Category: 1987

1987 NSA Men’s Super Slow Pitch World Series

1987 held in Houston, Texas.

Co-Champions – Smythe Sox, Houston, Texas and Athletic Shop, Hammond, Louisiana – (Declared co-champs due to rain)

MVP – Cecil Whitehead, Smythe Sox
MVP – Hal Harlan, Athletic Shop
HR Leader –Bill Blake, Smythe Sox – 14
Batting Leader – no info available
Defensive MVP – Paul Drilling, Athletic Shop

Smythe Sox and Athletic Shop were declared Co-Champs in this rain-shortened event. Both teams suffered one loss. Smythe (had defeated Starpath in their first game) coming from losers bracket beat Athletic Shop in the first final 19-18 on 2 run homer by Bruce Meade. The “if” game was never played. Athletic Shop sent Smythe Sox to the losers bracket initially with a 24-15 victory. To reach the championship, Smythe beat Howards 45-12 in losers bracket final. Athletic Shop won a 7-0 forfeit over Superior Bombats in winners bracket final due to Superior having to catch their plane due to the long rain delays. Defending champ, Steele’s defeated Howards 37-12 in their opening game, were eliminated in back to back losses ; 29-28 to the Bombats and then to Howards 45-25. In the win over Howards, Smythe hit 21 HRs. Mike Parrott and Mark Heirlmeier hit 3 each, while Doug Brown was 5-5. Trailing 17-8, Athletic shop scored 10 in top of 7th to take a 18-17 lead. Larry Fredieu and Mark Lewis hit homers in that rally. Paul Drilling chipped in with a bases loaded double. In the bottom of the 7th, Cecil Whitehead got a base hit and then Meade hit his game winner. For Smythe in the game. Brown hit 3 HRs, while Meade, Parrott and Blake each hit 2. Blake was the tournament HR king with 14.

1987 NSA All-World Team (incomplete)
Cecil Whitehead, Smythe Sox
Hal Harlan, Athletic Shop
Paul Drilling, Athletic Shop
Bill Blake, Smythe Sox (14 HRs)
Bruce Meade, Smythe Sox
Doug Brown, Smythe Sox
Mike Parrott, Smythe Sox
Larry Friedieu, Athletic Shop
Greg Schulte, Athletic Shop
Mike Macenko, Steele’s Sports (15-21, 13 HRs, 20 RBIs)
*No info available on remainder of all-tournament team (Superior Bombats and Howards Players)

1987 Standings (incomplete) – 24 teams total
1. (Tie) Smythe Sox, Houston, TX
1. (Tie) Athletic Shop, Hammond, LA
3. Superior Bombats, Windsor Locks, CT
4. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC
5. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH
?. Starpath, Monticello, KY
?. Texas Capitols, Austin, TX
?. CDI, Oklahoma City, OK
*No info available on the remaining teams, records and their finish, tournament cut short due to rain

1987 ISF International Slow Pitch World Championships

Championship Game

Team USA Defeated Canada 5-2 in Championship Game (Team USA was represented by the Minneapolis Merchants, 1987 ASA Class-A Champions)

Final Standings

1. Team USA 10-0
2. Canada 7-4
3. Chinese Taipai 4-6
4. Bahamas 3-6
5. Bermuda 0-8

  • Unofficial Outstanding Player – Gilles Galliant, Canada (24-40, .625, 19 Runs, 21 RBIs, 6 3Bs, 3 HRs)
  • HR Leader – Kerry Burnett, USA – 5
  • Batting Leader – Tim Daley, Canada – (25-38, 23 RBIs) – .658

NOTE – Team USA represented by 1987 ASA Major Champion; Minnesota Merchants

1987 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Champion – Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Connecticut
Runner Up – West Point Pepperell Fairfax, Alabama

Sikorsky added another National Championship to it’s growing resume. They came from the losers bracket to go 7-1.

