Category: 1976

1976 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1976 held at Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Champion: Sorrento’s Pizza, Cincinnati, OH (92-8)
Runner Up: Rubi-Otts, Graham, NC (72-8)


Sorrentos lost their very first game of the tournament to the Jacksonville Raiders, then came back through the loser’s bracket and won 10 straight, beating Rubi-Otts twice, 8-3 and 5-2 in the final championship games. Pitcher Shirley Patterson won all 10 games and had an amazing 1.76 ERA. Sorrentos was led by the hot bat of Sue Malcolm who had 18 hits (.545 average). Martha Kidd, Marsha Replogle Ehler and Vicki Stambaugh also contributed big hits and outstanding defensive plays to lead Sorrento’s.


  • MVP – Marylyn Busse, Rubi-Otts (9-22, .409, 2 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Sue Malcolm, Sorrento’s (18-33, 10 RBIs) – .545
  • Home Run Leader – Karen Krause, Warehouse Tapes & Records (5-14, .357) – 2
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher – Shirley Patterson, Sorrento’s (had a 1.76 ERA and led Sorrento’s through the losers bracket after losing their first game and then to the title winning 10 straight games)

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P-Shirley Patterson, Sorrento’s Pizza
  • P-Judy Hedgecock, Dots
  • C-Linda Ares, Dots
  • C-Martha Kidd, Sorrento’s Pizza
  • 1B-Marsha Replogle Ehler, Sorrento’s
  • 2B-Linda Arford, Spooks
  • 3B-Sue Malcolm, Sorrento’s Pizza
  • SS-Sheryl Chubb, Rubi-Otts
  • OF-Vicki Stambaugh, Sorrento’s Pizza
  • OF-Carol Smith, Dots
  • OF-JoAnn Avedisian, Sessions TV
  • OF-Marilyn Busse, Rubi-Otts
  • UT-Laura Roundtree, Blazers
  • UT-Beverly Shue, Rubi-Otts

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P-Wanda Thomas, Spirits
  • P-Pam Clark, Rubi-Otts
  • C-Marlen Brice, Gremlins
  • C-Judy Lockhart, Rubi-Otts
  • 1B-Sandy Patton, Dots
  • 2B-Camille Talley, Warehouse Tape & Record
  • 3B-Linda Wiemers, Spirits
  • SS-Sherri Amos, Playmates
  • OF-Nancy Brown, Gremlins
  • OF-Patti Green, Barbelettes
  • OF-Elaine Honig, Gremlins
  • OF-Marlene Gordon, Rubi-Otts
  • UT-Karren Newman, Dots
  • UT-Sue Bupp, York Barbelletes

Note – Pat Green, Barbellettes (11-19) – .579 (missed by one at bat at winning the batting crown)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Sorrento’s Pizza, Cincinnati, OH 10-1
2. Rubi-Otts, Graham, NC 5-2
3. Dots, North Miami, FL 5-2
4. Gremlins, Tampa, FL 5-2
5t. Blazers, Jacksonville, FL 3-2
5t. Spooks, Anoka, MN 3-2
7t. Spirits, Oklahoma City, OK 3-2
7t. Barbelletes, York, PA 4-2
9t. Botkins Trophies, Muncie, IN 2-2
9t. Donnettes, Cleveland, OH 2-2
9t. Sessions TV, Rhode Island, RI 3-2
9t. Budweiser, Cookeville, TN 3-2
13t. Hadisco, Hutchinson, KE 4-2
13t. BYMC Debs, Pittsburgh, PA 1-2
13t. Unpredictables, Las Vegas, NV 1-2
13t. Playmates, Sacramento, CA 2-2
17t. Ami-Co Travel, Copiague, NY 2-2
17t. Progressive Printers, Dayton, OH 1-2
17t. Warehouse Tapes & Records, Houston, TX 1-2
17t. Robinettes, Springfield, OH 1-2
17t. Reeder Sinco GMC, Ft. Smith, AR 1-2
17t. CP Dean, Richmond, VA 1-2
17t. WFLI, Chattanooga, TN 2-2
17t. Pavers, Lexington, KY 1-2
25t. Stars, Rome, GA 0-2
25t. Spirit of 76, Cleveland, OH 0-2
25t. Avantis, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
25t. BJs All Stars, Tacoma, WA 0-2
25t. Auto Parts, Coeur d’Alene, ID 0-2
25t. Brown’s Tire shop, Manchester, CT 0-2
25t. Scott Rwuipment, Chattanooga, TN 0-2
25t. Fairway, Blair, NE 0-2
33t. Fox Valley Lassies, St. Charles, IL 0-2

