Category: 1967

1967 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1967 held at Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


Champion: Ridge Maintenance, Cleveland, OH
Runner Up: Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH


Dana Gardens defeated Publix, from Lakeland, FL to win their 6th game of the tournament. They needed to win the 7th and 8th to win it all. It wasn’t meant to be. The Best Women’s Slow Pitch team ever assembled that previously won National Championships in 1957 and finished 3rd in 1958. Then in 1962, started a string of excellence that would have them win National Titles in 1962, 1963 and 1964. Their record was 14-0. In 1965, they finished 5th, but came back in 1966 to go 7-1 and capture the title once again. This year, 2nd place is the best they could do (6-2 record). The teams national record in the 1960s was 30-5. it took a good young team like Ridge Maintenance to defeat the Cincinnati squad. They did so by defeating the defending champs 4-3. In the final game, Ridge scored 3 runs in the 4th inning to take a 4-1 lead they would never relinquish. The Cincinnati club came back and scored 2 runs in the 7th inning, but fell just short in the 4-3 loss. Ida Jean Hopkins was named MVP for her exceptional play and leadership. This tournament was so balanced, that only one team placed more then one player on the all tournament team. The championship team, Ridge Maintenance from Cleveland had one player on the team, MVP Ida Jean ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins.


  • MVP – Ida Jean Hopkins, Ridge (1-2 with run scored in 4-3 final)
  • Home Run Leader – Sue Palmer, Peterson (.410) – 4
  • Batting Leader – ?

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Betsy Harrill, Publix Tigers
  • C – Erma Richardson, Dana Gardens
  • 1B – Susan Clark, Steele Concrete
  • 2B – Pete Brown, Steele Concrete
  • 3B – Foxie Kellum, Carter Furniture
  • SS – Ida “Hoppy” Hopkins, Ridge Maintenance
  • SF – Marsha Smaltz, Portsmouth Merchants
  • LF – Millie Ruen, Columbus Redbirds
  • CF – Marilyn Busse, Publix Tigers
  • RF – Kathy Walz, Rutenschroer Florist

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Ridge Maintenance, Cleveland, OH 6-0
2. Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 6-2
3. Publix Tigers, Lakeland, FL 5-2
4. Rutenschroer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 5-2
5t. Merchants, Portsmouth, VA 5-2
5t. Soul Sisters, Detroit, MI 4-2
7t. Peterson, Oconomowoc, WI 3-2
7t. Carter’s, Jacksonville, FL 3-2
9t. Rebel Drive-In, Chattanooga, TN 3-2
9t. Steele Concrete, Burlington, NC 3-2
9t. Jerry’s, Lexington, KY 3-2
9t. Jeffersonville, Louisville, KY 3-2
13t. Windy Tap, Milwaukee, WI 2-2
13t. Avanti’s, Minneapolis, MN 2-2
13t. All-Sports, Great Falls, MT 2-2
13t. Martin, New Orleans, LA 2-2
17t. Redbirds, Columbus, OH 2-2
17t. Casey’s, North Little Rock, AR 2-2
17t. Poolettes, Sheboygan, WI 1-2
17t. Berry Jinx, Omaha, NE 1-2
17t. Toni, St. Paul, MN 1-2
17t. Lassies, St. Charles, LA 1-2
17t. Continentals, Indianapolis, IN 1-2
17t. Fansler, Garden City, KS 1-2
25t. First Methodist, Atlanta, GA 1-2
25t. Hofbrau, Brooklym Center, MN 1-2
25t. Jorgen Giesler, St. Louis, MO 1-2
25t. Spindler, Columbus, MS 0-2
25t. Andrew, Rome, GA 0-2
25t. Park, Charleston, WV 0-2
25t. Maumee, Toledo, OH 0-2
25t. Moosettes, Anchorage, AK 0-2
33t. Royals, Monroe, MI 0-2
33t. Merry Players, Fargo, ND 0-2
33t. Remington, Bridgeport, CT 0-2
33t. Nonotuck, South Hadley, MA 0-2

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.

