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National Softball Hall of Fame 1970’s

The National Softball Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for any player, coach, umpire or administrator who aspire to greatness in the sport. With over 400 inductees, the National Softball Hall of Fame is among the most difficult sports halls in the nation in which to gain membership.

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The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1957. Once USA Softball moved to Oklahoma City January 1, 1966 after having its offices in Newark, NJ, the decision to establish a Hall of Fame Building in Oklahoma City was made in January of 1965. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Hall of Fame were held December 19, 1970 in Oklahoma City. The late John Nagy, former Cleveland Metro commissioner, was USA Softball President at that time. Hall of Famers Harold (Shifty) Gears and Carolyn Thome Hart were among those attending the ceremonies.

The National Softball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated May 26, 1973 in Oklahoma City. The building was opened to the public July 1, 1973.

The first of two additions to the National Softball Hall of Fame/USA Softball Headquarters was started July 5, 1976 and completed July 13, 1977 for an additional 4,350 square feet of space. Dedication ceremonies for the expansion were held July 23, 1977. Counting the National Softball Hall of Fame/USA Softball Headquarters and the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, there is 28,406 square feet of space.

A second expansion was added July of 1980 for an additional 5,182 square feet of space, with total footage 18,140 square feet of space.

The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum has over 400 members with two categories of membership: players and non players. Within the player category, there are five categories: Men’s/Women’s Fast Pitch, Men’s/Women’s Slow Pitch and Modified Pitch. Within the non player category, there are five different divisions one can be nominated in: Commissioner, Meritorious Service, Umpire, Managers and Sponsors. A nominee needs 75 percent (nine votes) of the votes cast by the 12 member Hall of Fame Committee to be elected. Annual inductions are held at the USA Softball Annual Meeting.


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NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1970


John Spring

John Spring, Detroit, Michigan – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

In 1949, then a 19-year-old John Spring made his debut in ASA national championship play by hurling a three-hit shutout for Briggs Beautyware of Detroit, MI against Cincinnati. In the years that followed Spring established himself as one of the great pitchers of all-time, winning 483 games and losing 62. He had a record of 44-13 in ASA national championship play and was named an ASA All-America 10 times. Spring was the mainstay for Briggs when it won ASA national titles in 1952 and 1953. Spring was 24-2 in 1952 and 21-8 in 1953. He also was a member of a national championship team in 1955, 1958 and 1965. In the 1953 national he also was named the MVP. After Briggs disbanded in 1954, Spring joined the the Raybestos Cardinals and compiled a record of 209 wins and 35 losses. One of his wins was a perfect game in the finals of the 1958 Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship. Spring finished his career playing for the Aurora, IL Sealmasters from 1963-1966, recording a 76-5 record before retiring. With a degree in engineering from the General Motors Institute (1953), Spring worked for Eonic Inc. for 29 years before retiring in 1994. Spring also is a member of the Illinois, Michigan and Connecticut ASA Halls of Fame. Spring was born August 23, 1930 and passed away on May 4, 2014.

 


Dot Wilkinson

Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix, Arizona – Women’s Fast Pitch – Catcher

Dot Wilkinson excelled at softball as well as bowling. In fact, she is the only member of the National Softball Hall of Fame who is a member of a Hall of Fame in another sport. Twenty years after being inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, Wilkinson was inducted into the WIBC Hall of Fame for winning a Triple Crown event, the Women’s International Bowling Congress Queens Tournament in 1962 and the WIBC national singles in 1963.Wilkinson started out playing second base for the PBSW Ramblers and a few years later was switched to behind the plate by coach Ford Hoffman, who told her, “You’re the catcher, you run the team. You can see everything that goes on, you can call every play, you can do the whole bit. That’s the place to be.” Before retiring in 1965, Wilkinson earned 19 All-America awards and had some outstanding years for the Ramblers, including 1952 (.374 batting average), 1953 (.363 batting average ), 1957 (.387 average in national championship); 1955 (.450 average in national with no errors on 36 chances) and 1954 (.455 average and 1.000 fielding percentage on 84 chances in national ). Dot said one of her greatest thrills came in 1940 when the Ramblers won their first of three national titles (1948 and 1949). Another thrill came in 1970 when she received her Hall of Fame plaque. If there was a disappointment, Dot said, it was not winning the national tourney in 1964. Retired from real estate sales in 1985, Wilkinson was born October 9, 1921.In 1999, Wilkinson was eighth and the only woman among the top 10 of The Republic’s Arizona Athletes of the Century.


Frankie A. Williams

Frankie A. Williams, New Haven, Connecticut – Men’s Fast Pitch – Second Base

To hit .400 in your first year of major fast pitch competition is amazing. Frankie Williams accomplished this in 1957, batting .404 for the Raybestos Cardinals. This feat was also mentioned in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” Said Williams, “I was fresh out of college when I joined the Raybestos Cardinals and had no idea what major league softball was like.” In seven of the 10 years Williams played for the Cardinals he was the team’s leading hitter. (1957, .404), 1960, .330; 1961, .375; 1962, .369; 1963, .370; 1964, .430 and 1965, .412. In 1964, he became the first player to hit .400 or higher in the highly touted Atlantic Seaboard League, batting .423. One of the game’s top lead-off hitters and second baseman, Williams earned ASA All-America honor three times (1957, 1958 and 1962), and holds team records for most runs scored in a season, 77 in 1957, and consecutive game hitting streak 23 in 1957. Retired as a player after the 1966 season, Williams had a 10-year batting average of .372 with 711 hits in 1,911 at-bats in 582 games with 73 doubles, 42 triples and 411 runs scored. In high school Williams was an outstanding three-sport star and earned All-State football honors at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, CT. He was named New Haven Gridiron Club Player of the Year in 1951 and played three years of basketball at Providence College. He has a master’s degree in education from Springfield College. Williams was born April 16, 1933.

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1971


Virginia Busick

Virginia Busick, Fresno, California – Women’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Virginia Busick’s father must share some of the credit for his daughter becoming one of the best softball pitchers in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1946, after the wartime blackout of games had been lifted, Ginny’s father encouraged her to try out for a new team forming in Fresno, CA called the Rockets. “Believe it or not, I was bashful,” recalled Busick, who was born June 28th, 1925. “So my father put me in the car and took me. I will never forget that day. We walked onto the field and two men came out to meet me. They asked what position I played and my father said, ‘she pitches.’ They gave me a glove and said, ‘Let’s see you pitch.’” Ginny got the position and eventually became one of the top hurlers in the nation, leading the Fresno Rockets to the national title in 1957. In the national, Busick went undefeated (5-0) and allowed one run and 10 hits. She finished the year 32-4, allowing only 20 earned runs. She was named an All-American that year as well in 1958. In seven ASA national championships she achieved a 22-11 pitching record. Her 21-year career included four seasons as a manager, leading the Rockets to a third place in the 1968 national championship. Busick died August 5, 1982 at age 57.

 


Raymond “Ned” Wickersham

Raymond “Ned” Wickersham, Palatine, Illinois – Men’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

One of the most feared hitters for the Aurora, IL Sealmasters, Wickersham played for the team for 12 years and compiled a .290 batting average. Twice he led the ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship in batting (1964 and 1965) and is the only player to win the batting title in consecutive years. He is one of only two players to win at least a pair of batting titles. Wickersham batted .300 or higher five times and had a .344 average in 1958 and a .325 average in 1964. In 617 games with Aurora, he had 527 hits and hit 63 homers. He drove home 359 runs and was a tough out, fanning only 173 times in 617 games. Beginning his career in Palatine in 1949 playing for local teams, Wickersham was added to the Aurora roster as pickup in 1954. He joined the team on a regular basis in 1956 and remained with Aurora until retiring after the 1966 season. Not only an outstanding hitter, but Wickersham was also a fearless outfielder with a strong throwing arm who threw out 24 runners in 12 years. He made only 22 errors with 386 putouts for a .949 fielding percentage. Born June 24, 1928, Wickersham was a five-time ASA All-America (1957, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965) and All-Regional eight times. He was a member of three national championship teams and one ISF World Championship team (1966). He played in 11 ASA national championships and batted .243 (52-for-214). Retired and living in Palatine, IL, Wickersham said his biggest thrill in softball was hitting two homers against New Zealand. Wickersham died on January 21, 2012.


John “Buster” Zeigler

John “Buster” Zeigler, Miami, Florida – Men’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

Although Zeigler has a good sense of humor and is a humorous after-dinner speaker, he was all business on the softball diamond during a career that started in 1947 and ended in 1965. As a youngster, Zeigler seemed destined for a career as a boxer. He had a 97-1 amateur record before being called into the Navy. After being discharged, he won his first pro fight before losing his next and “being knocked back” to Miami. Zeigler then turned to fast pitch softball. He played the outfield and caught, but it was his hitting ability that caught the eye of the renowned Clearwater, FL Bombers, who picked him up for the 1949 national tourney. Zeigler moved to Clearwater and played for the Bombers in 1950 and 1951. He batted .500 in the 1950 national to help Clearwater to win its first of 10 national titles yet was not named All-American. By 1952, Zeigler had joined the Miami Industrial Sales Flyers and was named All-American that year. Clearwater added him to its roster for the 1960 national tourney and Zeigler responded by hitting .276 in the national to earn All-America honors. His regular season average that year was .405. Zeigler played in 10 ASA national championships. He was named All-State three times and All Regional eight times. He had a lifetime .358 batting average. He never batted below .300 and four times hit .400 or higher playing in the top Miami fast pitch league. He led the league in batting 13 out of 15 years. Zeigler was born March 5, 1925 and died on September 20, 2001 at the age of 76.


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1972


William Jerry Curtis

William Jerry Curtis, Clearwater, Florida – Men’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

William Jerry Curtis was the kind of player managers dream about having on their team. Although an outfielder, Curtis was versatile enough to play just about every position on the softball diamond. In the Southern Region, Curtis has the destination of being named all-regional at four different positions: pitcher in 1950, utility in 1952, second base in 1954 and outfield in 1956. In six regionals he was a member of the winning team five times and was the Regional MVP in 1956. Curtis continued his versatility at the national championship level, playing in 12 nationals. He twice was named All-American as an outfielder and once each at second base and utility. He batted .204 in national championship play with 41 hits in 201 at-bats. Although not a high average hitter in national championship play, Curtis was known for hitting in the clutch. He had 25 RBIs in national championship play. Curtis played from 1947-1963 and was a member of seven national championship teams and four runners-up for the Clearwater Bombers. He retired as an active player in 1963 but came back to manage Clearwater in 1966 and 1967. His 1966 team won the ASA National title.

 


Don Ropp

Don Ropp, Sandwich, Illinois – Men’s Fast Pitch – Third Base

When injuries riddled the Aurora, IL Sealmaster lineup in 1955, manager Leroy Hess knew what to do. He moved outfielder Don Ropp to the hot corner. Ropp did such an outstanding job playing third base that he remained there the remainder of his softball career, retiring in 1966. Ropp joined the Sealmaster organization in 1951. Records are not available prior to that time, but during the last 13 years with the team Ropp compiled a .325 batting average, continually facing the best pitchers in the United States. Ropp played 912 games, collected 864 hits, and hit 131 homers. He was one of only two players on the team to have more walks (377) than strikeouts (275). His highest batting average was .365 in 1961. Respected by his teammates, Ropp was team captain 11 years and appeared in 11 consecutive ASA national championships and was a member of three national championship teams (1959, 1961 and 1963). He batted .320 in his first national championship in 1959 and had a .193 average (41-for-212) in national tourneys. Twice he was a first-team All-America, 1956 and 1959, and four times he earned second-team honors, 1959, 1961, 1964 and 1965. He was named All-West Central Regional nine times and was a member of the 1966 ISF World Championship. Ropp contributed a pair of homers to the Sealmasters’ gold medal-winning effort. Although known for his hitting, Ropp was also a good defensive player, making only 57 errors from 1955-1966. Ropp was born October 30, 1929.


Bertha Ragan Tickey

Bertha Ragan Tickey, Dinuba, California – Women’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

A true test of greatness is consistency over a period, even under the most adverse conditions. Pitcher Bertha Tickey certainly met that criteria during a legendary career covering almost three decades. The only female in a family of seven children, Bertha played her first softball game in 1939 in Dinuba, CA as a shortstop before turning to pitching at 16. Bertha played her last game in 1968 for the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, CT. Bertha had retired in 1967.The team had three pitchers, Joan Joyce, Donna Lopiano and Donna Hebert when Bertha walked off the field following the national championship that year. Little did she know that she would be back for 1968. That happened when Lopiano went to graduate school and Hebert underwent shoulder surgery. At 38, Tickey came back to bolster a staff headed by Joyce. In typical Tickey style, Bertha came through (25-1) as the Brakettes repeated as national champions. “Everyone respected Bertha for her skills,” said former Brakette Brenda Reily. “She was kind of like a Lou Gehrig, a lot of class but not flashy.” From 1956-1968, Bertha pitched for the Brakettes and won 285 games and lost only 26. Bertha’s lifetime record of 757 wins and 88 losses includes 162 no-hitters. She was a member of 11 National Championship teams including four with the Orange, CA Lionettes (1950-51, 1952 1955) and seven with the Brakettes. Bertha died on April 9, 2014.

 


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Estelle “Ricki” Caito

Estelle “Ricki” Caito, Oakland, California – Women’s Fast Pitch – Second Base

When the Orange, CA Lionettes were winning ASA national fast pitch championships, forming part of their strong inner defense was second baseman Estelle “Ricki” Caito. An intense competitor and clutch hitter, Estelle was one of the most daring base runners in women’s fast pitch and a sure-handed fielder with quick hands. In fact, in her first four ASA nationals she made only one error with 32 assists and 35 putouts. Born September 14, 1925, Estelle participated in 10 ASA nationals and had a batting average of .143 in an era when pitching dominated. Her highest batting average in national championship play was .381 (8-for-21) in 1960 when she was named a first-team All-American. She also earned All-America honors in 1956 and 1957 and played from 1940-1965. With the Lionettes from 1955-1962, Ricki was a member of national championship teams in 1955, 1956 and 1962. She also participated for Lucky Stores of Alameda, CA (1940-45), Parichy Bloomer Girls of Chicago, IL (1946-1947, 1950-51), A-1 Queens of Phoenix, AZ (1948), Jax Maids of New Orleans (1949), Los Angeles Top Hats (1952-1954), and Phoenix Ramblers (1963-1965).

 


Gloria May

Gloria May, Glendale, California – Women’s Fast Pitch – First Base

When people talk about the slickest fielding first baseman in women’s major fast pitch Gloria May is one of the names often mentioned. May was certainly one of the best fielding first sackers during an impressive career starting in 1940 and ending in 1958. May, born February 19, 1929, earned ASA first-team All-America honors three times (1955, 1957 and 1963) and was a second-team choice twice (1956 and 1965). She participated in 15 ASA national championships and in 10 of them had a 1.000 fielding percentage. In 11 of those national championships, she had 413 putouts and 25 assists with only two errors for a .995 fielding percentage and a .130 batting average. Her highest batting average in national championship play was .444 in 1955. May joined the Fresno Rockets in 1949 and remained with them before retiring after the 1958 season. She was a member of three national championship teams, 1953, 1954 and 1957. Gloria recalled winning her first national championship in 1953 as her “greatest thrill” in softball while not having a chance to participate in the Olympics was a disappointment. Retired, Gloria lives in Kerman, CA with her husband, Vernon. They have a trailer in Baja, Mexico and travel there two-three times a year, plus Gloria has been competing in cross country air races since 1987 and has never finished below 15th.

 


Myron Reinhardt

Myron Reinhardt, Alexandria, Kentucky – Men’s Slow Pitch – Catcher

When the Hall of Fame approved to elect slow pitch players, Myron “Riney” Reinhardt of Alexandria, KY, was the first elected in 1973. He was an appropriate pick because he was a member of the team to win the first men’s slow pitch national championship, the first team to win the title twice, the first team to come out of the loser’s bracket to win the slow pitch national title and the first team to win three slow pitch national championships. Reinhardt played more than 2,000 games during his 20-year career starting with the Sixth Ward Boosters fast pitch team in 1948 and ending in 1967 with the Stroh’s Beer slow pitch team. He played in one ASA Fast Pitch National Championship (1949) and 11 of the first 13 slow pitch national tournaments. He batted .581 in national championship play and was a five-time All-America (1954, 1956-57, 1959 and 1963). He had a .503 lifetime batting average and hit 46 homers in 1953 (.592 BA) and 51 in 1954. In 1963, he also was named the tourney MVP, batting .533 with four homers. That tourney provided Reinhardt with the greatest thrill of his career when his team, Shield’s Contractors of Newport, KY, overcame a nine-run deficit in the final two innings against Musicaro’s of New York City to win the title. In 1968, Reinhardt retired as an active player. He was born August 27, 1926 and still lives in his hometown of Alexandria, KY. He retired from work in 1988.

 


Richard “Ricky” Tomlinson

Richard “Ricky” Tomlinson, Valois Quebec – Men’s Fast Pitch – Shortstop

When the Clearwater, FL were the pride of men’s fast pitch, they had the Keystone Kids, Ricky Tomlinson, and Billy Parker. Tomlinson played shortstop, Parker second base. “He probably was, in my book, the best shortstop that ever played the game,” said Doug Mason, former Bomber third baseman.” He (Tomlinson) could do it all. He didn’t look fast, but he could fly.” A lanky 6-feet tall and 195 pounds, Tomlinson had good power because of his tremendous wrist snap, which he developed playing badminton. A native of Valois, Quebec, Canada, Tomlinson started playing at age 11 in the Montreal, Canada Metro League. In fact, he played for Montreal in his first national championship in 1957 and had 22 assists, 18 putouts and one error for a .976 fielding percentage. In 1958 he joined the Bombers and played 10 years. He led them in batting seven times and was runner-up twice. He batted .339 in 1968 in his last season with the team and had a .345 average for nine of the 10 years he played for them. His highest average with Clearwater was .384 in 1967. He batted .361 in 1961 and had 107 hits, the first Bomber to crack the century mark in hits. In 1963, he broke that mark again with 114 hits. Tomlinson participated in .11 nationals and batted .213 including .389 in 1959, .333 in 1960 and .353 in 1961. He was named an All-American seven times. Tomlinson died on May 30, 1986 of cancer.

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1974


Frank DeLuca

Frank DeLuca, Stratford, Connecticut – Men’s Slow Pitch – Pitcher

Originally a fast pitch player, Frank “Hooks” DeLuca switched to slow pitch in 1958. It was a decision neither he nor the Avco Lycoming team would regret during the next 13 years. During that time, DeLuca hurled the Stratford, CT team to a pair of Men’s Major Industrial Slow Pitch national titles (1968 and 1969), in compiling an overall mound record of 737 wins and 121 losses for a winning percentage of .859. In national championship play, DeLuca had a 28-7 record with an ERA of 4.41 and a .525 batting average. His lifetime batting average was .484. In the 1968 national tourney, DeLuca was 8-1 and had an ERA of 2.71. In 1969 he was undefeated in six games and had an ERA of 2.84. Following the 1968 national, Avco swept a four-game series against the Industrial Slow Pitch All-Stars, winning 8-2, 21-5, 13-5 and 14-5. DeLuca hurled all four games with his “never know” pitching style and batted .417. DeLuca was the first industrial slow pitch player elected to the ASA Hall of Fame. He was born July 11, 1929 and had a 26-year softball career, starting with Lombard’s in 1945 and ending with Avco Lycoming in 1971.

 

 


Charlie Justice

Charlie Justice, Detroit, Michigan – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

A former member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Charlie Justice distinguished himself on the pitching mound in becoming the 47th player elected to the ASA Hall of Fame. Between 1934-1965, Justice won 873 games and lost only 92. In national championship play, Justice compiled an impressive 21-6 won-loss record and earned ASA All-America honors in 1945, 1949 and 1950. In 1945, he also won the national tourney MVP award after leading M&S Orange of Flint, MI to a runner-up spot almost single-handed by striking out 74 batters and allowing 21 hits in 69 innings before losing to the renowned Fort Wayne, IN Zollner Pistons, 1-0. In 1949, he hurled Tip Top Tailors of Toronto, Canada to a national title, winning 3-2 in an 18-inning final. Justice hurled 12 of the innings, allowing five hits and fanning 13 against Clearwater. In 1950, however, the Bombers redeemed themselves and beat Justice and the Tailors in the finals. Charlie finished with a 5-2 record and 40 strikeouts. For the first time in ASA history an African American team played in the national men’s fast pitch tournament in 1939 as Justice led Big Six to a 2-1 record, losing to Briggs 3-0. Justice earlier beat Elizabeth, NJ on a one-hitter, striking out 11. Big Six then beat Washington 3-2 before being eliminated. Justice died on November 7, 1974 at age 61.

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1975


Kathryn “Sis” King

Kathryn “Sis” King, Cincinnati, Ohio – Women’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

When it came to hitting for average and power, Kathryn (Sis) King was among the best playing for teams in Cincinnati, OH Phoenix, AZ and Stratford, CT. In three years with the Brakettes, Sis had a .322 batting average after 15 years with teams in Cincinnati and Phoenix. She played in six ASA national championships and was a four-time first-team All-America. She was named as a second baseman in 1959 for the Phoenix, AZ Ramblers, and as an outfielder in 1963, 1964 and 1965. She batted .400 in the 1963 national with averages of .417 in 1964 and .400 in 1965. In 1965, when the Brakettes toured the world promoting softball and played in the first ISF World Championship in Melbourne, Australia, King’s .352 batting average led the team as did her 12 hits including four triples. She finished the year with a .333 batting average, second best on the team. In 1967, softball was a demonstration sport at the Pan American Games and King was a member of the Raybestos Brakettes, who represented the USA. She was the first woman to hit a home run over the scoreboard at the former Raybestos Memorial Field (1959) and the first woman to hit back-to-back homers at Memorial Field during a national tourney. Kathryn died on April 18, 2014.

 


Don Rardin

Don Rardin, Lexington, Kentucky – Men’s Slow Pitch – Pitcher

One of only two players on slow pitch national championship teams in both Major Industrial and Open, Rardin was a member of five national championships teams Gatliff Auto of Newport KY (1956 and 1963), Hamilton Tailors, Cincinnati, OH (1961), Yorkshire Club, Newport, KY (1959) and IBM of Lexington, KY (1966). Originally an infielder, Rardin switched to pitching in 1965 and compiled a 67-18 record with a .680 batting average for IBM. As a pitcher, Rardin won 234 games and lost 39 during his career and had a lifetime .606 batting average. Only once did Rardin play on a team that finished below fifth in a national championship. He was a member of five national championship teams, two runners-up, two third place, one fourth and one fifth place. Rardin had one of his best national championships in 1966 for IBM, culminating with him being named the tourney MVP after allowing 13 runs (11 earned) and 40 hits in six games. In the championship game, he allowed McAdenville, NC nine hits as IBM overcame a 4-0 deficit to post a 6-4 win. Rardin’s last year as an active player was 1967 as he batted .603 for IBM and compiled a 78-15 pitching record in leading the team to a third-place finish in the national championship.

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1976


Nick Barack

Nick Barack, Columbus, Ohio – Commissioner

Named Ohio State ASA Commissioner in 1948 and held that post for 20 years. Served as President of ASA/USA Softball in 1949-1950. Served as President of the International Softball Federation for five years. Under Barack’s leadership, Ohio ASA led the nation in team softball registrations from 1949-1968. He was the Columbus, Ohio Superintendent of Recreation for 23 years. During his tenure, he developed the Columbus Recreation Department into one of the best city recreation departments in the country. Barack was a past-President of the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association and the Barack Recreation Center in Columbus was named in his honor by the Columbus City Council in 1964. He died in 1976 at the age of 80.

 

 

 


Commie Currens

Commie Currens, Cincinnati, Ohio – Manager

From a playground team sponsored by his former employer, Western-Southern Life Insurance Company, Currens built a powerhouse that won 377 games and lost only 14 from 1956-1966. Playing under the banner of Dana Gardens, the team participated in seven ASA national championships and won four ASA national titles between 1962-1966. They are the only women’s slow pitch team to win three national titles in a row. Hall of Famers Donna Wolfe and Norma Eschenbrenner Ante were members of the Dana Gardens team. Upon his death in 1992, Wolfe commented about Currens, “Commie lived, breathed, ate and slept softball. It was his life, and he dedicated his whole life to see that girls had a chance to play softball. He was the forerunner of girls’ softball in Greater Cincinnati. He called all his players his ‘kids.’ It was a family-one of the closest ball clubs I’ve ever played with.” Currens died in November of 1992 at age 84. In 1988 he was inducted into the Hudepohl Softball Hall of Fame.

 

 


George Dickstein

George Dickstein, New York, New York – Umpire

Was named ASA umpire-in-chief in 1949 and international rules interpreter in 1955. Under his leadership, ASA umpire registrations grew to more than 14,000. During his career was instrumental in getting uniform rules interpretations adopted. Helped spread the popularity of softball by speaking at numerous overseas clinics. Also, a top college basketball official and umpired baseball on collegiate and industrial levels. Dickstein died on September 5, 1971 of a heart attack after returning from an ASA national tourney. He was 63 years old.

