Category: ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch

1954 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1954 held at Louisville, Kentucky.


Champion – Waldeck’s Tavern, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – National Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Waldeck’s Tavern won 6 straight games to capture the title, outscoring their opponents 82-36 along the way. They defeated Peerless Woolens of Georgia 32-7 in the winners bracket final behind the hitting of Jerry Huber, Fred Heimkreiter and John Drees, all of which had five hits. Drees getting a couple homers. Waldecks collected 38 hits in the contest. Waldeck’s then sat back and waited as last years runner-up, Pittsburgh National Fruit eliminated defending champs, Shields Contractors 5-4 and then disposed of Peerless Woolens 15-11 in the losers bracket final to get back to the finals.  Waldeck’s Tavern proved to be too strong as it won final 13-7 hitting 8 HRs. John Drees went 4 for 4 and hit 4 straight homers while Frank Hiemkrieter, Jim Trainor, Bob Trainor, and Frank Kramer each had 1 to back the pitching of Malio Valvano (Valvano surrendered only 31 runs in 6 games for Waldeck). Drees ended the tournament getting 9 straight hits,  including 6 HRs. Pittsburgh pitcher Tony Bova had 2 home runs in a losing cause for the Fruit Merchants. Mike Sabbio and Bruce Gilbert also hit HR for Pittsburgh.  James Caldwell of Shields went 13-18 to lead the tournament in hitting. Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, delayed due to work commitments, only played the last two games for Shields, yet still made the All Tournament team as he went 6-9 with 3 HRs and 2 doubles. Donnie Key of the Louisville Stars started the tournament with 8 straight hits, before going 2-4 with 2 HRs in the third game.


  • MVP – Not awarded (Some sources say the MVP would have been Waldeck’s pitcher, Malio Valvano, pitching Waldeck’s to the title)
  • HR Leader – John Drees, Waldeck’s
  • Batting Leader – James Caldwell, Shields (13-18) – .722
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Malio Valvano, Waldeck’s

ASA MEN’S OPEN ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Malio Valvano, Waldeck’s (6-1)
  • P – Tony Bova, National Fruit (6-2)
  • C – Fred Heimkreiter, Waldeck’s
  • 1B – Don Heilman, Shield’s
  • 2B – Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, Shield’s (6-9, .667, 3 HR)
  • 3B – Charles Geyer, Peerless Woolens
  • SS – Bob Trainor, Waldeck’s
  • OF – Myron Reinhardt, Shield’s
  • OF – John Drees, Waldeck’s (9-9 with 6 HR in last 2 games)
  • OF – Walt Wherry, Keeneland Bar
  • OF – Donnie Key, Sters-Louisville Stars (10-15, .667, 2 HR)
  • MGR – Mike Waldeck, Waldeck’s

OTHERS

  • James Caldwell, Shields (13-18, .722)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Waldeck’s Tavern, Cincinnati, OH (6-0)
2. National Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, PA (6-2)
3. Peerless Woolens, Rossville, GA (3-2)
4. Shield’s Realty, Newport, KY (4-2)
5t. Keeneland Bar, Covington, KY (2-2)
5t. Fire Fighters, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
7t. Oertels Stars Brewers, Louisville, KY (3-2)
7t. Delco, Dayton, OH (2-2)
9t. Klug Trucking, Hamilton, OH (2-2)
9t. Sterling Sters, Louisville, KY (2-2)
9t. Early Times Distillers, Louisville, KY (1-2)
9t. Continental Can, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
13t. Boisel Tire, Springfield, OH (0-2)
13t. Forks of Elkhorn, Frankfort, KY (0-2)
13t. RBM, Knoxville, TN (0-2)
13t. Engineers, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
17t. Twin City Automatics, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
17t. Schwedes/Charley Geigers, Lakewood, OH (0-2)

1953 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch

1953 held at Cincinnati, Ohio.


Champion – Shield’s Contractors, Newport, Kentucky (45-3)
Runner Up – Pittsburgh Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Shields beat Merchants 13-12 in winners bracket finals, Myron Reinhardt was 4-5, HR, double, 4 RBIs. Also leading Shields attack were Ted Stegeman (3-5, 3 doubles), John Henry (3-5), Al Rinehard (3-5, HR, 2B and 4 RBIs) and Don Heilman (double, triple, 3 RBIs). The Merchants came back and beat Wolfs Cafe of Cincinnati 6-1 in the losers bracket final to get another crack at the Kentucky squad.

