Category: 1966

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.

1966 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1966 held at McAdenville, North Carolina on August 1-9.


Champion – IBM, Lexington, Kentucky
Runner Up – Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, North Carolina

IBM of Louisville, KY won their first National title behind the legendary Don Rardin, who  pitched the 6-4 championship game victory, retiring the last 10 men in order to clinch the title. Rardin, who already in his Hall of Fame career had won Open championships and also been selected to Open all world teams, showed why he was one of the best in leading IBM to the Industrial title. Rardin helped his own cause with 2 hits in the final, including a double in the 3 run 5th inning that gave IBM the 6-4 lead. IBM’s Mack Hullett was 3-3, including a HR in that final game. Shortstop, JD McDonald of Pharr Yarn earned his 7th all world selection . He previously was selected in 1956 and 1957 for the McAdenville Reds in Open play, plus  Industrial selections or Pharr Yarn in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965 and now 1966,  This is the most in Slow Pitch History to this point.  Rardin had two hits in 5 of the 6 games he played.


  • MVP – Don Rardin, Sr., IBM (6-0, allowed 13 runs, only 11 earned and 40 hits, including a 1-hit shutout)
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Don Rardin, Sr., IBM
  • Batting Leader – Eugene Lohr, Pepsi-Cola (13-19) – .680
  • HR Leaders – Thad Malinowski, Pharr Yarn – 3 (six players tied with 3, no info on the others)
  • HR Leaders – Ed Connolly, Long Island City Pepsi Cola – 3  (six players tied with 3, no info on the others)

ASA MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Don Rardin, IBM
  • C – Wayne Atkins, IBM
  • 1B – Buddy Nixon, Pharr Yarn
  • 2B – Ken Gottchalk, E.L. Wiegand
  • 3B – Ken Perry, IBM
  • SS – J.D. McDonald, Pharr Yarn
  • SF – Ed Connolly, Pepsi Cola
  • LF – Leon Huffman, Pabst IHC
  • CF – Thad Malanowski, Pharr Yarn
  • RF – Bob DeMarco, REAS Express

FINAL STANDINGS

1. IBM, Lexington, KY (6-0)
2. Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (7-2)
3. Pepsi-Cola, New York City, NY (4-2)
4. Pabst IHC, Springfield, OH (4-2)
5t. Lehigh Valley Dairy, Bordentown, NJ (3-2)
5t. E.L. Wiegand Company, Pittsburgh, PA (6-2)
7t. Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, NY (5-2)
7t. Akers Motor Lines, Charlotte, NC (3-2)
9t. Lycoming, Stratford, CT (2-2)
9t. Westinghouse, Cheswick, PA (3-2)
9t. Louisville Gas & Electric, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9t. Link A.C., Binghamton, NY (2-2)
13t. Providence Post Office, Providence, RI (2-2)
13t. Gas and Electric, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. Centrifugal, Waukesha, WI (2-2)
13t. Allen-Bradley, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
17t. DuPont Fibers, Waynesboro, VA (1-2)
17t. Chemstrand Fiber Corporation, Pensacola, FL (1-2)
17t. FMC Corporation, Charleston, WV (2-2)
17t. Minnegasco Elites, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Lockheed Jet Stars, Marietta, GA (2-2)
17t. Columbia Gas of Ohio, Toledo, OH (1-2)
17t. Xerox Local 14A, Rochester, NY (1-2)
17t. World Publishing, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
25t. City Employees, St. Louis Park, MN (1-2)
25t. Excelsor Mills All Stars, Union County, SC (1-2)
25t. Rohm-Haas No. 1, Knoxville, TN (0-2)
25t. Pro-phy-la-tic Brush, Florence, MA (0-2)
25t. Larking Colls, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
25t. ACIC, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
25t. Banco Credit, Puerto Rico (0-2)
25t. Evansville Local 808 IHC, Evansville, IN (0-2)
33t. REAS Express, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)
33t. Detroit Police, Detroit, MI (0-2)
33t. Setchall Carlson, St. Paul, MN (0-2)

1966 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1966 held at Parma, Ohio


Champion – Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, Michigan (72-11)
Runner Up – County Sports, Levittown, New York (81-9)


After losing to two-time defending champ, Skip Athletic Club 13-5 in their first game and then a rain delay in which more then 2 inches of rain fell, County Sports won 10 straight games the last 31 hours to reach the finals.

Michael’s Lounge, behind MVP Mike Axelson, beat Swing Inn of Cleveland 20-4 in the winner’s bracket finals and then sat back as County Sports beat Cleveland’s Swing Inn in a 18-17 slug fest behind the home run heroics of Jim Galloway.

In less than ideal conditions, Big Jim Galloway (11 HR) and pitcher Bill Brown (.690 batting average) led County Sports, who scored 174 runs and gave up 87 runs in that span, all the way back to the finals. All total, they scored 179 runs and hit 41 HR.

All those game took its toll on the Long Islanders as Michael’s Lounge defeated them 10-0 in the championship. Michael’s had 14 hits to County Sports’ 3. MVP Mike Axelson went 5-5 with 3 HR in the Championship game to lead Michael’s.