 

 

 

 


Ray Ernst

Ray Ernst, Cincinnati, Ohio – Umpire

Ernst had the first slow pitch rule book printed by the McGregor-Goldsmith Company in 1953. Ernst presented the book to the ASA, which sanctioned its first Slow Pitch National (then called World) Tourney in 1953. Served as slow pitch rules interpreter and UIC from 1956-1964. Was special assistant for ASA in 1970 and 1971. Was a member of International Joint Rules Committee on Softball. Promoted clinics in England, Spain, and Germany in the spring of 1971. Was UIC for first 14 men’s slow pitch national tournaments and umpired in six of them. Ernst umpired in the first ASA national in 1933 in Chicago, IL. Formed the Queen City Umpires Association in Cincinnati, OH. Ernst died January 28, 1980 at age 75.

 

 

 


Willard Fenton

Willard Fenton, Seattle, Washington – Manager

During 22-year career led teams in Seattle, WA to 1,387 wins of 1,700 games, a .816 winning percentage. In 14 ASA national championships, his teams won 23 games and lost 28. Team’s best finish at the national level was a third in 1958. At the regional level, his teams compiled a 73 -17 record winning 13 regional titles. In 1973, he was named Man of the Year in sports by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Graduated from Seattle University in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Named as alternate coach for the 1979 USA Men’s Pan American team. He was born April 8, 1923 and died March 17, 2000 at age 76.

 

 

 

 


Leo Fischer

Leo Fischer, Chicago, Illinois – Meritorious Service

Along with Michael J. Pauley, was responsible for founding the Amateur Softball Association in 1933, which grew out of a tourney held in conjunction with the World’s Fair in Chicago. Pauley and Fisher drove throughout the Midwest inviting teams to participate in the tournament. Fischer served as the first president of the ASA and Pauley as the first executive secretary. Forming of the ASA brought order to softball and provided uniform rules and playing specifications for all teams. Fischer was elected to the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in 1972. For 28 years he was the sports editor of the Chicago American and was past president of the National Basketball League and the Football Writers of America. He worked his way through college at Northwestern as a copy boy for the Chicago Examiner. Fisher retired from the softball position in 1939 and died on August 28, 1970. He was 72.

 

 

 


Pat Harrison

Pat Harrison, Vancouver, British Columbia – Women’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

Four times during her 20-year career in fast pitch Pat Harrison earned All-America honors. She was a first-team choice in 1966 (.304 BA), 1968 (.368) and 1970 (.250 BA) and a second team selection in 1963 (.250 BA). Nine years she played for the Raybestos Brakettes (1964-1972) and was a member of five national championship teams. She batted .303 during her stint with the Brakettes with 430 hits in 1,421 at-bats including 66 doubles, 42 triples and 18 homers. In 482 games she drove home 189 runs and twice, 1966 (.301) and 1971 (.340), led the Brakettes in batting average. The greatest thrill of Harrison’s career came in 1972 in her last game. Playing against the Orange, CA Lionettes, she hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. She played in 11 national championships, nine with the Brakettes and two with the Erv Lind Florists of Portland, OR. A graduate of the Connecticut State College, Harrison also batted .225 in the first ISF World Championship in 1965 in Melbourne, Australia where the Brakettes, representing the USA, finished second. Not winning that gold medal, said Harrison, was the greatest disappointment of her career.

 


Fred Hoffman

Fred Hoffman, St. Joseph, Missouri – Commissioner

One of the original members of ASA, Hoffman served as Missouri ASA commissioner for more than 50 years, from 1933 until his death February 12, 1984. From 1962-1963 he served as president of the ASA. Former chairman of the ASA Commissioner Appointment Committee and vice-chairman of the International Joint Rules Committee on Softball. He was instrumental in helping to raise $1 million for the new Family YMCA in St. Joseph, MO. He was named membership secretary in 1927 and served in different capacities until he was named YMCA executive director in May 1949. He served in that position until June of 1980. He was past president of the Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph, held the position of club secretary from 1939-1974 and was honored for his 35 years of service when he resigned in 1974. Received a Kiwanis life membership in 1976. Was YMCA’s rep on the ASA National Council.

 

 

 


Charles Hurd

Charles Hurd, Aurora, Illinois – Sponsor

Started the Aurora, IL Sealmasters men’s fast pitch team in 1942 and continued to sponsor the team until 1969. During this span, the Sealmasters won four ASA men’s fast pitch national championships and two ISF World Championships. Hurd was born September 4, 1903 and died September 2, 1979. He was 75 years of age.

 

 

 

 

 


Bernard Iassogna

Bernard Iassogna, Stratford, Connecticut – Umpire

Was international rules interpreter 1972-1973 and national umpire staff member 1973-1976.Was ASA registered umpire for 28 years and umpired in 15 ASA nationals. Four times was named Outstanding Umpire in an ASA national. Conducted 13 overseas clinics in nine countries and was former chairman of the ASA Umpires Committee. President of the Bridgeport Umpires Association for 23 years. Iassogna died on December 5, 1975 at the age of 54.

 

 

 

 


Raymond Johnson

Raymond Johnson, Nashville, Tennessee – Meritorious Service

Served longest term as president of the Amateur Softball Association from September 19, 1942 to January 18, 1948, which were critical years for the Association. If it were not for Johnson’s strong leadership, drive, tenacity and connections with the Coca-Cola Company, the ASA could just as easily not flourish. One of the legends of sports writing, Johnson served as sports editor of the Nashville TENNESSEAN from 1937 until retiring in 1970. He joined the paper as a copy boy in 1918. After retiring, he spent three years as director of public relations at Churchill Downs. Johnson was a member of the ASA Executive Board from 1942 until his death August 10, 1991 at age 87.

 

 

 


Carl Kelley

Carl Kelley, Omaha, Nebraska – Commissioner

Served as Metro Omaha ASA commissioner from 1957 to 1989. He was also president of the Omaha Softball Association (OSA) for 25 years. In 1966, was inducted into the OSA Hall of Fame. An eight-field complex in Omaha is named in honor of Kelley and his wife, Lola. Kelley died July 27, 1992 of congestive heart failure at age 84.

 

 

 

 


W.W. “Bill” Kethan

W.W. “Bill” Kethan, Houston, Texas – Commissioner

One of the pioneers of the ASA, Kethan served as Texas ASA commissioner from 1948-1987 and built that association into one of the best in the ASA. He served as president of the ASA from 1964-1965 and was instrumental in the ASA moving its headquarters from Newark, NJ to Oklahoma City and eventually building a national office and Hall of Fame there. Kethan also was heavily involved internationally and served as the first president of the International Softball Federation from 1965-1986. He was one of the strongest supporters of softball’s quest for inclusion into the Olympics, which came about June 1991 in Birmingham, England. In 1974, he was elected chairman of the United States Amateur Athletic Federation, an organization composed of some 15 sport’s governing bodies. In 1981, Kethan was elected to the ISF Hall of Fame. He served on numerous committees during his ASA career including chairman of Foreign Relations and Equipment Standards and vice chairman of Appointments. He died March 1, 1992 at age 77.

 

 


Einar Nelson

Einar Nelson, Minneapolis, Minneapolis – Commissioner

Served as Minnesota State commissioner from 1947-1951 and Metro Minneapolis commissioner from 1951-1973. From 1964-1973, served as chairman of the National Softball Hall of Fame and ASA Headquarters Building Committee. Hosted two national tournaments during his career as commissioner, Men’s Major Fast Pitch in 1954 and 1958. Was elected president of the Minnesota Recreation Park Association in 1947. Einar died September 28, 1993 at age 85.

 

 

 

 


William J. Pharr

William J. Pharr, McAdenville, North Carolina – Sponsor

Pharr sponsored 26 teams in 21 years. His Pharr Yarn Reds were Major Industrial Slow Pitch champions six times: 1960, 1961, 1963, 1970, 1971 and 1972. Combined record of his Reds’ teams in Open and Industrial ASA National Tourneys was 95 wins and 32 losses. He also sponsored two women’s teams and a boys’ youth team. Three times Pharr Park hosted ASA nationals (1966, 1969 and 1973) and in 1971 the World Series of Softball, matching the Pharr Yarn Reds against the Open champion, the Virginia Beach Piledrivers.

 

 

 

 


William S. Simpson

William S. Simpson, Stratford, Connecticut – Sponsor

His efforts put softball on the map in Connecticut and made the Raybestos Brakettes and Raybestos Cardinals household names to softball fans. Made Stratford, CT the mecca of men’s and women’s fast pitch softball. Sponsored Raybestos Brakettes, women’s fast pitch team, for 28 years, with team winning 11 ASA national titles. Sponsored the Raybestos Cardinals for 25 years with the team winning men’s national titles in 1955, 1958, 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1976. Under his leadership, the facilities at Raybestos Memorial Field in Stratford were built and dedicated in 1946. The field was the first lighted facility for softball in Connecticut. The field hosted 12 ASA nationals, including 10 women’s and two men’s tourneys. In 1974, it hosted the third ISF Women’s World Fast Pitch Championship. It was the first time the championship had ever been held in the United States. Simpson was born July 20, 1916 and died on January 21, 2006.

 

 

 


Alberta Kohls Sims

Alberta Kohls Sims, Cincinnati, Ohio – Women’s Slow Pitch – Outfield

Called by former coach Cummie Currens the “greatest team player I ever saw,” Alberta Kohls Sims starred in slow pitch and earned All-America honors three times. She also was named MVP in the 1964 ASA national tourney when she batted .533. She also was named All-America in 1962 (.412 BA) and 1963 (.480). She had .455 batting average in five ASA nationals. Sims was a member of three consecutive national championship teams for Dana Gardens of Cincinnati, OH: 1962, 1963 and 1964. Alberta played 11 years in a row for Dana Gardens. Between 1962-1966 the team won 377 games and lost only 14. Sims was the first woman named to the Hall of Fame in slow pitch. Sims died on October 6, 2016.

 

 

 


Art Solz

Art Solz, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Umpire

Had 35-year career as an umpire starting in city of Minneapolis in 1931. Replaced Einar Nelson as Metro Minneapolis commissioner in 1973. Between 1954-1971 served as assistant for George Dickstein. Officiated five Men’s Fast Pitch Nationals: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1958. Started Minneapolis Umpires Association in 1951. Was elected president of organization in 1954. Is a member of the Minnesota ASA Hall of Fame. Art died on April 11, 1980 at age 66.

 

 

 

 


Bobby Spell

Bobby Spell, Lake Charles, Louisiana – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Players were Spell-bound after they faced hard-throwing pitcher Bobby Spell in an ASA national championship. That is because getting an earned run off Spell was nearly impossible. In fact, in 205 1/3 innings of national championship play Spell allowed only eight earned runs and struck out 258 batters for an ERA of 0.27. In his first 159 1/3 innings of national championship play, Spell allowed only one earned run. Spell won 18 of 27 games in national championship play and was a four-time first-team All-America: 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1968. He played for some of the nation’s top men’s teams including the Clearwater, FL Bombers, Stratford, CT Raybestos Cardinals and his hometown of Lake Charles, LA. Spell made his first appearance in national championship play in 1956 for Baton Rouge, LA, going 1-2 but he did not allow any earned runs, fanned 26 in 21 innings and allowed seven hits. Between 1957-1960, Spell won 14 of 17 games in national championship play. He played for Clearwater in 1957, 1959 and 1960 and for Lake Charles in 1958 when he went 5-2 in the national tourney, allowing two earned runs with 70 strikeouts and 21 hits. Spell had a regular season record of 58-4 with 1,039 strikeouts and only 67 walks. Spell played in the 1961 (1-1) and 1962 (0-2) nationals, then did not play in another national tourney until 1968, winning two of three games with 14 strikeouts in 21 innings. His last appearance in a national tourney was 1970 (0-1). On June 1, 2002 Spell was the first of 11 people inducted into the Louisiana Fast Pitch Hall of Fame. Spell died on July 2, 2002. He was 72 years old.


Pat Walker

Pat Walker, Orlando, Florida – Women’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

Pat Walker was double trouble for the opposition during her 25-year fast pitch career. Not only was she a good hitter, with a lifetime .314 average, but she was a consistent base stealing threat after she got on base. During her career with the Orlando, FL Rebels, she stole 172 bases and led the team in steals eight times. Seven times she was the team’s leading hitter with a personal best of .431 in 1955. Pat started playing softball at 13 and by 16 she had played in her first of eight ASA national tourneys, earning All-American laurels in 1961, 1966 and 1968. In those nationals, she made only one error and her highest batting average was .417 in 1967. Playing in 12 regionals, Pat was an all-regional pick 11 times, batted .350 and made only two errors with 69 putouts and four assists. At the state level she was honored eight times. Besides being an outstanding hitter and base runner, she was the team’s captain and, when needed, took her turn on the mound, compiling a 47-24 record with three no-hitters and 13 shutouts. She allowed less than two runs a game in 536 innings pitched. Former Orlando coach Marge Ricker said, “No better defensive player than Pat played for her or had she seen a better one.” Although one of the top finishing teams in the national tourney, the Rebels never won a title during Pat’s career, which was her biggest disappointment. Her biggest thrill was an extra inning game against Portland in the 1961 national tourney. Was born March 19, 1933 in Orlando, FL. retired in 1987 from Southern Bell after getting a job following high school graduation in 1951.


Fred Zollner

Fred Zollner, Duluth, Minnesota – Sponsor

Starting in 1940, sponsored Fort Wayne, IN Zollner Pistons men’s major fast pitch team for 15 years. During that time, the team won three consecutive ASA national titles (1945-1947) and compiled a record of 1,253 wins and only 189 losses for a winning percentage of .869 against the best competition in the United States. Zollner even built his own stadium, which was later turned over to the city of Fort Wayne, IN. Pistons played in five ASA nationals, 1942-1947. Besides being a member of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame, Zollner also is a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame (1999). Zollner died June 21, 1982 in North Miami, FL. He was 81 years old. On August 29, 2003, the Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium was dedicated in Fort Wayne, IN. Five former Zollner players attended the dedication.

 

 

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1977


Robert Deal

Robert Deal, Etowah, Tennessee – Umpire

Started umpiring in 1950 and worked in 13 ASA nationals, both men’s and women’s divisions. Twice assisted George Dickstein at ASA nationals and is affectionately known as “Dirty Deal.” Former Tennessee State UIC. Also, a member of the Etowah Sports Hall of Fame. Deal died on April 13, 1988 at age 76.

 

 

 

 

 


Ron Derr

Ron Derr, Portland, Oregon – Umpire

Served as member of the National Umpire staff from 1976-1977. Started umpiring in 1935 and umpired in eight ASA nationals. Served as Portland UIC for 10 years and held the same position for the state of Oregon for 15 years. Also served as the UIC at eight ASA nationals. Ron died on May 8, 1980. He was 75 years old. He was a retired manager of the Oregon Casket Company and the Crown Casket Company.

 

 

 

 


Vincent “Wee” Devitt

Vincent “Wee” Devitt, Stratford, Connecticut – Manager

Former manager of the Raybestos Brakettes who led team to ASA women’s fast pitch national titles in 1963, 1966 and 1967 and runner-up finishes in 1964 and 1965. Managed team to a silver medal in the first ISF Women’s World Fast Pitch Championship in 1965 in Melbourne, Australia. Started out as a player-manager, 1936-1938, then managed men’s teams, including the Raybestos Cardinals, for seven years. His men’s teams appeared in five ASA nationals. Is the only person to have managed both the Raybestos Cardinals (98-64 won-loss record) and the Raybestos Brakettes (370 wins and 39 losses for a .905 winning percentage). In 1967, led Brakettes to a gold medal in the Pan American Games with softball on program as a demonstration sport. Vincent died on March 17, 1988. He was born April 10, 1912.

 

 

 


Bud Gagel

Bud Gagel, Louisville, Kentucky – Manager

Managed Jiffy Club of Louisville, KY starting in 1968. He started sponsoring the team in 1958. His teams won 13 Louisville Metro titles and in 1972 captured the Men’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship. Gagel guided Jiffy Club to seven Regional titles and 12 trips to the national tourney. In 1973, Jiffy Club won the World Series of Softball sweeping a three-game series against Pharr-Yarn of McAdenville, N.C. Between 1961-1976, Jiffy Club played 1,096 games, winning 843 and losing 253 for a winning percentage of .843. In national championship play it compiled a 37-20 record. Was honored in 1973 by the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding contribution to softball. Gagel was born August 31, 1924 and died on May 20, 2012.

 

 

 


Lou Hamilton

Lou Hamilton, San Antonio, Texas – Commissioner

First woman commissioner in ASA history. Was appointed San Antonio commissioner in 1951 and served for 24 years. She also served as a regional vice president. Gave 43 years of her life to the San Antonio, TX recreation division. Joined the division as a playground leader in 1932, was promoted to supervisor of women’s athletics and later to supervisor of playgrounds. In 1941, she was named superintendent of recreation, and held that position for 34 years. In 1975, the Lou Hamilton Community Center was dedicated in her honor. She was past president of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation and past president of the Texas Recreation Society and served on its board of directors. She died on May 3, 1975 at age 65. Was born March 18, 1909.

 

 

 


Bob Hoffman

Bob Hoffman, York, Pennsylvania – Meritorious Service

Sponsored numerous adult and youth teams for many years and provided financial support toward softball facilities in York, PA. Hoffman donated the use of a building in York that houses the Pennsylvania State ASA Hall of Fame. Between 1970-1977, sponsored seven ASA national tournaments. Hoffman died on July 18, 1985 at the age of 86.

 

 

 

 


Charles Jensen

Charles Jensen, Chicago, Illinois – Meritorious Service

Served as ASA national umpire-in-chief from 1940-48 after being assistant UIC from 1933-39. Umpired softball and baseball for 30 years. Was commissioner of the National Fastball League from 1946-1950 and was Chicago ASA commissioner from 1951 until his death in March of 1969. He was 64 years old. Served as a member of the International Joint Rules Committee on Softball. Retired engineer from Illinois Bell Telephone Company.

 

 

 

 


George “Doc” Linnehan

George “Doc” Linnehan, Levittown, New York – Manager

The only manager to have teams in the finals of the Men’s Major Slow Pitch and Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championships, Linnehan started managing in 1956 and led the Meenan Oilers to a fourth-place finish in the Men’s Fast Pitch National Tourney. In 1964, he led Local 138 of Huntington, LI to a second place. Switching to slow pitch in 1966, he led County Sports of Levittown, Long Island, NY to the national title in 1968 after finishing second in 1966 and third in 1967. His teams had a record of 55-23 in ASA national championship play. In 1965, he managed the Fast Pitch All-Stars and in 1968 managed the Slow Pitch All-Stars. A native of Queens, NY, Linnehan grew up in Jamaica, playing baseball in the Queens Alliance Baseball League in the 1930s before attending Palmer Chiropractic College in Iowa. After opening his County Sports Center, he continued his chiropractic practice at night for several years and began playing and managing softball teams. He died in 1990 at age 74 and was one of the most respected and well-liked people in the sport during his career. He also is a member of the Long Island ASA Hall of Fame.

 


Charles L. McCord

Charles L. McCord, Chillicothe, Illinois – Meritorious Service

Distinguished himself as women’s fast pitch manager, Illinois ASA commissioner and ASA president. As a manager, won 886 games and lost 201 in 26 years. Teams competed in 18 ASA nationals and 26 regionals. Team’s best finish in national tourney was third three times. In 1951, was named Illinois ASA commissioner after being interim for one year. Served as 24th president of the ASA from 1984-85. A 1944 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, he is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame. Won seven letters at EIU competing in track, baseball, and basketball. Former chairman of the National Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Was appointed first chairman in 1957 and served until 1992. In 1983 was elected to Peoria Hall of Fame. Instrumental in starting Illinois ASA Hall of Fame. Also, honorary member of Indiana and Indianapolis ASA Halls of Fame. Served as Illinois ASA commissioner for 50 years before he died on March 19th, 2001 at age 79. Only one of six people to have served as a commissioner for 50 years.

 

 


John Nagy

John Nagy, Cleveland, Ohio – Commissioner

Joined the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department in 1939 and was appointed commissioner of recreation in 1943. During his career, he built a park and recreation system that was used as a model for other cities. Nagy was president of the ASA from 1970-71 and was ASA commissioner for more than two decades. Was instrumental in at least 10 national tournaments being held in Cleveland. He was a 1937 graduate of Ohio State University and Franklin Law College. He also played professional baseball in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system. He died July 24, 1983. He was 70 years old. He had suffered heart attacks in 1969, 1971, 1974 and had an ulcer in 1973. In 1974, a street was named in his honor, John Nagy Blvd in Cleveland. Just prior to his death he was awarded the Pride of Cleveland-Jesse Owens Award. In 1961 he was the Greater Cleveland Catholic Man of the Year. He also is a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame. In 1978, he was Man of the Year by the National Parks and Recreation Association and in 1981 was the Public Recreation Man of the Year by the AAU.

 

 


Benny Turcan

Benny Turcan, Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Commissioner

Named Louisiana ASA commissioner in 1952. Involved in softball more than 40 years and was chairman of Finance Committee. Also served as regional vice president. Started first softball league in Louisiana in 1940. Was former assistant commissioner of administration for Louisiana. Benny died in 1980.

 

 

 

 

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1978


Joe Barber

Joe Barber, Stratford, Connecticut – Commissioner

Served as Connecticut commissioner for 25 years and was 19th president of the ASA (1974-1975). Was Eastern vice-president in 1968-1969. Former chairman of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Committee from 1992-2004. Through his efforts, the ASA Men’s All-Star Fast Pitch Series was started in 1956 and he helped negotiate the first coast-to-coast telecast of the ASA Men’s National Fast Pitch Tourney in 1961 and the Women’s National in 1962. In 1974, hosted and ran the first USA-hosted ISF Women’s World Tournament in Stratford, CT. From 1975-1985 he was ISF North American vice president. On November 18, 1999 was elected to the ISF Softball Hall of Fame in the administrator category. In 1962, he held a meeting at the Stratford Motor Inn during the Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Tourney. Out of that meeting the International Softball Federation was formed. In 1965, he attended the first ISF World Tournament in Melbourne, Australia and arranged for the Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT to make the first worldwide tour following the event. Barber was born February 18, 1921 and died on November 9, 2004 at age 83.

 


Edward C. Clott

Edward C. Clott, Cincinnati, Ohio – Commissioner

Former Cincinnati ASA commissioner who assisted with the first ASA Men’s Slow Pitch National Tournament in 1953. Was director of first ASA Women’s Slow Pitch National in 1961. Is commissioner emeritus. Served as Metro Cincinnati commissioner 25 years. Was chairman of the Slow Pitch Rules Committee for eight years. Also served on Hall of Fame and Equipment Standards committees. Former member of International Joint Rules Committee on Softball. Was born June 20, 1920 and died on February 4, 2004 at age 83.

 

 

 

 


Duke Denson

Duke Denson, Jacksonville, Florida – Manager

Outstanding manager of women’s slow pitch teams. Formed Jacksonville, FL Rebels in 1962 and team won 1,247 games and lost only 157. Between 1962-1977, the Rebels played in 10 ASA nationals and placed second three times (1968, 1974-75) and fourth twice. Now retired, Denson lives in Jacksonville, FL and is involved with the Florida Firefighter Games. Was employed by the Jacksonville Fire Department for 34 years.

 

 

 

 


Norma Eschenbrenner Ante

Norma Eschenbrenner Ante, Cincinnati, Ohio – Women’s Slow Pitch – Outfield

Ante starred in slow pitch for 11 years playing for teams in Ohio and earning All-America honors in 1963, 1964 and 1966. She played in nine ASA national championship tournaments and was a member of five national championship teams: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1968. She helped Dana Gardens win three consecutive national titles plus 1966 with Escue Pontiac capturing the title in 1968. Her offensive and defensive abilities helped Dana Gardens compile some impressive won-loss records including 34-1 in 1963, 43-5 in 1964, 46-2 in 1966 and 41-8 in 1968. Her highest batting average in national championship play was .602 in 1961. She also batted .576 in the 1963 national, .412 in 1964 and .515 in 1966. She is the second woman elected to the Hall of Fame in slow pitch.

 

 

 


Doug Mason

Doug Mason, Clearwater, Florida – Men’s Fast Pitch – Infield

Doug Mason made his boyhood dream of playing for the Clearwater, FL Bombers a reality in 1949 when he joined the team as a teenager and stayed with the Bombers for 18 years. Five times Mason earned All-America honors playing in 18 ASA national championships and was a member of six national championship teams and three runners-up. He was a first-team selection in 1959,1963, 1965 and 1972 and a second team choice in 1962. He batted .333 in the 1962 and 1965 nationals and .389 in the 1972 national. He was born June 12, 1931. During his 18 years with the Bombers Mason achieved a .276 batting average with 1,271 hits in 4,606 at-bats. He also played for the Roth Rangers in 1955 and Faultless Rubber of Ashland, OH in 1966. Mason said his biggest thrill was being a teammate of every Hall of Famer ever to play for the Bombers and being part of six ASA national championship teams. Mason credits Eddie Moore, former Clearwater manager, as the person who most influenced his softball career. Said Mason, “He gave me the opportunity in 1949 to join the Bombers at 18 and then moved me to third base in 1957 when others advised against it.” Mason previously played second base and shortstop. After retiring as a player, Mason managed the Bombers in 1964-65 and 1974. The 1965 team placed second in the ASA national championship.