Sheilds then beat Pittsburgh 13-1 in the Championship game. Myron Reinhardt’s HR and 4 RBIs led the way for Shields to capture the very first ASA Slow Pitch National Championship. Shields pitcher Roland Vorhees gave up only 5 hits and one run. Al Rinehard  (2 Doubles) and Bo Stuntebeck each had three hits in the title clincher.

Most of the teams entered were from the Ohio River Valley and Northern Kentucky. For the Merchants, Mike Sabbio was 4-8 with a HR and 3 RBIs in the final two games Pittsburgh played, both losses to Shields.


  • MVP – Not awarded (many say Myron Reinhardt would have won easy, leading the tournament in average, home runs, and leading Shields to the title)
  • HR Leader – Myron Reinhardt, Shields – 4
  • Batting Leader – Myron Reinhardt, Shields (11-16) – .688

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Shield’s Contractors, Newport, KY (4-0)
2. Pittsburgh Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)
3. Wolf’s Café, Cincinnati, OH (4-2)
4. D&G Café, Newport, KY (3-2)
5t. Baldwin Piano, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
5t. Club 42, Louisville, KY (2-2)
7t. Soddy Daisy Merchants, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
7t. Prestonia A.C., Louisville, KY (0-2)
9t. Homestead Café, Hamilton, OH (0-2)
9t. Schwedes/Charley Geigers, Lakewood, OH (0-2)


1966 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1966 held at Parma, Ohio


Champion – Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, Michigan (72-11)
Runner Up – County Sports, Levittown, New York (81-9)


After losing to two-time defending champ, Skip Athletic Club 13-5 in their first game and then a rain delay in which more then 2 inches of rain fell, County Sports won 10 straight games the last 31 hours to reach the finals.

Michael’s Lounge, behind MVP Mike Axelson, beat Swing Inn of Cleveland 20-4 in the winner’s bracket finals and then sat back as County Sports beat Cleveland’s Swing Inn in a 18-17 slug fest behind the home run heroics of Jim Galloway.

In less than ideal conditions, Big Jim Galloway (11 HR) and pitcher Bill Brown (.690 batting average) led County Sports, who scored 174 runs and gave up 87 runs in that span, all the way back to the finals. All total, they scored 179 runs and hit 41 HR.

All those game took its toll on the Long Islanders as Michael’s Lounge defeated them 10-0 in the championship. Michael’s had 14 hits to County Sports’ 3. MVP Mike Axelson went 5-5 with 3 HR in the Championship game to lead Michael’s.


  • MVP – Mike Axelson, Michael’s Lounge (23-29, .792, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • Outstanding Pitcher Award – Bill Brown, County Sports – (10-2, pitched all 12 games and gave up less then 10 runs a game)
  • HR Leader – Jim Galloway, County Sports (20-41, .488, 29 RBI) – 11 – tied all time national tournament HR record
  • Batting Leader – Mike Axelson, Michael’s (23-29, 5 HR, 12 RBI) – .792

1966 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Bill Brown, County Sports (10-2 Pitching and 20-29, .690, 8 HR, 24 RBI)
  • C – Howie Krause, Swing Inn (14-24, .583, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
  • IF – Mike Axelson, Michael’s (23-29, .793, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • IF – Jim Galloway, County Sports (20-41, .488, 11 HR, 29 RBI)
  • IF – Bob Harrison, Wilsman Trucking (11-23, ,478, 8 HR, 15 RBI)
  • IF – Wally Galba, Michael’s (14-24, .583, HR, 10 RBI)
  • IF – Steve Loya, Swing Inn (16-24, .667, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • OF – Mike Gouin, Michael’s (11-21, .524, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
  • OF – Stu Levine, Helf-Erie (16-21, .762, 10 RBI)
  • OF – Fred Maas, Copper Hearth (14-19, .737, 19 RBI)
  • OF – Mort Weinberg, NYC Titans (13-21, .619, 3 HR, 9 RBI)

