Category: 1973

1973 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1973 held at Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Champion: Sweeney Chevrolet, Cincinnati, OH (70-3)
Runner Up: Hialeah Fotochrome Dots, Hialeah, FL


The Cincinnati Girls of Sweeney’s defeated the Hialeah Dots 9-0 in the final. In 7 games, Sweeney’s outscored their opponents 82-19. The Dots did not have one player hit over .500 during the tournament, which shows how impressive Princess Carpenter’s stats were. Ruth Michal of the Independence Rockettes of Cleveland finished second in batting with a .733 mark (11-15). The closest after that was over .150 points away.


  • MVP – Princess Carpenter, Sweeney Chevrolet (18-21, .857, 2 HRs, 20 RBIs)
  • Batting Leader – Princess Carpenter, Sweeney Chevrolet – .857
  • Home Run Leader – Princess Carpenter, Sweeney Chevrolet – 2

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P-Marsha Replogle-Ehler, Sweeney Chevrolet
  • P-Sadie Nelson, Avantis
  • C-Sharon Tice, Sweeney Chevrole
  • C-Bonnie Hensley, Raney Tire
  • 1B-Princess Carpenter, Sweeney Chevrolet
  • 2B-Donna Wolfe, Sweeney Chevrolet
  • 3B-Ruth Michal, Rockettes
  • SS-Jenny Johnson, Sweeney Chevrolet
  • OF-Jan DuBois, Avantis
  • OF-Marilyn Busse, Rubi-Otts
  • OF-Marty Gordon, Rubi-Otts
  • OF-Linda Ares, Hialeah Dots
  • UT-Chris Padgett, Hialeah Dots
  • UT-Carol Smith, Hialeah Dots

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P-Kay Yow, Rubi-Otts
  • P-Millie Medina, Hialeah Dots
  • C-Judy Lockhart, Rubi-Otts
  • C-Diane Hinkle, Rutemschroer
  • 1B-Sandy Patton, Hialeah Dots
  • 2B-Lewannee Fenty, Hialeah Dots
  • 3B-Anita Rieskamp Gardner, Sweeney Chevrolet
  • SS-Ruth Patterson, Boatmart
  • OF-Mildred Lovelace, Boarmart
  • OF-Bonnie McVey, Raney Tire
  • OF-Sue Stoddard, Stretch Motel
  • OF-Irene Dill, Sweeney Chevrolet
  • UT-Charmon Odle, Hamiltons
  • UT-Janet Childress, Hi Landers

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Sweeney Chevrolet, Cincinnati, OH 7-0
2. Hialeah Dots, Miami, FL 5-2
3. Avantis, Minneapolis, MN 7-2
4. Raney Tire, Cleveland, OH 5-2
5t. Rubi-Otts, High Point, NC 3-2
5t. Cleveland Rockets, Cleveland, OH 3-2
7t. Rutenschorer, Cincinnati, OH 4-2
7t. Hi-Landers, Louisville, KY 3-2
9t. Boat Mart, Chattanooga, TX 4-2
9t. Hamilton’s, Bellingham, WA 3-2
9t. York Barbellettes, York, PA 2-2
9t. Stretch Motel, Fond Du Lac, WI 2-2
13t. Bob Paul’s, St. Louis, MO 2-2
13t. Progrssive Printers, Dayton, OH 2-2
13t. Waymire Motors, North Little Rock, AR 2-2
13t. Vaughn’s Electric, Murfreesboro, TN 2-2
17t. Oxford Sports Center, Oxford, OH 1-2
17t. Motown Soul Sisters, Detroit, MI 1-2
17t. South Park Saints, Santa Rosa, CA 1-2
17t. Westwood Concrete, Bloomington, MN 1-2
17t. Browne’s, Hays, KS 1-2
17t. Groman’s Sports Shop, Manchester, CT 1-2
17t. Aristocrats, Portsmouth, VA 1-2
17t. Hounds and Foxes, Brookhaven, NY 1-2
25t. Alamo National Bank, San Antonio, TX 1-2
25t. Dixie Demons, Richmond, VA 1-2
25t. American Legion Post #90, Los Alamos, NM 0-2
25t. Lucky Boy, Chattanooga, TN 0-2
25t. Allain’s Gems, Lafeyette, LA 0-2
25t. Little Big Men, Billings, MT 0-2
25t. Tucker Road Community Center, Oxen Hill, MD 0-2
25t. PAL All-Stars, Lynn, MA 0-2
33t. St. Augustine Volunteers, St. Augustine, FL 0-2
33t. Montgomery Generals, Montgomery, AL 0-2

American Slowpitch Softball League World Series of Softball

Year Champion — Runner-up
Location
MVP


1972 held at Parma, OH

Champion – Little Caesars, Detroit, MI
Runner Up – Sir Loin/Jim’s, Pittsburgh, PA

  • MVP – Bill Cole, Little Caesars
  • HR Leader – Jim Galloway, Empire County Sports – 6

1973 held at Etna/Pittsburgh, PA

Champion – Empire County Sports, Levittown, NY
Runner Up – Palazzo’s Bar, Trenton, NJ

  • MVP – Jim Galloway, Empire County Sports (13-19, .619, 6 HRs)
  • HR Leader – Larry Chiapatta, County Sports – 7
  • Batting Leader – Mike Foley, County Sports (14-19) – .736

1974 held at Etna/Pittsburgh, PA

Champion – Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA
Runner Up – York Barbell, York, PA

  • MVP – Corky Kruel, Jim’s Hard Hats (15-18, .833)
  • Batting Leader – Corky Kruel, Hard Hats – .833

1975 Held at Trenton, NJ

Champion – Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA
Runner Up – Angeloni’s Restaurant, Trenton, NJ

  • MVP – Jim Foxy Nelson, Jim’s Hard Hats (6 HRs)
  • HR Leader – Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s – 7

1976 Held at Trenton, NJ

Champion – Addies, Washington, DC
Runner Up – Rudolphe-Libbe, Toledo, OH

  • MVP – Stan Brantley, Addies (3 HRs, 8 RBIs in championship)
  • HR Leader – Dick Sievert, Rudolphe-Libbe – 12 HRs

1977 – Folded


ASSL Regular Season Leaders

1972

  • Batting Leader- Ray Corky Kruel, Sir Loin/Jim’s Sports Shop .710
  • Home Run Leader-Steve Loya, Champion Sports/Erie Sheet Metal -28

1973

  • Batting Leader- Dick Sievert, Toledo Keys .655
  • Home Run Leader-Jim Galloway, County Sports -43

1974

  • Batting Leader- no info available
  • Home Run Leader-John Spaddacino, Trenton Big Z’s -32

1975

  • Batting Leader- no info available
  • Home Run Leader-John Spaddacino, Angeloni’s Restaurant -22

1976

  • Batting Leader- no info available
  • Home Run Leader-John Spaddacino, Trenton Bicentennials -22

1972 ASSL (final records are incomplete)

East-North Division

County Sports, Levittown, NY 9- 3 .750 *
Ronnie’s/Sarner’s, Greenwich, CT 7- 5 .583
Conn-Rex, Southington, CT 8- 6 .571
Polazzo-Armenti’s, Trenton, NJ 4-10 .286

East-South Division

Sir Loin/Jim’s Sports, Pittsburgh, PA 10- 3 .769 *
York Barbell, York, PA 6- 6 .500
Federal Wrecking Co., Wash, DC 7- 7 .500
Worthy’s, Wilmington, DE 1- 9 .100

Midwest-East Division

Gene’s/Champion, Parma, OH 20-14 .588 *
Meteors/Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 19-15 .559
American Motors, East Lake, OH 2-24 .083

Midwest-West Division
Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 24- 2 .923 *
Toledo Blades, Toledo, OH 12-12 .500
Central Ohio Welding, Columbus, OH 8-16 .333


