Category: 1968

NewConn Traveling Slow Pitch League

Mostly Industrial Teams from Connecticut and Metro New York


1968 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct.

1. Avco-Lycomong, Stratford, CT 17- 5 .773 (LEAGUE CHAMPIONS)
2. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT 16-10 .615
3. Surfside Restaurant, Fairfield, CT 13-11 .542
4. Stotz Garage, Valhalla-Westchester, NY 10-10 .500
4. Long Island Lighting, Hicksville, LI, NY 11-11 .500
6. Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, LI, NY 7-11 .389
7. Miller Buick, Bridgeport, CT 8-14 .364
8. Pan-American, Queens-NYC, NY 7-16 .304

– Nassau County Police, Mineola, LI, NY (withdrew before season started)


1969 (final records incomplete) W-L Pct.

1. Avco-Lycomong, Stratford, CT 14- 2 .875 (LEAGUE CHAMPIONS)
2. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT 11- 7 .611
3. Miller Buick, Bridgeport, CT 8- 6 .571
4. Stotz Garage, Vahalla-Westchester, NY 7- 9 .438
5. Grumman Tracers, Bethpage, LI, NY 4-10 .296
6. Long Island Lighting, Hicksville, LI, NY 0-10 .000

– Charlie Browns, Long Island City, NY (withdrew before season started)

ASA All-Star Series

Defending ASA Open division champions played ASA Open All-Stars in a series format

Defending ASA Industrial  division champions played ASA Industrial All-Stars in a series format

1968 at Southgate, MI

ASA Open All-Stars of 1967        ——————-    Little Caesars, Detroit, MI (1967 ASA Open Runner-up)

Open All-Stars won the series (3-1): MVP – Officially Not named – (Jim Galloway, ASA All Stars, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
Jim’s Sports Shop of Pittsburgh were scheduled to play the All-Stars as they were the defending 1967 ASA Open National Champs, but they left ASA and joined the USSSA organization. So the ASA Runners-up, Michael’s Lounge of Detroit, MI,  under new sponsorship of Little Caesars played the All-Stars instead. Little Caesars opened up with a bang winning the first game big. After that, it was the All Stars who dominated the final 3 games. The All Stars were outscored by the powerful Detroit squad 41-34 in the 4 games.  After the first game explosion, All Star Pitcher Bill Brown from County Sports kept the Little Caesars bats in check and the Offense did its thing. Big Jim Galloway was mobbed by local fans all wanting to get an autograph.

Scores: (and some game notes)

-Little Caesars 27 – ASA Open All Stars 6; – Bob Malicki, Little Caesars (5-5, HR) to lead a 28 hit assault over the All Stars, which included 7 Home Runs.
-ASA Open All Stars 7 – Little Caesars 5; – Corky Kruel, (Pittsburgh), Doc Neubauer (Milwaukee) and  Jack Goodrich (Cleveland) had 3 hits each to lead the Stars. Goodrich also hit a HR.
-ASA Open All Stars 6 – Little Caesars 0; –  Bill Brown (Long Island) hurled a 5-hit shutout and combined with teammate Jim Galloway (Long Island) as each hit a HR to lead the All Stars.
-ASA Open All Stars 15 – Little Caesars 9; – Jim Galloway (Long Island) once again led the All Stars to victory with 3 hits, including a thunderous Home Run to put the game out of reach.


1969 at Jones Beach, NY

County Sports, Levittown, NY (1968 ASA Open Champ)        ——————-    ASA Open All-Stars of 1968

County Sports won the series (4-0): MVP – Officially Not named – (Bill Brown, County Sports, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
The defending champs were just too strong for the All Stars. With former pro footballer, Bill Brown pitching and the power of Bert Smith, Jim Galloway, Bill Malloy, Lou Russo, Rocky Salice and company, the All Stars were pretty much overmatched. Crowd favorite HT Waller (Florida) did not disappoint as he put on a display of power that even impressed the champs. There were no results on the scores, just that there was a four game sweep by County Sports led by Jim Galloway and Bert Smith over the All Stars.


1969 at Stratford, CT

Lycoming, Stratford, CT (1968 ASA Industrial Champ)        ——————-    ASA Industrial All-Stars of 1968

Lycoming won the series (4-0): MVP – Officially Not named – (Frank Deluca, Lycoming, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
With Frank Deluca on the mound for Lycoming, the Industrial All Star team looked helpless. Deluca surrendered only 17 runs in four games. He also was 5-12 (.417). The series was a quick 4 game sweep and The games were not even close. Charlie Gouvia was 11-16 (.688) in the four games series. Player Manager Don Hansen also came up big as he went 6-8 with four doubles in the first two games, then hit two home runs worth five runs in third game and finished up 8-10 on the weekend with 4 doubles and 2 home runs. Lycoming outscored the All Stars 56-17.

