Category: 1977

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
5. Trenton Capitals, Trenton, NJ 5-2
6. Norlings Silo, Svea, MN 4-2
7. Raiders, Pineville, KY 4-2
8. Crown Jewelers, Charlotte, NC 4-2
9. Pizza Baron, Portland, OR 4-2
10. Crosby Homes, Bristol, MD 3-2
11. Dayton A-1 Trophy, Dayton, OH 3-2
12. Guardsmen Lounge, Rice Lake, WI 2-2
13. Bi-Rite, Manchester, NH 2-2
14. Houston Wheels, Houston, TX 2-2
15. R&T Mobile Homes, Akron, PA 2-2
16. Tasty Pizza, Columbia Heights, MN 2-2
17. Levittown Legion, Long Island, NY 2-2
18. Thompson’s Super Market, Buchanan, MI 2-2
19. Golden Leaf Bar, Minneapolis, MN 1-2
20. Conti Brothers, Providence, RI 1-2
21. Nelco Manufacturing, Oklahoma City, OK 1-2
22. Lufkin Raiders, Lufkin, TX 1-2
23. Corner Pub, Rockville, MD 1-2
24. Citizens Club, Jeannette, PA 1-2
25. Abbey Inn, Austin, TX 1-2
26. Bert’s Union 76, Cleveland, OH 1-2
27. Mid-West Petro, Kansas City, MO 1-2
28. Schlichting Excavating, Rockford, IL 1-2
29. Universal Systems, Pascagoula, MS 0-2
30. Santa Cruz Merchants, Santa Cruz, CA 0-2
31. Helper Club, Helper, UT 0-2
32. Swaheli Roots, Richmond. CA 0-2
33. Lacey’s Rotary, Lacey, WA 0-2
34. K-Sports, Norfolk, NE 0-2
35. Ram Landmark, Swissvale, PA 0-2
36. Cheyenne Dodge, Cheyenne, WY 0-2
37. Whitehead, Stokes & Grymes, Richmond, VA 0-2
38. 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 USSSA Major World Series

1977 World Series – Petersburg, VA

Champion – Mazzola Castle, Rochester, NY
Runner Up – Snyder’s, Novi, MI

Snyder’s trying to win three straight world series titles came close. They got off on the wrong foot, losing the opening game to the Candyman Bombers of North Carolina 11-0. Joe Seymour homered for the Bombers. They had to win 4 straight in the losers bracket to get to the finals. Once there, they defeated Mazzola-Castle 25-12 to force the final championship game. Snyder’s was led by Braxton Speller’s 4-5 game, 3 HR game; he also scored 4 runs and drove in 7 runs.  Rick Trudeau’s had 5 hits in the game, while Lon Parker and Rick Pinto both collected 4 hits. Mazzola manager Joe Nucci decided to switch things up in the final game. he brought in big Frank Taccone to pitch his crazy knuckleball. The move worked as Mazzola-Castle held off Snyder’s 16-14 to win the title. Mazzola jumped out to a 16-9 lead behind Cal Carmen’s 4-4 game, including a home run and 3 RBIs. Jerry Laspanara was 3-3. Frank Taccone also hit a homer. Snyder’s came roaring back behind two home runs from Larry Elkins and a homer each from Marv Geary and Braxton Speller. Speller was 4-4 in the game. Trailing by 3 going into the top of the 7th inning, big Frank Taccone held the Snyder’s powerhouse to just one run to clinch the 16-14 win. Rick Trudeau led Snyder’s with a 20-31 tournament (.645). Pitcher Rick Pinto batted .619 (13-21). Elkins, Geary and Speller combined for 18 homers and 47 RBIs.

  • MVP – Jerry Lasponara, Mazzola Castle (13-18, .722, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Marv Geary, Snyder’s (11-21, .524, 21 RBIs, 11 Runs) – 7
  • Batting Leader – Jerry Laspanara, Mazzola – .722

1977 USSSA All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Rick Pinto – Snyder’s Softball Club (13-21, .619, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs) Catcher – Braxton Speller – Snyder’s Softball Club (13-26, .500, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Catcher – Jerry Laspanara – Mazzola Castle (13-18, .722, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • First Base – Ken Ewald – Savannah Cafe (7-13, .538, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Second Base – Sammy Dickens – Candyman Bombers (8-12, .667, 2 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Third Base – Mary Geary – Snyder’s Softball Club (11-21, .524, 7 HRs, 2) RBIs, 11 Runs) Shortstop – Rick Trudeau – Snyder’s Softball Club (20-31, .645, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Outfield – Mike Cellura – Capitol Insulation (6-12, .500, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Outfield – Hal Ward – Savannah Cafe (9-13, .692, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dick Rodgers – Mazzola Castle (8-21, .352, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Doug Farrell – Mazzola Castle (10-18, .556, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – Chuck Drewicz – Snyder’s Softball Club (12-24, .500, 6 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Utility – Hank Kosmala – Capitol Insulation (8-15, .533, 4 HRs, 5 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – Rick Palmieri – Mazzola Castle (8-19, .421, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Utility – Andy Santillo – Mazzola Castle (7-17, .412, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Dan Everts, LKB Merchants (5-8, .625, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Doug Farrell, Mazzola (10-18, .556, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Matt Partridge, Kentucky Fried (5-9, .556, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Ron Shoquist, Snyders (11-22, .500, 9 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Larry Elkins, Snyders (13-27, .481, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Lon Parker, Snyders (9-20, .450, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Frank Rodgriguez, Capitol (6-14, .429, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Tony Salamone, Savannah (6-14, .429, 1 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • John Braxton, Candyman Bombers (4-10, .400, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Tom Taylor, Savannah (2-5, .400, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Denny Hogan, Candyman Bombers (4-11, .364, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Cal Carmen, Mazzola (7-19, .368, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • George Chernenko, Snyders (5-16, .313, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Glen Eichelberger, Mazzola (2-8, .250, 1 RBI)
  • Joe Seymour, Candyman Bombers (2-11, .182, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Mazzola Castle, Rochester, NY 4-1
2. Snyder’s Softball Club, Detroit, MI 5-2
3. Savannah Cafe, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
4. Capitol Insulation, N. Hollywood, CA 2-2
5. Candyman Bombers, Wilson, NC 1-2
6. Kentucky Fried, Union Lake, MI 1-2
7. Universal A.C., Covington, KY 0-2
8. L.K.B. Merchants, Anaheim, CA 0-2

*By winning the 1977 World Series, Mazzola Castle (QUALIFIED for 1978 WORLD SERIES) joined the Pro League – 2nd place Howard’s received the defending champ berth.

1977 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Parma, OH

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.

  • 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)