Category: 1950

1950 NSC Women’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1950 held at Phoenix, Arizona.


Champion – Funk Jewelry Gems, Phoenix, Arizona
Runner Up – A-1 Queens, Phoenix, Arizona (110-29)


Carolyn Morris of Funk Jewelry hurled a 1-0 shutout in the final championship game to defeat her former team, A-1 Queens for the NSC title. Morris was awarded the Outstanding Pitcher Award as she went 5-0 in the tournament, including three shutouts and only gave up two runs in the entire tournament. Morris beat her old friend and teammate Charlotte Armstrong of the A-1 Queens, who gave up only the only run of the game in the first inning on a Mildred Dixons single that scored Mearle Keagle from second.

Keagle had started off the game with an infield hit and stole second before scoring. She was the only runner to steal a base of Queens catcher and tournament MVP Lois Williams.

Williams had a brilliant tournament behind the plate and also delivered some big hits from her clean-up spot in the batting order.

Alma Wilson was the batting champ as she started off with a 2 for 3 effort in the first game, including a run scoring single and then later, a grand slam home run.


  • MVP Award – Lois Williams, A-1 Queens (Brilliant defensive play at the Catcher position clutch hits from clean-up spot)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Carolyn Morris, Funk Gems (5-0, including 1-0 shutout in championship, she had 2 other shutouts as well)
  • Leading Hitter – Alma Wilson, Sooner Queens (3-2 pitching, not much info on batting, Grand Slam, single, 5 RBI)
  • Miss Softball Award – Dodie Nelson, A-1 Queens (Outfielder, played entire tournament with dislocated kneecap and still made all world)

1950 NSC ALL WORLD TEAM

P – Charlotte Armstrong, Phoenix A-1 Queens (4-2)
P – Carolyn Morris, Phoenix Funk Gems (5-0)
P – Annabelle ‘Mugsy’ Walker, Denver Industrial Bank (1-2)
C – Kay Rohrer, Phoenix Funk Gems
C – Lois Williams, Phoenix A-1 Queens
1B – Theda Tee Marshall, Phoenix Funk Gems
2B – Margie Yetman, Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens
3B – Mildred Dixon, Phoenix Funk Gems
SS – Nancy Ito, Denver Industrial Bank
OF – Merle Keagle, Phoenix Funk Gems
OF – Dottie Myers, Phoenix Funk Gems
OF – Dodie Nelson, Phoenix A-1 Queens
UTIL – Alice Jorgensen, Seattle Epicures (2-2)
UTIL – Alma Wilson, Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens (3-2)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Funk Jewelry Gems, Phoenix, AZ (5-0)
2. A-1 Queens, Phoenix, AZ (4-2)
3. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (4-2) *
4. Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens, Oklahoma City, OK (3-2)
5t. Van Food Mart, West Allis, WI (2-2)
5t. Seattle Epicures, Seattle, WA (2-2)
7t. Texas Bells, Breckenridge, TX (1-2) *
7t. Industrial Bankers, Denver, CO (1-2)
9t. Sunshine Girls, Tucson, AZ (0-2)
9t. Agriculture Assoc. Hybrid Chicks, DeKalb, IL (0-2)
9t. Miller & Miller Freight, Wichita Falls, TX (0-2)
9t. Ringsby Truck Lines, Grand Junction, CO (0-2) (forfeit)

* includes 1 forfeit win

1950 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1950 held at Greeley, Colorado on September 2-11.


Champion – Hoak Packers, Fresno, California
Runner Up – Kings, Hanford, California


This was the final NSC tournament held in Greeley (CO). The ISL was created in December, 1950 by Carrol Forbes and in 1951 the inaugural ISL tournament was held in
Greeley (CO).

At this 1950 NSC tournament, Hoak Packers were unbeaten, winning 5 games, allowing 7 runs while scoring 16 runs. Their first 3 wins were by one run and the lone shutout they recorded was in the 3-0 final over Hanford Kings.

The first woman manager of an NSC world tournament team made her debut in this tournament. Mrs. Ruth Mohr took control of the Marchese team at mid-season and
guided her club to the metro, district, and state championships to qualify for the world tournament. The team lost its final game on Red Denham’s (Crane) no-hitter.


