Category: 1977

1977 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Graham, North Carolina.


Champion: Fox Valley Lassies, St Charles, IL
Runner Up: Columbus Roadrunners, Columbus, OH


The Lassies beat the Roadrunners 8-6 in the winners bracket final. After the Columbus squad eliminated defending champ Sorrento’s Pizza in the losers bracket final, they were set to take on the Fox Valley Lassies once again in the final championship game. The win over Sorrento’s was big, because Sorrento pitcher Shirley Patterson had just twirled back to back shutouts. as both teams had 1 loss, this game went into the bottom of the 11th inning. Marylyss Runestead came through with a bases loaded single to win the title 8-7. It was her 4th hit of the game.


  • MVP – Marlyss Runestead, Fox Valley Lassies (17-25, .680, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Marlyss Runestead, Fox Valley – .680
  • Home Run Leaders – Crystal Thompson, Roadrunners 16-32, (.500, 9 RBIs, 15 Runs) – 4
  • Home Run Leaders – Terri Sheridan, Bernwood Hall 10-21, (.480, 14 RBIs, 8 Runs) – 4

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Judy Hedgecock, Miami Dots
  • P – Marcia Ford, Fox Valley Lassies
  • C – Linda Ares, Miami Dots
  • C – Deb Pince, Americs
  • 1B – Helen Biddle, Fox Valley Lassies
  • 2B – Debbie Wohlers, Gremlins
  • 3B – Deborah Jurca, Fox Valley Lassies
  • SS – Diane Hochrein, Bernward Hall
  • OF – Chrystal Thompson, Roadrunners
  • OF – Marlyss Runestad, Fox Valley Lassies
  • OF – Irene Dill, Roadrunners
  • OF – Christi Winter, Sorrento’s Pizza
  • UT – Mary Jane Snyder, York Barbellets
  • UT – Marsha Replogle-Ehlers, Sorrento’s Pizza

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Judy Rose, Bernward Hal
  • P – Shirley Patterson, Sorrento’s Pizza
  • C – Valerie D. Seldon, Fox Valley Lassies
  • C – Bonnie Jo Rogers, KFC
  • 1B – Linda Hargrove, Cowley County
  • 2B – Eileen Rudoplh, Roadrunners
  • 3B – Cathy Jean Robinson, KFC
  • SS – Tomi Lee Burns, Gremlins
  • OF – Kimbra Ellen Buchanan, KFC
  • OF – Kathy Cooper, Sorrento’s Pizza
  • OF – Debra Mihalka, Fox Valley Lassies
  • OF – Evelyn Hayes, Miami Dots
  • UT – Brenda Mueller, Bernward Hall
  • UT – Julie Middlebrooks, Roadrunners

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Fox Valley Lassies – St. Charles, IL
2. Columbus Roadrunners – Columbus, OH

TBD – on paper 40 teams

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

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

1977 ASA Open Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Parma, Ohio


Champion – Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, OK
Runner Up – Ken Sanders Ford, Birmingham, AL


ASA revamped the Regional Structure this season. Instead of having 30-31 Regional Championships as had been the practice since 1967, the National ASA formed 15 Regions. These were said to be more evenly set up as the old system sometimes had no team represent a particular region, or a four team tournament and then other regions had 25 teams playing for the one berth. The Regional Champion and in many cases, the runner-up team earned berths to the National Championships. Some Regions were awarded an extra “at-large” berth if they had a larger number of ASA teams registered. Nelson came from losers bracket to defeat KSF twice; 24-23 and 26-25. Ironically, Nelson was put in the losers bracket by KSF 21-20. On the way to the finals, Nelsons eliminated Jerry’s Catering 30-14 and Howard’s Furniture 27-10, then had to defeat KSF twice. Nelson, trailing 23-20 in the 7th inning of the first championship game, scored 4 runs to win 24-23. Henry Koper led off the inning with his 5th home run of the game. Bruce Meade and Herman Rathman both flied out, then Al White singled and Mighty Joe Young hit a 2-run homer to tie the game. it was his second of the game. Dean Brunken came up and drilled a homer to give Nelsons the lead and they got KSF out in the bottom of the 7th to force the “if” game. Nelsons was leading 26-19 in the bottom of 7th, needing just 3 outs to win, but it wasn’t easy. Sidney Cooper, Charles Wright and Greg Smith all hit 2-run homers to get KSF within one run 26-25, but it wasn’t meant to be. Nelson held on for a 26-25 win. Herman Rathman hit 3 homers and had 8 RBIs in the final game. Bruce Meade, Henry Koper and Joe Young all had 2 HRs for Nelsons. James Abercrombie and Charles Wright each hit 3 HRs for KSF in the final game. The powerful Nelson team had 6 players hit more then 10 HRs, – Meade (22) and Rathman (22) tie for the lead, Koper (15), Young (12), White (11), Bill Howes (11). KSF had Elliott (18), James Abercrombie (15) and Wright (12). 3rd place Howard’s had Don Arndt (13), Stan Harvey (12) and HT Waller (11). Greg Fuhrman hit 16 for 4th place Jerry’s Caterers. For some reason, Mighty Joe Young was not selected to the All America team despite going 32-38 (.667) with 12 HRs and 29 RBIs.


