Category: 1974

1974 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1974 at Elk Grove, California.


Champion: Marks Brothers Dots, Miami, FL
Runner Up: Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels, Jacksonville, FL


The Rubi-Otts (93-13 record for the year) came through the losers bracket winning 7 games, only to lose a 6-5 heartbreaker to the Rebels in the Semi-Finals. The Rebels were out hit in that game 15-6, but put up enough runs to win and advance to the finals to play the Dots. Bev Shue led the Rubi-Otts with a 24-35 performance (.684). Once again, the Dots pitcher Judy Hedgecock was the difference for the Dots . Rebels won the first final 9-8, then the Dots, behind Leslie Carter’s 2-run double to give them a 2-1 lead they would never lose in winning 8-5.


  • MVP – Chris Padgett, Marks Brothers Dots (11-25, .440, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Tiera Edwards, Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels (14-19, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs) – .737
  • Home Run Leaders – Karen Krause, Budget Tapes (13-21, .619, 5 RBIs) – 2
  • Home Run Leaders – Carol Smith, Dots (13-28, .464, 6 RBIs) – 2
  • Home Run Leaders – Sue Digitale (9-21, .429, 10 RBIs) – 2
  • Home Run Leaders – Linda Kendrick (8-20, .400, 7 RBIs), Jay Cees – 2

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P-Jami Freidman, Budget Rent-a-Car Rebels
  • P-Kay Yow, Rubi-Otts
  • C-Linda Ares, Marks Brothers Dots
  • C-Teira Edwards, Budget Tapes and Records
  • 1B-Susan Clark, Rubi-Otts
  • 2B-Sherri Pickard, Rubi-Otts
  • 3B-Eileen Carter, Marks Brothers Dots
  • SS-Chris Padgett, Marks Brothers Dots
  • OF-Linda McPhee, Budget Rent-a-Car Rebels
  • OF-Karen Newman, Marks Brothers Dots
  • OF-Carol Smith, Marks Brothers Dots
  • OF-Beverly Shue, Rubi-Otts
  • UT-Sue Lambert, Westwood Concrete
  • UT-Debbie McClain, Budget Rent-a-Car Rebels

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P-Sandy Patton, Marks Brothers Dots
  • P-Marlen Ragland, Budget Tapes and Records
  • C-Linda Kendrick, Elk Grove Jay-Cees
  • C-Judy Lockhart, Rubi-Otts
  • 1B-Lewanne Fenty, Marks Brothers Dots
  • 2B-Debra Brown, Budget Rent-a-Car Rebels
  • 3B-Stephanie Lankford, Budget Tapes and Records
  • SS-Jenny Johnson, Sweeney Chevrolet
  • OF-Holly Peizelle, Donnettes
  • OF-JoAnn Wimberly, Zep Stars
  • OF-Pam Grimsteade, Raney Tire
  • OF-Lynn Boggie, Westwood Concrete
  • UT-Carol Phillips, Marks Brothers Dots
  • UT-Marilyn Busse, Rubi-Otts

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Marks Brothers Dots, N. Miami, FL 6-1
2. Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels, Jacksonville, FL 6-2
3. Rubi-Otts., Graham, NC 7-2
4. Donnettes, Cleveland, OH 4-2
5. Zep Stars, Albany, GA 4-2
6. LaRosa’s, Cincinnati, OH 3-2
7. Westwood Concrete, Bloomington, MN 4-2
8. Sweeney Chevrolet, Cincinnati, OK 4-2
9. Elk Grove Jay Cees, Elk Grove, CA 4-2
10. Raney Tire, Cleveland, OH 3-2
11. Budget Tapes & Records, Houston, TX 3-2
12. South Park Saints, Santa Rosa, CA 2-2
13. Motown Soul Sisters, Detroit, MI 2-2
14. Shear & Sons Construction, Hutchinson, KS 2-2
15. Elks 350, Ashland, KY 2-2
16. Chuck Wagon Inn Americas, Brooklyn Center, MN 2-2
17. Hensleys, Charlottsville, VA 1-2
18. Niccoli’s Italian Grocery, Phoenix, AZ 1-2
19. Creekwater Dispensary, Tacoma, WA 1-2
20. Glenns Sporting Goods, Huntington, WV 1-2
21. Sponsors, Great Falls, MT 1-2
22. Forest Park Girls, Forest Park, IL 1-2
23. Hounds & Foxes, Long Island, NY 1-2
24. Major All Stars, Columbus, OH 1-2
25. Boatman, Chattanooga, TN 1-2
26. ACY Truck Lines, Jackson, MS 0-2
27. Sonnerettes, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2
28. Eagles FOE 74, Wilmington, DE 0-2
29. Minutemen of America, Little Rock, AR 0-2
30. Scotties, Richmond, VA 0-2
31. Lynn PAL Drifters, Lynn, MA 0-2
32. Fairway, Blair, NE 0-2
33. Springfield Robinettes, Springfield, OH 0-2
34. Gromans Sport SHop, Manchester, CT 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.

