Category: 1962

Tri-State Traveling League

Teams from New York-Long Island/New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut


1962 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct.

1. Musicaro Restaurant, Massapequa, LI, NY 20- 4 .833 (LEAGUE CHAMPIONS) – 48-12 record on the Year
2. Plateau AC, Maspeth-Queens, NYC, NY 18- 6 .750
3. Shar-Don Plumbing, Wantagh, LI, NY 13-11 .542
4. Gil Hodges Club 52, Brooklyn, NYC, NY 9-11 .450
5. Olden AA, Trenton, NJ 10-14 .417
6. Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, LI, NY 6-14 .300
7. Elizabeth, NJ 3-13 .188

– Dilly Dally Club, Staten Island, NYC, NY 1- 5 .167
– League Batting Leader – Dennis Meekins, Musicaro
– League Home Run Leader – Lou Russo, Musicaro
– Pitching Leader – Duke King, Musicaro (20-4)


1963 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct.

1. Shar-Don Plumbing, Wantagh, LI, NY 15-5 .750 (LEAGUE CHAMPIONS)
2. Musicaro Foods, Massapequa, LI, NY 3-1
3. Stotz Garage, Valhalla-Westchester, NY 1-1
– Lubik Olds/Olden AA, Trenton, NJ 8-6
– Rye All Stars, Rye-Westchester, NY 1-1
– Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, LI, NY 1-1
– Murphy’s, Brooklyn, NYC, NY 0-2
– Starlight Express, Bayone, NJ/Brooklyn, NYC 1-3
– Batting Leaders – Zeke Sinicola, Shar-Don, Dennis Meekins, Musicaro
– Home Run Leaders – Lou Russo, Shar-Don; Rocky Salice, Shar-Don; Jim Galloway, Starlight
– Pitching Leaders – Bob Farris, Stotz; Duke King, Musicaro; Zeke Sinicola, Shar-Don
– NOTE – Bob Farris, Stotz (pitched two 1-0 Shutouts over Shar-Don on same night)


1964 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct. (League Champ – no info)

– Musicaro Foods, Massapequa, LI, NY 5-1
– Doc’s County Sports Center, Levittown, LI 3-1
– Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, LI, NY 1-1
– Stotz Garage, Valhalla-Westchester, NY 2-2
– Skippers Restaurant, Stratford, CT 1-3
– Quinn Packing, Providence, RI
– Lubik Olds/Olden AA, Trenton, NJ (withdrew before the season started)

NOTE – very limited info for 1964, except that Doc Linnehan first started getting involved
with a slow pitch team.


1965 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct. (League Champ – no info)

– No info available whatsoever in 1965


1966 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct.

1. Stotz Garage, Valhalla-Westchester, NY 13-7 .650 (LEAGUE CHAMPIONS) – 20-8 record on the Year
2. Musicaro Foods, Massapequa, LI, NY 12-7 .632
3. Lycoming, Stratford, CT 12-8 .600
– Chadwick Construction, Meridan, CT 2-2 .
– Stantons, Mount Vernon-Westchester, NY 1-3 .
– Pitching Leader – Bob Farris, Stotz Garage
– NOTE – Jim Telesco led Stotz with 6 HRs and batted .511
– NOTE – Bert Muench led Stotz with a .513 batting average


1967 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct. (League Champ – no info)

– Avco-Lycoming, Stratford, CT
– Chadwick Construction, Meridan, CT
– Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, LI, NY
– County Sports-Lizza, Levittown, LI, NY
– Penn TV, Cranston, RI
– Stotz Garage, Valhalla-Westchester, NY
– Titans, Maspeth, Queens, NYC, NY
– Babylon AA, West Babylon, LI, NY
– Musicaro Foods, Massapequa, LI, NY

NOTE – No info on any games, just who was entered, Musicaro withdrew before the season.

