Category: Fast

1948 NSC Women’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1948 held at Phoenix, Arizona.


Champion – Jax Brewer Maids, New Orleans, Louisiana
Runner Up – A-1 Queens, Phoenix, Arizona


Queens beat Jax 2-1 in the winners bracket final to put them in the losers bracket. Then the Jax eliminated Phoenix Holsum Maids 6-1 on the pitching of Nina Korgan.

Once in the finals, Lottie Jackson took it over from there as she beat the best Phoenix had to offer. The first final was a 5-1 win over Carolyn Morris. Olympia Savona drove in 2 runs with a double and later scored. In the final championship, Jackson bested Charlotte Armstrong in a 2-1 9 inning game. Freda Savona scored Nina Korgan with a triple in the top of 9th and then scored on an error.

Phoenix made it interesting in the bottom of the 9th when Nonie Thomas drove in a run to make it 2-1, but Lottie Jackson had enough left to finish out the championship game win. Jackson was voted the Outstanding Pitcher award as she was 3-1 in the 4 games she pitched for a total of 30 innings, had 28 Ks, gave up 11 hits and only 4 runs. She also hurled a no hitter.

Her teammate Nina Korgan was 3-0 with a shutout. Jackson was equally devastating at the plate as she was 8-21 (.391 average), with 5 of her hits being extra base hits (2 doubles, a triple and 2 Home Runs).

Freda Savona led the Jax offense going 9-22 (.409) with 2 triples.

For the A-1 Queens, Charlotte Armstrong and Carolyn Morris were both 2-1. Armstrong hurled a no-hitter and had 20 Ks in 24 IP. Morris had 24 Ks in 21 IP and tossed a shutout.

In the Consolation Bracket, the Downtown Sooner Queens went 3-0 behind the pitching of Alma Wilson to reach the final to face the Holsum Maids and pitcher Marge Lang. The game was called in the 3rd inning due to incoming bad weather so the Finals could be completed.  The score was tied 0-0. So the Sooner Queens and the Holsum Maids were consolation bracket co-champs.


  • MVP Award – Dodie Nelson, A-1 Queens (12-21, .571)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Lottie Jackson, Jax Maids (3-1, including both final games, 30 IP, 28 K, no hitter; 8-21, .381, 2 HR at bat)
  • Leading Hitter – Alma Wilson, Sooner Queens (9-12) – .750
  • Miss Softball Award – Lois Williams, A-1 Queens (Catcher, caught every inning of the A-1 Queens 6 games)

1948 NSC ALL WORLD TEAM

P – Charlotte Armstrong, Phoenix A-1 Queens (2-1)
P – Lottie Jackson, Jax Brewer Maids (3-1)
P – Nina Korgan, Jax Brewer Maids (3-0)
C – Lois Williams, Phoenix A-1 Queens
C – Olympia Savona, Jax Brewer Maids
1B – Flossie Ballard, Holsum Bakery Maids
2B – Hazel Gill, Jax Brewer Maids
3B – Ricki Caito, Phoenix A-1 Queens
SS – Freda Savona, Jax Brewer Maids
OF – Sis King, Holsum Bakery Maids
OF – Dottie Myers, Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens
OF – Dodie Nelson, Phoenix A-1 Queens
OF – Alma Wilson, Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens (4-2 Pitching)
UTIL – Kay Rohrer, Phoenix A-1 Queens

CONSOLATION TEAM

P – Marge Lang, Holsum Bakery Maids (3-2)
P – Marge Wood, Erin Brews (3-3)
P – Jerry Fiorello, Takoma Decorators (3-3)
P – Corolyn Morris, Phoenix A-1 Queens (2-1)
P – Bertha Dunn, Lorelei Ladies (3-2)
1B – Mary Pembo, Jax Brewer Maids
2B – Louise Curtis, Holsum Bakery Maids
3B – Meinecke, Jax Brewer Maids
3B – Chris Christopher, Takoma Decorators
SS – Naomi Henderson, Chevy Sooner Queens
CF – Irma Black, Takoma Decorators