1974 ASA A Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1974 held at Long Island, New York.


Champion – Piedmont Sheet Metal, North Carolina
Runner Up – Thompson Sporting Goods, Georgia


  • MVP – Monroe White, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • Batting Champion – John Sheridan, Levittown Legion (.714)
  • HR Champion – Glenn Dorch, Levittown Legion (6)
  • HR Champion – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion (6)

ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Monroe White, Piedmont Sheet Metal (6-0 pitching)
  • C – John Evans, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • 1B – John Sheridan, Levittown Legion
  • 2B – Dick McCabe, Levittown Legion
  • 3B – Barry Black, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • SS – Gary Mixon, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • OF – Bob Ligon, Mama Jean’s Mobile Service
  • OF – Bob Lane, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • OF – Tom Clinard, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • OF – Mike Jackson, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Rickie DePaola, Levittown Legion

ASA A ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Dean Jeseritz, Norlings
  • C – Glen Dorsch, Levittown Legion
  • 1B – John Blanton, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • 2B – Ronnie James, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • 3B – Terry Webb, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • SS – Bob Hosford, Abbgy’s Computer Service
  • OF – Dock Booker, Mama Jean’s Mobile Service
  • OF – Bubba Garrett, Siegel’s Supermarkets
  • OF – Jerry Negan, Norlings
  • OF – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
  • UTIL – Rickie Leek, Levittown Legion

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Piedmont Sheet Metal, North Carolina (6-0)
2. Thompson Sporting Goods, Georgia (6-2)
3. Levittown Legion Post No. 1711 (6-2)
4. Siegel’s Supermarket, Richmond, VA (5-2)
5. Norlings, Minnesota (6-2)
6. Wechtel’s Sunoco, Metro Toledo (4-2)
7. Dases, Metro Cincinnati (4-2)
8. Rusty Nail-Jack’s Bottle Shop, Metro Minneapolis (4-2)
9. Frieberger Furniture, Metro Louisville (5-2)
10. Ranch House, Kentucky (5-2)
11. Mama Jean’s Mobil Service, Metro Cleveland (4-2)
12. Abbgy’s Computer Service, Michigan (3-2)
13. Conti Brothers, Rhode Island (3-2)
14. Dayton Blue Chip Tavern, Ohio (3-2)
15. Roman Carousel, Metro New York City (3-2)
16. Trenton Capitals, New Jersey (4-2)
17. Spanaway Furniture, Washington (3-2)
18. Stowes Sporting Goods, Pennsylvania (2-2)
19. Cougars, Louisiana (2-2)
20, King Const. & Cannon Welding, Metro Jacksonville (2-2)
21. Down South Snakes, Texas (2-2)
22. Collins Manufacturing Co., Tennessee (2-2)
23. Jarrell Truck Plaza, Defending Champs (2-2)
24. Moore’s International, Florida (1-2)
25. Antonio’s Flying Pizza, Metro Houston (2-2)
26. East First Auto Supply, Metro Austin, Tex. (2-2)
27. Shaky’s Pizza, Wisconsin (1-2)
28. V. R. Moore & Sons, Maryland (1-2)
29. Manchaster Tire & Battery, New Hampshire (1-2)
30. Blackwell-Kasl-Hutton Pharmacy, Oklahoma (1-2)
31. American Legion Post No. 420, Mass (1-2)
32 Maple Reel, Metro St. Paul (1-2)
33. Christy’s Cleaners, New York State (1-2)
34. Hermann’s Sports, Metro Long Island (1-2)
35. Bob Banning’s Dodge Men, Dist. of Columbia (1-2)
36. Dahlstrom’s Motors, North Dakota (1-2)
37. Love Furniture, Arkansas (1-2)
38. Classic Bar, Nebraska (1-2)
39. LeBaun-O’Brien, Vermont (1-2)
40. Etna Hawks, Metro Pittsburgh (1-2)
41. Du Penn, South Carolina (0-2)
42. Ladner’s Friendly Inn, Mississippi (0-2)
43. Moore Painting, Metro Orlando (0-2)
44. Toters, Delaware (0-2)
45. WGUY Bangor, Maine (0-2)
46. East St. Louis Saints, Illinois (0-2)
47. U Totem, Metro Kansas City (0-2)
48. Half Century Bar, Detroit, MI (0-2)
49. Richie’s on Broadway, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
50. Chesapeak AC, Norfolk, VI (0-2)
51. Henco, Rochester, NY (0-2)
52. Park Liquor, Connecticut (0-2)