  • MVP – Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford (26-36, .722, 18 HRs, 32 RBIs,24 Runs)
  • MVP – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s (32-50, .640, 22 HRs, 40 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • HR Leaders – Herman Rathman, Nelson’s Painting (32-50, .640, 39 RBIs, 29 Runs) – 22 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 21
    HR Leaders – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s Painting -22 – Also set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 21
  • Batting Leader – Larry Franklin, Mid-State Oil (16-21, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs) – .762

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford (26-36, .722, 18 HRs, 32 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • P – Henry Koper, Nelson Painting (34-52, .635, 14 HRs, 29 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • C – James Abercrombie, Ken Sanders Ford (19-28, .679, 15 HRs, 29 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • C – John Tercheria, Campbell’s BAM (15-20, .750, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 1B – Herman Rathman, Nelson Painting (32-50, .640, 22 HRs, 39 RBIs, 29 Runs)
  • 2B – Jorge Milian, Jerry’s Catering (32-44, .727, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • 3B – Al White, Nelson Painting (36-49, .735, 11 HRs, 19 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • SS – Charles Wright, Ken Sanders Ford (18-34, .529, 12 HRs, 24 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • OF – Bruce Meade, Nelson Painting (32-50, .640, 22 HRs, 40 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • OF – Scott McManis, Port City Ford (14-19, .737, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • OF – Curtis Williams, Jerry’s Catering (25-43, .581, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • OF – Richard Willborn, Ray Carpenter (21-29, .724, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • UT – Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Catering (26-43, .605, 16 HRs, 33 RBIs, 29 Runs)
  • UT – Rick Scherr, Howard’s Furniture (18-28, .643, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Donald Svenson, Ohio Sealants (9-18, .500, 8 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • P – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture (19-34, .559, 13 HRs, 16 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • C – Matthew ‘Chic’ Downing, Fliteline (12-20, .600, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • C – Ray Fleetwood, Warren Motors (12-21, .571, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • 1B – James Washington, Jerry’s Caterers (27-44, .614, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • 2B – Mike Macenko, Hillcrest Tavern (15-21, .750, 6 HRS, 15 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • 3B – Frank Sorrells, Jerry’s Catering (26-43, .605, 12 HRs, 27 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • SS – Terry Perryman, Nelson Painting (27-51, .529, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • OF – Bob Birdsey, Gartenhaus (10-19, .526, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • OF – Sidney Cooper, Ken Sanders Ford (24-35, .686, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • OF – Jim Underhill, Jerry’s Catering (26-44, .591, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • OF – Bill Howes, Nelson Painting (22-38, .579, 11 HRs, 26 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • UT – Larry Franklin, Midstate Oil (16-21, .762, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • UT – Mike Parrott, Port City Ford (13-21, .619, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Ted Larsen, Mannings (8-8, 1.000, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Pepsico (6-8, .750, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Joe Kilby, Haven Tavern (11-15, .733, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Anthony Guiliano, St. Margarets (8-11, .727, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Ted Hocevar, Ohio Sealants (13-18, .722, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Arnold Hawkins, Rule Construction (10-14, .714, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Jerry King, Dubois Chemical (5-7, .714, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Mike Leadbetter, Trainham (14-20, .700, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Richard Mummaw, Warren Motors (15-22, .682, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Joe Young, Nelson’s (32-48, .667, 12 HRs, 29 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • Mike Jacobs, Warren Motors (18-27, .667, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Garland Dewitt, Mid-State Oil (13-20, .650, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • David Beaird, Ken Sanders (20-35, .571, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Greg Smith, Ken Sanders (20-35, .571, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Tony Cloniger, Howards (16-28, .571, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Shane Hammell, Ken Sanders (19-34, .559, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Ed Green, Campbell’s/Bam (10-18, .556, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Dean Brunken, Nelson’s (25-45, .556, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Buddy Salda, Nelson’s (19-36, .528, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Gene Fisher, Howards (15-29, .517, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Denny Hogan, Howards (17-33, .515, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Stan Harvey, Howards (16-32, .500, 12 HRs, 26 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Joe Konicki, Marone Travel (4-9, .444, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • Roger Mayo, Ken Sanders (15-34, .441, 6 HRs, 9 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Ed Roth, Warren Motors (11-25, .440, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS (41 Teams)

1. Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, OK 9-1
2. Ken Sanders Ford, Phoenix City, AL 5-2
3. Howard Furniture, Denver, NC 5-2
4. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL 7-2
5. Campbell’s Bay Area Merchants, Richmond, CA 3-2
6. Gartensenhaus, Plainville, CT 3-2
7. Trainham Chevrolet, Rickmond, VA 4-2
8. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 4-2
9. Ohio Sealants, Parma, OH 4-2
10. Ray Carpenter, San Antonio, TX 4-2
11. Fliteline, Fort Smith, AR 3-2
12. Hillcrest Tavern, Cleveland, OH 3-2
13. Port City Ford, Truck Sales, Houston, TX 3-2
14. Central State Painting, Kansas City, MO 2-2
15. Black Aces, St. Louis, MO 2-2
16. The Haven Tavern, Tacoma, WA 2-2
17. York Barbell, York, PA 1-2
18. Armed Forces, Dayton, OH 1-2
19. Midstate Oil, Jefferson City, MO 3-2
20. Bunca & Frey, Lamamazoo, MI 1-2
21. Rule Construction, Oakridge, TN 2-2
22. Holy Name Society, Lakewood, OH 2-2
23. Surplus City Diablos, Alburquerque, NM 1-2
24. Richfield VFW, Richfield, MN 1-2
25. Ron Farnsworth Construction, Salt Lake City, UT 0-2
26. St. Margaret’s Club, New Castle, PA 1-2
27. Marrone Travel, Westbury, NY 1-2
28. Pepsico Incorporated, Levittown, NY 1-2
29. Sunset Lounge, White Bear Lake, MN 0-2
30. Chico’s, Spokane, WA 1-2
31. Mitchell Brothers, Antioch, CA 0-2
32. Fraser’s Pub, Ann Arbor, MI 1-2
33. Goodrich Service Center, Midland, TX 0-2
34. Super Auto, Napa, CA 0-2
35. Decathlon, Jackson, MS 0-2
36. Taylor Brothers COnstruction, Providence, RI 0-2
37. Dubois Chemical, Columbus, OH 0-2
38. Ohio Players, Dayton, OH 0-2
39. Miracle’s, Richmond, IN 0-2
40. Maning’s, St. Paul, MN 0-2
41. Kentucky Fried Chicken, Indianapolis, IN 0-2

1977 ASA A Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Richmond, Virginia.


Champion – Higgins Cycle, Greensboro, NC
Runner Up – Bigham Insulation, Miami, FL


Higgins Cycle beat Bigham Insulation twice, 28-15 (Rick Gentry 2 HRs) and 32-4 (Gentry 3 HRs). Higgins Cycle, 61 hits in the 2 games.


  • MVP – Rick Gentry, Higgins Cycle (16-29, .552, 9 HRs, 26 RBIs)
  • Batting Champion – George Runk, Athletic World (21-27, .778, 17 RBIs)
  • HR Champion – Rick Gentry, Higgins (9)

ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – Rick Gentry, Higgins Cycle
  • 2B – George Runk, Athletic World
  • 3B – George Rice, Thompson’s Super Market
  • SS – Ormie Rich, Higgins Cycle
  • OF – Ricky Fagerlie, Norlings Silo
  • OF – Allen Hanson, Houligan’s
  • OF – Bill Westwood, Athletic World
  • OF – Leonard Roy, Bigham Insulation
  • UTIL – PJ Williams, Bigham Insulation
  • UTIL – Mike Ogeba, Bigham Insulation
  • UTIL – Hershel Hicks, Raiders
  • UTIL – Donald Maness, Higgins Cycle
  • C – Rogers Beason, Raiders
  • P – Martin Decker, Higgins Cycle

ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – John Pinkett, Trenton Capitals
  • 2B – Kurt Brock, Trenton Capitals
  • 3B – Jerry Goedderz, Norlings Silo
  • SS – Kelly Stevens, Houligan’s
  • OF – Kenny Woods, Raiders
  • OF – Gary Bartlett, Higgins Cycle
  • OF – Larry McGary, Athletic World
  • OF – Malcolm Whitley, Crown Jewelers
  • UTIL – Ray Sanford, Crosby Homes
  • UTIL – David Rasmussen, Houligan’s
  • UTIL – John Bodine, Trenton Capitals
  • UTIL – Don House, Tasty Pizza
  • C – Daniel Hall, Crown Jewelers
  • P – Richard McCarty, Bigham Insulation