1972 ASSL Midwest Regular Season Stats (no info on East Division; except below)

Player, Team AB H Runs RBIs Avg
Dave Jakubs, Champion 106 62 38 27 .585
Steve Loya, Champion 88 51 39 67 .580 28 HRs
Jim Price, Mansfield 128 39 46 35 .575
Andy Loya, Champion 96 52 22 22 .542
Dick Sievert, Toledo Blades 74 40 26 24 .541
Larry Bartilome, Mansfield 104 56 39 38 .538
Jim Puckett, Caesars 82 44 31 36 .537
Mike Gouin, Caesars 86 44 38 24 .512
Jack Ward, Mansfield Meteors 108 55 46 64 .509
Bob Auten, Caesars 93 47 41 48 .505


1972 ASSL East Regular Season Stats (extremely limited)

Player, Team AB H Runs RBIs Avg
Ray Corky Kruel, Jims 107 76 ? ? .710
Miller Killer Adams, Jims 105 62 ? ? .590 26 HRs


1972 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Parma, OH

FORMAT: 4 division Champs played a triple elimination

Final Standings
1. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 4-1
2. Sir Loin/Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 4-3
3. County Sports, Levittown, NY 2-3
4. Champion Sports/Erie Sheet Metal, Parma, OH 0-3

All World Team – incomplete
MVP – Bill Cole, Little Caesars
Bob Auten, Little Caesars (Pitched shutout in final game)
Mike Axelson, Little Caesars
Mike Gouin, Little Caesars
Tex Collins, Little Caesars (2 HRs in Final 2 games)
Bill McDowell, Sir Loin
Jim Galloway, County Sports (6 HRs)
Steve Loya, Champion Sports (3 HRs)


Playoff Tournament-Triple Elimination (September 22-23, Parma, OH)

County Sports 28, Champion Sports 5 (Galloway 3 HRs, Malloy 2 HRs)
Little Caesars 9, Sir Loin 2
Sir Loin 11, Champion Sports 9 (Steve Loya 2 HRs, Andy Loya HR)
County Sports 11, Champion Sports 10 (Steve Loya HR, Mack Chandler HR)
Little Caesars 21, County Sports 18
Sir Loin 10, County Sports 9
Sir Loin 20, County Sports 14 (Bill McDowell 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, Jim Galloway 3 HRs)
Sir Loin 7, Little Caesars 4
Little Caesars 7, Sir Loin 5 (Tex Colllins HR)
Little Caesars 5, Sir Loin 0 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes:

Bob Auten, Little Caesars (Pitched a 4-hit shutout to win championship)
Mike Axelson, Mike Gouin, Bud Malicki and Stan Juciuk (all RBI singles)
Tex Collins had a HR as well.


1973 ASSL (final records are incomplete)

East Division
1. Empire County Sports, Levittown, NY 11- 3 *
2. Palazzo’s Bar, Trenton, NJ 15- 9 *
3. Providence, RI ?- ? *
4. Connrex, Southington, CT 4- 2
5. York Barbell, York, PA 2- 6

Midwest-North Division
1. Bar-N/Meteors, Mansfield, OH 15- 7 *
3. Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 10-12 *
2. Walters Cafe, Canton, OH 7- 9 *

Midwest-South Division
1. Schlessman Seeds, Sandusky, OH 12- 8 *
3. Toledo Keys, Toledo, OH 9- 6 *
2. Champion Sports, Parma, OH 3-13

1973 ASSL Midwest Regular Season Stats (no info on East Division, except bottom 5 guys)

Player, Team Avg. HRs RBIs
Dick Sievert, Toledo Keys .655 20 36
Tom Krenchicki, Trenton .613 0 10
John Spadaccino, Trenton .602 16 34
Steve Loya, Champion .582 13 30
Larry Bartilome, Mansfield .581 2 19
Dave Jakubs, Champion .580 15 32
Van Woodworth, Sandusky .575 ? ?
Ray Kruel, Jim’s .564 1 9
Larry Migliaccio, Trenton .550 10 22
Chuck Desloover, Toledo .549 12 24
Cliff Bartilome, Sandusky .547 10 29
Jim Price, Canton .547 2 12
Mike Kovach, Jim’s .531 0 12
Andy Loya, Champion .522 12 38
Player, Team (East) Avg. HRs RBIs
Jim Galloway, County Sports 43
Larry Chiapetta, County Sports 40
Gary Richter, County Sports 29
Stu Laribee, Conrex 11
Bob Miller, York Barbels 10


1973 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Pittsburgh (Etna), PA

FORMAT: Top 2 teams in Midwest Divisions, top 3 in East Division and 1 at-large berth – double elimination

Final Standings
1. County Sports, Levittown, NY 4-1
2. Palazzo’s Bar, Trenton, NJ 4-2
3. Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 3-2
4. Bar-N/Meteors, Mansfield, OH 2-2
5. Providence, RI 1-2
5. Schlessman Seeds, Sandusky, OH 1-2
7. Walters Cafe, Canton, OH 0-2
7. Toledo Keys, Toledo, OH 0-2

All World Team

MVP- Jim Galloway, County Sports (13-19, .619, 6 HRs)
Batting Leader – Mike Foley, County Sports (14-19, .736)
HR Leader – Larry Chiapatta, County Sports (7)
Gary Richter, County Sports
Lou Russo, County Sports
Bob Menzel, Pallazos
Ernie Hicks, Pallazos
John Spaddaccino, Pallazos (20-29, .690)
Stan Patykula, Pallazos
Fred Walters, Pallazos
Lou Abel, Jim’s Sports Shop
Mike Kovach, Jim’s Sports Shop
Red Kowalski, Jim’s Sports Shop
Charley Speck, Jim’s Sports Shop

Playoff Tournament (missing some scores)

Mansfield 11, Toledo 10
County Sports 21, Canton 9 (Galloway HR)
Palazzo’s 19, Sandusky 5 (Spadaccino 4-5 hits, HR, Tom Krenchicki 5-5)
Providence 20, Jim’s Sport Shop 18
Palazzo’s 18, Providence 6 (Spadaccino 4-5, HR)
County Sports W, Mansfield L (Galloway HR)
County Sports 30, Palazzos 17 (Galloway 2 HRs)
Jim’s, Pittsburgh 27, Sandusky 7
Sandusky W, Toledo
Jim’s, Pittsburgh 9, Providence 6
Mansfield W, Sandusky L
Jim’s, Pittsburgh 20, Mansfield 3
Palazzo’s 19, Jim’s Sports Shop 18
Palazzo’s 21, County Sports 8
County Sports 23, Palazzos 7 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes:

Mike Foley, County Sports (4-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBIs)
Larry Chiapetta, County Sports (3-3, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 3B, 5 Runs)
Gary Richter, County Sports (3-4, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
Lou Russo, County Sports (3-4, 2B, 3B)
Jim Galloway, County Sports (1-4, HR, 3 RBIs)
Leon Curiel, Sr. County Sports (4-5, Pitched victory)
John Spaddacino, Palazzos (3-4, 2 RBIs)


1974 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Pittsburgh (Etna), PA

FORMAT: Top 6 best records played a double elimination

1974 final records are incomplete

Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 8-4
Big Z, Trenton, NJ 6-4
Rochester, NY 4-4
Stamford, CT 4-4
York Barbell, York, PA 6-9
Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 0-4
1974 ASSL Regular Season Stats (no other info)

Player, Team Avg. HRs RBIs

John Spadaccino, Trenton .602 32 68

Playoff Tournament

Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 11 – Big Z, Trenton, NJ 9
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 13 – York Barbell, York, PA 2
Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 20 – Rochester, NY 4
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 10 – Stamford, CT 5
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 25 – Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 13
York Barbell, York, PA 9 – Big Z, Trenton, NJ 8
Rochester, NY 12 – Stamford, CT 10
York Barbell, York, PA 6 – Rochester, NY 1
York Barbell, York, PA 11 – Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 8
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 7 – York Barbell, York, PA 6 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes:

