Category: 1960

1960 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1960 held at Louisville, Kentucky.


Champion – Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, North Carolina
Runner Up – Parks & Recreation/Dee’s Sports Shop, Detroit, Michigan


Detroit Parks ‘N’ Rec had to defeat a Chatterbox team, made up of employees from Bendix of Hamilton, OH 18-3 in the loser bracket finals. Pharr Yarn defeated Bendix 8-2 to put them in the loser’s bracket. Detroit, already beaten by Pharr Yarn 17-6 in the winner’s bracket final lost a close 4-2 decision to Pharr Yarn in the championship game. Pharr Yarn was led by the big bat of Pick Biggerstaff. For Parks ‘n Rec, Tom Chappelle pitched all 7 games, going 5-2. Pitcher Carroll Beale of Pharr Yarn, Catcher Pick Biggerstaff and Second Basemen Toby Bradshaw were three of the reasons that Pharr Yarn outscored their opponents 69-21 in the 6 games. Jack Biggerstaff hit a titanic home run well over the left field fence to give Pharr Yarn a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning of the championship game. Detroit came back to tie the game in the bottom of the 4th on two McAdenville errors. The Yarn-men broke the 2-2 deadlock with Carroll Beale’s double and Jim Teeter’s Sac fly to give them a 4-2 lead that would hold up.


  • MVP – Jack “Pick” Biggerstaff, Pharr Yarn
  • HR Leader – Tom Chappelle, Detroit Parks & Recreation – 6
  • Batting Leader – Gene Hulshult, Bendix Chatterbox (18-24, HR) – .750

ASA MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS 

  • P – Carroll  Beale, Pharr Yarn
  • C – Jack “Pick” Biggerstaff, Pharr Yarn
  • 1B – Bobby Mercer, Louisville Firemen
  • 2B – Toby Bradshaw, Pharr Yarn
  • 3B – Frank Verbanac, Detroit Parks & Rec
  • SS – Nick Gaurascio, Tirabassi Excavating
  • SF – Jerry Keisler, Pharr Yarn
  • LF – Jim Wessel, National Lead
  • CF – Don Doerfler, Continental Can
  • RF – Al Cornett, Louisville Firemen
  • MGR – Leroy Wynn, Pharr Yarn

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (6-0)
2. Parks & Recreation, Detroit, MI (5-2)
3. Bendix, Hamilton. OH (5-2)
4. Continental Can Pittsburgh PA (5-2)
5t. General Electric, Louisville, KY (4-2)
5t. Firemen, Louisville, KY (4-2)
7t. National Lead, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
7t. Turbo Jets, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
9t. Bausch & Lombe, Rochester, NY (2-2)
9t. Tirabassi & Sons, Kenosha, WI (2-2)
9t. Grumman Aircraft, Massapequa, NY (2-2)
9t. Mayrose Meats, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
13t. Minneapolis Gas Co., Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
13t. Carling Local No. 162; Cleveland, OH (1-2)
13t. Combustion Eng., Chattanooga, TN (1-2)
13t. Wayne Lee Ingalls, Pascagoula, MS (1-2)
17t. Glerc Jets Stars, Marietta, GA (1-2)
17t. Bryant Electric, Bridgeport, CT (1-2)
17t. Metals & Control. Attleboro, MA (1-2)
17t. Reese Candy Co., Syracuse, NY (0-2)
17t. U.S. Time Corp., Little Rock, AR (0-2)
17t. Saberjets, Mobile, AL (0-2)
17t. Albemerle Craftsmen, Richmond, VA (0-2)
17t. Allied Chemical Co., Toledo, OH (0-2)
25t. Martino Iron & Metal, Brack’ridge, PA (0-2)
25t. Harnischfeger, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)

1960 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1960 held at Toledo, Ohio


Champion – Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, Ohio


After being dropped to the loser’s bracket by losing to Sheffield 12-9, Hamilton Tailors had to win five straight games and did so with the pitching of Sam Minniti, defense of Third Baseman, Don Sawyer (who made diving grabs to rob Sheffield of at least 4 hits). Sheffield defeated Buckhorn Cafe of Toledo in the winners bracket final 16-7. Hamilton Tailors came back to eliminate Buckhorn 16-5 in the semi-final to set the stage for the championship against Sheffield Bronze. With Sam Minniti on the mound, The Tailors defeated Sheffield twice; 12-4 and then 17-2 to claim the title.