  • MVP – Bob Kowanacki, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Batting Champion – Al Morazes, Sikorsky Aircraft – .821
  • HR Champion – Mark Hudman, West Point Pepperell – 7
  • HR Champion – Chris Tyler, Marine Corps All Stars – 7


  • 1B – Tim Folio, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • 2B – Bob Kownacki Sikorsky Aircraft
  • 3B – Chris Tyler, Marine All-Stars
  • SS – Don Dixon Delta All-Stars
  • OF – Richard Bishop, Marine All-Stars
  • OF – Russ Smizer, Texas Instruments Travelers
  • OF – Al Morazes, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – Ellis Ricks, West Point Pepperell
  • EP – Pete Gribben, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • UTIL – Russ Glawson, Electric Boat
  • UTIL – Robert Heath, West Point Pepperell
  • UTIL – Ken Poole, West Point Pepperell
  • UTIL – Prtai Holden, Electric Boat
  • C – Mark Hudman, West Point Pepperell
  • P – Tony Bonhannon, Delta All-Stars


  • 1B – Mike Powers, Publix
  • 2B – Mark Grubb, Delta All-Stars
  • 3B – Clyde Chenault, Publix
  • SS – Eric Yount, General Instruments
  • OF – John Wachtel, Russell Athletics
  • OF – Jim Schaver, Marine All-Stars
  • OF – John Cologgee, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – Brian Lafferty, Marine All-Stars
  • EP – Robert Towaswello, Delta All-Stars
  • UTIL – Yogi Hunter, Publix
  • UTIL – Brent Simpson, Publix
  • UTIL – Steve Schwieterman, Monsanto
  • UTIL – Mike Carpenter, General Instruments
  • C – Frank Thomas, Marine All-Stars
  • P – David Kee, Texas Instruments Travelers


  • 1B -Mike Hecker, Texas Instruments Travelers
  • 2B – Bill Age, Monsanto
  • 3B – Billy Dobbs, U.S. Postal Service
  • SS – Richard Jares, Marine All-Stars
  • OF – Mike Castro, CES-Wolfgang
  • OF – Charlie Grant, Delta All-Stars
  • OF – Joe Vazquez, Electric Boat
  • OF – Gary McBride, Delta All-Stars
  • EP- Jim Ziegler, Texas Instruments Travelers
  • UTIL –  Ted Smith, Texas Instruments Travelers
  • UTIL – Don Gough, General Dynamics,
  • UTIL – Dave Edmondson, US. Postal Service
  • UTIL – Bob Lindholm, Phillips 66
  • C – Betty Campbei General Instruments
  • P – Tom Columbus, Sikorsky Aircraft


1. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (7-1)
2. West Point Pepperell, Fairfax, AL (8-2)
3. Delta All Stars, Atlanta, GA (5-2)
4. Electric Boat, Warwick, RI (7-2)
5t. General Instruments, Statesville, NC (5-2)
5t. Marine Corps All Stars, Albany, GA (7-2)
7t. Russell Athletics, Alexander City, AL (5-2)
7t. Publix, Lakeland, FL (4-2)
9t. Texas Instruments Travelers, Dallas, TX (4-2)
9t. Wilsonart International Softball Club, Temple, TX (4-2)
9t. CES-Wolfgang, Lakeland, MN (3-2)
9t. CPS Livewire, San Antonio, TX (3-2)
13t. Dupont, Fayetteville, NC (3-2)
13t. General Dynamics, Detroit, MI (3-2)
13t. General Electric Appliance, Louisville, KY (3-2)
13t. Hertz, Edmond, OK (3-2)
17t. Marathon Oil, Findlay, OH (3-2)
17t. Monsanto, Middletown, OH (3-2)
17t. Phillips Petroleum, Bartlesville, OK (3-2)
17t. Ft. Hood Tankers, Killeen, TX (2-2)
17t. General Dynamics, Lima, OH (2-2)
17t. Honda Of American, Marysville, OH (2-2)
17t. Kimball International, Jasper, IN (2-2)
17t. Kroger, East Point, GA (2-2)
25t. Northwest Airlines, Burnsville, MN (2-2)
25t. NSP-52 Club, Brooklyn Center, MN (2-2)
25t. Tulsa Post Office, Tulsa, OK (2-2)
25t. Union Carbide, Texas City, TX (2-2)
25t. General Electric Tiebreakers, Wallingford, VT (1-2)
25t. Oklahoma Fixture Company, Tulsa, OK (1-2)
25t. Acipco, Birmingham, AL (1-2)
25t. ADC Telecommunications, Edina, MN (1-2)
33t. Allied Bendix Aerospace, Kansas City, KS (1-2)
33t. Boeing-Tmi, Wichita, KS (1-2)
33t. Dow Chemical USA, LaPorto, TX (1-2)
33t. Hydro Carbon Flow Specialists, Patterson, LA (1-2)
33t. Kirsch, Waco, TX (1-2)
33t. Minneapolis Post Office, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
33t. Portsmouth Navel Shipyard, Elliot, ME (1-2)
33t. St. Paul Company’s, St Paul, MN (1-2)
33t. Southern New England Telephone, East Haven, CT (1-2)
33t. Stephens And Associates, Mossville, IL (1-2)
33t. Armco Steel, Ashland, KY (0-2)
33t. Cybernetics, Jacksonville, FL (0-2)
33t. Eagle Picher, Carl Junction, MO (0-2)
33t. Oxy City Service, Tulsa, OK (0-2)
33t. Alcoa, Newburgh, IN (0-2)
33t. Box Buster, Memphis, TN (0-2)
49t. Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Albany, GA (0-2)
49t. CIBA-CEIGY, Greensboro, NC (0-2)
49t. St. Paul Public Housing, Hugo, MN (0-2)
49t. Donnelly Printing, Gallatin, TN (0-2)
49t. Norwalk Furniture, Norwalk, OH (0-2)
49t. K.T.H., Urbana, OH (0-2)
49t. Southern Farm Bureau, Jackson, MS (0-2)
49t. Thermal Systems, Tulsa, OK (0-2)
49t. United Telephone System, Mansfield, OH (0-2)