1962 ASA Major Industrial Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1962 held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Champion – Tirabassi Excavators, Kenosha, Wisconsin (53-7)
Runner Up – Allen-Bradley, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Tirabassi scored 6 runs in top of 7th inning to win the final over Allen-Bradley 10-5. Pitcher, Mario Bonafiglio’s 3-run homer was the big blow in the inning. That capped a run of 6 straight wins. Allen-Bradley came from the loser’s to win 5 games in the last day, before bowing to Tirabassi. 45 year old Pitcher Al Luick of Allen-Bradley hurled all ten of the teams games, including 6 straight games in an almost super-human effort to garner the MVP award. Tirabassi ended the season with a 53-7 record.


  • MVP – Al Luick, Allen-Bradley (Pitched and won 6 straight on final day, also had game winning hits)
  • HR Leader – Jerry Altman, American Cyanamide – 5 HR
  • Batting Leader -no info

ASA MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Mario Bonofiglio, Tirabassi Excavating (5-0 Pitching, gave up 16 runs in 5 games and batting: 9-15, .600, 1 HR, 9 RBI)
  • P – Al Luick, Milwaukee Allen-Bradley (8-2 Pitching)
  • C – Russ Guarascio, Tirabassi Excavating (1 HR)
  • 1B – Norman Savage, Louisville Gas & Electric
  • 2B – Gil Zajdel, Allen-Bradley
  • 3B – Frank Verbanac, Parks & Recreation
  • SS – J.D. McDonald, Pharr Yarn
  • OF – Jerry Altman, American Cyanamid (5 HRs)
  • OF – Howie Latshaw, Tirabassi Excavating (1 HR)
  • OF – Tom Ritz, People’s Gas
  • OF – Bob Czerwinski, Allen-Bradley

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Tirabassi Excavators, Kenosha. WI (5-0)
2. Allen-Bradley Co., Milwaukee. WI (8-2)
3. Peoples Natural Gas Co, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
4. Pharr Yarn Co., McAdenville, NC (4-2)
5t. Louisville Gas & Electric Co.. Louisville, KY (5-2)
5t. Wix Corp., Gastonia, NC (3-2)
7t. Grumman Aircraft New York City, NY (4-2)
7t. Parks & Recreation. Detroit, MI (3-2)
9t. Combustion Engineers, Chattanooga, TN (3-2)
9t. American Cyanamid Co, New Castle, PA (2-2)
9t. Broadwater Beach, Inc., Biloxi, MS (1-2)
9t. Red Owl Stores Inc, Hopkins, MN (1-2)
13t. Cincinnati Fire Fighters, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. Minnegasco, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
13t. National Cash Register, Dayton, OH (1-2)
13t. Fort Wayne State School. Fort Wayne, IN (1-2)
17t. YMCA, Parkersburg, WV (1-2)
17t. Carting Brewery, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
17t. Engelhard Industries Inc, Attleboro, MA (1-2)
17t. IBEW Local 827, Trenton, NJ (1-2)
17t. Lycoming Corp., Stratford, CT (0-2)
17t. WPRO TV, Providence, RI (0-2)
17t. Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, NE (0-2)
17t. Recreation Department, Portsmouth, VA (0-2)
25t. General Foods, Inc., White Plains, NY (0-2)
25t. Mayrose Meats, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
25t. Toledo Blade, Toledo, OH (0-2)
25t. Kordite Corp., Rochester, MN (0-2)

1962 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1962 held at Cleveland, Ohio.


Champion – Skip & Hogan Athletic Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (55-11)
Runner Up – East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, Michigan (49-3)


Plateau Athletic Club eliminated Sheffield Bronze 6-5 on a walk-off single by George O’Neil. Then East Side Sporting Goods, behind the hot bat of Bill Cole (triple and single) eliminated Plateau Athletic Club 5-1 to reach the final. Paul Tomasovich electrified the crowd in his first at bat when he hit a home run over the 30 foot high fence in right center.

