Category: 1949

1949 NSC Women’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1949 held at Phoenix, Arizona.


Champion – A-1 Queens, Phoenix, Arizona (121-42)
Runner Up – Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Charlotte Armstrong’s 1-hit shutout won the 2nd and deciding game 6-0. Dot Myers had the big blow, a 3-run HR.

A-1 Queens win was so dominant, the numbers are mind boggling. They were 8-0, the runner-up was 7-6. The run differential was 41-3, 13 runs more than the closest team and 10 runs less than the closest team. Their two pitchers, Carolyn Morris and Charlotte Armstrong were both 4-0 with 3 shutouts each. Morris gave up 1 run and Armstrong 2.

The talk of the tournament was the MVP pitcher from Oklahoma City Sooner Queens, Alma Wilson, who pitched every single inning of the tournament for the Sooner girls, 88 consecutive innings and went 7-6 in the event.

Diane Holder won the Miss Softball Award as her team came from Los Angeles with just 9 players, causing her to pitch all 42 innings for the squad.

Alice Jorgensen was 2-2 on the mound for the Seattle Epicures and also won the batting title with a .412 average.


  • MVP Award – Alma Wilson, Sooner Queens (7-6, pitched all 13 games, 88 consecutive innings, had 4 shutouts)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Carolyn Morris, A-1 Queens (4-0, 28 IP, 3 shutouts)
  • Leading Hitter – Alice Jorgensen, Seattle Epicures (7-17, also 2-2 pitching) – .412
  • Miss Softball Award – Diane Holder, Los Angeles Arden Farms (Pitcher, 1-3 record, team came with 9 players, she hurled all 42 innings)

1949 NSC ALL WORLD TEAM

P – Charlotte Armstrong, Phoenix A-1 Queens (4-0)
P – Lottie Jackson, Jax Brewer Maids (3-2)
P – Carolyn Morris, Phoenix A-1 Queens (4-0)
C – Alice Jorgensen, Seattle Epicures
C – Lois Williams, Phoenix A-1 Queens
1B – Flossie Ballard, Phoenix A-1 Queens
2B – Margie Yetman, Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens
3B – Betty Giertz, Phoenix A-1 Queens
SS – Kay Rohrer, Jax Brewer Maids
OF – Jane Skeeter Eden, Erin Brews
OF – Dottie Myers, Phoenix A-1 Queens
OF – Dodie Nelson, Phoenix A-1 Queens
UTIL – Hazel Gill, Jax Brewer Maids
UTIL – Alma Wilson, Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens (7-6)
UTIL – Diane Holder, Los Angeles Arden Farms (1-3)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. A-1 Queens, Phoenix, AZ (8-0)
2. Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens, Oklahoma City, OK (7-6)
3. Jax Brewery Maids, New Orleans, LA (3-4)
4. Seattle Epicures, Seattle, WA (3-4)
5t. Erin Brews, Cleveland, OH (3-3)
5t. Arden Farms, Los Angeles, CA (1-3)
7t. Superettes, Rock Island, IL (1-3)
7t. Martin Maids, West Allis, WI (0-3)

* winners bracket games were all best of 3 series

1949 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1949 held at Greeley, Colorado on September 3-11.


Champion – Kings, Hanford, California
Runner Up – Roundup Bar, Somerton, Arizona


A 20-inning game was played between Toronto’s Dalton Furs & El Paso’s Deal Motors. Cam Ecclestone (Toronto) set the strikeout mark (30) for a game but lost to Paul Lopez 1-0. Both records (longest game & strikeouts) would stand for 18 years until broken by Vern Mauch of Colorado in 1967.

In an earlier game between Taft (3rd) and runner-up Somerton, the game went 16 innings and ended with a steal of home by Somerton 3rd baseman Herman Frauenfelder
for a 1-0 final.

In a game between Gainesville and Taft, Les Haney (Taft) struck out 15 consecutive batters from the 2nd through 6th innings.

Jess Cornwell of Greeley no-hit the Churubusco team from Indiana.

The tournament director for this NSC event was Carrol Forbes who would break with the NSC in December, 1950 and form another organization, the ISL.


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Paul Thomas, Streit’s Bicycle Shop
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Kenny Law, Roundup Bar
  • Leading Hitter – Dave Lott, Anderson Sporting Goods – .519
  • Most RBI – N/A

1949 ISC FIRST TEAM ALL WORLD

P – Kenny Law, Roundup Bar (5-2, 57 IP, 35 H, 5 ER, 83 K, 35 BB)
P – Bill Buckley, Kings (2-0, 14 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 18 K, 0 BB)
C – Wes Priest, Shamrocks (2-1, 31 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 46 K, 3 BB)
C – Charles Morris, Shamrocks .190
IF – Whitey Becknell, Kings .000
IF – Jack Reid, Roundup Bar .310
IF – Jerry Cahoon, Roundup Bar .222
IF – Fred Viera, Kings .214
OF – Don Allen, Bluebonnet Laundry .455
OF – Dom Farruzzi, Kings .462
OF – Dave Lott, Roundup Bar .519
UTIL – Lou Ferrero, Kings .467
UTIL – Bud Manchester, Streit’s Bicycle Shop .200 (5 RBI)
UTIL – Jim Livingston, Tulsa .333