 


Tommy Moore

Tommy Moore, Clearwater, Florida – Men’s Fast Pitch – Infield

It was the natural thing. After being the bat boy for the Clearwater, FL Bombers from 1947-55, the logical thing for Tommy Moore to do was eventually play for the team. In 1959 he did and, in fact, led the team in batting with a .333 average and would play 11 of his 13-year fast pitch career with the Bombers. He either shared or led the team in hitting six times and three times he batted .400 or higher. In 1972, he batted a record .440 and also batted .407 in 1969 and .427 in 1971. He had a .329 lifetime average with 826 hits in 2,509 at-bats with 670 runs scored, 90 doubles, 63 triples and 33 homers. Nine times Moore earned All-America honors at four different positions including second base, utility, shortstop, and the outfield. He was a second team choice in 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1970 and a first teamer in 1965, 1966, 1972-74. He had a .277 batting average in national championship play (52-for-188) and a .227 average in 24 games in six Men’s Fast Pitch All-Star Series. Moore also was named All-Regional four times and batted .384 in 30 games (33-for-86). He was a member of three national champions (1960, 1962 and 1973) and three runners-up (1959, 1965 and 1972). Moore was feared by opposing pitchers because they knew he could beat them so many ways. Punch and run, extra bat hit, stolen base, extra base on a single, a walk and his natural ability and speed, coupled with his determination, made him one of the toughest outs in softball. Moore was born May 17, 1940.


Leroy Rutenschroer

Leroy Rutenschroer, Cincinnati, Ohio – Manager

Pioneer of women’s slow pitch in Metro Cincinnati, Lee managed women’s teams for 15 years with 11 of them qualifying for nationals, including the first ASA Women’s Slow Pitch National. His Rutenschroer Floral team captured the 1970 Women’s National at Parma, OH and finished second in 1962 and 1964 and third two other times. He also sponsored teams for 15 years. He died March 7th, 2002 at age 88. Mr. Rutenschroer was born October 2nd, 1913.

 

 

 

 


Jerry Stremel

Jerry Stremel, Hutchinson, Kansas – Commissioner

Named Kansas ASA commissioner in 1960 and served until 1979. Was involved with ASA since he was appointed a district commissioner in 1940. Was named president of Kansas ASA in 1950. Former member of the Hall of Fame Committee and International Joint Rules Committee on Softball. Served as North Central vice president (1963-1964) and Mid Central vice president (1967-68 and 1973-1975). Attended first two ISF Men’s World Fast Pitch Championships in Mexico City and Oklahoma City. Served two terms as mayor of Hutchinson, KS. Stremel died August 12, 1987 at age 79.

 

 

 

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1979


Al Bishop

Al Bishop, Marietta, GA – Commissioner

Involved in ASA 45 years and served as Georgia ASA commissioner from 1946-1978. A 1944 graduate of the University of Alabama and a 1928 graduate of Georgia Tech, he conducted five nationals, 28 regionals and more than 1,000 state tourneys during his career as a commissioner. Served as district commissioner for nine years before becoming state commissioner in 1946. Was a member of the International Joint Rules Committee on Softball 22 years. Served two years as regional vice-president. Was employed by the city of Marietta, GA for 30 years before retiring as director of the Marietta Parks and Recreation in 1970. The Al Bishop Softball Complex on County Farm Road in West Cobb was dedicated to Bishop in 1979. He was a charter member of the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association. He died on December 19, 1983 of natural causes at age 79. He was born in 1904.

 

 

 


Weldon Haney

Weldon Haney Lorenzo, TX Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Weldon Haney was a battler, on and off the softball field. “He was a tremendous fighter,” said former teammate Bill Parker. “It didn’t matter if he was 10 runs up or 10 runs down, he’d fight as hard as he could.” That fighting spirit was evident throughout Haney’s career. In fact, he fought cancer for 17 months with the same intensity he displayed on the field before dying May 8th, 1989 at 56. Born August 28, 1932 in Kemp, TX, Haney moved to Clearwater, FL in 1962 after starring as a pitcher (310 wins, 9 losses) and utility player in Calvert, TX, Ralls, TX and Lorenzo, TX. Relatively unknown when he joined the Bombers, Haney made a name for himself in the next 11 years, winning 286 games and losing 65 for a winning percentage of .815. In national championship play, he won 24 of 28 games including 13 in a row, and struck out 270 batters in 224 1/3 innings, allowing 108 hits. The worst record Haney had as a Bomber was 1962 when he was 25-6. Seven times he earned ASA All-America honors and twice he was named as a first-team utility because he was an outstanding hitter. He is the only pitcher to win the MVP award and lead the national tourney in batting (.412, 1968).

 


Bernard F. “Bunny” Lee

Bernard F. “Bunny” Lee, Lynn, MA – Meritorious Service

Served as Massachusetts state commissioner from 1961-1976. Served as Eastern Area vice-president in 1973. In 1977, softball field at Lynn Tech was named Bernard Lee Memorial Field in his honor. During softball career also managed Caggiano All-Stars, a girls’ team, for seven years and team compiled 4-4 record in two ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championships. Won New England crown three times and were runners-up twice. Former member of the Lynn Port Authority. Is a graduate of Classical High School and World War II veteran of the Coast Guard. He was a cableman for the Massachusetts Electric Company for 30 years. Died July 14, 1976 at age 52 at Union Hospital in Lynn, MA.

 

 

 


Bill Massey

Bill Massey, Bremond, TX Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Not only an outstanding pitcher, but Massey also did not embarrass himself at-bat either. In fact, he once held the record for most triples in a national championship (3) and batted .300 (21-for-70) in national championship play. But pitching was Massey’s bread and butter as he starred for some of the nation’s top teams during a 27-year career, including the Clearwater, FL Bombers, the Raybestos Cardinals of Stratford, CT, the Houston, TX Bombers and the Texas TI Texas. Early in his career Massey, a 6-2, 200 pounds, established himself as a hurler pitching for the Air Force and earned the first of six All-American selections while in the Air Force in 1958. That year he had a 31-8 record with 611 strikeouts and 73 walks. After getting discharged from the Air Force, Massey joined the famed Clearwater Bombers and remained with them through 1961. He was 24-2, 27-2 and 34-4 in his three seasons with the Bombers and played in the All-Star Fast Pitch Series in 1961 and 1963. After his first All-American selection, Massey was again named an All-American in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1967 and compiled a record of 16-8 in ASA National Championship Play striking out 242 batters in 160 2/3 innings and allowing only 11 earned runs for an ERA of 0.48. Born February 17, 1936, Massey participated in a unique experiment in 1961 against the Baltimore Orioles baseball pitcher Steve Barber, who was clocked at 95.55 miles per hour at 60 feet six inches. Massey was clocked at 98.8 miles per hour pitching from 46 feet, the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate in men’s fast pitch. An independent contractor involving in promotional products representing Tasco Industries of Dallas, TX, a national company in business for 55 years, Massey retired as an active player in 1974. Massey called his greatest thrill in softball winning the “World Championship with Clearwater in 1960 in Jones Beach, NY.” His biggest disappointment was losing the World Championship two years later with the Raybestos Cardinals. Massey played for the Cardinals from 1962-1964 and averaged 28 wins a season. In 1963, he was 28-5 and hurled 16 shutouts including four no hitters and one perfect game with 403 strikeouts in 242 innings.


Johnny Moon

Johnny Moon, Atlanta, GA – Manager

Managed or coached amateur teams over seven decades, including 53 years as a men’s softball coach with a record of 2799-1051. He coached 19 baseball teams that won 11 city titles and compiled a composite record of 791-231. His girls’ basketball Tomboys never had a losing season and won 901 games. His fast pitch Tomboys’ softball team lasted for 23 seasons and compiled a 612-306 record competing in 17 Regional and 3 nationals. Former president of the Southern Major Softball League. Was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame in 1987. Moon died on March 8, 1994 at age 87. He worked for Fireman’s Fund Insurance in Atlanta, GA for 44 years as an IBM expert. He made ASA history in 1990 when—at age 84—he was forced to play right field when several of his Charlie’s Trading Post players could not make it to the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National in North Mankato, MN because of job conflicts.

 

 

 


Andrew Pendergast

Andrew Pendergast, Bremerton, WA – Commissioner

A native of Syracuse, NY, Pendergast served as ASA president from 1976-1977. He moved to Bremerton, WA in 1944 and was named a district commissioner in 1947 and remained in that position until officially being named state commissioner in January of 1954. He had been acting commissioner since June of 1953. He was parks superintendent for the city of Bremerton, WA for 31 years until retiring in 1977 after being named in the fall of 1947. He worked for the Syracuse Municipal Park Department from 1934 through 1939.He was a member of the Central New York Umpires’ Association from 1936 until he left in 1944. He was a past president of the Washington State Recreation Association. He served as vice chairman of the National Softball Hall of Fame and ASA Headquarters Building Committee from 1964-1973. In 1978, he received the first Washington State Recreation and Park Society award for continuous and outstanding service to public recreation. Served as first chairman of the Pan American Games Softball Committee (1979). Pendergast died in a plane crash June 2, 1986 in a remote section of British Columbia. He was 72 years old. He was born January 5, 1914 in Syracuse, NY.

 


Ferris Reid

Ferris Reid, Montgomery, IL – Umpire

Former Metro Chicago commissioner who umpired the longest men’s fast pitch game in ASA history, 31 innings in 1963 between the Clearwater, FL Bombers and the Portland, OR Ramblers. Started umpiring in 1941. Is now commissioner emeritus. Umpired in seven national tourneys and four Men’s Fast Pitch All-Star Series. Also umpired in Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1967. Reid died on September 20, 2017.

 

 

 

 


Donna Wolfe

Donna Wolfe, Covington, KY – Women’s Slow Pitch – Outfield

Versatility distinguished Donna Wolfe’s 20-year career in slow pitch. She played in 13 ASA national championships and was named an ASA All-American five times at four different positions: left field in 1965 and 1966, shortstop in 1969, short center in 1971 and second base in 1973. Born January 27, 1947, Wolfe compiled a .484 batting average in national championship play and had a .506 lifetime batting average. The teams she played for compiled a 65-12 record in national championship play and won six national titles: Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH, 1964 and 1966; Escue Pontiac, 1968; Rutenschroer, 1970; Riverside Ford, 1972 and Sweeney Chevrolet, 1973. The two greatest thrills of Wolfe’s career were being inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame and winning the 1969 Women’s Major Slow Pitch national championship as the host “Cinderella” team. Wolfe’s team finished with a 10-1 record. Commenting about that tournament, Wolfe said, “We were the host team and virtually unknown. We played 11 games in three days and had to come up through the loser’s bracket. It just shows you what you can do if you believe.” Wolfe retired as a player in 1975 and has been a physical education teacher in Covington, KY, her hometown, at Holmes High School since 1972. She has a B.S. degree (1969) and a M.A. degree (1970) from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Warren Gerber

Warren “Fireball” Gerber, Columbus, Ohio – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Ohio has had its share of outstanding fast pitch hurlers and among the best was Warren (Fireball) Gerber, who won 608 games and lost only 93 during a 17 year career. In ASA national championship play, Gerber fashioned a 7-3 record and hurled 50 no-hitters and four perfect games. He compiled a 40-1 record for Ferguson Auditors of Columbus, OH in 1939, and hurled the team to a third place in the national championship five years later. In 1945, he hurled three no-hitters in a row in leading Allmen Transfer to city and metro titles and in 1946 pitched his team to a sixth place in the ASA national tournament. In 1937, Gerber and former Columbus, OH State Auditor star pitcher Ralph Solt went 17 innings with Solt winning 1-0. Solt fanned 26, Gerber 25. Gerber walked one and Solt nine in the 2:30 minute marathon. Gerber, who retired from active play in 1952, was honored June 28, 1960 with Warren Gerber Day proclaimed in Cleveland, OH. Gerber came to Cleveland in 1943 and first worked for Midland Steel. Later, he joined J. Schrader Company as office manager before moving up to secretary-treasurer at the time of his death, September 18, 1964, following a heart heart. He was 43. He also is a member of the Cleveland Metro Hall of Fame.

 


Nina Korgan

Nina Korgan, Omaha, Nebraska – Women’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

When Nina “Tiger” Korgan joined a local softball team after her high school graduation in Council Bluffs, IA, only one position was vacant—pitcher, because she got the date mixed up and almost missed practice. That move turned out to be one of the best in her career, which spanned the period 1934-1949 and earmarked her as one of the top pitchers of that era. Korgan won 49 of 40 games her first year and during a 14-year period (1934-1948), she played on six ASA national championship teams, five with the famed New Orleans, LA Jax and one with the Higgins Midgets of Tulsa, OK (1941). The 1941 national tournament with the Midgets turned out to be one of the best of her career. Korgan fanned 67 batters in 30 innings and hurled four shutouts and had a perfect game with 20 strikeouts in another game. She allowed only five hits in the four games. Korgan extended her scoreless inning streak to 67 innings in the 1942 ASA national tourney in her first year with New Orleans before it was ended in the seventh inning of the championship game in Detroit, MI. Nina won four games in that tourney with three of them one-hitters. Korgan continued to play for the Jax until retiring in 1949. She worked for the Jackson Brewing Company until retiring in 1978. Korgan passed away on July 19, 2009.

 


Clarence Miller

Clarence “Buck” Miller – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Clarence “Buck” Miller intended to be a baseball pitcher, but wound up instead as one of the all-time great fast pitch pitchers in a career that started in 1940 and ended in 1957. A four-time ASA All-America, Miller hurled for Standard Parts of Memphis, TN, and was a first-team selection in 1948, 1952 and 1954 and a second-team selection in 1955. In 1948, Miller had one of his finest seasons, winning four games in the regional with three of the wins no-hitters and striking out 78 batters in 34 innings. In the national tourney, he recorded five shutouts between an opening 7-0 loss and a 1-0 defeat in the finals to champion Briggs Beautyware of Detroit, MI. Miller had defeated Briggs in the semis, 2-0, to end their 42 game win streak, then allowed only three hits in the finals while his team was blanked. Miller finished the tourney with 101 strikeouts. In 1952, Miller was 3-2 in the national tourney with an ERA of 0.48 with 55 strikeouts in 44 innings. In 1954, he logged a 3-1 record with 59 strikeouts in 36 innings. In 1955, he fanned 41 batters in 24 innings in splitting four games. Miller retired from the Buckeyte Tellulose Corporation in 1977. He was born July 25, 1923. He also is a member of the Memphis Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

 


Jim Ramage

Jim Ramage, Paducah, Kentucky – Men’s Fast Pitch – Shortstop

Called by his manager, Bernie Kampschmidt, “the best shortstop I’d seen play the game of fast pitch,” Jim “Boogie” Ramage was a member of four ASA national championship teams, including three with Fort Wayne (1945-47) and one with the Nick Carr Boosters of Covington, KY (1939).Although 5-foot-7 inches tall and weighing around 160 pounds, Ramage had a quick, strong arm to go along with his solid hitting. He started playing softball in 1937 and was originally an outfielder before switching to shortstop for the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons. When the Pistons played in the National Fastball League, Ramage held five of the league’s 10 offensive records. In 1947, he batted .285 to lead the league in batting as well as total bases (102), runs scored (42) and hits (67). In 1948, he won the league’s batting crown again, (.268). In 1949, he batted .298 and hit nine homers and 16 doubles. In 1950, he smashed 15 homers, the highest of his career, and followed with a .316 average in 1952 and a .323 average in 1954, the last year of the Pistons. Ramage had one of the greatest thrills of his career in 1946, hitting three homers in a game in the national tourney. That year the Pistons outscored the opposition, 26-1, en route to the title. In 1942, he batted .294 and drove in five runs as the Pistons finished runner-up, losing to the Deep Rock Oilers of Tulsa, OK, 2-0. Ramage remained an employee after the team disbanded and worked 42 years. Ramage passed away December 6, 1993 at age 73. Ramage, who joined the Pistons after the 1940 season, remained with them until the team disbanded after the 1954 season. He did remain, however, as an employee and worked for the company for 42 years. He passed away December 6th, 1993. He was 73. He was born in Paducah, KY and moved to Covington, KY when he was just a year old.


Ruth Sears

Ruth Sears, Taber, Alberta – Women’s Fast Pitch – First Base

One of the finest fielding left-handed first baseman in women’s fast pitch, Ruth “Lefty” Sears’ fast pitch career spanned 1936-1955 with all part one season, 1948, spent with the renowned Orange, CA Lionettes. Ruth was one of the original Lionettes when the team was formed in 1937 and batted .585 with the team in 1938. In 1936 she batted .560 playing for Santa Ana, CA. Four times Sears was named an ASA All-American (1950, 1951, 1953 and 1954) and she participated in seven national championships. In six of those championships she had a .984 fielding percentage with 185 putouts, one assist and only three errors. She batted .363 between 1950-1955 with 41 hits in 149 at-bats in national championship play. Ruth’s first All-American selection in 1950 was a memorable one. Not only did she score the winning run in the championship game, but she batted .393 with 11 hits in 28 at-bats, which was fourth highest in the tourney. She followed with a .350 average in 1951 and a .343 average in 1953. Between 1949-1955 Ruth helped coach the team with her husband, Leroy “Chub” Sears. Winning that championship was, according to Ruth, her “greatest thrill in softball.” She retired June 1,1973 after working 22 1/2 years as executive secretary to the superintendent of the San Joaquin School District. Ruth was born August 23, 1917 in Taber, Alberta, Canada and passed away March 20, 2001 at age 83.

 


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John Baker, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

When John Baker hurled a pitch, the ball looked like it had been shot out of a cannon. So Baker naturally was called “Cannonball” during his impressive 26 year career which ended in 1953. By then Baker had played in four ASA national championships, compiling a 6-2 record and won 780 games and lost only 120. He fanned more than 10, 000 batters and hurled 58 no-hitters. The first Connecticut softball player elected to the Hall of Fame, Baker was born October 30, 1912 and started playing softball at 11. By 21 he had become one of the top pitchers in his hometown of Milwaukee, WI. In 1934, Baker received and accepted an invitation to play for Westport, CT in the ASA national tournament in Chicago. Baker went 2-1 and was invited to go East. He never left. In a 1937 charity game, Baker fanned the legendary baseball slugger Babe Ruth. Ruth said to the catcher, “If you’re catching those, you might as well catch them in front of the plate because I can’t hit them.” Baker died December 27, 1997 at age 85.

 

 


Ben Crain

Ben Crain, Sloan, Iowa – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Crain pitched either right-handed or left-handed in almost 1,000 games during his career from 1928-1951, winning 85 percent of them with at least 100 no-hitters. He also was a good hitter and averaged 20 homers per year with a total of more than 300 for his career. Crain, who was a member of every Omaha All-City team from 1935-1949, played in 10 ASA national championships winning four games. Born in Sloan, Iowa November 4, 1910, Crain moved to Iowa City, IA at age 11. In 1931 he moved to Omaha. Before retiring, Crain was self-employed in the real estate and insurance business. He also is a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame and the Omaha ASA Hall of Fame. Crain passed away March 10, 1986. He was 75.

 

 

 


Hughie Johnston

Hughie Johnston, Detroit, Michigan – Men’s Fast Pitch – First Base

Rated one of the best left-handed hitters of all-time, Hughie Johnston was born March 14, 1916 in Belfast, Ireland before he moved to Canada with his family when he was eight. The family lived briefly in Canada before moving to Detroit. Johnson started playing softball in 1933 with Burr-Patterson before joining Briggs Beautyware in 1938-1941. In 1942, Johnston joined the famed Fort Wayne, IN Zollner Pistons and remained with them until they disbanded in 1954. Difficult to strike out, Johnston was named MVP of the 1945 ASA national championship as the Pistons won their first of three titles in a row. Johnston was named to the Eastern Division All-Stars of the National Fastball League from 1946-1949 and hit 11 homers and drove home 50 runs in 1949. In 1947, he hit the first homer out of the new Zollner Stadium, a 260-foot blast. He batted .309 in 1950, .326 in 1951, .340 in 1952 and .317 in 1954. An intense player, Johnston never struck out more than 10 times a season and was always putting stress on the opposition and would even often tag the base runners hard. When asked why, Johnston said, I once tagged a runner in the usual way and the umpire called him safe. I made up my mind then if the umpire does not see it, he’s going to hear it. Johnston passed away on September 21, 2005.

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1962


There were no inductees into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1962. We will try to find out why this happened.


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1963


John Hunter

John Hunter, Nashville, Tennessee – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

John Hunter’s debut as a softball pitcher wasn’t one a pitcher would like to remember. In fact, Hunter, then 14, got beat 22-1 pitching at Fort Negley Diamonds in Nashville, TN. Hunter more than made up for his inauspicious debut in becoming one of the greatest left-handed pitchers of all-time. After starting his career in 1940, Hunter led Nashville teams to city championships in 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946 and 1948 and to state championships in 1943-1944. In 1950, Hunter joined the famed Clearwater, FL Bombers and achieved a record of 41-2, including winning two games and striking out 29 in the national championship. He helped Clearwater win the national title, the first of 10 titles won by the Bombers. About winning the national title, Hunter said, “Yes, we expected to win it. But no one else expected us too. It was particularly good for me because it was my first year with the team.” In ASA national championship play, Hunter lost only three of 23 games, striking out 236 batters. Three times he was named the tourney MVP (1951, 1953 and 1955) and five times was named an ASA All-American. Hunter died November 7, 2000 at age 75 in Clearwater, FL. During his career with the Bombers Hunter won 275 games and lost only 19 before hip and back problems forced him to retire after the 1958 season after helping the Bombers win four national titles and place runner-up four other times. Hunter posted a 26-2 record that season. Hunter passed away November 7th, 2000 at age 75.


Byron Eugene Martin

Byron Eugene Martin, Newark, New Jersey – Meritorious Service

The first non-player elected to the ASA Hall of Fame, Eugene Byron Martin served softball in different capacities before becoming ASA executive secretary-treasurer in 1949 and serving until 1962. Before succeeding Michael J. Pauley as the ASA’s CEO, Martin served as New Jersey state commissioner and Eastern vice-president. Martin was named treasurer in 1945 before being elected to the combined post of executive secretary-treasurer in 1949. A native of Kokomo, IN, Martin played football and basketball at Indiana University, majoring in commerce and finance. He also promoted college basketball and boxing for four years at the National Guard Armory in Indianapolis. As executive-secretary-treasurer of the ASA, Martin traveled thousands of miles promoting softball in the United States as well as internationally. He was a member of President Eisenhower’s People-to-People Committee and the AAU Board of Governors. Martin initiated many softball programs, including National Softball Week in 1951 and the Men’s and Women’s Major Fast Pitch All-Star Series. On July 14, 1962, Martin died-a victim of cancer. He was 56 years-old.

 


Kay Rich

Kay Rich, Los Angeles, California – Women’s Fast Pitch – Shortstop

It didn’t matter to Kay Rich if opposing pitchers were throwing from 35 feet or 38 feet. She would get her share of hits and hit for a high average during a brilliant 21-year career that established her as one of the greatest all-around players in softball history. Rich starred in an era when high average hitters were rather the exception instead of the rule. Except if you were Rich, who batted .400 or higher three times in ASA national championship play and in the 1955 national tourney hit an eye-popping .611, including 10 hits and 10 RBIs. Between 1949 and 1957, Kay appeared in eight national championships and batted .371 (53-for-143) and had a fielding percentage of .974 with 99 putouts, 87 assists and only five errors. She batted .444 in the 1949 national championship when the distance from home plate to the pitcher’s mound was 35 feet. In 1952, the distance from home plate to the pitcher’s mound was increased from 35 to 38 feet and Kay again batted .400, with six of her eight hits for extra bases and a tourney-leading 17 total bases. She also was outstanding on defense with a 1.000 fielding percentage with 27 assists and 14 putouts. Rich played every position but pitcher on the softball field and there wasn’t any doubt that she would have done well as a pitcher if she wanted. She had an accurate arm and a smooth, easy throwing motion whatever position she played. Rich was named an ASA All-America eight times. In 1954, she was named national tourney MVP after batting .316. Rich passed away on July 1, 2017.


Bill West

Bill West, Cincinnati, Ohio – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

In bridge there’s an expression, “When in doubt, lead trump.” In fast pitch softball the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons would say, “When in doubt, pitch Bill West.” More often than not the 6-foot-2, 225-pound West would win. He had some outstanding years for the Pistons, winning 28 games and losing four in 1947, going 34-7 in 1948, 36-2 in 1949 with 452 strikeouts in 285 innings and allowing 93 hits, 32-4 in 1950, 24-2 in 1951 and 24-4 in 1952, with 350 strikeouts and 18-4 in 1954, his final year with the team. After joining the Pistons, West was named MVP of the National Fastball League in 1948 and to the league’s all-star team four consecutive years (1946-1949). In national championship play, West won five games and lost none, allowing six hits after joining the team in 1946 after serving a four-year hitch in the Army. Before joining the Army, West pitched in Kentucky. He moved there when he was five after being born in Cincinnati . He started his career in 1938 with Koelkel Norge of Covington before playing for Ken-Mac of Louisville, KY in the 1941 ASA national championship. West lost in the first round, 1-0 in 14 innings despite striking out 26 batters and allowing two hits. West had been a pick-up player after losing 1-0 on a no-hitter in the state tournament. In 1942, West hurled Newport to the Kentucky State title, winning three games with 46 strikeouts, and not allowing any hits. West passed away October 14, 1972 at 51.

