Category: 1952

1952 NSC Women’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1952 held at Phoenix, Arizona.


Champion – A-1 Queens, Phoenix, Arizona (127-29)
Runner Up – Erv Lind Florist, Portland, Oregon


Erv Lind won winners bracket 3-1 over the A-1 Queens on Betty Evans 2-hitter and Margaret Dobson’s 2 hits, the Queens then eliminated the Mesa Premiums (the Old Funk Gems) 1-0 on a brilliant 12 inning performance by Charlotte Armstrong.

The A-1 Queens then had an insurmountable task at hand. they had to defeat the former ASA Champ Erv Lind Florist and their superstar pitcher, Bullet Betty Evans.

Charlotte Armstrong had just enough left in the tank to defeat the Florists and Doris Barrett 3-1 in the first final and then 3-1 over Betty Evans in the final championship game. Armstrong finished up 6-1 in the tournament and was the obvious choice for the Outstanding pitcher Award.

Erv Lind Florist didn’t exactly help themselves either as they committed 8 errors in the two games.

The Queens 5-3 championship game defeat was sparked by Lois Williams, who singled in Dodie Nelson with a run.

Charlotte Armstrong then came through with a big hit to drive in Williams to give the Queens a (4-2) lead.

Marge Yetmen later drove in an insurance run to make the final score 5-3.

The Florists won two of the big awards as left fielder Elizabeth Locke was named the MVP as she saved a countless number of runs from her left field position.

Margaret Dobson made the all-tournament team as the third basemen and also won the Miss Softball Award as well.

Seattle’s Marie Jull was the leading hitter as she went 7-14 and batted .500.


  • MVP Award – Elizabeth Locke, Erv Lind Florist (played a great left field for the Florists; singled, stole second and scored tying run in final)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Charlotte Armstrong, A-1 Queens (6-1, won both championship games)
  • Leading Hitter – Marie Jull, Seattle (7-14) – .500
  • Miss Softball Award – Margaret Dobson, Erv Lind (Third Baseman, played defense like a champ and had a big part in the Erv Lind offense)

1952 NSC ALL WORLD TEAM

P – Charlotte Armstrong, Phoenix A-1 Queens (6-1)
P – Betty Evans Grayson, Erv Lind Florist (3-1)
P – Lottie Jackson, Mesa Premiums (3-1)
C – Dottie Moore, Erv Lind Florist
C – Lois Williams, Phoenix A-1 Queens
1B – Robbie Mulkey, Erv Lind Florist
2B – Margie Yetman, Phoenix A-1 Queens
3B – Margaret Dobson, Erv Lind Florist
SS – Jamie Deckard, Mesa Premiums
LF – Elizabeth Locke, Erv Lind Florist
CF – Dodie Nelson, Phoenix A-1 Queens
RF – Thelma Parrish, Erv Lind Florist
UTIL – Shirley Topley, Seattle Epicures
UTIL – Kay Rohrer, Mesa Premiums


FINAL STANDINGS

1. A-1 Queens, Phoenix, AZ (6-1)
2. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (4-2)
3. Passey-Bond Premiums, Mesa, AZ (5-2)
4. Seattle Epicures, Seattle, WA (2-2)
5t. Posten Tillage Sweethearts, Glendale, AZ (2-2)
5t. Franklin Sports, West Allis, WI (1-2)
7t. Blakley Rockettes, Mesa, AZ (2-2)
7t. Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2)
9t. Motorettes, Culver City, CA (1-2)
9t. George Murphy Chevrolet, Los Angeles, CA (1-2) *
9t. Westerners, San Fernando, CA (1-2)
9t. Nut House Kids, Vancouver, BC (0-2)
13t. Vita-Gro Chicks, Mesa, AZ (0-2)
13t. Taplin’s Slick Chicks, Lamesa, CA (0-2) forfeited 2nd game

* includes 1 forfeit win

1952 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1952 held at Plainview, Texas on August 24-September 1.


Champion – Nitehawks, Long Beach, California
Runner Up – Navy Pointers, Barbers Point, Hawaii


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – N/A
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – LeRoy Zimmerman, Hoak Packers
  • Leading Hitter – Rip Sewel, Primm Drug
  • Most RBI – N/A

1952 ISC FIRST TEAM ALL WORLD

P – LeRoy Zimmerman, Hoak Packers
P – Ted Carlsgaard, Nitehawks
P – Jack Randall, Nitehawks
P – Bill Horstmann, Hoak Packers
C – Hal Britton, Hoak Packers
C – Stan White, Nitehawks
1B – Al “Cotti” Cutruzzula Hoak Packers
2B – Ed Heizenrader, Hoak Packers
2B – Cleo Goyette, Nitehawks
SS – Elmer Todd, Pointers
3B – Don Montague, Pointers
OF – Lou Novikoff, Nitehawks
OF – Phil Crage, Pointers
OF – Rip Sewell, Primm Drug
UTIL – James Abbott, Murrell Furniture
UTIL – Paul “Scat” Harrah, A.F.of L.