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Red Denham, Gulf Oilers
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – LeRoy Zimmerman, Hoak Packers
  • Leading Hitter – Bill Heard, Kings – .429
  • Most RBI – N/A

1950 ISC FIRST TEAM ALL WORLD

P – Bill Buckley, Kings, Hanford
P – Les Haney, Hoak Packers
C – Whitey Becknell, Kings
C – Hal Britton, Hoak Packers
IF – Leonard Francis, Hoak Packers
IF – Herman Hoff, Wells Motors
IF – Rusty Stewart, Gulf Oilers
IF – Bing Bingston, Hoak Packers
OF – Ray Maegher, Hoak Packers
OF – Bill Heard, Kings, Hanford
OF – Vance Adams, Deal Motors
UTIL – Jim Livingston, Grever Truck Lines
UTIL – Ray Curtiss, Wells Motors


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Hoak Packers, Fresno, CA
2. Kings, Hanford, CA
3. Grever Truck Lines, Tulsa, OK
4. Wells Motors, Greeley, CO
5t. Gulf Oilers, Crane, TX
5t. Deal Motors, El Paso, TX
7t. Eales, Bryan, OH
7t. Brandies, Rock Island, IL
9t. Fisher-Hess Pontiac, Ogden, UT
9t. Snow Jewelers, Clinton, OK
9t. Double Seven, Phoenix, AZ
9t. Hast Lumber, Denver, CO
13t. Juds, Johnstown, CO
13t. Marchese Bros., Milwaukee, WI
13t. Eagles, Cheyenne, WY
13t. Stoutamire Garage, Gainesville, FL
17t. Horton Mfg., Fort Wayne, IN
17t. Motors, Cochituate, MA

1950 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1950 held at Portland, Oregon.


Champion – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California (67-9)
Runner Up – Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, Arizona


In the championship game, Margie Law went 5 innings for Ramblers, then Amy Peralta finished the game for the Ramblers, hurling the last 9 innings. Ragan had a big RBI single. She hurled 9 no-hitters during the season.

Jean Hull, Orange Lionettes (8-21, .381, 4 Runs). Sears was 4-7 in the championship game.

Virginia Dobson, Arizona (11-29, .378, 5 Runs)

Amy Peralta May, Arizona Ramblers (3-2, 20 K, beat Bertha Ragan 1-0 in 11 inning to force final)

Margie Law, Arizona Margaret Dobson (3-8) and Billie Harris (3-7) both had good games for the Ramblers. Pitcher Margie Law won the game in the 17th inning when her double drove in the games only run. The Ramblers had to play 44 innings of consecutive softball in the end of the tournament.

Diesellettes Lucille Eslinger was 2-0 for the Dieselettes. One of her wins was a combined no hitter with Marie Wadlow as Eslinger got the win.


  • MVP – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Orange Lionettes – 5-1, 76 Ks, 54 IP, 2 no hitters, perfect game; 4 shutouts, 38 consecutive scoreless innings, only gave up 2 runs, and won 3-1 in a 15 inning final.
  • Batting Leader – Margaret Dobson, Erv Lind Florist (8-13, 6 runs scored) – .615
  • HR Leader – N/A

1950 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Orange Lionettes
P – Marie Wadlow, Caterpillar Dieselettes (2-2, All America Team), retired after tournament and received a special award for the person that has contributed the most to women’s softball.
P – Margie Law, Phoenix Ramblers (2-0) beat Marie Wadlow, Peoria (2-2, 26 Ks); 1-0 in 17 innings, each had 10 Ks.
C – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers
1B – Ruth Sears, Orange Lionettes (11-28, .393, 6 Runs)
2B – Shirley Coney, Caterpillar Dieselettes
3B – Margaret Dobson, Erv Lind Florists
SS – Beverly Connors, Orange Lionettes
OF – Carolyn Thome, Caterpillar Dieselettes (9-23, .391, 5 Runs)
OF – Thelma Paris, Erv Lind Florists
OF – Pat Collins, Orange Lionettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (5-1) (South Pacific Coast)
2. Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (5-2) (Defending Champ)
3. Caterpillar Dieselettes, Peoria, IL (4-2) (West Central)
4. Holling Debs, Buffalo, NY (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
5t. Hall-Maytag Girls, St. Petersburg, FL (3-2) (Southern)
5t. Capital Chevrolet, Denver, CO (3-2) (Rocky Mountain)
7t. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (2-2) (Northwestern)
7t. Carano Construction, Springfield, OH (2-2) (East Central)
9t. Building Trades Council, Baton Rouge, LA (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Wooten Motors Motorettes, Fort Worth, TX (1-2) (Texas)
9t. Raybestos Brackettes, Stratford, CT (1-2) (North Atlantic)
9t. Thompson Motors, San Antonio, TX (0-2) (Host)
13t. Kansas City Dons, Kansas City, MO (0-2) (Western)
13t. Garvin’s Grill, Washington, DC (0-2) (Central Atlantic)
13t. Twinetees, Fargo, ND (0-2) (Northern)

NOTES: North Pacific Coast Champ – Betsy Ross Rockets, Fresno, CA (decided not to attend). Canada Champ – Clayton’s Department Store, Toronto, ON (could not attend).