 


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Tommy Castle

Tommy Castle, Rochester, New York – Men’s Fast Pitch – First Base

Kodak Park of Rochester, NY was the first men’s Major fast pitch team to win the ASA national championship twice (1936 and 1940) and Tommy Castle, who played first base, was one of the players responsible for that achievement. Known for his offense as well as defense, Castle played softball 25 years for Kodak Park, beginning in 1935. He competed in six state tourneys (1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943), 11 Mid-Atlantic regionals and 10 national championships. In the 1936 national Castle batted .375 with six hits in 16 at-bats and starred defensively, making only one error with 32 putouts and one assist. In the 1940 national, Castle batted .353 as Kodak Park won its second title. Also an outstanding baseball player who turned down an offer to play Triple A baseball for the Syracuse Chiefs, Castle had a .375 lifetime batting average in baseball and a .340 average in softball. A 35-year employee of Kodak Park before retiring in 1971, Castle said being a member of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and two national championship teams are the biggest thrills of his softball career. He was born October 2, 1913 in Rochester, NY and passed away April 24, 2003 at age 89. Castle also is a member of the NY state ASA Hall of Fame and the Monroe County sports Hall of Fame.

 


Margaret Dobson

Margaret Dobson, Seattle, Washington – Women’s Fast Pitch – Third Base

Margaret Dobson once held the record for the highest batting average in an ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship, batting .615 (eight-for-13) in the 1950 national championship. That record lasted until it was broken in 1975 by Hall of Famer Diane Kalliam. Dobson’s performance earned her All-American laurels for the second year in a row. Three years later, she was named honorable mention All-America, and participated in nine ASA national tourneys. Born June 11, 1931, Dobson started her career in 1944 with Vancouver, WA, joined the Erv Lind Florists a year later and remained with the team until retiring as an active player in 1959 to devote time to her career as a professional educator. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and retired from Portland State University in 1992 where she was executive vice president emeritus. She attained full professor status at Portland State in 1968. Dobson was listed among the 50 Greatest Athletes of the Century for the state of Oregon in 1999 in Sports Illustrated magazine.

 

 


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Marjorie Law

Marjorie Law, Phoenix, Arizona – Women’s Fast Pitch – Many Positions

Skilled enough to win All-America honors at three different positions, Law played for more than two decades for the famed Phoenix, AZ Ramblers and was a member of three national championship teams (1940, 1948 and 1949). Starting her career in 1935 as an outfielder, Law played first base and third base before switching back to the outfield and trying pitching tutored by her husband, Kenny. Marjorie started out as a sling-shot hurler before switching to windmill. She earned ASA All-America honors no less than 11 times including 1948 when she was named as an outfielder. She repeated as an All-American in 1949 and was also selected in 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954,1955 and 1957, playing in 22 ASA national championships and hurling three perfect games. In 1951, Law went 20-10 during the regular season and 3-2 in the national tourney, striking out 51 batters in 29 innings. She followed that season with a 47-20 record and a 5-2 record in the national tourney with 58 strikeouts in 47 innings with a 0.47 ERA. In the 1953 and 1954 nationals, she split four games in each event; one of her wins in the 1954 national was a perfect game against St. Louis. Law hurled all of the Ramblers’ games in the 1955 national, winning four and losing two with 31 strikeouts and two walks allowed. In her last season before retiring, 1957, Law won two of three games in the national. She, however, came back to play the 1967 season before retiring for good. Law passed away March 2, 2000 at age 76.


Roy Stephenson

Roy Stephenson, Hicksville, New York – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

The Grumman Yankees, softball’s version of the New York Yankees, narrowly missed winning the ASA national title in 1951. Grumman finished third in the 17 team field and its star pitcher, Roy Stephenson, proved he was as good as anyone in the United States by hurling 66 innings in six games, 52 in the final 29 hours. Stephenson’s 4-2 record earned him his second of five All-America awards during his career of more than two decades. He also was an All-American in 1948, 1950, 1958 and 1959. In 1958, he won 42 of 48 games, striking out 576 batters and winning three of five games in the national tourney. In 1959, he was 48-8 with 784 strikeouts before going 3-2 in the national tourney. In national championship play, Stephenson was 23-18, 15-2 in state tourneys and 40-3 in regionals. A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, Stephenson started playing softball in 1938 with the Shamrocks of New Rochelle. Then 14, he worked very hard in developing himself into a world-class pitcher. “I used to practice for hours. I would throw against a fence when there was nobody to catch me. It certainly built up my arm. There was a time when my right arm was one-third larger than my left arm.” Stephenson retired from active play in 1960 and called his greatest thrills striking out 28 batters in a row in a 15 inning game in West Haven, CT and being elected to the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame.

 


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Jim Chambers

Jim Chambers, Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

It isn’t often that a softball player appears in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” But Chicago Match fast pitch pitcher Jim Chambers did in 1946 for striking out 40 Springfield, MO players in a 2-1 19 inning win in the loser’s bracket of the ASA Men’s National Championship. After that game, Chambers won two more games that evening, both shutouts, and three more later before losing in the finals to the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, 2-0. Chambers finished with 117 strikeouts and held the single game record until Hall of Famer Herb Dudley fanned 55 batters in 21 innings in the 1949 ASA National in Little Rock, AR. Chamber struck out 4,380 batters and hurled 209 no-hitters during his 31-year career, which was highlighted by Chicago Match’s two runner-up finishes in the national tourney. Chambers said the greatest disappointment of his career was “knowing that someday I would have to stop playing and not being able to see my old friends.” Chambers was born November 27, 1922 in Aurora, IL and passed away on March 28, 2016.

 

 


Bobby Forbes

Bobby Forbes, Clearwater, Florida – Men’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

The youngest player to play for the renowned Clearwater, FL Bombers, Bobby Forbes made the Bombers in 1941 at age 14. From there he went on to become one of the most feared left-handed hitters in fast pitch. His former manager, Eddie Moore, said, “Forbes was one of the two greatest left-handed hitters in the game.” A three-time ASA All-American (1951, 1953 and 1956), Forbes batted .325 during the 1951 regular season and .285 in the national tourney. In 1959, he hit 12 homers to lead the Bombers. In1956, he led all hitters in the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship with a .471 batting average. Also an outstanding football player who gained All-Southeastern honors, Forbes died of cancer in 1975. Each year an award is given in Forbes’ name as the outstanding Clearwater Bomber.

 

 

 


Carolyn Thome Hart

Carolyn Thome Hart, Peoria, Illinois – Women’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

If there was one thing that made Carolyn Hart more than just another player, it was her hustle. “I learned from coach Chuck McCord that if you didn’t hustle all the time, you would be just average,” said Hart. “He was a great coach, and I learned a great deal from him.” Hart was anything but average. Five times she earned ASA All-America honors: 1950, 1951, 1952, 1959 and 1955. She had a lifetime batting average of .301 after retiring in 1962 to devote more time to her family. She was born November 20, 1930 and passed away March 10, 1996 at age 65 after battling MS for more than 20 years. Known as Cotton Top or Cotton because of her striking blonde hair, Hart was the youngest player ever to play for the Caterpillar Dieselettes (1947-1955) at 16. After the Dieselettes folded, Hart joined the Pekin, IL Lettes and played until retiring. In 156 games, Hart batted 1,873 times, scored 460 runs (leading her team eight times), hit 171 doubles (leading the team five times), 31 triples, 68 homers (leading her team seven years) and stole 160 bases (leading her team six years).

 

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1967


Ronald Kronewitter

Ronald Kronewitter, Mishawaka, Indiana – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

During his career, Kronewitter compiled a won-loss record of 262-42 with 11 no-hitters, 28 one-hitters and 39 two-hitters. Beginning his career in 1928, he hurled with the 14-inch ball before going to the 12-inch ball three years later. He played for Bendix Brakes for 5 1/2 years, compiling a 113-19 record with 1936 (25-3) and 1937 (25-4) his best seasons. He pitched Bendix to three consecutive Indiana state softball championships ( 1936-37-38). He was captain of the 1934 Bendix team and had a 3-1 record in three ASA national (then called world) championships. Between 1937-1939, Bendix won 137 games and lost 42 against the toughest competition in the United States. He was a 1929 graduate of Mishawaka High School and received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1933. He served as superintendent of the Mishawaka Wastewater Treatment Plant from April 1952 until July 1966. In 1968, he was named to Mishawka’s school board and four years later was elected president. Except for a brief period, he continued as president until September of 1980. Kronewitter was born January 11,1911 in Mishawka, IN and passed away December 13, 1987.

 


Nolan Whitlock

Nolan Whitlock, Rossville, Georgia – Men’s Fast Pitch – Shortstop

One of fast pitch’s all-time best shortstops, Nolan Whitlock came through in the clutch time and time again for the Clearwater, FL Bombers between 1953-1959. Who can forget the pair of homers he hit off Hall of Famer Harvey Sterkel in the 1954 national for a 7-6 victory. Then, in 1956, his two homers in the finals beat the Raybestos Cardinals. But perhaps his greatest clutch performance came in 1957, when his two-run homer off Hall of Famer Roy Stephenson in the top of the 15th gave Herb Dudley and the Bombers a 2-0 win. In the finals, as Sterkel and Dudley battled, Whitlock made three outstanding defensive plays. Whitlock played in six national championships and was a member of three national championship teams, all with Clearwater, in 1954, 1956 and 1957. From 1954-1957, he was named an All-American and batted .318 in the 1955 national and .333 in 1956. Whitlock retired as an active player in 1961.

 

 

 


Billy Wojie

Billy Wojie, Stratford, Connecticut – Men’s Fast Pitch – Third Base

If it hadn’t been for a heart attack, Billy Wojie, 5-foot 11, 175 pounds, would have played longer than seven years for the Raybestos Cardinals of Stratford, CT. But despite suffering a heart attack May 19, 1962, Wojie made the most of his seven years with the Cardinals, earning All-America honors three times (1955, 1961 and 1959) and playing in seven ASA national tourneys. Wojie had started his career in 1948 playing for Columbus Auto Body and joined the Cardinals in 1955 after Auto Body disbanded. Wojie played in his first national tourney in 1953 with Auto Body, but the team was eliminated in two games. Wojie also played for Post 162, Mutt & Jeff, Marlin’s and Arena Grille, all from New Haven , CT, during his 22 year career. With the Cardinals, he had one of his best nationals in 1956, batting .353 (6-fort-17) and driving in a then record 10 runs, but wasn’t named an All-American. He had been a year earlier, making eight putouts and recording 12 assists. In eight nationals, Wojie made 40 putouts, had 44 assists and made only two errors for a fielding percentage of .980. In his first two years with the Cardinals Wojie led in batting with .312 and .290 averages and in RBI in 1956, 1958 and 1959. The team won ASA national championships in 1955 and 1958. He had a seven-season .281 average with the Cardinals, collecting 429 hits in 1,527 at-bats, scoring 239 runs, hitting 74 doubles, 29 triples and 28 homers. After recovering from the heart attack, Wojie came back to manage the Cardinals from 1968-1971, winning national titles in 1969 and 1970 and finishing runner-up in 1971. Wojie passed away June 10, 1979 at age 56.


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1968


Leroy Hess

Leroy Hess, Aurora, Illinois, Men’s Fast Pitch – Catcher

An intense player who had a “so what” attitude when he did something outstanding on the softball diamond, Leroy Hess wore the Aurora, IL Sealmasters uniform from 1946-1963. He managed the team from 1950-1953 and 1955-1961. As a player/manager in 1959, Hess led the Sealmasters to their first national title and a record of 74-10. Two years later, he led the Sealmasters to another title and a 74-9 won-loss record. An outstanding defensive catcher, Hess was named an ASA All-American four times: 1956 (second team), 1957, 1959 and 1961. He batted .120 in the 1956 national tourney, .211 in 1957, .222 in 1959 and .416 in the 1961 national tourney. In 1957, he also managed the Major Fast Pitch All-Stars to three wins in a four-game series with the national champion Clearwater, FL Bombers. Although he wasn’t a high average hitter, Hess was considered a tough out and struck out 10 times or more only once during the nine years he played for Aurora. Hess worked for Sealmaster 37 years. He passed away May 31, 1984 at age 62.

 

 


Bob Sprentall

Bob Sprentall, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Men’s Fast Pitch – Outfield

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, where he played baseball in the Detroit and Boston farm systems, Sprentall made his mark playing softball for the renowned Clearwater, FL Bombers. Sprentall played for the Bombers from 1954-1965 and was a member of national championship teams in 1954, 1956, 1957 and 1963. Four times he was named an ASA All-American: 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1959. Sprentall batted .304 in the 1955 national and was flawless in the outfield on 11 chances. In 1956, he batted .417 in the national tourney and was again perfect defensively. He earned his third All-American award in 1957,recording 13 putouts and one assist in the national tourney. He batted .316 in the 1959 national to earn his fourth and final All-American award. Sprentall, who started playing softball at 14, weighed 150 pounds and stood 5-feet 10. He had the speed to chase down fly balls and had a good throwing arm. Sprentall passed away on April 18, 2013.

 

 

 


NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1969


Jeanne Contel

Jeanne Contel, Oakland, California – Women’s Fast Pitch – Third Base

Contel was as versatile a player as there was on the roster of the Fresno, CA Rockets, one of the sport’s all-time top teams. She could catch, play first and the outfield. But it was at third base that earned Jeanne a spot in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame. Jeanne started her career in 1944 and played for various local teams in Alameda, CA and Oakland, CA before joining the Rockets in 1951 after graduating from San Francisco State College. She remained with the Rockets for 14 years and participated in 11 ASA national championships, earning first-team All-America honors in 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1963 and second-team laurels in 1956. Born April 4, 1928, Contel played on three national championship teams (1953, 1954 and 1957) and was near perfection defensively in national championship play. In fact, in 10 of the 11 national championships she made 103 putouts, had 122 assists and made only only nine errors for a fielding percentage of .962. In four nationals, she had a fielding percentage of 1.000. In the 1958 national tournament, she had a record 21 assists from third base. Her national championship batting average was .286 (47-for-164).

 


Rosemary “Micki” Stratton

Rosemary “Micki” Stratton, Stratford, Connecticut – Women’s Fast Pitch – Catcher

Rosemary (Micki) Stratton played all but two years of her softball career with the famed Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, CT, leading the team in batting three times: 1959 (.320), 1961 (.324) and 1965 (personal best of .370). The first two years, 1954-1955, she played for the Wallingford Owlettes before joining the Brakettes in 1956. She participated in 10 ASA national championships and four times the Brakettes won the national title. Stratton batted .272 (61 x 224) in 10 national championships and also played first base and the outfield. Ironically her highest batting average in national championship play came in her last championship, .348 in 1965. Solid defensively, Stratton had a fielding percentage of 1.000 between 1958-1961 in national championship play including 23 assists. Seven times she earned All-America honors including first-team laurels in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964 and 1965 and second-team honors in 1956 and 1963. In 1965, she played in the first ISF Women’s World Championship and batted .348 as the Brakettes, representing the USA, finished second. Stratton was named to the World All-Star team. Born July 12, 1938 in Middlefield, CT, Stratton said her greatest thrill in softball was “winning the 1958 national championship. Every event, winning or losing, was a learning experience. I’ve traveled places and met wonderful people that I would not have done if I hadn’t played softball,” Stratton said. Rosemary passed away on September 7, 2018.

National Softball Hall of Fame 1950’s

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The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1957. Once USA Softball moved to Oklahoma City January 1, 1966 after having its offices in Newark, NJ, the decision to establish a Hall of Fame Building in Oklahoma City was made in January of 1965. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Hall of Fame were held December 19, 1970 in Oklahoma City. The late John Nagy, former Cleveland Metro commissioner, was USA Softball President at that time. Hall of Famers Harold (Shifty) Gears and Carolyn Thome Hart were among those attending the ceremonies.

The National Softball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated May 26, 1973 in Oklahoma City. The building was opened to the public July 1, 1973.

The first of two additions to the National Softball Hall of Fame/USA Softball Headquarters was started July 5, 1976 and completed July 13, 1977 for an additional 4,350 square feet of space. Dedication ceremonies for the expansion were held July 23, 1977. Counting the National Softball Hall of Fame/USA Softball Headquarters and the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, there is 28,406 square feet of space.

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The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum has over 400 members with two categories of membership: players and non players. Within the player category, there are five categories: Men’s/Women’s Fast Pitch, Men’s/Women’s Slow Pitch and Modified Pitch. Within the non player category, there are five different divisions one can be nominated in: Commissioner, Meritorious Service, Umpire, Managers and Sponsors. A nominee needs 75 percent (nine votes) of the votes cast by the 12 member Hall of Fame Committee to be elected. Annual inductions are held at the USA Softball Annual Meeting.


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NATIONAL SOFTBAL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1957


Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott, Atlanta, Georgia – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

The first softball player inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame, (1977), Sam “Sambo” Elliott started his career as a catcher and eventually decided he liked pitching better. Between 1934-1953, Ellliott averaged 12. 3 strikeouts per games, striking out 13,936 batters as he won 1,046 games and lost 87. He hurled 107 no-hitters. The first game Elliott ever pitched was a no-hitter and Elliott said that was one of the greatest thrills of his career. The others were being on a state championship team his first year and being one of the first people elected to the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1957. Although never a member of a national championship team, Elliott said, “There were so many great days than bad ones.” Elliott, who was inspired by another softball great, Paul (Windmill) Watson, played for numerous teams, including Knowles Electric, Sterchi’s, Sports Arena, Georgia Crackers, Brooks-Shatterly, Trammell Scott and Baily Supreme. Elliott retired from Western Electric in 1972 and passed away July 23, 1984. He was born August 23, 1911.

 

 


Harold Gears

Harold “Shifty” Gears, Rochester – New York, Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Some people think Harold “Shifty” Gears, the first inductee into the National Softball Hall of Fame, got his name because he could pitch a softball with either hand. Not true. Gears got his nickname because of his shifty footwork playing basketball growing up in his hometown of Rochester, NY. Gears started pitching a softball out of apathy because his teammates didn’t want to pitch and Gears was tired of his team getting beat badly. “When I saw the opposing team’s pitcher throw a rise ball I went home and worked on it,” said Gears. “I got so I could pitch and conked my catcher in the nose a couple of times and wound up as our pitcher.” Gears played softball five nights a week and baseball on Saturday and Sunday. Eventually he gave up baseball and concentrated on softball. In national championship play, Gears had a 20-6 record and finished his career with 866 wins and 115 losses. He hurled 61 no-hitters, nine perfect games, 373 shutouts and struck out 13,244 batters, averaging 13.5 strikeouts per game during his career. He retired as a player in 1951 and died November 18, 1974 at age 67. He was the first player elected to the ASA Hall of Fame. Gears passed away November 18, 1974 at 67 after suffering a heart attack. He was the first player elected to the Hall of Fame.

 


Amy Peralta May

Amy Peralta May, Tempe, Arizona – Women’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Amy Peralta May not only was a talented pitcher but she also was an excellent hitter who often batted clean-up for the renowned Phoenix Ramblers, one of softball’s all-time great teams. May was a member of three Rambler national championship teams, 1940, 1948 and 1949, and batted .577 in the 1945 national championship. She played 17 years of her 20 year career with the Ramblers, compiling a 447-79 record with 300 shutouts. Her overall record was 670 wins and 150 losses with 20 no-hitters and 80 one-hitters. She earned All-America honors six times and in the 1948 ASA national championship compiled a 5-1 pitching record with 25 strikeouts in 42 innings, allowing only 12 hits. She also batted .304 and had five RBIs in the championship. She finished the year with 55 wins. In the 1949 ASA national championship, she was unbeaten (3-0), striking out 14 batters and finishing the season 56-10. In the 1950 national, she won three of five games and struck out 20. May credited her team for her success. “I was a good pitcher because I had a good team behind me. Without them and our coach, Ford Hoffman, I would have never been the pitcher that I was.” Amy died in 1985.

 


M. Marie Wadlow

M. Marie Wadlow, Peoria, Illinois – Women’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

The first female inductee into the National Softball Hall of Fame, M. Marie Wadlow compiled a pitching record of 341 wins and 52 defeats between 1929 and 1950. In seven years with the Caterpillar Dieselettes of Peoria, IL Wadlow compiled a record of 107 wins and only 18 losses. Former manager Chuck McCord called Marie “one of the greatest competitors I’ve seen anywhere.”Growing up playing softball on the sandlots of St. Louis, Wadlow said her greatest thrill in softball came in the 1950 ASA national championship. She had a 2-2 record in the tourney, striking out 26 batters. “We had a 17-inning 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Ramblers, giving us third place in the national tourney at San Antonio,” said Marie. “The thrill was watching the Ramblers come back in the evening after that more than three-hour struggle in the intense heat of the afternoon. We had about two hours rest, then beat the undefeated Orange Lionettes 1-0 in 11 innings. We then took a half hour rest, then lost a heart-breaking 15 inning game to Orange, 3-1, for the championship. “It was 43 innings in about 11 hours,” continued Wadlow. “ Bertha (Ragan) Tickey pitched 26 innings in the last two games for Orange. She was knocked to the ground by a vicious line drive in one of the games, only to get up and finish the game and the tournament.”Wadlow retired from the Caterpillar Tractor Company in February of 1977. She also is a member of three other Halls of Fame.Wadlow passed away April 6th, 1979 at age 61.


NATIONAL SOFTBAL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1958


Al Linde

Al Linde, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Linde was double-trouble to softball teams. Not only could he beat an opponent on the mound but at-bat as well. Linde has the distinction of being a member of five ASA national championship teams: the Ke-Nash-A’s of Kenosha, WI (1934), Deep Rock Oilers, Tulsa, OK (1942), Hammer Field Raiders, Fresno, CA (1943-44) and Dow AC’s, Midland, MI (1951). Linde started his career in 1930 hurling for the Ke-Nash-A’s (61-8) and as a teenager combined with Bill Penick (2-0) and Harry Kraft (1-0) to lead the team to the national title. In the national tourney, Linde allowed only one run and four hits in winning two games, fanning 36. He also batted .400. Between 1935-1938, Linde starred for teams in Iowa, including Schukei Motors of Waterloo (1935-36), the Boone Nitehawks (1937) and Iowa Packing (1938) before playing for the Phoenix Lettuce Kings (1939), Deep Rock Oilers and the Hammer Field Raiders. After a stint in the service, Linde finished his career with the Dow AC’s and in eight years (1946-1953) won 119 games and lost only 39. He helped Dow win the 1951 ASA national title batting .393 (11-for-28) and earning the first of his two All-America selections. Two years later he was again named an All-American outfielder, batting .357 in the national tourney. It is estimated that in his career Linde hurled 120 no-hitters, 25 perfect games and struck out more than 15,000 batters. On April 29, 1991, Linde passed away at age 76.


NATIONAL SOFTBAL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1959


Betty Evans Grayson

Betty Evans Grayson, Portland, Oregon – Women’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

Although she started her softball career as an outfielder, it would be as a pitcher that would eventually lead Betty Evans Grayson into the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame. She started as an outfielder in the Portland City League and by 13 had pitched a little in grade school. Her manager, Erv Lind, however, felt Betty could become a great pitcher. So with the help of Betty’s father, Raymond Evans, and two former pitchers, Eddie Jossi and Archie “Windmill” Hamlin, Betty pitched and pitched. Betty played in the outfield for the Florists the summer of 1940. That would be her last year in the outfield. At the end of the season, Erv told Betty, “From now on you’re going to be throwing for us.” Named all-city in 1941 and 1942, Betty pitched in her first of six ASA nationals championships in 1943. In 1944, she hurled the Lind and Pomeroy team to the ASA national title. She also was named as Oregon Woman Athlete of the Year by the Oregon Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. She compiled a 456-99 record with 51 no-hitters and three perfect games. Betty died July 7, 1979 at age 53, a victim of cancer.

 

 


Bernie Kampschmidt

Bernie Kampschmidt – Covington, Kentucky, Men’s Fast Pitch – Catcher

Fort Wayne, IN Zollner Piston sponsor Fred Zollner knew a good thing or a good ball player. So when his Pistons were defeated 1-0 in 1940 on a one-hitter by pitcher Leo Luken and catcher Bernie Kampschmidt, Zollner asked the two players to join the team. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Kampschmidt wasn’t a stranger to national championship teams. In 1939, he played for the national champion Nick Carr Boosters of Covington, KY. But with the Pistons, he would play with a team comprised of the best players in the United States who won three consecutive national titles (1945-1947). Kampschmidt was named manager of the team in 1946 and held that position until the team disbanded in 1954. He was named to the all-star team of the National Fastball League four years in a row, 1946-1949. He called his greatest thrill in softball “winning the 1939 championship in Chicago with all the players being from Covington, KY, a town of eight thousand population.” Nicknamed Whitey, Kampschmidt had a rifle arm and was an excellent receiver who played softball 31 years starting in Covington, KY. After the Pistons disbanded, Kampschmidt remained with the company and had a 42 year career before retiring in 1982. He was born September 11, 1916 and died February 23, 1996 at age 79.