OTHERS

Charles Forte, County Sports (29-37, .784)
Gerry Lyle, Jo’s Pizza (17-25, .740)
Ed Nadolski, Michael’s Lounge (15-24, .625)
Lou Del Mastro, Skip AC (8-15, .533, 4 RBI, 3 Runs)
Bob Brunner, Wilsman Trucking (13-25, .520, 4 HR, 9 Runs)
Ray Zawaszki, Wilsman Trucking (15-29, .517, 10 Runs)
George Siford, Skip AC (8-16, .500, 8 RBI, 8 Runs)
Mike Kovach, Skip AC (9-18, .500, 2 RBI, 6 Runs
Gene Branham, Wilsman Trucking (14-28, .500, 11 Runs)
Al Waltz, Michael’s Lounge (11-22, .500)
Don Nuxhall, Wilsman Trucking (11-23, .478, 4 HR, 8 Runs)
Paul Tomasovich, Skip AC (8-17, .471, 4 RBI, 5 Runs)
Bill Cole, Michael’s Lounge (12-27, .444)
Jim Puckett, Michael’s Lounge (10-23, .435)
Miller Adams, Skip AC (3-7, .429, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 Runs)
Tom Trompics, Michael’s Lounge (8-19, .420)
Tex Collins, Michael’s Lounge (10-24, .417)
Jim Wessell, Wilsman Trucking (10-26, .385, 3 HR, 9 Runs)
Len Mackalavage, County Sports (4 HR, 17 RBI)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI (7-0)
2. County Sports, Levittown, NY (10-2)
3. Swing Inn, Cleveland, OH (5-2)
4. Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH (6-2)
5t. Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
5t. NYC Titans, Maspeth-Queens, NY (4-2)
7t. Helf-Erie Sheet Metal, Cleveland, OH (4-2)
7t. Vigilant AA, York, PA (6-2)
9t. Brookline Young Men’s Club, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
9t. Jo’s Pizza, Milton, FL (3-2)
9t. Seymour Merchants, Seymour, IN (3-2)
9t. Gonzalez Mexican Foods, Richmond, CA (3-2)
13t. B.B. Stone Insurance, Georgetown, KY (4-2)
13t. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY (4-2)
13t. Yuci’s Boys Club, Port Chester, NY (4-2)
13t. Skip Athletic Club, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)
17t. Blair’s Tavern, Wilmington, DE (3-2)
17t. Family Tavern, Washington, DC (3-2)
17t. Mt. Carmel, Joliet-Chicago, IL (2-2)
17t. Chadwick Construction, Meriden, CT (2-2)
17t. Falstaffers, Rock Hill, SC (2-2)
17t. St. Louis Metro, MO (2-2)
17t. J.P. Clyde, Knoxville, TN (2-2)
17t. Stonefingers, Parkersburg, WV (2-2)
25t. Spearville AMPRO, Dodge City, KS (2-2)
25t. Mass. State-Worcester, MA (2-2)
25t. Duff’s Westrum’s, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
25t. Livingston All Stars, Newark, NJ (2-2)
25t. Olden AA, Trenton, NJ (2-2)
25t. Huffman Oil, Burlington, NC (2-2)
25t. The Texans, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
25t. Mike’s Bar, Toledo, OH (2-2)
33t. Sportsland, Battle Creek, MI (1-2)
33t. M.B. Hagen Company, Hopkins, MN (1-2)
33t. Earl’s Tap, Providence, RI (1-2)
33t. Granite City, Madison, IL (1-2)
33t. Donaldsville Independents, New Orleans, LA (1-2)
33t. Hayes, Birmingham, AL (1-2)
33t. City Glass, Omaha, NE (1-2)
33t. Standard Industrial Laundries, Cinncinati, OH (1-2)
33t. Players Tavern, Tacoma, WA (1-2)
33t. Twi-Lite Drive-In, Great Falls, MT (1-2)
33t. Mark’s Brothers, Miami, FL (1-2)
33t. First Federal Savings & Loans, Mobile, AL (1-2)
33t. Weeks Dairy, Dover, NH (0-2)
33t. Gene Lobe Rich Heat, Bremerton, WA (0-2)
33t. Icore Industries, Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (0-2)
33t. Falstaff Bar, Fort Smith, AR (0-2)
49t. Okay Tires, Twin Falls, ID (0-2)
49t. Berry Brothers, Fredericksburg, VA (0-2)
49t. Becker’s, Waukesha, WI (0-2)
49t. Haskin’s Sporting Goods, Burlington, IA (0-2)
49t. Townhouse Motor Inn, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
49t. Jacksonville Metro, FL (0-2)
49t. Elliot Sales, Rome, GA (0-2)
49t. Canton Butane, Canton, MS (0-2)
49t. Bankers Life Insurance, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
49t. Hillcrest Lounge, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
49t. Strats, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
49t. Ragu Foods, Rochester, NY (0-2)
49t. R.I.T.C., Buffalo, NY (0-2)
49t. Taco Bell, Mesa, AZ (0-2)

1980 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1980 held at Montgomery, Alabama.