1967 ASA Major Industrial Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1967 held at Jones Beach, New York, on August 1-9.


Champion – Grumman Aircraft, Long Island, NY
Runner Up – Louisville Gas & Electric, Louisville, KY


  • MVP – Jim Verteramo, Grumman Aircraft

ASA MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P-         Jim Verteramo, Grumman Aircraft, NY (MVP)
  • C-         Jim York, Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC
  • 1B-        Gary Friedley, IBM, Lexington, KY
  • 2B-        Bob DeMarco, E.L. Weigand, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 3B-        Ken Perry, IBM, Lexington, KY
  • SS-         Bob Hurd, Sikorsky, Stratford, CT
  • OF-        Don Caslow, Louisville Gas and Electric, KY
  • OF-        Dennnis Pluto, Long Island Lighting, NY
  • OF-        Bob Moore, Louisville Gas and Electric, KY
  • OF-        Joe Bartunek, E.L. Weigand, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Util-      Clyde Nixon, Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC
  • Util-      Joe Mallins, Grumman Aircraft, Long Island, NY

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Grumman Aircraft, Long Island, NY (6-1)
2. Louisville Gas & Electric, Louisville, KY (5-2)
3. IBM, Lexington, KY (7-2)
4. Long Island Lighting, Long Island, NY (4-2)
5t. Allen-Bradley, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
5t. E.L. Wiegand, Pittsburgh, PA (6-2)
7t. US Post Office, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
7t. Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (3-2)
9t. Minneapolis Gas, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
9t. Olson Plumbing, Columbia Heights, MN (3-2)
9t. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (2-2)
9t. Pro Brush, Northampton, MA (2-2)
13t. AMF, York, PA (2-2)
13t. Lehigh Valley Dairy, Bordentown, NJ (3-2)
13t. Chattanooga Combustion, Chattanooga, TN (2-2)
13t. ACIC, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
17t. Wisconsin Centrifugal, Waukesha, WI (1-2)
17t. JIK Case, Burlington, IA (1-2)
17t. Banco Credito, Puerto Rico (1-2)
17t. Dupont, Waynesboro, VA (1-2)
17t. R.R. Donnelly, Willard, OH (1-2)
17t. U.S. Gypsum, New York City, NY (1-2)
17t. Browerman Construction, Providence, RI (1-2)
25t. Setchell-Carlson, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
25t. Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY (1-2)
27t. Local 808, Evansville, IN (0-2)
27t. Cleveland Drill, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
27t. Fulton Cotton Mills, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
27t. Grumman Aircraft, Houston, TX (0-2)
27t. McLouth Steel, Detroit, MI (0-2)
27t. Public Safety, White Plains, NY (0-2)
27t. Dana Corp,. Toledo, OH (0-2)
27t. Rigel Textile, Trion, GA (0-2)

1967 ASA Open Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1967 held at Parma, Ohio


Champion – Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh PA
Runner Up – Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI


ASA started the “Regional Championships” this season. After 62 teams entered the 1966 National and with the rain and delays, the tournament was played throughout the night. It became too much, so ASA divided up the country into 30 regions and no longer were State and Metro Champs guaranteed a spot in the Nationals.

The Regionals brought together a specified number of State and Metro Champs to play in that particular Regional Championship Tournament. That winner then earned a berth to the National Championship.

The Defending Champion also had an automatic berth at each National along with the Host Team. This cut the number of teams down to a manageable number each year.

Jim’s Sports Shop started the season as Skip AC, but Jim’s Sports Shop took over the financial backing by the end of the season. Miller “Killer” Adams of Jim’s was a dominating force at bat and in the field as Jims beat the defending champs 14-8 to win the title.

Paul Tomasovich hit a home run and collected 3 RBIs in the final game. Tomasovich ended up 15-29 (.517) for the tournament. Both Ray Kruel and Andy Zilka also had 3 RBIs.