 


Clyde Kirkendall

Clyde “Dizzy” Kirkendall, Findlay, Ohio – Men’s Fast Pitch – Pitcher

A member of five national championship fast pitch teams, Kirkendall compiled a record of 1,144 wins and 52 losses during his fast pitch career (1932-1953) playing for ten different teams. He hurled 167 no-hitters. Kirkendall’s championships included three with the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, 1945-1947, and one each with the Crimson Coach Tobaccos, Toledo, OH (1935) and Pohlar’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH (1938). In one game he hurled 33 innings, allowed three hits and walked one while striking out 67. With Fort Wayne, Kirkendall compiled a 4-1 record in ASA national championship play and was 108-16 overall. He was 21-4 in 1948 with 215 strikeouts and only 37 walks and was 28-4 in 1947. In 1940, he had a 68-4 pitching record followed by a 51-3 record the next year. Dizzy, 6-feet tall and 195 pounds, suffered a heart attack in 1953 pitching for Cooper Tire and Rubber Company of Findlay, OH. He suffered two more heart attacks before passing away November 11, 1957 at 42. He was born August 21, 1915.

Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons

The Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons were one of the greatest men’s fast pitch teams in history. Here is a look at their storied history.

  • 1940 ASA Indiana State Runnerup to Bendix Brakes, ASA National Runnerup (44-14)
  • 1941 ASA Indiana State Runnerup to Bendix brakes, ASA National Champs (50-10)
  • 1942 ASA Indiana State Champ/ASA East Central Regional Champ, ASA National 3rd Place (65-12)
  • 1943 ASA Indiana State Champ/ASA East Central Regional 3rd place (63-15)
  • 1944 Indiana State Champ/ASA West Central Regional Champ/ASA National Runnerup (76-12)
  • 1945 ASA National Industrial Champ/ASA National Champ (72-4)
  • 1946 ASA National Champ/NSL League Champ (93- 7)
  • 1947 ASA National Champ/NSL Regular Season and Playoff Champ (113-19)
  • 1948 NSL Regular Season Champ – did not play ASA Champ Briggs Beautyware (99-21)
  • 1949 NSL Regular Season & Playoff Champ – Beat ASA Champ Tip Top Tailors (114-10)
  • 1950 NFL Regular Season & Playoff Champ – Beat ASA Champ Clearwater Bombers (113-17)
  • 1951 NISL Regular Season & Playoff Champ – Beat ASA Champ Dow Chemical (101- 6)
  • 1952 NISL Regular Season & Playoff Champ – Beat ASA Champ Briggs Beautyware (110-14)
  • 1953 NISL Regular Season Champ – Lost to ASA Champ Briggs Beautyware (87-16)
  • 1954 NISL Regular Season Champ/ASA Indiana State Champ/ASA West Central Regional 4th place (56-12)
  • 1955 Fred Zollner disbanded the team

1945, 1946 and 1947, were the real glory years for Zollner’s club. It won world titles all three years, and no team ever won three in row before or since. It was in the 1947 World Tournament that Zollner decided he would pull his team out of ASA competition. In the final game of that tournament the opposition protested that the Pistons were using a pro, Curly Armstrong. He was a member of the Zollner Pistons pro basketball squad, and thus was indeed considered a pro. However, the other team also had a player who’ was a member of the former New York Rens, so both were thrown out of the tournament, and the final game had to be replayed. It made no difference. The Pistons won both.

A new league

Out of those ASA problems in 1947 the National Fastball League was born, and all of the great teams of that era were members. It made no difference to the Pistons. From 1948 through 1954, the last year for the Piston team here, Zollner’s team won the league championship six of seven years, losing out in 1952 to Midland, Mich.

During the 1946 national tourney in Cleveland, Lou Boudreau, manager of the Cleveland Indians, gave tryouts to Ramage and the Johnston brothers and wanted to sign all three to professional baseball contracts. “He wanted us to sign and play in, I think, Davenport, Iowa,” Ramage said. “But we were making more money in Fort Wayne than the Cleveland organization wanted to pay us, so we said thanks, but no thanks.” Naturally, with the huge salaries major league teams are paying these days, Kampschmidt and Ramage have to wonder what they might have done had they been born about 40 years after they were.

“I have to look at the St. Louis shortstop, Ozzie Smith, and wonder,” says Ramage. “The guy can’t hit his hat, and he’s making a million dollars.” They can recall boundless stories of their playing days with the Pistons, first riding in a bus all over the Midwest and later four to a car. “Fred always made sure there was one guy in each car who didn’t drink,” laughed Ramage.

Into left field

Kampschmidt remembers a game in which the Pistons had a 1-0 lead in the last inning and the other team had runners on second and third with no one out. “I looked at West, who was warming up, and he said, ‘Give me the ball, Bernie, I’ll get this thing over in a hurry.’ The batter bunted his first pitch and Bill promptly threw the ball into left field and both runs scored. He looked at me and said, ‘I told you I would get it over with in a hurry.’ ”

Kampschmidt, who was named manager of the team in 1946 and held that job until the team folded,. was asked what pitcher he would want to use if his team was playing in the seventh game of a best-of-seven series. “Bill West,” he replied with no hesitation, and added, “Luken wouldn’t be far behind, but if it was the seventh game Leo probably would have already pitched a couple of times and West was the kind of guy who could pitch every day.”

Facing retirement, Kampschmidt said, “I sure never thought when I moved here in 1940 I would work for the Winer Corp. for 42 years without ever missing a paycheck.” Ramage added, “There isn’t that first regret. Fred (Zollner) was the best sponsor a team ever had and the greatest guy in the world to work for.”


The Pistons were tickled when their old Detroit foes, the Briggs, went out Tuesday at the hands of the 38-year-old veteran, Shifty Gears, of Rochester, in an eight-inning thriller, 1-0.

Neal Barille became a father for the second time about two hours before the game Tuesday night. The new arrival is a daughter. He has a son, two. Neal celebrated with a single and two walks in four trips and has the fans here saying he’s improved since he left here.

Lou Boudreau, Cleveland Indian boss, was around to see some of the games and took a mighty good look at the Italian speedster. Porky Slater had to have a doe-tor’s care for his injured left shoulder and played with it heavily taped. But he drew a walk, hit a sharp single and made one swell catch despite the handicap. Hugh Johnston hit the ball hard three times, his second double being close to a homer, and the Pistons believe he’s out of his recent slump at the plate.

Eight more games today trim the field to three teams in each division, with the Pistons sure to be one of the three male survivors , for Thursday.

Ferguson Manager Beefs

If extra games are needed in either division after Thursday, night they are tentatively scheduled for Friday. The Piston-Ferguson game Tuesday night started nearly two hours late and was not over until way past midnight. The schedule got away behind because there were so many overtime clashes Tuesday. John Nolan, Ferguson manager, argued loud and long when the umps started calling illegal pitches on Kirkendall, but to no avail. They had called seven on him in an earlier game because he fails to stop long enough in his ball presentation.


 

Fast Pitch Softball History – International Softball Championships

  • International Softball Federation (ISF)/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)  Men’s World Championships 1966-Present
  • International Softball Federation (ISF)/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championships 1965-Present
  • Pan-American Games Men’s Championships 1979-Present
  • Pan-American Games Women’s Championships 1979-Present
  • Olympic Games Women’s Championships 1996-2008
  • ASA/USA World Cup Championships 2005-present
  • Other International Events and Championships
  • ASA/USA Softball Athlete of the Year (Male and Female)

 

ISF/WBSC Worlds
MEN
International Softball Federation (ISF) Men's World Championship (1966-2013)
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's World Championship (2014-)
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1966	Mexico City, Mexico
	USA (12-0)			Mexico (9-3)			 93-10 	(7 shutouts)- Aurora Sealmasters, IL
	MVP- Charlie Richard (6-0, 39 IP, 61 Ks, 5 Shutouts, 0 ERs, 9 hits); 
	Note - Harvey Sterkel (3-0, 24 IP, 32 Ks); Pitched 6-0 Championship game; Joe Lynch (2-0, 12 IP, 15 Ks, Shutout)
Pool Play (Record; RF-RA)		Playoffs	Final
1. USA 			10-0 	85-10 	2-0 	12-0 	Gold
2. Mexico 		 8-2 	66-39 	1-1 	 9-3 	Silver
3. New Zealand 		 8-2 	45-15 	1-1 	 9-3 	Bronze
4. Puerto Rico 		 7-3 	53-40 	0-2 	 7-5 	4th
5. Venezuela 		 5-5 	70-58
6. Bahamas 		 5-5 	48-51
7. Canada 		 3-7 	44-48
8. Japan 		 3-7 	31-69
9. Domican Republic 	 3-7 	61-71
10. El Salvador 	 2-8 	29-78
11. Nicaragua 		 1-9 	25-77
NA. Panama 		 No Show

Playoffs
Mexico 5 - Puerto Rico 0
USA 2 - New Zealand 0 - Charlie Richard (2 hitter)
New Zealand 5 - Puerto Rico 1  - Bronze
USA 6 - Mexico 0  - Gold - Harvey Sterkal (1 hitter, 8 K)
NOTE - Leading Hitter - Carlos Choerena, Mexico (14-24) .583
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1968	Oklahoma City, OK
	USA (10-1)			Canada (8-3)			 56- 3	(9 shutouts)- Aurora Sealmasters, IL
	MVP- Harvey Sterkal (3-0 record, 21 IP, 42 K's, No-Hitter, 3 Shutouts), Joe Lynch (3-0, 22 IP, 45 Ks); 4-0 final score, 
	Note - Charlie Richard (2-1, perfect game with 15 Ks); Sterkal pitched both playoff games, had 18 Ks in final.
Pool Play (Record; RF-RA)		Playoffs	Final
1. USA 			8-1 	47- 3 	2-0 	10-1	Gold
2. Canada 		7-2 	21- 9 	1-1 	 8-3	Silver
3. Mexico 		6-3 	34-13 	1-1 	 7-4	Bronze
4. Philippines 		6-3 	22-15 	0-2 	 6-5	4th
5. New Zealand 		5-4 	 9- 5
6. Puerto Rico 		5-4 	14-17
7. Bahamas 		4-5 	16-19
8. US Virgin Islands 	2-7 	20-33
9. South Africa 	1-8 	 8-51
10. Japan 		1-8 	 6-35
NA. Venezuela 		(withdrew due to financial reasons)

Playoffs
Canada 5 - Philippines 3
USA 5 - Mexico 0 - Harvey Sterkal (15 Ks)
Mexico 1 - Philippines 0 (8 inn) - Bronze
USA 4 - Canada 0 - Gold  - Harvey Sterkal (18 Ks, had 2 hits), LP-Dick Hames, Canada
NOTE - Leading Hitter - Bill Stewart, USA (12-23) - .521
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1972	Manilla, Philippines
	Canada (12-1)			USA (9-3)			 38- 8	(6 shutouts)- Welty Way, Cedar Rapids, IA
	Note-Dick Hanes, Canada (5-0); pitched 1-0 11 inn. final; Dick Brubaker (4-1, 2 Shutouts, No-Hitter, 5-15, .333 Bat)
	Note-Richie Stephens (4-2, 3 Shutouts); Brubaker - 10 inn. final, Stephens in 11th w/bases loaded, gave up winning run.
Pool Play (Record; RF-RA)		Playoffs	Final
1. Canada 		8-1 	42-11 	2-0 	10-1 	Gold
2. New Zealand 		7-2 	41- 5 	1-2 	 8-4 	Bronze
3. USA 			7-2 	29- 6 	2-1 	 9-3 	Silver
4. Mexico 		6-3 	50-20 	0-2 	 6-5 	4th
5. Philippines 		5-4 	50-19
6. Japan 		5-4 	43-30
7. Guam 		3-6 	20-43
8. Chinese Taipei 	2-7 	26-40
9. Singapore 		2-7 	20-79
10. Hong Kong 		0-9 	13-81
(note: Chinese Taipai was known also as Nationalist China or Taiwan)
Playoffs
Canada 1 - New Zealand 0
USA 5 - Mexico 0 - Richie Stephens WP
USA 4 - New Zealand 0 - Dick Brubaker WP 2-hitter
New Zealand 1 - Mexico 0 - Bronze
Canada 1 - USA 0 (11 inn) - Gold - Dick Brubaker LP 10 IP/Richie Stephens 1 IP relief; WP - Dick Hanes, Canada (5-0)
NOTE - Kevin Herlihy, New Zealand (82 Ks set record)
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1976	Lower Hutt, New Zealand
	USA (11-2), Canada (11-3) and New Zealand (10-3) - (Tied -Rain)	 45- 9	(7 shutouts)- Reading Rising Sun Hotel, PA
	MVP- Ty Stofflet, USA (4-2, 98 Ks, 59 IP, 0 ER, 20 inn. 1-0 no-hitter with 33 Ks, had winning RBI, also batted .375)
	Note - George Ulmer (4-0, 30 IP, 45 Ks, 3 Shutouts), Larry Bergh (3-0, 22 IP, 35 Ks, 2 shutouts, No-Hitter)
	Note - Owen Walford, New Zealand (6-0); Stofflet retired 56 straight in that 20 inning game. 18 2/3 perfect IP.
Pool Play (Record; RF-RA)		Playoffs	Final (3-way tie due to Rain)
1. Canada 		11- 1 	59- 5 	0-1 	11-2 	Gold
2. USA 			10- 2 	44- 9 	1-0 	11-2 	Gold
3. New Zealand 		 9- 3 	53- 8 	1-0 	10-3 	Gold
4. Japan 		 6- 6 	47-36 	0-1 	6-7 	4th
5. Taiwan 		 3- 9 	26-76
6. Guam 		 2-10 	27-73
7. South Africa 	 1-11 	34-77
NA. Mexico 		No Show
NA. Philippines 	No Show
Note - Mexico and Philippines were suspended by the ISF for refusing to play due to South Africa's participation.
Playoffs - incomplete, rain halted play during Canada-New Zealand Semi Final play.
Winner was to play USA, but officials cancelled due to rain and awarded Tri-Champs
USA 1 - Canada 0 - Carl Walker HR won the game
New Zealand 2 - Japan 0
Canada vs New Zealand - game halted and rained out 
USA vs (Canada-New Zealand winner) - rained out
USA, Canada and New Zeleand Declared Tri-Champs due to Rain
NOTE - Leading Hitter - Basil McLean, New Zealand (17-40, .429)
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1980	Tacoma, WA
	USA (9-0)			Canada (9-2)			 33- 3	(8 shutouts)- Midland McArdle Pontiac, MI
	MVP- Owen Walford, USA (6-0 record, 6 shutouts, 39 IP, 47 Ks, 3-0, 9-inning 2-hit shutout in championship)
	Note- Bob Ryan (2-0) and Chuck D'Arcy (1-0). Jim Cawdry was the star pitcher for Canada.

Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final 
1. USA 			6-0 	25- 3 	3-0 	9-0 	Gold
2. Bahamas 		5-1 	21- 5 	2-2 	7-3 	Bronze
3. Japan 		4-2 	19-22 	0-1 	4-3
4. Guam 		3-3 	12-18 	0-1 	3-4
5. Dominican Republic 	2-4 	25-11
6. US Virgin Islands 	1-5 	11-29
7. South Africa 	0-6 	 3-32

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final 
1. Canada 		6-0 	34- 0 	2-2 	8-2 	Silver
2. New Zealand 		5-1 	35- 2 	1-2 	6-3 	4th
3. Mexico 		4-2 	29-12 	1-1 	5-3
4. Chinese Taipei 	3-3 	35-17 	1-1 	4-4
5. Panama 		2-4 	21-15
6. Argentina 		1-5 	14-27
7. Papua New Guinea 	0-6 	 2-94
NOTE - Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Guernsey Channel Islands (Europe) dropped out citing financial reasons

Playoffs
Chinese Taipei 2 - Japan 1 (13 inn)
Mexico 6 - Guam 0
Canada 4 - Bahamas 1 - Jim Cawdry WP
USA 2 - New Zealand 0 - Owen Walford 9 Ks

Bahamas 2 - Mexico 0
New Zealand 2 - Chinese Taipai 1
USA 3 - New Zealand 0 (10 inn) - Owen Walford WP in relief of Chuck D'Arcy

Bahamas 2 - New Zealand 1 (19 inn)
Canada 4 - Bahamas 1  - Bronze - Jim Cawdry WP
USA 3 - Canada 0 (9 inn)  - Gold  - Owen Walford, 2-hitter, 7 Ks
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1984	Midland, MI
	New Zealand (9-1)		Canada (8-1)			 60-14	(3 shutouts)- Franklin Cardinals, CT, 3rd, 7-2
	Note- 5-3 final score; Kevin Herlihy, New Zeland outdueled Jim Cawdry, Canada (3 shutouts, 2 No-hitters, perfect game)
	Note- Owen Walford (3-1, 33 IP, 42 Ks), Dennis Amell (3-1, 28 IP, 40 Ks), Al Lewis (1-0)
	Note- Kevin Herlihy (4-1) and Michael White (3-1) for New Zealand; Jim Cowdrey, Canada (17 IP, 38 Ks)

Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final 
1. USA 			7-0 	57- 5 	0-2 	7-2 	Bronze
2. New Zealand 		6-1 	40- 4 	3-0 	9-1 	Gold
3. Japan 		5-2 	76-18
4. Panama 		4-3 	15-24
5. Argentina 		3-4 	21-32
6. Mexico 		2-5 	21-26
7. Zimbabwe 		1-6 	 5-57
8. Hong Kong 		0-7 	 1-71

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final 
1. Canada 		7-0 	58- 0 	1-1 	8-1 	Silver
2. Chinese Taipei 	5-2* 	59-25 	2-1 	7-3 	4th
3. Dominican Republic 	5-2* 	48-20 	0-2 	5-4	
4. Bahamas 		4-3 	35-20
5. Neterlands Antilles 	3-4 	37-35
6. Guam 		3-4 	26-44
7. Botswana 		1-6 	 5-49
8. Bermuda 		0-7 	 8-83
*Note- Dominican Republic beat Chinese Taipei 9-3 in round robin. The teams tied for 2nd place,
this caused a playoff between the two teams. Dominican Republic only had to win 1 game, 
but Chinese Taipei had to win 2 due to already losing in the pool play game.
Playoffs
Chinese Taipei 9 - Dominican Republic 4 - (playoff game-1 for Pool B 2nd place)
Chinese Taipei 3 - Dominican Republic 2 - (playoff game-2 for Pool B 2nd place, Chinese Taipei gets 2nd)
Canada 4 - USA 0 - LP Owen Walford 
New Zealand 3 - Chinese Taipei 0
New Zealand 5 - USA 3 - Bronze - LP Dennis Ammel
New Zealand 3 - Canada 1 - Gold - WP- Kevin Herlihy
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1988	Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
	USA (14-2)			New Zealand (14-3)		122-14	(10 shutouts)- Team USA
	Note- Peter Meridith (6-0), Dave Scott (6-1, 4 Shutouts, 41 IP, 69 Ks), Brian Rothrock (19-37, .513, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs)
	Note- Steve Schultz (2-1, 2 no-hitters); Peter Meredith won 4-0 final (12 Ks) over MVP-Chubb Tangaroa of New Zealand
Pool Play (Record; RF-RA)		Playoffs	Final
1. USA 			12-1 	144- 9	2-1 	14-2 	Gold
2. New Zealand 		12-1 	 80- 8	2-2 	14-3 	Silver			(missing 5 pool play game scores)	
3. Canada 		11-2 	 99-12	1-1 	12-3 	Bronze			(missing 3 pool play game scores)
4. Cuba 		10-3 	 24-34	0-1 	11-4 	4th			(missing 6 pool play game scores)
5. Japan 		9-4	  9-11						(missing 8 pool play game scores)
6. Bahamas 		8-5	  5-17						(missing 8 pool play game scores)
7. Australia 		6-7	 27-39						(missing 5 pool play game scores)
8. Philippines 		6-7	 35-39						(missing 7 pool play game scores)
9. Mexico 		5-8	 20-25						(missing 8 pool play game scores)
10. Zimbabwe 		5-8	 10-60						(missing 6 pool play game scores)
11. Chinese Taipei 	4-9	 35-27						(missing 7 pool play game scores)
12. British Virgin Isle 2-11	 17-48						(missing 8 pool play game scores)
13. Bermuda 		1-12	  1-47						(missing 8 pool play game scores)
14. Denmark 		0-13	  2-103						(missing 6 pool play game scores)
Playoffs
USA 2 - New Zealand 1  - WP Peter Meredith; LP Chubb Tangaroa
Canada 12 - Cuba 0
New Zealand 3 - Canada 0 - Bronze
New Zealand 4 - USA 2  - LP Dave Scott LP 3 IP /Steve Schultz 4 IP; WP-Chubb Tangaroa
USA 4 - New Zealand 0 - Gold - WP Peter Meredith 3-hitter 12 Ks; LP Chubb Tangaroa
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1992	Manilla, Philippines
	Canada (10-0)			New Zealand (9-2)   		 79-13	(6 shutouts)- Team USA, 3rd, 8-2
	Note- Canada's pitching staff of Jody Hennigar, Mike Piechnik (5-0) and Darren Zack out pitched the strong
	New Zealand staff (Chubb Tangaroa, Peter Meredith and Michael White). Zack won the final 5-3 over White.
	Jimmy Moore (4-1, 3 Shutouts), Doug Middleton (2-1, Shutout, 23 IP, 37 Ks), Al Rebling 1-0 (perfect game)

Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final - (only runs against are available)
1. USA		 	8-0 	76-2 	0-2 	8-2 	Bronze
2. Japan 		7-1 	?- 3 	0-1 	7-2 	4th
3. Argentina 		6-2 	?-22
4. Philippines 		5-3 	?-38
5. Netherlands 		4-4 	?-60
6. Botswana 		3-5 	?-46
7. CMNI-Saipan 		1-7 	?-59
8. Hong Kong 		1-7 	?-65
9. Papua New Guinea 	1-7 	?-61
(note - CNMI-Saipan is actually The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands "CNMI")

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final - (only runs against are available)
1. Canada 		8-0 	72-6 	2-0 	10-1 	Gold
2. New Zealand 		7-1 	?- 3 	2-1 	 9-2 	Silver
3. Australia 		6-2 	?-20
4. Mexico 		5-3 	?-38
5. Chinese Taipei 	4-4 	?-55
6. Indonesia 		3-5 	?-48
7. Guam 		1-7 	?-70
8. Czechoslovakia 	1-7 	?-69
9. Singapore 		1-7 	?-69
Playoffs
New Zealand 1 - Japan 0
Canada 7 - USA 2 - LP Jimmy Moore
New Zealand 4 - USA 1 - Bronze - WP Michael White; LP Doug Middleton
Canada 5 - New Zealand 3 - Gold - Jody Hennigar 3-Run Homer wins it for Canada
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1996	Midland, MI
	New Zealand (14-0)		Canada (13-2)	    		 94-21	(6 shutouts)- Team USA, 4th, 10-4
	Note- Michael White pitched a 4-0 no-hitter to defeat Canada's Darren Zack in the Championship Game.
	Peter Meredith and Doug Gillis pitched no-hitters. Jimmy Moore, Dough Middleton and Scott Plangger also pitched.

Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final - (RF-RA not available)
1. Canada 		10-0 		3-2 	13-2 	Silver
2. USA 			 9-1 	86- 9	1-3 	10-4 	4th
3. Mexico 		 8-2 		1-1 	 9-3
4. Australia 		 7-3 		0-1 	 7-4
5. Puerto Rico 		 5-5
6. Czech Republic 	 5-5
7. Netherlands 		 5-5
8. CNMI-Mariana Islands  3-7
9. South Korea 		 2-8
10. Russia 		 1-9
11. Pakistan 		0-10

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final - (RF-RA not available)
1. New Zealand 		10-0 		4-0 	14-0 	Gold
2. Japan 		 8-2 		2-3 	10-5 	Bronze
3. Venezuela 		 8-2 		1-1 	 9-3
4. South Africa 	 7-3 		0-1 	 7-4
5. Argentina 		 7-3
6. Bahamas 		 5-5
7. Chinese Taipei 	 4-6
8. Denmark 		 3-7
9. Botswana 		 1-9
10. Papua New Guinea 	 1-9
11. Israel 		 1-9
Playoffs
Preliminary Round
Canada 4 - Japan 2
Mexico 3 - South Africa 1
New Zealand 3 - USA 2 (10 inn)
Venezuela 1 - Australia 0
Finals
Japan 8 - Mexico 0
USA 4 - Venezuela 2
Grand Final
Canada 5 - Japan 1
New Zealand 3 - USA 0
Championship Playoffs
New Zealand 4 - Canada 1 - WP Chubb Tangaroa
Japan 4 - USA 2 - 4th place - LP Scott Plangger
Final
Canada 1 - Japan 0 - Bronze
Grand Final
New Zealand 4 - Canada 0 - Gold - WP Michael White No-Hitter; LP Darren Zack
==========================================================================================================
2000	East London, South Africa
	New Zealand (11-1)		Japan (8-2)	    		 65-19	(4 shutouts)- Team USA, 3rd, 7-3
	Note- Marty Grant of New Zealand had 17 Ks to lead them to a 2-1 championship game win over Japan and Nobunori Nishimura.
	Note- Bill Hillhouse (2-1, perfect game), Pete Meredith (2-1, 21 IP, 37 Ks), Mike White (2-0), Doug Middleton (1-1)
	Note- Shawn Rychcik (9-25, .360, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs)
Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. New Zealand 		7-0 	65- 0 	4-1 	11-1 	Gold
2. USA 			6-1 	58-12 	1-2 	7-3 	Bronze
3. Czech Republic 	4-3 	23-34 	1-1 	5-4
4. South Africa 	3-4 	26-20 	0-1 	3-5
5. Philippines 		3-4 	11-17
6. Mexico 		3-4 	23-21
7. Denmark 		2-5 	11-19
8. Lesotho 		0-7 	 2-96
Note - Lesotho was previously known as Basutoland, the team was a last minute addition when Zimbabwe withdrew

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Japan 		6-1 	31- 6 	2-1 	7-3 	Silver
2. Venezuela 		6-1 	26- 7 	0-2 	6-3 
3. Canada 		5-2 	38- 5 	2-1 	7-3 	4th
4. Dominican Republic 	4-3 	23-29 	0-1 	4-4
5. Botswana 		3-4 	 7-14
6. Australia 		3-4 	21-26
7. Netherlands 		1-6 	11-52
8. Chinese Taipei 	0-7 	 8-35
Playoffs
Preliminary Round
Japan 1 - New Zealand 0
USA 6 - Venezuela 2 - WP Michael White
Czech Republic 4 - Dominican Republic 3
Canada 7 - South Africa 0
Finals
New Zealand 1 - Czech Republic 0
Canada 2 - Venezuela 0
Japan 2 - USA 0 - LP Doug Middleton
New Zealand 3 - Canada 2
Grand Finals
New Zealand 3 - USA 1 - Bronze - LP Peter Meredith
New Zealand 2 - Japan 1 - Gold
Leading Hitter - Mark Sorenson, New Zealand (16-34, .529)
Note - Nobunori Nishimura, Japan competed in his 5th ISF Worlds and has a record of 17-6
==========================================================================================================
2004	Christchurch, New Zealand
	New Zealand (9-1)		Canada (8-3) 	    		 53-21	(4 shutouts)- Team USA, 4th, 7-2
	Note- New Zealand won its third Worlds in a row and has a record of 34-2 over the last three events
	Note- Jimmy Wana, New Zealand (6-0); Andrew Kirkpatrick, Australia (6-1, 41 IP, 70 Ks, also 10-17, .588)
	Note- Mike White and Travis Price (2-0), Doug Middleton (2-1) and Doug Gillis (1-1) for USA with 5 shutouts
Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Canada 		6-1 	39- 9 	2-2 	8-3 	Silver
2. New Zealand 		6-1 	62-20 	3-0 	9-1 	Gold
3. Australia 		5-2 	41-15 	3-1 	8-3 	Bronze
4. Samoa 		4-3 	31-31 	1-1 	5-4
5. South Africa 	2-5 	25-43 
6. Venezuela 		2-5 	19-39
7. Philippines 		2-5 	17-38
8. Netherlands 		1-6 	23-61

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. USA 5 ShO 		6-0 	47- 3 	1-2 	7-2 	4th
2. Japan 		5-1 	33- 9 	0-2 	5-3
3. Czech Republic 	4-2 	21-22 	0-1 	4-3
4. Argentina 		3-3 	18-18 	0-1 	3-4
5. Great Britain 	2-4 	21-24
6. Botswana 		1-5 	 9-24
7. Hong Kong 		0-6 	 2-51
Playoffs
Preliminary Round
Australia 7 - Argentina 0 
Samoa 5 - Czech Republic 0
Canada 2 - Japan 1 - WP Darren Zack
New Zealand 9 - USA 0 - WP Jimmy Wana; LP Doug Gillis
Finals
Australia 5 - Japan 0 - WP Andrew Kirkpatrick
USA 3 - Samoa 2 - WP Doug Middleton
New Zealand 13- Canada 5 - WP Jimmy Wana; LP Dean Holoien
Australia 5 - USA 4 - WP Andrew Kirkpatrick; LP Doug Middleton 4th
Grand Finals
Canada 7 - Australia 0 - Bronze - WP Gerald Muizlaar; LP Andrew Kirkpatrick
New Zealand 9 - Canada 5 - Gold - WP Jimmy Wana; LP Brad Underhill
==========================================================================================================
2009	Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
	Australia (9-1)			New Zealand (9-2)		 54-45	(1 shutout)- Team USA, 4th, 7-3
	Note- Adam Folkard (5-0 36 IP, 57 Ks) and Andrew Kirkpatrick (3-1, 19 IP, 34 Ks) combined 7 Shutouts for Australia
	Note- Marty Grant (4-0) and Jeremy Manley (3-1) led New Zealand. Todd Martin was 4-0 for Canada.
	Note- For USA, Travis Price (3-0), Paul Koert (2-3). Ty KcKinnon and Terry Luster won the other two games
Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. New Zealand 		7-0 	81- 0 	2-2 	9-2	Silver
2. USA 			6-1 	38-31 	1-2 	7-3	4th
3. Japan 		4-3 	44-27 	1-1 	5-4	
4. Great Britain* 	3-4 	28-36 	0-1 	3-5
5. Philippines 		3-4 	23-39
6. Denmark 		3-4 	19-49
7. Mexico 		1-6 	31-54
8. Botswana 		1-6 	16-40
*Note- Great Britain advances due to fewest runs allowed as the tie-breaker

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Canada 		7-0 	55-14 	1-2 	8-2	Bronze
2. Australia 		6-1 	57-12 	3-0 	9-1	Gold
3. Venezuela 		5-2 	65-15 	1-1 	5-4
4. Argentina 		4-3 	34-35 	0-1 	4-4
5. Czech Republic 	3-4 	33-36
6. Puerto Rico 		2-5 	38-57
7. South Africa 	1-6 	23-60
8. Indonesia 		0-7 	 2-76
Playoffs
Preliminary Round
Japan 7 - Argentina 6
Venezuela 10- Great Britain 3
Australia 7 - New Zealand 0 - WP Adam Folkard
Canada 6 - USA 4 - LP Paul Koert
Finals
New Zealand 10- Japan 6
USA 9 - Venezuela 1 - WP Travis Price
Australia 2 - Canada 0 - WP Andrew Kirkpatrick 14Ks
New Zealand 7 - USA 3 - 4th -  LP Paul Koert
Grand Finals
New Zealand 8 - Canada 5 - Bronze - WP Marty Grant; LP Dean Holoien
Australia 5 - New Zealand 0 - Gold - WP Adam Folkard No-Hitter, 10 Ks
Leading Hitter - Eduardo Galarza, Puerto Rico (9-17, .529, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs)
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2013	Auckland, New Zealand
	New Zealand (9-1)		Venezuela (7-5)			 44-34	(1 shutout)- Team USA, 8th, 4-4
	Note- Jeremy Manley, New Zealand (4-0); Worst showing ever by Team USA. 
	Note- Australia - Adam Folkard (4-1 43 IP, 71 Ks) and Andrew Kirkpatrick (3-1, 21 IP, 31 Ks) both had No-Hitters
	Note- USA - Josh Johnson (2-1), Travis Price (1-1), Gerald Muizelaar (1-2)
Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Australia 		7-0 	48- 5 	2-2 	9-2 	Bronze
2. Venezuela 		5-2 	28-17 	2-2 	7-4 	Silver
3. Samoa 		4-3 	31-25 	0-1 	4-4
4. USA 			4-3 	42-25 	0-1 	4-4
5. Great Britain 	3-4 	20-18
6. Czech Republic 	3-4 	37-38
7. South Africa 	2-5 	13-37
8. Indonesia 		0-7 	14-67

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Canada 		6-1 	43-12 	0-2 	6-3
2. New Zealand 		6-1 	43-12 	3-0 	9-1 	Gold
3. Argentina 		5-2 	24- 6 	2-1 	7-3 	4th
4. Japan 		5-2 	45-13 	1-1 	6-3
5. Columbia 		3-4 	17-25
6. Mexico 		2-5 	19-41
7. Netherlands 		1-6 	14-57
8. Philippines 		0-7 	12-51
Playoffs
Preliminary Round
Japan 4 - Samoa 2
Argentina 9 - USA 2 - LP Travis Price
New Zealand 5 - Australia 4
Venezuela 3 - Canada 1
Finals
Australia 4 - Japan 0
Argentina 2 - Canada 1
New Zealand 2 - Venezuela 0
Australia 2 - Argentina 1
Grand Finals
Venezuela 2 - Australia 0 - Bronze - LP Andrew Kirkpatrick
New Zealand 4 - Venezuela 1 - Gold - WP Jeremy Manley

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NOTE - The International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Softball Championship merged with the 
International Baseball Federation (IBF) to form the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in 2013. 
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2015	Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
	Canada (10-1)			New Zealand (7-3)		 40-26	(2 shutouts)- Team USA, 9th, 6-3
	Note- Canada defeated Venezuela 10-0 in the final and then New Zealand 10-5 in the Grand Final
	Note- USA - Tony Mancha (3-2, 28 IP, 45 Ks), Josh Johnson (2-0) and Gerald Muizelaar (1-1)
Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Canada 		7-0 	55- 9 	3-1 	10-1 	Gold
2. Argentina 		5-2 	33-13 	0-2 	5-3 
3. Czech Republic 	5-2 	36-35 	0-1 	5-3
4. New Zealand 		5-2 	48-10 	2-1 	7-3 	Silver
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5. Great Britain 	3-4 	25-28 	1-1 	4-5
6. Guatemala 		2-5 	17-32 	1-1 	3-6
7. Philippines 		1-6 	16-54 	0-1 	1-7
8. Indonesia 		0-7	 0-49 	0-1 	0-8	Forfeit

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Dominican Republic 	6-1 	37-17 	0-2 	6-3
2. Australia 		5-2 	26-18 	1-2 	6-4 	4th
3. Venezuela 		5-2 	29-17 	2-1 	7-3 	Bronze
4. Japan 		4-3 	31-19 	1-1 	5-4
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5. USA 			4-3 	32-23 	3-0 	7-3 	Placement 1st
6. Mexico 		3-4 	36-33 	2-1 	5-5
7. Denmark 		1-6 	15-41 	0-1 	1-7
8. Netherlands 		0-7 	 2-37 	0-1 	0-8
Championship Playoffs (top 4 in each pool)
Quarterfinal
Canada 8 - Australia 3
Japan 8 - Czech Republic 3
Venezuela 3 - Argentina 1
New Zealand 8 - Dominican Republic 0
Semi Finals
Australia 3 - Japan 0
Venezuela 3 - Dominican Republic 0
Preliminary Finals
Venezuela 4 - Australia 0
New Zealand 9 - Canada 5
Grand Finals
Canada 10 - Venezuela 0 - Bronze
Canada 10 - New Zealand 5 - Gold

Placement Round Playoffs (bottom 4 in each pool)
Quarterfinal
Great Britain 3 - Netherlands 2
Mexico 7 - Philippines 0
USA 7 - Indonesia 0 (Forfeit)
Guatamala 3 - Denmark 1
Semi Finals
Mexico 7 - Great Britain 5
USA 4 - Guatamala 0
Final
USA 4 - Mexico 3 - 9th place game
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2017	Whitehorse, Yukon
	New Zealand (9-1)		Australia (8-4)			 65-32	(2 shutouts)- Team USA, 6th, 6-3
	Note- New Zealand defeated Australia 6-4 in the Final Championship Game
	Note- USA - Duane Weiler (2-0), Jeremy Manley (2-1) and Tony Mancha (2-2, 22 IP, 42 Ks)
Pool Play - Group A (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Canada 		7-0 	66-11 	1-2 	8-2 	Bronze
2. Australia 		5-2 	45-12 	3-2 	7-4 	Silver
3. USA 			5-2 	47-18 	1-1 	6-3
4. Argentina 		5-2 	45-25 	2-1 	7-3	4th
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5. Dominican Republic 	3-4 	52-36 	1-2 	4-6
6. South Africa 	2-5 	28-37 	2-1 	4-6
7. Hong Kong 		1-6 	 3-80 	1-1 	2-7
8. India 		0-7 	 3-72 	0-1 	0-8

Pool Play - Group B (Record; RF-RA)	Playoffs	Final
1. Japan 		6-1 	74-10 	0-2 	6-3
2. New Zealand 		6-1 	73-11 	3-0 	9-1 	Gold
3. Venezuela 		6-1 	78-19 	0-1 	6-2
4. Botswana 		3-4 	24-23 	0-1 	3-5
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5. Denmark 		3-4 	33-28 	1-2 	4-6
6. Czech Republic 	3-4 	40-33 	4-1 	7-5 	Placement 1st
7. Great Britain 	1-6 	24-55 	1-1 	2-7
8. Turkey 		0-7 	 1-169 	0-1 	0-8
Championship Round
Preliminary Round
Argentina 5 - Botswana 0
USA 11- Venezuela 3
Canada 2 - Japan 0
New Zealand 6 - Australia 2
Final
Argentina 5 - Japan 3
Australia 11- USA 7
New Zealand 12- Canada 11
Australia 4 - Argentina 1
Grand Final
Australia 7 - Canada 3 - Bronze
New Zealand 6 - Australia 4 - Gold

Placement Pool
Preliminary Round
Hong Kong 15- Turkey 0
Great Britain 8 - India 1
South Africa 8 - Czech Republic 7
Dominican Republic 6 - Denmark 0
Semi-Finals
Czech Republic 6 - Hong Kong 2
Denmark 6 - Great Britain 1
South Africa 11- Dominican Republic 2
Czech Republic 5 - Denmark 3
Finals
Czech Republic 7 - Dominican Republic 0
Czech Republic 8 - South Africa 0 - Placement Final 1st
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Total USA Record; 127-34	5 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal, 3 Bronze Medals		RF-RA; 951-272	(76 shutouts)
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USA Men's Pitching Records - ISF Worlds
Year Pitcher			W-L	IP	Ks	Shutouts	NH/PG		MVP
1966 Charlie Richard 		5-0 	39 	61 	5 Shutouts			MVP
1966 Harvey Sterkal 		3-0 	24 	32 	1 Shutout
1966 Joe Lynch 			2-0 	12 	15 	1 Shutout
1966 Chick Walsh 		1-0 	 7 		1 Shutout
1966 Don Proctor 		1-0 	 7 	10 	1 Shutout
1968 Harvey Sterkal 		3-0 	21 	42 	1 Shutout	No-Hitter 	MVP
1968 Joe Lynch 			3-0 	22 	45
1968 Steve Nielsen 		2-0 	16 	28
1968 Charlie Richard 		2-1 	21 	35 	1 Shutout	Perfect Game
1972 Richie Stephens 		4-2 	39 		3 Shutouts
1972 Dick Brubaker 		4-1 	45 		2 Shutouts
1972 George Tenhaus 		1-0 	 7 		1 Shutout
1976 Ty Stofflet 		4-2 	59 	98 	3 Shutouts 	No-Hitter	MVP
1976 George Ulmer 		4-0 	30 	45 	3 Shutouts
1976 Larry Bergh 		3-0 	22 	35 	2 Shutouts 	No-Hitter
1980 Owen Walford 		6-0 	39 	47 	6 Shutouts 			MVP
1980 Bob Ryan 			2-0 	14 	15 	2 Shutout
1980 Chuck D'Arcy 		1-0 	12 	26 	1 Shutout
1984 Owen Walford 		3-1 	33 	45 	1 Shutout
1984 Dennis Amell 		3-1 	28 	48 	1 Shutout
1984 Al Lewis 			1-0 	 5 	 8 	1 Shutout
1988 Peter Meredith 		6-0 	33 	66 	2 Shutout
1988 Dave Scott 		6-1 	41 	69 	4 Shutout
1988 Steve Schultz 		2-1 	19 		2 Shutout 	2 No-Hitters
1992 Jimmy Moore 		4-1 	31 		3 Shutout 	No-Hitter
1992 Scott Plannger 		1-0 	 5 		1 Shutout
1992 Al Rebling 		1-0 	 5 	11 	1 Shutout 	Perfect Game
1992 Doug Middleton 		2-1 	23 	37 	1 Shutout
1996 - no info in records
1996 Doug Gillis
1996 Pete Meredith
1996 Doug Middleton
1996 Jimmy Moore
2000 Doug Middleton 		1-1 	14 	30 	1 Shutout
2000 Mike White 		2-0 	16 	19 	1 Shutout 	No-Hitter
2000 Pete Meredith 		2-1 	21 	37 	1 Shutout
2000 Bill Hillhouse 		2-1 	11 	18 	1 Shutout 	Perfect Game
2004 - no info on shutouts or innings pitched
2004 Mike White 		2-0
2004 Travis Price 		2-0
2004 Doug Middleton 		2-1 	21 	26
2004 Doug Gillis 		1-1	
2009 Paul Koert 		2-3 	24 	32 	1 Shutout
2009 Travis Price 		3-0 	26 	22
2009 Terry Luster 		1-0 	 7 	 3
2009 Tyron McKinnon 		1-0 	 8 	 3
2013 Gerald Muizelaar 		1-2 	20 	23
2013 Travis Price 		1-1 	13 	15 	1 Shutout 	No-Hitter
2013 Josh Johnson 		2-1 	16 	18
2015 Tony Mancha 		3-2 	28 	45
2015 Gerald Muizelaar 		1-1 	17 	30
2015 Josh Johnson 		2-0 	13 	22
2015 Forfeit Win 		1-0
2017 Tony Mancha 		2-2 	22 	42
2017 Jeremy Manley 		2-1 	13 	14
2017 Duane Weiler 		2-0 	12 	16

ISF/WBSC Worlds
WOMEN
International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship (1965-2012)
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's World Championship (2014-)
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1965	Australia (11-1)		USA - Brakettes (8-3)		36-12	(6 shutouts)
	Note-  Bertha Tickey (4-1, .286 avg), Donna Lopiano (lost championship game 1-0 on wild pitch)
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1970	Japan (9-1)			USA - Orange Lionettes (8-2)	37- 5	(6 shutouts)
	Note- Nancy Welborn (6-1, 50 IP, but lost final 1-0 on error and unearned run), Jackie Rice (2-0)
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1974	USA - Brakettes (9-0)		Japan (8-1)			75- 0	(9 shutouts)
	MVP- Joan Joyce (5-0, 0.00 ERA, 36 IP, 76 K's, 3 no-hitters, 2 perfect games); 3-0 final score on no hitter
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	Note- Kathy Elliott (.444, 11 runs, 11 RBIs), Irene Shea (.500), Willie Roze (.455) and Joan Joyce (.417)
1978	USA - Brakettes (10-0)		Canada (7-1); 4-0 final score	60- 3	(8 shutouts)
	Note- Barbara Reinalda (5-0, 4 shutouts, beat Canada in final), Kathy Arendsen (5-0, 4 Shutouts, 3 no-hitters)
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1982	New Zealand (9-1)		Chinese Taipei (9-2)  		50- 4	(7 shutouts)- USA-Orlando Rebels (4th, 7-3)
	Note- USA (7-0 in Pool Play, 7 straight shutouts, then lost 2 to Chinese Taipei and 1-0 game to Australia)
	Note- Dot Richardson, USA led all players in hitting (14-25, .560)
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1986	USA - Brakettes  (13-0)		China (11-4)			41- 4	(10 shutouts)
	MVP- Kathy Arendsen, Brakettes (hurled a shutout in every game she pitched)
	Note- The Brakettes staff of Barbara Reinalda, Lisa Ishikawa and Michelle Granger (2 no hitters) was untouchable
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1990	USA (10-0)			New Zealand (9-2)		79- 2	(8 shutouts)- Team USA
	Note - Michele Smith (2-0, Won 6-1 Championship game, also pitched perfect game in earlier game)
	Note - Kathy Arendsen, Lisa Fernandez, Debbie Doom and Lisa Longaker all 2-0 and hurled shutouts
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1994	USA (10-0)			China (8-3)			70- 4	(8 shutouts)- Team USA
	Note - Lori Harrigan pitched a 6-0 Shutout in final, Dot Richardson, Lisa Fernandez and Laura Berg all had 2 hits.
	Sheila Douty (10-28, .357, 2 HRs). Harrigan was 2-0 with a no hitter, Michele Smith (2-0, perfect game),
	Susie Parra and Lisa Fernandez both 2-0.
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1998	USA (11-1)			Australia (9-1)			74- 2	(11 shutouts)-Team USA
	Note - Lisa Fernandez pitched a 1-0, 1-hit shutout in the Championship, Her HR was the game winner.
	Fernandez (5-1, 43 IP, 66 Ks, 4 Shutouts, Perfect Game) also hit 2 HRs. Sheila Douty led the USA with 4 HRs.
	Lori Harrigan (2-0, Shutout), Michele Smith (2-0, 18 IP, 36 Ks, no hitter), Christa Williams (1-0, perfect game)
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2002	USA (10-0)			Japan (9-2)			59- 0	(10 shutouts)- Team USA
	MVP - Natasha Watley (3-3 in final game); 1-0 final score; Lisa Fernandez pitches 3-hit Shutout in final.
	Whatley finished with a .516 batting average (16-31). Fernandez (4-0, 35 IP, 28 Ks, 4 Shutouts and 1 Save)
	Lori Harrigan (2-0, 2 Shutouts, perfect game), Jennie Finch (2-0), Michelle Smith (1-0, perfect game).
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2006	USA (10-1)			Japan (9-1)			71- 7	(7 shutouts)- Team USA
	Note - Cat Osterman pitched a 3-0, 1-hitter with 14 Ks. Jessica Mendoza and Crystal Bustos both 2 hits
	Note - Cat Osterman (6-0, 70 Ks, 41 IP), Jessica Mendoza (16-32, .500, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs)
	Note - Monica Abbott, Alicia Hollowell, Jennie Finch (1-1) and Jamie Southern all pitched a shutout
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2010	USA (10-0)			Japan (9-2)			94- 6	(5 shutouts)- Team USA	
	Note - Cat Osterman (4-0) was the winning pitcher in the final game won by Team USA 7-0. She struck out
	only one batter in the 3 innings she pitched, but Monica Abbott (2-0) came in and hurled the final 2 innings 
	to secure the win, Jessica Mendoza had 2 hits and Andrea Duren hit a home run to lead the offense.
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2012	Japan (10-1)			USA (9-1)			85- 6	(6 shutouts)- Team USA
	2-1 final score (10 innings); Keilani Ricketts hurled 9.2 IP in final. Rickets (4-0, 25 Ks, No Hitter)
	Chelsea Thomas (3-0, 16 IP, 24 Ks, shutout), Jordan Taylor (2-0, no hitter), Jackie Traina (1-1)
	Amanda Chidester led USA with (10-24, .417), 5 HRs and 14 RBIs.
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NOTE - The International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Softball Championship merged with the 
International Baseball Federation (IBF) to form the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in 2013. 
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2014	Japan (7-0)			USA (9-2)			70-14	(6 shutouts)- Team USA
	4-1 final score; Raven Chavanne went 10-19 in the final 5 games for USA, but fell short. Jackie Traina
	(3-0, 17 IP, 29 Ks), Sara Nevins (2-0), Jolene Henderson (2-1), Jessica Moore (2-1). Amanda Chichester
	hit 3 HRs for the USA squad.
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2016	USA (9-0)			Japan (7-2)			83-10	(5 shutouts)- Team USA
	7-3 final score; Team USA showed the dominance it is back. Jessica Moore hurled title game. Michelle
	Moultrie HR, 3 RBIs led offense. Jessica Moore (4-0, 15 IP, 23 Ks), Ally Carda and Delanie Gourley (2-0)
	Jackie Traine (1-0). Amanda Chichester (13-22, .591, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs)
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2018	USA (10-0)			Japan (9-2)			71-13	(5 shutouts)- Team USA
	7-6 final score; Haylie McCleney (13-26, .500, 2 HRs, USA batted .357 as a team with 15 HRs)
	Note - Monica Abbott (5-0, 26 IP, 58 Ks), winning pitcher in championship game.
Total USA Record; 153-13	11 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals, 1 Fourth Place		RF-RA; 1051-92	(117 shutouts)	- 16 Events

