Category: 1955

1955 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1955 held at Pittsburgh, PA


Champion – Lang’s Pet Shop, Covington, KY
Runner Up – Tresler Comets, Cincinnati, OH


Lang’s Pet Shop defeated Tresler Comets 6-1 in the winners bracket final and watched as the Comets beat Rhodes-Garden Club of Pennsylvania 11-5. Rhodes had previously eliminated last year’s champ, Waldeck’s Tavern by a 13-6 score. The Tresler Comets then eliminated Rhodes-Garden 5-1 to get another crack at Lang’s. The Comets defeated Lang’s 7-6 behind the big bat of Jack Carmichael and then forced another game. Lang’s prevailed in the final championship game 19-13. Paul Zembrodt was 3-4 with a triple, 2 HRs and 5 RBIs for Lang’s. Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, Jack Nie and Gene Dittoe (2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBIs), also collected 3 hits apiece. Bill Zeigler smacked a 3-run homer to chip in for Lang’s. Ed Reuter (HR, 4 RBIs) and Art Merten (3B, 3 RBIs) led Tresler with 3 hits each. Jack Carmichael added 2 more hits, including a double and 2 RBIs to complete an outstanding tournament performance. Lang’s pitcher Tom Infield won 5 straight including the winner’s bracket final giving up only 9 runs, he hurled 3 consecutive 1-Run games to the King Seat. The Comets played in the same league as Shields, Waldecks and the Cincinnati Firefighters.


  • MVP– Jack Carmichael, Tresler Comets
  • HR Leader – Jack Carmichael, Comets
  • Batting Leader – Gene Dittoe, Lang’s Pet Shop (16-24) –  .667
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Tom Imfield, Lang’s Pet Shop

ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P- Tom Imfield, Lang’s  – (6-1 record, gave up only 5 runs in the first 5 games)
  • C- Francis Scumaci, Continental Can
  • 1B- Art Merten, Comets
  • 2B- Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, Lang’s
  • 3B- Joe Ober, Comets
  • SS- Bob Trainor, Waldeck’s
  • SF- Ed Rueter, Comets
  • OF- Jack Carmichael, Comets
  • OF- Walt Wherry, Lang’s
  • OF- Albert Tankosh, Rhodes-Garden
  • OF- Gene Dittoe, Lang’s (16-24, .667)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Lang’s Pet Shop, Covington, KY 6-1
2. Tresler Comets, Cincinnati, OH 6-2
3. Rhodes-Garden Club, McKees Rocks, PA 4-2
4. Continental Can, Pittsburgh, PA 5-2
5t. Waldeck’s Tavern, Cincinnati, OH 4-2
5t. Perry Social, Pittsburgh, PA 2-2
7t. Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 3-2
7t. Oscar’s Alleys, Islip Terrace, NY 3-2
9t. Delco DIAA, Dayton, OH 2-2
9t. Jackie’s Bar, Detroit, MI 2-2
9t. Maltese Drug, Wantagh, NY 2-2
9t. Homestead Café, Hamilton, OH 1-2
13t.Engineers, Chattanooga, TN 2-2
13t. Blue Grass A.C., Louisville, KY 1-2
13t. Fire and Police, Rossville, GA 1-2
13t. Victory Club Rainbows, Middleton, CT 1-2
17t. Oscar’s Boys, Louisville, KY 1-2
17t. Packard Electric, Warren, OH 1-2
17t. Steve Master’s Grill, Rochester, NY 0-2
17t. Twin City Automatics, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
17t. Slovak Club, Glassmere, PA 0-2
17t. First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY 0-2
17t. Baldwin Piano, Cincinnati, OH 0-2
17t. McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 0-2