Category: 1955

1955 ASA Open Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1955 held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Champion – Lang’s Pet Shop, Covington, Kentucky
Runner Up – Tresler Comets, Cincinnati, Ohio


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)