Bernie Roeckers was 4-5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in the final game. Sam Minniti surrendered 14 runs in the five straight wins to the title after the loss to Sheffield. Including the 12 runs he gave up to Sheffield in the loss, Minniti gave up just 41 runs in the 10 games. He was 9-1 in the tournament.


  • MVP – Sam Minniti, Hamilton Tailors (9-1, pitched 5-hitter in championship, gave up only 43 runs in 10 games)
  • HR Leader – Denny Braun, Sheffield Bronze – 6
  • Batting Leader – Paul Nutley, Hamilton Tailoring (18-27) – .667

1960 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Sam Minniti, Hamilton Tailors (9-1)
  • C – Ed French, Hamilton Tailors
  • 1B – Jim Desmond, Buckhorn Cafe
  • 2B -Bernie Roeckers, Hamilton Tailors
  • 3B -Don Rardin, Yorkshire Restaurant
  • SS -Paul Tomasovich, Skip Hogans
  • OF – Paul Nutley, Hamilton Tailoring (18-27, .667)
  • OF – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze
  • OF – Denny Braun, Sheffield Bronze (6 HR)
  • OF – Charlie Conley, Yorkshire Restaurant

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH (9-1)
2. Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH (5-2)
3. Buckhorn Cafe, Toledo, OH (4-2)
4. Nassau Merchants, Maspeth, NY (5-2)
5t. Hogan A.C, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
5t. Textile Workers TWUA, Leaksville, NC (4-2)
7t. Yorkshire Restaurant, Newport, KY (4-2)
7t. Gatliff Motors, Newport, KY (4-2)
9t. Maizie’s Gasiorowski’s, Toledo, OH (2-2)
9t. Sox Inn, Detroit, MI (2-2)
9t. Duffy’s Tavern, Louisville, KY (2-2)
9t. Buddies Sporting Goods, Tallahassee, FL (2-2)
13t. Sill’s Sport Shop, Miami, FL (2-2)
13t. St. Louis Park Drug, St. Louis Park, MN (2-2)
13t. Cantwell Home Improvement, TN (2-2)
13t. Star Drive-In, New Orleans, LA (1-2)
17t. Black Bear Beverages, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. Schroeder’s Bunny Acres, Hutchinson, KS (1-2)
17t. Tobin’s, Rochester, NY (1-2)
17t. Krivian Club, Springdale, PA (1-2)
17t. Olden A.A., Trenton, NJ (1-2)
17t. Sunbeam Bread, Springfield, OH (1-2)
17t. Northern Scrap Iron, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Pagliacci, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
25t. New-Mo Tavern, Oakland, CA (0-2)
25t. Schubert Garage, Indianapolis, IN (0-2)
25t. Richmond Rebels, Richmond, VA (0-2)
25t. Smithfield Fire Co., Greenville, RI (0-2)
25t. Edgemere Lodge, Edgemere, MA (0-2)
25t. Bud and Al’s Service, Waukesha, WI (0-2)
25t. Wesley UM Church, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)

1960 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1960 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (54-7)
Runner Up – Erv Lind Florist, Portland, Oregon


Bertha Ragan threw a 2-hit shutout as Stratford won the title 2-0. Portland’s Louize Mazzucca also only gave up 2 hits, but didn’t have the magic she had as she only had 5 strikeouts. She had previously in this tournament pitched 3 no hitters. Millie Dixon of the Brakettes drove in the both runs with a double in the bottom of the first inning to give the Brakettes a 2-0 lead that Bertha Ragan held on to until the end, registering 10 K.

This is the second straight year that Ragan has beat Mazzucca in the Championship game. Ragan has had 8 straight shutouts in the past 2 years. Mazzucca, who can’t beat that Brakette jinx has had 5 no hitters in the past 2 years and has gone 7-4.