1974 ASA Major Industrial Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1974 held at Charlotte, North Carolina on August 1-8.


Champion – Aetna Life & Casualty, Charlotte, NC
Runner Up – Easy-Shop-WACO, Louisville, KY


  • MVP – Chris Cammack, Aetna

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P- Alex Creek, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • P- Dave Evilsizer, Pabst International
  • C- Don Hylton, Easy-Shop-WACO
  • C- Ron Boling, Pabst International
  • 1B- Danny Carver, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • 2B- Bob Price, Pabst International
  • 3B- Mac Richardson, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • SS- Chris Cammack, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • OF- James Dwiggins, Pharr Yarn
  • OF- Paul Gennardi III, Easy-Shop-WACO
  • OF- Rich Chowning, Easy-Shop-WACO
  • OF- Joe Brown, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • Util- Larry Garrard, Pabst International
  • Util- Bob Hurd, Sikorsky Aircraft

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P- Thad Cowens, Seaboard Coastline
  • C- James David, Phillip Morris
  • C- Bob McMahan, Pharr Yarn
  • 1B- Bob Burnett, P.P.G.
  • 2B- Bill Whaley, Easy-Shop-WACO
  • 3B- J.D. McDonald, Pharr Yarn
  • SS- Rick Montgomery, Armco Triangles, Ohio
  • OF- Dennis Mitchell, Delta Airlines
  • OF- Tom Brown, Honeywell
  • OF- Rick Blackwood, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • OF- Dennis Punch, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • Util- Bill Johns, Phillip Morris
  • Util- Gregory Woodward, Team Unknown