East Side Sporting Goods came back with Bill Cole’s double being the big blow to take a 4-1 lead. The Pittsburgh crew came back in the 5th inning as Ron Kaintz and Mike Kovach both had back-to-back run scoring singles. They both scored on Jimmy Watts’ triple tying the score at 4 each. Skips winning run came in the 6th as Mike Orlando’s double plated Billy Caye who had singled. Bimbo McKenzie chipped in with 2 hits, including a RBI Double.

The magical pitching of Lou Del Mastro kept the Detroit bats quiet in the top of the 7th to preserve a 5-4 championship for Skip & Hogan. John Stone of Milwaukee set a new Home Run record with 11. Paul Tomasovich led Skip & Hogan for the weekend (12-18, .667, with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HR and 6 RBI). Del Mastro (9-15, .600, 4 doubles, 4 triples, while scoring 10 runs) and Kovach (9-17, . 529). Skip Hogans finished the season with a 39-6 record.


  • MVP – Bill Cole, East Side Sporting Goods (22-29, .758)
  • HR Leader – John Stone, Enterprise Bar (19 RBI) – 11 (set National Tournament Home Run record)
  • Batting Leader – Bill Cole, East Side Sporting Goods (22-29) – .758

1962 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Lou Delmastro, Skip Hogan AC (5-0 pitching, 9-15, .600, 4 2B, 4 3B, 8 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • C – Bill Cole, East Side Sporting Goods (22-29, .758)
  • 1B – John Stone, Enterprise Bar (11 HR, 19 RBI)
  • 2B – Bob Beier, Plateau Athletic Club
  • 3B – Wally Galba, East Side Sporting Goods
  • SS – Mike Kovach, Skip Hogan AC (9-17, .529)
  • SF – Mort Weinburg, Plateau Athletic Club
  • OF – Gene Gedeon, Sheffield Bronze (17-23, .739)
  • OF – Jim Pucket, East Side Sporting Goods (14-24, .587, 10 HR)
  • OF – Mike Orlando, Skip & Hogan Athletic Club (11-15, .733)
  • OF – Paul Tomsovich, Skip & Hogan Athletic Club (12-18, .667, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Vin Brannigan, Plateau Athletic Club
  • Neil O’Neill, Plateau Athletic Club

OTHERS

Carel Cosby, Wilsman Trucking (9-16, .563, 5 Runs)
Skeeter Payne, Wilsman Trucking (9-16, .563, 5 Runs)
Joe Okruhlica, Wilsman Trucking (9-18, 7 Runs)
Dick Bonar, Wilsman Trucking (9-18, .500, 5 Runs)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Skip & Hogan Athletic Club, Pittsburgh, PA (6-0)
2. East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI (5-2)
3. Plateau Athletic Club, Maspeth, NYC, NY (6-2)
4. Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH (4-2)
5t. Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH (3-2)
5t. Stotz Garage, Valhalla, NY (4-2)
7t. TWUA Textile Workers, Leakesville, NC (5-2)
7t. St. Clair Merchants, Cleveland, OH (4-2)
9t. Enterprise Bar, Milwaukee, WI (5-2)
9t. Grande-Leah, New Kensington, PA (5-2)
9t. Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA (3-2)
9t. Bud’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH (4-2)
13t. University City Blackhawks, St. Louis, MO (3-2)
13t. Holcomb’s Ten, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
13t. Hartman Plumbing, Toledo, OH (2-2)
13t. Mike’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
17t. Savannah Motors, Savannah, GA (2-2)
17t. Merchants, Woodland, CA (2-2)
17t. Ready Mix Concrete, Knoxville, TN (1-2)
17t. N&S Auto, Rochester, NY (1-2)
17t. Knights St. John, Louisville, KY (1-2)
17t. Hamilton Tailors, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
17t. Club 149, Trenton, NJ (1-2)
17t. Sills Sporting Goods, Hialeah-Miami, FL (2-2)
25t. Broward Sports Shops, Ft Lauderdale, FL (2-2)
25t. Club Grill, Westport, CT (1-2)
25t. Johnny’s Car Wash, Covington, KY (1-2)
25t. South Bend Merchants, South Bend, IN (1-2)
25t. V&M Foods, Pass Christian, MS (1-2)
25t. Bernson Silk Mills, Buena Vista, VA (1-2)
25t. Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL (0-2)
25t. Reno County, South Hutchinson, KS (1-2)
33t. Bursch’s, Hopkins, MN (0-2)
33t. Lafayette Building Assoc., Lafayette, LA (0-2)
33t. Red Bull Transfer, Omaha, NE (0-2)
33t. Avenue Church, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
33t. Joliet DX, Joliet, IL (0-2)
33t. Pabst Blue Ribbon, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
33t. Blair’s Tavern, Wilmington, DE (0-2)
33t. Russo’s, Providence, RI (0-2)
33t. Bridge City, LA (0-2)
33t. Miller High Life, Sheboygan, WI (0-2)
33t. Concrete Service, Great Falls, MT (0-2)