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Jax Brewer Maids, New Orleans, LA (6-1)
2. Phoenix A-1 Queens, Phoenix, AZ (4-2)
3. Phoenix Holsum Bakery Maids, Phoenix, AZ (4-2) (4-2-1 overall)
4. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (3-2)
5t. Takoma Decorators, Washington DC (3-2) (3-3 overall)
5t. Erin Brews, Cleveland, OH (3-2) (3-3 overall)
7t. Teagues Used Cars, Fort Worth, TX (1-2)
7t. Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens, Oklahoma City, OK (2-2) * (5-2-1 overall)
9t. Stamford Nutmeg’s, Stamford, CT 0-2 (0-3 overall)
9t. Seattle Skylarks, Seattle, WA (1-2) *
9t. Knight Insurance Company, Roxboro, NC (1-2) *
9t. Sal’s, West Allis, WI (1-2)
13t. Burbank Merchants, Burbank, CA (0-2)
13t. Del’s Sports, Syracuse, NY (0-2) forfeited second game
13t. Kansas City All Stars, Kansas City, MO (0-2) forfeited both games

* includes 1 forfeit win


CONSOLATION BRACKET

1. Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens, Oklahoma City, OK (3-0-1) *
1. Holsum Maids, Phoenix, AZ (0-0-1)
3. Takoma Decorators, Washington DC (0-1)
4. Erin Brews, Cleveland, OH (0-1)
5. Stamford Nutmeg’s, Stamford, CT (0-1)

* Consolation final halted after 3 innings with score tied at 0-0.

1948 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1948 held at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Champion – Merchants, Taft, California
Runner Up – Clark Smith Autos, Phoenix, Arizona


Kenny Law struck out 27 batters in a 15-inning game. Wes Priest (Merchants) struck out 19 in a 7-inning game. Les Haney (Merchants) threw a no-hitter against Acme Glass.

Kenny Law and Don Westfall combined to do the same vs Cochituate Motors. In that game, Law went 4 innings & had one baserunner on his own error. Westfall also had a baserunner through an error in the 6th inning. But in the 7th with 2 outs, Westfall intentionally walked the next batter so that 15 year-old Rollie Welchel (relief pitcher) could get a chance to bat. He grounded out.

Wheeler Realty who finished with a 2-2 record had 1-hit losses to both Kenny Law and Wes Priest. Clyde Woods (Anderson Sporting Goods) also threw a 1-hitter against Greeley but lost, 1-0!

Goody Rosen of Levy Auto Parts (ex-Brooklyn Dodger) had 4 hits in one game and two triples in the same game.


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Kenny Law, Clark Smith Autos
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Les Haney, Merchants
  • Leading Hitter – Delmar Wade, Anderson Sporting
  • Most RBI – N/A

1948 ALL WORLD TEAM

IF – Johnny Burkhart, Merchants
IF – Bob Adams, Clark Smith Autos
IF – Delmar Wade, Anderson Sporting Goods
IF – Norb Burkhardt, Acme Glass
OF – Roy Butler, Bluebonnet Laundry
OF – Lefty Bevington, Clark Smith Autos
OF – Goody Rosen, Levy Auto Parts
OF – Herman Hoff, Wheeler Realty
UTIL – Vance Adams, Clark Smith Autos
UTIL – Charles Morris, Merchants
C – Willis James, Bluebonnet Laundry
P – Les Haney, Merchants (2-0)
P – Kenny Law, Clark Smith Autos (5-2, 86K)
P – Pat Peeples, Merchants (2-0)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Merchants, Taft, CA
2. Clark Smith Autos, Phoenix, AZ
3. Bluebonnet Laundry, Lubbock, TX
4. Wheeler Realty, Greeley, CO
5t. Levy Auto Parts, Toronto, ON
5t. Anderson Sporting Goods, Oklahoma City, OK
7t. Cochituate Motors, Natick, MA
7t. Acme Glass, Cincinnati, OH
9t. Drugstore Cowboys, Pawhuska, OK
9t. All-Stars, Elmira, NY
9t. Grever Truck Lines, Tulsa, OK
9t. Scott’s Market, Oklahoma City, OK

1947 NSC Women’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1947 held at Phoenix, Arizona.


Champion – Phoenix A-1 Queens, Phoenix, Arizona (105-15)
Runner Up – Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


The NSC was created by Larry Walker of Phoenix as an alternative place to play where the rules were a little more relaxed than the ASA was.  Some looked at it as a semi-pro league, and it was at first scorned by the ASA.

ASA teams came to play in the NSC Worlds. The Jax Brewer Maids of New Orleans who won 5 ASA Nationals in 7 years joined the NSC in 1948, after ASA accused them of professionalism.

The A-1 Queens from Phoenix was to the NSC as the Phoenix Ramblers were to the ASA. Both teams were great and engaged in many contests against each other.  They even billed an event in 1948 as the Women’s World Championship series between the 1947 ASA Champ Jax Maids and the 1947 NSC Champ A-1 Queens. They were very evenly matched.