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Aetna Life & Casualty, Charlotte, NC (8-0)
2. Easy-Shop-WACO, Louisville, KY (7-2)
3. Pabst International, Springfield, OH (5-2)
4. Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (5-2)
5. Delta Airlines, Atlanta, GA (5-2)
6. Armco Triangles, Middletown, OH (5-2)
7. PPG, Jamestown, PA (5-2)
8. Phillip Morris, Richmond, VA (5-2)
9. Honeywell, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
10. Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
11. Allen Bradley, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
12. Houston Fire Fighters, Houston, TX (2-2)
13. Bruce Johnson, Blaine, MN (3-2)
14. Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, NY (3-2)
15. Combustion Engineers, Chattanooga, TN (4-2)
16. Champion Sparkplug, Toledo, OH (3-2)
17. Seaboard CL, Jacksonville, FL (3-2)
18. DuPont, Parkersburg, WV (2-2)
19. Budweiser, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
20. Fraternal Order of Police, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
21. Local 662, Anderson, IN (2-2)
22. RTE, Waukesha, WI (2-2)
23. Sikorsky Aircraft, Bridgeport, CT (3-2)
24. Sweet Life, Springfield, MA (2-2)
25. Pan-Am, New York City, NY (2-2)
26. ETS, Princeton, NJ (2-2)
27. Fraternal Order of Police, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
28. Eaton, Battle Creek, MI (1-2)
29. Raffield Fisheries, St. Joe, FL (1-2)
30. Safeway Dist., Kansas City, KS (1-2)
31. Bell Booster, Omaha, NE (1-2)
32. La France, Ind., La France, SC (1-2)
33. R.I. Hospital TRN B., Providence, RI (1-2)
34. Remington Arms, Illion, NY (1-2)
35. Wilson & Co., Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
36. Kennecott Copper, Magna, UT (0-2)
37. Norfolk Fire Fighters, Norfolk, VA (0-2)
38. Edgecomb Steel, Nashua, NH (0-2)
39. Riegel Rifles, Trion, GA (0-2)
40. John Morrell Meats, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
41. Alabama Power Co., Mobile, AL (0-2)
42. IIT, Corinth, MS (0-2)
43. Christina Lab, Newark, DE (0-2)
44. ACIP, Co., Birmingham, AL (0-2)
45. Dupont, Shipman, VA (0-2)
46. Jones & McKnight, Kankakee, IL (0-2)
47. Portland Police, Portland, ME (0-2)

*Steve you might want to check the records of the top 10, it was really blurry.

1974 USSSA Major World Series

1974 World Series – Pinole, CA

NOTE – 1973 East, Central, West World Champs and Runner-ups along with the 1973 World Series Champ played an 8 team double elimination tournament.

Champion – Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI
Runner Up – Bay Area Merchants (BAM), Richmond, CA

Pace Electronics started to make a statement on the very first night of the tournament as they upset Defending Champ, Bay Area Merchants from Richmond CA by a 10-8 score. Winning Pitcher Frank Tacone was 4-4 to lead the Pace squad. Glen Eichelberger hit a 3-run homer for Pace. This dropped BAM into the losers bracket. There, they won five straight games by a combined score of 114-48. Included in those wins were victories over Pace 20-13 (Pace finished in 3rd place) and then 15-9 over Dino’s Pizza in the first game of the finals. Dino’s came back and won the final championship game 10-5 behind the Pitching and Hitting of Joe Patti. Patti went 2-4 in the final game and surrendered only 11 hits to a team that had previously collected 100 hits in it five game winning streak. Tasso Runeliotis had a big 3-run homer to lead Dino’s.

MVP – Joe Patti,
Dino’s Pizza (10-16, .625, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 9 Runs)
Home Run Leaders – Elby Bushong – (15-29, .529, 17 RBIs, 11 Runs)  – 8
Home Run Leaders – Tom Sandau, BAM (20-29, .670, 16 RBIs, 15 Runs) – 8
Batting Leader – John Morris, BAM- (15-21, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs) – .714

All-World Team

No All-World Team was selected  – The East and West selected All World Teams in their respective Tournaments, The Central did not.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 4-1
2. Bay Area Merchants, Richmond, CA 5-2
3. Pace Electronics, Rochester, NY 2-2
4. Slinger Foundry, Milwaukee, WI 2-2
5. Capitol Insulation, N. Hollywood, CA 1-2
6. Chandler Redi-Mix, Phoenix, AZ 1-2
7. Croton Dukes, New Castle, PA 0-2
8. Thurmer’s Bar, St. Louis, MO 0-2