1963 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1963 held at Clearwater, Florida.


Champion – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida
Runner Up – Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, Illinois


Eddie King, Bombers (1-0, 31 IP, 32 K – 25 innings of scoreless relief pitching as Bombers defeated Portland 4-3 in 31 innings). Weldon Haney started the game and King relieved him in the 5th and struck out 25 batters in the next 25 innings and for good measure, he drove in the winning run in the 31st inning.  King finished up the tournament 1-0, with 32 Ks, in 31 IP. Jack Hutchinson of Portland lasted 29 innings before tiring. He struck out 23 batters. Don Ellison came in to pitch the final 2 innings and took the loss for Portland. This was the longest game in ASA National Championship History.

Ricky Tomlinson of the Bombers led off the bottom of the 9th with a single to left. Jerry Curtis, up next, also singled and on the same play, an outfield throwing error enabled Tomlinson to score with winning run in the 1-0 final.  Haney defeated Aurora’s Sterkal in another one in a long line of Bombers vs Sealmasters classics. Sterkal was the losing pitcher. He came into this event with a 29-6 career ASA National Tournament record, but a couple of bad breaks, and he was 3-2. In the first 35 games played in this tournament, there were 24 shutouts, including 12 (1-0) scores. And 14 of 17 losers bracket games were shutouts.

Aurora Sealmasters Pitching Staff – Harvey Sterkal (2-2, 29 IP, 41 K), Charlie Richard (3-0, 17 IP, 32 K) and John Spring (2-0, 28 IP, 42 K, 0 ER) were very tough, but the Clearwater bats came through.

Ed Johnson, Local #57 Engineers (1-2, 20 IP, 26 K, threw a 1-0 no hitter with 10 K).

Jack Newman, Oxford (3-1, 29 IP, 30 K).

Joe Tucker, Bormingham (3-1, 22 IP, 21 K).


  • MVP – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers (5-0, 5 Shutouts, 57 K, 40 IP), including a 1-0 9 inning 3-hit shutout with 11 Ks in the final.
  • Batting Leader – Joe Higgins, Mesa Mitchan Construction (5-11, .455, 2 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Bill McDonald, Vancouver (2-6, .333, 2 RBI, 1 Run) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Ned Wickersham, Aurora (7-31, .226, 4 RBI, 5 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Bill Parker, Clearwater Standard Oil (1-5, .200, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Al DeWall, St. Paul (1-5, .200, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – George Fowler, Long Island (1-10, .100, 2 RBI, 1 Run – 1

1963 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers
P – Eddie King, Clearwater Bombers
P – Johnny Spring, Aurora Sealmasters
C – Bobby Kuykendall, Clearwater Bombers
C – George Kinder, Oxnard Merchants
1B – Bill Dickson, Aurora Sealmasters
2B – Bob Barron, Aurora Sealmasters
3B – Doug Mason, Clearwater Bombers
SS – Ricky Tomlinson, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Ned Wickersham, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Bob Farney, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Al Summerford, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Ben Breskovich, Oxnard Merchants
UTIL – Don Ropp, Aurora Sealmasters

SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Harvey Sterkel, Oxnard Merchants
P – Jack Newman, Oxnard Merchants
C – Leroy Jarvis, Motif Homes
C – Cliff Smith, Aurora Sealmasters
1B – George Price, Champion YMCA
2B – Gus Colagerakis, Champion YMCA
3B – Ben Osuna, Oxnard Merchants
SS – John Davis, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Bub Butler, McKee Ramblers
OF – Clyde Miller, Champion YMCA
OF – Chalie Dobson, Motif Homes
OF – Dave Harbin, Oak Grove Food Center
UTIL – Joe Higgins, Michen Construction


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (6-0) (Defending Champ)
2. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (7-2) (West Central)
3. Oxnard Merchants, Oxnard, CA (3-2) (South-Pacific-Coast)
4. Motif Homes, Oklahoma City, OK (5-2) (Southwestern)
5t. Champion YMCA, Canton, NC (2-2) (South Atlantic)
5t. Whitaker Buick, St. Paul, MN (2-2) (Northern)
7t. Maddox Ice, Denver, CO (3-2) (Rocky-Mountain)
7t. Oak Grove Food Center, Birmingham, AL (3-2) (Southern)
9t. Michen Construction, Mesa, AZ (2-2) (Cactus)
9t. Billy Betz Flatiron AC, Philadelphia, PA (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. McKee Ramblers, Portland, OR (1-2) (Northwestern)
9t. Local #55 Climate Control, Huntington, NY (1-2) (Mid Atlantic)
13t. Local 57 Engineers, Providence, RI (1-2) (New England)
13t. Burch Gage & Tool, Detroit, MI (1-2) (East Central)
13t. Adams Milk, Springfield, MO (0-2) (Western)
13t. Jim Pattison Softball, Vancouver, BC (0-2) (West-Canada)
17t. Standard Oil, Clearwater, FL (0-2) (Host)
17t. Merced Monarchs, Merced, CA (0-2) (North-Pacific-Coast)
17t. J.H. Rose Truckline, Houston, TX (0-2) (Texas)
17t. Bacardi Club, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico (0-2) (Puerto Rico)

NOTE: East Canada Champ – no representative was listed.

1962 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1962 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California (41-11)
Runner Up – Whittier Gold Sox, Whittier, California (33-14)


Orange Lionettes defeated the Pekin-Lettes 5-0, then lost to the Brakettes 2-1, putting them in the losers bracket. It was there that this team did the improbable, reeling off 7 straight wins to capture the title. They won 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 4-1, 3-0, and then beat the Whittier Gold Sox 2 straight in the finals 3-2 and 1-0. By winning this championship, the Lionettes won their 6th championship, most amongst women’s teams. Ginny Hanselman hurled the 3-2 win in the first final.

Carol Gilmore outdueled MVP Louise Albrecht in a 13 inning 1-0 classic. The championship winning run was scored in the bottom of the 13th as Ricky Caito led off the inning with a triple, the next 2 batters were intentionally walked. Gilmore his a ground ball and the force play at home was good, but the catcher’s throw to first to try to double up Gilmore was late and then Johanna Moore, walked intentionally earlier, raced home with the winning run.

Ricki Caito, Orange Lionettes (started off the big 13th inning with a triple, then Johnna Moore and Sally Carman were intentionally walked to load the bases. Carol Gilmore came up and grounded to first, the throw to home was on time to get Caito, but the catcher tried to get Gilmore at first, but over threw the bag allowing Moore to race home with the championship winning run.

Bertha Ragan-Tickey went 1-0, 16 IP, 27 K.

Ginny Hanselman (3-1, 25 IP, 10 K, 4 ER, including a no hitter and a perfect game).