Scores: (and some game notes)
-Lycoming 8 – Industrial All Stars 2; – Lycoming Pitcher Frank Deluca surrendered only 6 hits in the game. Don Hansen was 4-4 with three doubles
-Lycoming 21 – Industrial All Stars 5; –  Pete Gallagher was 5-5, he had 3 singles and 2 HRs, accounting for 7 RBIs. Don Hansen had a bases loaded double.
-Lycoming 13 – Industrial All Stars 5; –  Don Hanson smashed a 3-Run Homer and then added a 3-Run Homer to lead Lycoming again. Charlie Gouvia was 4-4.
-Lycoming 14 – Industrial All Stars 5; –  Frank Deluca kept the Stars off balanced once again and Ray Day’s 3 run home run over the scoreboard in right center was the back breaker.

1968 ASA Industrial Men’s Slow Major Pitch Nationals

1968 held at Stratford, Connecticut on August 1-9.


Champion – Avco-Lycoming, Stratford, Connecticut
Runner Up – E.L. Weigand Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Avco-Lycoming won the loser’s bracket final beating Long Island Lighting 16-1 behind Don Hanson’s 6 RBI, then beat undefeated E.L. Wiegand Company 3-2 in the first final on Ray Day’s sac fly. They won the final game 11-4 behind Don Hansen’s 2 HR and 5 RBI. Frank DeLuca only gave up 10 runs in final 4 games and 31 runs total in the 9 games he pitched, he was 8-1 overall and gave up an average of less than 3 runs and 10 hits a game. Eddie Finnegan was lights out both at the plate and in the field the whole tournament.


  • MVP – Ed Finnegan, Avco-Lycoming (24-35, .686, 8 RBI, 17 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Don Hanson, Avco-Lycoming (17-27, .630, 8 RBI, 21 RBI, 17 Runs) – 7

ASA MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Frank DeLuca, Avco-Lycoming (8-1, gave up 31 runs in 9 games, less than 3 a game)
  • P – Duke Martin, E.L. Weigand Company
  • P – Ken Clark, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • C – Bob Gordon, E.L. Weigand Company
  • C – Joe Battaglia, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • 1B – Ray Shearer, York AMF
  • 2B – Denny Grim, York AMF
  • 3B – George Spsara, E.L. Weigand Company
  • SS – Ed Finnegan, Avco-Lycoming (24-35, .686, 8 RBI, 17 Runs)
  • OF – Charlie Gouvia, Avco-Lycoming
  • OF – Don Hansen, Avco-Lycoming (17-27, .630, 7 HR, 8 RBI, 21 RBI, 17 Runs)
  • OF – Bob Emenheiser, York AMF
  • UT – Pete Gallagher, Avco-Lycoming

ASA MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Chris Waldren, Post Office
  • P – Ed Showalter, AMF
  • P – Levon Holsonback, Combustion Engineers
  • C – Paul McKinney, Combustion Engineers
  • C – Jack Ryan, Grumman Aircraft
  • 1B – Jerry Jakubczyk, Bausch and Lomb
  • 2B – Larry Brunce, Delta Airlines
  • 3B – Ray Day, Avco-Lycoming
  • SS – Bob Hurd, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – George Hangos, Avco-Lycoming
  • OF – Bob Moore, Louisville Gas and Electric
  • OF – Wayne Jackson, Combustion Engineers
  • OF – Jerry Camfield, Louisville Gas and Electric