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Higgins Cycle, Greensboro, NC 7-0
2. Bigham Insulation, Miami, FL 5-2
3. Athletic World, St. Petersburg, FL 5-2
4. Houligan’s, Eau Claire, WI 6-2
5t. Trenton Capitals, Trenton, NJ 5-2
5t. Norlings Silo, Svea, MN 4-2
7t. Raiders, Pineville, KY 4-2
7t. Crown Jewelers, Charlotte, NC 4-2
9t. Pizza Baron, Portland, OR 4-2
9t. Crosby Homes, Bristol, MD 3-2
9t. Dayton A-1 Trophy, Dayton, OH 3-2
9t. Guardsmen Lounge, Rice Lake, WI 2-2
13t. Bi-Rite, Manchester, NH 2-2
13t. Houston Wheels, Houston, TX 2-2
13t. R&T Mobile Homes, Akron, PA 2-2
13t. Tasty Pizza, Columbia Heights, MN 2-2
17t. Levittown Legion, Long Island, NY 2-2
17t. Thompson’s Super Market, Buchanan, MI 2-2
17t. Golden Leaf Bar, Minneapolis, MN 1-2
17t. Conti Brothers, Providence, RI 1-2
17t. Nelco Manufacturing, Oklahoma City, OK 1-2
17t. Lufkin Raiders, Lufkin, TX 1-2
17t. Corner Pub, Rockville, MD 1-2
17t. Citizens Club, Jeannette, PA 1-2
25t. Abbey Inn, Austin, TX 1-2
25t. Bert’s Union 76, Cleveland, OH 1-2
25t. Mid-West Petro, Kansas City, MO 1-2
25t. Schlichting Excavating, Rockford, IL 1-2
25t. Universal Systems, Pascagoula, MS 0-2
25t. Santa Cruz Merchants, Santa Cruz, CA 0-2
25t. Helper Club, Helper, UT 0-2
25t. Swaheli Roots, Richmond. CA 0-2
33t. Lacey’s Rotary, Lacey, WA 0-2
33t. K-Sports, Norfolk, NE 0-2
33t. Ram Landmark, Swissvale, PA 0-2
33t. Cheyenne Dodge, Cheyenne, WY 0-2
33t. Whitehead, Stokes & Grymes, Richmond, VA 0-2
33t. Agriform, Woodland, CA 0-2

1977 ASA Industrial Major Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Birmingham, AL on August 1-6.


Champion – Armco Triangles, Middletown, OH
Runner Up – Aetna Life & Casualty, Charlotte, NC


  • MVP – James Gomia, Armco Triangles
  • Batting Champion – James Gomia, Armco Triangles (.714)

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – Richard Reckart, Armco Triangles
  • 2B – Michael Gomia, Armco Triangles
  • 3B – Ronald Barber, GE Wacos
  • SS – Domenick Pagnozzi, Grumman Corporation
  • OF – James Gomia, Armco Triangles
  • OF – Bobby Height, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • OF – Nick Catania, Grumman Corporation
  • OF – Joe Brown, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • UTIL – Kenny Haddock, Raffield Fisheries
  • UTIL – Jack Dickason, Area Businessmen Local No. 14
  • C – Tom Moore, Armco Triangles
  • C – Vic Worry, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • P – Alex Cheek, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • P – Joseph Rivera, Grumman Corporation

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • 1B – Mardy Broom, Combustion Engineers
  • 2B – Roy Stauffer, Mack Trucks
  • 3B – Chris Cammack, Aetna Life & Casualty
  • SS – Edward Bungo, Custon Sounds/Packard Electric
  • OF – Donald Brown, Mack Trucks
  • OF – Bill Yetman, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – Gerry Pluth, Seattle Police
  • OF – John Schuchert, Area Businessmen Local No. 14
  • UTIL – John Stack, ACIPCO
  • UTIL – Wayne Latham, Philip Morris
  • C – Glen Dorch, Grumman Corporation
  • C – Jerome Coe, Bruce Johnson Construction
  • P – Clayton Wooten, Raffield Fisheries
  • P – Kenneth Cummings, Cummins