Champion – Campbell’s Carpets, Concord, California (118-12)
Runner Up – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, North Carolina (135-25)


Campbell’s Carpets captured the ASA National Championship on their way to winning the Triple Crown of Softball in 1980. This was the second straight year a team has won the Triple Crown. With all the high averages, home runs, etc. It was a little guy who captured the imagination of the crowd as Pitcher Buddy Slater was named the National Tournament MVP for Campbell’s.

It was reported that Slater had hurled 9 no-hitters this past season in Slow Pitch Softball. The 38 year old Slater beat Howard’s twice in this tournament; once 23-14 in the winner’s bracket finals and then when Howard’s won a slug fest over third place team Jerry’s Caterers 36-32 in the lower’s bracket final to get another crack at Campbell’s, Slater did it again, holding down the Howard’s bats in route to a 20-15 Championship Game victory.

In the 23-14 Campbell’s win over Howard’s, 9 different Campbell players hit home runs. In the 36-32 Howard’s victory over Jerry’s, Pitcher Mickey Morrison hit 4 HR and collected 9 RBI. Ed Roth also hit 4 HR with 7 RBI and Stan Harvey had 3 HR with 7 RBI to lead Howard’s. Jerry’s Pitcher, Craig Elliott hit 4 HR with 8 RBI to lead the Miami based squad.

Stan Harvey of Howard’s won the Batting championship with an amazing 30-38 performance (.789).  Howard’s Tom Beall was 25-35 (.714) with 17 HR to win the Home Run Award. 10 of Beall’s homers came in the first 2 games. Don Arndt and Ed Roth of Howard’s had 16 ad 15 HR respectively.

Campbell’s averaged close to 26 runs per game in its 6 game march to the title. They gave up only 11 runs per game, mostly due to the crafty pitching of Slater, who was 14-24 in the event (.500), and pitched all of Campbell’s games to finish 6-0.

Other stars for Campbell’s were Jerry King (21-30, .700 with 8 HR), Dick Bartel (20-30, .667 also with 8 HR), and Steve Williams (13-25, .520 and he hit 5 HR). Two of Williams’s HR came in the Championship Game. Greg Fuhrman and Dennis Myers both hit 9 HR, but were left off the All-America squads.


  • MVP – Buddy Slater, Campbell’s Carpets (6-0, .500)
  • HR Champion – Tom Beall, Howard’s Furniture (.715, 37 RBI) -17
  • Batting Champion – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (30-38) – .789

1980 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Buddy Slater, Campbell’s Carpets (11-22, .500)
  • P – Craig Elliott, Jerry’s Catering
  • C – Ernie Hicks, York Barbell (21-27, .778)
  • C – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture (16 HR)
  • 1B – Ed Roth, Howard’s Furniture (24-34, .706, 15 HR)
  • 2B – James Boyett, Jerry’s Catering
  • 3B – Jerry King, Campbell’s Carpets (21-30, .700, 8 HR)
  • SS – Steve Williams, Campbell’s Carpets (13-25, .520, 5 HR)
  • OF – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (30-38, .789)
  • OF – Ron Dorsey, York Barbell (14 HR)
  • OF – Tom Beall, Howard’s Furniture (25-35 .715, 17 HR, 37 RBI)
  • OF – Dick Bartel, Campbell’s Carpets (19-28, .677, 8 HRs)
  • UT – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Catering

