Category: 1981

1981 ASA Women’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Hamilton, Ohio.


Champion: Orlando Stars, Orlando, Florida (55-11)
Runner Up: Nashville Express, Nashville, Tennessee


After losing to Nashville Express in the winners bracket 5-4, the Stars came back to beat the Express 8-6 and 10-1 to win the title. This is the second time in the last three years Nashville Express has finished 2nd. They were called Straight Arrow in 1979 when the lost the final to Northside Knights of Columbus, out of Cincinnati.


  • MVP – Winnie Dodgion, Orlando Stars (7-1 pitching)
  • Batting Leader – Hildy Buhrow, Round Table (17-27) – .630
  • Home Run Leader – N/A

1981 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Winnie Dodgion, Orlando Stars (7-1 Pitching)
P – Mary Jane Garner, THAP
C – Cathy Bauman, Orlando Stars
C – Jill Stenwell, Winn Power
1B – Sara Moore, Nashville Express
2B – Shaman Potter, Houston Stars
3B – Donna Hulton, Orlando Stars (13-26, 500)
SS – Hildy Buhrow, Round Table (17-27, .630)
OF – Josephine Wright, Nashville Express
OF – Beverly Birdsong, Nashville Express
OF – Helen Dent, THAP
OF – Ellie Studer, Winn Power
UTIL – Debbie Glaser, Winn Power
UTIL – Shiela Harris, Tomboys

1981 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Cheryl Smith, Winn Power
P – Lyla Reibel, IV Carpets
C – Dana Blair, IV Carpets
C – Lauren Ainsworth, Round Table
1B – Kim Gauldin, THAP
2B – Mary Brown, THAP
3B – Jackie Bean, Nashville Express
SS – Linda Jenkins, Nashville Express
OF – Sheree Patrick, Nashville Express
OF – Charlotte Day, Nashville Express
OF – Kelly Sullivan, Houston Stars
OF – Peggy Lewis, Tomboys
UTIL – Michele Scott, Round Table
UTIL – Gwen Phillips, THAP


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orlando Stars, Orlando, FL 7-1
2. Nashville Express, Nashville, TN (5-2)
3. THAP, Martinez, GA (5-2)
4. Round Table, El Monte, CA (6-2)
5t. IV Carpets, Vancouver, WA (4-2)
5t. Legeres, Lynn, MA (4-2)
7t. Lexington Tomboys, Lexington, KY (3-2)
7t. Winn Power, Johnson, NE (3-2)
9t. Houston Stars, Houston, TX (3-2)
9t. Tomahawks, Hollywood, FL (2-2)
9t. Stillwater A’s, Stillwater, OK (3-2)
9t. Encore/Miller High Life, Prince George County, MD (3-2)
13t. Miller Time, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2)
13t. Delaware People’s Store, Delaware, OH (2-2)
13t. US Armed Forces, Barstow, CA (2-2)
13t. Tuffies, Bloomington, MN (2-2)
17t. Washington Recycling, Everett, WA (2-2)
17t. Signs, Gary, IN (2-2)
17t. Circle K Roadrunners, Tempe, AZ (2-2)
17t. North Maplewood Lions, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
17t. Aloha Lounge, Alea, HI (1-2)
17t. Misfits, Little Rock, AR (1-2)
17t. Enterprise Printing, Mount Pleasant, MI (1-2)
17t. Charlie’s Lakerettes, Conneaut Lake, PA (1-2)
25t. Vaughn’s Construction, Seattle, WA (1-2)
25t. Norm’s A’s, Seattle, WA (1-2)
25t. Sequioa Bobcats, Ceres, CA (1-2)
25t. Nelson’s Aqualand, Rochester, NH (1-2)
25t. El Dorado, Mankato, MN (0-2)
25t. Fish and Friends, Indianapolis, IN (0-2)
25t. TAD Pistons, Stockton, CA (0-2)
25t. Strang’s Siding, Kenosha, WI (0-2)
33t. Union County Dollarettes, Marysville, OH (0-2)
33t. Pulaskie County, Dublin, VA (0-2)
33t. Bushell Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
33t. Ricardo’s, San Antonio, TX (0-2)
33t. Outcasts, San Antonio, TX (0-2)

1981 National Slo-Pitch Conference

Champion – Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
Runner-Up – Nationwide Advertising Services, Cleveland, Ohio


There were 8 teams entered in the 1981 regular season. The 8 teams were seeded according to season record  in the national championship tournament. Howard’s won 6 out of the 7 regular season tournaments and finished second the other one.

After Howard’s beat Steele’s 31-10 in the semi-finals (Ed Roth 4 HR, Dick Bartel 3 HR, Don Arndt and Stan Harvey, 2 HR each), Howards then beat Nationwide Advertising Services 14-12 in winners bracket final as Dick Bartel hit two 3-run homers. Nationwide Advertising Services then eliminated York Barbell/Ken Sanders 17-13 as Mike Macenko and Dana Andry each homered twice. Howard’s then won the title as Tom Beall’s 3-run home run blew the game open for Howards as they won the championship 16-4.


AWARDS

  • MVP – Dick Bartel, Howard’s/ Western Steer (9-13, .692, 6 HR, 15 RBI)
  • HR Leaders – Ed Roth, Howard’s (8-11, .727, 12 RBI) – 7
  • HR Leaders – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s (10-12, .833, 12 RBI) – 7
  • Batting Leader – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers (10-12, 7 HR, 12 RBI) – .833
  • Co-Outstanding Defensive Players – Mike Nye, York/Sanders
  • Co-Outstanding Defensive Players – Doc Booker, NAS

ALL NATIONAL TEAM

Dick Bartel, Howard’s/Western Steer  (9-13, .692, 6 HR, 15 RBI)
Mike Nye, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (10-14, .714)
Ed Roth, Howard’s/Western Steer  (8-11, .727, 7 HR, 12 RBI)
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers (7 HRs) (10-12, .833, 7 HR, 12 RBI)
Rick Scherr, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-12, .667, 1 HR)
Mike Cellura, Howard’s/Western Steer (7-12, .583)
Stan Harvey, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-13, .615, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (8-16, .500, 5 HR)
Marty Rolnick, Nationwide Advertising (9-16, .563, 4 HR)
Benny Holt, Nationwide Advertising (8-11, .727, 3 HR)
Craig Elliott, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (8-13, .615, 6 HR, 12 RBI)
Herman Rathman, Steele’s Sports (8-14, .571, 5 HR)
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising


STANDINGS

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (#1 seed) (3-0)
2. Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, OH (#2 seed) (3-2)
3. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA (#4 seed) (2-2)
4. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH (#5 seed) (2-2)
5t. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN (#6 seed) (1-2)
5t. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL (#7 seed) (1-2)
7. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI (#3 seed) (0-2)

NOTE: #8 seed, Gartenhaus could not make the tournament.