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Armco Triangles, Middletown, OH (5-1)
2. Aetna Life & Casualty, Charlotte, NC (8-2)
3. Cummins, Columbus, IN (3-2)
4. Grumman Corporation, Bethpage, NY (6-2)
5. F.M C., Fridley, MN (3-2)
6. Bruce Johnson, Anoka, MN (2-2)
7. Mack Trucks, Allentown, PA (4-2)
8. Area Businessmen-Local No. 14, Toledo, OH (4-2)
9. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (5-2)
10. Custom Sounds-Packard Electric, Warren, OH (2-2)
11. G.E. Wacos, Louisville, KY (3-2)
12. Folk Aces, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
13. Seattle Police, Seattle, WA (2-2)
14. Kerr-McGee Reds, Oklahoma City, OK (2-2)
15. Raffields Fisheries, Port St. Joe, FL (2-2)
16. DuPont-Bayers, Victoria, TX (2-2)
17. Ohio Bell, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
18. Coors Distributors, Houston, TX (1-2)
19. Sullivan-Chapman Soles, Sterling, MA (1-2)
20. Munn Realty-Onan, Fridley, MN (0-2)
21. Nassau County Police, Mineola, NY (0-2)
22. Philip Morris, Richmond, VA (2-2)
23. Combustion Engineers, Chattanooga, TN (2-2)
24. ACIPCO, Birmingham, AL (2-2)
25. Local No. 1005, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
26. Washington F.O.P., Washington, DC (0-2)
27. Pepsi Cola/Gamble Inc., Portland, OR (1-2)
28. Minneapolis Police, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
29. Columbia Gas, Columbus, OH (0-2)
30. Coastal States Petroleum, Corpus Christi, TX (0-2)
31. DuPont, La Place, LA (0-2)
32. Seaboard Coast Line, Jacksonville, FL (0-2)
33. Giant Wholesale, Johnson City, TN (0-2)
34. Anheuser-Busch Industrial Products Division St. Louis, MO (0-2)

Wirt Gammon’s (Chattanooga Times) – 1977 All-Star team

Player of the Year (Captain): Herman Rathman, Nelson’s Painting, Oklahoma City, OK (244 HRs, .642)
Player of the Year: (Alternate Captain): Charles Wright, Ken Sander’s Ford, Phoenix City, AL (223 HRs, .688)
Player of the Year: (Alternate Captain): Bruce Meade, Nelson’s Painting, Oklahoma City, OK (215 HRs, .764)

Manager of the Year: Dave Carroll, Howard & Carroll, Sherrill’s Ford, NC (133-29 record)

All Star Selections: Avg. HRs (if known)

Herman Rathman, Nelson’s, Oklahoma City, OK .642 244
Charles Wright, Ken Sander’s, Phoenix City, AL .688 223
Bruce Meade, Nelson’s, Oklahoma City, OK .764 225
Stan Harvey, Howard’s, Denver, NC .680 290
James Boyett, Howard & Carroll, Sherrill’s Ford, NC .664 282
Don Arndt, Howard’s, Denver, NC .655 279
Rick Scherr, Howard’s, Denver, NC .731 245
Craig Elliott, Ken Sander’s, Phoenix City, AL .675 210
H.T. Waller, Howard’s, Denver, NC .652 212
Denny Jones, Howard & Carroll, Sherrill’s Ford, NC .675 261
Al White, Nelson’s, Oklahoma City, OK .695 101
Henry Koper, Nelson’s, Oklahoma City, OK
Roger Mayo, Ken Sander’s, Phoenix City, AL 176
Ray Fleetwood, Warren’s, Jacksonville, FL
James Washington, Jerry’s, Miami, FL 125
Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL .758 153
Dave Frost, Fliteline, Fort Smith, AR
Chic Downing, Fliteline, Fort Smith, AR
John Davide, Pepsico/County Sports, Levittown, NY
Doug Hommell, Pepsico/County Sports, Levittown, NY
John Tercheria, Campbell’s/B.A.M., Richmond, CA
Larry Franklin, Mid-State Oil, Springfield, MO
Bob Birdsey, Gartenhaus Cafe, Plainville, CT
John Hopp, Walthers, Akron, OH
Raney Bright, Paul Johnson, Indianapolis, IN
John Jontony, Holy Name of Lakewood, OH
Harold Kelley, Buddy’s Sporting Goods, Tallahasse, FL 148
Rick Brown, Teamsters, Cleveland, OH
Rick Collier, Southern Fastener, Mobile, AL
Billy Davis, Jay’s Fried Chicken, Biloxi, MS

1977 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Parma, Ohio.