In the Championship game, all the runs that Bertha Ragan would need came in the bottom of the first inning. Micki “Stratton” Macchietto and Joan Joyce both were on base via base hits and up stepped Millie Dixon. She laced a double to give the Brakettes a 2-0 lead that Bertha Ragan made last. Ragan had 10 strikeouts and pitched a 2-hitter. Louise Mazuca took the loss for the Florists. She was second in the MVP voting to Ragan. She was 4-2, struck out 75 batters in 43 innings and tossed three no-hitter in the tournament.

Marion Fox, Toronto (3-1), Teddy Hamilton, Orange Lionettes (3-1) and Lorene Ramsey, Pekinettes (3-2) all won 3 games in the tournament.


  • MVP – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Raybestos Brakettes (4-0, 4 straight shutouts, 47 K, 28 IP, pitched a 2-hit 2-0 shutout in final with 10 K)In the past 3 years of national play, Ragan-Tickey has been 12-0 with 11 shutouts. In 103 innings, she has struck out 147 batters and given up only 1 run, which was unearned.
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Raybestos Brakettes
  • Batting Leader – Dot Wilkinson, PBSW Ramblers (8-18, 6 RBI, 2 Runs, 2 Doubles) – .444
  • HR Leader – N/A – none hit

1960 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Lorene Ramsey, Pekin-Lettes
P – Bertha Ragan Tickey, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Louise “Chris” Mazzuca, Erv Lind Florists (4-2, 75 K, 43 IP, 4 shutouts, 3 no-hitters…. she has tossed 5 no hitters in the past two Nationals)
C – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers
1B – Jean Bonham, Phoenix Ramblers
2B – Estelle “Ricki” Caito, Orange Lionettes
3B – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
SS – Susan Bea Thomas, Pekin-Lettes
OF – Hap Beryl Piper, Erv Lind Florists
OF – Odette Griffin, Orange Lionettes
OF – Ann DeLuca, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (2-0, 1 shutout, 29 Ks 14 IP)

1960 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Marion Fox, Peoples Credit Jewelers
P – Teddy Hamilton, Orange Lionettes
P – Gerry Boudreau, Caggiano All-Stars
C – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes
1B – Donna Baxter, Orange Lionettes
2B – Carol Fowler, Peoples Credit Jewelers
3B – Dorothy “Dot” Dobie, Erv Lind Florists
SS – Kay Rohrer, Phoenix Ramblers
OF – Mary Archer, Peoples Credit Jewelers
OF – Ruby Wienecke, Peoples Credit Jewelers
OF – Mary Hartman, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Shirley Topley, South Hill Queens


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (6-0) (Defending Champ)
2. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (4-2) (Northwestern)
3. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (4-2) (South Pacific Coast)
4. PBSW Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (4-2) (Cactus)
5t. Pekin-Lettes, Peoria, IL (3-2) (West Central)
5t. People’s Credit Jewelers, Toronto, ON (3-2) (East Canada)
7t. Kansas City Dons, Kansas City, KS (2-2) (Western)
7t. Caggiano All-Stars, Lynn, MA (2-2) (New England)
9t. Olney Kaydettes, Philadelphia, PA (2-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. South Hill Queens, Vancouver, BC (2-2) (West Canada-British Columbia)
9t. Crest Fence, Denver, CO (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. National Cash Register Girls, Dayton, OH (1-2) (East Central)
13t. Falstaffers, Houston, TX (1-2) (Texas)
13t. Legal Finance Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (1-2) (South Atlantic)
13t. Hartford Laurelettes, Hartford, CT (1-2) (Host)
13t. Burrey Biscuit Mauraders, Plainfield, NJ (1-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
17t. Fresno Rockets, Fresno, CA (0-2) (North Pacific Coast)
17t. St. Paul Rockettes, St. Paul, MN (0-2) (Northern)
17t. Al-Ettes, Pine Bluff, AR (0-2) (Southwestern)
17t. National Security Ins., Birmingham, AL (0-2) (Southern)

NOTES: West Canada-Alberta Champ – Premier Steelers, Alberta did not attend.

1960 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1960 held at Jones Beach, New York.