REGULAR SEASON NSPC LEADERS

  • HR Leader – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising – 46
  • RBI Champion – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising – 94
  • Batting Leader – Bill Ferguson, Howard’s/Western Steer – .643
1981 Final Regular Season Standings Record Pct 1st 2nd
1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC 18 – 4 0.818 6 1
2. Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, OH 37 – 15 0.712 7 2
3. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI 22 – 16 0.579 1 6
4. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA 12 – 9 0.571 1 3
5. Steele’s Sports, Gradton, OH 8 – 23 0.258 0 1
6. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN 4 – 12 0.250 1 0
7. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL 3 – 11 0.214 0 1
8. Gartenhouse, Plainville, CT 1 – 17 0.056 0 1
NA. *Fabmasters, Lexington, NC NA 0 1

*Non-conference team


ALL NSPC FIRST TEAM

POS PLAYER, TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
P Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 140 50 59 3 2 20 57 .421
C Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 186 83 96 6 5 36 84 .516
1B Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 83 100 4 1 38 80 .575
2B Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 197 97 102 15 7 46 94 .518
3B Bill Ferguson, Howard’s-Western Steer 70 26 45 2 1 3 15 .643
SS Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 123 56 66 11 0 23 43 .537
OF Mike Nye, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 84 42 51 8 2 1 12 .607
OF Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 43 45 5 1 24 54 .556
OF Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 162 84 88 15 5 31 62 .543
OF Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 151 66 81 11 2 31 92 .536
UT Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 49 43 2 0 22 49 .623
UT Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 83 40 43 5 0 21 44 .518

ALL NSPC SECOND TEAM

POS PLAYER, TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
P Buddy Slater, Howard’s-Western Steer 49 14 20 0 0 0 4 .408
C Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Caterers 42 13 21 2 1 8 16 .500
1B John Geckle, Steele’s Sports 97 33 53 3 0 3 24 .546
2B Dennis Myers, Shimers 48 0 25 2 0 9 22 .521
3B Curtis Williams, York Barbell/Sanders 81 34 46 6 2 5 19 .568
SS Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 160 46 86 5 1 1 31 .538
OF Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 140 55 77 7 10 3 45 .550
OF Ron Ford, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 81 36 42 1 1 11 35 .519
OF Larry Garrard, Steele’s Sports 106 29 54 3 4 0 24 .509
OF Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 56 24 27 1 1 13 26 .482
UT Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 144 47 83 4 4 1 31 .576
UT Russell Bradley, Howard’s-Western Steer 90 40 48 7 3 2 15 .533

1981 REGULAR SEASON OFFICIAL STATS

BATTING LEADERS (MIN 35 AB) AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
Bill Ferguson, Howard’s-Western Steer 70 26 45 2 1 3 15 .643
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 49 43 2 0 22 49 .623
Mike Nye, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 84 42 51 8 2 1 12 .607
Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 144 47 83 4 4 1 31 .576
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 83 100 4 1 38 80 .575
Curtis Williams, York Barbell/Sanders 81 34 46 6 2 5 19 .568
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 43 45 5 1 24 54 .556
Carl Tini, Gartenhaus 63 19 35 2 1 1 10 .556
Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 140 55 77 7 10 3 45 .550
John Geckle, Steele’s Sports 97 33 53 3 0 3 24 .546
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 162 84 88 15 5 31 62 .543
Tim Sweeney, Jerry’s Caterers 37 12 20 2 0 0 1 .541
Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 160 46 86 5 1 1 31 .538
Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 123 56 66 11 0 23 43 .537
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 151 66 81 11 2 31 92 .536
Russell Bradley, Howard’s-Western Steer 90 40 48 7 3 2 15 .533
Ted Larson, Shimers 51 0 27 4 3 0 6 .529
Rich Amsden, Nationwide Advertising 63 27 33 3 1 11 27 .524
Dennis Myers, Shimers 48 0 25 2 0 9 22 .521
Jerry Pugh, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 50 15 26 0 0 2 11 .520
Carl Parrish, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 106 38 55 10 5 7 40 .519
Ron Ford, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 81 36 42 1 1 11 35 .519
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 197 97 102 15 7 46 94 .518
Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 83 40 43 5 0 21 44 .518
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 186 83 96 6 5 36 84 .516
John Locke, Shimers 45 0 23 1 0 7 18 .511
Larry Garrard, Steele’s Sports 106 29 54 3 4 0 24 .509
Gary Geister, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 126 49 64 6 0 11 32 .508
Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Caterers 42 13 21 2 1 8 16 .500
Chic Downing, Steele’s Sports 57 13 28 4 1 6 24 .491
Cliff Carpenter, Steele’s Sports 51 23 25 3 2 1 7 .490
Bill Meyer, Jerry’s Caterers 43 14 21 0 2 2 11 .488
John Brenner, Steele’s Sports 105 37 51 1 2 0 7 .486
Joel Todd, Jerry’s Caterers 35 13 17 1 0 2 11 .486
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 56 24 27 1 1 13 26 .482
Steve Howard, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 26 39 1 2 5 11 .481
Fred Miller, Nationwide Advertising 96 30 46 1 1 12 21 .479
Al White, Steele’s Sports 88 31 42 3 2 11 46 .477
John Eckstein, Snyders-Strohs 99 29 47 3 2 0 16 .475
Joe Young, Jerry’s Caterers 51 24 24 0 0 12 20 .471
Don Arndt, Howard’s-Western Steer 79 30 37 1 1 17 38 .468
Tom Beall, Howard’s-Western Steer 77 36 36 2 1 16 43 .468
Dan Roberts, Gartenhaus 58 18 27 1 0 0 12 .466
Billy May, Snyders-Strohs 104 34 48 7 3 10 34 .462
Benny Holt, Nationwide Advertising 139 44 64 4 1 19 44 .460
Denny Helmig, Steele’s Sports 59 17 27 3 0 0 8 .458
Fred Trice, Jerry’s Caterers 46 18 21 3 0 9 15 .457
Richard Wilborn, Howard’s-Western Steer 77 21 35 1 0 12 33 .455
James Boyett, Jerry’s Caterers 53 21 24 0 0 12 24 .453
James Washington, Jerry’s Caterers 53 18 24 3 1 6 16 .453
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 124 45 56 4 1 22 51 .452
Lacy Brumley, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 67 21 30 1 1 14 33 .448
Frank Kessler, Snyders-Strohs 156 55 69 5 0 22 55 .442
Henry McBeth, Steele’s Sports 91 22 40 6 0 10 35 .440
Mike Turk, Snyders-Strohs 105 26 46 2 2 1 22 .438
Steve Ammons, Jerry’s Caterers 48 14 21 2 0 8 18 .438
Tom Tasha, Gartenhaus 48 12 21 1 1 0 4 .438
Bill Pollock, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 69 22 30 1 0 14 33 .435
Ozzie Matthews, Gartenhaus 49 14 21 3 0 7 24 .429
Garry Morris, Shimers 42 0 18 2 1 3 11 .429
Craig Seaman, Snyders-Strohs 124 44 53 12 0 6 34 .427
Roger Wilt, Nationwide Advertising 143 43 61 4 6 19 47 .427
Scott Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 68 15 29 3 0 2 19 .426
Jerry King, Steele’s Sports 78 25 33 0 1 8 22 .423
Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 140 50 59 3 2 20 57 .421
Gordie Handervidt, Shimers 53 0 22 4 0 2 7 .415
Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 73 40 30 2 0 17 45 .411
Buddy Slater, Howard’s-Western Steer 49 14 20 0 0 0 4 .408
Al Carfora, Gartenhaus 42 12 17 1 1 8 14 .405
Dave Jacubs, Nationwide Advertising 57 19 23 2 0 4 14 .404
Myles Schexnaydre, Jerry’s Caterers 45 12 18 3 1 3 12 .400
Denny Ellis, Shimers 35 0 14 2 1 0 9 .400
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising 137 46 53 3 4 17 55 .387
Roger Mayo, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 52 16 20 0 0 11 33 .385
Fred Ryan, Nationwide Advertising 90 30 34 2 0 14 28 .378
Larry Hutcherson, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 70 28 26 1 1 11 28 .371
Tom Lynch, Gartenhaus 62 18 23 1 0 13 28 .371
Glen Bourquin, Shimers 39 0 13 0 1 0 3 .333
Jim Bowen, Shimers 40 0 14 2 0 3 11 .305

