Category: 1936

1936 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1936 held at Chicago, Illinois.

Champion – National Screw & Manufacturing Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Runner Up – Montgomery V-8’s, Chicago, Illinois

National Screw & Manufacturing Company was leading 8-3 in the 3rd inning when rain forced the postponement of the championship to the following night. The offensive fireworks continued as National Screw won 16-12.

Vera Vining (2-0 on the tournament) pitched the final game victory (she gave up 12 hits, 12 runs and walked 11, but pitched the complete game victory). Mary Skorich was 4-4 with a HR and scored 3 runs to lead the Cleveland attack. 15 year old Eliose Joliffe had 2 hits for the Cleveland girls as did Kawlck (3 runs scored), Smith (2 runs scored) and Cooper (2 runs scored). Dot Underwood was walked 3 times and scored 2 runs. D. Gramburg was 2-4 with a HR for the Chicago girls.

National Screw beat Syracuse Blue Birds 7-1 in the semifinal, defeating Nina Korgan, who was 3-0 up to that point. Mary Skorich was the winning pitcher and was backed by the hitting of Eliose Joliffe (3-3) and Dot Underwood (3-3), who both hit HRs also. Underwood’s was a grand slam. The Montgomery V8 Girls had one of the more potent offenses in the tournament, as they came into the semi finals scoring a total of 57 runs in their 3 games. They added to that total, defeating the Riveria of Buffalo 7-6 to gain the finals berth. Skorich, Jolife, Underwood and Freda Savona all came through with the sticks.

Defending champs, Weaver Walls Bloomer Girls lost to The National Screw Mfg. squad in the quarter-finals 5-0 behind the 2-hit shutout of Mary Skorich and Dot Underwood’s grand slam.

Dorothy “Boots” Klupping, Chicago V-8’s was 3-1 while pitching.

Mary Skorich was 3-0 pitching, and went 4-4 in the championship with a home run and scored 3 runs. There was not an MVP named but Skorich would have earned it.

Dot Underwood of National Screw & Manufacturing Company had 2 grand slams.

  • MVP – N/A
  • HR Leader – Dot Underwood, National Screw & Manufacturing Company – 2
  • Batting Leader – N/A


1. National Screw & Manufacturing Company, Cleveland OH (5-0) (Cleveland)
2. Montgomery V-8’s, Chicago, IL (4-1) (Chicago)
3. Syracuse Blue Birds, Syracuse, NE (3-1) (Nebraska)
4. Riviera Restaurant Girls, Buffalo, NY (2-1) (Buffalo)
5. Agricultural Girls, Washington, DC (1-1) * (Washington DC)
6. Treziak Oil, Council Bluffs, IA (1-1) (Iowa)
7. Rayl Sport Shop Girls, Detroit, MI (1-1) (Detroit)
8. Weaver Walls Bloomer Girls, Cleveland, OH (1-1) (Defending Champ)
9. Black Gold Sales, Oklahoma City, OK (1-1) * (Oklahoma)
10. Chesney Girls, Topeka, KS (1-1) (Kansas)
11. Red Jackets, Wichita Falls, TX (1-1) (Texas)
12. Cincinnati Girls, Cincinnati, OH (0-1) (Cincinnati)
13. Faith Mills, Salisbury, NC (0-1) (North Carolina)
14. Millmont Girls, Reading, PA (0-1) (Pennsylvania)
15. Pugh Company, Racine, WI (0-1) (Wisconsin)
16. City Transport, Lansing, MI (0-1) (Michigan)
17. Wreckerettes, Vicksburg, MS (0-1) (Mississippi)
18. Belleview Girls, Belleview, KY (0-1) (Kentucky)
19. Wiltz Girls, New Orleans, LA (0-1) (Louisiana)
20. Carter Shoe Co., Nashville, TN (0-1) (Tennessee)
21. Fairfield Girls, Fairfield, CT (0-1) (F) (Connecticut)
22. Valley City Girls Club, Valley City, ND (0-1) (North Dakota)

* indicates the team won a game by forfeit. The tournament was single elimination format.


Valley City Girls Club, Valley City, ND did not show up.

1936 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1936 held at Chicago, Illinois.

Champion – Kodak Park, Rochester, New York
Runner Up – Weaver Wall Roofers, Cleveland, Ohio

Kodak Park got their 2 runs on a Harold Lindhorst double to center in the 2nd inning and scored on George Kremble’s single. Then in the 6th inning, Jasper Schied’s single scored Joe Farrell. Kremble also made an incredible game saving play at second base to stop a base hit and preserve the win. George Sutphen was 1-0 for Kodak, hurling a 3-hit shutout in his only outing. Gears was also 4-12 in the tournament (.333 average). In a game versus Vicksburg, MS, Gears struck out 15 batters and then was relieved by Joe Weightman, who then struck out the next 5 batters to give Kodak a perfect game of 21 strikeouts of 21 batters.

Frank Brauer (3-0) pitched Weaver Walls to the finals, defeating Bendix Brakes and St. Joes. Then playing Magic Chef of Chicago in the semi final, trailing 8-1, they came back and won the game 9-8 in the 14th inning. Kodak defeated British Consols of Toronto in the other semi final as Shifty Gears outdueled the great Canadian pitcher Cam Eccleston to win 5-2. Eccleston ended up the tournament with a 3-1 record, including 2 successive no hitters. he struck 36 batters in a 22 inning game.