George Taylor’s HR Derby Contest Champions

Held at Corpus Christi, TX

1975- Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture
1976- Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture
1977- Mike Cellura, Capitol Insulation
1978- Bruce Meade, Nelson’s Painting
1979- event rained-out and never re-scheduled
1980- Dick Bartel, Howard’s/Western Steer
1981- Dick Bartel, Howard’s/Western Steer
1982- No other information available

North American Softball Championships

United States, Canada and Mexico were to have selected its top 2 teams to compete in this event. The top 2 finishers from the 1975 ASA Worlds (Pyramid Cafe and Poindexter Lumber) were selected as well as the Canadian Champs (Eastern Canada – Les Copains of Quebec) and (Western Canada – Hill Spring Hi Jacks of Alberta). Mexico did not send any teams as it was under suspension by the ISF.


1976 North American Championship

1976 Pool Play Standings Rec RF-RA Diff

1. Poindexter Lumber, Winston-Salem, NC 6-0 79-27 +52
2. Les Copain, Montreal, Canada 3-3 67-50 +17
3. Pyramid Café, Cleveland, OH 3-3 64-73 – 9
4. Hill Spring Hi Jacks, Alberta, Canada 0-6 33-94 -61

Championship Play

#3 Pyramid Café eliminated #4 Hi Jacks – 16- 6 – 3rd Place Game
#2 Les Copain eliminated #1 Poindexter – 12- 5 – Championship Game

Final Standings Champ Pool Final

1. Les Copain, Montreal, Canada 1-0 3-3 4-3 (CHAMPIONS)
2. Poindexter Lumber, Winston-Salem, NC 0-1 6-0 6-1
3. Pyramid Café, Cleveland, OH 1-0 3-3 4-3
4. Hill Spring Hi Jacks, Alberta, Canada 0-1 0-6 0-7

All Star Team

MVP – Jean-Pierre Paul, Les Copains (15-26, .577)
Michael Bolduc, Les Copains
Serge Dufour, Les Copains
Mike Robertson, Poindexter Lumber
Ken Nichols, Poindexter Lumber
Dave Markland, Poindexter Lumber
Woodrow Neal, Poindexter Lumber
Jim Siebert, Pyramid Cafe
Steve Loya, Pyramid Cafe
Rod Humphrys, Hill Spring


1977 North American Championship

1977 Pool Play Standings Rec RF-RA Diff

1. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 5-1 99-45 +44
2. Teamsters Local #293, Cleveland, OH 5-1 69-46 +23
3. Merrifield, Windsor, Ontario 2-4 41-51 -10
4. Aldergrove Construction, BC 0-6 24-88 -64

Elimination Play

#4 Aldergrove eliminated #3 Merrifield – 11- 9
#2 Teamsters defeated #1 Warren’s – 14-13
#1 Warren’s eliminated #3 Aldergrove – 20- 9
#2 Teamsters eliminated #1 Warren’s – 26-12 – Championship Game

Final Standings including Pool Play and Championship Rounds Elim Pool Final

1. Teamster Local #293, Cleveland, OH 2-0 5-1 7-1 (CHAMPIONS)
2. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 1-2 5-1 6-3
3. Aldergrove Construction Royals, BC, Canada 1-2 0-6 1-8
4. Merrifield, Windsor, Ontario 0-1 2-4 2-5

All Star Team (None selected- except MVP)

MVP- Rich Amsden, Teamsters (.654, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs)
HR Leader – Ray Fleetwood, Warren’s (25 RBIs, 20 Runs Scored) – 12
Batting Leader – Ray Fleetwood, Warren’s (32-39) – .821

Championship Game Stars:

Bill Kloczko, Teamsters (3 HRs, 5 RBIs)
Rick Brown, Teamsters (3 RBIs)
John Durket, Teamsters (3 RBIs)
Frank Gaudio, Teamsters (3 RBIs)

Pool Play Standings Rec RF-RA Diff

1. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 5-1 99-45 +44
2. Teamsters Local #293, Cleveland, OH 5-1 69-46 +23
3. Merrifield, Windsor, Ontario 2-4 41-51 -10
4. Aldergrove Construction, BC 0-6 24-88 -64


1978 Tournament Disbanded

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.