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Avco-Lycoming, Stratford, CT (8-1)
2. E.L. Weigand Company, Pittsburgh, PA (5-2)
3. Long Island Lighting Co., Hicksville, NY (4-2)
4. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (5-2)
5t. Combustion Engineers, Chattanooga, TN (6-2)
5t. Louisville Gas and Electric, Louisville, KY (4-2)
7t. AMF, York, PA (6-2)
7t. Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY (4-2)
9t. Beattie Plant, Fountain Inn, SC (2-2)
9t. Dupont Fibers, Waynesboro, VA (3-2)
9t. Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (2-2)
9t. Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, NY (2-2)
13t. Volunteer Fire Department, Ewing Township, NY (2-2)
13t. Local 808 IUE, Evansville, IN (2-2)
13t. Postal Employees, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
13t. Delta Airlines, Miami, FL (3-2)
17t. Moore Drop Forging Co., Springfield, MA (1-2)
17t. IBM, Atlanta, GA (1-2)
17t. Local 149, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
17t. Link Blues, Binghamton, NY (1-2)
17t. IBM, Lexington, KY (1-2)
17t. Lindsey Co., St. Paul, MN (1-2)
17t. Folk Corp, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
25t. Banco Credito, San Juan, PR (1-2)
25t. Armco Triangles, Middletown, PA (1-2)
25t. Delaware Association of Police, Wilmington, DE (0-2)
25t. Ford Motor Co. Monroe, MI (0-2)
25t. Pepsi-Cola, Detroit, MI (1-2)
25t. Local 1050, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
25t. Riegel Rifles, Trion, GA (0-2)
25t. Pepsi-Cola, New York, NY (0-2)
33t. Kaiser Jeep, Toledo, OH (0-2)
33t. General Mills, Minnapolis, MN (0-2)
33t. State Employees, Providence, RI (0-2)
33t. Monsanto, Pensacola, FL (0-2)
33t. Bradley Wash Fountain, Menomonie, WI (0-2)

1968 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1968 held at Jones Beach, New York.


Champion – County Sports, Levittown, New York (72-4)
Runner Up – Jo’s Pizza House, Milton, Florida (104-18)


Jo’s Beat County Sports 7-5 in winners bracket final , County Sports then came back and beat Jo’s twice 11-7, 17-12 to win the crown. Bert Smith hit HR in his first two at bats to ignite County Sports in the Final championship game. Smith came up big the Long Island team every game getting 23 hits and 24 RBI in the teams 8 games.  County Sports’ Jim Galloway chipped in with 11 HR and 17 RBI, and along with Bill Malloy (9 HR, 19 RBI), Lou Russo (5 HR, 13 RBI) and Pitcher Bill Brown’s 5 HR, led an explosive offense. HT Waller was a one man machine for Jo’s Pizza as he led them going 13-21 (.619) with 9 HR and 17 RBI. Jo’s Pitcher Gerry Martello and Outfielder Luther Ates played outstanding defense for Jo’s.


  • MVP – Bert Smith, County Sports (23-37, .622, 11 HR, 24 RBI, 19 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Bert Smith, County Sports – 11
  • Batting Leader – Bill Goedde, Dick Luken Volkswagon (13-16, 9 RBI, 3 Runs) – .813

1968 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Jerry Martello, Jo’s (4-2 Pitching and 5-19, .263, 2 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • C – Bill Malloy, County Sports (21-33, .638, 9 HR, 19 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • 1B – Lou Russo, County Sports (20-35, .571, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 15 Runs, 10 Doubles)
  • 2B – H.T. Waller, Jo’s (13-21, .619, 9 HR, 17 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • 3B – Bill Goedde, Dick Luken (13-16, .813, 9 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • SS – Tom DeLanzo, Hudepohl Beer (12-21, .571, 2 RBI, 7 Runs)
  • OF – Bob Schugman, County Sports (19-38, .500, 2 RBI, 12 Runs)
  • OF – Jerry Booher, Wilsman Trucking (16-26, .615, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • OF – Bert Smith, County Sports (23-37, .622, 11 HR, 24 RBI, 19 Runs)
  • OF – Luther Ates, Jo’s (10-22, .455, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 8 Runs)

1968 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P – Ron Ritter, Jiffy Club (3-2 Pitching and 10-16, .625, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • C – Mark Chandler, Erie Sheet Metal (10-16, .625, 4 HR,11 RBI, 8 Runs)
  • 1B – Cal Bodenstein, Jo’s Pizza (9-19, .476, 3 HR, 2 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • 2B – Jim Galloway, County Sports (19-35, .543, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 17 Runs)
  • 3B – Mac Stalcup, Kobax Corporation (9-13, .692, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • SS – Roy Hill, Kobax Corporation (8-17, .471, 3 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • OF – Larry Harbin, Anderson Shell (13-22, .591, 11 RBI, 7 Runs)
  • OF – Gordon Pfeiffer, Heidelberg Beer (10-12, .833, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • OF – Junior Riggs, Jiffy Club (8-13, .615, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • OF – Otto Knowles, Jo’s (10-18, .556, 5 RBI, 5 Runs)