1980 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P – Rick Leek, York Barbell
  • P – John Durkett, Teamsters #293
  • C – John Hale, Frierson Building Supply
  • C – Fred Winston, Jerry’s Catering
  • 1B – John Geckle, Steele’s Sports (19-27, .704, 7 HR)
  • 2B – John McAndrew, York Barbell (13-17, .765, 7 HR)
  • 3B – Mike Lynch, Irving’s Sports
  • SS – John Rogers, DuBose Insurance
  • OF – Calvin Davidson, Friarson’s
  • OF – Doug Broxson, DuBose Insurance
  • OF – Richard Willborn, Campbell’s Carpets
  • OF – Ray Fleetwood, Howard’s Furniture
  • UT – Joel Tood, Jerry’s Catering

OTHERS

Bill Pollock, York Barbell (21-23, .636, 12 HR)
Greg Fuhrman, Campbell’s Carpets (9 HR)
Dennis Myers, Campbell’s Carpets (9 HR)
Charles Mitchell, GB Wilcher (14-18, .778)
Joe Young, Steele’s (9 HR)
Tim Haley, Steele’s (9 HR)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Campbell Carpets, Concord, CA (6-0)
2. Howard’s-Western Steer, Denver, NC (6-2)
3. Jerry’s Catering, Miami, OH (5-2)
4. Steele’s Sports, Lima, OH (6-2)
5t. Teamsters #293, Cleveland, OH (5-2)
5t. DuBose Insurance, Pensacola, FL (3-2)
7t. Frierson Building Supply, Jackson, MS (4-2)
7t. York Barbell, York, PA (4-2)
9t. Irving Sports Center, Irving, TX (4-2)
9t. Wichita TMI, Wichita, KS (4-2)
9t. Thompson’s-O’Bannon Bank, Springfield, OH (2-2)
9t. Camera Shop, Fort Worth, TX (3-2)
13t. GB Wilcher, Seymour, IN (2-2)
13t. Hillcrest-Fashionrite, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
13t. Gartenhaus Cafe, Plainville, CT (3-2)
13t. Dan Belew, Turlock, CA (2-2)
17t. Manning’s, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
17t. Fluid Engineering, Lubbock, TX (1-2)
17t. Sorrento’s Pizza, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
17t. Le-Al-Co, Lebanon, TN (1-2)
17t. St. Louis Merchants, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
17t. Hans Hansen, Toledo, OH (2-2)
17t. Nelco Manufacturing, Oklahoma City, OK (1-2)
17t. Trainham Chevrolet, Beaverdam, VA (1-2)
25t. Cannon & Lee Painting, Salt Lake City, UT (0-2)
25t. Thibodaux Merchants, Thibodaux, LA (1-2)
25t. Southside Automotive, Louisville, KY (0-2)
25t. Bunca & Frey, Kalamazoo, MI (0-2)
25t. Diaboloes, Alburquerque, NM (0-2)
25t. Miller Lite Metros, Montgomery, AL (0-2)
25t. Red Door Diplomats, Mansville, NJ (0-2)
25t. Mustang Softball Club, Wauseon, OH (0-2)
33t. Moose #212, Hagerstown, MD (0-2)
33t. Shimers, Bloomington, MN (0-2)
33t. Pizza Baron Fords, Portland, OR (0-2)
33t. Steamex, Grand Rapids, MI (0-2)
33t. Chisholm Sports, Maiden, MA (0-2)
33t. Ruth Real Estate, Seattle, WA (0-2)

1977 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1977 held at Parma, Ohio.


Champion – Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (111-18)
Runner Up – Ken Sanders Ford, Birmingham, Alabama (97-17)


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 Painting 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 RBI in the final game.

Bruce Meade, Henry Koper and Joe Young all had 2 HR for Nelsons. James Abercrombie and Charles Wright each hit 3 HR for KSF in the final game.

The powerful Nelson team had 6 players hit more then 10 HR, – 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 HR and 29 RBI.


  • MVP – Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford (26-36, .722, 18 HR, 32 RBI, 24 Runs)
  • MVP – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s (32-50, .640, 22 HR, 40 RBI, 33 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Herman Rathman, Nelson’s Painting (32-50, .640, 39 RBI, 29 Runs) – 22 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 21
  • HR Leader – 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 HR, 10 RBI, 9 Runs) – .762