Champion – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida
Runner Up – Delta Merchants, Stockton, California


The Clearwater Bombers became the first Men’s team to win 5 Championships, breaking the record of 4, previously held by Briggs Beautywear of Detroit. The Bombers came out of the losers bracket to then shutout Canton, NC 1-0 behind an combined effort of Bobby Spell (5.2 IP) and Bill Massey in relief (1.1 IP). Then Bobby Spell struck out 19 as he hurled a 9-inning 1-0 win in the first final as Ricky Tomlinson (11-33, .333 in the tournament) tripled in the 9th and scored on Buster Zeiglers single. Tomlinson (11-33, .333 total) was 2-4 in the game with a double and a triple. In the final championship game, Bill Massey pitched  1-0 no hitter with 13 K.  The Bombers scored the only run in the game in the 6th inning as Buster Zeigler tripled and then scored on a wild pitch.  The wins by Spell and Massey over Bill Simoni of Stockton were the first 2 defeats he had in the tournament after a 5-0 start. He was named the MVP.

Bobby Spell, Bombers (4-0, 49 K, 34 IP, 4 Shutouts) and Bill Massey, Bombers (3-1, 54 K, 45 IP) – combined to Strikeout 103 batters in 79 innings, surrendering just 3 runs in 8 games.

Harvey Sterkel, Aurora Sealmasters (5-2, 108 K, 92 IP, 4 runs)

Wade Garrett, Canton Champion YMCA  (5-1, 65 K, 45 IP, 2 Shutouts)


  • MVP – Bill Simoni, Delta Merchants (5-2, 3 Shutouts, 53 K, 58 IP, gave up only 4 runs) – Pitched his team to the championship games, only to lose two straight 1-0 games.
  • Batting Leader – Frank Doucette, Gardena Merchants (6-10, 6 RBI, 1 Run) – .600
  • Home Run Leader – Lafayette Horton, Peters Sausage of Detroit (3-21, .143, 4 RBI, 3 Runs) – 2

1960 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bill Simoni, Delta Merchants
P – Bobby Spell, Clearwater Bombers
P – Harvey Sterkel, Sealmasters
C – Tony Esposito, Flat Iron AC
1B – George Haley, Delta Merchants
2B – George Caloia, Peter’s Sausage
3B – Babe Lolly, Delta Merchants
SS – Richard “Ricky” Tomlinson, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Bill Bearden, Champion YMCA
OF – John “Buster” Ziegler, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Charles Poindexter, Champion YMCA
UTIL – Jerry Fleming, DeJur

1960 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bill Massey, Clearwater Bombers
P – Wade Garrett, Champion YMCA
P – Gene Barr, A&A Shopette
C – Ed Riddell, Clearwater Bombers
1B – George Adam, DeJur
2B – Tommy Moore, Clearwater Bombers
3B – Gene Roberti, DeJur
SS – Ray Phillips, Delta Merchants
UTIL – Faye Dunbar, Teamsters Local 886


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 7-1 (Southern)
2. Delta Merchants, Stockton, CA (5-2) (North Pacific Coast)
3. Champion YMCA, Canton, NC (5-2) (South Atlantic)
4. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (5-2) (Defending Champ)
5t. A&A Shopette, Springfield, MO (2-2) (Western)
5t. Teamsters Local #880, Oklahoma City, OK (3-2) (Southwestern)
7t. Peter’s Sausage, Detroit, MI (4-2) (East Central)
7t. DeJur Cameramen, Long Island City, NY (2-2) (Mid Atlantic)
9t. Flat Iron AC, Philadelphia, PA (3-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Gardenia Merchants, Gardenia, CA (2-2) (South Pacific Coast)
9t. US Air Force, USA (1-2) (US Air Force)
9t. US Navy White Caps, Norfolk, VA (1-2) (US Navy)
13t. Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT (1-2) (New England)
13t. Federal Old Line Insurance, Seattle, WA (1-2) (Northwestern)
13t. 7-Up, St. Paul, MN (1-2) (Northern)
13t. M&H Cleaners, Pasadena, TX (0-2) (Texas)
17t. Hausske-Harlan Furniture, Peru, IN (0-2) (West Central)
17t. Zeb Pearce, Mesa, AZ (0-2) (Cactus)
17t. Musicaro’s Restaurant, Massapequa, NY (0-2) (Host)
17t. Our Chapel of Memories, Denver, CO (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
17t. Club 10, Manzanillo, Cuba (0-2) (Cuba)
17t. Mission Orange, Trail, BC (0-2) (West Canada-British Columbia)