OTHERS

Jim Sibert, Gene Angelos (10-13, .769, 2 RBI, 9 Runs)
Jack Goodrich, Gene Angelos (8-12, .667, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 Runs)
Steve Loya, Gene’s Sunoco (6-10, .600, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 Runs)
Preston Powell, Erie Sheet Metal (10-17, .588, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 10 Runs)
Bill Brown, County Sports (12-21, .572, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 10 Runs)
Rocky Salice, County Sports (15-30, .500, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 12 Runs)
Chester Dungan, Jo’s Pizza (10-21, .476, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 Runs)
Andy Loya, Gene’s Sunoco (5-11, .455, 1 HR. 7 RBI, 3 Runs)
Ron Annotico, Gene’s Sunoco (5-11, .455, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 Runs)
Steve Shurina, County Sports (13-33, .394, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 10 Runs)
Stan Harvey, Kobax (5-14, .357, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 Runs)
Howie Krause, Erie Steel (6-20, .300, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 Runs)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. County Sports, Levittown, NY (7-1)
2. Jo’s House of Pizza, Milton, FL (4-2)
3. Dick Luken Volkswagon, Cincinnati, OH (5-2)
4. Wilsman Truckers, Hamilton, OH (5-2)
5t. Erie Sheet Metal, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
5t. Heidleberg Beer, Tacoma, WA (2-2)
7t. Anderson Shell Misfits, Anderson, SC (4-2)
7t. Hudepohl Beer, Springfield, OH (3-2)
9t. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9t. Twin Cities Construction, Meridan, CT (3-2)
9t. Kobax Corporation, Chattanooga, TN (2-2)
9t. Ragu Foods, Rochester, NY (2-2)
13t. Climatic Air Rams, Maspeth, NY (2-2)
13t. Bayer & Mingola, Millbury, MA (2-2)
13t. Kutis Funeral Hone, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
13t. Playboy Tavern, Kennewick, WA (2-2)
17t. Central Brevard Merchants, Cocoa, FL (1-2)
17t. Shakey’s, Rockville, MD (1-2)
17t. Colonial Inn, Richmond, VA (0-2)
17t. Mahan Ford, Columbus, IN (0-2)
17t. Gene’s Sunoco, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
17t. Countryside Realty, Hopkins, MN (0-2)
17t. S.M. Pisut, Joliet, IL (1-2)
17t. Buck Moore’s Service Station, Macon, GA (0-2)
25t. Wamble Realty, Virginia Beach, VA (0-2)
25t. Del Campo Baking, Wilmington, DE (0-2)
25t. Coast Wholesalers Supply, Long Beach, MS (0-2)
25t. Kilberg-Grochran, San Carlos, CA (0-2)

1968 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1968 held at Rock Island, Illinois on August 23-September 1.


Champion – Nitehawks, Long Beach, California
Runner Up – Bombers, Rock Island, Illinois


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Dick Brubaker, Bombers
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Art Bunge, Bombers
  • Leading Hitter – Larry Lucht, Nitehawks – .533
  • Most RBI – N/A

1968 ISC FIRST TEAM ALL WORLD

P – Ty Stofflet, Sal’s Lunch (3-1, 0.20 ERA, 71 K, 4 BB)
P – Art Bunge, Nitehawks (4-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 K 4 BB)
P – Dick Brubaker, Bombers (Bombers) (5-2, 0.60 ERA, 67 K, 6 BB)
C – Milt Stark, Nitehawks C .250
C – Lex Little, DerWienerschnitzels C .214
C – Dick Zuccato, Bombers C .176
IF – Ray Wheeler, Cotter Corp IF .462
IF – Bill Unger, Bon-Air IF .438
IF – Bob Herr, Parris Tap IF .421
IF – Frank Trejo, DerWienerschnitzels IF .357
IF – Manny Ortega, Nitehawks IF .238
OF – Larry Lucht, DerWienerschnitzels OF .533
OF – Bill Lovato, DerWienerschnitzels OF .357
OF – Gary Dobereiner, Bombers OF .333
OF – Hal Mertinez, Nitehawks OF .304


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Nitehawks, Long Beach, CA
2. Bombers, Rock Island, IL
3. DerWienerschnitzels, LaMesa, CA
4. Sal’s Lunch, Philadelphia, PA
5t. Bon-Air, Moline, IL
5t. Teamsters, Tulsa, OK
7t. Cotter Corp, Cannon City, CO
7t. Condors, Dinuba, CA
9t. Parris Tap, Davenport, IA
9t. Sports Shop, Rock Island, IL
9t. Highland Shell, Baytown, TX
9t. Bob Neal Ford, Rock Island, IL
13t. Bob’s American Grill, Ogden, UT
13t. All Indian Champions, Tulsa, OK
13t. Bill’s Trim Shop, Ft. Worth, TX
13t. Patterson Motors, Mesa, AZ
17t. Nevada Test Site, Las Vegas, NV
17t. Hawks, Columbia, SC
17t. Morris Hopson Insurance, El Reno, OK
17t. Erie Stone Inc., Markle, IN
17t. Elway Express, Van Wert, OH
17t. Schure’s Sporting Goods, Sterling, CO
17t. Chiefs, Hammond, IN

1968 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1968 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (69-6)
Runner Up – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California


Bertha Tickey, who retired after the 1967 National, came back in 1968 to pitch one last year.  She only pitched two games, but made them memorable.