1987 NSPC All-National Team

Bill Blake, Smythe Sox (14-23, .609, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 Runs) – MVP
Bruce Meade, Smythe Sox (13-21, .619, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 7 Runs)
Bill Gatti, Smythe Sox (13-24, .542, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
Greg Whitlock, Smythe Sox (10-23, .435, 2 RBIs, 6 Runs)
Cecil Whitehead, Smythe Sox (9-20, .450, 3 RBIs, 7 Runs)
Mike Parrott, Smythe Sox (10-19, .526, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
Mauro Chiti, County Sports (8-13, .615, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
Ron Hargrove, County Sports (8-17, .471, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 8 Runs)
Mike Cellura, Capitol Insulation (8-15, .533, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
Larry McGee, Capitol Insulation (9-13, .692, 8 RBIs, 1 Run)
Scott Smith, County Sports – Defensive MVP
Manager Award – John Cooke, Smythe Sox

1987 NSPC National Championship Tournament Final Standings

  1. Smythe Sox, Houston, TX                                         6-1
  2. County Sports, Levittown, NY                                 3-2  (This was an “A” team)
  3. Capitol Softball Club, Northridge, CA   2-2
  4. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC                2-2
  5. Ritch’s Auto Salvage, Harrisburg, NC                    1-2
  6. Vernon’s, Jacksonville, FL                                         1-2
  7. Lighthouse, Stone Mountain, GA                          0-2
  8. Snyder’s Softball Club, Wixom, MI                        0-2

1987 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Midland, Texas.

Champion – Minneapolis Merchants, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Runner Up – Thompson’s Sporting Goods, Savannah, Georgia

The Minneapolis Merchants scored 19 runs in the first three innings and went on to a 23-7 victory over Thompson’s Sporting Goods of Savannah, GA., in the championship game  of the 1987 Men’s Class A National Slow Pitch softball tournament in Midland, Texas.

Catcher Tom Anderson hit two home runs for the Merchants – a two-run shot in the second inning and a three-run blast in the third. Also hitting homers for the Merchants were designated hitter Kerry Burnett, first baseman Rick Goodsell, and outfielder Lance Peterson.

Thompson also collected five home runs, the maximum allowed under tournament rules (all others above become foul balls), but didn’t have the luxury of runners on board. Outfielder Steve Sims hit a two-run blast in the first inning to cu the Merchants’ lead to 7-3, but the remaining four homers were solo shots, including a second homer by Sims in the sixth inning.

The Merchants scored seven runs in the first inning and six in each of the next two to build a 19-3 lead.

By winning the title, with a 7-0 record that raised their season rcord to 97-18, the Merchants advance to the 1987 Men’s International Slow Pitch softball tournament, October 2-4 in Oklahoma City.

The Minneapolis Merchants are the 1987 Amateur Softball Association Class A slow-pitch champions.