North American Softball Championships (1976-77)

United States, Canada and Mexico were to have selected its top 2 teams to compete in this event. The top 2 finishers from the 1975 ASA Worlds (Pyramid Cafe and Poindexter Lumber) were selected as well as the Canadian Champs (Eastern Canada – Les Copains of Quebec) and (Western Canada – Hill Spring Hi Jacks of Alberta). Mexico did not send any teams as it was under suspension by the ISF.


1976 North American Championship

Pool Play Standings Rec RF-RA Diff
1. Poindexter Lumber, Winston-Salem, NC 6-0 79-27 +52
2. Les Copain, Montreal, Canada 3-3 67-50 +17
3. Pyramid Café, Cleveland, OH 3-3 64-73 – 9
4. Hill Spring Hi Jacks, Alberta, Canada 0-6 33-94 -61

Championship Play
#3 Pyramid Café eliminated #4 Hi Jacks – 16- 6 – 3rd Place Game
#2 Les Copain eliminated #1 Poindexter – 12- 5 – Championship Game

Final Standings Champ Pool Final
1. Les Copain, Montreal, Canada 1-0 3-3 4-3 (CHAMPIONS)
2. Poindexter Lumber, Winston-Salem, NC 0-1 6-0 6-1
3. Pyramid Café, Cleveland, OH 1-0 3-3 4-3
4. Hill Spring Hi Jacks, Alberta, Canada 0-1 0-6 0-7


All Star Team

  • MVP – Jean-Pierre Paul, Les Copains (15-26, .577)
  • Michael Bolduc, Les Copains
  • Serge Dufour, Les Copains
  • Mike Robertson, Poindexter Lumber
  • Ken Nichols, Poindexter Lumber
  • Dave Markland, Poindexter Lumber
  • Woodrow Neal, Poindexter Lumber
  • Jim Siebert, Pyramid Cafe
  • Steve Loya, Pyramid Cafe
  • Rod Humphrys, Hill Spring

1977 North American Championship

1977 Pool Play Standings Rec RF-RA Diff
1. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 5-1 99-45 +44
2. Teamsters Local #293, Cleveland, OH 5-1 69-46 +23
3. Merrifield, Windsor, Ontario 2-4 41-51 -10
4. Aldergrove Construction, BC 0-6 24-88 -64

Elimination Play
#4 Aldergrove eliminated #3 Merrifield – 11- 9
#2 Teamsters defeated #1 Warren’s – 14-13
#1 Warren’s eliminated #3 Aldergrove – 20- 9
#2 Teamsters eliminated #1 Warren’s – 26-12 – Championship Game

Final Standings including Pool Play and Championship Rounds Elim Pool Final
1. Teamster Local #293, Cleveland, OH 2-0 5-1 7-1 (CHAMPIONS)
2. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 1-2 5-1 6-3
3. Aldergrove Construction Royals, BC, Canada 1-2 0-6 1-8
4. Merrifield, Windsor, Ontario 0-1 2-4 2-5


All Star Team (None selected- except MVP)

  • MVP- Rich Amsden, Teamsters (.654, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs)
  • HR Leader – Ray Fleetwood, Warren’s (25 RBIs, 20 Runs Scored) – 12
  • Batting Leader – Ray Fleetwood, Warren’s (32-39) – .821
  • Championship Game Stars:
  • Bill Kloczko, Teamsters (3 HRs, 5 RBIs)
  • Rick Brown, Teamsters (3 RBIs)
  • John Durket, Teamsters (3 RBIs)
  • Frank Gaudio, Teamsters (3 RBIs)

Pool Play Standings Rec RF-RA Diff
1. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 5-1 99-45 +44
2. Teamsters Local #293, Cleveland, OH 5-1 69-46 +23
3. Merrifield, Windsor, Ontario 2-4 41-51 -10
4. Aldergrove Construction, BC 0-6 24-88 -64