Bill Bell, Pittsburgh (3-run homer to give Pittsburgh a 7-6 win)
Ken Stark, Pittsburgh (Winning Pitcher)MVP-Corky Kruel, Pittsburgh (15-18, .833 – 13 straight hits at one point)

All World Team: incomplete
MVP-Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Hard Hats (15-18, .833)
Batting Leader – Corky Kruel, Hard Hats – .833
Jimmy Jones, Hard Hats (13-17, .764, 5 HRs)
Ken Stark, Hard Hats (Pitcher)

Final Standings

1. Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 4-0
2. York Barbell, York, PA 3-2
3. Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 2-2
4. Rochester, NY 1-2
5. Big Z, Trenton, NJ 0-2
6. Stamford, CT 0-2


1975 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Trenton, NJ

FORMAT: Top 8 best records played a triple elimination (final records are incomplete)

East Division

1. Angeloni’s Restaurant, Trenton, NJ 23-9
2. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY 4-2
3. Bruno’s Resta., Poughkeepsie, NY 2-2
4. York Barbell, York, PA 1-3
5. Pinter’s Nets, Uniondale, NY 0-2
6. Poughkeepsie, NY 0-2

Mid-West Division

1. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 10-6
2. Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 4-2
3. Rochester, NY 3-3
4. Pullman Inn, Willard, OH 3-3

HR Leaders- Eastern Division only

John Spadaccino, Angeloni’s 22
John Dunn, Angeloni’s 18
Larry Migliaccio, Angeloni’s 16
JR Elio, Angeloni’s 16
Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s 14
Stan Patykula, Angeloni’s 12
Playoff Tournament
Angeloni’s Restaurant W, York Barbell L
Pullman Inn 15, Plaza 76 9
Levittown Legion W, Bruno’s Restaurant L
Hard Hats W, Rochester L
Angeloni’s Restaurant W, Pullman Inn L
Hard Hats W, Levittown Legion L
Hard Hats w, Angeloni’s Restaurant L
Plaza 76 W, York Barbell L
Rochester W, Bruno’s Restaurant L
Pullman Inn W, Plaza 76 L
Rochester 8, Levittown Legion 6
Pullman Inn W, Rochester L
Plaza 76 W, Bruno’s Restaurant L
Levittown Legion W, York Barbell L
Plaza 76 W, Levittown Legion L
Plaza 76 16, Rochester 5
Pullman Inn 15, Angeloni’s Restaurant 9
Angeloni’s Restaurant 12, Plaza 76 1
Angeloni’s Restaurant 11, Pullman Inn 6
Angeloni’s Restaurant 22, Pullman Inn 11
Hard Hats 17, Angeloni’s 7 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes: Jim Nelson continued his hot streak, he had 8 straight hits at one point, started the championship with HRs in his first 2 at bats. Pittsburgh led 5-0, then stretched it out to 11-0, and then finally 17-7.

Jim Foxy Nelson, Hard Hats (4-4, 2 HRs)
Larry Migliaccio, Angeloni’s (2 HRs)
John Dunn, Angeloni’s (HR)

All World Team: incomplete

MVP – Jim Foxy Nelson, Jim’s Hard Hats (6 HRs)
HR Leader – Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s – 7 HRs
Batting Leader – Jim Foxy Nelson, Jim’s Hard Hats
Lou Abel, Jim’s Hard Hats
Jimmy Jones, Jim’s Hard Hats
Greg Birko, Jim’s Hard Hats
Harry Westwood, Jim’s Hard Hats
John Dunn, Angeloni’s Restaurant
Art Kearns, Angeloni’s Restaurant
Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s Restaurant

Final Standings

1. Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 4-0
2. Angeloni’s Restaurant, Trenton, NJ 5-3
3. Pullman Inn, Willard, OH 4-3
4. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 4-3
5. Rochester, NY 2-3
5. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY 2-3
7. York Barbell, York, PA 0-3
7. Bruno’s Restaurant, Poughkeepsie, NY 0-3


1976 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Trenton, NJ

FORMAT: triple elimination (final records are incomplete)

East Division

1. Addies, Silver Springs, MD
2. Trenton Bicentennials, Trenton, NJ
2. Clifco, Wilmington, DE
4. York Barbell, York, PA

Midwest Division

1. Rudolphe-Libbe, Toledo, OH 8-1
2. Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 3-3
3. Pullman-Schlessman, Willard, OH 3-1
4. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 4-6

1976 HR Leaders- Eastern Division only

John Spadaccino, Bicentennials 31 – (106 RBIs, .604 average)
John Dunn, Bicentennials 22
Stan Patykula, Bicentennials 21

Playoff Tournament (incomplete)

Clifco, Wilmington, DE 8, York Barbell 7
Addies, Silver Springs, MD 10, Trenton Bicentenniels, Trenton, NJ 5
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA W, Pullman-Schlessman, Willard, OH L
Rudolph-Libbe, Toledo, OH W, Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH L
Addies beat Pittsburgh
Toledo beat Clifco
Addies beat Toledo
———————–
Trenton beat Pullman
Mansfield beat York
Pittsburgh beat Trenton
Mansfield beat Clifco
Pittsburgh beat Mansfield
Toledo beat Pittsburgh
———————–
Addies, Silver Springs, MD 33, Rudolph-Libbe, Toledo, OH 10 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes: Bill Brantley, Addies (3 HRs, 8 RBIs)
Addies hit 10 HRs in the game.

All World Team: incomplete
MVP – Bill Brantley, Addies
HR Leader – Dick Sievert, Toledo – 12 HRs
Chuck DeSloover, Toledo
Phil Boze, Toledo
No info on remainder of team

Final Standings
1. Addies, Silver Springs, MD 4-0
2. Rudolph-Libbe, Toledo, OH 3-2
3. Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 3-2
4. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 2-2
5. Clifco, Wilmington, DE 1-2
5. Trenton Bicentenniels, Trenton, NJ 1-2
7. York Barbell, York, PA 0-2
7. Pullman-Schlessman, Willard, OH 0-2


1977 American Slowpitch Softball League – FOLDED, the APSPL Professional League Started in 1977

ASA All-Star Series

ASA All-Star Series, Called the ASA Softball World Series: (1970-1977)

(New Format) – Defending ASA Open division champions played defending ASA Industrial division champions


1970 at Milwaukee, WI
Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI (1969 ASA Open Champ)        ——————-    Lycoming. Stratford, CT (1969 ASA Industrial Champ)

Copper Hearth won the series (2-1): MVP – Officially Not named – (Doc Neubauer, Copper Hearth, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
In the first All-Star Series under the new format, it was a shame that a tragic event ended the series early. Copper Hearth was up 2 games to 1 in the series and leading the fourth game 3-0 when Lycoming outfielder Jim Dobbs was almost electrocuted when he ran into the outfield fence which had exposed electrical wires leading to the scoreboard. He was revived by local police and taken to the hospital. The Lycoming team walked off the field refusing to play. The ASA officials cancelled the rest of the series. This could have been much worse, but the player that was hurt, Jim Dobbs, recovered and continued his career.

Scores: (and some game notes)
-Copper Hearth 20 – Lycoming 5; – Carl “Doc” Neubauer (4-4), Tony Galecke (4-5), Duke Maas (2 2B’s, 2 RBIs), Tom Sorcic (2 RBIs), Mark Neubauer (3-run HR) all led the 24 hit attack.
-Copper Hearth 8 – Lycoming 6; – Doc Neubauer hit a clutch Sac Fly to drive  in the eventual winning run in top of 7th as Copper Hearth scored 5 runs to take the lead.
-Lycoming 15 – Copper Hearth 4; – Frank Deluca’s pitching held the powerful Copper Hearth team to only 6 runs, Ed Finnegan and his Avco-Lycoming teammates collected 23 hits in the game.
-Copper Hearth leading Lycoming 3-0 in 4th inning was game was called due to the injury to Dobbs.