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Hoak Packers, Fresno, CA
2. Nitehawks, Long Beach, CA
3. Navy Pointers, Barbers Point, HI
4. Wyoming Angus, Johnstown, CO
5t. Primm Drug, Brownfield, TX
5t. Murrell Furniture, Plainview, TX
7t. A.F.of L., Coldwater, OH
7t. Phillips 66, Borger, TX
9t. Creamery Industry, Calgary, AB
9t. Boosters, Colidge, AZ
9t. Mancini Hardware, Cranston, RI
9t. Bollman Oilers, New Bedford, IL
13t. Clough Furniture, Greeley, CO
13t. Snow Jewelry, Clinton, OK
13t. Natural Gas, El Paso, TX
13t. Farmer, Ralls, TX

1952 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1952 held at Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Champion – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California
Runner Up – PBSW Ramblers, Phoenix, Arizona


The Lionettes became the first team since the famous New Orleans Jax Maids to win 3 consecutive world championships. The Jax Maids performed the feat in 1945-1947.

The Rambler’s Amy Peralta-Shelton highlighted the first inning with a run scoring double and later scored. Dot Wilkinson and Locha Diaz also had hits and scored runs in the inning as well. This ignited the fireworks over the Fresno Rockets in the semi-final game. The Ramblers scored 4 in that first inning and won the game 8-2 behind the pitching of Margie Law to advance them into the finals against the Lionettes. The Rockets finished third as they lost their first game, then won 5 straight before the loss to the Ramblers. The Ramblers then defeated the Lionettes in the first final 3-2 behind Margaret Dobson’s 2-run homer. Bertha Ragan then came through with the 2-0 pitching gem in the final game, despite 2 hits by Amy Peralta-Shelton. Margie Law hurled the final two games for the Ramblers winning the first and losing the final. Amy May-Peralta-Shelton was 3-6 in the final two games to lead the Ramblers offense. Dot Wilkinson batted .360 for the Ramblers during the tournament.

Amy Peralta Shelton (9-23, .391, 2 RBI,4 Runs,  Double, 2 Triples)

Jean Contel, Fresno (9-21, .429, 4 RBI, 1 Run)

Vera Miller, Fresno Rockets (3-0, pitched 2 shutouts and gave up 1 ER in 27 IP)


  • MVP – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Orange Lionettes (6-1, 51 IP, 65 K, 4 shutouts, including a 2-0 championship game win in which she struck out 6)
  • Batting Leader – Loretta Chushuk, Kansas City Dons (5-10, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – .500
  • HR Leader– Carolyn Broady, Buena Park (7-15, .467, 1 RBI, 4 Runs) – 1
  • HR Leader  – Bea Sanderson, Toronto Nortowns (10-22, .455, 4 RBI, 5 Runs) – 1
  • HR Leader  – Kay Rich, Fresno Rockets (8-20, .400, 7 RBI, 4 2B, 1 3B, 5 Runs, 17 Total Bases) – 1
  • HR Leader  – Carolyn Thome, Dieselettes (4-18, .222, 8 RBI, 4 Runs) – 1
  • HR Leader – and these players, stats unknown – Fortune, NY Pandoras; Breen, Nortowns; Richmond, Rockets; and Ray, Buena Park Lynx – all with 1

1952 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Orange Lionettes
P – Terry Hiltz, Toronto Nortowns (4-2, 37 IP, 50 K)
P – Margie Law, Phoenix Ramblers (5-2, 47 IP, 58 K, 3 Shutouts, no-hitter and two 1-hitters)
C – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers
1B – Newlyn Greer, Carpenters Local 1098
2B – Jake Duncan, KC Dons
3B – Lu Mahoney, Buena Park Lynx
SS – Kay Rich, Fresno Rockets
OF – Carolyn Thome, Caterpillar Dieselettes
OF – Irene Huber, Fresno Rockets
OF – Elaine Harris, Orange Lionettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orange Lionettes, Anaheim, CA (6-1) (Defending Champ)
2. PBSW Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (5-2) (Cactus)
3. Betsy Ross Rockets, Fresno, CA (5-2) (North Pacific Coast)
4. Nortowns, Toronto, ON (4-2) (Host)
5t. Caterpillar Dieselettes, Peoria, IL (3-2) (West Central)
5t. Merchants, Metamora, OH (2-2) (East Central)
7t. Phoenix Clothier Rockettes, Allentown, PA (2-2) (Central Atlantic)
7t. Nutrilite Lynx, Buena Park, CA (2-2) (South Pacific Coast)
9t. Carpenters Local #1098, Baton Rouge, LA (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Goss ON Ross, Dallas, TX (1-2) (Texas
9t. KC Dons, Kansas City, MO (1-2) (Western)
9t. Pandoras, New York City, NY (1-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. Kalyx Cups, Toronto, ON (1-2) (Canada)
13t. Hanes Hosiery, Winston-Salem, NC (1-2) (Southern)
13t. King Soupers, Denver, CO (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
13t. Green Jackets, Bremerton, WA (0-2) (Northwestern)
17t. Victor’s Market, Minneapolis, MN (0-2) (Northern)
17t. Wallingford Owlettes, Wallingford, CT (0-2) (North Atlantic)