  • MVP – E. Louise Albrecht, Whittier Gold Sox (5-2, 5 consecutive shutouts, 59 IP, 35 K, lost 3-2 and 1-0 in the 13 inning final)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Janet Dicks, Reading Crystalettes (6-14, 3 Runs, 1 RBI) – .429
  • HR Leader – Joan Joyce, Brakettes (6-17, .353, 2 Runs, 3 RBI) – 1

1962 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (3-2, 31 IP, 63 K)
P – E. Louise Albrecht, Whittier Gold Sox
P – Carol Gilmore, Orange Lionettes (5-0, 44 IP, 21 K, 5 Shutouts, WP in final game)
C – Arlene Eischens, Minneapolis Comets
C – Carol Lee, Whittier Gold Sox
1B – Shirley Topley, Orange Lionettes
2B – Carolyn Fitzwater, Erv Lind Florists
3B – Joan Paulson, Minneapolis Comets
SS – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
OF – Janet Dicks, Reading Crystal-ettes
OF – Darlene May, Whittier Gold Sox
OF – Chris “Pettina” Miner, Erv Lind Florists
OF – Audrey Betz, Reading Crystal-ettes
UTIL – Sharron Backus, Whittier Gold Sox

1962 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Pat Whitman, Reading Crystal-ettes
P – Marion Fox, Filtro Electric Perks
P – Jan Berkland, Minneapolis Comets
C – Rosemary “Micki” Stratton, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers
1B – Betty Cahill, Filtro Electric Perks
2B – Chris Ambord, Whittier Gold Sox
3B – Kay Williamson, Orange Lionettes
SS – Mildred Dixon, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Mary Thompson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Beverly Ebbecke, Minneapolis Comets
OF – Colleen Riley, Whittier Gold Sox
OF – Joyce Moxley, Filtro Electric Perks
UTIL – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (8-1) (South Pacific Coast)
2. Whittier Gold Sox, Whittier, CA (5-2) (Defending Champ)
3. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (4-2) (Host)
4. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (4-2) (Northwestern)
5. PBSW Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (2-2) (Cactus)
6. Reading Crystalettes, Reading, PA (3-2) (Central Atlantic)
7. Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka (2-2) (Japan)
8. Filtro Electric Perks, Toronto, ON (2-2) (East Canada)
9. Old Dutch Brewerettes, Lorain, OH (1-2) (East Central)
10. Cochituate Motors, Cochituate, MA (1-2) (New England)
11. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (1-2) (Southern)
12. Minneapolis Comets, Minneapolis, MN (2-2) (Northern)
13. Marauders, Elizabeth, NJ (1-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
14. Pekin-Lettes, Peoria, IL (1-2) (West Central)
15. Rebecca Methodist Girls, Memphis, TN (0-2) (Southwestern)
16. Arnold Taylor Girls, Dallas, TX (0-2) (Texas)
17. Ohse Meat Company, Topeka, KS (0-2) (Western)
18. Tennessee Belles, Nashville, TN (0-2) (South Atlantic)
19. Fresno Rockets, Fresno, CA (0-2) (North Pacific Coast)

NOTES: Rocky Mountain Champ – Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT could not attend due to financial reasons. West Canada Champ – Premier Steelers, Edmonton, Alberta did not attend.

1962 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1962 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida
Runner Up – Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, Connecticut


The Bombers swept past 6 straight opponents outscoring their opponents 28-8 to win their sixth championship. They beat the Cardinals 3-2 in the winners bracket final as Weldon Haney outdueled Bill Massey. Then after Stratford eliminated Detroit and star hurler Bonnie Jones 3-1 in the losers bracket final, behind the great pitching of John Spring. The Rayestos team got what they wanted, another crack at the Clearwater squad. John Spring started for Raybestos and they spotted him with a 1-0 lead after scoring a run in the top of the first, courtesy of George Adam’s single that scored Frankie Williams. Then Doug Mason slapped a single to score Jerry Curtis to tie the score in the 6th inning. Bill Massey came in to pitch in relief of Spring. The score was tied 1-1. In the top of the 8th, Raybestos scored a run as Bill Massey’s hit scored Frankie Williams to take a 2-1 lead. Clearwater came up and in the bottom of the 8th, Doug Mason’s single tied the score at 2 apiece. Ray Mink then hit a looping single to score Mason with the championship winning run. Haney was the MVP with a 5-0 record. Eddie King won the other game for the Bombers.

