9 HRs, 13 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Harold Kelley – Jerry’s Caterers (24-40, .600, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Outfield – Joel Todd – Jerry’s Caterers (31-39, .795, 14 HRs, 24 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • Outfield – Stan Harvey – Howard’s/Western Steer (21-28, .750, 13 HRs, 21 RBIs, 21 Runs) – Also 1-0 Pitching
  • Outfield – Richard Willborn – Howard’s/Western Steer (14-26, .538, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Utility – Greg Fuhrman – Jerry’s Caterers (20-38, .526, 13 HRs, 31 RBIs, 20 Runs) – Also 6-2 Pitching
  • Manager – Randy Gorrell – Howard’s/Western Steer

OTHERS

  • James Boyette, Bedsole/Kinlaw (4-5, .800, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Marty Rolnick, NAS (15-20, .750, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Bill Ferguson, Howards (10-14, .714, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Kevin May, Fabmasters (10-14, .714, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Steve Williams, Capitol (10-14, .714, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Fred Miller, NAS (13-19, .684, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Glen Borguin, Shimmers (9-14, .643, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Joe Young, Jerrys (24-39, .615, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • Dana Andry, NAS (11-18, .611, 8 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Mike Cellura, Capitol (9-15, .600, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Jerry King, Steeles (4-7, .571, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • James Washington, Jerrys (21-37, .568, 12 HRs, 22 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Roger Wilt, NAS (10-18, .556, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Bill Pollock, KSF (11-21, .524, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs
  • Clyde Guy, DCS (9-16, .563, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Charles Wright, NAS (9-17, .529, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Benny Holt, NAS (10-19, .526, 9 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Larry Hutcherson, KSF (10-20, .500, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Braxton Speller, Snyders/Strohs (4-8, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Al White, Steeles (4-8, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Mike Macenko, NAS (10-21, .476, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Don Arndt, Howards (13-29, .448, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, 10 Runs) – Also 1-0 Pitching
  • Myles Schexnaydre, DCS (14-32, .438, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Mike Bolen, DCS (5-12, .417, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Mike Nye, KSF (9-22, .409, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Ed Roth, Howards (8-22, .364, 5 HRs, 7 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Chuck Drewicz, Snyders/Strohs (1-3, .333, 1 Run)
  • Jim Fuller, LeAlCo (3-3, 1.000, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (5-1)
2. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL (6-2)
3. Dave Carroll’s/Skoal Bandits, Sherrills Ford, NC (2-2)
4. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA (3-2)
5t. Fabmasters, Lexington, NC (2-2)
5t. Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
7t. Capitol Insulation, North Hollywood, CA (1-2)
7t. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
9t. Le-Al-Co, Lebanon, TN (0-2)
9t. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI (0-2)
9t. Bedsole/Kinlaw, Fayetteville, NC (0-2)
9t. Steele’s Sports, Lima, OH (0-2)

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