1978 Tournament Disbanded

1976 ASA A Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1976 held at Olney, Maryland.


Champion – Reed’s Nuts, Macon, GA
Runner Up – Jimmy Harriss Standard Air, Houston, TX


  • MVP – Charlie Traylor, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air (31-51, .608, 17 HRs, 42 RBIs)
  • Batting Champion – Tom Dameron, Corner Pub (.833)
  • HR Champion – Charlie Traylor, Jimmy Harris Standard Air (17)

ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – Clyde Zachery, Reed’s Nuts
  • 2B – Lanny White, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
  • 3B – John Brenner Jammer Lounge
  • SS – Russ Bradley Carolina A’s
  • OF – Steve Casteel, Jammer Lounge
  • OF – Paul Saunders, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
  • OF – Richie Flynn, Great Eastern
  • OF – Pug Churchwell, Reed’s Nuts
  • UTIL – Jim Dameron, Corner Pub
  • UTIL – Tom Beall, Reed’s Nuts
  • C – Mike Bolden, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
  • C – Rick Hausfeld, Jammer Lounge
  • P – Charlie Traylor, Jimmy Harriss Standard Air
  • P – Henry Arrington, Reed’s Nuts

ASA A ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • 1B – Gary Dotson, Carolina A’s
  • 2B – Bill Maddox, Reed’s Nuts
  • 3B – Rod Nicholson, Lincoln Douglas Loans
  • SS – Gary Myrick, Reed’s Nuts
  • OF – Frank Matthews, Dohmann’s
  • OF – John Brown, Cannon Welding
  • OF – Gene McCullough, Carolina A’s
  • OF – Steve Proniewych, Great Eastern Textiles
  • UTIL – John Pinkett, Trenton Capitals
  • UTIL – Ray Barrera, Roman Carousel
  • C – Denny Erickson, Cheap Charlie’s
  • C – Hal Eldelmann, Great Eastern Textiles
  • P – Jim Benfield, Carolina A’s
  • P – Charles Arbia, Roman Carousel