1971 at Southgate, MI
Little Caesars, Southgate, MI (1970 ASA Open Champ)        ——————-    Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (1970 ASA Industrial Champ)

Little Caesars won the series (4-0): MVP – Officially Not named – (Tex Collins, Little Caesars, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
Little Caesars showed how powerful they really are. This is the first team in ASA history to have 4 former ASA National MVPs on the same team playing together. Joe Gauci (1958), Bill Cole (1962), Mike Axelson (1966) and Mike Gouin (1970).  Plus a couple of the best power hitters in the country in Tex Collins and Jim Pucket. Pharr Yarn led the first game 11-3 before Little Caesars came storming back to win 18-11. The Yarnmen weren’t the same after that. The four game sweep upped Little Caesars record to 69-5 for the season. Gary LaDue finished up 12-14 (.857) with 2 HRs. Mike Gouin was 10-15 (.667) with 4 HRs. Tex Collins was 8-16 (.500) with 5 HRs and 13 RBIs in the 4 games. He finished up 6-8 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in the last 2 games. Bob Auten hit 2 HRs and was 4-0 pitching and Jim Puckett chipped in with 2 HRs and was 6-11 in the games he played (.545). Ken Mitchem led Pharr Yarn with 3 HRs. Mike Hover was 7-13 (.538) for Pharr Yarn. Pharr Yarn was outscored 51-28.

Scores: (and some game notes)
-Little Caesars 18 – Pharr Yarn 11; – Caesars, trailing 11-3, struck for 15 runs in the top of the 6th inning to come back and win. Pharr Yarn jumped out to its big lead behind Bob McMahon’s 4-4 performance and HRs by Joe Brown and Ken Mitchem. Gary Ladue was 4-4 with a HR. Tex Collins hit 2 HRs and Jim Puckett also hit a bomb.
-Little Caesars 11 – Pharr Yarn 1; – Pitcher Bob Auten shut down the Pharr Yarn bats as Gary LaDue had another 4-4 night.
-Little Caesars 10 – Pharr Yarn 5; – Tex Collins (3-4) slammed three home runs and drove in 7 runs to lead the Little Caesars attack
-Little Caesars 12 – Pharr Yarn 11; – Bob Auten hit two homers and Tex Collins finished up his night with another 3-4 game with 2 RBIs. JD McDonald was 4-4 for Pharr Yarn.


1972 at McAdenville, NC
Indian Lakes Piledrivers, Virginia Beach, VA (1971 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (1971 ASA Industrial Champ)

Pile Drivers won the series (3-1): MVP – Officially Not named – (Bert Smith and HT Waller, Piledrivers,  mentioned by newspaper accounts)
Pharr Yarn won the first game behind the powerful bat of Ken Mitchem, who had 2 HRs in the.  After that, the Pile Drivers started to wake up.  Games 2 and 3 went down to the wire. Bert Smith’s HR in the 8th inning was the difference in the 15-13 victory for the Virginia Beach squad. In the next game, the Pile Drivers scored 3 in 7th inning courtesy of an HT Waller Home Run to win 11-8. The final games was just a HR derby for the Pile Drivers. They hit 10 total in the game, with Waller getting 4 and Smith 3.  These two guys combined for 13 HRs in the 4 games. Smith had 7 and Waller 6. Johnny Dollar chipped in with 3 more Leading the way for Pharr Yarn were Ken Mitchem and Smiley Tribble with 3 apiece. The run margin was 64-47 in favor of the Open Champs.

Scores: (and some game notes)
– Pharr Yarn 20 – Pile Drivers 15; – Ken Mitchem was 3-4 with 2 HRs to lead Pharr Yarn. Nick Sessoms and Johnny Dollar hit HRs for the Piledrvers
– Pile Drivers 15 – Pharr Yarn 13; – Bert Smith was 5-5 with 4 HRs, the last in the 8th inning win te game. JD McDonald was 4-4 for Pharr Yarn.
– Pile Drivers 11 – Pharr Yarn 8; – HT Waller hit 2 HRs to spark the Pile Drivers to the victory in the third game. Smiley Tribble hit 2 for Pharr Yarn
– Pile Drivers 23 – Pharr Yarn 6; – The Pile Drivers exploded for 10 HRs in the game to clinch the series. Bert Smith had 3 and HT Waller had 4.


1973 at Louisville, KY
Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY (1972 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (1972 ASA Industrial Champ)

Jiffy Club won the series (3-0, 4th game was rained out): –  MVP – Officially Not named – (Bill Gatti and Phil Schroer, Jiffy Club, mentioned by newspaper accounts
If anyone had any doubt who the best team in the country is, Jiffy Club removed any doubt. They came into this Softball World series ranked number three in the country behind Howard’s Furniture of North Carolina and Empire County Sports from Long Island. Pharr Yarn is the three time defending ASA National Industrial Champion. After Gatti’s heroics to win the first game, it was basically clear sailing for the Louisville squad, especially in front of the hometown crowd. Jiffy outscored the Industrial Champs 65-26 in the three games. The scheduled 4th game was rained out.  Bill Gatti led Jiffy in batting (8-10, .800, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs), followed by Phil Schroer (10-13, .769, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, plus pitched all three games), Jack Brown (10-13, .769, .2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Ron Potter (8-12, .750, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs). Cobbie Harrison (7-14, .500, 5 RBIs). Jiffy Club had 75 hits in the 3 games and 14 HRs. Pharr Yarn had 36 hits. Buck Buchanon, Pharr Yarn (6-7, .857, 7 RBIs) led Pharr Yarn. He was helped by Gene West (6-9, .667, 3 RBIs) , Smiley Tribble (5-9, .556, 2 RBIs) and JD McDonald (5-9, .556).

Scores: (and some game notes)
– Jiffy Club 18 – Pharr Yarn 17; – Bill Gatti hit a 2-run walk off homer to win the game in the bottom of the 7th inning.
– Jiffy Club 30 – Pharr Yarn 4; – Jiffy exploded for 30 runs behind Phil Schorer and Ron Cutter, who combined for 5 HRs.
– Jiffy Club 17 – Pharr Yarn 5; – Bill Gatti once again paced the attack as he hit 3 HRs to lead Jiffy Club to the win.
– Fourth Game was rained out.


1974 at Springfield, OH
Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC (1973 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Pabst International Harvester, Springfield, OH (1973 ASA Industrial Champ)

Howard’s won the series (4-1): –  MVP – HT Waller, Howard’s Furniure (15-24, .625, 6 HRs) – by ASA Balls and Strikes
Howards came into this year’s World Series with an 89-7 record. They have entered 10 tournaments and won them all. They have 767 HRs on the year so far. They have 5 player with over 100 HRs. Pabst comes in with a 24-15 record and their leading HR hitter has 15.  The Run margin was 70-39 in favor of Howard’s. HT Waller was named the Series MVP.  Waller was big on all five games. He had a supporting cast of superstars as well: Don Arndt (11-21, .523, 5 HRs), Stan Harvey (14-22, .636, 3 HRs), Gene Fisher (4 HRs). Roger Brown (2 HRs) and Denny Hogan (1 HR). Dave Carroll did all of the pitching for Howards and also hit a HR. Howards had 100 hits in the 5 total games. 22 of the hits went for homers. For Pabst, Larry Garrard (11-19, .578, 2 HRs) was the top man along with Ron Boling (10-18, .556) and Dave Evilsizer (3 HRs).