In the fist game she hurled, she pitched a 8-0 perfect game and struck out 14 batters, 11 of them in succession to start the game.

In her next and last game in her illustrious career, she pitched a 13 inning no-hitter in the winner’s bracket final to beat Fresno 1-0. Donna Hebert doubled in Donna Lopiano with the games winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning.  Tickey struck out 19 batters in the game. She finished the tournament with a 2-0 record, pitched 20 innings, struck out 33 batters, walked none and gave up no hits.

What an incredible way to end a career. For the second straight year, the Brakettes ran the table, going 6-0. They did not give up a run until the final game. They surrendered 10 hits in 6 games and struck out 76 in 48 innings. In the past 2 years, their pitching staff has been 12-0, 11 by shutout. They have struck out 151 batters in 91 innings. They only surrendered 17 hits and 1 run, which was unearned.

The Women’s Pitching Award would forever be known as the Bertha Tickey Pitching Award.


  • MVP – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (4-0, 3 shutouts, 25 IP, 42 K, won 3-1 final; also 10-23, .435, 6 RBI, 5 Doubles)
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Raybestos Brakettes (2-0, 20 IP, 33 K, gave up 0 hits, 1 no hitters, 1 perfect game)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
  • Batting Leader – Toni Swartout, Orlando Rebels (6-12) – .500
  • HR Leader – Pat Harrison, Raybestos (7-19, .368, 5 Runs, 2 RBI, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple) – 1

1968 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Bertha Ragan Tickey, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Pat Whitman, Perkasie Glenettes (4-2, 3 shutouts)
C – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes
C – Peggy Kellers, Raybestos Brakettes
1B – Shirley Topley, Orange Lionettes
2B – Veronica Maurek, Perkasie Glenettes
3B – Toni Swartout, Orlando Rebels
SS – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes (2-0, 2 shutouts)
OF – Pat Harrison, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Marlene Piper, Raybestos Brakettes (9-22, .409) – 2-run Double in final game was key in 3-1 victory.
OF – Pat Walker, Orlando Rebels
OF – Mickey Davis, Orange Lionettes
UTIL – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes

1968 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Jean Daves, Orlando Rebels
P – Gloria Helms, Fresno Rockets (3-2)
P – Jackie Rice, Orange Lionettes (4-2)
C – Linda Izatt, Utah Shamrocks
C – Mary Jane Boyd, Perkasie Glenettes
1B – Pat Lynch, Perkasie Glenettes
2B – Sue Gunter, Brentwood TN Sportettes
3B – Carol LaRose, Raybestos Brakettes
SS – Phyllis Shaak, Perkasie Glenettes
OF – Willie Roze, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Judy Stine, Wooster Lumber
OF – Sheila Patterson, Fresno Rockets
OF – Nera “Sally” White, Brentwood TN Sportettes
UTIL – Gerry Murphy, Fresno Rockets


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (6-0) (Defending Champ)
2. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (6-2) (South Pacific Coast)
3. Fresno Valley Rockets, Fresno, CA (3-2) (North Pacific Coast)
4. Perkasie Glenettes, Perkasie, PA (4-2) (Central Atlantic)
5t. Brentwood Sportettes, Nashville, TN (2-2) (South Atlantic)
5t. Ohse Meat Company, Topeka, KS (2-2) (Western)
7t. Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2) (Rocky Mountain)
7t. Wooster Lumber Girls, Wooster, OH (2-2) (East Central)
9t. Anchor Fence Anchorettes, Indianapolis, IN (1-2) (West Central)
9t. JH Rose Truckline Comets, Houston, TX (1-2) (Texas)
9t. Bridgeport Co-Eds, Bridgeport, CT (1-2) (Host)
9t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (2-2) (Southern)
13t. Schaeferettes, Plainfield, NJ (0-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. Panza Const. Superiorettes, West Haven, CT (1-2) (New England)
13t. Yakima Webb Cats, Yakima, WA (0-2) (Northwestern)
13t. Superior 400, Bloomington, MN (1-2) (Northern)
17t. Hull-Dobbs Ford, Memphis, TN (0-2) (Southwestern)
17t. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (0-2) (Cactus)

NOTES: Alaska Champ – Anchorage Gold Nuggets, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Hawaii Champ – no representative was listed. Canada Champ – Toronto Carpetland, Toronto, ON did not attend.