Harold Lindhorst , Kodak Park (7-17, .412, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 8 Runs scored, 2 doubles)

Tom Castle, Kodak Park (6-16, .375, HR, 4 RBI, 8 Runs scored, 2 doubles)

Chicago’s Magic Chef eliminated defending champ Crimson Coaches 2-0 in the second round. The game went 12 innings as Harry Coon Rosen (19 K) outdueled Socks Wainwright (10 K). Rosen won the next 2 games for the Chicago squad before falling to Champion Weaver Walls 1-0. Rosen was 3-1.

Sambo Elliott, hurling for Warren Company of Atlanta won 3 straight and then lost a heartbreaking 1-0 game. He had a shutout and only gave up 3 hits.

Ray Kaczmarek, Gifford Traders of Milwaukee was 3-1 and pitched a perfect game with 15 strikeouts.

  • MVP – Harold Shifty Gears, Kodak Park (5-0, 4 shutouts, 39 IP, 61 K, won final game 2-0, only giving up 4 hits in the process)
  • Batting Leader – N/A
  • HR Leader – N/A


1. Kodak Park, Rochester, NY (6-0) (Rochester)
2. Weaver Walls, Cleveland, OH (5-1) (Cleveland)
3t. Greenbaum Tannery, Milwaukee, WI (4-1) (Milwaukee)
3t. British Consols, Toronto, ON (3-1) (Canada-Ontario)
5t. Funk Jewelers-Travis Cafe, Phoenix, AZ (2-1) (Arizona)
5t. Imperial Valley Merchants, El Centro, CA (2-1) (California)
5t. Warren Company Atlanta, GA (3-1) (Georgia)
5t. Magic Chefs, Harvey, IL (3-1) (Chicago)
9t. Coca Colas, Memphis, TN (2-1) (Tennessee)
9t. Hamilton Watch, Lancaster, PA (2-1) (Pennsylvania)
9t. Westport All Stars, Westport, CT (1-1) (Connecticut)
9t. Pure Oils, Seminole, OK (2-1) (Oklahoma)
9t. Schukei Chevrolet, Waterloo, IA (1-1) (Iowa)
9t. Schweins, St. Joseph, MO (2-1) (Missouri)
9t. Auto Specialists, St. Joseph, MI (1-1) (Michigan)
9t. Paige Dairy, Toledo, OH (1-1) (Ohio)
17t. Knight Brothers, Salt Lake City, UT (1-1) (Utah)
17t. Greentree Stables, Lexington, KY (1-1) (Kentucky)
17t. Trenton Democrats, Baltimore, MD (1-1) (Maryland)
17t. Doc Aiello’s, Pittsburgh, PA (1-1) (Pittsburgh)
17t. Brighton Beach AC, NYC, NY (1-1) (New York)
17t. Cudahy Puritans, Omaha, NE (1-1) (Nebraska)
17t. RB Clothiers, Cincinnati, OH (1-1) (Cincinnati)
17t. Crimson Coach Tobacco, Toledo, OH (1-1) (Defending Champ)
17t. Point Tavern, Grand Forks, ND (0-1) (North Dakota)
17t. Colorado Fuel, Pueblo, CO (0-1) (Colorado)
17t. Havre All Stars, Havre, MT (0-1) (Montana)
17t. Carolina Transfer, Charlotte, NC (0-1) (North Carolina)
17t. Madsen Chevrolet, Minneapolis, MN (0-1) (Minnesota)
17t. Ehrlich AC, Washington DC (0-1) (Washington DC)
17t. Bendix Brakes, South Bend, IN (0-1) (Indiana)
17t. Caterpillar Diesels, Peoria, IL (0-1) (Illinois)
33t. Hitching Post, Pawtucket, RI (0-1) (Rhode Island)
33t. Electric Hose & Rubber Co. Wilmington, DE (0-1) (Delaware)
33t. Cannon Tires, Birmingham, AL (0-1) (Alabama)
33t. Phillips Grocers, Tyler, TX (0-1) (Texas)
33t. Southern National Ins., Little Rock, AR (0-1) (Arkansas)
33t. Wreckers, Vicksburg, MS (0-1) (Mississippi)
33t. Roanoke Spinners, Roanoke, VA (0-1) (Virginia)
33t. Cudahy Puritans, Kansas City, KS (0-1) (Kansas)
33t. AG Spaulding, Springfield, MA (0-1) (Massachusetts)
33t. Balletine Packers, Greenville, SC (0-1) (South Carolina)
33t. Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, MI (0-1) (Detroit)
33t. Liberty Trucking Co. Beloit, WI (0-1) (Wisconsin)
33t. Jean’s Berghoffs, Huntington, WV (0-1) (West Virginia)
33t. Ernst All Stars, New Orleans, LA (0-1) (Louisiana)
33t. Waldron’s Anatoles, Newark, NJ (0-1) (New Jersey)
33t. Laclade Insurance, St. Louis, MO (0-1) (St. Louis)


Showalter’s Chevrolet, Nampa, ID did not show.