Scores: (and some game notes) 
– Howard’s 15 – Pabst 4; – Howards scored 6 runs in both the 2nd and 6th inning. HT Waller, Don Arndt and Butch Adams each hit 2 HRs
– Pabst 16 – Howard’s 7; – Pabst took advantage of 7 errors by Howard’s Outfielders. Dave Evilsizor hto 3 HRs for Pabst.
– Howard’s 11 – Pabst 8; – Pabts threw three balls away and all three runners scored for the 11-8 win. Denny Hogan hit a HR for Howards.
– Howard’s 16 – Pabst 9; – HT Waller led the Howard’s offense in a game that was closer then the score
– Howard’s 21 – Pabst 2; – Waller again was the Offensive star as Howard’s hit 22 total HRs in the 5 games.


1975 at Charlotte, NC (first 2 games) and then Denver, NC (final 3 games)
Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC (1974 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance, Charlotte, NC (1974 ASA Industrial Champ)

Howard’s won the series (4-1): –  MVP – Bert Smith, Howard’s Furniture (13-15, .867, 9 HRs … stats for final 3 games only) – by ASA Balls and Strikes
(Don Arndt, Howard’s, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
This year’s World Series is an all North Carolina affair. There was no information available on individual game results, just a recap.  The scores of the first 2 games played in Charlotte are unavaialbe. The two teams split a double header there. Then then they got to Howard’s home field in Denver, NC, it was a three game Howard’s sweep.   Howard’s outscored Aetna in the three games 104-40. The following stats are just for the 3 games in Denver, NC.  Howard’s split a double header the first night, then won three straight the second night outscoring Aetna 104-40. They hit 46 HRs in the 3 games, including 22 in a crazy 51-12 win. Bert Smith was selected as the series MVP.

Scores: (and some game notes)
– Howard’s W – Aetna L; – no information available on individual games
– Aetna W – Howard’s L; – no information available on individual games
– Howard’s 23 – Aetna 6; – no information available on individual games
– Howard’s 51 – Aetna 12; -no information available on individual games
– Howard’s 30 – Aetna 22; – no information available on individual games


1976 at Cleveland, OH
Pyramid Cafe, Lakewood, OH (1975 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Nassau County Police, Mineola, NY (1975 ASA Industrial Champ)

Pyramid won the series (5-0): – MVP – Officially Not named – (Jim Seibert and Steve Loya, Pyramid Cafe, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
This was a lop-sided affair as the series was played on a big 300 foot fence field. But that didn’t stop the Pyramid bats as they peppered last years Industrial MVP pitcher Harry Gross for 84 Hits, 68 runs and 9 HRs. Pyramid’s Jim Siebert led the batting parade with a 10-14 performance (.714). Steve Loya led the power charge as he belted 3 HRs out of the big field. Bobby Reid hit 2 HRs. Frank Krawczyk, Jim Szoke, Dave Jakubs and Denny Thomas also hit HRs for Pyramid. Pyramid outscored the Policemen 68-23 in the five games.

Scores: (and some game notes) 
– Pyramid Cafe 12 – Nassau County Police 4; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 14 – Nassau County Police 5; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 19 – Nassau County Police 7; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 9 – Nassau County Police 2; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 14 – Nassau County Police 3; – no information available on individual games


1977 at Jacksonville, FL
Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL (1976 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Armco Triangles, Middletown, OH (1976 ASA Industrial Champ)

Warren Motors won the series (5-0): –  MVP – Mickey McCarty, Warren Motors (24-28, .857, 17 HRs, 30 RBIs) – by ASA Balls and Strikes
This was the series that ended this ASA World series. The Open teams were getting to strong getting players from all over to play, while the Industrial teams were being restricted more. Warren Motors, who in 1976, went 94-2 and won the National Open Championship. The actually lost three of their best players from a year ago as Bruce Meade went to Oklahoma City to play for Nelson’s Painting, while the tandem of Ron Ford and Mike Nye joined the Pro League to play for the Detroit Caesars. Don’t tell that to Armco Triangles as this year’s Warren Motors looks every bit as powerful. The margin of victory for Warren’s in this series was the highest ever in the history of the ASA World Series. Warren’s also set the record for most runs scored in the series. The tally was 175-71. Once again, there is limited information on the individual games in favor of just a recap of the series. Mickey McCarty was a run away choice for MVP as he had a series for the ages. There were other players that also had some great stats, including: From Warren’s; Ray Fleetwood  (19-24, .792, 11 HRs); Bob Disney, Warren’s 14-17, (.824, 9 HRs). Lonnie Turner, Warren (5-0 pitching, 11-14,  .786 batting), Micky Morrison (9 HRs), Phil King, Reggie Soehlig, Ed Roth, Mike Jacobs, Richard Mummaw and Darrel Leake accounted for the the other 32 HRs that Warren Motors hit. They had 173 hits and 77 were Home runs. Joe Wills of Armco was the top hitter for them (12-19, .632, 6 HRs) along with James Gomia (10-17, .588, 3 HRs)

Scores: (and some game notes)
– Pyramid Cafe 12 – Nassau County Police 4; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 14 – Nassau County Police 5; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 19 – Nassau County Police 7; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 9 – Nassau County Police 2; – no information available on individual games
– Pyramid Cafe 14 – Nassau County Police 3; – no information available on individual games


1978 – ASA disbanded the ASA World Series. The Open Teams won all 8 Series and of the 30 total games played, the Open squads won 25 of them.

1973 ASA A Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1973 tournament site unknown.


Champion – Samuel’s Grocery, Richmond, VA
Runner Up – Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY

Samuel’s trailed 10-3, came back in bottom of of the 7th to beat defending champ Levittown Legion 13-12 , Pete Thacker had a dramatic pinch hit that scored Jim Crismond (4-4) with the winning run to give Samuel’s the 13-12 win. Crismond was 4-4 in the game and an easy choice for the MVP Award.

A small rural community north of Richmond, Virginia is gaining a great deal of notoriety in the sports world this year. The community known as Doswell, Virginia which does not even have the legal status of a town, has a post office, a service station, a lumber yard, a grocery store, a softball diamond, and some horse stables.

Out of the horse stables known as Meadow Farm, came a triple crown winner, Secretariat, and off the softball diamond came Samuel’s Grocery, the national class A slow pitch champions.

Samuel’s which lost its first two games in last year’s tournament in Cincinnati, won six straight in York, Pennsylvania over Labor Day weekend to reach the finals of the tournament undefeated. Levittown American Legion of Long Island, New York, the defending champions, handed Samuel’s its first loss by a score of 7-1 and held a seemingly safe 10-2 lead after an inning and a half before Samuel’s rallied for a 13-12 win and the first national champion ever for a Metro Richmond team.

The comeback win was the fourth one-run decision for the champions, which also won lopsided games by scores of 20-3 over Delaware, 8-2 over Maryland, and 34-9 over Ohio.

Samuel’s hitting attack was paced by catcher, David Turner (17-28 .607), outfielder Jim Crismond (16-18, .889), first baseman, Scott Southworth (12-21, .571), and second baseman, Steve Cornwell (13-16, .500). Crismond, who received most valuable player honors, also contributed defensively with diving catches and by throwing out six runners on the bases.

The tournament drew 48 teams from all sections of the country.

In addition to Crismond, Samuel’s landed Harvey Henley, Mike Six, and Tigner on the Class A All America team. Levittown placed Chan Baker, Rich Leek, Rich Saute, and Bob Murcer on the honor squad.

Danny Mascia of W-B, Lallansack and Doern of Green Holmes, Wis., Chuck Meeringa of Bell Pick-Up, Michigan and Rick Yarborough of Georgia, round out the All America team.