1968 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1968 held at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Champion – Mueller Pipe Liners, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Runner Up – BYM Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


BYM Club eliminated Jim’s Sport Shop in a close game 6-5 to make it to the Finals. Mueller Pipeliners defeated BYM in the Championship 10-9. Brookline scored 5 runs to take a 9-6 lead in the top of the 7th. Mueller came back with Tom O’Donnell driving in the tying and winning runs on the games last play to win 10-9. Jim Cody of Mueller pitched all 7 victories for Mueller and was the MVP. Cody surrendered only 17 runs in the 7 games he pitched. Ron Engler of BYM and Tom Taylor of Gatliff’s tied for the Home Run lead with 5. Nothing official was ever found, but Pittsburgh newspapers eluded to the fact that Ray Kruel was the tournament batting leader.


  • MVP – Jim Cody, Mueller Pipe (7-0, 2 Shutouts, 17 Runs given up)
  • HR Champion – Ron Engler, BYM Club – 5
  • HR Champion – Tom Taylor, Gatliff Auto – 5
  • Batting Champion – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

  • P – Jim Cody, Mueller’s Pipe Liners (7-0 Pitching, 2 Shutouts)
  • P – Lou DelMastro, BYM Club
  • C – Fred Cox, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • C – Sonny Rider, Gatliff Motors
  • 1B – Mark Farrington, Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • 2B – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • 3B – Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • SS – Paul Elphinstone, BYM Club
  • OF – Miller Adams, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • OF – Dick Polgar, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • OF – Jerry Schunk, Harrison Merchants
  • OF – Ron Engler, BYM Club (5 HRs)
  • OF – Tom Taylor, Gatliff Auto (5 HRs)

FINAL STANDINGS (top-10 listed, 50 teams played)

1. Mueller Pipe Liners, Milwaukee, WI (7-0)
2. BYM Club, Pittsburgh, PA (7-2)
3. Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
4. Harrison’s Merchants, Harrison, IN (8-2)
5t. Tirabassi Excavating, Kenosha, WI (6-2)
5t. Milwaukee Electric Tool, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
7t. Louisville Stars, Louisville, KY (4-2)
7t. Floyd Warren’s, Irwin, PA (4-2)
9t. Gatliff’s Auto Sales, Newport, KY (3-2)
9t. Brill’s Uniform Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
9t. MarVal Builders, Hamilton, OH (3-2)
9t. Golden Bear Lounge, Covington, KY (2-2)
13t. Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV (3-2)
13t. Larry’s Barber Shop, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
13t. Surf Bar, Cudahy, WI (5-2)
13t. O’Brien’s, Big Bend, WI (2-2)
17t. Seaco, Dalton, GA (2-2)
17t. Las Vegas Stars, Las Vegas, NV (1-2)
17t. Berardi Construction, Pekin, IL (2-2)
17t. Dominiques Motors, Breaux Bridge, LA (2-2)
17t. Covington Merchants, Covington, KY (3-2)
17t. Corky’s, McHenry, IL (3-2)
17t. New Rochelle Coachmen, New Rochelle, NY (1-2)
17t. Home Readers, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
25t. Timmels, Watertown, WI (4-2)
25t. Cheeks, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t. Main Tavern, Covington, KY (2-2)
25t. Ski-Hut, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t29. Mike’s 31 Club, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t. Hey Brothers, Dixon, IL (1-2)
25t. Polling Motors, Piqua, OH (1-2)
25t. Stars, Joliet, IL (1-2)
33t. Stanton’s, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
33t. Big Apple, Tempe, AZ (0-2)
33t. Bryant Furniture, Albertsville, AL (0-2)
33t. Kendall’s Lounge, Detroit, MI (1-2)
33t. Robert’s Lounge, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
33t. Bit of Italy, Covina, CA (0-2)
33t. Roger’s Midway Inn, Rochester, NY (1-2)
33t. Logan’s Party Store, Inkster, MI (0-2)
33t. Pekin Traffic Club, Pekin, IL (0-2)
33t. Indian Nation, Stillwater, OK (0-2)
33t. Lincoln Avenue Merchants, Dixon, IL (0-2)
33t. Optimist Blue, Dixon, IL (0-2)
33t. WQAD Radio, Miline, IL (0-2)
33t. Darvin Excavators, Pekin, IL (0-2)
33t. Schlitz, Fond du Lac, WI (0-2)
33t. Cincinnati Stars, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
49t. Spartansburg, SC (0-2)
49t. Totemburgers, Newport, KY (0-2)

1968 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1968 held at Springfield, Missouri.