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Kings, Hanford, CA
2. Roundup Bar, Somerton, AZ
3. Shamrocks, Taft, CA
4. Grever Truck Lines, Tulsa, OK
5t. Streit’s Bicycle Shop, Gainesville, FL
5t. Rudy & Headland, Salt Lake City, UT
7t. Bluebonnet Laundry, Lubbock, TX
7t. Deal Motors, El Paso, TX
9t. Wells Motors, Greeley, CO
9t. Oilers, Madill, OK
9t. Fred Ward All-Stars, Denver, CO
9t. All-Stars, Stamford, TX
13t. Dalton Furs, Toronto, ON
13t. Leitch Hardware, Churubusco, IN
13t. Gulf Oilers, Crane, TX
13t. American Legion, Windsor, CO
17t. Western Floors, Cheyenne, WY

1949 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1949 held at Portland, Oregon.


Champion – Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, Arizona
Runner Up – Erv Lind Florists, Portland, Oregon


Amy Peralta-May of the Arizona Ramblers went 3-0, 1 shutouts, pitched 2-1 one-hitter with a save from Margie Law in 7th to win championship. Virginia Dobson had 3 hits to lead the Ramblers. Peralta was 3-0 in the tournament and hurled a no hitter, gave up only 1 unearned run and 2 hits during the tournament in 20 innings pitched. She also had 2 hits, including a HR in the 7-0 no hitter game). Peralta beat Peoria and Marie Wadlow in a 1-0 pitchers dual. Wadlow Struck out 11 to no avail. In Peralta’s 2-1 one-hit game to win the title, Thelma Parrish was the losing pitcher and got the only hit of Peralta.

Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Orange Lionettes (2-1, 42 K, 25 IP, Shutout, gave up 3 runs and 6 hits, She had 35 shutouts and 11 no hitters on the year).

Kay Rich, Fresno Rockets (8-18, .444, 2 HR, 3 RBI).

Margie Law, Arizona (2-0, 1 save, 2 shutouts, gave up no runs and 5 hits in 15 innings).

Fran Ford, Boise Chicks (3-2).

Erv Lind- Doris Barrett (1-1, no hitter), Bev Meissen (3-0), Thelma Parrish (1-1), Toots Shotwell – all pitched for The Florist as Betty Evans signed a contract in August to play pro ball with the Chicago Queens and became ineligible to play ASA.


  • MVP – Roberta “Robbie” Mulkey, Erv Lind Florists – won 2 games with extra inning homers. – (9-27, .333, 4 HR, 7 RBI)
  • Batting Leader – Josie Buban, Goetz Girls (5-9) – .556
  • Batting Leader – Blondie Huber, Boise Chicks (7-13, 3 3B, 2 RBI) – .538
  • HR Leader – Roberta “Robbie” Mulkey, Erv Lind Florist – 4

1949 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Amy Peralta-May, Phoenix Ramblers
P – Margie Law, Phoenix Ramblers
P – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Orange Lionettes
C – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers
1B – Roberta “Robbie” Mulkey, Erv Lind Florists
2B – Betty Harris, Phoenix Ramblers
3B – Margaret Dobson, Erv Lind Florists
SS – Kay Rich, Fresno Rockets
OF – Alberta Huber, Boise Chicks
OF – Frances Ford, Boise Chicks
OF – Irene Huber, Fresno Rockets


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (5-0) (Defending Champ)
2. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (5-2) (Host)
3. Betsy Ross Rockets, Fresno, CA (3-2) (North Pacific Coast)
4. Caterpillar Dieselettes, Peoria, IL (2-2) (West Central)
5t. Boise Chicks, Boise, ID (3-2) (Northwestern)
5t. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (3-2) (South Pacific Coast)
7t. Richey Grocerettes, Houston, TX (1-2) (Texas)
7t. Tivoli Brewer Girls, Denver, CO (2-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. Dayton Orphans, Dayton, OH (0-2) (East Central)
9t. Louisiana Concrete, Baton Rouge, LA (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Hamm’s Beer, Fargo, ND (0-2) (Northern)
9t. Goetz Girls, St. Joseph’s, MO (1-2) (Western)
13t. Pulaski Girls Club, Washington, DC (0-2) (Central Atlantic)
13t. Pat’s Plasterers, Orlando, FL (0-2) (Southern)

NOTES: Fairbanks Farms, Syracuse, NY (withdrew – could not attend). Canada Champ – Garten’s Furniture, Toronto – (could not attend).

1949 Orange Lionettes

1949 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1949 held at Portland, Oregon.


Champion – Tip Top Tailors, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Runner Up – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida


Herb Dudley, Clearwater Bombers (5-1, 5 Shutouts, no hitter, two 1-hitters, 130 K, 70 IP, allowed only 3 runs, all coming the last game – set record with 55 K in a 1-0, 21 inning win over Phillips 66 Oilers, He had 89 K in last 3 games – over span of 46 IP.