BATTING LEADERS (LESS THAN 35 AB) AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
Mike Cellura, Howard’s-Western Steer 26 13 16 2 0 6 14 .615
Dave Zychowski, Gartenhaus 28 7 15 0 0 0 3 .536
Buck Buchanan, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 16 2 6 0 1 0 2 .375
Denny Jones, Steele’s Sports 21 3 5 2 0 0 3 .238
Herman Rathman, Steele’s Sports 15 0 2 0 0 1 6 .133

HOME RUN LEADERS HR
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 46
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 38
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 36
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 31
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 31
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 24
Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 23
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 22
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 22
Frank Kessler, Snyders-Strohs 22
Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 21
Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 20
Benny Holt, Nationwide Advertising 19
Roger Wilt, Nationwide Advertising 19
Don Arndt, Howard’s-Western Steer 17
Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 17
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising 17
Tom Beall, Howard’s-Western Steer 16
Lacy Brumley, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 14
Bill Pollock, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 14
Fred Ryan, Nationwide Advertising 14
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 13
Tom Lynch, Gartenhaus 13
Fred Miller, Nationwide Advertising 12
Joe Young, Jerry’s Caterers 12
Richard Wilborn, Howard’s-Western Steer 12
James Boyett, Jerry’s Caterers 12
Rich Amsden, Nationwide Advertising 11
Ron Ford, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 11
Gary Geister, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 11
Al White, Steele’s Sports 11
Roger Mayo, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 11
Larry Hutcherson, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 11
Billy May, Snyders-Strohs 10
Henry McBeth, Steele’s Sports 10

RBI LEADERS RBI
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 94
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 92
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 84
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 80
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 62
Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 57
Frank Kessler, Snyders-Strohs 55
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising 55
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 54
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 51
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 49
Roger Wilt, Nationwide Advertising 47
Al White, Steele’s Sports 46
Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 45
Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 45
Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 44
Benny Holt, Nationwide Advertising 44
Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 43
Tom Beall, Howard’s-Western Steer 43
Carl Parrish, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 40
Don Arndt, Howard’s-Western Steer 38
Ron Ford, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 35
Henry McBeth, Steele’s Sports 35
Billy May, Snyders-Strohs 34
Craig Seaman, Snyders-Strohs 34
Lacy Brumley, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 33
Bill Pollock, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 33
Richard Wilborn, Howard’s-Western Steer 33
Roger Mayo, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 33
Gary Geister, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 32
Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 31
Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 31

HR FREQUENCY AB HR HRF
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 22 3.136
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 24 3.375
Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 83 21 3.952
Joe Young, Jerry’s Caterers 51 12 4.250
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 197 46 4.283
Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 73 17 4.294
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 56 13 4.308
Mike Cellura, Howard’s-Western Steer 26 6 4.333
James Boyett, Jerry’s Caterers 53 12 4.417
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 38 4.579
Don Arndt, Howard’s-Western Steer 79 17 4.647
Roger Mayo, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 52 11 4.727
Tom Lynch, Gartenhaus 62 13 4.769
Lacy Brumley, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 67 14 4.786
Tom Beall, Howard’s-Western Steer 77 16 4.813
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 151 31 4.871
Bill Pollock, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 69 14 4.929
Fred Trice, Jerry’s Caterers 46 9 5.111
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 186 36 5.167
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 162 31 5.226
Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Caterers 42 8 5.250
Al Carfora, Gartenhaus 42 8 5.250
Dennis Myers, Shimers 48 9 5.333
Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 123 23 5.348
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 124 22 5.636
Rich Amsden, Nationwide Advertising 63 11 5.727
Steve Ammons, Jerry’s Caterers 48 8 6.000