Soon, more ASA teams came over to play like the Erin Brews of Cleveland, OH and the Lorelei Ladies of Atlanta.

As tensions between the ASA and NSC lessoned, even more teams came to play. Erv Lind Florists of Portland, OR and Shamrocks of Salt Lake City, UT played in the NSC Nationals. Even the Canadian Champs, Crowhurst Motors of Vancouver, British Columbia played. Many more played. And when the NSC had their last National Championship in 1954, all the NSC teams were welcomed back to ASA.

Eleanor Anderson collected 3 hits in the final game to lead the Queens. Charlotte Armstrong doubled in the Queens first run to start a big 3 run rally. she finished 2-0 in the tournament and 57-3 on the season. Margie Yetman of the Sooners led her team through the losers bracket to the finals, She was 11-22 (.500) and named MVP. With Armstrong and Morris hurling for the A-1 Queens, they were practically unbeatable. Both were 2-0 and together they allowed only 5 runs in the 4 games. For the Sooner Queens, Pitchers Eleanor ‘Big Red’ Purkey was 3-2 and Gladys Haywood was 2-0. Armstrong finished out the year 57-3.


  • MVP Award – Margie Yetman, Sooner Queens (11-22, .500, played flawless 2B)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Charlotte Armstrong, A-1 Queens – (2-0, pitched a 6-1, 3-hitter with 11 K to win championship game)
  • Leading Hitter – Margie Yetman, Sooner Queens (11-22) – .500
  • Miss Softball Award – Carolyn Morris, A-1 Queens (Pitcher, 2-0, including 2-hit shutout with 13 K)

1947 NSC ALL WORLD TEAM

P – Charlotte Armstrong, Phoenix A-1 Queens (2-0)
P – Mary Hicks, Dallas Bell Comets (2-2)
P – Carolyn Morris, Phoenix A-1 Queens (2-0)
P – Lois Williams, Phoenix A-1 Queens
C – Jody Gebron, Dallas Bell Comets
1B – Babe Massa, Chicago Rival Dog Food
2B – Margie Yetman, Chevy Sooner Queens
3B – Mildred Dixon, Phoenix Holsum Bakery
SS – Eleanor Anderson, Phoenix A-1 Queens
LF – Dodie Nelson, Santa Monica Ramblers
CF – Merle Keagle, Phoenix A-1 Queens
RF – Jackie Anderson, Chevy Sooner Queens
UTIL – Louise Curtis, Phoenix Holsum Bakery
UTIL – Nonie Hoehn, Santa Monica Ramblers (1-2)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Phoenix A-1 Queens, Phoenix, AZ (4-0)
2. Downtown Chevy Sooner Queens, Oklahoma City, OK (5-2)
3. Bell Comets, Dallas, TX (2-2)
4. Holsum Bakery Maids, Phoenix, AZ (3-2)
5t. Santa Monica Ramblers, Santa Monica, CA (1-2)
5t. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (1-2)
7t. Rival Dog Food, Chicago, IL (1-2)
7t. Dorst Sweethearts, Toronto, ON (1-2)
9t. Takoma Decorators, Washington DC (0-2)
9t. New Bridger Cafe, Billings, MT (0-2)


The 1947 ASA Champion New Orleans Jax Brewer Maids vs the 1947 NSC Champion Phoenix A-1 Queens Series

Over in the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) National Championships, The Jax Brewer Maids won their third straight National Championship and fifth in the last six years. The Jax were rumored to have “professional” players and were scrutinized a lot by the ASA, so they decided to leave and join the NSC for the 1948 season.

Jax pitcher Nina Korgan was one of the greatest pitchers in softball history. She had one of the most amazing streaks in Softball History. In ASA National Championship play from 1941 through and including the 1947 National, Her team won the Championship 6 of the 7 years. She pitched and won every final championship game victory – (6 final game victories, 4 of them being shutouts, one a no hitter).  In that span between 1941-1947, Korgan racked up a Championship Tournament record of 21-0 with 18 Shutouts, 5 No-Hitters, one being a perfect game. She had two shutout streaks of 7 from 1941-42 and then 8 from 1945-47. She twirled 168 innings in that span, striking out 254 batters and surrendering only 6 runs on 35 hits. Teammate Lottie Jackson was the “other” pitcher and she only went 8-2 in the same period of time with 4 being by shutout, including a no-hitter. The only two games she last were in relief and both by 1-0 scores. Both pitchers always played when they weren’t pitching as both were great hitters as well.  The last three years the Jax played ASA, their total record was 143-20, incredible, especially considering that 11 of the losses were to Men’s teams.

