Category: ASA A Slow Pitch

1972 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1972 held at Cincinnati, Ohio.


Champion – Vernhardt’s Inn, Levittown, New York
Runner Up – Jolly Bar, Detroit, Michigan


Jolly Bar won their first couple games then lost their first game on Monday and had to deal with the rain delay schedule. Vernhardt’s Won their first three games and then the rain delays started and they won all three on the last day to win the championship. Tom Back was said to have won 4 of the 6 games Jolly Bar played with either a game winning hit or game saving catch to earn MVP honors.


  • MVP – Tom Back, Jolly Bar

ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Rick Leek, Vernhardt’s Inn
  • C – Ron Fitanor, Travelers
  • 1B – Joe Gagliardi, Pepsico
  • 2B – Larry Johinovotch, Jolly Bar
  • 3B – Junior Riggs, Travelers
  • SS – Bob Hummer, Jolly Bar
  • OF – Bobby Mercer, Jolly Bar
  • OF – Ray Klett, Vernhardt’s Inn
  • OF – Guidici, Henco Builders
  • OF – Tom Back, Jolly Bar

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Vernhardt’s Inn, Levittown, NY (6-0)
2. Jolly Bar, Detroit, MI (6-2)
3. Pepsico, Valhalla, NY (4-2)
4. Rantoul, Illinois (4-2)
5t. Steinhafel, Wisconsin (5-2)
5t. Tino’s, Chicago, IL (4-2)
7t. Travelers, Louisville, KY (4-2)
7t. Henco Builders, Rochester, NY (4-2)
9t. Jay’s AC, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
9t. Johnny Mac, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
9t. Colonel’s Retreat, Louisiana (2-2)
9t. Minnehaha Bowl, St. Paul, MN (2-2)
13t. Troy Redmen, Troy, OH (2-2)
13t. Conti Brothers, Rhode Island (2-2)
13t. Bridgeport Men, Bridgeport, NE (2-2)
13t. Solway Hardware, Tennessee (2-2)
17t. Corner Distributors, Bronx, NY (1-2)
17t. Hunts Tavern, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
17t. Dubois Chemical, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
17t. Mack Truck, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
17t. Eagles, Minnesota (1-2)
17t. Maria’s Pizza, Michigan (1-2)
17t. Dino’s, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
25t. Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
25t. Kansas City, MO (0-2)
25t. North Dakota (0-2)
25t. Phi Lamda Chi, Arkansas (0-2)
25t. Jumbo’s, Hepzibah, WV (0-2)
25t. Samuel’s Grocery, Richmond, VA (0-2)
25t. Gerres Construction, Elkton, DE (0-2)

1971 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1971 held at Louisville, Kentucky.


Co-Champion – Troy Redmen, Troy, Ohio
Co-Champion – St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus, Detroit, Michigan


This was the first year of the ASA A Men’s Slow Pitch National Championships.

The Troy, Ohio, Redmen and St Patrick’s K of C of Detroit, Mich were declared co-champions of the first “A” Open Slow Pitch Softball Tournament held in Louisville over the Labor Day weekend.

Both Troy and St. Patrick’s had identical 4-0 records and were the only two teams left in the winner’s bracket. The game between Troy and St. Patrick, was deadlocked 6-6 In the fifth Inning when rain washed out the tournament. St. Patrick’s had just rallied for three runs to tie the score In the fifth winning.

Das Spellhaus of River Fells, Wisconsin was awarded second place and Freeport Merchants of Metro Rochester, New York was placed third.

The Class “A” meet drew-a field of 26 teams In its first outing. Teams came from Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Delaware, Rhode Island, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Michigan and six metro areas.

The winners bracket final between Troy Redmen and St. Patricks was tied 6-6 in the fifth inning when torrential rains came and washed away the rest of the tournament. Troy and St. Pats were awarded Co-Champs and Des Speilhaus of Wisconsin and Fairport Merchants of Rochester third and fourth respectively. Both were alive in the losers bracket. Jefferson County Merchants and 5&10 Tap were awarded 5th and 6th as they were still alive as well, but did not advance as far as the other two teams with one loss.

Also, Fairport Merchants defeated Jefferson County head-to-head. In the final few games played: Winner’s bracket – Fairport Merchants defeated Jefferson County Merchants 4-1. Troy Redmen defeated Fairport Merchants 15-5. St. Patricks K of C defeated Milwaukee 5&10 Tap 10-3. In Loser’s Bracket games; Des Speilhaus eliminated Schumachers 12-4. Jefferson Merchants eliminated Corbin Pepsi Cola.


The winners bracket final between Troy Redmen and St. Patricks were tied 6-6 in the fifth inning when torrential rains came and washed away the rest of the tournament. Troy and St. Pats were awarded Co-Champs and Des Speilhaus of Wisconsin and Fairport Merchants of Rochester third and fourth respectively. Both were alive in the losers bracket. Jefferson County Merchants and 5&10 Tap were awarded 5th and 6th as they were still alive as well, but did not advance as far as the other two teams with one loss. Also, Fairport defeated Jefferson County head-to-head. In the final few games played: Winner’s bracket – Fairport Rochester Merchants defeated Jefferson County Merchants 4-1. Troy Redmen defeated Fairport Rochester Merchants 12-5. St. Patricks K of C defeated Milwaukee 5&10 Tap 10-3. In Loser’s Bracket games; Des Speilhaus eliminated Schumachers 12-4. Jefferson Merchants eliminated Corbin Pepsi Cola. Troy 4-0, defeating Moody Blues (7-6), St. Elizabeths (8-2, Schumachers (11-7) and Fairport Merchants (12-5) and had a 38-20 scoring margin. As for St. Patricks, they defeated Jets Sets (10-5), Merchants (12-Milford Merchants (10-5), Shoneys (6-2) and 5&10 Tap (10-3) for a scoring margin of 36-15. These last 2 undefeated teams never got a chance to play due to the rain. So the ASA Tournament officials declared them to be Co-Champs.


FINAL STANDINGS

1t. Troy Redmen, Troy. Ohio (4-0)
1t. St. Patrick’s K at C. Detroit (4-0)
3. Das Spielhaus, River Falls, WI (6-1)
4. Freeport Merchants, Rochester, NY (2-1)
5t. Jeff Merchants, Louisville, KY (4-1)
5t. 5&10 Tap, Milwaukee, WI (2-1)
7t. Schumacher, St. Louis, MO (4-2)
7t. American Savings, Pekin, IL (3-2)
9t. Pepsi Cola, Corbin, KY (2-2)
9t. Wayside, Buffalo, MN (2-2)
9t. Shoney’s, Richmond, VA (2-2)
9t. St. Elizabeth, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. Minnesota Mutual, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
13t. Moore Painting, Orlando, FL (1-2)
13t. Milford Merchants, Milford, MI (1-2)
13t. Howard Johnson, North Lexington (1-2)
17t. Mack’s Lounge, Newport, RI (1-2)
17t. Local 185, Joliet, IL (1-2)
17t. Digby Dodgers, Indianapolis, IN (1-2)
17t. Hicks Chevrolet, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
17t. Embalmers, Wilmington, DE (0-2)
17t. Red Roosters, Grand Island, NE (0-2)
17t. Moody Blues, Louisville, KY (0-2)
17t. Portland AC, Louisville, KY (0-2)
25t. Kellwood, Brownsville, KY (0-2)
25t. Jet Sets, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)