John Spring, Raybestos (3-0, 33 K, 29 IP, 1 ER)

Harvey Sterkal, Aurora (3-0, 39 K, 22 IP, 0 ER, 3 shutouts; also 4-10, .400 hitting)

Bonnie Jones, Detroit Club 500 (3-1, 25 IP, 28 K), Ed Johnson also pitched for Club 500, he was 1-1, pitched 9 innings and had 21 K.

Philadelphia Pitching Legend George Ulmer led Flat Iron AC to a 2-2 record. Herm Taggert was 5-12 (.417) with 2 doubles, a triple and 4 RBI.


  • MVP – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers (5-0, 52 K, 42 IP)
  • Batting Leader – Tommy Moore, Clearwater Bombers (8-18, 1 RBI, 2 Runs) – .444
  • Home Run Leader – Frankie Williams, Stratford Cardinals (8-24, .333, 5 RBI, 7 Runs, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple) – 2

1962 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers
P – Harvey Sterkle, Aurora Sealmasters
P – John Spring, Raybestos Cardinals
C – Bobby Kuykendall, Clearwater Bombers
C – Jake Farland, Portland Bucks
1B – George Adams, Raybestos Cardinals
2B – Frank Williams, Raybestos Cardinals
3B – Jim Rubbelke, Whitaker Buick
SS – Eddie Mathias, Whitaker Buick
OF – Howard Johnson, Club 500
OF – Ned Wickersham, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Bob Butler, Portland Bucks
OF – Ben Breskovich, Mary All Stars
UTIL – Bill Massey, Raybestos Cardinals

1962 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bonnie Jones, Club 500
P – Jack Hutchinson, Portland Bucks
P – George Ulmer, Flat Iron AC
C – Don Drake, Aylco Club
C – Clifford Smith, Aurora Sealmasters
1B – Herm Taggert, Flat Iron AC
2B – Tom Moore, Clearwater Bombers
3B – Doug Mason, Clearwater Bombers
SS – Ricky Tomlinson, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Paul Delgobbo, Raybestos Cardinals
OF – Phil Gatto, Portland Bucks
OF – Billy Parker, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Ron French, Raybestos Cardinals
UTIL – Al Thompson, DeJur Cameramen


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (6-0) (Southern)
2. Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT (5-2) (Host)
3. Club 500, Detroit, MI (4-2) (East Central)
4. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (4-2) (Defending Champ)
5t. Aylco Club, Decatur, IL (3-2) (West Central)
5t. Whitaker Buick, St. Paul, MN (4-2) (Northern)
7t. Portland Bucks, Portland, OR (3-2) (Northwestern)
7t. DeJur Cameramen, Long Island City, NY (2-2) (Mid Atlantic)
9t. Flat Iron AC, Philadelphia, PA (2-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Bayou Bombers, Lake Charles, LA (2-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Maddox Ice, Denver, CO (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. Mary All Stars, San Pedro, CA (2-2) (Couth Pacific Coast)
13t. Ralph Motors LTD, Calgary, Alberta (0-2) (West Canada)
13t. Champion YMCA, Canton, NC (0-2) (South Atlantic)
13t. JH Rose Truckline, Houston, TX (1-2) (Texas)
13t. YMI, Stockton, CA (1-2) (North Pacific Coast)
17t. Fleck’s Falstaff, Cedar Rapids, IA (0-2) (Central)
17t. Local 57 Engineers, Providence, RI (0-2) (New England
17t. Sabourin Mountain Park, Hull, Quebec (0-2) (East Canada)
17t. Bicardi Club, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico (0-2) (Puerto Rico)
17t. Whitthorne’s Glass House, Tucson, AZ (0-2) (Cactus)

1962 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1962 held at Cincinnati, Ohio.