Champion – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida
Runner Up – Oxnard Kings, Oxnard, California


Weldon Haney pitched the greatest game of his career as he hurled a 1-0 perfect game to win the Championship for the Clearwater Bombers over the Oxnard Kings of California. He also defeated the Kings 3-0 in the winner’s bracket finals. Haney was a one man show as he had 2 of the Bombers 3 hits in the final and scored the games only run. The Bombers went through this tournament without surrendering a single run.

Bill Parker, Bombers (6-18, .333, 3 RBI, 6 Runs with a 2B, 3B and a HR) led the Bombers offensively.

Eddie King, Bombers (2-0, 17 IP, 18 K, 2 shutouts)

Al DeWall, Whitaker Buick (3-2, 40 K, 41 IP, 3 runs, 1 ER given up, Pitched 30 consecutive innings of scoreless ball)

Wes Ivey, Ashland (3-2, 36 IP and 33 K).

Jack Newman (3-1, 28 IP, 35 K) and Pete Carlson (2-1, 25 IP, 41 K) both pitched brilliantly for the Oxnard Kings. They combined to strikeout 76 batters.


  • MVP – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers (4-0, 4 shutouts, perfect 1-0 game in finals, 39 K, 28 IP, also was 7-17 and batted .412 with a HR and 4 RBI, had 2 hits in the Championship Game)
  • Batting Leader – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers (7-17, 4 RBI, 4 Runs, 1 HR) – .412
  • Home Run Leader – Bobby Ledford, Turner Electric (3-15, .200, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs) – 2
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher Award  – N/A, not awarded or no mention of it (Weldon Haney would be the obvious choice)

1968 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers
P – Jack Newman, Kings
P – Wes Ivey, Faultless Rubber Company
C – Len Hall, Turner Electric Company
C – Al Varnum, Clearwater Bombers
1B – Dick Jaquez, Kings
2B – Bill Parker, Clearwater Bombers
3B – Bobby Clark, Little Joe’s
SS – Don O’Connor, Whitaker Buick
OF – Dave Dudley, Faultless Rubber Company
OF – John Tasker, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Ron Cooper, Local 57
OF – Fred Stift, Mayfair Center
UTIL – Bill Bearden, Little Joe’s

1968 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Eddie King, Clearwater Bombers
P – Al DeWall, Whitaker Buick
P – Bobby Spell, Stephen’s Truck Line
C – Barney Bridges, Stephen’s Truck Line
C – Jack Purtall, Faultless Rubber Company
1B – Bob Ledford, Turner Electric Company
2B – Bud Newman, Kings
3B – Jim Duncan, Stephen’s Truck Line
SS – Dewey Harris, Faultless Rubber Company
OF – Dennis Traham, Stephen’s Truck Line
OF – Bob Hunter, Kings
OF – Verlan Best, Little Joe’s
OF – Ben Hitch, Turner Electric Company
UTIL – Phillip Johnson, Turner Electric Company


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (6-0) (Host)
2. Oxnard Kings, Oxnard, CA (5-2) (South Pacific Coast)
3. Turner Electric Company, Montgomery, AL (3-2) (South Atlantic)
4. Faultless Rubber Company, Ashland, OH (4-2) (East Central)
5t. Whitaker Buick, St. Paul, MN (3-2) (Northern)
5t. Little Joe’s, Columbus, GA (2-2) (Southern)
7t. Stephens Truck Line, Lake Charles, LA (3-2) (Southwestern)
7t. Mayfair Center, Stockton, CA (2-2) (North Pacific Coast)
9t. Beech Grove Moose #17A, Indianapolis, IN (1-2) (West Central)
9t. Flat Iron AC, Philadelphia, PA (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Red White, Poughkeepsie, NY (1-2) (Mid Atlantic)
9t. Local 57 Engineers, Providence, RI (2-2) (New England)
13t. US Armed Forces, USA (2-2) (Armed Forces)
13t. Fremont Coin, Las Vegas, NV (0-2) (Cactus)
13t. Metzgar Salvage, Topeka, KS (1-2) (Western)
13t. Puueo Poi, Hilo, HI (1-2) (Hawaii)
17t. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (1-2) (Defending Champ)
17t. Kraft Heating, Houston, TX (0-2) (Texas)
17t. Jet-X, Englwwood, CO (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
17t. Federal Old Line Insurance, Seattle, WA (0-2) (Northwestern)

NOTES: Alaska Champ – Alaska Builders Cache, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Canada Champ – St. Catherine’s Old Guard Teepees, Ontario did not attend.