1950 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1950 held at Austin, Texas.


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


Charles Justice, Tip Top Tailors (5-2, 40 K, 49 IP, won 3 straight on last day, including a 4-0 shutout over Houston, before losing the final 1-0 to the Bombers, Justice gave up a run in the first inning, then pitched shutout ball for the rest of the game. His team could not get anything going against Clearwater’s John Hunter as he pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 13 batters. Justice was one of the Toronto players to get a hit off Hunter, along with teammate, Roy Palmeri). The other loss Justice had was against the Bombers in one of the opening round games, 1-0.

Herb Dudley and John Hunter, Bombers (both 2-0, Combined for 4 shutouts, Hunter with a 1-0 two-hitter in final, 13 Ks). Dudley also batted .444 (he was 4 for 9 and played OF one game)

Herb Dudley (2-0, 19 IP, 25 Ks, gave up 0 ER, -no hitter) and John Hunter, Bombers (2-0, 14 IP, 29 Ks,0 ER/3 hits) won 4 of the Bombers 5 wins. The Bombers other win was a 7-0 forfeit win over Grumman Yankees.

Buster Zeigler drove in Eddie Moore with the eventual winning for Clearwater in the 1-0 Championship game. Both Zeigler and Moore were 2-3 in the game

Percy McConner (From Pontiac, MI), Tip Top Tailors – Pitched the other 2 victories for Toronto, one was a 1-0 perfect game over the Phillips 66 Oilers.

The Bombers were awarded a win via forfeit over the Grumman Yankees. Clearwater scored a run in the 5th inning on a close play and the Grumman catcher argued the call and was ejected by the umpire. The Grumman players left the field and when they did not return by a specified time, the game was awarded to Clearwater 7-0. Herb Dudley and Roy Stephenson were both engaged in a nice pitcher’s dual at the time of the forfeit. No stats counted for this game.

The 1950 Clearwater Bombers went through their local District, State, Regional and National tournament without allowing a single run to be scored on them.


  • MVP – Charles Justice, Tip Top Tailors
  • Batting Leader – Ed “Tyranski” Tyson, Briggs Beautyware (8-13, 3 Runs) – .615
  • Sportsmanship Award – Roy Stephenson, Grumman Yankees (5-1, 34 K, 37 IP)

1950 ALL AMERICANS

P – Charlie Justice, Tip Top Clothiers
P – Herb Dudley, Clearwater Bombers
P – Julian Kujawa, Downtown Chevrolet
C – Harry Hancock, Clearwater Bombers
1B – Pat Marotta, Grumman Aircraft
2B – George Fowler, Grumman Aircraft
3B – Eddie Tyson (Tyranski), Briggs Beautyware
SS – John Chestnut, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Herman “Buddy” Weise, Nixon Clay
OF – Shelly Miley, Tip Top Clothiers


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (5-0) * (Southern)
2. Tip Top Tailors, Toronto, ON 7-2 (Defending Champ)
3. Downtown Chevrolet, Houston, TX (3-2) (Texas)
4. Grumman Aircraft Yankees, Bethpage, NY (5-2) * (Mid-Atlantic)
5t. Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, MI (2-2) (East Central)
5t. Napa Merchants, Napa, CA (2-2) (North Pacific Coast)
7t. Friberg Electric, Portland, OR (2-2) (Northwestern)
7t. Phillips 66 Oilers, Okmulgee, OK (2-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Stephens-Adamson Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (2-2) (West Central)
9t. Trenton Democrats, Baltimore, MD (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Nixon Clay, Austin, TX (1-2) (Host)
9t. VFW Post #61, Pueblo, CO (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
13t. Club Chapulyepec, Mexico, City, Mexico (1-2) (Mexico)
13t. Hickham Field Flyers, Honolulu, HI (0-2) (US Air Force)
13t. Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT (0-2) (North Atlantic)
13t. Union Wire Rope, Kansas City, MO (0-2) (Western)
17t. Chicksan Club, Brea, CA (0-2) (South Pacific Coast)
17t. Rossevelt Grill, Bismarck, ND (0-2) (Northern)

* Clearwater was awarded a forfeit victory over Grumman leading 1-0 in the 5th inning. There was a close play at the plate when the Bombers scored their run and an argument ensued. The Grumman catcher was ejected. The Grumman players left the field and when they did not return by the specified time limit, a forfeit victory was awarded to Clearwater.

NOTES: Canada Champ – Peoples Credit Jewelers, Toronto, ON (did not attend). Chicksan Club, Brea, CA went in place of Crown Carpets, San Diego, CA, who could not attend.