United States (ISF) International Softball Hall of Fame Members
United States (WBSC) World Baseball Softball Confederation of Fame Members
(The ISF and the IBAF-International Baseball Federation merged to form the WBSC)
MEMBER			Catagory			Year Inducted
W.W. 'Bill' Kethan	Administrator/Organizer		1981
Don Porter		Administrator/Organizer		1983
Rocco Santilli		Coach				1991
Merle Butler		Administrator/Umpire		1993
Ralph Raymond		Coach				1993
Diane Schumacher	Player				1993
Andrew Loechner		Administrator			1997
Joe Barber		Administrator			1999
Joan Joyce		Player				1999
O.W. 'Bill' Smith	Administrator			2001
Harvey Sterkel		Player				2001
Kathy Arendsen		Player				2003
Michele Granger		Player				2005
Ty Stofflet		Player				2005
Shiela Cornell-Douty	Player				2007
RB Thomas		Administrator			2013
Other Players in the International Softball Hall of Fame that have played ASA/USA Softball
1991 Kevin Herlihy, New Zealand Player
1997 Owen Walford, New Zealand Player
2003 Cheri Kempf, New Zealand Player
2005 Lori Sippel, Canada Player
2009 Darren Zack, Canada Player
2009 Mark Sorenson, New Zealand Player
2011 Chubb Tangaroa, New Zealand Player
2013 Mike Piechnik, Canada Player
2013 Michael White, New Zealand Player
2017 Jarrod Martin, New Zealand Player
ISF International Softball Federation HOF
1993 - Diane Schumacher - Raybestos Brakettes/USA
1997 - Owen Walford - New Zealand
1999 - Joan Joyce - Raybestos Brakettes/USA
	1974 USA - 5-0 record, 36 scoreless innings, 76 Ks, 3 no hitters, 2 were perfect games
2001 - Harvey Sterkel - Aurora/USA (1966 MVP)
	2 ISF championships, never lost, record 8-0 in ISF and 19 Ks in 7 inn games. total 45 IP, 74 Ks
2003 - Kathy Arendsen - Raybestos Brakettes/USA
	Played in 3 ISFs, 11-0 record, Also 2 Pan Am Games, 69 Ks total
2005 - Michele Granger - USA
	WP in 1996 Olympic Gold Medal game, (2-0, .0.87, 25 Ks) - 1994 ISF Gold, 1991/1995 Pan Am Gold
2005 - Ty Stofflet - USA
	1979 and 1983 Pan Am (6-1 record), 1976 ISF (4-2 record, batted .375, 98 Ks, 59 IP)
	allowed just 4 runs all unearned. won the most famous game ever played against New Zealand
	20 inning 1-0 game he had perfect game for 18 2/3 inn, finished with no hitter and drove in winning run.
2007 - Sheila Cornell-Douty - USA
	Played over 100 games in Internationally; 3 ISF, 5 Pan Am and 2 Olympics, 9 Gold, 1 Silver Had .390 avg
2009 - Mark Sorenson - New Zealand
	7 ISFs, 5 Gold, 2 Silver, batted .400 or higher in 4
2009 - Darrin Zack - Canada 
	3 ISFs, 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, WP in 1992 title game, 3 Pan Am Golds
2011 - Robert 'Chubb' Tangaroa - New Zealand
	1988 and 1996 ISF Gold, 1992 Silver, total 12-1 record
2013 - Michael White - New Zealand/USA
2013 - Mike Piechnik - Canada/USA
	1995 and 1999 Pan Am Gold for Canada. 1992 Gold, 1996 Silver ISFs for Canada

Pan Am Games - Men's Softball Championships
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1967	USA (Clearwater Bombers)	USA (Grand Forks, ND)		Demonstration Sport Only - see note (Not counted in Total Tallies)
1979	Canada (8-2)			USA (8-1)			44-10	(6 shutouts); 1-0 final score
1983	Canada (10-2)			USA (9-2)			80-28	(4 shutouts); 11-5 final score
1987	Canada (10-1)			USA (10-2)			70-17	(6 shutouts); 2-1 final score
1991	Canada (10-1)			USA (9-3)			43-21	(3 shutouts); 3-1 final score
1995	Canada (15-1)			USA (14-2)			86-15	(7 shutouts); 2-1 final score
1999	Canada (8-0)			USA (6-3)			64-11	(4 shutouts); 4-3 final score
2003	Canada (7-0)			USA (5-3)			24-14	(4 shutouts); 4-2 final score
2007	- Men's Softball not part of the 2007 competition
2011	- Men's Softball not part of the 2011 competition
2015	Canada (7-0)			Venezuela (5-3)			16-11	(1 shutout) ; USA-4th place 2-4 
2019	Argentina (7-0)			USA (5-2)			44-26	(1 shutout); 5-0 final score
Total USA Record; 68-22		8 Silver Medals				RF-RA; 471-153	(36 shutouts)
NOTE- 1967 Demonstration Sport (Men's Softball) Results
Standings 					Record	-Game Scores		RF-RA
1. USA (Clearwater Bombers, FL) 		3-0 	12-7, 4-3, 7-0 		23-10
2. USA (Matt's Tavern, Grand Forks, ND) 	2-1 	7-0, 3-0, 3-4 		13- 4
3. Canada (Vancouver Blue Boys) 		1-2 	7-12, 5-0, 0-3 		12-15
4. Canada (Winnipeg, Manitoba) 			0-3 	0-7, 0-7, 0-5 		 0-15

Pan Am Games - Women's Softball Championships
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1967	USA (Raybestos Brakettes)	Canada (Fort Erie)		 * Demonstration Sport Only - see note (Not counted in Total Tallies)
1979	USA (13-1)			Puerto Rico			 74- 2	(13 shutouts);  2-0 final score
1983	Canada				USA (10-2)			104-23	( 6 shutouts);  4-5 final score
1987	USA (9-0)			Puerto Rico			 51- 1	( 8 shutouts);  4-1 final score
1991	USA (9-0)			Canada				 60- 3	( 7 shutouts); 14-0 final score
1995	USA (12-0)			Puerto Rico			 86- 1	(11 shutouts);  7-0 final score
1999	USA (12-0)			Canada (8-5)			 83- 1	(11 shutouts);  1-0 final score
2003	USA (9-0)			Canada (6-4)			 59- 1	( 8 shutouts);  4-0 final score
2007	USA (4-0)			Canada and Venezuela (tie)	 28- 0	( 4 shutouts); rained shortened
2011	USA (9-0)			Canada (7-3)			 78- 8	( 5 shutouts); 11-1 final score
2015	Canada (6-2)			USA (6-1)			 50-10	( 3 shutouts);  4-2 final score	
2019	USA (7-1)			Canada (5-2)			 45- 6	( 4 shutouts);  3-1 final score
Total USA Record; 100-5		9 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal		RF-RA; 718-56	(80 shutouts)
NOTE- 1967 Demonstration Sport (Women's Softball) Results
Standings 					Record	-Game Scores		RF-RA
1. USA (Raybestos Brakettes, CT) 		4-0 	11-1, 12-0, 6-1, 1-0 	30- 1
2. Canada (Fort Erie Atwoods, Ontario) 		2-2 	1-11, 6-2, 0-6, 6-5 	13-24
3. USA (Minneapolis Comets, MN) 		0-4 	2-6, 0-12, 0-1, 5-6 	 7-25

Women's World Cup Championship
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2005	Japan (3-2)			USA (3-2)			23- 9	(1 shutout) ; 3-1 final score loss
2006	USA (6-0)			Japan (3-2)			59- 3	(4 shutouts); 5-2 final score
2007	USA (7-0)			Japan (4-2)			44- 3	(4 shutouts); 3-0 final score
2008	- Not Held - Olympic Year							
2009	USA (6-0)			Australia (3-3)			50- 4	(3 shutouts); 3-1 final score
2010	USA (6-1)			Japan (3-4)			33- 6	(5 shutouts); 5-1 final score
2011	USA (5-1)			Japan (4-2)			37-14	(1 shutouts); 6-4 final score
2012	USA (6-0)			Australia (4-2)			33- 1	(5 shutouts); 3-0 final score
2013	Japan (4-1)			USA (3-2)			28-16	(2 shutouts); 6-3 final score loss
2014	USA (7-0)			Canada (5-2)			53- 9	(2 shutouts); 5-2 final score	
2015	USA (7-1)			Japan (5-3)			49- 9	(3 shutouts); 6-1 final score	
2016	Japan (6-1)			USA (6-1)			57- 6	(3 shutouts); 2-1 final score loss
2017	Japan (7-1)			USA (7-1)			52- 8	(3 shutouts); 2-1 final score loss
Total USA Record; 69-9		8 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medal		RF-RA; 518-88	(36 shutouts)


Women's Olympic Games - Softball Championships
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1996	USA (8-1)			China (6-4)			41- 8	(4 shutouts)
2000	USA (7-3)			Japan (8-1)			25- 7	(6 shutouts)
2004	USA (9-0)			Australia (7-3)			51- 1	(8 shutouts)
2008	Japan (8-2)			USA (8-1)			58- 5	(6 shutouts)
2012	- Softball discontinued from Olympic Games
2016	- Softball not held, but reinstated for 2020
2020
Total USA Record; 32-5		3 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal		RF-RA; 175-21	(24 shutouts)

Olympic Statistics and Medals (includes all four Olympic Games: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
Batting
Total Player H AB Avg R 2B 3B HR RBI SB 1996 2000 2004 2008 Gold
1 Jenny Topping 4 6 0.667 0 0 1 0 0 0 Gold 1
1 Vicky Galindo 3 5 0.600 1 0 0 0 1 0 Silver 0
1 Dionna Harris 9 22 0.409 5 0 0 0 1 Gold 2
2 Natasha Watley 21 58 0.362 14 1
1
2 10 7 Gold Silver 2
1 Caitlin Lowe 10 28 0.357 9 1 0 1 4 1 Silver 0
3 Crystl Bustos 30 85 0.353 26 1 0 14 24 1 Gold Gold Silver 3
2 Kelly Kretschman 15 44 0.341 9 4
1
2 11 0 Gold Silver 2
2 Lovie Jung 13 41 0.317 8 2 0 0 8 2 Gold Silver 2
3 Lisa Fernandez 23 76 0.303 11 3 0 3 18 1 Gold Gold Gold 3
1 Andrea Duran 6 20 0.300 4 2 0 0 5 1 Silver 0
2 Jessica Mendoza 13 44 0.295 16 3
1
4 14 2 Gold Silver 1
1 Jennifer Brundage 9 32 0.281 4 1 0 2 3 1 Gold 1
2 Sheila Cornell-Douty 16 60 0.267 9 3 0 4 12 0 Gold Gold 2
4 Laura Berg 22 85 0.259 10 1 0 0 3 2 Gold Gold Gold Silver 3
1 Gillian Boxx 4 16 0.250 2 1 0 0 3 Gold 1
1 Lauren Lappin 1 4 0.250 0 0 0 0 2 0 Silver 0
1 Julie Smith 5 21 0.238 2 0 0 0 1 Gold 1
2 Dot Richardson 14 61 0.230 8 2 0 4 10 0 Gold Gold 2
3 Leah Amico-O’Brien 15 66 0.227 5 1 0 0 7 1 Gold Gold Gold 3
1 Kim Maher 7 32 0.219 7 1 0 1 3 Gold 1
3 Stacey Nuveman 14 66 0.212 6 1 0 2 13 1 Gold Gold Silver 2
2 Tairia Flowers 4 23 0.174 6 1 0 1 3 0 Gold Silver 1
1 Amanda Freed 1 6 0.167 3 0 0 0 0 0 Gold 1
1 Dani Tyler 3 18 0.167 1 1
1
0 0 Gold 1
1 Shelly Stokes 1 6 0.167 1 0 0 0 1 Gold 1
2 Michele Smith 6 40 0.150 6 2 0 0 2 0 Gold Gold 2
1 Christie Ambrosi 1 16 0.063 0 0 0 0 1 0 Gold 1
3 Lori Harrigan 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Gold Gold Gold 3
2 Jennie Finch 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Gold Gold 2
1 Michele Granger 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Gold 1
1 Danielle Henderson 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 Gold 1
2 Cat Osterman 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 Gold Silver 1
1 Monica Abbott 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 Silver 0
2 Christa Williams 0 4 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 Gold Gold 2
1 Michelle Venturella 0 5 0.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 Gold 1
1 Jennifer McFalls 0 7 0.000 2 0 0 0 0 0 Gold 1
Pitching
Total Player G GS W L Sv IP R ER K ERA 1996 2000 2004 2008 Gold
3 Lisa Fernandez 11 7 7 2 1 74 6 4 93 0.38 Gold Gold Gold 3
2 Cat Osterman 12 9 5 1 1 34 2 2 56 0.41 Gold Silver 1
3 Lori Harrigan 6 4 4 0 0 28 0 0 29 0.00 Gold Gold Gold       3
2 Christa Williams 7 2 4 0 2 26 0 0 38 0.00 Gold Gold 2
2 Jennie Finch 5 4 4 0 0 19 0 0 27 0.00 Gold Silver 1
1 Monica Abbott 6 3 3 0 0 24 3 1 32 0.29 Silver 0
2 Michele Smith 5 4 2 2 0 41 7 3 60 0.51 Gold Gold 2
1 Michelle Granger 3 3 2 0 0 16 2 2 25 0.87 Gold 1
1 Danielle Henderson 1 1 1 0 0 5 0 0 7 0.00 Gold 1



TEAM USA Women HISTORY for (ISF-WBSC World Championships, USA World Cup, Pan Am Games and Olympics) (1965-2019)
Event 				Record 		RF - RA 	ShO 	Gold 	Silver 	Other 		Total Events
World Championship 		153-13 		1051- 92 	117 	11 	 4 		(1) 4th	16
Pan Am Games 		100- 5 		 718- 56 	 80 	 9 	 1 		0		10
World Cup 			 69- 9 		 518- 88 	 39 	 8 	 4 		0		12
Olympics 			 32- 5 		 175- 21 	 24 	 3 	 1 		0		 4
Totals 			354-32 		2462-257 	257 	31 	10 		(1) 4th	42
USA Women have an incredible 91.7% Winning Percentage. In 42 Total Events, they have finished 1st or 2nd in 41 of
the total 42 events. They have allowed 0.6 runs per game and of the 354 games they won, 257 have been shutouts.
74% of their wins were by way of shutout. 72% of the events they entered have produced Gold Medals. Incredible


TEAM USA Men HISTORY for (ISF-WBSC World Championships and Pan Am Games) (1966-2019)
Event 				Record 		RF - RA 	ShO 	Gold 	Silver	Bronze 	Other 				Total Events
World Championship 		127- 34 		 951-272 	 76 	 5 	 1 	3		(3) 4th, (1) 6th,8th,9th	15
Pan Am Games 		 68- 22 		 471-153 	 36 	 0 	 8 	0		(1) 4th			 9
Totals 			195- 56 		1322-425 	112 	 5 	 9 	3		(4) 4th, (1) 6th,8th,9th	24
USA Men have a 77.7% Winning Percentage. In 24 Total Events, they have finished 1st or 2nd in 14 of
the total 24 events. They have allowed 1.7 runs per game and of the 195 games they won, 112 have been shutouts.
58% of their wins were by way of shutout. 21% of the events they entered have produced Gold Medals.

Other Men's International Events
IWGA World Games (International World Games Association)
Year	Champion (record)			Runner-up (record)		Note
1981 	USA-I (Guanella Bros-Santa Rosa, CA)	USA-II (Peterbilt Western, Seattle, WA)	3-0 final score - Peter Brown, Winning Pitcher for Guanella
1985 	- Men's Softball Discontinued at World Games
ISF World Cup of Softball
Year	Champion (record)			Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2007 	Japan (9-1) 				USA (8-3)			79-36 RF-RA, 1 Shutout
2009 	- Men's Softball Discontinued at World Cup

Other Women's International Events
Japan Softball Cup
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2002 	USA (4-0)			Japan (2-2)			12- 1 RF-RA, 3 Shutouts
2003 	USA (3-0)			Japan (2-1) 			17- 3 RF-RA, 2 Shutouts; rain shortened
2004 	- Not Held - Olympic Year
2005 	Japan (4-0)			USA (2-2)			14- 4 RF-RA, 2 Shutouts
2006	USA (4-0)			Japan (2-2)			25- 4 RF-RA, 3 Shutouts
2007 	USA (3-1)			Japan (3-1)			14- 9 RF-RA, 0 Shutouts
2008	- Not Held - Olympic Year
2009 	USA (4-0)			Japan (1-3)			28- 5 RF-RA, 1 Shutout
2010 	USA (3-1)			Japan (3-1) 			16- 8 RF-RA, 1 Shutout
2011 	- Not Held
2012 	- Not Held
2013 	- Not Held
2014 	- Not Held
2015 	USA (3-1)			Japan				14- 7 RF-RA, 1 Shutout
2016	Japan (4-0)			USA (3-1)			17-13 RF-RA  1 Shutout
2017	Japan (4-0)			USA (3-1)			22-16 RF-RA  0 Shutouts
2018	USA (4-0)			Japan 				31- 4 RF-RA  3 Shutouts
Total USA Record; 36-7		8 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals		RF-RA; 210-74	(17 shutouts)
Team USA "Aiming for Athens Tour" - (Summer of 2004, prior to the 2004 Olympics)
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2004 	USA (58-0)			Various Teams (0-58)		525-14 	(51 shutouts)
	NOTE- no championship held, just a series of games and tournaments promoting the US Olympic Team. 
	USA Pitchers: Cat Osterman (16-0), Jennie Finch (15-0), Lisa Fernandez (13-0) and Lori Harrigan (9-0)
Team USA "Bound for Bejing Tour" - (Summer of 2008, prior to the 2008 Olympics)
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2008 	USA (59-1)			Various Teams (1-59)		701-30 	(50 shutouts)
	NOTE- no championship held, just a series of games and tournaments promoting the US Olympic Team. 
	USA Pitchers: Jennie Finch (19-1), Monica Abbott (16-0), Cat Osterman (15-0) and Lisa Fernandez (5-0)
	Note - The only blemish on their record was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Virginia Tech University
United States USA Softball American Challenge Series
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1998 	USA (12-0) 			N/A				88-1 	(11 shutouts)
	NOTE- no championship game held, Just a round robin series- Ashland Blaze, Buckeye Slammers, Landoll's Flames and
	Stiles All-Stars all (0-1), Team Canada and Team Demarini both (0-2), Tennessee All Stars (0-4).
1999 	USA Gold (8-5-1) 		USA Blue (5-8-1)		38-29 	(6 shutouts)
	NOTE- no championship game held, Just a round robin series- USA Blue (29 RF, 38 RA, 5 shutouts)
United States Cup - (Called the US Olympic Cup in 1999)
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1999 	USA (4-0)			Australia (2-2)			19-3 	(2 shutouts); 5-0 final score
2000 	- Not Held - Olympic Year
2001 	USA (4-0)			China (2-2) 			12-1	(3 shutouts); 4-0 final score
2002 	USA (4-1)			Japan (4-1)			13-6 	(4 shutouts); 1-0 final score 
2003 	USA (7-0)			Canada (3-4)			60-5 	(4 shutouts); 6-0 final score
2004 	- KFC Women's World Cup started in 2005
Total USA Record; 19-1		4 Gold Medals				RF-RA; 104-15	(13 shutouts)
Canada Cup
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
1990 	Redding Rebels, CA 		?				MVP-Michele Smith
1991 	? 				?				MVP-?
1992 	?				Redding Rebels, CA		MVP-?
1993 	Redding Rebels, CA 		Australia			MVP/MOP-Dee Dee Weiman, Rebels
	- Phoenix Sunbirds and White Rock Renegades also played
1994 	Redding Rebels, CA 		California A's, CA		MVP-Jen Brundage, RR; MOP-Michele Granger, Cal Comm.
	- California Commotion and Phoenix Sunbirds also played
1995 	California Commotion, CA 	Redding Rebels, CA		MVP-Lori Harrigan, CC; MOP-Michele Granger, Redding
	- California Activist, California Jazz, Decatur Lady Pride and Phoenix Sunbirds also played
1996 	Canada				Phoenix Sunbirds, AZ		MVP-Chris Parris, Canada; MOP-Lori Sippel, Canada 
	- White Rock Renegades also played
1997 	-- Not held 
1998 	Australia 			China 				MVP- Zhang Chunfang, China; MOP-Melanie Roche, Aust. 
	- Phoenix Sunbirds and California Jazz also played - Team USA did not play
1999 	USA Gold (11-0)			Australia (6-4)			MVP-Lisa Fernandez (3-0, 40 Ks, 21 IP, 4 ShO); 1-0 final, 92-8 RF-RA, 8 ShO; 
	- Michele Smith (3-0, 26 Ks, 14 IP), Christie Ambrosi (15-32, .469), Crystl Bustos (.419, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs), Dot Richardson 4 HRs, 11 RBIs)
	- USA Blue (Christa Williams, 4-1 -MOP; 3rd, 9-2, 52-25 RF-RA, 6 ShO) and Phoenix Sunbirds also played
2000 	Australia 			China 				MVP-Peta Edebone, Australia; 7-0 final
	- Phoenix Storm (MOP-Jennie Finch, Phoenix; 4th) - Team USA did not play
2001 	Japan Red (11-1)		Australia (9-4) 		MVP-Haruka Saito, JR; MOP-Yukiko Ueno, JR; 6-1 final 
	- USA Red (3rd, 9-4, 65-20 RF-RA, 5 ShO), USA Blue (5th, 8-2, 50-14, 3 ShO), Phoenix Storm also played
2002 	USA World (10-1)		USA Elite (8-1)			MVP-Stacey Nuveman (8 HRs), 4-0 final, 	USA World RF-RA 93-18, 5 ShO
	- USA Elite (53-17 2 ShO);  		MOP-Tanya Harding, Australia,  Jenny Finch, World (3-0), Kat Osterman, Elite (4-1)
2003 	USA Elite (11-1)		Australia (9-2) 		MVP-Jodie Cox; 2-0 final score, 	USA National RF-RA 54-7, 7 ShO, 
	- USA World (3rd, 10-2, 70-8, 7 ShO); 	MOP-Melanie Roche, Australia
2004 	Japan 				Australia 	 		MVP-Yukiko Ueno, Japan; 2-1 final; MOP-Melanie Roche, Aust.
	- USA "Schutt" Elite (6th, 8-3, RF-RA-48-11, 4 Shutouts) - Team USA did not play
2005 	Australia (10-2)		USA Elite (10-1)		MVP-Natalie Ward; MOP-Melanie Roche, Aust.; 3-0 final, 
	- USA Elite (RF-RA 47-18 4 Shutouts), Triple Crown Colorado also played
2006 	Australia 			Canada 				MVP-Stacey Porter, Aust.; 6-4 final score,
	- MOP-Danielle Lawrie, Canada; Florida Quicksilver and Schutt Hurricanes also played - Team USA did not play
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2007 	USA (10-0) 			Japan 				MVP-Tairia Flowers (13-20, .650, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 5 BBs); 
	-  USA; 96-2 RF-RA, 8 Shutouts - MOP-Jenny Finch, 5-0 final
2008 	Japan 				Australia 			MVP-Ayumi Karino, MOP-Hiroko Sakai, Japan; 4-2 final score,
	- Oregon Elite played - Team USA did not play
2009 	USA (12-0) 			Canada 				MVP-Natasha Watley; MOP-Cat Osterman 3-2 final score,
	-  USA; 78-5 RF-RA, 9 Shutouts;
2010 	- Cancelled, tournament discontinued (The Canadian Open Fast Pitch International started in 2011)
Total USA Record; 22-0			2 Gold Medals				RF-RA; 174-7	(17 shutouts)
Total USA National Record; 11-1		1 Gold Medal				RF-RA;  54-7	(7 shutouts)
Total USA Elite Record; 37-3		1 Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medals		RF-RA; 202-63	(12 shutouts)
Total USA Gold Record; 11-0		1 Gold Medal				RF-RA;  92-8	(3 shutouts)
Total USA World Record; 10-2		0 Gold Medals				RF-RA;  70-8	(5 shutouts)
Total USA Blue Record; 17-4		0 Gold Medals				RF-RA; 102-49	(9 shutouts)
Total USA Red Record; 9-4		0 Gold Medals				RF-RA;  65-20	(2 shutouts)
Canadian Open Fast Pitch International
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		Notes
2010 	USA and Canada played a 4-Game Series, each winning 2. Canada won 4-3 & 5-0. USA won 12-5 & 3-1 - Exhibition
2011 	Japan 				USA (10-3) 			MVP-Yu Yamamoto, Japan; 		76-21 RF-RA, 6 Shutouts
2012 	Japan 				USA (7-1) 			MVP-?; 					53-14 RF-RA, 6 Shutouts
2013 	Japan 				Australia 			MVP-Yukiko Ueno, Japan -USA (6-2, 3rd), 45-26 RF-RA, 0 Shutouts
2014	Japan				USA (8-2)			MVP-?; 					69-26 RF-RA, 4 Shutouts
2015	Japan				Puerto Rico			- USA did not play
2016	- Not Held - WBSC World Championships held in Canada
Total USA Record; 31-8		0 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze Medal		RF-RA; 243-87	(16 shutouts)
IWGA World Games (International World Games Association)
Year	Champion (record)			Runner-up (record)		Note
1981 	USA (Brakettes, Stratford, CT)		Canada				3-0 final score
	- Brakettes (6-0) Kathy Arendsen (4-0, perfect game in final-16 Ks)- 28 IP/55 Ks, 0 Runs, 5 hits
1985 	USA (Brakettes, Stratford, CT)	6-0	Chinese Taipei	4-2		1-0 final score
	- Lisa Ishikawa, USA, one-hitter (28 RF- 1 RA)
1989 	- Women's Softball Discontinued at World Games
2012 	- Women's Softball reinstated in 2012 for 2013 after Olympics cancelled Softball
2013 	Cuba (6-1) 				Venezuela (6-2) 		USA did not participate
2017	- Softball not currently scheduled
World University Softball Championships
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2004 	USA (8-1) 			Chinese Taipei (7-3)		26- 4 RF-RA, 6 Shutouts, 1-0 final score
2006 	USA (6-2) 			Chinese Taipei			45-17 RF-RA, 2 Shutouts, 4-3 final score
International Sports Invitational Festival (ISI)
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2005 	USA (5-0) 			Australia (3-3)			34-2 RF-RA, 2 Shutouts, 9-0 final score
Intercontinental Cup
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2005 	USA Elite (6-1) 		Italy				47-4 RF-RA, 6 Shutouts, 6-0 final score
40th Annual Title IX Games
Year	Champion (record)		Runner-up (record)		USA; RF-RA
2012 	USA (1-0) 			Canada (0-1)			 9-1 RF-RA
	- Sara Nevins, USA, pitched the victory winning 9-1. Raven Chavanne was 2-2, with 3 RBIs.