Tex Collins of Michael’s hit 4 HRs against County Sports, but it took Jack Westerlund’s walk off 3-run homer in the 7th inning to eliminate the Long Islanders 22-21. Collins’ effort offset great individual performances by County Sports Jim Galloway and Bill Brown who each hit 3 homers apiece in the loss. Michael’s then went to the finals where they defeated Jim’s 9-5 in the first final. Collins hit 13 HRs to set a record, 6 straight at one point.


  • MVP – Miller “Killer” Adams, Jim’s Sports Shop (16-24, .667, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs)
  • HR Leader – Carl Tex Collins, Michael’s Lounge (17-27, .630, 27 RBIs) – 13 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 11
  • Batting Leader – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop (19-23) – .840

1967 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P- Bill Brown, County Sports
  • C- Carl Tex Collins, Michael’s (17-27, .630, 13 HRs, 27 RBIs)
  • 1B- John Stone, Copper Hearth
  • 2B- Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s (19-23, .840)
  • 3B- Jim Galloway, County Sports
  • SS- John Lorenzo, Twin Cities Construction
  • OF- Miller Killer Adams, Jim’s (16-24, .667, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs)
  • OF- Mike Gouin, Michael’s
  • OF- Bob Malicki, Michael’s
  • OF- Steve Shurina, County Sports

OTHERS

  • Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop (15-29, .517, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1 – Jim’s Sports Shop (Skip AC), Pittsburgh, PA 6-1
2 – Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI 6-2
3 – County Sports, Levittown, NY 4-2
4 – Twin City Construction, Southington, CT 5-2
5t – Huffman Oil, Burlington, NC 3-2
5t – Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, MI 4-2
7t – Erie Sheet Metal, Cleveland, OH 2-2
7t – Snyder Masonry, Detroit, MI 3-2
9t – Hudepohl Beer, Springfield, OH 2-2
9t – Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 3-2
9t – LaGrange Screw, LaGrange, OH 3-2
9t – Kwik Car Wash, Parma, OH 2-2
13t – Heidleberg, Tacoma, WA 2-2
13t – Abrams Texaco, Cincinnati, MO 2-2
13t – Breton Motors, Rochester, NY 2-2
13t – Kobax Corporation, Chattanooga, TN 2-2
17t – AD McCombs, San Antonio, TX 1-2
17t – Country Side Realty, Hopkins, MN 0-2
17t – Dominiques Motors, Beau Bridge, LA 1-2
17t – Jimmy’s Colonial Inn, Richmond, VA 0-2
17t – Marks Brothers, Miami, FL 1-2
17t – Tom’s #2, Columbus, GA 1-2
17t – Bayer-Mingola, Millbury, MA 1-2
17t – Fred’s Colonial Inn, Washington DC 1-2
25t – Jo’s Pizza House, Milton, FL 0-2
25t – Martin Hay Specialties, Phoenix, AZ 0-2
25t – Kutis Funeral Home, St. Louis, MO 0-2
25t – Non-Ferrous Metal Fabrics, Cleveland, OH 0-2
25t – E.C. Womack AC, Virginia Beach, VA 0-2

1967 Copper Hearth

Front Row, L-R: Doc Neubauer, Mickey Grbich, Jim Becker, Wayne Staplefort, Gus Kelepouris – batboy, Chuck Vento, Don Wagner, Tony Galecke, Jim Mortl

Back Row, L-R: John Korinek, Milt Held – manager, Dave Holz, Tom Kannenberg, Tom Sorcic, Fred “Duke” Maas, John Stone, Eugene Cupertino

Front Row, L-R: Tony Galecke, John Korinek, Gus Kelepouris – batboy, Milt Held – manager, Wayne Staplefort

Back Row, L-R:   Robert Cooney, Mickey Grbich, Tom Sorcic, Jim Becker, Fred “Duke” Maas, Eugene Cupertino, Doc Neubauer, Tom Kannenberg

Milt Held, Manager of the Copper Hearth softball team, accepting the ASA Regional Championship trophy