Category: 1961

1961 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1961 held at Cincinnati, Ohio.

Champion: Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY (29-1)
Runner Up: Cleveland Jets, Cleveland, OH

Dairy Cottage got 5 runs in 7th inning highlighted by Kathy Walz’s 3rd hit of the game leading the 11-hit attack that gave Dairy Cottage pitcher Sandy Conway the 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Jets in the Women’s first official Slow Pitch National Championship. Conway was 3-0 pitching for the champs. Her teammates had her back scoring 30 runs in the 3 games Dairy Cottage won, Conway surrendered eleven runs. The 7th inning uprising was highlighted by Cindy Windburn and Joyce Mason, both delivered 2-run singles breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 7th, making the score 9-4. Cleveland tallied 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th, but it wasn’t enough. Cleveland’s Ruth Poole was the losing pitcher.

  • MVP – Not awarded
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Sandy Conway, Dairy Cottage (3-0 pitching record)
  • Batting Leader – not listed – (newspaper accounts claimed Kathy Walz had the most hits, but the ASA Hall of Fame bio’s state that Norma Eschenbrenner batted .602)
  • HR Leader – not listed


  • P-Sandy Conway, Dairy Cottage (3-0 pitching including a HR in the semi-final)
  • C-Rose Scheutzow, Cleveland Jets
  • 1B-Betty Dvorak, Dairy Cottage
  • 2B-Kathy Walz, Dairy Cottage (HR in semi finals and 3 hits in the final)
  • 3B-Nancy Margrath, Heidel’s Hall
  • SS-Barbara Klicka, Cleveland Jets
  • OF-Betty DeSanto, Cleveland Jets
  • OF-Jean Lenzer, Dairy Cottage
  • OF-Carol Smith, Rutenschroer Florist

FINAL STANDINGS (Single Elimination)

1. Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 3-0
2. Cleveland Jets, Cleveland, OH 2-1
3t. Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 2-1
3t. Louisville Has-Beens, Louisville, KY 1-1

—— last 6 teams went to consolation flight ——-

5t. Heidel’s Hall, Cincinnati, OH 1-1 (3-1 overall)
5t. Zee’s Nite Club, Perrysburg, OH 0-1 (2-2 overall)
5t. Aughinbaugh Canning Company, Biloxi, MS 0-1 (0-2 overall)
5t. Ellisvile Girls, St. Louis, MO 0-1 (1-2 overall)
9t. Fin ‘N Feather, Milwaukee, WI 0-1 (1-2 overall)
9t. Interstate Life Insurance, Chattanooga, TN 0-1 (0-2 overall)


First Round
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 4 – Interstate Life Ins., Chattanooga, TN 1
Heidel’s Hall, Cincinnati, OH 5 – Fin ‘N Feather, Milwaukee, WI 0

Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 7 – Aughinbaugh Canning Company, Biloxi, MS 0
Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 8 – Zee’s Nite Club, Perrysburg, OH 2
Louisville Has-Beens, Louisville, KY 4 – Ellisville Girls, St. Louis, MO 3
Cleveland Jets, Cleveland, OH 6 – Heidel’s Hall, Cincinnati, OH 5

Semi Finals
Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 13 – Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 3
— Cathy Walz and Sandy Conway both hit home runs for Dairy Cottage.
Cleveland Jets, Cleveland, OH 2 – Louisville Has-Beens, Louisville, KY 1
— Ruth Poole had a single in 10th inning drove in winning run for Cleveland

Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 9 – Cleveland Jets, Cleveland 6


1. Heidel’s Hall, Cincinnati, OH 2-0
2. Zee’s Nite Club, Perrysburg, OH 2-1
3. Fin ‘N Feather, Milwaukee, WI 1-1
3. Ellisvile Girls, St. Louis, MO 0-1
5. Aughinbaugh Canning Company, Biloxi, MS 0-1
5. Interstate Life Insurance, Chattanooga, TN 0-1


First Round
Fin ‘N Feather, Milwaukee, WI 14 – Interstate Life Ins., Chattanooga, TN 1
Zee’s Nite Club, Perrysburg, OH 12 – Aughinbaugh Canning Company, Biloxi, MS 1

Semi Finals
Heidel’s Hall, Cincinnati, OH 4 – Ellisvile Girls, St. Louis, MO 2
Zee’s Nite Club, Perrysburg, OH 1 – Fin ‘N Feather, Milwaukee, WI 0

Consolation Final
Heidel’s Hall, Cincinnati, OH 11 – Zee’s Nite Club, Perrysburg, OH 0

1961 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1961 held at Toledo, Ohio.