  • MVP-Jim “Doc” Crismond, Samuel’s Grocery

ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • Harvey Henley, Samuel’s Grocery
  • Mike Six, Samuel’s Grocery
  • ? Tigner, Samuel’s Grocery
  • Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
  • Rick Leek, Levittown Legion
  • Bob Murcer, Levittown Legion
  • Rich Saute, Levittown Legion
  • Danny Mascia, W-B
  • John Lallansack, Green Homes
  • ? Doern, Green Homes
  • Chuck Meerings, Bell Pick-Up
  • Rick Yarborough, Dr. Thompson’s

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Samuel’s Grocery, Richmond, VA (7-1)
2. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY (9-2)
3. W-B, Long Island, NY (5-2)
4. Bell Pick-Up, Michigan (7-2)
5. Corner Appliance, New York City (3-2)
6. Jolly Bar, Detroit (4-2)
7. Sorrento Pizza, Cincinnati (6-2)
8. Morris-Moran Homes, Wisconsin (4-2)
9. Tremac, Ohio (3-2)
10. Goodrich Services, Texas (2-2)
11. Osbon Tire, South Carolina (4-2)
12. New Era Die Co., York, PA (3-2)
13. Dr. Thompson’s, Georgia (3-2)
14. Trademen, Kentucky (2-2)
15. Monroe Music, Rochester, NY (2-2)
16. Ray Cooper Roofing, Pennsylvania (2-2)
17. Higgins-Schwinn Cyclery, North Carolina (2-2)
18. Cooper Brothers, Louisiana (2-2)
19. Talisman Bar, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
20. DMC, West Virginia (2-2)
21. V.R. Moore & Son, Maryland (1-2)
22. Mercury Cleaners, Washington (1-2)
23. Wechtel’s, Toledo, OH (1-2)
24. Ram Pub, Oregon (1-2)
25. Digidio’s Bar, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
26. Golden Leaf Bar, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
27. Copehart Trailers, Nebraska (1-2)
28. Bullitt County Merchants, Louisville, KY (1-2)
29. Sportsco, Washington, D.C. (1-2)
30. Crafton Eagles, North Dakota (1-2)
31. Fred’s Deli, New Jersey (1-2)
32. Tom’s, Minnesota (1-2)
33. Hawks, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
34. Wellington Arms, Delaware (0-2)
35. Elks III, Connecticut (0-2)
36. Rebels, Virginia (0-2)
37. Macks, Rhode Island (0-2)
38. Albers Texaco, Vermont (0-2)
39. Kenny’s Newsroom, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
40. IGA Stores, Illinois (0-2)
41. Southwest Bank, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
42. Brentwood, Austin, TX (0-2)
43. Ryder Truck Lease, Tennessee (0-2)
44. Light, Arkansas (0-2)
45. Bath, Maine (0-2)
46. Hornets, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
47. Yonkers Teachers, Yonkers, NY (0-2)
48. Gondolas, Massachusetts (0-2)

1973 ASA Major Industrial Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1973 held at McAdenville, North Carolina on August 1-8.


Champion – Pabst International, Springfield, OH
Runner Up – G.E. WACO, Louisville, KY


  • MVP – Larry Spahr, Pabst-International

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Dave Evilsizer, Pabst International
  • P – Bob Hayes, Nassau County Police
  • C – Ron Hylton, G.E. WACO
  • 1B – Danny Carver, Aetna
  • 2B – Charles Taylor, Phillip Morris
  • 3B – Tom Bradley, Nassau County Police
  • SS – Gary Rice, G.E. WACO
  • OF – A.C. Dobis, Nassau County Police
  • OF – Lou Bowman, Pabst International
  • OF – Larry Spahr, Pabst International
  • OF – Charles Stewart, Pharr Yarn
  • Util – Ron Barber, G.E. WACO
  • Util – Clarence Buck Buchanan, Pharr Yarn
  • Util – Bob Reisinger, Pabst International

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Butch Staggs, G.E. WACO
  • P – Alex Creek, Aetna
  • C – Jack Merrill, Pharr Yarn
  • C – Ron Boling, Pabst International
  • 1B – Phil Stilling, Pabst International
  • 2B – Jim Hardesty, G.E. WACO
  • 3B – Dennis Ellis, Sears
  • SS – Johnny King, Pharr Yarn
  • OF – Pete Schaaf, Nassau County Police
  • OF – Dave Tiebault, Kenny Manufacturing Co.
  • OF – Tom Baggett, Phillip Morris
  • OF – Howard Dean, Sears
  • Util – Bob Hurd, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Util – David Johnson, Pharr Yarn

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Pabst International, Springfield, OH (8-1)
2. G.E. WACO, Louisville, KY (6-2)
3. Nassau County Police, Long Island, NY (9-2)
4. Pharr Yarn Reds, McAdenville, NC (5-2)
5. Phillip Morris, Richmond, VA (4-2)
6. Aetna, Charlotte, NC (7-2)
7. Kenny Manufacturing Co., Providence, RI (5-2)
8. Sikorsky Aircraft, Bridgeport, CT (4-2)
9. Sears, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
10. Combustion Engineering, Chattanooga, TN (3-2)
11. Ypsilanti Ford, Milan, MI (4-2)
12. General Mills Big “G”, New Hope, MN (2-2)
13. Empire Chev. Fall River, MA (2-2)
14. Reds LU 1974, Omaha, NE (2-2)
15. Local 320 (United Steel Workers), Mobile, AL (3-2)
16. Westinghouse, Pensacola, FL (3-2)
17. McGraw-Hill, Hightstown, NJ (3-2)
18. Local 622, Anderson, IN (3-2)
19. UTIZA, Detroit, MI (2-2)
20. Aradmac, Corpus Christi, TX (2-2)
21. Burlington Northern, St. Paul, MN (2-2)
22. Norfolk Firemen, Norfolk, VA (2-2)
23. Wabco, Peoria, IL (2-2)
24. Dupont Independents, Grottes, VA (2-2)
25. Regal Rifles, Trion, GA (2-2)
26. Sanders, Nashua, NH (2-2)
27. Fraternal Order of Police, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
28. Atlantic National Bank, Jacksonville, FL (2-2)
29. DuPont, Washington, WV (1-2)
30. Delta Airlines, Atlanta, GA (1-2)
31. LaFrance Industries, La France, SC (1-2)
32. Eaton Axle, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
33. Pan Am, New York City, NY (1-2)
34. Libby-Owens Ford, Toledo, OH (1-2)
35. Monroe Equipment, Paragould, AR (1-2)
36. Public Safety, White Plains, NY (1-2)
37. Orlando Fire Department, Orlando, FL (1-2)
38. Pharr Yarn Host Team, McAdenville, NC (0-2)
39. Delta Air Lines, Miami, FL (0-2)
40. IEI America, Wilmington, DE (0-2)
41. RTE, Waukesha, WI (0-2)
42. Portland Police Department, Portland, ME (0-2)
43. AMF, York, PA (0-2)
44. Rexnord, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
45. Acipco Reds, Birmingham, AL (0-2)
46. Pay ‘N Save, Seattle, WA (0-2)
47. DMAAC Chargers, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
48. WR Grace, Memphis, TN (0-2)
49. Quik Trip, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
50. Kerr-McGee, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)

1973 USSSA Major World Series

1973 held at Southgate, MI

NOTE – 1972 East World Champ played the 1972 West World Champ in the 1973 World Series best of 7 series Bay Area Merchants-BAM of Richmond, CA —– defeated —– Dino’s Pizza  of Detroit, MI (4 games to 2)

Bay Area Merchants or BAM as they preferred to be called made history becoming the first Western team to win the USSSA World Series. BAM had to overcome the powerful hitting of Dino’s Pizza. And they did that by matching them blow for blow. Dinos ended up with 12 Home Runs and BAM had 11. BAM outscored their rivals 58-41 in the 6 game series. Electrfying Charlie
Pierce was amazing as he led BAM to the title with his 13-22 hitting performance. He also covered half the outfield himself with his roadrunner type speed. Big Ed Green supplied the power for BAM with 3 titanic blasts. Dino’s Cal Carman and Jerry Johnston both had terrific series for Dino’s. Carman was 9-14 and also walked 9 times as well. Hed led the series in homers with 5. Johnston’s .684 batting average was also tops. Pierce hit when it counted most in the last two games he was 6-8 to lead the team.