Champion – Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Runner Up – Ken Sanders Ford, Birmingham, Alabama


ASA revamped  the Regional Structure this season. Instead of having 30-31 Regional Championships as had been the practice since 1967, the National ASA formed 15 Regions. These were said to be more evenly set up as the old system sometimes had no team represent a particular region, or a four team tournament and then other regions had 25 teams playing for the one berth. The Regional Champion and in many cases, the runner-up team earned berths to the National Championships.  Some Regions were awarded an extra “at-large” berth if they had a larger number of ASA teams registered.

Nelson came from losers bracket to defeat KSF twice; 24-23 and 26-25. Ironically, Nelson was put in the losers bracket by KSF 21-20. On the way to the finals, Nelsons eliminated Jerry’s Catering 30-14 and Howard’s Furniture 27-10, then had to defeat KSF twice. Nelson, trailing 23-20 in the 7th inning of the first championship game, scored 4 runs to win 24-23. Henry Koper led off the inning with his 5th home run of the game.  Bruce Meade and Herman Rathman both flied out, then Al White singled and Mighty Joe Young hit a 2-run homer to tie the game. It was his second of the game. Dean Brunken came up and drilled a homer to give Nelsons the lead and they got KSF out in the bottom of the 7th to force the “if” game. Nelsons was leading 26-19 in the bottom of 7th, needing just 3 outs to win, but it wasn’t easy. Sidney Cooper, Charles Wright and Greg Smith all hit 2-run homers to get KSF within one run 26-25, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Nelson held on for a 26-25 win. Herman Rathman hit 3 homers and had 8 RBIs in the final game. Bruce Meade, Henry Koper and Joe Young all had 2 HRs for Nelsons. James Abercrombie and Charles Wright each hit 3 HRs for KSF in the final game.

The powerful Nelson team had 6 players hit more then 10 HRs, – Meade (22) and Rathman (22) tie for the lead,  Koper (15), Young (12), White (11), Bill Howes (11). KSF had Elliott (18), James Abercrombie (15) and Wright (12).

3rd place Howard’s had Don Arndt (13), Stan Harvey (12) and HT Waller (11). Greg Fuhrman hit 16 for 4th place Jerry’s Caterers. For some reason, Mighty Joe Young was not selected to the All America team despite going 32-38 (.667) with 12 HRs and 29 RBIs.


  • Co-MVP – Craig Elliot, Ken Sanders Ford (26-36, .722, 18 HRs, 32 RBIs,24 Runs)
  • Co-MVP – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s (32-50, .640, 22 HRs, 40 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • HR Leaders – Herman Rathman, Nelson’s Painting (32-50, .640, 39 RBIs, 29 Runs) – 22 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 21
  • HR Leaders – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s Painting -22 – Also set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 21
  • Batting Leader – Larry Franklin, Mid-State Oil (16-21, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs) – .762

1977 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford (26-36, .722, 18 HRs, 32 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • P – Henry Koper, Nelson Painting (34-52, .635, 14 HRs, 29 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • C – James Abercrombie, Ken Sanders Ford (19-28, .679, 15 HRs, 29 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • C – John Tercheria, Campbell’s BAM (15-20, .750, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 1B – Herman Rathman, Nelson Painting (32-50, .640, 22 HRs, 39 RBIs, 29 Runs)
  • 2B – Jorge Milian, Jerry’s Catering (32-44, .727, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • 3B – Al White, Nelson Painting (36-49, .735, 11 HRs, 19 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • SS – Charles Wright, Ken Sanders Ford (18-34, .529, 12 HRs, 24 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • OF – Bruce Meade, Nelson Painting (32-50, .640, 22 HRs, 40 RBIs, 33 Runs)
  • OF – Scott McManis, Port City Ford (14-19, .737, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • OF – Curtis Williams, Jerry’s Catering (25-43, .581, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • OF – Richard Willborn, Ray Carpenter (21-29, .724, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • UT – Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Catering (26-43, .605, 16 HRs, 33 RBIs, 29 Runs)
  • UT – Rick Scherr, Howard’s Furniture (18-28, .643, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)