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

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

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

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

OTHERS

Mighty Joe Young, Nelson’s (32-48, .667, 12 HR, 29 RBI, 25 Runs)
Ted Larsen, Manning’s (8-8, 1.000, 2 RBI, 3 Runs)
Lou Russo, Pepsico (6-8, .750, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 Runs)
Joe Kilby, Haven Tavern (11-15, .733, 3 RBI, 4 Runs)
Anthony Guiliano, St. Margarets (8-11, .727, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
Ted Hocevar, Ohio Sealants (13-18, .722, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 Runs)
Arnold Hawkins, Rule Construction (10-14, .714, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 9 Runs)
Jerry King, Dubois Chemical (5-7, .714, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 Runs)
Mike Leadbetter, Trainham (14-20, .700, 4 RBI, 5 Runs)
Richard Mummaw, Warren Motors (15-22, .682, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 9 Runs)
Mike Jacobs, Warren Motors (18-27, .667, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 15 Runs)
Garland Dewitt, Mid-State Oil (13-20, .650, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 12 Runs)
David Beaird, Ken Sanders (20-35, .571, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 19 Runs)
Greg Smith, Ken Sanders (20-35, .571, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 18 Runs)
Tony Cloniger, Howards (16-28, .571, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 14 Runs)
Shane Hammell, Ken Sanders (19-34, .559, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 15 Runs)
Ed Green, Campbell’s/Bam (10-18, .556, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs)
Dean Brunken, Nelson’s (25-45, .556, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 19 Runs)
Buddy Salda, Nelson’s (19-36, .528, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 16 Runs)
Gene Fisher, Howards (15-29, .517, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 18 Runs)
Denny Hogan, Howards (17-33, .515, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 17 Runs)
Stan Harvey, Howards (16-32, .500, 12 HR, 26 RBI, 14 Runs)
Joe Konicki, Marone Travel (4-9, .444, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
Roger Mayo, Ken Sanders (15-34, .441, 6 HR, 9 RBI, 15 Runs)
Ed Roth, Warren Motors (11-25, .440, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 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)
5t. Campbell’s Bay Area Merchants, Richmond, CA (3-2)
5t. Gartensenhaus, Plainville, CT (3-2)
7t. Trainham Chevrolet, Rickmond, VA (4-2)
7t. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL (4-2)
9t. Ohio Sealants, Parma, OH (4-2)
9t. Ray Carpenter, San Antonio, TX (4-2)
9t. Fliteline, Fort Smith, AR (3-2)
9t. Hillcrest Tavern, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
13t. Port City Ford, Truck Sales, Houston, TX (3-2)
13t. Central State Painting, Kansas City, MO (2-2)
13t. Black Aces, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
13t. The Haven Tavern, Tacoma, WA (2-2)
17t. York Barbell, York, PA (1-2)
17t. Armed Forces, Dayton, OH (1-2)
17t. Midstate Oil, Jefferson City, MO (3-2)
17t. Bunca & Frey, Lamamazoo, MI (1-2)
17t. Rule Construction, Oakridge, TN (2-2)
17t. Holy Name Society, Lakewood, OH (2-2)
17t. Surplus City Diablos, Alburquerque, NM (1-2)
17t. Richfield VFW, Richfield, MN (1-2)
25t. Ron Farnsworth Construction, Salt Lake City, UT (0-2)
25t. St. Margaret’s Club, New Castle, PA (1-2)
25t. Marrone Travel, Westbury, NY (1-2)
25t. Pepsico Incorporated, Levittown, NY (1-2)
25t. Sunset Lounge, White Bear Lake, MN (0-2)
25t. Chico’s, Spokane, WA (1-2)
25t. Mitchell Brothers, Antioch, CA (0-2)
25t. Fraser’s Pub, Ann Arbor, MI (1-2)
33t. Goodrich Service Center, Midland, TX (0-2)
33t. Super Auto, Napa, CA (0-2)
33t. Decathlon, Jackson, MS (0-2)
33t. Taylor Brothers Construction, Providence, RI (0-2)
33t. Dubois Chemical, Columbus, OH (0-2)
33t. Ohio Players, Dayton, OH (0-2)
33t. Miracle’s, Richmond, IN (0-2)
33t. Manning’s, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
33t. Kentucky Fried Chicken, Indianapolis, IN (0-2)

1958 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1958 held at Cleveland, Ohio.