1974 World Series Stats (at least 12 ABs)

  • John Morris, BAM (15-21,. 714, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Tom Sandau, BAM (20-29, .690, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Bob Woodruff, Capitol (8-12, .667, 1 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • Joe Patti, Dino’s (10-16, .625, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 9 Runs) – Also 4-1 Pitching
  • Lou Smith, BAM (16-26, .615, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Frank Tacone, Pace (9-15, .600, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Dan Murphy, Dino’s (10-17, .588, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Glen Eichelberger, Pace (8-14, .571, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Tasso Runeliotis, Dino’s (11-20, .550, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Charlie Pierce, BAM (17-28, .533, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Phil Higgins, Slinger (8-15, .533, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Bob Rodwell, Dino’s (8-15, .533, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Steve Ehlke, Slinger (8-15, .533, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Elby Bushong, BAM (15-29, .529, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Jerry Gilbreath, BAM (14-27, .519, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 12 Runs) – also 3-0 Pitching
  • Frank Coppa, BAM (13-27, .481, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Marv VanCurran, BAM (13-29, .449, 3 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Larry Shephard, BAM (11-30, .366, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Cal Carman, Dino’s (7-21, .333, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Rick Scherr, Slinger (6-9, .667, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Bob Mittleberger, Dino’s (5-10, .500, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Hank Kosmala, Capitol (5-11, .455, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Andy Santillo, Pace (5-11, .455, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Jerry Johnston, Dino’s (6-17, .352, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 6 Runs)

NOTE – The process of determining the World Series participants the prior year has ended. The East, Central an West Worlds will now be held in the same year as the World Series. To catch up for the 1974 Regional World Champs, the 1975 World Series would include the 1974 East, Central and West World Champs along with the 1975 East., Central and West World Champs along with the 1974 Defending Champion and the Host team.

By winning the 1974 World Series, Dino’s, who became Uniroyal—-(QUALIFIED for 1975 WORLD SERIES)

1974 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1974 held at York, Pennsylvania


Champion – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC
Runner Up – Jerry’s Catering, Miami, FL


Only 116 HRs were hit in 67 games at this year’s National in York with the 300′ fence and a more restricted flight ball and very windy conditions, compared to the 727 in 67 games during last year’s national, Howard’s alone hit 126.  Jerry’s came out of the loser’s bracket winning seven straight games, scored 5 runs in the 6th inning to come back and beat Howard’s in the first game of finals 13-12, to force the ‘if’ game.

Howard’s came back to win the Championship via a 18-6 win. Howard’s had hit 1246 home runs in their 137 games during the season. They only hit 23 in the 8 games they played this weekend. Gene Fisher led Howard’s with 7. Stan Harvey (5), Don Arndt (4), Bert Smith (4) and HT Waller (2) … all future hall of famers were held way below their average.

Even the greatest Home Run hitter in National Tournament play, Jim Galloway only mustered 1 HR in his 20 at bats. Of the 28 players selected for the All-America teams, 14 or half of them did not hit one single HR. And the other 14 players hit 46 total.


  • MVP – Roger Brown, Howard’s Furniture (16-25, .640, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs) plus played tremendous LF, diving catches, throwing out runners.
  • HR Leader – Al White, Jerry’s Catering – 10 (22-38, .579, 20 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Ron Waldron, Adair Landscaping (11-15, 2 RBIs, 7 Runs) – .733