1977 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P – Donald Svenson, Ohio Sealants (9-18, .500, 8 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • P – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture (19-34, .559, 13 HRs, 16 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • C – Matthew ‘Chic’ Downing, Fliteline (12-20, .600, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • C – Ray Fleetwood, Warren Motors (12-21, .571, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • 1B – James Washington, Jerry’s Caterers (27-44, .614, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • 2B – Mike Macenko, Hillcrest Tavern (15-21, .750, 6 HRS, 15 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • 3B – Frank Sorrells, Jerry’s Catering (26-43, .605, 12 HRs, 27 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • SS – Terry Perryman, Nelson Painting (27-51, .529, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • OF – Bob Birdsey, Gartenhaus (10-19, .526, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • OF – Sidney Cooper, Ken Sanders Ford (24-35, .686, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • OF – Jim Underhill, Jerry’s Catering (26-44, .591, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • OF – Bill Howes, Nelson Painting (22-38, .579, 11 HRs, 26 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • UT – Larry Franklin, Midstate Oil (16-21, .762, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • UT – Mike Parrott, Port City Ford (13-21, .619, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Ted Larsen, Mannings (8-8, 1.000, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Pepsico (6-8, .750, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Joe Kilby, Haven Tavern (11-15, .733, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Anthony Guiliano, St. Margarets (8-11, .727, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Ted Hocevar, Ohio Sealants (13-18, .722, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Arnold Hawkins, Rule Construction (10-14, .714, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Jerry King, Dubois Chemical (5-7, .714, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Mike Leadbetter, Trainham (14-20, .700, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Richard Mummaw, Warren Motors (15-22, .682, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Joe Young, Nelson’s (32-48, .667, 12 HRs, 29 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • Mike Jacobs, Warren Motors (18-27, .667, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Garland Dewitt, Mid-State Oil (13-20, .650, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • David Beaird, Ken Sanders (20-35, .571, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Greg Smith, Ken Sanders (20-35, .571, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Tony Cloniger, Howards (16-28, .571, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Shane Hammell, Ken Sanders (19-34, .559, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Ed Green, Campbell’s/Bam (10-18, .556, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Dean Brunken, Nelson’s (25-45, .556, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Buddy Salda, Nelson’s (19-36, .528, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Gene Fisher, Howards (15-29, .517, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Denny Hogan, Howards (17-33, .515, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Stan Harvey, Howards (16-32, .500, 12 HRs, 26 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Joe Konicki, Marone Travel (4-9, .444, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • Roger Mayo, Ken Sanders (15-34, .441, 6 HRs, 9 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Ed Roth, Warren Motors (11-25, .440, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, OK 9-1
2. Ken Sanders Ford, Phoenix City, AL 5-2
3. Howard Furniture, Denver, NC 5-2
4. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL 7-2
5. Campbell’s Bay Area Merchants, Richmond, CA 3-2
6. Gartensenhaus, Plainville, CT 3-2
7. Trainham Chevrolet, Rickmond, VA 4-2
8. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 4-2
9. Ohio Sealants, Parma, OH 4-2
10. Ray Carpenter, San Antonio, TX 4-2
11. Fliteline, Fort Smith, AR 3-2
12. Hillcrest Tavern, Cleveland, OH 3-2
13. Port City Ford, Truck Sales, Houston, TX 3-2
14. Central State Painting, Kansas City, MO 2-2
15. Black Aces, St. Louis, MO 2-2
16. The Haven Tavern, Tacoma, WA 2-2
17. York Barbell, York, PA 1-2
18. Armed Forces, Dayton, OH 1-2
19. Midstate Oil, Jefferson City, MO 3-2
20. Bunca & Frey, Lamamazoo, MI 1-2
21. Rule Construction, Oakridge, TN 2-2
22. Holy Name Society, Lakewood, OH 2-2
23. Surplus City Diablos, Alburquerque, NM 1-2
24. Richfield VFW, Richfield, MN 1-2
25. Ron Farnsworth Construction, Salt Lake City, UT 0-2
26. St. Margaret’s Club, New Castle, PA 1-2
27. Marrone Travel, Westbury, NY 1-2
28. Pepsico Incorporated, Levittown, NY 1-2
29. Sunset Lounge, White Bear Lake, MN 0-2
30. Chico’s, Spokane, WA 1-2
31. Mitchell Brothers, Antioch, CA 0-2
32. Fraser’s Pub, Ann Arbor, MI 1-2
33. Goodrich Service Center, Midland, TX 0-2
34. Super Auto, Napa, CA 0-2
35. Decathlon, Jackson, MS 0-2
36. Taylor Brothers COnstruction, Providence, RI 0-2
37. Dubois Chemical, Columbus, OH 0-2
38. Ohio Players, Dayton, OH 0-2
39. Miracle’s, Richmond, IN 0-2
40. Manning’s, St. Paul, MN 0-2
41. Kentucky Fried Chicken, Indianapolis, IN 0-2