Champion – East Side Sports, Detroit, Michigan
Runner Up – Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, Ohio


In 1958 the Open and Industrial were combined into one tournament. East Side defeated Sheffield 8-5 in the winners bracket final on the strength of Frank Panski’s 2 triples, a home run and 4 RBI. accounting for half the teams runs.  East Side had just defeated Helf Builders 17-7 on the strength of home runs by Panski, Joe Gauci and George Banchui. Sheffield advanced to the championship game by defeating Boone’s Bar of Kentucky 10-1 as Ron Annotico hit a pair of 3-Run HR for Sheffield. In the Championship game, East Side Sporting Goods beat Sheffield 7-4. George Corona of East Side pitched the victory, hit 2 HR and added 4 RBI to lead the Detroit squad to the title George Branchui chipped in with a solo HR for good measure. Corona led the East Side bats in both homers and batting average. East Side’s Joe Gauci, who played the season with Sox’s Inn and was a pickup for East Side for the National Tournament helped the defense turn multiple double plays from his short fielder position. East Side went 6-0 in the tournament. The Detroit squad won their first game rather easily over Staten Island Stape Darts 7-1. They then came from behind and defeated Dapper Dan’s of PA 6-5 on a walk off Home Run by pinch-hitter Carl Cantinella. The  next game saw the same situation as Detroit defeated defending champ, Gatliff Auto of KY. Gatliffs had 17 hits in the game, but only 6 runs, due to the defense of the Detroiters who turned six double plays in the game. With the game tied at six, going into the bottom of the 10th inning, two outs and third basemen Phil Gallo came to bat. He got a hold of one of Vern Robert’s pitches and when it landed on the other side of the left field fence, the East Side team had done it again.


  • MVP – Joe Gauci, East Side Sports (Clutch hits and great defensive plays from short fielder position)
  • HR Leader – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze – 6
  • Batting Leader – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze (13-21) – .619
  • Industrial MVP –  Milt Kress, Turbine Jets
  • Industrial Home Run Leader – Dick Luken, Cincinnati Firefighters – 6
  • Industrial Batting  Leader – Ralph Rengering, Cincinnati Firefighters (17-25) – .680

1958 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Chuck Jacobs, Sheffield
  • C – Dick Luken, Cincinnati Firefighters – (Industrial Player)
  • 1B – Frank Panski, East Side Sports
  • 2B – Roy Lombardo, East Side Sports
  • 3B – Milt Kress, Turbine Jets – (Industrial Player)
  • SS – Walt Wherry, Boone’s Bar
  • SF – Joe Gauci, East Side Sports
  • LF – Chuck Comella, Sheffield
  • CF – Ron Annotico, Sheffield (13-21, .619, 6 HR)
  • RF – Walt Kunz, Turbine Jets – (Industrial Player)

OTHERS

Sam Minnitti, Hamilton Tailors (6-2 Pitching)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI (6-0)
2. Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH (5-2)
3. Boone’s Bar, Covington, KY (5-2)
4. Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH (6-2)
5t. Ghezi Chevrolet, Spencer, MA (4-2)
5t. Helf Builders, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
7t. Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY (3-2)
7t. Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA (3-2)
9t. Lambrecht’s, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
9t. Dapper Dan’s, Vandergrift, PA (3-2)
9t. Viking Insurance A.C., Wantagh, NY (3-2)
9t. McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC (2-2)
13t. Parker’s Market, Portsmouth, VA (2-2)
13t. Woody’s Market, Dayton, OH (2-2)
13t. Manuel & Poulos Construction, Biloxi, MS (2-2)
13t. Warren A.C., Warren, OH (2-2)
17t. House of Champions, Syracuse, NY (1-2)
17t. Contract Plating, Stratford, CT (1-2)
17t. South Knoxville Merchants, Knoxville, TN (1-2)
17t. Snafu Club, Sheboygan, WI (1-2)
17t. Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL (1-2)
17t. Arlington A.C., Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
17t. Jordan Motors, San Antonio, TX (1-2)
17t. Scarsdale Black Sox, Scarsdale, NY (1-2)
25t. Cincy Mat Stoppers, Staten Island, NY (0-2)
25t. B&B Tavern, Grove City, OH (0-2)
25t. Northern Scrap Iron, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
25t. Ted’s Place, Toledo, OH (0-2)
25t. South Albany, Albany, GA (0-2)
25t. Stape Darts, Staten Island, NY (0-2)
25t. Homer’s Boys, Louisville, KY (0-2)
25t. Mt. View, Fredericksburg, VA (0-2)