Coach Jeff Swenson’s team went 7-0 in the Midland, Tex-as, tournament, defeating Thompson’s Sporting Goods of Savannah, Ga., 23-7 in the finals Monday. The winners led 19-3 after three innings.

Catcher Tom Anderson homered in the second inning with one on and in the third with two aboard. Designated hitter Kerry Burnett hit a three-run homer during a seven-run first inning. First baseman Rick Goodsell had a two-run homer in the second and right fielder Lance Peterson a solo shot in the third.

The Merchants edged the Daytona Beach, Fla., Lite Athletics 8-7 in the semifinals and the Allied Astros of Indianapolis 26-22 in the winners’ bracket final.

The Merchants (97-18) will play in the ASA international tournament in Oklahoma City Oct. 2-4.

Merchants shortstop Tom Hechsel was named tournament MVP. Teammates named to the all-tourney first team were pitcher Dave Rowe, Anderson, and utility infielder Mike Rosenow.

“This team was formed three years ago and we have only made minor changes on the way,” said Swenson.

  • MVP – Tom Hechsel, Minneaplis Merchants
  • Batting Champion – Gerald Braddy, Thompson’s Sporting Goods – .821
  • HR Champion – Mike Cuellar, Lou’s Super Scouts – 10


  • 1B – Mickey Reynolds, Coils Plus
  • 2B – Doug Dowdy, Lite Athletic Club
  • 3B – Joey Bouchillon, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • SS – Tom Hechsel, Minneapolis Merchants
  • OF – Gerald Brady, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • OF – Paul Knight, Lite Athletic Club
  • OF – Mike Cuellar, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • OF – Mike Rouse, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • EP – Mike Dickerson. Allied Astros
  • UTIL – Bill Baker, Bud Light
  • UTIL – Doug Berfeldt, Coffee Cup
  • UTIL – Mike Rosenow, Minneapolis Merchants
  • UTIL – Dave Rohr, Allied Astros
  • C – Tom Anderson, Minneapolis Merchants
  • P – Dave Rowe, Minneapolis Merchants


  • 1B – Joel Moody, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • 2B – John Spikerman, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • 3B – Harold Slate, Coils Plus
  • SS – David Clingman, Bud Light
  • OF – Henry Mays, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • OF – Albert “Bud” Weathers, Coils Plus
  • OF – Danny Thompson, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • OF – Jimmy Morris, Bud Light
  • EP – Wayne Otwell, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • UTIL – Gerald Braddy, Thompson’s Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Kurt Hornus, Coffee Cup
  • UTIL – Jeff Poole, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Craig Schraub, Bud Light
  • C – Ed Sipe, Lite Athletic Club
  • P – Ronnie Andrews, Thompson’s Sporting Goods


  • 1B – Steve Implay, Allied Astros
  • 2B – Chuck Harmon, Thompson’s Sporting Goods
  • 3B – Mike Reiling, Coffee Cup
  • SS – ?
  • OF – Dan Nelson, Minneapolis Merchants
  • OF – Keith Weathers, Coils Plus
  • OF – Ronnie Hawkins, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • OF – Steve Sims, Thompson’s Sporting Goods
  • EP – Kerry Burnett, Minneapolis Merchants
  • UTIL – Michael Schervish, Lite Athletic Club
  • UTIL – Max Reed, Lite Athletic Club
  • UTIL – Fred Shipley, Allied Astros
  • UTIL – Jeff Swenson, Minneapolis Merchants
  • C – Ed McConnell, Coils Plus
  • P – Mike Phelps, Allied Astros