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Reed’s Nuts, Macon, GA (7-0)
2. Jimmy Harriss Standard Air, Houston, TX (11-2)
3. Roman Carousel, New York City, NY (5-2)
4. Jammer Lounge, Dayton, OH (6-2)
5t. Nikki’s Lounge, Detroit, MI (4-2)
5t. Great Eastern Textiles, Long Island, NY (5-2)
7t. Cheap Charlie’s, St. Paul, MN (7-2)
7t. Vinny’s City Radiator, Tampa, FL (4-2)
9t. Joy’s AC, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
9t. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY (3-2)
9t. Dohman’s, Wilkes-Barre, PA (5-2)
9t. Carolina A’s, Shelby, NC (4-2)
13t. Cannon Welding, Jacksonville, FL (5-2)
13t. Corner Pub, Silver Springs, MD (3-2)
13t. Trenton Capitals, Trenton, NY (4-2)
13t. Two Doors-Portsmouth Athletics, Portsmouth, VA (4-2)
17t. Teamsters No. 293, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
17t. Casino Restaurant, Leroy, NY (2-2)
17t. Raiders, Pineville, KY (2-2)
17t. Prairie Schooner Club, Wilmette, IL (4-2)
17t. Moore Point, Orlando, FL (3-2)
17t. Portland A.C., Louisville, KY (4-2)
17t. Stasius Bar, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
17t. Rowan-Walker, Winter Haven, FL (3-2)
25t. Dove McIntire Chevrolet, Indianapolis, IN (2-2)
25t. Gay Pontiac Bomers, Texas City, TX (2-2)
25t. Red Carpet Inn, St. Petersburg, FL (3-2)
25t. Tom’s Plumbing, Arlington, TX (2-2)
25t. Abbey Inn, Austin, TX (3-2)
25t. Citizen’s Club, Jeannette, PA (3-2)
25t. Lincoln-Douglas Loons, Jacksonville, IL (3-2)
25t. Al’s Sporting Goods, Fredericksburg, VA (3-2)
33t. Ruth Realty, Kent, WA (1-2)
33t. Chino’s Lounge, Son Antonio, TX (1-2)
33t. Houligan’s, Eau Claire, WI (1-2)
33t. Lucky Lager. Bremerton, WA (1-2)
33t. Todd Chevrolet, Lakeville, MN (1-2)
33t. Magic City Mobile Homes, Laurel, MS (2-2)
33t. Rudy’s Grafton House, Grafton, MA (2-2)
33t. Quality Towing, Sioux City, IA (1-2)
33t. Thompson’s Super Market, Buchanan, MI (1-2)
33t. Bigham Insulation, Miami, FL (1-2)
33t. Bristol, Edgewater, MD (1-2)
33t. Whitehaven Datsun, Memphis, TN (1-2)
33t. Mid-Region Petroleum, Tulsa, OK (1-2)
33t. Scoreboard Lounge, Colorado Springs, CO (1-2)
33t. Chris’ Restaurant, Gaith, MD (1-2)
33t. Cunningham Kelley, Nashville, TN (2-2)
49t. Richard’s Insurance, Putney, UT (1-2)
49t. Patterson Dental, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
49t. Lynam Drug, Papillion, NE (1-2)
49t. Buckner-Fleming, Charleston, AR (0-2)
49t. Schlitz, Prince George’s County, MD (1-2)
49t. Sallisaw Sooners, Sallisaw, OK (0-2)
49t. Baker’s, Dallas, TX (0-2)
49t. Matt’s Outlaws, Parkersburg, WV (0-2)
49t. Benny’s A.C., Livingston, NJ (1-2)
49t. Hurley’s C.J.’s, Spearfish, SD (0-2)
49t. McDonald’s, Danville, VA (1-2)
49t. Miller’s Green Parrot, Waterloo, IN (0-2)
49t. OK Implement Company, Waterford City, ND (0-2)
49t. Clark & Son’s, East Providence, RI (0-2)
49t. Bell Well Sales, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
49t. Time Out Lounge, Toledo, OH (0-2)
65t. Clark-Sherwood Contractors, Lafayette, LA (0-2)
65t. Felton Merchants, Felton, DE (0-2)
65t. Bryan Insurance Agency, Decatur, GA (0-2)
65t. Boggs Builders, Anderson, SC (0-2)
65t. Jerry’s, Newburgh, NY (0-2)
65t. Eastland, Hampden, ME (0-2)
65t. Locker Room A.C., Buffalo, NY
65t. Surfside Restaurant, Fairfield, CT (0-2)

1976 ASA Industrial Major Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1976 held at Providence, Rhode Island.


Champion – Armco Triangles, Middleton, OH
Runner Up – Kerr McGee, Oklahoma City, OK


  • MVP – Rick Gehron, Armco Triangles
  • Wayne Latham, Avg. .733, Phillip Morris

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – Mark Farrington, Falk Corp
  • 2B – Roger Smith, Kerr McGee
  • 3B – Wayne Latham, Philip Morris VA
  • SS – Dom Pagnozzi, Grumman Aircraft
  • OF – Joey Roby – Pharr Yarn
  • OF – Rick Gehron – Armco Triangles
  • OF – Jim Volatutti – Grumman Aircraft
  • OF – Gory Patrick – Armco Triangles
  • OF – Terry Wright – Kerr McGee
  • UTIL – Don Hunter – Kerr McGee
  • UTIL – Gary Begley – Armco Triangles
  • UTIL – Joe Wills – Armco Troingles
  • C – Ted Budzik – Police F.O.P. #8
  • P – Jim Bowen – Armco Triangles

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – Terry Moore, Armco Triangles
  • 2B – John Hartley, Bruce Johnson Construction
  • 3B – Bob Wimberg, Philip Morris KY
  • SS – Pee Wee Jackson, Kerr McGee
  • OF – Al Henderson, New Haven Water Company
  • OF – Joe Poole, Bruce Johnson Construction
  • OF – Joe Veto, Police FOP #8
  • OF – Bob Bates, Pharr Yarn
  • UTIL – Bob Calbaugh, Combustion Engineering
  • UTIL – Larry Justice, Combustion Engineering
  • UTIL – Ray Bennett, Westinghouse
  • C – Frank Burkett, Westinghouse
  • P – Von Jenkins, Seaboard Coast Lines
  • P – Frank Lovato, Westinghouse