Gerald Overcash of Clearwater Bombers was 1-1, 17 IP, 13 K, 1 Shutout. He pitched the 2 Sunday games as Dudley could not pitch due to his religious beliefs.

Art Upper of Tip Top Tailors hit 2-run double in 18th inning to give Charlie Justice and the Tailors a 3-1 victory in the final game. Upper finished the game 4-8 with a single, 2 doubles and a triple with 2 RBI.

Charlie Justice of Tip Top went 3-0, 26 IP, 34 K, 1 Shutout, 1 no hitter, 2 Runs, 3 hits.

Russ Johnston of Tip Top went 2-0, 20 IP, 14K, 2 shutouts, both 1-hitters. Together with Justice they surrendered 2 runs, 11 hits in 5 games over 46 innings. The third pitcher, Percy McCracken was not really used.

Arno Lamb of Phillips 66ers was 3-2, 2 Shutouts, 49 IP, 54 K.

After Dudley won the 1-0, 21 inning game against the Oklahoma Oilers, he came back 15 minutes later and pitched a 1-hitter, with 12 K over Mercedes, TX, the team that beat them 5-1 and sent them to the losers bracket. Dudley struck out 67 batters on the night. Then in the finals, Dudley had a 1-0 lead over Toronto and a no hitter going into the 7th inning. He walked Lew Gull. Art Upper broke up the no hitter with a double. Dudley walked Joe Spring to load the bases. Charlie Justice pinch hit for Ray Pulfer and delivered a clutch single to tie the score at 1 and move the game to extra innings.

Russ Johnson started the game pitching for Toronto, going 6 innings, then moved to CF in the 7th when Justice came in to pitch 12 scoreless innings for Toronto striking out 13 and surrendering only 1 hit. Dudley pitched all 18 innings for Clearwater and had 23 K. The Clearwater shortstop, John Chestnut was 4-7 in the game.

In what many consider one of the greatest games ever played and one of the most incredible individual performances in ASA Softball History, Herb Dudley pitched all 21 innings against the Phillips 66ers and their star pitcher, Arno Lamb. Lamb also pitched every inning. Dudley surrendered only 3 hits in the game and registered an incredible 55 Strikeouts. Lamb had 26 K. Myron Guthrie (4-9 in the game) doubled in the bottom of the 21st inning. Catcher Harry Hancock who was 2-9 in the game knocked a base hit to score Guthrie to end the three and a half hour game. Buster Zeigler was 2-8 for the bombers in the game. For the 66ers, Pitcher Arno Lamb accounted for 1 of the hits Dudley allowed.

Sixth Ward Boosters of Newport, KY finished 5th with a 3-2 Record. Future Slow Pitch stars Myron Reinhardt (ASA HOF), Hal Wiggins (ASA HOF) and Bo Stuntebeck (KY ASA HOF) all played for the Boosters.


  • MVP – Herb Dudley, Clearwater Bombers
  • Batting Leader – N/A
  • HR Leader – N/A

1949 ALL AMERICANS

P – Charlie Justice, Tip Top Clothiers
P – Arno Lamb, Phillips 66
P – Herb Dudley, Clearwater Bombers
C – Mack Phillips, Briggs Beautyware
1B – Myron Guthrie, Clearwater Bombers
2B – Sam Bova, Raybestos Cardinals
3B – Bobby Reed, O.E. Watson
SS – Woody Sweeney, Phillips 66
OF – Gene Faull, O.E. Watson
OF – Art Upper, Tip Top Clothiers
OF – Julius Caesar Schreiber, 6th Ward Boosters


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Tip Top Tailors, Toronto, ON (5-0) (Canada)
2. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 6-2 (Southern)
3. Buddy Watson Vegetable Co., Mercedes, TX (3-2) (Texas)
4. Sixth Ward Boosters, Newport, KY (3-2) (West Central)
5t. Phillips 66 Oilers, Okmulgee, OK (3-2) (Southwestern)
5t. Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, MI (2-2) (Defending Champs)
7t. Rubenstein Furniture, Eugene, OR (2-2) (Northwestern)
7t. Crown Carpets, San Diego, CA (2-2) (South Pacific Coast)
9t. Harmon, Russell & Roush, Cincinnati, OH (1-2) (East Central)
9t. Smack’s Candy, St. Louis, MO (1-2) (Western)
9t. Murphy-Mahoney Chevrolet, Denver, CO (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. Raybestos Cardinals, Bridgeport, CT (1-2) (North Atlantic)
13t. Frankie’s Steak House, Wilmington, DE (0-2) (Central Atlantic)
13t. Gigantes (DF Giants), Mexico, City (0-2) (Mexico)
13t. Grumman Aircraft Yankees, Bethpage, NY (0-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. Stork Club, Little Rock, AR (0-2) (Host)
NA. Manchester Biscuits, Fargo, ND W/D (Northern)

NOTES: Manchester Biscuits, Fargo, ND (withdrew, could not attend). North Pacific Coast Champ – Western Gravel, San Jose, CA (could not attend).