Champion – Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, North Carolina
Runner Up – Combustion Engineers, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Pharr Yarn shutout the Combustion Engineers 8-0 in winners bracket final, then waited for them to eliminate Tirabassi Excavating  and star pitcher, Mario Bonifiglio of Kenosha, WI (who hurled a couple shutouts earlier in the tournament) 8-7 in losers bracket final. Pharr Yarn then defeated the Tennessee team 8-3 in the final to cap a 6-0 record in the tournament. Pharr Yarn now has won 12 straight games in National play as they went 6-0 in the 1960 National as well.

  • MVP – Roger Coon, Pharr Yarn (15-25, .600, 6 HR, 2 3B)
  • HR Leader – Roger Coon, Pharr Yarn – 6
  • Batting Leader – no info


  • P – Ted Crunkelton, Pharr Yarn
  • P – Hugh Holcomb, Combustion Engineers
  • C – Thad Malinowski, Pharr Yarn
  • C – Sam Nigro, Tirabassi Construction
  • SS – J.D. McDonald, Pharr Yarn
  • IF – Tom Bowman, Combustion Engineers
  • IF – Rudy Simpson, Combustion Engineers
  • IF – Larry Gualtiri, Detroit Parks and Rec
  • IF – Frank Verbanac, Detroit Parks and Rec
  • OF – Roger Coon, Pharr Yarn (15-25, .600, 6 HR, 2 3B)
  • OF – Leroy Wynn, Pharr Yarn
  • OF – Russ Guarascio, Tirabassi Construction
  • OF – Arnold Davis, Allen-Bradley


1. Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (6-0)
2. Combustion Engineers, Chattanooga, TN (5-2)
3. Tirabassi Construction, Kenosha, WI (6-2)
4. Detroit Parks & Rec, Detroit, MI (6-2)
5t. Grumman Aircraft, New York, NY (6-2)
5t. Cincinnati Firefighters, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
7t. Crompton-Knowles, Worcester, MA (3-2)
7t. AM Smyre Manufacturing, Gastonia, NC (3-2)
9t. Dictaphone Corp. Bridgeport, CT (2-2)
9t. General Electric, Rome, GA (2-2)
9t. Allen-Bradley Co., Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
9t. National Cash Register, Dayton, OH (2-2)
13t. Local 9, Toledo, OH (2-2)
13t. Brown & Williamson, Petersburg, VA (2-2)
13t. US Time Corp., Little Rock, AR (1-2)
13t. Edison Co., Toledo, OH (1-2)
17t. Fort Wayne/St. Scholastica, Fort Wayne, IN (1-2)
17t. Louisville Gas & Electric, Louisville, KY (1-2)
17t. Ingall’s Gulf Exp., Biloxi, MS(1-2)
17t. Local 4407 Steel Workers of America, York, PA (1-2)
17t. People’s Natural Gas, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
17t. Mayrose Meats, St. Louis, MO(1-2)
17t. Cleveland Twist Drill, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
17t. Post Office, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
25t. Reese’s Candy Co., Syracuse, NY (0-2)
25t. Mory’s Liquors, Oakland, CA(0-2)
25t. Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, NE (0-2)
25t. Gansett Brewing, Naragansett, RI (0-2)
25t. Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY (1-2)

1961 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1961 held at Louisville, Kentucky

Champion – Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – Plateau Athletic Club, New York City, New York (68-9)

Hamilton Tailors eliminated Gatliff’s 11-1 behind Sam Minitti’s Pitching. Then the Tailors had to win both games in the finals to repeat as ASA Open National Champions.