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Armco Triangles, Middleton, OH (6-0)
2. Kerr McGee, Oklahoma City, OK (6-2)
3. Cleveland Police F 09 #8, Cleveland, OH (4-2)
4. Falk Corporation, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
5. Grumman Aerospace, Bethpage, NY (5-2)
6. Combustion Engineering, Chattanooga, TN (4-2)
7 Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)
8. Philip Morris, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9. New Haven Water Co, New Haven, CT (2-2)
10. Bruce Johnson Construction,Anoka, MN (2-2)
11 Roffield Fisheries, Port St. Joe, FL, (3-2)
12. Nassau County Police, Mineola, NY (3-2)
13. Philip Morris, Richmond, VA (2-2)
14. Pharr Yarns, McAdenville, NC (2-2)
15 Mack Trucks, Allentown, PA (1-2)
16. Seaboard Coast line, Jacksonville, FL (2-2)
17. Providence City Workers, Providence, RI (1-2)
18. Fluor E&C, Houston, TX (1-2)
19. A. T. Cross, Lincoln, RI (1-2)
20 Armco Third Base, Middleton, OH (1-2)
21. Honeywell, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
22. Budweiser St. Louis, MO (1-2)
23. Local 1250 UAW, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
24. Richards-Gebour AFB Warriors, Grandview, MO (0-2)
25 Local 400 UAW Ford, Romeo, MI (0-2)
26. Kennecott Copper Corp., Magna, UT (0-2)
27. Milacron, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
28. McGraw Hill, Heightstown, NJ (0-2)
29. Show Industries, Dalton, GA (0-2)

1976 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1976 held at Jacksonville, Florida


Champion – Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL
Runner Up – Paul Johnson Company, Indianapolis, IN


The championship game started well for Warren Motors right from the start, they won coin flip and elected to hit first. They proceeded to score 19 runs in the first inning.  Paul Johnson was stunned. Ray Fleetwood hit two 3-run homers and then a solo shot in that inning to account for 7 RBIs. By the time the game was over, Warren had 37 hits and 14 Home Runs and the final score was 35-19 in favor of Warren Motors.

Fleetwood ended up with 4 HRs and Mike Nye was 6-6. The Florida team, who entered the tournament with an incredible 88-2 record, went 6-0 to finish the season with the best record of all time in slow pitch softball (94-2). At one point during the season, Warren Motors won 78 games in a row.

Co-MVP Mike Nye, fittingly won the batting title (23-29) with a .793 average. Nye finished the season with the highest season batting average of all time (.769), a mark which would stand for almost 20 years.  On a side note – This is the second straight year that Long Island’s Mike Foley finished lost the Batting Champion by .004 of a percentage point. In 1975, Foley lost out  .737 to .733 and this year, he lost by .004 again as Mike Nye’s .793 edged out Foley’s .789 average.


  • Co-MVP – Ronnie Ford, Warren Motors (22-30, .733, 12 HRs, 25 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Co-MVP – Mike Nye, Warren Motors (23-29, .793, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Ken Carlton, Green Machine (19-29, .655, 31 RBIs, 17 Runs) – 13
  • Batting Leader (15 ABs) – Mike Nye, Warren Motors (23-29, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs)  – .793

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Lonnie Turner, Warren Motors (13-22, .591, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • P – Jim Anthony, Paul Johnson Company (16-31, .516, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • C – Ed Douglas, Green Machine (17-27, .630, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • C – Bruce Meade, Warren Motors (17-27, .630, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • 1B – Doyle Newby, Bunch Brothers (15-22, .682, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • 2B – Bob Rinehart, Duggan & Duggan (16-28, .571, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 3B – Kenneth Carlton, Green Machine (19-29, .655, 13 HRs, 31 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • SS – Ronnie Ford, Warren Motors (22-30, .733, 12 HRs, 25 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • OF – Mike Nye, Warren Motors (23-29, .793, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • OF – Ray Fleetwood, Warren Motors (21-32, .656, 9 HRs, 20 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • OF – Reggie Soehlig, Warren Motors (18-26, .692, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • OF – Jerry King, Dubois Chemical (13-20, .650, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • UT – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture (14-19, .737, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • UT – Jack Sample, Duggan & Duggan (13-22, .591, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 9 Runs)