TOURNAMENT 1 HELD AT YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

1. Nationwide Advertising Services (NAS), Cleveland, OH
2. York Barbell-Ken Sanders, York, PA

AWARDS

  • MVP- Mike Macenko, NAS (10-15, .667, 8 HR)
  • Mike Nye, York-Sanders – .786
  • ODPA- Curtis Williams, York-Sanders

TOURNAMENT 2 HELD AT BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC
2. Fabmasters, Lexington, NC

AWARDS

  • MVP/ODPA- Russell Bradley, Howard’s (.684)
  • James Boyett, Jerry’s Caterers – 8 HR
  • Craig Elliott, York-Sanders – 8 HR
  • Tommy Spoon, Fabmasters – .727

TOURNAMENT 3 HELD AT FORT WAYNE, INDIANA

1. Snyder’s-Stroh’s, Detroit, MI
2. Steele’s Sports, Lima, OH

AWARDS

  • MVP- Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s-Stroh’s (.727)
  • Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s – 2 HR
  • Rich Petrunyak, NAS – 2 HR
  • Dennis Myers, Shimers – 2 HR
  • John Geckle, Steele’s Sports – .900 (9-10)
  • ODPA – Tony Haley, Steele’s Sports

TOURNAMENT 4 HELD AT MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

1. York Barbell-Ken Sanders, York, PA
2. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC

AWARDS

  • MVP- Craig Elliott, York-Sanders (.692, 15 HR)
  • Don Brewer, AAMCO – 16 HRs
  • John Smith, Miller Lite Royals – .700
  • ODPA-Mac Stalcup, LeAlCo

TOURNAMENT 5 HELD AT WILLOUGHBY, OHIO

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC
2. Snyder’s-Stroh’s, Detroit, MI

AWARDS

  • MVP – Rick Scherr, Howard’s – 8 HR
  • Fred Miller, NAS – .615
  • ODPA – Richard Wilborn, Howard’s

TOURNAMENT 6 HELD AT PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

1. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN
2. Snyder’s-Stroh’s, Detroit, MI

AWARDS

  • MVP – Dennis Myers, Shimers (5-6, .833, 4 HR, 11 RBI)

TOURNAMENT 7 HELD AT LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC
2. Nationwide Advertising Services, Cleveland, OH

AWARDS

  • MVP – Mike Cellura, Howard’s (.632, 4 HRs)
  • Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising Services – 6 HR (.727)
  • ODPA – Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s – .750

TOURNAMENT 8 HELD AT WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN

1. Nationwide Advertising Services, Cleveland, OH
2. Snyder’s-Stroh’s, Detroit, MI

AWARDS

  • MVP – Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising Services (9-13, .692, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s – .769 (10-13)

TOURNAMENT 9 HELD AT WILLOUGHBY, OHIO

  1. Nationwide Advertising Services, Cleveland, OH
  2. York Barbell-Ken Sanders, York, PA

AWARDS

  • MVP – Roger Wilt, Nationwide Advertising Services(6 HR, 14 RBI)
  • Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s – 700
  • ODPA- Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s-Stroh’s (.667)

TOURNAMENT 10 HELD AT EDEN, NORTH CAROLINA

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC
2. York Barbell-Ken Sanders, York, PA

AWARDS

  • MVP – Don Arndt, Howard’s (.781, 10 HR)
  • Craig Elliott, York-Sanders – 12 HR (21 RBI)
  • Joe Young, Jerry’s Caterers – 12 HR
  • Steve Ammons, Jerry’s Caterers – 12 HR
  • Lacy Brumley, York-Sanders – .842 (11 HR)

TOURNAMENT 11 HELD AT HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC
2. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL

AWARDS

  • MVP – Dick Bartel, Howard’s (8 HRs)
  • Craig Elliott, York-Sanders – 9 HRs (20 RBIs)
  • Maxie Garrett, LeAlCo – .857 (18-21)
  • ODPA – Roger Gibson, Nashville All-Stars

TOURNAMENT 12 HELD AT NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT

1. Nationwide Advertising Services, Cleveland, OH
2. Gartenhaus Café, Plainville, CT

AWARDS

  • MVP – Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising Services (11-17, .647, 6 HR)
  • Jim Bizzell, NAS – .667
  • John Geckle, Steele’s Sports – .667
  • ODPA – Cliff Carpenter, Steele’s Sports

TOURNAMENT 13 HELD AT ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

1. Nationwide Advertising Services (NAS), Cleveland, OH
2. Snyder’s-Stroh’s, Detroit, MI

AWARDS

  • MVP- Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising Services (10-13, .769, 7 HR, 12 RBI)
  • Benny Holt, NAS – 7 HR

TOURNAMENT 14 HELD AT MIAMI, FLORIDA

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC
2. Nationwide Advertising Services, Cleveland, OH

AWARDS

  • MVP – Stan Harvey, Howard’s (.857, 8 HR, 15 RBI)
  • Stan Harvey and Ed Roth, Howard’s – 8 HR
  • Bill Ferguson, Howard’s – .867 (13-15)

TOURNAMENT 15 HELD AT EAST DETROIT, MICHIGAN

1. Nationwide Advertising Services, Cleveland, OH
2. Snyder’s-Stroh’s, Detroit, MI

AWARDS

  • MVP – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising Services (23-27, .852, 12 HR, 27 RBI)

TOURNAMENT 16 HELD AT WILLOUGHBY, OHIO

1. Nationwide Advertising Services (NAS), Cleveland, OH
2. Snyder’s-Stroh’s, Detroit, MI

AWARDS

  • MVP – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising Services (8 HR)
  • Tim Sweeny, Jerry’s – .750

REGULAR SEASON MVP WINNERS

  • Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising Services (3 times)
  • Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising Services (3 times)
  • Russell Bradley, Howards’s
  • Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s
  • Don Arndt, Howard’s
  • Stan Harvey, Howard’s
  • Dennis Myers, Shimers
  • Mike Cellura, Howard’s
  • Roger Wilt, Nationwide Advertising Services
  • Dick Bartel, Howard’s
  • Craig Elliott, York-Sanders

REGULAR SEASON ODPA WINNERS

  • Curtis Williams, York-Sanders
  • Russell Bradley, Howard’s
  • Tony Haley, Steele’s Sports
  • Mac Stalcup, LeAlCo
  • Richard Wilborn, Howard’s
  • Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s
  • Roger Gibson, Nashville All-Stars
  • Cliff Carpenter, Steele’s Sports

1981 NSPC

1981 OFFICERS

  • Executive Director – Robert Brown
  • President – Richard Howard
  • Secretary – Jim Snyder
  • Treasure – Richard Howard
  • Public Relations – Dennis Punch
  • Publicity Director – Jerome Earnest

FINAL STANDINGS

Place/Team Record Pct 1st 2nd
1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC 18-4 .818 6 1
2. Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, OH 37-15 .712 7 2
3. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI 22-16 .579 1 6
4. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA 12-9 .571 1 3
5. Steele’s Sports, Gradton, OH 8-23 .258 0 1
6. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN 4-12 .250 1 0
7. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL 3-11 .214 0 1
8. Gartenhouse, Plainville, CT 1-17 .056 0 1

NSPC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

1981 held at Willoughby, Ohio.