  • MVP – Mike Axelson, Michael’s Lounge (23-29, .792, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Bill Brown, County Sports – (10-2, pitched all 12 games and gave up less then 10 runs a game)
  • HR Leader – Jim Galloway, County Sports (20-41, .488, 29 RBI) – 11 – tied all time national tournament HR record
  • Batting Leader – Mike Axelson, Michael’s (23-29, 5 HR, 12 RBI) – .792

1966 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Bill Brown, County Sports (10-2 Pitching and 20-29, .690, 8 HR, 24 RBI)
  • C – Howie Krause, Swing Inn (14-24, .583, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
  • IF – Mike Axelson, Michael’s (23-29, .793, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • IF – Jim Galloway, County Sports (20-41, .488, 11 HR, 29 RBI)
  • IF – Bob Harrison, Wilsman Trucking (11-23, ,478, 8 HR, 15 RBI)
  • IF – Wally Galba, Michael’s (14-24, .583, HR, 10 RBI)
  • IF – Steve Loya, Swing Inn (16-24, .667, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • OF – Mike Gouin, Michael’s (11-21, .524, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
  • OF – Stu Levine, Helf-Erie (16-21, .762, 10 RBI)
  • OF – Fred Maas, Copper Hearth (14-19, .737, 19 RBI)
  • OF – Mort Weinberg, NYC Titans (13-21, .619, 3 HR, 9 RBI)

OTHERS

Charles Forte, County Sports (29-37, .784)
Gerry Lyle, Jo’s Pizza (17-25, .740)
Ed Nadolski, Michael’s Lounge (15-24, .625)
Lou Del Mastro, Skip AC (8-15, .533, 4 RBI, 3 Runs)
Bob Brunner, Wilsman Trucking (13-25, .520, 4 HR, 9 Runs)
Ray Zawaszki, Wilsman Trucking (15-29, .517, 10 Runs)
George Siford, Skip AC (8-16, .500, 8 RBI, 8 Runs)
Mike Kovach, Skip AC (9-18, .500, 2 RBI, 6 Runs
Gene Branham, Wilsman Trucking (14-28, .500, 11 Runs)
Al Waltz, Michael’s Lounge (11-22, .500)
Don Nuxhall, Wilsman Trucking (11-23, .478, 4 HR, 8 Runs)
Paul Tomasovich, Skip AC (8-17, .471, 4 RBI, 5 Runs)
Bill Cole, Michael’s Lounge (12-27, .444)
Jim Puckett, Michael’s Lounge (10-23, .435)
Miller Adams, Skip AC (3-7, .429, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 Runs)
Tom Trompics, Michael’s Lounge (8-19, .420)
Tex Collins, Michael’s Lounge (10-24, .417)
Jim Wessell, Wilsman Trucking (10-26, .385, 3 HR, 9 Runs)
Len Mackalavage, County Sports (4 HR, 17 RBI)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI (7-0)
2. County Sports, Levittown, NY (10-2)
3. Swing Inn, Cleveland, OH (5-2)
4. Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH (6-2)
5t. Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
5t. NYC Titans, Maspeth-Queens, NY (4-2)
7t. Helf-Erie Sheet Metal, Cleveland, OH (4-2)
7t. Vigilant AA, York, PA (6-2)
9t. Brookline Young Men’s Club, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
9t. Jo’s Pizza, Milton, FL (3-2)
9t. Seymour Merchants, Seymour, IN (3-2)
9t. Gonzalez Mexican Foods, Richmond, CA (3-2)
13t. B.B. Stone Insurance, Georgetown, KY (4-2)
13t. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY (4-2)
13t. Yuci’s Boys Club, Port Chester, NY (4-2)
13t. Skip Athletic Club, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)
17t. Blair’s Tavern, Wilmington, DE (3-2)
17t. Family Tavern, Washington, DC (3-2)
17t. Mt. Carmel, Joliet-Chicago, IL (2-2)
17t. Chadwick Construction, Meriden, CT (2-2)
17t. Falstaffers, Rock Hill, SC (2-2)
17t. St. Louis Metro, MO (2-2)
17t. J.P. Clyde, Knoxville, TN (2-2)
17t. Stonefingers, Parkersburg, WV (2-2)
25t. Spearville AMPRO, Dodge City, KS (2-2)
25t. Mass. State-Worcester, MA (2-2)
25t. Duff’s Westrum’s, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
25t. Livingston All Stars, Newark, NJ (2-2)
25t. Olden AA, Trenton, NJ (2-2)
25t. Huffman Oil, Burlington, NC (2-2)
25t. The Texans, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
25t. Mike’s Bar, Toledo, OH (2-2)
33t. Sportsland, Battle Creek, MI (1-2)
33t. M.B. Hagen Company, Hopkins, MN (1-2)
33t. Earl’s Tap, Providence, RI (1-2)
33t. Granite City, Madison, IL (1-2)
33t. Donaldsville Independents, New Orleans, LA (1-2)
33t. Hayes, Birmingham, AL (1-2)
33t. City Glass, Omaha, NE (1-2)
33t. Standard Industrial Laundries, Cinncinati, OH (1-2)
33t. Players Tavern, Tacoma, WA (1-2)
33t. Twi-Lite Drive-In, Great Falls, MT (1-2)
33t. Mark’s Brothers, Miami, FL (1-2)
33t. First Federal Savings & Loans, Mobile, AL (1-2)
33t. Weeks Dairy, Dover, NH (0-2)
33t. Gene Lobe Rich Heat, Bremerton, WA (0-2)
33t. Icore Industries, Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (0-2)
33t. Falstaff Bar, Fort Smith, AR (0-2)
49t. Okay Tires, Twin Falls, ID (0-2)
49t. Berry Brothers, Fredericksburg, VA (0-2)
49t. Becker’s, Waukesha, WI (0-2)
49t. Haskin’s Sporting Goods, Burlington, IA (0-2)
49t. Townhouse Motor Inn, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
49t. Jacksonville Metro, FL (0-2)
49t. Elliot Sales, Rome, GA (0-2)
49t. Canton Butane, Canton, MS (0-2)
49t. Bankers Life Insurance, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
49t. Hillcrest Lounge, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
49t. Strats, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
49t. Ragu Foods, Rochester, NY (0-2)
49t. R.I.T.C., Buffalo, NY (0-2)
49t. Taco Bell, Mesa, AZ (0-2)