  • MVP – Charles Pierce, BAM (13-22, .592, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Cal Carmen, Dino’s (9-14, .643, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs) – 5
  • Batting Leader – Jerry Johnson, Dino’s – (13-19, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs) – .684

All-World Team

No All-World Team was selected – just a best of 7 series between 2 teams. The East and West selected All World Teams in their respective Tournaments.

Game Scores

Game 1 – Bay Area Merchants 15 vs. Dino’s Pizza 11 – Charlie Pierce was 3-3 with 2 HRs for BAM; Cal Carmen of Dino’s was 4-4 with 3 HRs.
Game 2 – Dino’s Pizza 5 vs. Bay Area Merchants 2 – Cal Carmen was 2-2 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs for Dino’s; Marv VanCurran was 3-3 for BAM.
Game 3 – Bay Area Merchants 17 vs. Dino’s Pizza 5 – Al Green and Jim Heflin combined for 5 hits and 7 RBIs for BAM; Joe Patti was 3-4 to lead Dino’s
Game 4 – Dino’s Pizza 15 vs. Bay Area Merchants 14 – Joe Theisen was 4-4 with 2 HRs for Dino’s; Mike Matthews was 3-4 with 4 RBIs for BAM
Game 5 – Bay Area Merchants 6 vs. Dino’s Pizza 2 – Charlie Pierce was 4-4 with a HR for BAM; Joe Patti and Dan Murphy had an RBI each for Dino’s
Game 6 – Bay Area Merchants 4 vs. Dino’s Pizza 3 – Charlie Pierce was 2-4 to lead BAM; Jerry Johnston was 3-3 to lead Dino’s

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Bay Area Merchants, Richmond, CA 4-2
2. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 2-4

1973 World Series Stats (at least 10 ABs)

  • Jerry Johnson, Dino’s 13-19, .684, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Cal Carmen, Dino’s (9-14, .643, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Charlie Pierce, BAM (13-22, .591, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Dan Murphy, Dino’s (7-12, .583, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Al Smith, BAM (8-16, .500, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Jim Heflin, BAM (10-21, .476, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Steve Anderson, BAM (7-15, .467, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • Joe Patti, Dino’s (9-20, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs) – Also 1-3 Pitching
  • Marv VanCurran, BAM (9-20, .450, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Ed Green, BAM (9-21, .429, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Larry Shephard, BAM (9-21, .429, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Unknown Klinger, Dino’s (8-19, .421, 2 Runs)
  • Jerry Gilbreath, BAM (5-12, .417, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Chuck Carcium, Dino’s (5-13, .365, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 7 Runs) – Also 1-1 Pitching
  • Frank Coppa, BAM (7-19, .368, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Mike Matthews, BAM (7-21, .333, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 6 Runs) – Also 4-2 Pitching
  • Joe Theisen, Dino’s (6-19, .316, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Jim Halsip, Dino’s (3-13, .231, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • George White, Dino’s (3-13, .231, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • John Morris, BAM (2-13, .154, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • Mario Borrocci, Dino’s (1-10, .100, 1 RBI)

By winning the 1973 World Series, BAM (QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)


1973 East Worlds – Southgate, MI

Champion – Croten Dukes, New Castle, PA
Runner Up
– Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI

East MVP – Carl Pia, Croten Dukes (15-20, .750, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 6-0 Pitching)
East HR Leader – Dave Thayer, Snyder’s (22-33, .667, 22 RBIs) –  10
East Batting Leader – Carl Pia, Croten Dukes – .750

1973 East All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Carl Pia, Croten Dukes (15-20, .750, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 6-0 Pitching)
  • Pitcher – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza (12-25, .480, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs)
  • Catcher – Frank Taccone, Pace Electronics (11-23, .470, 7 HRs, 8 RBIs)
  • Catcher – John Pierog, Iron Dukes (11-18, .611, 8 RBIs)
  • First Base – Emory Lucas, Rolling Hills (14-26, .538, 8 RBIs)
  • Second Base – Joe Patti, Dino’s Pizza (14-27, .519, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs)
  • Third Base – Doug Gerdes, Snyder’s (21-33, .636, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs)
  • Third Base – Micky Annarella, Croten Dukes (10-19, .526, 7 RBIs)
  • Shortstop – Randy Huey, Croten Dukes (13-21, .619, 4 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Dave Thayer, Snyder’s (22-33, .667, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Ron Blaessig, Pace Electronics (15-22, .682, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Glenn Eichelberger, Pace Electronics (17-29, .586, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Joe Thieson, Dino’s Pizza (14-30, .467, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs)

1973 East World Tournament Standings (top-10 listed only, 39 teams played)

1. Croten Dukes, New Castle, PA 6-0 ———–(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
2. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 6-2 —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
3. Pace Electronics, Rochester, NY 6-2 ———–(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
4. Snyder’s Masonary, Redford, MI 6-2
5. Rolling Hills, Covington, KY 5-2
6. Iron Dukes, New Castle, PA 4-2
7. Marasco’s V.F., Milwaukee, WI 4-2
8. S & S Builders, New Albany, IN 3-2
9. Krivan Club, Springdale, PA 3-2
10. Sixth Ward, Pittsburgh, PA 3-2


1973 Central Worlds

Champion – Red Bud, IL (actually held in early 1974)
Runner Up – Slinger Foundry, Milwaukee, WI
Third Place – Thurmers Bar, St. Louis, MO

Central MVP – Phil Higgins, Slinger Foundry
Central HR Leader – no info
Central Batting Leader – no info

No Central All-Tournament Team was named, only the MVP

1973 Central World Tournament Standings (only 2 teams played in a special playoff to determine the Central Champ)

1. Slinger Foundry, Milwaukee, WI 2-0 ————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
2. Thurmers Bar, St. Louis, MO 0-2 —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)


1973 West Worlds held at Tempe, AZ

Champion – Double Tree Inn, Phoenix, AZ
Runner Up
– Association, Orange County, CA

The Double Tree Inn squad from Phoenix had to win just one more game to win the championship. The Association had other ideas as they took the first game of the final by a 4-3 score to force the final championship game. Third Basemen Bailey had 2 hits to back the pitching of Crawford, the Association’s Pitcher. That was the Association’s 10th game of the tournament. The Phoenix squad came through to capture the final game 13-2. Steve Rogers was 4-5 to lead the Double Tree Offense. Third Basemen Don Jackson who went 2-4 was the defensive star as he made stop after stop to thwart many an extra base hit.