  • Champion: Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
  • Runner Up: Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, Ohio

After Howard’s beat Steele’s 31-10 in the semi-finals (Ed Roth 4 HR, Dick Bartel 3 HR, Don Arndt and Stan Harvey, 2 HR each), Howards then beat NAS 14-12 in winners bracket final as Dick Bartel hit two 3-run homers. NAS then eliminated York Barbell/Ken Sanders 17-13 as Mike Macenko and Dana Andry each homered twice. Howard’s then won the title as Tom Beall’s 3-run home run blew the game open for Howards as they won the championship 16-4.


  • HR Leaders – Ed Roth, Howard’s (8-11, .727, 12 RBI) – 7
  • HR Leaders – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s (10-12, .833, 12 RBI) – 7
  • Batting Leader – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers (10-12, 7 HR, 12 RBI) – .833
  • Outstanding Defensive Players – Mike Nye, York/Sanders
  • Outstanding Defensive Players – Doc Booker, NAS

1981 NSPC ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Dick Bartel, Howard’s/Western Steer (9-13, .692, 6 HR, 15 RBI)
Mike Nye, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (10-14, .714)
Ed Roth, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-11, .727, 7 HR, 12 RBI)
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers (7 HR) (10-12, .833, 7 HR, 12 RBI)
Rick Scherr, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-12, .667, 1 HR)
Mike Cellura, Howard’s/Western Steer (7-12, .583)
Stan Harvey, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-13, .615, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (8-16, .500, 5 HR)
Marty Rolnick, Nationwide Advertising (9-16, .563, 4 HR)
Benny Holt, Nationwide Advertising (8-11, .727, 3 HR)
Craig Elliott, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (8-13, .615, 6 HR, 12 RBI)
Herman Rathman, Steele’s Sports (8-14, .571, 5 HR)
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (3-0)
2. Nationwide Adverstising, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
3. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA (2-2)
4. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH (2-2)
5t. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
5t. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL (1-2)
7. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI (0-2)


FIRST TEAM ALL NSPC

POS PLAYER/TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
P Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 140 50 59 3 2 20 57 .421
C Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 186 83 96 6 5 36 84 .516
1B Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 83 100 4 1 38 80 .575
2B Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 197 97 102 15 7 46 94 .518
3B Bill Ferguson, Howard’s-Western Steer 70 26 45 2 1 3 15 .643
SS Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 123 56 66 11 0 23 43 .537
OF Mike Nye, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 84 42 51 8 2 1 12 .607
OF Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 43 45 5 1 24 54 .556
OF Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 162 84 88 15 5 31 62 .543
OF Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 151 66 81 11 2 31 92 .536
UT Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 49 43 2 0 22 49 .623
UT Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 83 40 43 5 0 21 44 .518

SECOND TEAM ALL NSPC

POS PLAYER/TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
P Buddy Slater, Howard’s-Western Steer 49 14 20 0 0 0 4 .408
C Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Caterers 42 13 21 2 1 8 16 .500
1B John Geckle, Steele’s Sports 97 33 53 3 0 3 24 .546
2B Dennis Myers, Shimers 48 0 25 2 0 9 22 .521
3B Curtis Williams, York Barbell/Sanders 81 34 46 6 2 5 19 .568
SS Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 160 46 86 5 1 1 31 .538
OF Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 140 55 77 7 10 3 45 .550
OF Ron Ford, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 81 36 42 1 1 11 35 .519
OF Larry Garrard, Steele’s Sports 106 29 54 3 4 0 24 .509
OF Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 56 24 27 1 1 13 26 .482
UT Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 144 47 83 4 4 1 31 .576
UT Russell Bradley, Howard’s-Western Steer 90 40 48 7 3 2 15 .533

REGULAR SEASON NSPC LEADERS

  • HR Leader – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (46)
  • RBI Champion – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (94)
  • Batting Leader – Bill Ferguson, Howard’s/Western Steer (.643)

REGULAR SEASON BATTING LEADERS

Player/Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
Bill Ferguson, Howard’s-Western Steer 70 26 45 2 1 3 15 .643
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 49 43 2 0 22 49 .623
Mike Nye, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 84 42 51 8 2 1 12 .607
Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 144 47 83 4 4 1 31 .576
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 83 100 4 1 38 80 .575
Curtis Williams, York Barbell/Sanders 81 34 46 6 2 5 19 .568
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 43 45 5 1 24 54 .556
Carl Tini, Gartenhaus 63 19 35 2 1 1 10 .556
Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 140 55 77 7 10 3 45 .550
John Geckle, Steele’s Sports 97 33 53 3 0 3 24 .546

NSPC HOME RUN LEADERS

Player/Team HR
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 46
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 38
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 36
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 31
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 31
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 24
Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 23
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 22
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 22
Frank Kessler, Snyders-Strohs 22

NSPC HOME RUN LEADERS

Player/Team RBI
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 94
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 92
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 84
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 80
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 62
Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 57
Frank Kessler, Snyders-Strohs 55
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising 55
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 54
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 51

NSPC HR FREQUENCY LEADERS

Player/Team AB HR HRF
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 22 3.136
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 24 3.375
Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 83 21 3.952
Joe Young, Jerry’s Caterers 51 12 4.250
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 197 46 4.283
Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 73 17 4.294
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 56 13 4.308
Mike Cellura, Howard’s-Western Steer 26 6 4.333
James Boyett, Jerry’s Caterers 53 12 4.417
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 38 4.579