1. Minneapolis Merchants, Minneapolis, MN (7-0)
2. Thompson’s Sporting Goods, Savannah, GA (7-2)
3. Allied Astros, Indianapolis, IN (5-2)
4. Lou’s Super Scouts, Houston, TX (6-2)
5t. Coils Plus, Longview, TX (5-2)
5t. Lite Athletic Club, Daytona Beach, FL (4-2)
7t. Bud Light, Midland, TX (5-2)
7t. Coffee Cup, St. Paul, MN (6-2)
9t. DeBacco Brothers, Newark, NJ (3-2)
9t. Armed Forces, Little Creek, VA (5-2)
9t. Barracuda?, Apple Valley, CA (4-2)
9t. C&M/Home Oil, Dothan, AL (3-2)
13t. McDonald’s, Davenport, IA (3-2)
13t. Chaney Enterprises, Lothian, MD (3-2)
13t. Jo-Mac Brothers, Yonkers NY (3-2)
13t. Ranger Boats, Flippin, AR (3-2)
17t. Builders Millwork, Anchorage, AK (3-2)
17t. Lite Peppers, Laredo, TX (3-2)
17t. Worth Sports, Midland, TX (3-2)
17t. JC Perry, Ridley Township, PA (2-2)
17t. SA Cannons, San Antonio, TX (3-2)
17t. Ruth Realty, Kent, WA (2-2)
17t. Springfield Strohs, Springfield, OH (3-2)
25t. Capital Industries, Seattle, WA (2-2)
25t. Miller Premium Brand, Stevens Point, WI (2-2)
25t. Mayfield Brothers, Richardson, TX (2-2)
25t. Midas Touch Jewelers, Trumbull, CT (2-2)
25t. JD Sports, Irving, TX (2-2)
25t. Jones & Sons, Washington, IN (2-2)
25t. OC Swats, Anaheim, CA (2-2)
25t. Massey’s, La Place, LA (2-2)
33t. Professional Forms, Little Rock, AR (1-2)
33t. Wendel Huskey, La Grande, OR (1-2)
33t. D&D Produce, San Ramon, CA (1-2)
33t. Pete’s Car Wash, Pughkeepsie, NY (1-2)
33t. Kidd Plumbing, Irving, TX (1-2)
33t. NW Pipe/T&C Lounge, Missoula, MT (1-2)
33t. Bale Chevrolet, Little Rock, AR (1-2)
33t. Hi-Ho Tavern, Great Falls, MA (1-2)
33t. Dash Long Distance, Odessa, TX (1-2)
33t. MT Pockets, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
33t. Farrell’s Maintenance, Lititz, PA (1-2)
33t. Winchell Chirpractic, Evansville, IN (1-2)
33t. Conrad-Paterson, Wyoming, MI (1-2)
33t. Ruud’s Roofing, Bloomington, MN (1-2)
33t. Kohler’s & Logan’s, Cranston, RI (1-2)
49t. Arensberg Pharmacy, Newark, OH (1-2)
49t. Georgia Merchants, Savannah, GA (1-2)
49t. Bull on the Beach, Berlin, MD (1-2)
49t. Campbell Sports, Bloomington, MN (0-2)
49t. Coors Scooters, Cheyenne, WY (0-2)
49t. Sonny’s Westport, CT (0-2)
49t. Stanley’s, Midland, TX (0-2)
49t. Seguin Cannons, Seguin, TX (0-2)
49t. Snyder’s Steak House, Lincoln, NE (0-2)
49t. Mississippi Truck, Davenport, IA (0-2)
49t. Amark Industries, Livingston, NJ (0-2)
49t. Wendy’s Worth Sports, Lansing, MI (0-2)
49t. Norris Fridley Reality, Owensville, MT (0-2)
49t. Starr-Precision, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
49t. Benchmark Printers, Grand Blanc, MI (0-2)
49t. Yogi’s Sports Bar, Terre Haute, IN (0-2)
65t. Merrill’s, Corpus Christi, TX (0-2)
65t. Malarky’s Pub, Westland, MI (0-2)
65t. Frontier Inspection, Farmington, NM (0-2)

1987 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1987 held at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on August 7-16.

Champion – Teleconnect, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Runner Up – Decatur Pride, Decatur, Illinois

  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Ted Hicks, Decatur Pride
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Michael White, Teleconnect
  • Kevin Herlihy Newcomer of the Year – N/A
  • Leading Hitter – Ted Hicks, Decatur Pride – .500
  • Most RBI – Steve Kerian, Decatur Pride
  • Most RBI – Dan Binkley – Decatur Pride