Champion: Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio (45-1)
Runner Up: Rutenschrorer Florist, Cincinnati, Ohio


After Dana Gardens Pitcher Dot Bailey got Rutenschrorer out with no runs after they loaded the bases in the first inning. The Dana Gardens defense turned the first of their 4 double plays in the game. Norma Eschenbrenner and Alberta Kohls had back to back hits to ignite Dana and get them started as they scored 6 runs in the first inning. Dot Bailey surrendered only 5 runs in her 5 pitching victories, three of them by shutout. On a side note, Dana Gardens defeated Rutenschrorer to win the Cincinnati Metro crown the week prior.


  • MVP – Not awarded – (newspaper accounts all said it would have been Dot Bailey by virtue of her pitching and hitting)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Dot Bailey, Dana Gardens (5-0 pitching, including shutout in both semi-final 8-0 and final 7-0, she surrendered only 3 runs in 5 games.)
  • Batting Leader – Dot Bailey, Dana Gardens (11-16) – .688
  • Home Run Leader – Donna Moulton, Omaha Royals – 3

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

P – Dot Bailey, Dana Gardens
C – Lavern Zurick, Dana Gardens
1B – Betty Dvorak, Dairy Cottage
2B – Marlene Menchen, Rutenschroer Florist
3B – Carol Zimprich, Windy Tap
SS – Nancy Oldham, Hickory Grove
SF – Jean Shafer, Dairy Cottage
OF – Betty DeSanto, Ohio Furniture
OF – Phyllis Robinson, Monroe Merchants
OF – Alberta Kohls, Dana Gardens (7-17, .412)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH (5-0)
2. Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH (4-1)
3t. Covington Dukettes, Covington, KY (2-1)
3t. Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY (2-1)
5t. Omaha Royals, Omaha, NE (2-1)
5t. Ohio Furniture, Cleveland, OH (1-1)
5t. BPW Hoosers, Louisville, KY (1-1)
5t. O’Jay Mills, Gordon, GA (1-1)
9t. Monroe Merchants, Middleton, OH (1-1)
9t. Aughinbaugh Canning Company, Biloxi, MS (0-1)*
9t. South Carolina (0-1)
9t. Windy Tap Girls, Milwaukee, WI (0-1)
9t. Nile Straight, TN (0-1)
9t. Hill Top Bar, Pittsburgh, PA (0-1)
9t. Hillbillies, Clay, WV (0-1)
9t. Hickory Grove, NC (0-1)
17t. Michigan (0-1)
17t. Detroit, MI (0-1)
17t. St. Louis, MO (0-1)
17t. Pinewood Park, FL (0-1)

NOTES: *Won consolation flight. The tournament format is single elimination.


SCORES

Single Elimination

First Round
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 7 Pinewood, FL 1
Monroe Merchants, Middleton, OH 8 St. Louis, MO 5
Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 5 Detroit, MI 0
Omaha Royals, Omaha, NE 11 Michigan 0

Second Round
Ohio Furniture, Cleveland, OH 2 Hickory Grove, NC 1
BPW Hoosers, Louisville, KY 4 Hillbillies, Clay, WV 2
O’Jay Mills, Gordon, GA 5 Hill Top Bar, Pittsburgh, PA 4
Covington Dukettes, Covington, KY 11 Nile Straight, TN 6
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 10 Windy Tap, Milwaukee, WI 6
Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 14 Monroe Merchants, Middleton, OH 1
Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 10 South Carolina 2
Omaha Royals, Omaha, NE 11 Aughinbaugh Canning Company, Biloxi, MS 8

Quarterfinals
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 5 Ohio Furniture, Cleveland, OH 3
Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 4 BPW Hoosers, Louisville, KY 2
Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 11 O’Jay Mills, Gordon, GA 3
Covington Dukettes, Covington, KY 6 Omaha Royals, Omaha, NE 3

Semi Finals
Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 8 Covington Dukettes, Covington, KY 0
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 3 Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 2

Championship
Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 7 Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 0


CONSOLATION FINAL (only info on consolation flight is the championship result):

Aughinbaugh Canning Company, Biloxi, MS 2 – South Carolina 1

NOTE: this is the only information available on the consolation flight. no results, no scores, just the Championship Game score.