1981 REGULAR SEASON MVP WINNERS

  • Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (3)
  • Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising (3)
  • Russell Bradley, Howards’s
  • Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s
  • Don Arndt, Howard’s
  • Stan Harvey, Howard’s
  • Dennis Myers, Shimers
  • Mike Cellura, Howard’s
  • Roger Wilt, Nationwide Advertising
  • Dick Bartel, Howard’s
  • Craig Elliott, York-Sanders

1981 REGULAR SEASON ODPA AWARDS

  • Curtis Williams, York-Sanders
  • Russell Bradley, Howard’s
  • Tony Haley, Steele’s Sports
  • Mac Stalcup, LeAlCo
  • Richard Wilborn, Howard’s
  • Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s
  • Roger Gibson, Nashville All-Stars
  • Cliff Carpenter, Steele’s Sports

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

1981 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1981 tournament site unknown


Champion – Raffield Fisheries, Port St. Joe, Florida
Runner Up – Avco-Lycoming, Stratford, Connecticut


Raffield went undefeated to capture its first Industrial National Championship. They beat defending champion, Sikorsky 16-7 and then Avco-Lycoming 5-3 in the winners bracket final to ensure themselves a spot in the championship. It was Avco-Lycoming who emerged from the losers bracket to challenge Raffield for the title. The Raffield squad once again proved they were no fluke as they beat former two time national champ Avco-Lycoming 14-9. Bill Dodson, Brian Baxley and Jerry Guilford all had 3 hits in the game to lead the Raffield offense, with one of Guilford’s hits being a homer. The team went 6-0 and only surrendered 31 runs. In a ironic twist, Raffield has won their regional championship the last 8 years in a row and only came as close as fourth in the national, this year they failed to win their regional, but ended up winning the National. Kenny Haddock was the MVP as he batted .615 and sparkled in the field.


  • MVP – Kenny Haddock, Raffield Fisheries (16-26, .615)
  • HR Leader – Mike Wallace, Delta Airlines Bucks – 7
  • Batting Leader – Donnie Bratton, Southwestern Bell (16-21) – .761

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Donnie Bratton, Southwestern Bell
  • P – Mike Todd, Raffield Fisheries
  • C – Mike Wallace, Atlanta Delta Airlines
  • C – Brian Baxley, Raffield Fisheries
  • 1B – Joe Magdon, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • 2B – Frank Delgado, Avco-Lycoming
  • 3B – Don Ashcraft, Raffield Fisheries
  • SS – Ken Haddock, Raffield Fisheries
  • OF – Jim Nichols, Southwestern Bell
  • OF – Ed Kuzia, Avco-Lycoming
  • OF – Rick Branch, Atlanta Delta Airlines
  • OF – Tom Michalek, Avco-Lycoming
  • UTIL – Mike Dockal, Southwestern Bell
  • UTIL – Bob Hurd, Sikorsky Aircraft

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – William Ausbirn, Atlanta Delta Airlines
  • P – Ray Kaminski, Avco-Lycoming
  • C – Dick Thompson, Avco-Lycoming
  • C – Buba Richoux, Cameron Ironworks
  • 1B – Bill Dodson, Raffield Fisheries
  • 2B – Richard Vegas, Atlanta Delta Airlines
  • 3B – Ed Finnegan, Avco-Lycoming
  • SS – Donald Dixon, Atlanta Delta Airlines
  • OF – Tony Bohannon, Atlanta Delta Airlines
  • OF – John Respondek, Southwestern Bell
  • OF – Dave Dopp, Avco-Lycoming
  • OF – Jerry Guilford, Raffield Fisheries
  • UTIL – Kenny Carter, Cameron Ironworks
  • UTIL – Warren Yeager, Raffield Fisheries

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raffield Fisheries, Port St. Joe, FL (6-0)
2. Avco-Lycoming, Stratford, CT (5-2)
3. Delta Airlines Bucks, Atlanta, GA (7-2)
4. Southwestern Bell Telephone, Houston, TX (4-2)
5t. Cameron Ironworks, Patterson, LA (4-2)
5t. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (5-2)
7t. Armco Triangles, Middletown, OH (3-2)
7t. Southwire, Carrollton, GA (4-2)
9t. GE Wacos, Louisville, KY (2-2)
9t. US Post Office, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
9t. Phillips 66, Bartlesville, OK (2-2)
9t. Eastern Coal, Copperstown, WV (2-2)
13t. Pipefitters Local #392, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. Southern New England Telephone, New Haven, CT (3-2)
13t. Beech Aircraft, Wichita, KS (3-2)
13t. Burlington Northern Railroad, St. Paul, MN (3-2)
17t. Reynold’s Metals, Richmond, VA (1-2)
17t. Hurlburtfield Raiders, Hurlburtfield, FL (1-2)
17t. AT&T, Kansas City, MO (1-2)
17t. Miller Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. Allen-Bradley Company, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. FMC, Findley, MN (1-2)
17t. Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE (1-2)
17t. ONAN, Fridley, MN (1-2)
25t. CPS, San Francisco, CA (0-2)
25t. Smith Valve, Westboro, MA (1-2)
25t. Grumman Aerospace, Bethpage, NY (1-2)
25t. CEAA, Hamilton, OH (0-2)
25t. AT&T, Basking Ridge, NJ (0-2)
25t. Miller Brewing, Albany, GA (0-2)
25t. Local #1005, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
25t. NAS, Corpus Cristi, TX (0-2)
33t. Glatco, Spring Grove, PA (0-2)
33t. Bell Helicoptor, Amarillo, TX (0-2)
33t. Monighan’s, Baltimore, MD (0-2)

1981 Southern Softball Player of the Year Award

Player of the Year – Rick Scherr, Howard’s/Western Steer (295 HRs, .723)

Finalists:

Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders (226 HRs, .693)
Tom Beall, Howard’s/Western Steer (279 HRs, .672)
Stan Harvey, Howard’s/Western Steer (250 HRs, .671)
Ricky Huggins, Elite Coatings (181 HRs)
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising

*ASA Slow Pitch Athlete of the Year – Rick Scherr, Howard’s/Western Steer

1981 USPL All Pro Team

P-    Black Ron Jones, Cincinnati                (.424,26-10 Pitching, 5.54 ERA)
P-    Steve Stewart, Kentucky                       (48-136, .353,  0 HRs, 25 RBIs, 30 Runs, 35-20 Pitching)
C-    Joe Martone, New England                  (.472, 20 HRs, 62 RBIs)
1B-   Dennis Graser, Milwaukee                  (87-174, .500, 26 HRs, 76 RBIs, 19 2Bs)
2B-   Tony Salamone, Cincinnati                (84-179, .469, 62 Runs)
3B-   Bill Gatti, Kentucky (MVP)                 (110-177, .622, 38 HRs, 99 RBIs, 85 Runs, 37 BBs) – Triple Crown – MVP
SS-   Greg Whitlock, Kentucky                     (100-211, .474,  2 HRs, 37 RBIs, 63 Runs)
IF-   Tom Zaccardo, Rochester                     (92-194, .474, 15 HRs, 62 RBIs)
LF-   John Regent, Pittsburgh                       (21 2Bs
LCF-  Hal Ward, Cincinnati                          (.524, 11 HRs, 11 2Bs, 3 3Bs)
RCF-  Ron Dorsey, South Jersey                  (89-174, .511, 34 HRs, 75 RBIs, 73 Runs)
RF-   Dave Whitlock, Kentucky                    (82-185, .443, 19 HRs, 65 RBIs, 59 Runs, 10 3Bs)
OF-   Bob Bryant, South Jersey                    (78-170, .464, 20 HRs, 64 RBIs)
OF-   Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati                          ( .434, 17 HRs, 83 RBIs)
EH-   Ralph Calitri, New England                (.505, 20 HRs, 60 RBIs)

Manager-  Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky     (10 HRs, 51 RBIs)
Rookie of the Year –  Hal Ward, Cincinnati
World Series Co-MVP – Greg Whitlock, Kentucky (18-31, .581, 5 RBIs, 3 2Bs, 14 Runs)
World Series Co-MVP – Bill Gatti, Kentucky (14-26, .538, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 12 Runs, 2 3Bs)

1981 NSPC All-National Team

Dick Bartel, Howard’s/Western Steer (9-13, .692, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs) – MVP
Mike Nye, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (10-14, .714) – Co-Defensive MVP
Ed Roth, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-11, .727, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs)
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers (7 HRs) (10-12, .833, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs)
Rick Scherr, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-12, .667, 1 HR)
Mike Cellura, Howard’s/Western Steer (7-12, .583)
Stan Harvey, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-13, .615, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (8-16, .500, 5 HRs)
Marty Rolnick, Nationwide Advertising (9-16, .563, 4 HRs)
Benny Holt, Nationwide Advertising (8-11, .727, 3 HRs)
Craig Elliott, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (8-13, .615, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs)
Herman Rathman, Steele’s Sports (8-14, .571, 5 HRs)
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising – Co-Defensive MVP

1981 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1981 held at Kimberly, Wisconsin on August 13-22.


Champion – Kings, Camarillo, California
Runner Up – Valley Construction, Midland, Michigan


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Larry Nolan, Kings
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Mark Smith, Kings
  • Leading Hitter – Larry Nolan, Kings – .600
  • Most RBI – Floyd Lavergne, Kings – 6

1981 ISC FIRST TEAM ALL WORLD

P – Cal Oxford, Firebirds (7-1, 0.19 ERA, 52 K, 12 BB)
P – Mark Smith, Kings (5-0, 0.22 ERA, 50 K, 19 BB)
P – Peter Finn, Valley Construction (5-2, 0.28 ERA, 126 K, 14 BB)
C – Art Tolfree, Valley Construction .286
C – Make Van Dine, Faultless Rubber .316
IF – Bob Toney, Stars .438
IF – Elston Mitchell, Heart America .462
IF – Chad Corcoran, Kings .333
IF – Mike Bolton, Firebirds .235
IF – Tim Mazza, Chameleons .313
OF – Larry Nolan, Kings .600
OF – Mark Burrup, Larry Miller Toyota .545
OF – Alan Rohrback, Kings .375
OF – Floyd Lavergne, Kings .235
DH – Ted Domingez, Bombers .417

1981 ISC SECOND TEAM ALL WORLD

P – Kevin Herlihy, Bolters (5-2, 0.15 ERA, 75 K, 5 BB)
P – Don Olson, All-American Bar (4-2, 0.46 ERA, 23 K, 5 BB)
C – Tom Presley, Firebirds .189
IF – Jack Settle, Bombers .333
IF – Dick Campbell, Bombers .308
IF – Jeff Peck, Valley Construction .214
IF – Herman Augerhole, Firebirds .200
OF – Joe Spaulding, Firebirds .238
OF – Steve Donahue, Midwest Gallery .385
OF – Jerry Triska, Firebirds .225


FINAL STANDINGS (Tulsa Firebirds are mission)

1. Kings, Camarillo, CA
2. Valley Construction, Midland, MI
3. All-American Bar, St. Paul, MN
4. Chameleons, Lancaster, CA
5t. The Farm Tavern, Madison, WI
5t. Bolters, Saginaw, MI
7t. Larry Miller Toyota, Salt Lake City, UT
7t. Bombers, Oceanside, CA
9t. Westbrook Mfg., Houston, TX
9t. St. Catherines, ON
9t. All-Car, Green Bay, WI
9t. Aces, Las Vegas, NV
13t. Heart of America, Bloomington, IL
13t. Faultless Rubber, Ashland, OH
13t. Kings, Livingston, CA
13t. Home Savings, Aurora, IL
17t. Happy Chef, Mankato, MN
17t. Midwest Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA
17t. Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX
17t. Canadian Nationals, Newmarket, ON
17t. Planggers Furniture, Benton Harbor, MI
17t. Top Brass, Charles Town, WV
17t. Westside Fed., Seattle, WA
17t. South Truck, Phoenix, AZ
25t. Benco’s, Greensburg, PA
25t. Kellands, Yuma, AZ
25t. Stevenson, Lakewood, CO
25t. Kings, Ft. Worth, TX
25t. Plumbers, Salt Lake City, UT
25t. Blue Lady, Pueblo, CO
25t. Rocky Mt. A’s, Denver, CO
25t. Freeport, IL
33t. A’s, Albuquerque, NM
33t. Made-rite, Cedar Rapids, IA
33t. Stars, Oklahoma City, OK
33t. Cardinals, Duncanville, TX
33t. Ruth’s Realty, Seattle, WA
33t. Budweiser Kings, St. Louis, MO
33t. Plymouth Club, Marion, IN
33t. So. Dak. Winn., Sioux City, IA