P – Michael White, Teleconnect (6-0, 0.31 ERA, 64 K, 9 BB)
P – Mike Piechnik, The Farm Tavern (4-1, 0.00 ERA, 75 K, 6 BB)
P – Brad Underwood, Canada Tire (5-2, 0.40 ERA, 98 K, 12 BB)
C – Dan Binkley, Decatur Pride .333
C – Mark Sorenson, Penn Corp .267
IF – Ted Hicks, Decatur Pride .500
IF – Denny Place, Decatur Pride .286
IF – Tom Kneebone, The Farm Tavern .444
IF – Joe Henry, United Van Lines .368
IF – Mike Hopkins, United Van Lines .333
OF – Larry Bodashefsky, Canada Tire .400
OF – Roy Shaffner, United Van Lines .375
OF – James Knoffke, Decatur Pride .238
DH – Brad Schmidt, Decatur Pride .400


P – Brent Stevenson – Decatur Pride (5-1, 1.17 ERA, 51 K, 21 BB)
P – Chris Nicholas – Coors Silver Bullets (4-1, 0.00 ERA, 61 K, 9 BB)
P – Jim Wana – Stroh’s/Gatsby’s (5-2, 0.53 ERA, 78 K, 10 BB)
C – Eric Maiden, Raymax .400
C – Tim Wahl, Pay’n Pak .286
IF – John Tucker, Mike Warren Sports .417
IF – Steve Kerian, Decatur Pride .217
IF – Chad Corcoran, Pay’n Pak .316
IF – Brian Martie, Decatur Pride .296
IF – Al Burnham, Canada Tire .296
OF – Dave Pfeiffer, Lexington .375
OF – Joe Williams, The Farm Tavern .227
OF – Jody Hennigar, Teleconnect .267
OF – Paul Adam, Coors Silver Bullets .250
DH – Kevin Hartwig, Teleconnect .375


1. Teleconnect, Cedar Rapids, IA
2. Decatur Pride, Decatur, IL
3. The Farm Tavern, Madison, WI
4. Coors Silver Bullets, Aurora, IL
5t. Stroh’s/Gatsby, St. Paul, MN
5t. Pay‘n Pak, Seattle, WA
7t. Penn Corp, Sioux City, IA
7t. Canada Tire, Owen Sound, ON
9t. Nothdurft Tool, Detroit, MI
9t. Ruth Realty, Seattle, WA
9t. Page Brake, Salt Lake City, UT
9t. United Van Lines, St. Louis, MO
13t. Amvets, Ashland, OH
13t. Raymax, Burbank, CA
13t. Harold’s Supermarket, Lexington, MO
13t. Trans Aire Vans, Elkhart, IN
17t. Plangger’s Furniture, Benton Harbor, MI
17t. Merchants, Camrose AB
17t. Merchants ESS, Ashland, OH
17t. Mike Warren Sports, Baltimore, MD
17t. Payless, Victoria, BC
17t. Nava Bros., Hayward, CA
17t. Nitehawks, Long Beach, CA
17t. Merchants, Fort Pierce, FL
25t. James River Lasers, Hampton, VA
25t. Eegee’s, Phoenix, AZ
25t. Nirico Construction, Minneapolis, MN
25t. Rempel Construction, Saskatoon, SK
25t. Truck Haven Café, Sioux City, IA
25t. OPW Engineering, Tucson, AZ
25t. All-O-Matic, Saskatoon, SK
25t. Clancy’s, Burlington, ON
33t. Jazz, Kansas City, KS
33t. Sonora Amigos, Nogales, MX
33t. IET, Salt Lake City, UT
33t. Universal Financial, Waterloo, IA
33t. Softball Club, New Martinsville, WV
33t. Roadrunners, Albuquerque, NM
33t. Kings, Denham Springs, LA
33t. Tate Oilers, Crestview, FL
33t. Softball Club, Broken Bow, NE
33t. Bombers, Clearwater, FL
33t. Aztecs, Pueblo, CO
33t. Flyers, Houston, TX
33t. Del’s Pub, Newburgh, NY
33t. Sting, Shelbyville, IN
33t. Alberta Brake & Clutch, Calgary, AB
33t. All Car Roadrunners, Green Bay, WI

1987 USSSA Men’s A Slow Pitch Worlds

1987 held at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Champion – American Realty, Concord, California
Runner Up – Stanley Lumber, Beaverdam, Virginia

  • MVP – Richie Aliotti, American Realty
  • HR Leader – Baxter Burris, Ritch’s Auto – 13
  • Batting Leader – Kevin Darden, Williams Painting (26-32) – .813
  • Defensive MVP – Richie Aliotti, American Realty