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – John Reilly, Preston Machine (9-16, .563, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • P – Buddy Slater, Ray Carpenter Company 15-27, 556, 4 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • C – Greg Fuhrman, York Barbells (10-15, .667, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • C – Dillard Quick, Bunch Brothers (13-23, .565, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • 1B – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (11-17, .647, 8 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • 2B – Louis Giovanini, Paul Johnson Company (no info in rule book, stats stop at .500)
  • 3B – Ledon Green, Warren Motors (15-26, .577, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • SS – Randy Bright, Paul Johnson Company (18-32, .563, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • OF – Dick Bartel, Ray Carpenter Company (16-25, .640, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • OF – Denny Hogan, Howard’s Furniture (11-17, .647, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • OF – David Brown, Duggan & Duggan (13-23, .565, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • OF – Phil Eads, Paul Johnson Company (no info in rule book, stats stop at .500)
  • UT – Mike Foley, Pepsico (15-19, .789, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • UT – John Johnston, Beef Corral (12-19, .632, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Gordon Wheeler, Jerry’s (11-14, .786, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Larry Chiapetta, Pepsico (12-18, .667, 2 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Roger Snatchko, BYM Club (11-17, .647, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Ray Corky Kruel, BYM Club (11-17, .647, 1 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club (7-11, .636, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Gary Richter, Pepsico (12-19, .632, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Richard Wilborn, Ray Carpenter (16-26, .615, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Herman Rathman, Snodgrass & Sons (6-10, .600, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Roger Mayo, Bunch Brothers (14-24, .583, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Randall Symonds, Green Machine (17-30, .567, 4 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • HT Waller, Howard’s (10-18, .556, 7 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Pepsico (7-13, .538, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Bert Smith, Howard’s (10-19, .526, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Eddie Corum, Duggan and Duggan (12-23, .522, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Ron Patterson, Duggan and Duggan (14-27, .519, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • John Davide, Pepsico (8-16, .500, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Ed Finnegan, Pepsico (7-14, .500, 1 RBI, 7 Runs)
  • Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club (7-14, .500, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Al White, Jerry’s (6-12, .500, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Steve Loya, Pyramid (5-10, .500, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS (33 Teams)
1. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 6-0
2. Paul Johnson Company, Franklin, IN 6-2
3. Duggan & Duggan, Chattanooga, TN 4-2
4. Bunch Brothers, Arab, AL 4-2
5. Green Machine, Starke, FL 5-2
6. Dubois Chemical, Columbus, OH 4-2
7. Ray Carpenter Co., San Antonio, TX 4-2
8. Preston Machine, Ansonia, CT 4-2
9. Beef Corral, Lakewood, OH 3-2
10. Howard Furniture, Denver, NC 2-2
11. Don Simpson’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
12. BYM Club, Pittsburgh, PA 2-2
13. Pete Nicholosi, Lafayette, LA 2-2
14. York Barbell, York, PA 2-2
15. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 2-2
16. First Pacific Corp, Salem, OR 2-2
17. Pyramid Cafe, Cleveland, OH 1-2
18. Gartenhaus, Plainesville, CT 2-2
19. Pepsico Incorporated, Levittown, NY 2-2
20. Goshen Hutch Trucking, Goshen, OH 1-2
21. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL 1-2
22. Midstate Oil, Jefferson City, MO 1-2
23. Addies, Silver Spring, MD 1-2
24. Snodgrass & Sons, Wichita, KS 1-2
25. T-Wright, Hopkins, MN 0-2
26. MCU Sports, Boise, ID 0-2
27. Bay Area Merchants, Pinole, CA 0-2
28. Jet Trophies, Rye, NY 0-2
29. Aristocrat Inn, Waukesha, WI 0-2
30. Arizona Tortilla, Phoenix, AZ 0-2
31. Armed Forces, USA 0-2
32. Favorite Knits, Parma, OH 0-2
33. Goofys, Minneapolis, MN 0-2

1976 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1976 held at Wyandotte, Michigan.


