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
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)