  • West MVP – Don Jackson, Double Tree Inn (10-23, .435)
  • West HR Leader – Jerry Gilbreath, CBAC (12-19, .632) –  8
  • West Batting Leader – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s Metals (11-16) – .688

1973 West All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Jerry Gilbreath, CBAC (12-19, .632, 8 HRs)
  • Catcher – Mike Cox, Association (12-28, .429, 1 HR)
  • Infield – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s (11-16, .688)
  • Infield- Dave Walski,  Road Runners (10-16, .625)
  • Infield- Lou Smith, Road Runners (8-18, .444, 2 HRs)
  • Third Base – Don Jackson, Double Tree Inn (10-23, .435)
  • Outfield – Lee Elder, Double Tree Inn (11-24, .458)
  • Outfield – Bob Woodroof,  Association (15-30, .500)
  • Outfield – Dan Furnald, CBAC (12-20, .600)
  • Outfield – Mike Watson, Bemco (14-22, .636)

1973 West World Tournament Standings (top-8 listed only, 33 teams played)
1. Double Tree Inn, Phoenix, AZ 6-1 (went to 1974 World Series with new sponsor Chandler Redi-Mix) —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
2. Association, Orange County, CA 9-2  (went to 1974 World Series with new sponsor Capitol Insulation) —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
3. Road Runners, Pamona, CA 5-2
4. CBAC, San Gabriel Valley, CA 6-2
5t. Bemco, Industry, CA 3-2
5t. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ 3-2
7t. Allen Cleaners, Phoenix, AZ 3-2
7t. Danny’s Bar, Las Vegas, NV 4-2

1973 ASA Major Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals


1973 held at Cleveland, Ohio


Champion – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC
Runner Up – Empire County Astros, Levittown, NY


County Sports beat Howard’s in the  Winner’s bracket final 44-32 as County Sports hit 24 home runs in the game, 14 HRs in one inning off Don Arndt, but Howard’s came back to eliminate Little Caesars 27-14 and then Howard’s scored 53 runs off Pitcher Jim Galloway in the two final games as they beat County Sports 27-26 and again 29-11 to win the title.

Bert Smith broke HT Waller’s HR record of 16 set in 1969. Smith hit 21 HRs. HT Waller (20), Stan Harvey (19, Don Arndt (18) and Gene Fisher (13) of Howard’s all bettered the record also. 727 total HRs were hit in the 67 tournament games. Smith hit 7 in a row at one point and was named the National MVP for the third time in his career.

For County Sports, Jim Galloway and Mike Foley both hit 16 HRs,  John Davide and Larry Chiapetta hit 14 each, Joe Konicki (11), Bill Malloy (10). Third Place Little Caesars also had some impressive numbers, led by Jim Puckett (18), Mike Axelson (12) and Tex Collins (11).

This National provided some of the offensive greatest slugfests of all time. Long Island’s Jim Galloway has made the All America team for the 8th time in 11 years …. at 7 different positions (1963-1B, 1964-OF, 1966-IF, 1967-3B, 1968-2B, 1969 & 1972-UT, 1973-P).


  • MVP – Bert Smith, Howard’s Furniture (25-34, .735, 21 HRs, 38 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Bert Smith, Howard’s Furniture – 21 – set New National
  • Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 16
  • Batting Leader – Bob Boysen, Duff’s Inn (15-18, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs) – .833

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P- Don Arndt, Howard Furniture (29-43, .674, 18 HRs, 23 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • P- Jim Galloway, Empire County Astros (30-41, .732, 16 HRs, 28 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • C- Joe Konicki, Empire County Astros (27-36, .750, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • C- Tex Collins, Little Caesars (20-37, .541, 11 HRs, 19 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • 1B- Bob Voss, Little Caesars (19-30, .633, 10 HRs, 18 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • 2B- Bob Boysen, Duff’s Inn (15-18, .833, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 3B- Mike Axelson, Little Caesars (30-39, .769, 12 HRs, 34 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • SS- John Davide, Empire County Astros (26-30, .667, 14 HRs, 30 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • OF- Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (23-41, .561, 18 HRs, 33 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • OF- Bert Smith, Howard’s (25-34, .735, 21 HRs, 38 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • OF- Mike Foley, Empire County Astros (29-41, .707, 16 HRs, 35 RBIs, 27 Runs)
  • UT- Stan Harvey, Howard’s (23-34, .657, 19 HRs, 26 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • UT- Ron Potter, Jiffy Club (17-25, .680, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 13 Runs)

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P- Phil Schroer, Jiffy Club (19-26, .731, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • P- Tony Mazza, Little Caesars (23-41, .548, 5 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • C- Gene Fisher, Howard Furniture (21-37, .658, 13 HRs, 20 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • C- Frank Sorrells, Smith Plumbing (16-24, .667, 8 HRs, 13 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • 1B- Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club (16-27, .592, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • 2B- HT Waller, Howard Furniture (27-39, .692, 20 HRs, 25 RBIs, 27 Runs)
  • 3B- Jim Kuhn, Queen City Pattern (12-17, .706, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • SS- Nick Sessoms, Virginia Doors (18-23, .783, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • OF- Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (32-43, .744, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • OF- Larry Chiapetta, Empire County Astros (24-37, 649, 14 HRS, 25 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • OF- Gary Richter, Empire County Astros (22-31, .710, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • OF- Tommy Maiden, Howard Furniture (18-40, .450, 8 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • UT- Mac Chandler, Non Ferrous Metal (18-27, .667, 10 HRs, 19 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • UT- Bill Malloy, Empire County Astros (23-37, .622, 10 HRs, 17 RBIs, 24 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Bill Tolbert, Smith Plumbing (18-23, .783, 12 HRs, 20 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Johnny Dollar, VA Door (16-23, .696, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Steve Loya, Champion Sports (6-9, .667, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Tony Cloniger, Howard’s (21-32, .656, 13 HRs, 22 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club (17-26, .654, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Preston Powell, Non Ferrous (16-25, .640, 10 HRs, 23 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Roger Wilt, Non Ferrous (17-27, .630, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Henry Koper, Major Brands (10-16, .625, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Denny Hogan, Howards (23-38, .605, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Ed Finnegan, North End Sports (6-10, .600, 2 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Bob Malicki, Little Caesars (21-36, .583, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Bill Cole, Little Caesars (20-35, .571, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Bob Shugman, Empire County Astros (18-34, .529, 5 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Empire County Astros (19-37, .514, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Joe Gauci, Little Caesars (1-2, .500, 1 Run)
  • Joe Petrillo, Empire County Astros  (14-31, .452, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Craig Elliott, Valley Merchants (7-16, .438, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard Furniture, Denver, NC 7-1
2. Empire County Astros, Levittown, NY 6-2
3. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 7-2
4. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 4-2
5. Non-Ferrous Metal Fab, Cleveland, OH 5-2
6. Buck Smith Plumbing, Fort Walton Beach, FL 3-2
7. Southern Fastener, Mobile, AL 4-2
8. Virginia Doors, Chesapeake, VA 3-2
9. Decatur Oxygen, Decatur, IL 3-2
10. BYM Club, Pitteburgh, PA 2-2
11. Major Brands, Oklahoma City, OK 2-2
12. Scott County Merchants, Stamping Ground, KY 4-2
13. Duff’s Inn, Minneapolis, MN 2-2
14. Valley Merchants, Phoenix City, AL 2-2
15. Queen City Pattern, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
16. Joe’s Merchants, Redwood City, CA 3-2
17. Hopkins 908, Hopkins, MN 1-2
18. Cee Bass Realty, Portsmouth, VA 1-2
19. North End Sports, Bridgeport, CT 1-2
20. Greenbelt Shell, Fulton, MD 1-2
21. Number One Lounge, Cleveland, OH 1-2
22. Wilsman Truckers, Hamilton, OH 1-2
23. Carlucci Brothers, Port Chester, NY 1-2
24. Rudder COnstruction, Knoxville, TN 1-2
25. Hasco Incorporated, Salem, OR 1-2
26. Austin & Austin, Greely, CO 0-2
27. Champion Sports, Parma, OH 0-2
28. KCOR Radio, San Antonio, TX 0-2
29. Mit-Way, Emporia, KS 0-2
30. Worthington Steel, Columbus, OH 0-2
31. Domestic Walls, Worcester, MA 0-2
32. Armed Forces All Stars, USA 0-2
33. Triton Brothers, Wichita, KS 0-2
34. Buck’s Bar, Billings, MT 0-2