1B – Dwight Fortune – Williams Painting
2B – Ralph Godwin – Stanley Lumber
2B – Barry Roach – Stanley Lumber
2B – Greg Cannedy – American Realty
3B – Mike Collins – RTS Enterprises
SS – JW Mitchell – Stanley Lumber
SS – Rich Aliotti – American Realty
OF – Scott Flood – RTS Enterprises
OF – Woody Jackson – Williams Painting
OF – Jerry Lipscomb – Stanley Lumber
OF – Larry Hutcherson – Williams Painting
OF – John Gamblin – American Realty
OF – Jim Nelson – Maroadi Transfer
OF – Bruce Newberry – SSK Rebs
OF – Jeff Boyden – SSK Rebs
OF – Gordie Johnson – American Realty
OF – Floyd Fortune, Jr. – Williams Painting
P – Jay Smith – Stanley Lumber
C – Jim Harvey – American Realty
UTIL – Kevin Darden – Williams Painting
Manager – Johnny Gamblin – American Realty


1. American Realty, Concord, CA
2. Stanley Lumber, Beaverdam, VA
3. RTS Enterprises, Phoenix, AZ
4. Williams Painting, Roanoke, VA


Bell Corp/Dan’s Sports, Tampa, FL

1987 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1987 held at Garland, Texas.

Champion – Empress Chili, Cincinnati, Ohio (67-20)
Runner Up – Hub Chrysler Plymouth-South, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

After Hub Chrysler defeated Empress Chili 16-0 in the losers bracket, the Cincinnati club had to come back and then beat Hub Chrysler twice, which they did.  For the first time in USSSA Women’s World Series history, a player not on the winning team was named MVP. As a matter of fact, she was not on the runner-up team either. But Sue Kozoil of Steele’s Sports made such an impact on the teams, players and officials with her pure athleticism, that it was an obvious choice.

  • MVP – Sue Kozoil, Steele’s (.700, 11 HR)
  • Batting Leader – Sue Kozoil, Steele’s – .700
  • HR Leader – Sue Kozoil, Steele’s – 11
  • Defensive MVP – N/A


P – Brenda Beyer, Steele’s Sports
C – Jan Deters, Empress Chili
1B – Marianne Thomas, Empress Chili
2B – Sharon Graham, Empress Chili
3B – Cheryl Hanks, Hub Chrysler
SS – Sue Kozoil, Steele’s Sports
OF – Lyn Rose, Empress Chili
OF – Velma Lehman, Empress Chili
OF – Debbie Blazer, Hub Chrysler
OF – Dottie Davis, Steele’s Sports
UT – Shelly Stanicek, Hub Chrysler
UT – Denise Eckert, Huntel Systems
Manager – Gloria Hill, Empress Chili


1. Empress Chili, Cincinnati, OH
2. Hub Chrysler Plymouth-South, Milwaukee, WI
3. Steele’s Sports, Grafton OH
4. Orlando Strikers, Orlando, FL

1987 ASA Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Parma, Ohio

Champion – Starpath, Lexington, Kentucky
Runner Up – County Sports, Levittown, New York

  • MVP – Gary Jones, Starpath
  • HR Leaders – Don Clatterbaugh, Blanton’s Construction (20-26, .769, 38 RBI) – 15
  • HR Leaders – Dave Allen, Starpath – 15
  • Batting Leader – Rich Plante, Marlton Trucking – .844


  • 1B – Rich Plante, Marlton Trucking
  • 2B – Nick Farina, Marlton Trucking
  • 3B – Mike Lewis, Athletic Shop/Houston Sports
  • SS – Darrell Beeler, Athletic Shop/Houston Sports
  • OF – Gary Jones, Starpath
  • OF – Don Clatterbough, Blanton’s Construction
  • OF – Jude Kawa, Starpath
  • OF – Ken Loeri, Marlton Trucking
  • UTIL – Mark Cawley, Pegram’s Burger King
  • UTIL – Scott Sheffield, Lighthouse
  • UTIL – Sal Romano, County Sports
  • UTIL – Scott Aye, Superior Bombat
  • EP – Mike Oates, Brown & Lambrecht
  • C – Mike Zadel, Non-Ferrous Metals
  • P – Dave Elder, Starpath