It was only natural that the best ASA team who became part of the NSC set up a season series with the Best NSC team. So, during the 1948 season, a 30-game schedule was set up between the two squads. The games were all close and in the end with Lottie Jackson doing much of the pitching for the Jax (Korgan did her share as well) and Charlotte Armstrong hurling for the Phoenix A-1 Queens along with Carolyn Morris. The teams played 30 games and from newspaper accounts, the final tallies were 16-13-1 in favor of the New Orleans Jax. But from all accounts, both teams were considered the two best teams in the country.

1947 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1947 held at Phoenix, Arizona.


Champion – Farm Fresh Market, Phoenix, Arizona
Runner Up – Palomar Foods, San Diego, California


This was the inaugural softball tournament of the newly created National Softball Congress (NSC), preceding the International Softball League (ISL) and forerunner to the present International Softball Congress (ISC).

Much of the content herein from the NSC, ISL and even the earlier years of the ISC were painstakingly compiled by former ISC Historian, Art Cashion, Ft. Worth (TX).

Mr. Cashion spent countless hours reviewing outdated newspapers (thru his local library) from around the country in order to glean much of the information on this and other ISC tournaments. We are greatly indebted to Art Cashion for the tremendous task he undertook in compiling the early history of our organizations.

Arnold Trujillo (Farm Fresh) no-hit the Oklahoma City team.

One-hitters included future ISC Hall-of-Famer, Paul Lopez (Farm Fresh) and Eddie Feigner.

Eddie Feigner (Seattle) would later go on to world-wide acclaim with the handle, The King and His Court.

Wes Priest (Reno) threw a 1-hitter and lost (1-0) to Milwaukee.

Frank Parente (Seattle) was the only player to hit 2 homeruns.

Ted Oleo (Farm Fresh) was the only player to hit two triples and did it in the same game.

Johnny Taylor (Phalanx) hit the only grand-slam homer of the tournament. Dick Mitchell hit two of only four doubles in the entire tournament. Bob Adams, Phalanx had 4 hits in one game.

Of the 24 extra-base hits in the 16 team tournament, 13 were homers.

The above was edited on Sep 1, 2006 by Bret Baughman, Cedar Rapids Iowa ISC Historian. At this time I will also add full line scores as reported in the Arizona Republic in the time period of the NSC World Tournament.

The Championship game of this tournament went extra innings with Farm Fresh scoring 4 runs in the top of the 8th to claim the NSC World Championship.


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Mickey Aguirre, Palomar Foods, San Diego, CA
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Bob Michaels, Palomar Foods, San Diego, CA
  • Leading Hitter – Bob Adams, Phalanx Fraternity (6-13) – .462
  • Most RBI – Ivan Crawford, Kings – 5
  • Most RBI – Dom Faruzzi, Kings – 5
  • Most RBI – Bud Manchester, Streit Bicycle Shop – 5
  • Most RBI – Tom Sewell, Grever Truck Line – 5

1947 ALL WORLD TEAM

IF – Dick Mitchell, Palomar Foods
IF – Bob Adams, Phalanx Fraternity
IF – John Pinson, Andrews Motors
IF – Mickey Aguirre, Palomar Foods
OF – Bill Bletcher, Harold’s Club
OF – Harold McNeeley, Fire Department
OF – Jim Brawner, Farm Fresh Markets
UTIL – John Pompeo,  White Center Athletic Club
UTIL – Harley Taylor, Mount Dennis Athletic Association
C – Ralph Pelkowski, Royals
C – Hugo Pearson, United Tile


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Farm Fresh Markets, Phoenix, AZ (5-1)
2. Palomar Foods, San Diego, CA (7-2)
3. Andrews Motors, Rome, GA (3-2)
4. Anderson Sporting Goods, Oklahoma City, OK (3-2)
5t. United Tile, Waco, TX (3-2)
5t. Phalanx Fraternity, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
7t. Royals, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
7t. White Center Athletic Club, Seattle, WA (2-2)
9t. Platt-Rogers, Boulder, CO (1-2)
9t. Fire Department, Tulsa, OK (1-2)
9t. Harold’s Club, Reno, NV (1-2)
9t. Mount Dennis Athletic Association, Toronto, ON (1-2)
13t. Bonaldi Bros Post, Rochester, NY (0-2)
13t. New York Hatters, Gainesville, FL (0-2)
13t. Regalos Gaona, Ciudad, MX (0-2)
13t. Merchants, Bell, CA (0-2)