Sam Minnitti pitched a 5-2 victory in the first game and also hit a 3-run home run to win the game in the 7th inning. Then he came back and pitched 3-hit shutout against the powerful New York City team to clinch the championship 2-0. Minnitti gave up only 7 total hits in both games. He also went 7-1 overall as a pitcher and in 8 games, only gave up 22 runs, including a shutout and three 1-run games. Somehow he was not named the MVP.

Jim Harper of 4th place Ready-Mix from Knoxville was named MVP. Minnitti was named Most Valuable Pitcher. Counting the 1960 Nationals where he was 9-1, Minniti had a 16-2 pitching record in the back to back titles. Becoming only the second team to perform this feat.

Gatliff’s of Kentucky won two straight in 1956 and 57. Plateau AC won its first 5 games, defeating The Tailors along the way 9-8 to send them to the losers bracket. Plateau’s stars were Bob Beier and George O’Neill, who both started off the tournament with 8 straight hits and Morty Weinberg, who excelled in short field and hit 2 HR also.

  • MVP – Jim Harper, Ready Mix Concrete – won award, even though his team finished 5th
  • Most Valuable Pitcher Award – Sam Minniti, Hamilton Tailors
  • HR Leader – Jim Harper, Ready Mix Concrete
  • Batting Leader – Hal Wiggins, Gatliff Auto (13-20) – .650


  • P – Sam Minniti, Hamilton Tailors (7-1, pitching and 2 HR)
  • C – Jim Harper, Ready Mix Concrete
  • 1B – Harry Phillips, Wilsman Trucking
  • 2B – Bob Beier, Plateau AC
  • 3B – Virgil Hoffman, Duffy’s Tavern
  • SS – Ron Cutter, Hamilton Tailors
  • SF – Mort Weinberg, Plateau AC (2 HR)
  • OF – Leo Wilham, Gatliff Auto Sales
  • OF – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze
  • OF – Hal Wiggins, Gatliff Auto Sales (13-20, .650)


Joe Okruhlica, Wilsman Trucking (11-21, .524, 10 Runs)
Jim Wessell, Wilsman Trucking (10-24, .417, 1 HR, 5 Runs)
Dick Bonar, Wilsman Trucking (10-24, .417, 3 HR, 8 Runs)


1. Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH (7-1)
2. Plateau Athletic Club, Maspeth, New York, NY (5-2)
3. Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY (5-2)
4. Krivian Club, Springdale, PA 4-2
5t. Ready-Mix Concrete, Knoxville, TN (5-2)
5t. Wilsman’s Trucking, Hamilton, OH (5-2)
7t. Duffy’s Tavern, Louisville, KY (4-2)
7t. Daly Drive-In, Detroit, MI (3-2)
9t. French Town Bar, Monroe, MI (4-2)
9t. Kelly’s Jet System Hamburger, Richmond, VA (4-2)
9t. Knights of St. John, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9t. Johnson Construction Company, Macon, GA (2-2)
13t. Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
13t. Al’s Green Tavern, Rochester, NY (2-2)
13t. Mike’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
13t. Freightways, Toledo, OH (2-2)
17t. Seawall Restaurant, Bridgeport, CT (3-2)
17t. Mobile All-Stars, Mobile, AL (2-2)
17t. Otto Candies, New Orleans, LA (2-2)
17t. McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC (1-2)
17t. Mt. Carmel, Worcester, MA (1-2)
17t. 5 and 10 Tap, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. Carter Sporting Goods, Tallahassee, FL (1-2)
17t. Field Shop, Miami, FL (1-2)
25t. Olden A.A., Trenton, NJ (2-2)
25t. Burch’s Blue Note, Hopkins, MN (1-2)
25t. Antonelli’s Restaurant, Warwick, RI (0-2)
25t. V&M Foods, Pass Christian, MS (0-2)
25t. Gold Bond Stamps, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
25t. U.S. National Bank, Omaha, NE (0-2)
25t. South Bend Merchants, South Bend, IN (0-2)
25t. Tip Toe Inn, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
33t. Peterson’s, Big Bend, WI (0-2)
33t. Stan’s Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)
33t. Reno County, South Hutchinson, KS (0-2)
33t. Charlies Mustangs, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
33t. Dougies Restaurant, San Antonio, TX (0-2)
33t. Indiana Avenue Church, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)