1977 ASPSL All Pro Team

P- Phil Schroer, Kentucky                              ( 76-142, .535,  4 HRs,  53 RBIs,  53 Runs, 15-5 Pitching)
P- Tom Gorski, Milwaukee                           (112-224, .500, 22 HRs,  75 RBIs,  80 Runs, 17-8 Pitching)
P- Tony Mazza, Detroit                                   ( 61-139, .461,  2 HRs,  25 RBIs,  45 Runs, 23-6 Pitching,
C- Benny Holt, Chicago (MVP)                                   (149-216, .690, 89 HRs, 187 RBIs, 144 Runs, 25 BBs) – Chicago MVP – Won Triple Crown – MVP
C- Mike Applin, Cincinnati                             (107-190, .563, 41 HRs, 104 RBIs,  82 Runs) – Cincinnati MVP
C- Bill Gatti, Kentucky                                    ( 97-180, .539, 48 HRs, 127 RBIs,  95 Runs, 35 BBs, 10 SFs) – Kentucky MVP
1B- Doug Gerdes, Detroit                             (126-237, .599, 60 HRs, 124 RBIs, 125 Runs)
1B- Joe Russell, Minnesota                          (119-217, .548, 35 HRs, 111 RBIs,  98 Runs, 11 SFs)
1B- Tom Miller, Pittsburgh                           ( 99-182, .544, 52 HRs, 124 RBIs,  82 Runs, 23 BBs, 9 SFs) – Pittsburgh MVP
2B- Buddy Haines, Chicago                           (124-205, .605, 42 HRs, 100 RBIs, 101 Runs)
2B- Doug Czaplewski, Milwaukee                              (123-204, .603,  1 HRs,  43 RBIs,  92 Runs)
2B- Donnie Rardin, Kentucky                       (119-222, .536,  4 HRs,  51 RBIs,  81 Runs, 17-5 Pitching)
3B- John Copenhaver, Baltimore                               (112-187, .599, 36 HRs,  95 RBIs,  94 Runs)
3B- Jim Dillard, Milwaukee                           (117-215, .544, 34 HRs, 117 RBIs, 102 Runs)
3B- Bill Speaks, Columbus                            (108-203, .532, 17 HRs,  97 RBIs,  72 Runs, 14 SFs) – Columbus MVP
SS- Ronnie Ford, Detroit                (145-239, .607, 85 HRs, 184 RBIs, 150 Runs, 25 BBs)
SS- Tom Pappas, Columbus                          (109-181, .602,  0 HRs,  45 RBIs,  68 Runs)
SS- Ricky Linz, Cincinnati                                ( 91-155, .587,  1 HRs,  33 RBIs,  60 Runs)
OF- Mike Nye, Detroit                                    (170-258, .659, 36 HRs, 104 RBIs, 147 Runs, 30 2Bs, 12 3Bs) – Detroit MVP
OF- Bert Smith, Detroit                                  (103-201, .512, 53 HRs, 122 RBIs,  90 Runs)
OF- Gene Parrish, Minnesota                      (140-225, .622, 22 HRs,  83 RBIs, 115 Runs, 21 2Bs) – Minnesota MVP
OF- Mike Gouin, Detroit                                (119-212, .561, 35 HRs, 124 RBIs, 103 Runs)
OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee                        (130-211, .611, 41 HRs, 131 RBIs, 120 Runs, 25 2Bs, 10 3Bs) – Milwaukee MVP
OF- Jay Smith, Baltimore                               (113-201, .562,  2 HRs,  48 RBIs,  81 Runs)
OF- Lawrence Hutcherson, Baltimore      (109-183, .596, 45 HRs, 129 RBIs,  93 Runs) – Baltimore MVP
OF- John Spadaccino, New Jersey                             ( 93-169, .550, 32 HRs,  97 RBIs,  90 Runs, 32 BBs) – New Jersey MVP
OF- John Dollar, Baltimore                            ( 70-134, .522,  5 HRs,  50 RBIs,  62 Runs)
OF- Ken Parker, Milwaukee                         (133-244, .545, 37 HRs, 109 RBIs, 104 Runs)
OF- Frank Cammailere, New York                              ( 78-150, .520, 16 HRs,  54 RBIs,  50 Runs) – New York MVP
OF- Rick Petrunyak, Cleveland                    (112-208, .538, 16 HRs,  70 RBIs,  92 Runs, 32 2Bs)
OF- Bobby Reid, Cleveland                           (107-200, .535,  8 HRS,  53 RBIs,  95 Runs, 30 2Bs, 15 3Bs)

World Series  MVP – Mike Nye, Detroit (12-20, .600, 2 HRs, 3 2Bs, 4 RBIs, 10 Runs)