1968 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1968 held at Cincinnati, Ohio.


Champion: Escue Pontiac, Cincinnati, Ohio (41-8)
Runner Up: Carter’s Rebels, Jacksonville, Florida


Escue had to win 4 straight games on the final day to claim the crown, they eliminated defending champ, Ridge Maintenence 8-7, then had to play the tough Carolina Rockets, which they did (2-1) in 8 innings. The winning run was scored on an error with the bases loaded. The Cincinnati squad then had to defeat before Carter’s Rebels from Jacksonville, FL. They won the game 8-7. Now they had the task of defeating a hot Carter’s Rebels team from Florida. Then went out and defeated the Rebels 9-6 and then again 6-4 for the title as Gloria Hill came through with a clutch 2-run single to give Escue the lead in the top of the 7th inning and eventual winning margin, 6-4. Ridge Maintenance clean-up hitter and shortstop, ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins was selected the MVP for the second straight year, this time for a team that finished 4th place. Quite impressive. Escue Pontiac pitcher Peggy Carney pitched 11 games and won 10 of them for the Champs


  • MVP – Ida Jean Hopkins, Ridge Maintenance (.633, 4 HRs)
  • Home Run Leader – Ida Jean Hopkins, Ridge Maintenance – 4
  • Batting Leader – Ida Jean Hopkins, Ridge Maintenance- .633

1968 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Peggy Carney, Escue Pontiac
C – Mary Beal, Ridge Maintenance
1B – Susie Clark, Rockets
2B – Jean Perry, BPW Hoosiers
3B – Nancy Oldham, Rockets
SS – Ida Jean Hopkins, Ridge Maintenance
OF – Lea Clark, NYC All-Stars
OF – Karen Kuhnheim, Escue Pontiac
OF – Jo Winfree, Rockets
OF – Charlene Larrick, Rebels


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Escue Pontiac, Cincinnati, OH (10-1)
2. Carter’s Rebels, Jacksonville, FL (5-2)
3. Carolina Rockets, NC (4-2)
4. Ridge Maintenance, Cleveland, OH (6-2)
5t. BPW Hoosiers, Louisville, KY (3-2)
5t. New York City All Stars, New York, NY (3-2)
7t. Rutenschroer Florist, Cincinnati, OH (5-2)
7t. MaLarks, Minneapolis, MN (4-2)
9t. Ross-Lakeland Volkswagonettes, Lakeland, FL (5-2)
9t. South Side Sausage, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
9t. East Side Debs, Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)
9t. Converse Dots, Miami, FL (3-2)
13t. Pfeifer Girls, WI (3-2)
13t. Rebel Drive-Inn, TN (3-2)
13t. Oxford Merchants, Oxford, OH (4-2)
13t. Lucky Lager, MT (2-2)
17t. Motown Soul Sisters, Detroit, MI (2-2)
17t. FMC Corporation, WV (2-2)
17t. Monroe Royals, Monroe, MI (2-2)
17t. Geisler Jorgen, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
17t. Elmer’s Dog House, Aurora, IL (1-2)
17t. Grace Rebels, Atlanta, GA (1-2)
17t. Landontown Manufacturing, VA (1-2)
17t. Jimmies Food Store, AL (1-2)
25t. One Eyed Jacks, AR (1-2)
25t. Covered Wagon, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
25t. West Lake Angels, Indianapolis, IN (0-2)
25t. Aloha, Roma, GA (0-2)
25t. Francis Realty, CA (0-2)
25t. Anchorage Moosettes, Anchorage, AK (0-2)
25t. Sin-Tay Tools, SC (0-2)
25t. St. Anthony Park, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
33t. Oregon, Toledo, OH (0-2)
33t. Union Bank, North Vernon, IN (0-2)
33t. Sparks, Jeffersonville Parish, LA (0-2)
33t. Pik-Quik, Bloomington, MN (0-2)
33t. Berry Plastering, Omaha, NE (0-2)
33t. Glenn Manufacturing Co., MS (0-2)
33t. Ashland Bombers, Ashland, KY (0-2)
33t. Hutchinson National Bank, Hutchinson, KS (0-2)