  • 1B – Bruce Rains, Blanton’s Construction
  • 2B – Ken Preserin, Non-Ferrous Metals
  • 3B – Rodney Woods, Starpath
  • SS – Mark Hutchinson, Pegram’s Burger King
  • OF – Mike Cohen, Non-Ferrous Metals
  • OF – Kelly Stanley, Blanton’s Construction
  • OF – Roger Wilt, Starpath
  • OF – Stephen Riley, Superior Bombat
  • UTIL – Scott Jones, Starpath
  • UTIL – Jim Sommers, County Sports
  • UTIL – Dave Shortz, Brown & Lambrecht
  • UTIL – Greg Miller, Blanton’s Construction
  • C – Dave Allen, Starpath
  • P – Andy Cook, Blanton’s Construction


  • 1B – Steve Blanchette, Non-Ferrous Metals
  • 2B – Rick Hollingsworth, Lighthouse
  • 3B – Mark Baker, Instant Landscaping
  • SS – Sal Amadeo, Instant Landscaping
  • OF – Ennie Montgomery, Starpath
  • OF – Steve Sharp, Starpath
  • OF – Larry Friedeau, Athletic Shop/Houston Sports
  • OF – Andy Sanzaro, Superior Bombat
  • UTIL – Mauro Chiti, County Sports
  • UTIL – Dave Neale, Jr., Non-Ferrous Metals
  • UTIL – Dan Robicahauk, Athletic Shop/Houston Sports
  • UTIL – Sylvin Little, Lighthouse
  • EP – Hal Harlan, Athletic Shop
  • C – James McLamb, Lighthouse
  • P – Mike Nye, Marlton Trucking


1. Starpath, Lexington, KY (7-0)
2. County Sports, Long Island, NY (6-2)
3. Non-Ferrous Metals, Parma, OH (6-2)
4. Athletic Shop/Houston Sports, Hammond, LA (5-2)
5t. Superior Bombat, Manchester, CT (6-2)
5t. Blanton’s Construction, Fayetteville, NC (7-2)
7t. Marlton Trucking, Portland, OR (3-2)
7t. Pegram’s Burger King, Montgomery, AL (3-2)
9t. Budweiser, Eagan, MN (3-2)
9t. Brown & Lambrecht, Joliet, IL (3-2)
9t. Lighthouse Softball, Stone Mountain, GA (5-2)
9t. Instant Landscape, West Palm Beach, FL (5-2)
13t. Wolf, Dodge City, KS (3-2)
13t. Player’s Vision, Flint, MI (2-2)
13t. VIP/Express Transport Co., Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. St. Louis Merchants, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
17t. Astro Air Express, Dearborn, MI (2-2)
17t. Art Russo Realty, Columbus, OH (2-2)
17t. Beloli Heating, Taunton, MA (2-2)
17t. North Coast Travelers, Willard, OH (2-2)
17t. John Hanson, Washington, D.C., (1-2)
17t. Softball With Class, Detroit, MI (2-2)
17t. Lite Beer, Toomsuba, MS (2-2)
17t. Color Tyme Softball, Evansville, IN (1-2)
25t. Geppotte’s Pizza & Ribs, Parma, OH (1-2)
25t. Manchester Court Club, Manchester, NH (1-2)
25t. Waco Cardinals, Waco, TX (1-2)
25t. Fleetwood Exp/Red Circle, Parma, OH (1-2)
25t. Huber’s Sporting Goods, Wilmington, DE (0-2)
25t. Kohler’s WC & Co., Alton, IL (1-2)
25t. Wally’s Sports Center, Parma, OH (1-2)
25t. LAMA/Servpro, Greenville, TN (0-2)
33t. Belcher Construction, Manteno, IL (0-2)
33t. Vernon’s, Jacksonville, FL (0-2)
33t. The Pantry, North Carolina (0-2)
33t. Ohio Pool, Parma, OH (0-2)
33t. Mills & Gear, Long Island, NY (0-2)
33t. Twohig Athletic Club, Parma, OH (0-2)
33t. Coors/Atkings Merchants, Columbia, OH (1-2)
33t. Pace Bootlegger, Rochester, NY (0-2)
33t. American Legion #121, Waco, TX (0-2)

No show

Miller Medical, Waterloo, IA
Hoffbean, Dallas, TX
Snyders Softball Club, Wixon, MI
Budweiser, Hopkinsville, KY