Champion – Snyder’s, Novi, Michigan
Runner Up
– Joe’s Army & Navy, Kittanning, Pennsylvania


Joe’s Army & Navy took an early lead on Gary Smith’s homer and Denny Brown’s RBI single. The game went back and forth until the top of the 7th, when Snyder’s trailing 7-5, erupted for four runs to ice the game. Lon Parker, Rick Trudeau and Phil Higgins all hit singles, with Parker scoring on Higgins’ hit. Doug Gerdes, who was 0-3 up to that point, hit a dramatic 3-run homer into a strong wind to give Snyder’s the 9-7 lead. Rick Pinto got Joe’s out in the bottom of the 7th to win the title.  Rick Trudeau (12-17, 706) and Phil Higgins (11-16, .688, 10 RBIs) led the Snyder offense.


  • MVP – Rick Pinto, Snyder’s (8-13, .615, 1 RBI, 6 Runs; 2-3 in Final, 4-0 Pitching)
  • Home Run Leader – Tom Miller, Joe’s Army & Navy  (9-16, .563, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs) – 6
  • Batting Leader – Fred Ryan, Joe’s Army & Navy (12-16, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs) – .750

1976 USSSA ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Rick Pinto – Snyder’s Softball Club (8-13, .615, 1 RBI, 6 Runs) – also 4-0 Pitching
  • Catcher – Tex Collins – Little Caesars (6-13, .462, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • First Base – Tom Miller – Joe’s Army & Navy (9-16, .563, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Second Base – Doug Czaplewski – Transport Oil (6-16, .375, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Third Base – Doug Gerdes – Snyder’s Softball Club (10-18, .556, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Rick Trudeau – Snyder’s Softball Club (12-17, .706, 7 RBI, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Jim Dillard – Transport Oil (6-15, .400, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Outfield – Larry Elkins – Snyder’s Softball Club (7-15, .467, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Outfield – Gary Smith – Joe’s Army & Navy (9-15, .600, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Outfield – Fred Ryan – Joe’s Army & Navy (12-16, .750, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dave Rhodes – Snyder’s Softball Club (1-5, .200)
  • Utility – Bill Sepich – Joe’s Army & Navy (4-17, .235, 3 RBIs, 1 Run)
  • Utility – Phil Higgins – Snyder’s Softball Club (11-16, .688, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Utility – Dennis Hogan – Little Caesars (9-16, .563, 5 HRs, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Utility – Derek Gallagher – Transport Oil (8-19, .421, 4 Runs)

OTHERS:

  • Mickey McCarty, Taylor Brothers (8-12, .667, 4 HRs, 5 RBIs 5 Runs)
  • Jim Mitchell, Uniroyal (4-6, .667, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Al Gibson, Uniroyal (5-8, .625, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 3 Runs
  • Buddy Slater, Taylor Brothers (5-8, .625, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Bob Voss, Snyders (9-16 .563, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Chuck Drewicz, Snyders (8-15, .533, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Denny Brown, Sol Mintz (8-15, .533, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Matt Partridge, Snyders (5-10, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Stan Harvey, Little Caesars (2-4, .500, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Hank Kosmala, Kerr-Copper State (3-6, .500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Braxton Speller, Synders (8-17, .471, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Arlis Jones, Transport Oil (8-17, 471, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Elby Bushong, Kerr-Copper State (3-7, .429, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Dennis Myers, Kerr-Copper State (3-7, .429, 2 Runs)
  • Buck Buchanon, Taylor Brothers (3-7, .429, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Rick Scherr, Taylor Brothers (5-12, .417, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Cal Carman, Uniroyal (3-8, .375, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Bill Ferguson, Taylor Brothers (4-11. .364, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Dick Bartel, Taylor Brothers (4-11, .364, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (5-15, .333, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Bert Smith, Little Caesars (5-16, .313, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Jim Foxy Nelson, Sol Mintz (4-17, .235, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Glenn Eichelberger, Uniroyal (0-3, .000)
  • Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (0-3, .000)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Snyder’s Softball Club, Detroit, Ml (4-0)
2. Joe’s Army & Navy, Kittaning, PA (3-2)
3. Transport Oil, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
4. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI (2-2)
5t. Taylor Brothers, Corpus Christi, TX (1-2)
5t. Uniroyal, Detroit, MI (1-2)
7t. Kerr-Cooper, Phoenix, AZ (0-2)
7t. Rodeo Room, Anaheim, CA (0-2)

*By winning the 1976 World Series, Snyder’s—-(QUALIFIED for 1977 WORLD SERIES)