ASA/USA Softball Athlete of the Year
ASA/USA Softball Male Athlete of the Year
1980 (FP) Owen Fog Walford 	(SP) Joe Young
1981 (FP) Dave Scott 		(SP) Rick Scherr
1982 Dave Scott
1983 John Anquillare
1984 Jim Quick
1985 Jimmy Moore
1986 Jimmy Moore
1987 Graeme Robertson
1988 Peter Meredith
1989 Bill Boyer
1990 Steve DeFazio
1991 Mike Parnow
1992 Bill Boyer
1993 Bill Boyer
1994 Richard Dohogne
1995 Steve Schott
1996 Tod Stevenson
1997 Robert Brush
1998 - no male player nominated
1999 Shawn Rychcik
2000 Shawn Rychcik
2001 Daniel Helkowski
2002 Michael White
2003 Mike Pryer
2004 Chad Boom
2005 John Kelly
2006 Landy Rodriguez
2007 - no male player nominated
2008 - no male player nominated
2009 Matt Palazzo
2010 - no male player nominated
2011 - no male player nominated
2012 - no male player nominated
---- Male Fast Pitch Player of the Year
2013 Matt Palazzo
2014 Tony Mancha
2015 Matt Palazzo
2016 ?- no information available
2017 Erick Ochoa
2018 ?
---- Male Slow Pitch Player of the Year
1980 Joe Young, Steele's Sports
1981 Rick Scherr, Howard's/Western Steer
----				Border Battle Stats and/or Other
2010 Johnn McCraw, Team USA 	(3 Games- 14-14, 1.000, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
2011 Greg Connell, Team USA 	(8 Games- 29-35, .853, 10 HRs, 27 RBIs, 25 Runs)
2012 Dennis Rulli, Team USA 	(4 Games- 14-19, .778,  5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 13 Runs)
2013 Brian Wegman, Team USA 	(4 Games- 14-17, .824,  5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 14 Runs)
2014 Bryson Baker, Team USA 	(9 Games- 35-43, .815, 12 HRs, 37 RBIs, 34 Runs)
2015 Denny Crine, Team USA	(7 Games- 17-25, .680,  7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 13 Runs, ASA Stadium Power Tour Champ)
2016 Travis Clark, Team USA	(5 Games- 13-15, .857,  4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs, 4-1 Pitching Record
2017 Dale Brungardt, Team USA	(2 Games-  5- 5, 1.000, 0 HRs,  3 RBIs,  4 Runs, ASA Super & Class-A; 23-27, .852, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs)
2018 Kyle Pearson, Team USA	(4 Games- 19-20, .950,  8 JRs, 22 RBIs, 16 Runs)
2019
---- Female Slow Pitch Player of the Year
1980 Sherri Pickard
1981 Darby Cottle
1982 Branda Smith
----
2017 Christan Dowling
2018 ?
ASA/USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year
1980 Lou Piel
1981 Kathy Arendsen
1982 Dot Richardson
1983 Pat Dufficy
1984 Sue Lewis 
1985 Lisa Ishikawa 
1986 Michele Granger 
1987 Michele Granger 
1988 Michele Granger 
1989 Dot Richardson 
1990 Michele Smith 
1991 Lisa Fernandez 
1992 Lisa Fernandez 
1993 Michele Smith 
1994 Michele Smith 
1995 Dot Richardson 
1996 Dot Richardson 	(US Olympic Team)
1997 Trinity Johnson 	(US National Team)
1998 Lisa Fernandez 	(US National Team)
1999 Lisa Fernandez 	(US National Team)
2000 Lisa Fernandez 	(US Olympic Team)
2001 Lauren Bauer 	(US Red Team)
2002 Stacy Nuveman 	(US National Team)
2003 Natasha Watley 	(US National Team)
2004 Lisa Fernandez 	(US Olympic Team)
2005 Jennie Ritter 	(US National Team)
2006 Jessica Mendoza 	(US National Team)
2007 Monica Abbott 	(US National Team)
2008 Crystl Bustos 	(US Olympic Team)
2009 Jennie Finch
2010 Natasha Watley
2011 Stacy May-Johnson
2012 Valerie Arioto
2013 Valerie Arioto
2014 Michelle Moultrie
2015 Kellie Fox
2016 Jessica Moore
2017 Michelle Moultrie
2018 ?
USA Team of the Year
2004 Women's Softball Olympic Team

OTHER AWARDS
Note-Only Softball Players listed
Sullivan Award Winner -Amateur Athlete of the Year
1991 Kathy Arendsen
Sportswomen of the Year (Presented by the Women's Sports Foundation)
1994 Lisa Fernandez 
2005 Cat Osterman
2007 Monica Abbott
2008 Jessica Mendoza

Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
2007 Taryne Mowatt

Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award
2005 Cat Osterman
2006 Cat Osterman
2007 Taryne Mowatt
Amateur Athletic Foundation Athlete of the Year Award
1996 Dot Richardson
Babe Zaharias Award Best Female of the Year Award
1997 Dot Richardson
Sports Legends Award
1998 Dot Richardson

Men’s Major Fast Pitch Champions

YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TOURNEY (W-L) SEASON (W-L)
1932# Bodegas, LaCrosse, WI 4-0 33-5
1933# Wemcoes (Wisconsin Evaporated Milk Co.), Lake Mills, WI 5-0 11-7
1933 J.L. Friedman Boosters, Chicago, IL 5-0 108-11
1934 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks, Kenosha, WI 5-0 64-10
1935 Crimson Coach Tobaccos, Toledo, OH 5-0 81-27
1936 Kodak Park, Rochester, NY 6-0
1937 Briggs Body Team, Detroit, MI 6-0 107-12
1938 Pohlar’s Café, Cincinnati, OH 6-0 58-3
1939 Nick Carr Boosters, Covington, KY 6-0 77-10
1940 Kodak Park, Rochester, NY 6-0
1941 Bendix Brakes, South Bend, IN 6-0 61-22
1942 Deep Rock Oilers, Tulsa, OK 6-1 45-6
1943 Hammer Field Raiders, Fresno, CA 5-1 25-3
1944 Hammer Field Raiders, Fresno, CA 5-0 58-4
1945 Zollner Pistons, Fort Wayne, IN 6-1 72-4
1946 Zollner Pistons, Fort Wayne, IN 5-0 93-7
1947 Zollner Pistons, Fort Wayne, IN 5-0 113-19
1948 Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, MI 5-1 41-1
1949 Tip Top Tailors, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 5-0
1950 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 5-0 82-6
1951 Dow Chemical AC Co., Midland, MI 6-1 41-10
1952 Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, MI 6-0 #28-1
1953 Briggs Beautyware, Detroit, MI 6-1 42-16
1954 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 5-0 75-5
1955 Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT 6-1 66-5
1956 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 5-0 67-2
1957 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 6-0 79-11
1958 Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT 5-0 72-5
1959 Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL 9-1 77-10
1960 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 7-1 84-9
1961 Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL 5-0 74-9
1962 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 6-0 82-6
1963 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 6-0 105-10
1964 Burch Gage & Tool, Detroit, MI 5-0
1965 Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL 5-0 92-6
1966 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 5-0 84-19
1967 Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL 6-0 85-7
1968 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 6-0 82-11
1969 Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT 5-1 74-10
1970 Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT 6-0 86-15
1971 Welty Way, Cedar Rapids, IA 5-0
1972 Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT 6-0 52-8
1973 Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 5-1 82-12
1974 Guanella Brothers, Santa Rosa, CA 5-0 107-10
1975 Rising Sun Hotel, Reading, PA 6-0 62-13
1976 Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT 5-0 50-16
1977 York-Billard Barbell, Reading, PA 6-1 81-8
1978 York-Billard Barbell, Reading, PA 6-0 76-13
1979 McArdle Pontiac/Cadillac, Midland, MI 7-1
1980 Peterbilt Western, Seattle, WA 6-0 118-15
1981 Decatur ADM, Decatur, IL 6-1 102-20
1982 Peterbilt Western, Seattle, WA 6-1 100-16
1983 Franklin Cardinals, West Haven, CT 5-1 48-14
1984 California Coors Kings, Merced, CA 10-1 78-19
1985 Pay’N Pak, Seattle, WA 6-0 105-15
1986 Pay’N Pak, Seattle, WA 6-0 87-14
1987 Pay’N Pak, Bellevue, WA 11-1 92-21
1988 Trans-Aire Vans, Elkhart, IN 8-1 59-24
1989 Penn Corp., Sioux City, IA 6-1 91-24
1990 Penn Corp., Sioux City, IA 6-1 95-17
1991 Guanella Brothers, Rohnert Park, CA 6-1 56-16
1992 National Health Care Discount, Sioux City, IA 10-1 94-7
1993 National Health Care Discount, Sioux City, IA 7-1 98-8
1994 Decatur Pride, Decatur, IL 7-1 79-7
1995 Decatur Pride, Decatur, IL 6-0 83-12
1996 Green Bay All Car Roadrunners, Green Bay, WI 6-1 66-21
1997 Tampa Bay Smokers, Clearwater, FL 5-1 61-11
1998 Meierhoffer-Fleeman, St. Joseph, MO 5-0 56-12
1999 Decatur Pride, Decatur, IL 5-0 50-13
2000 Meierhoffer-Fleeman, St. Joseph, MO 4-0 56-14
2001 Frontier Players Casino, St. Joseph, MO 6-1 50-17
2002 Frontier Players Casino, St. Joseph, MO 5-0 54-10
2003 Farm Tavern, Madison, WI 5-0 54-7
2004 Farm Tavern, Madison, WI 5-0 30-5
2005 Tampa Bay Smokers, Tampa Bay, FL 4-0 *4-0
2006 Circle Tap, Denmark, WI 6-1 32-20
2007 Patsy’s, New York, NY 5-0 #21-6
2008 Patsy’s, New York, NY 5-1 #17-7
2009 Farm Tavern, Madison, WI 10-1 #23-6
2010 Kitchener Rivershack Twins, Amber, PA 5-0 #5-0
2011 Broken Bow/Jarvis Travelers, Broken Bow, NE – Tie due to rain 4-1 #10-1
2011 Chicago/NY Gremlins, Staten Island, NY – Tie due to rain 5-1 #10-3
2012 NY Gremlins, Clifton Park, NY 8-1 34-8
2013 Hill United Chiefs, Six Nations, Ontario, Canada 5-0 37-8
2014 Hill United Chiefs, Six Nations, Ontario, Canada 4-0 34-4
2015 Hill United Chiefs, Six Nations, Ontario, Canada 5-0 28-1
2016 NY Gremlins, Clifton Park, NY 5-0 31-6
2017 NY Gremlins, Clifton Park, NY 5-0 17-4
2018 NY Gremlins, Clifton Park, NY 5-0 32-4
2019 Hill United Chiefs, Six Nations, Ontario, Canada 4-0 21-4
2020 Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, ND 4-0 15-2

# – incomplete record.
* – Smokers were half of Circle Tap roster and only played in this tournament as a team. Circle Tap’s record was 40-21 excluding the national tournament.

NOTE: 1932 & 1933 sponsored by National Diamond Ball Association; then disbanded.

Many people have been, and continue to be very helpful in my quest to locate seasonal & tourney games won and lost. I appreciate all their help & patience. Alphabetically, many thanks to Gary Baughman, Steve Dimitry (softballhistoryusa.com), Larry Fisher (ISC Fastpitch), David Cavin, Stormy Irwin (softball historian), Luann Madison (Softball Magazine), Greg Nydick (NY Gremlins), Dan Pfeffer (USA Softball), Kirk Walker (former California Commotion women’s coach), and Erica Westly (FASTPITCH author).

Please send any corrections, additions, etc. to me at: pmpremo@gmail.com or 404-996-2192.

Patrick M. Premo

2020 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

2020 held at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Champion – Kegel Black Knights, Amboy, Minnesota
Runner Up – Decatur ADM, Decatur, Illinois


The 2020 USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship concluded on Sunday with the Kegel Black Knights taking home the Championship trophy following their 8-1 victory over the NY Gremlins. Finishing in fifth place with a 2-2 record one year ago at the 2019 edition, the Black Knights went on a 4-0 undefeated run and outscored opponents 51-21 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.

In the opening matchup on Championship Sunday, Bear Bottom Lodge bested Jay Blank Realty, 11-5. Bear Bottom Lodge’s Codi Pannebecker got the offense started with a two-run home run before a double from Juan Platner quickly made it 3-0 in the first inning. An error by Jay Blank Realty allowed another two runners to cross home, giving Bear Bottom Lodge a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the frame. Bear Bottom Lodge continued to add to their lead and ultimately came out on top, 11-5, with Kevin Reber finishing 2-for-3 at the plate. From the circle, Phil Zimmerman and Julian Fernandez limited Jay Blank Realty to six hits and fanned seven batters.

Sunday’s Game 2 featured Bear Bottom Lodge and the NY Gremlins going head-to-head, with the Gremlins claiming a 6-1 victory and setting up a rematch with Kegel Black Knights for the Championship finale. The Gremlins jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a two RBI double from Cam Schiller and two-run home run by Jonathan Lynch. The Gremlins put up another two runs in the sixth inning and despite Bear Bottom Lodge plating one in the bottom half, the final 6-1 score advanced them to the Championship match. Duane Weiler allowed one run on four hits and struck out five in his five innings of work, while Luis Amaya collected four strikeouts and allowed one hit in his two innings of relief.

Kegel Black Knights finished victorious at the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship, defeating the NY Gremlins for the second time this weekend. Playing as the home squad, Kegel’s BJ Gulick and Chris Heinline hit back-to-back fly balls to put the Black Knights up, 2-0, in the first inning. Jonathan Lynch doubled to lead off the second inning, tagged up on a fly out to reach third and scored on a passed ball to cut the Gremlin deficit in half. Kegel’s offense stayed hot in the second inning as Zac Shaw sent a bases-loaded single up the middle to extend the lead, 4-1. A walk to Gulick loaded the bases once again and with a 2-2 count, Heinline smashed a ball to deep centerfield for a grand slam, putting the Black Knights in front of the Gremlins, 8-1. The score held until the fifth inning, when the Kegel Black Knights completed the 8-1 run-rule victory over the Gremlins to claim their first ever Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship title. BJ Hunhoff got the win, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two batters in five innings. Mike Lewis, Chris Heinline and BJ Gulick finished with two hits apiece, with tournament MVP Heinline leading the team with 5 RBI.


  • MVP – Chris Heinline, Kegel Black Knights (6-13, .462, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Justin Gonzalez, Jay Blank Realty (13-19, 2 RBI, 4 Runs) – .684
  • Home Run Leader – Chris Heinline, Kegel Black Knights (6-13, .462, 11 RBI, 5 Runs) – 3
  • Home Run Leader – Jagen Millspaugh, Wabash Pride (7-14, .500, 7 RBI, 4 Runs) – 3

Kegel Black Knights – BJ Hunhoff (2-0, 11 IP, 9 K), Rob Schweyer (2-0, 9 IP, 10 K), Blaine Milheim (9-14, .643, 8 RBI, 8 Runs) BJ Gulick (7-10, .700, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 Runs) Zach Warne (6-10, .600) Mike Lewis (8-12, .667, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 8 Runs)

NY Gremlins – Duane Weller (2-0, 8 IP, 6 K), Tony Mancha (5 IP, 9 K), Luis Amaya (0-2, 9 IP, 15 K), Erick Oshoa (2 HR, 4 RBI), Jonathan Lynch (6-13, .462, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 Runs) Cam Shiller (1 HR, 2 RBI)

Bear Bottom Lodge – Kevin Reber (7-10, .700, 4 RBI, 3 Runs) Julian Fernandez (1-1, 24 IP, 28 K)

NY Gremlins beat Bear Bottom Lodge 6-1 – Duane Weller in losers bracket final.

Kegel Black Knights beat Gremlins 8-1 in the final.


2020 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Duane Weiler, NY Gremlins
P – Rob Schweyer, Kegel Black Knights
P – BJ Hunhoff, Kegel Black Knights
C – Zach Warne, Kegel Black Knights
IF – Cam Schiller, NY Gremlins
IF – Jeff Lewis, Kegel Black Knights
IF – Mike Lewis, Kegel Black Knights
IF – Chris Heinline, Kegel Black Knights (5 RBI on a single and then grand slam BJ Hunhoff, 5 IP, 1 R, 2 K)
OF – Jonathan Lynch, NY Gremlins
OF – Blaine Milheim, Kegel Black Knights
OF – BJ Gulick, Kegel Black Knights
OF – Keven Reber, Bear Bottom Lodge
UTIL – Cody Gibbons, Jay Blank Realty (8-16, .500)
UTIL – Justin Gonzalez, Jay Blank Realty
UTIL – Nick Mullins, NY Gremlins


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Kegel Black Knights, Amboy, MN (4-0)
2. NY Gremlins, Staten Island, NY (3-2)
3. Bear Bottom Lodge, Denver, PA (3-2)
4. Jay Blank Realty, Little Canada, MN (4-2)
5t. A-1 Bombers, Castro Valley, CA (1-2)
5t. Rio Grande Senators, Midland, TX (3-2)
7t. Wabash Pride, Wabash, IN (2-2)
7t. Tribal Brothers/TMC, Duncan, OK (1-3)
9t. Bar On The Avenue Buzz, Kimberly, WI (2-3)
9t. Ray Rays Sports Bar Misfits, Houston, TX (1-3)
9t. Seadogs, Stoneham, MA (0-3)

2020 Team USA Men’s Slowpitch

2020 MEN’S SLOW PITCH NATIONAL TEAM

KEVIN BAZAT | COLUMBIA, MO. | SWINGS: EASTON

CORY BRIGGS | SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. | SWINGS: MIKEN

DALE BRUNGARDT | VANCOUVER, WASH. | SWINGS: DEMARINI

DANIEL CAYTON* | REDDING, CALIF. | SWINGS: EASTON

TRAVIS CLARK | KENOSHA, WIS. | SWINGS: EASTON

ANDREW COLLINS | LARGO, FLA. | SWINGS: MONSTA

GREG CONNELL | MOULTRIE, GA. | SWINGS: EASTON

BEN DUNN| LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS | SWINGS: EASTON

RYAN HARVEY | CLEARWATER, FLA. | SWINGS: WORTH

BUBBA MACK | MILTON, FLA. | SWINGS: EASTON

KYLE PEARSON | STONEWALL, LA. | SWINGS: MIKEN

ANDY PURCELL | ROCKLEDGE, FLA. | SWINGS: LOUISVILLE SLUGGER

FILIP WASHINGTON | ROCHESTER, N.Y. | SWINGS: ANARCHY

BRIAN WEGMAN | HAMILTON, OHIO | SWINGS: EASTON

JEREMY YATES | LAKE CITY, FLA. | SWINGS: EASTON

BRETT HELMER | HEAD COACH

TODD ANKNEY | ASSISTANT COACH

TIM BARNES | ASSISTANT COACH

2020 MEN’S FUTURES SLOW PITCH NATIONAL TEAM

COLIN BAARTMAN* | GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. | SWINGS: MIKEN/WORTH

JOSEPH BENNETT* | STATENVILLE, GA. | SWINGS: DEMARINI

PATRICK ELLWANGER | ST. PAUL, MINN. | SWINGS: EASTON

CHENTE GRANADOS* | CHINO, CALIF. | SWINGS: WORTH

ALEX HOVEY* | CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA | SWINGS: MONSTA

JARED HUNT* | EL CAJON, CALIF. | SWINGS: MONSTA

TYLER MARSHBURN* | CLAYTON, N.C. | SWINGS: EASTON

PHIL MATTE* | RADCLIFF, KY. | SWINGS: DEMARINI

JASON MATUSIK* | UMATILLA, FLA. | SWINGS: MONSTA

RYAN MCCLANAHAN | EL CAJON, CALIF. | SWINGS: MONSTA

ZANE MIGUES* | BROUSSARD, LA. | SWINGS: LOUISVILLE SLUGGER

BRETT RETTENMEIER | CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA | SWINGS: MONSTA

JOSH RILEY | BEREA, KY. | SWINGS: WORTH

ADAM USSERY | HOT SPRINGS, ARK. | SWINGS: MONSTA

JOHNATHON WILLIAMS | CHICAGO, ILL. | SWINGS: ANARCHY

ROB HUMPHREY | HEAD COACH

DENNY CRINE | ASSISTANT COACH

2019 Team USA Men’s Slowpitch

2019 Men’s Slow Pitch National Team


Kevin Bazat
Columbia, Mo.
Swings: Easton

Cory Briggs
Siloam Springs, Ark.
Swings: Miken

Dale Brungardt
Vancouver, Wash.
Swings: DeMarini

Travis Clark
Kenosha, Wis.
Swings: Easton


Andrew Collins
Largo, Fla.
Swings: Miken


Greg Connell
Moultrie, Ga.
Swings: Easton

Ben Dunn
League City, Texas
Swings: Easton

Ryan Harvey
Clearwater, Fla.
Swings: Worth

Bubba Mack
Milton, Fla.
Swings: Easton

Kyle Pearson
Stonewall, La.
Swings: Miken

Luis Reyna
Tampa, Fla.
Swings: Easton

Filip Washington
Las Vegas, Nev.
Swings: Anarchy

Brian Wegman
Hamilton, Ohio
Swings: Easton

Jeremy Yates
Lake City, Fla.
Swings: Easton

Coaching Staff


Brett Helmer
Head Coach


Todd Ankney
Assistant Coach

Tim Barnes
Assistant Coach

2018 Team USA Men’s Slowpitch

2018 Men’s Slow Pitch National Team


Bryson Baker
Woodland, Calif.
Swings: Easton

Kevin Bazat
Columbia, Mo.
Swings: Easton

Cory Briggs*
Siloam Springs, Ark.
Swings: Miken

Dale Brungardt
Vancouver, Wash.
Swings: DeMarini


Travis Clark
Kenosha, Wis.
Swings: Easton


Greg Connell
Moultrie, Ga.
Swings: Easton

Brandon Dillon
Anderson, Ind.
Swings: Miken

Ben Dunn*
League City, Texas
Swings: Easton

Ryan Harvey*
Clearwater, Fla.
Swings: Worth

Kyle Pearson
Stonewall, La.
Swings: Miken

Luis Reyna
Tampa, Fla.
Swings: Worth

Brian Wegman
Hamilton, Ohio
Swings: Easton

Steve Whaley
Spring, Texas
Swings: Monsta

Jeremy Yates
Lake City, Fla.
Swings: Easton

Brett Helmer
Cicero, N.Y.
Head Coach

Todd Ankney
Lake Villa, Ill.
Assistant Coach

Tim Barnes
Gladewater, Texas
Assistant Coach

2018 Futures National Team


Brad Carlsen*
Sparks, Nev.
Swings: Monsta

Andrew Collins
Largo, Fla.
Swings: Miken

Jeff Flood
Sandy, Ore.
Swings: DeMarini

Travis Houseman*
Urbandale, Iowa
Swings: Monsta


Erik Kanaby
Houston, Texas
Swings: DeMarini


Brian Logan
Richmond, Va.
Swings: Miken/Worth

Brian McBryde
Humble, Texas
Swings: Miken

Ryan McClanahan*
El Cajon, Calif.
Swings: Monsta

Faron Miller
Goshen, Ind.
Swings: DeMarini

Brett Rettenmeier
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Swings: Monsta

Shannon Smith
Norman, Okla.
Swings: Miken

Jordan Spaulding*
Phoenix, Ariz.
Swings: Easton

Adam Ussery*
Benton, Ark.
Swings: Miken

John Williams
Moweaqua, Il.
Swings: Monsta

Rob Humphrey
Burlington, Iowa
Head Coach

Denny Crine
Henderson, Nev.
Assistant Coach