1952 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1952 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, Michigan
Runner Up – American Industrial Sales Flyers, Miami, Florida (113-11)


John Spring of Briggs Beautyware was 5-0, 35 IP, 57 Ks, the 22 year old Spring pitched a perfect game in the winners bracket-finals to defeat Buck Miller and his Memphis squad and then came back with a 2-1 three-hitter in the finals.

Buck Miller of Memphis Corbitt Motors Independents went 3-2, 44 IP, 55 K.

Al Linde of Dow AC was 5-14, .357, 1 RBI, 4 Runs.

George Adam, Briggs went 7-17, .412, 3 RBI, 1 Run.

Miami Flyers Eddie Feigner went 3-1, 30 IP, 47 Ks, 3 shutouts and Arno Lamb 2-1, shutout, lost final game 2-1. Eddie King also pitched for the Flyers in relief.

Eddie Feigner and the Miami Flyers shutout Memphis 3-0 in the semi-finals. The win allowed Miami to play Briggs in the Championship game. Miami started the scoring as Mike Meilecke doubled into left center and scored when Joe Lewis ripped a sharp single to left field to lead 1-0. Raybestos came back as Dave Sayre (2 hits in the game) beat out an infield single. Roy Palmieri hit a sharp grounder that Miami’s second basemen let go off his leg into the outfield, allowing Sayre to score. Palmieri, who went to third on the error, then scored when Miami catcher Jack Sweeting let a pitch go through him for a passed ball in what proved to be the winning run in the 2-1 championship game. Johnny Spring struck out 6 and gave up 4 hits to get the win. Losing Pitcher Arno Lamb struck out 5 and surrendered only 3 hits.


  • MVP – John Spring, Briggs Beautyware
  • Batting Leader – Joe Overfield, Lackland AFB (6-11, 2 Runs) – .545
  • Home Run Leader – Johnny Marsden, Lackland AFB (5-13, 5 RBI, 5 Runs – also went 1-0 pitching 11 IP, 12 Ks) – 2

1952 ALL AMERICANS

P – John Spring, Briggs Beautyware
P – Clarence (Buck) Miller, Independents
P – Harvey Sterkel, Denver Public Service
C – Ernie Bertolini, Trenton Democratic Club
1B – George Adam, Briggs Beautyware
2B – Whitey Campbell, American Industrial Flyers
3B – Dick Duzik, Dow Chemical
SS – Albert Gaub, Mt. Carmel Guild
OF – Dave Sayyae, Briggs Beautyware
OF – Loren Dinkle, Dow Chemical
OF – John “Buster” Ziegler, American Industrial Flyers
UTIL – John Marsden, Warhawks


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, MI (6-0) (East Central)
2. American Industrial Sales (AIS), Miami, FL (5-2) (Southern)
3. Corbett Motors Independents, Memphis, TN (3-2) (Southwestern)
4. Trenton Democrats, Baltimore, MD (4-2) (Central Atlantic)
5t. Dow Chemical AC, Midland, MI (4-2) (Defending Champ)
5t. Mt. Carmel Guild, Jersey City, NY (3-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
7t. Goss ON Ross, Dallas, TX (2-2) (Texas)
7t. Steinberg’s, Montreal, QC (2-2) (Canada)
9t. Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX (2-2) (US Air Force)
9t. Public Service, Denver, CO (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. Sterling Beer, Louisville, KY (1-2) (West Central)
9t. Jersey Ice Cream, Minneapolis, MN (1-2) (Northern)
13t. Napa Merchants, Napa, CA (1-2) (North Pacific Coast)
13t. Irwin-Jones Dodgers, Tacoma, WA (1-2) (Northwestern)
13t. Jones Ranchers, Eloy, AZ (0-2) (Cactus)
13t. Casino Espanol, Havana (0-2) (Cuba)
17t. Columbus Auto Body, New Haven, CT (0-2) (North Atlantic)
17t. Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Sioux City, IA (0-2) (Western)
17t. Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT (0-2) (Host)

NOTE: South Pacific Coast Champ – Plymouth Mo-Parts, San Ysidro, CA did not attend.