NOTES: Peter’s Sausage, Detroit, MI went in place of – East Central Champ – Club 500, Detroit, MI, who could not attend. Our Chapel of Memories Mortuary, Denver, CO went in place of Rocky Mountain Champ – Sunnyside Grocery, Denver, CO, who could not attend. A&A Shopette, Springfield, MO went in place of – Western Champ – Barnes Store, Springfield, MO, who could not attend. East Canada Champ – did not send a representative. West Canada – Edmonton Champ – Calgary Orioles, Alberta did not attend. Puerto Rico Champ – Refrescos FRYA, Pio Piedras, Puerto Rico could not attend – had to withdraw due to Hurricane Donna.

1960 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1960 held at Richmond, Virginia.


Champion: Carolina Glass Rockets , High Point, North Carolina (35-0 record)
Runner Up: Pearl Laundry Pollyannas,, Richmond, Virginia


From 1957-60, the Women’s Nationals were actually called National Invitationals, the Women’s Open Nationals Officially started in 1961. From 1961-63, the Women’s Open Nationals had a consolation flight.

The High Point Glass Rockets completed their undefeated season by sweeping through the National Tournament in three straight games. Pitcher Peggy Andrews allowed only 18 hits in 21 innings. She surrendered just 3 runs and pitched a 2-0 shutout in the Championship Game. Andrews also wielded a hot bat also. Heidel’s Hall Nancy Conners started off the tournament tossing a 3-hitter over St. Patrick’s of Louisville, KY as Heidel’s banged out 28 hits in an 18-1 triumph. A young lady by the name of Nancy Oldham started out her Hall of Fame career playing for the High Point Carolina Glass Rockets.


ALL TOURNAMENT AWARDS

  • N.F. Jacobs and Son MVP Award – Peggy Andrews, Rockets (P), (3-0, allowed 3 total runs and 18 hits in 21 innings, pitched 2-0 shutout in final)
  • Hillerich & Bradsby Outstanding Hitter Award – Phyllis Snipes, Glass Rockets
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Peggy Andrews, Rockets
  • Batting Leader – Phyllis Snipes, Glass Rockets (6-10, 1 HR) – .600
  • Rockingham Manager Award – Louise Pete Brown, Glass Rockets

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Carolina Glass Rockets, High Point, NC (3-0)
2. Pearl Laundry Pollyannas, Richmond, VA (2-1)
3t. Heidel’s Hall, Covington, KY (2-1)
3t. Clearview Lake, Cincinnati, OH (1-1)
5t. BPW Hoosiers, New Albany, IN (0-1)
5t. Virginia Metals, Orange, VA (0-1)
5t. Eddie Mooer’s Blue Jays, Richmond, VA (0-1)
5t. Virginia Dairy, Richmond, VA (0-1)
9. St. Patrick’s, Louisville, KY (0-1)


SCORES

Single Elimination
Play-in Game

Heidel’s Hall, Covington, KY 18 St. Patrick’s, Louisville, KY 1 (Nancy Conners 3-hitter, Heidels 28 hits)

First Round/Quarterfinals
Pearl Laundry Pollyannas, Richmond, VA 12 BPW Hoosiers, New Albany, IN 5
Clearview Lake, Cincinnati, OH 7 Virginia Metals, Orange, VA 3
Carolina Glass Rockets, High Point, NC 5 Virginia Dairy, Richmond, VA 2
Heidel’s Hall, Covington, KY 11 Eddie Mooer’s Blue Jays, Richmond, VA 3

Semi Finals
Pearl Laundry Pollyannas, Richmond, VA 8 Clearview Lake, Cincinnati, OH 1
Carolina Glass Rockets, High Point, NC 4 Heidel’s Hall, Covington, KY 1

Championship
Carolina Glass Rockets, High Point, NC 2 Pearl Laundry Pollyannas, Richmond, VA 0