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P- Ernie Yaroshuk, Jerry’s Catering (15-32, .469, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • P- David Carroll, Howard’s Furniture (13-29, .448, 5 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • C- Ron Patterson, Thurman Bryant (11-21, .524, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • C- Gene Fisher, Howard’s Furniture (12-28, .429, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • 1B- Al White, Jerry‘s Catering (22-38, .579, 10 HRs, 20 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • 2B- Dan Denton, Champion Landscaping (11-19, .579, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • 3B- Butch Adams, Howard‘s Furniture (11-21, .524, 5 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • SS- Ron Waldron, Adair Landscaping (11-15, .733, 2 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • OF- Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (15-31, .484, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • OF- Roger Brown, Howard‘s Furniture (16-25, .640, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • OF- James Washington, Jerry’s Catering (24-41, .585, 6 HRs, 18 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • OF- David Johnson, Champion Landscaping (14-23, .609, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • UT- Mike Foley, Empire County Astros (12-22, .545, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • UT- John Davide, Empire County Astros (11-17, .647, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P- Al Culbertson, Champion Landscaping (7-21, .333, 4 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • P- Clyde Stafford, Wilsman Trucking (5-14, .357, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • C- Al Jones, Champion Landscaping (9-14, .643, 1 HRs, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • C- Rich Powell, Jerry’s Catering (17-46, .370, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • 1B- Don Arndt, Howard’ Furniture (19-32, .594, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • 2B- Dave Brizzie, Jerry’s Catering (16-32, .500, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • 3B- Dave Jakubs, Pyramid Cafe (8-18, .444, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • SS- Ed Finnegan, N.E. Sports Center (13-18, .722, 3 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • OF- Matt Kruger, Schlitz of Fondy (10-17, .588, 1 HRs, 6 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • OF- Jim Wessel, Wilsman Trucking (12-20, .600, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • OF- George Pringie, Jerry’s Catering (25-47, .532, 10 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • OF- Tom Maiden, Howard’s Furniture (16-27, .593, 7 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • UT- Dave Rumppe, Cambridge Square (11-13, .846, 3 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • UT- Huck Smith, Thurman Bryant (14-24, .583, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Micky Morrison, Champion Landscaping (12-22, .545, 3 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Bert Smith, Howard’s (17-32, .531, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Empire County Sports (9-17, .529, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • HT Waller, Howard’s (18-35, .514, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Jorge Millan, Jerry’s (19-40, .475, 6 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Richard Wilborn, Anchor Lounge (6-13, .462, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Larry Chiapetta, Empire County Sports (10-22, .455, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (3-7, .429, 2 Runs)
  • Don Clatterbaugh, Howard’s Athletics (3-7, .429, 2 Runs)
  • Denny Hogan, Howard’s (15-36, .417, 7 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Andy Loya, Pyramid (7-17, .412, 5 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Jim Galloway, Empire County Sports (8-20, .400, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Bob Harrison, Wilsman Trucking (7-18, .389, 2 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Henry Koper, Nelson’s (5-13, .385, 4 RBIs, 1 Run)
  • Steve Loya, Pyramid (7-19, .368, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Buddy Slater, Anchor Lounge (4-12, .333, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Mike Axelson, Little Caesars (2-6, .333, 1 RBI)
  • Jim Pucket, Little Caesars (2-6, .333)
  • Bill Cole, Little Caesars (2-6, .333, 1 Run)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard Furniture, Denver, NC 7-1
2. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL 9-2
3. Champion Landscaping, King’s Mountain, NC 4-2
4. Thurman Bryant, Chattanooga, TN 5-2
5. Schlitz of Fondy, Fond du Lac, WI 3-2
6. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 3-2
7. Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH 4-2
8. Empire County Astros, Levittown, NY 4-2
9. Adair Landcaping, Orlando, FL 2-2
10. Cambridge Square, Seattle, WA 2-2
11. Sorrento Pizza, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
12. Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, OK 3-2
13. Pyramid Cafe, Cleveland, OH 3-2
14. Anchor Lounge, San Antonio, TX 2-2
15. Armed Forces, USA 2-2
16. Hello Dolly Lounge, White Bear Lake, MN 1-2
17. Artichoke Joe’s, San Bruno, CA 1-2
18. North End Sports Center, Bridgeport, CT 1-2
19. Associated Insurance Agency, Wichita, KS 1-2
20. Ern-Ell’s Lounge, Baltimore, MD 1-2
21. Ron’s Construction, Salt Lake City, UT 1-2
22. Non-Ferrous Metal Fab, Cleveland, OH 1-2
23. New Era Dye, York, PA 2-2
24. Maplewood Plumbing, Maplewood, MN 1-2
25. Triton Petroleum, Wichita, KS 0-2
26. Best Products, Richmond, VA 0-2
27. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 0-2
28. Playboy Lounge, Kenewich, WA 0-2
29. Howard’s Athletics, Richmond, VA 0-2
30. Medico Tile, Manchester, NH 0-2
31. Jim’s SPorts Shop Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 0-2
32. Tom’s Foods, Columbus, GA 0-2
33. Steele’s Automotive, Lima, OH 0-2
34. Big Z, Trenton, NJ Forfeit