Category: 1958

1958 ASA Major Industrial Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1958 tournament site unknown


Champion – Jake Sweeney Turbine Jets, Cincinnati, OH
Runner Up – Cincinnati Fire Fighters, Cincinnati, OH


1958 All Star Team (Open and Industrial All-Stars Combined into ONE team)


  • MVP – Milt Kress, Turbine Jets

ASA MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM 

  • P – Chuck Jacobs, Sheffield Bronze (Open)
  • C – Dick Lunken, Fire Fighters (Industrial)
  • 1B – Frank Panski, East Side SportsI (Open)
  • 2B – Roy Lombardo, East Side Sports (Open)
  • 3B – Milt Kress, Turbine Jets (Industrial-MVP)
  • SS – Walt Wherry, Boone’s Bar (Open)
  • SC – Joe Gauci, East Side SportsI (Open-MVP)
  • LF – Chuck Comella, Sheffield Bronze (Open)
  • CF – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze (Open)
  • RF – Walter Kunz, Turbine Jets (Industrial)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Jake Sweeney Turbine Jets, Cincinnati, OH 5-0
2. Cincinnati Fire Fighters, Cincinnati, OH 6-2
3. Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 3-2
4. American Can, Milwaukee, WI 3-2
5t. Chewton Eagles-Medusa Cement Co., Wampum, PA 4-2
5t. East Ohio Gas Company, Cleveland, OH 3-2
7t. Tirabassi & Sons, Kenosha, WI 3-2
7t. Combustion Engineers, Chattanooga, TN 2-2
7t. Lockheed Jet Stars, Marietta, GA 2-2
10t. General Electric Gremlins, Louisville, KY 2-2
10t. Local #717, Warren, OH 2-2
10t. Diamond Power, Lancaster, OH 2-2
10t. Rogers & Sutton Tool and Die, Rochester, NY 2-2
14t. Mayrose Meats, St. Louis, MO 1-2
14t. Lyons Metal, York, PA 1-2
14t. General Shoe, Frankfort, KY 0-2
14t. Babcock Dairy, Toledo, OH 0-2
14t. Brookley AFB Thunderbirds, Mobile, AL 0-2
14t. Lycoming, Stratford, CT 0-2
20t. F.O.P., South Bend, IN 0-2
20t. Dreniks, Cleveland, OH 0-2
22. Sunbeam Bread, Springfield, OH 1-2*

* Declared ineligible and forfeited out of tournament

1958 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1958 held at Cleveland, Ohio


Champion – East Side Sports, Detroit, MI
Runner Up – Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH


In 1958 the Open and Industrial were combined into one tournament. East Side defeated Sheffield 8-5 in the winners bracket final on the strength of Frank Panski’s 2 triples, a home run and 4 RBIs. accounting for half the teams runs.  East Side had just defeated Helf Builders 17-7 on the strength of home runs by Panski, Joe Gauci and George Banchui. Sheffield advanced to the championship game by defeating Boone’s Bar of Kentucky 10-1 as Ron Annotico hit a pair of 3-Run HRs for Sheffield. In the Championship game, East Side Sporting Goods beat Sheffield 7-4. George Corona of East Side pitched the victory, hit 2 HRs and added 4 RBIs to lead the Detroit squad to the title George Branchui chipped in with a solo HR for good measure. Corona led the East Side bats in both homers and batting average. East Side’s Joe Gauci, who played the season with Sox’s Inn and was a pickup for East Side for the National Tournament helped the defense turn multiple double plays from his short fielder position. East Side went 6-0 in the tournament. The Detroit squad won their first game rather easily over Staten Island Stape Darts 7-1. They then came from behind and defeated Dapper Dan’s of PA 6-5 on a walk off Home Run by pinch-hitter Carl Cantinella. The  next game saw the same situation as Detroit defeated defending champ, Gatliff Auto of KY. Gatliffs had 17 hits in the game, but only 6 runs, due to the defense of the Detroiters who turned six double plays in the game. With the game tied at six, going into the bottom of the 10th inning, two outs and third basemen Phil Gallo came to bat. He got a hold of one of Vern Robert’s pitches and when it landed on the other side of the left field fence, the East Side team had done it again.


  • MVP- Joe Gauci, East Side Sports (Clutch hits and great defensive plays from short fielder position)
  • HR Leader – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze – 6
  • Batting Leader – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze (13-21) – .619
  • Industrial MVP-  Milt Kress, Turbine Jets
  • Industrial Home Run Leader – Dick Luken, Cincinnati Firefighters – 6
  • Industrial Batting  Leader – Ralph Rengering, Cincinnati Firefighters (17-25) – .680

1958 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P- Chuck Jacobs, Sheffield
  • C- Dick Luken, Cincinnati Firefighters – (Industrial Player)
  • 1B- Frank Panski, East Side Sports
  • 2B- Roy Lombardo, East Side Sports
  • 3B- Milt Kress, Turbine Jets – (Industrial Player)
  • SS- Walt Wherry, Boone’s Bar
  • SF- Joe Gauci, East Side Sports
  • LF- Chuck Comella, Sheffield
  • CF- Ron Annotico, Sheffield (13-21, .619, 6 HRs)
  • RF- Walt Kunz, Turbine Jets – (Industrial Player)

FINAL STANDINGS

1- East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 6-0
2- Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 5-2
3- Boone’s Bar, Covington, KY 5-2
4- Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH 6-2
5- Ghezi Chevrolet, Spencer, MA 4-2
6- Helf Builders, Cleveland, OH 3-2
7- Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 3-2
8- Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA 3-2
9- Lambrecht’s, Milwaukee, WI 3-2
10- Dapper Dan’s, Vandergrift, PA 3-2
11- Viking Insurance A.C., Wantagh, NY 3-2
12- McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 2-2
13- Parker’s Market, Portsmouth, VA 2-2
14- Woody’s Market, Dayton, OH 2-2
15- Manuel & Poulos Construction, Biloxi, MS 2-2
16- Warren A.C., Warren, OH 2-2
17- House of Champions, Syracuse, NY 1-2
18- Contract Plating, Stratford, CT 1-2
19- South Knoxville Merchants, Knoxville, TN 1-2
20- Snafu Club, Sheboygan, WI 1-2
21- Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL 1-2
22- Arlington A.C., Pittsburgh, PA 1-2
23- Jordan Motors, San Antonio, TX 1-2
24- Scarsdale Black Sox, Scarsdale, NY 1-2
25- Cincy Mat Stoppers, Staten Island, NY 0-2
26- B&B Tavern, Grove City, OH 0-2
27- Northern, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
28- Ted’s Place, Toledo, OH 0-2
29- South Albany, Albany, GA 0-2
30- Stape Darts, Staten Island, NY 0-2
31- Homer’s Boys, Louisville, KY 0-2
32- Mt. View, Fredericksburg, VA 0-2