1981 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1981 held at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Champion – Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
Runner Up – Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, Florida


Howard’s/Western Steer became the third team in the last three years to win Softball’s Triple Crown (ASA, NSPC and USSSA Championships). It wasn’t easy as they had to Jerry’s twice to in the crown. The won the first final 31-24 as Dick Bartel was 5-5 with 4 HR and 7 RBI. Rick Scherr and Stan Harvey chipped in with 2 HR each. In the Final Championship game, Howards won 25-11. Stan Harvey’s 2 HR and 6 RBI, along with Dick Bartel and Bill Ferguson, who both combined for 7 hits and 9 RBI. For Jerry’s, Harold Kelley was 7-9 with 5 HR and 7 RBI in both games total. This victory cumulated Howard’s/Western Steer’s triple crown as they previously won the NSPC and ASA titles. they finished the year with a 160-15 record and many people consider this team to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest teams of all time.


  • MVP – Rick Scherr, Howard’s (21-27, .778, 15 HR, 34 RBI, 22 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Rick Scherr, Howard’s – 15
  • Batting Leader – Mickey Morrison, DCS (12-15, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 9 Runs) – .800
  • Defensive MVP (Given out for the First Time) – Steve Howard, Howard’s/Western Steer

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

P – Craig Elliott – York Barbell/Ken Sanders ( – Also 3-2 Pitching
P – Buddy Slater – Howard’s/Western Steer (7-14, .500, 2 RBIs, 7 Runs) – Also 3-1 Pitching
C – Cruz Martinez – Capitol Insulation (10-13, .769, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 9 Runs)
C – Fred Trice – Jerry’s Caterers (21-36, .583, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs, 18 Runs)
1B – Rick Scherr – Howard’s/Western Steer (21-27, .778, 15 HRs, 34 RBIs, 22 Runs)
2B – Steve Howard – Howard’s/Western Steer (15-29, .517, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs)
3B – Ken Carlton – Jerry’s Caterers (19-33, .576, 13 HRs, 25 RBIs, 21 Runs)
SS – Russell Bradley – Howard’s/Western Steer (14-33, .424, 2 RBIs, 13 Runs)
OF – Dick Bartel – Howard’s/Western Steer (17-30, .567, 11 HRs, 17 RBIs, 14 Runs)
OF – Ron Ford – York Barbell/Ken Sanders (13-20, .650, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 13 Runs)
OF – Tom Beall – Howard’s/Western Steer (11-21, .524, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 14 Runs)
OF – Mickey Morrison – Dave Carroll’s Skoal Bandits (12-15, .800, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 Runs)
OF – Rich Petrunyak – Nationwide Advertising (15-21, .714, 9 HRs, 13 RBIs, 14 Runs)
OF – Harold Kelley – Jerry’s Caterers (24-40, .600, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 21 Runs)
OF – Joel Todd – Jerry’s Caterers (31-39, .795, 14 HRs, 24 RBIs, 25 Runs)
OF – Stan Harvey – Howard’s/Western Steer (21-28, .750, 13 HRs, 21 RBIs, 21 Runs) – Also 1-0 Pitching
OF – Richard Willborn – Howard’s/Western Steer (14-26, .538, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 13 Runs)
UTIL – Greg Fuhrman – Jerry’s Caterers (20-38, .526, 13 HRs, 31 RBIs, 20 Runs) – Also 6-2 Pitching
MGR – Randy Gorrell – Howard’s/Western Steer


OTHERS

James Boyette, Bedsole/Kinlaw (4-5, .800, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
Marty Rolnick, NAS (15-20, .750, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 11 Runs)
Bill Ferguson, Howards (10-14, .714, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 8 Runs)
Kevin May, Fabmasters (10-14, .714, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 Runs)
Steve Williams, Capitol (10-14, .714, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 11 Runs)
Fred Miller, NAS (13-19, .684, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 9 Runs)
Glen Borguin, Shimmers (9-14, .643, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 9 Runs)
Joe Young, Jerrys (24-39, .615, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 26 Runs)
Dana Andry, NAS (11-18, .611, 8 HR, 9 RBI, 11 Runs)
Mike Cellura, Capitol (9-15, .600, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 9 Runs)
Jerry King, Steeles (4-7, .571, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 Runs)
James Washington, Jerrys (21-37, .568, 12 HR, 22 RBI, 22 Runs)
Roger Wilt, NAS (10-18, .556, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 9 Runs)
Bill Pollock, KSF (11-21, .524, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 9 Runs
Clyde Guy, DCS (9-16, .563, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 Runs)
Charles Wright, NAS (9-17, .529, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 11 Runs)
Benny Holt, NAS (10-19, .526, 9 HR, 16 RBI, 12 Runs)
Larry Hutcherson, KSF (10-20, .500, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 9 Runs)
Braxton Speller, Snyders/Strohs (4-8, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 Runs)
Al White, Steeles (4-8, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 Runs)
Mike Macenko, NAS (10-21, .476, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 12 Runs)
Don Arndt, Howards (13-29, .448, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 10 Runs) – Also 1-0 Pitching
Myles Schexnaydre, DCS (14-32, .438, 8 HR, 17 RBI, 15 Runs)
Mike Bolen, DCS (5-12, .417, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 7 Runs)
Mike Nye, KSF (9-22, .409, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 11 Runs)
Ed Roth, Howards (8-22, .364, 5 HR, 7 RBI, 14 Runs)
Chuck Drewicz, Snyders/Strohs (1-3, .333, 1 Run)
Jim Fuller, LeAlCo (3-3, 1.000, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 Runs)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (5-1)
2. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL (6-2)
3. Dave Carroll’s/Skoal Bandits, Sherrills Ford, NC (2-2)
4. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA (3-2)
5t. Fabmasters, Lexington, NC (2-2)
5t. Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
7t. Capitol Insulation, North Hollywood, CA (1-2)
7t. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
9t. Le-Al-Co, Lebanon, TN (0-2)
9t. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI (0-2)
9t. Bedsole/Kinlaw, Fayetteville, NC (0-2)
9t. Steele’s Sports, Lima, OH (0-2)