Category: ISA

Bill E. Ruth

A Softball Legend Dies
Sept. 8, 2021
Bill E. Ruth (1934 – 2021)

It is with a great deal of sadness that Senior Softball USA announces the death of longtime SSUSA President Bill Ruth.

Bill, 87, died this morning after suffering a major stroke a few days ago in his home in Kent, Washington.

Bill has sponsored, managed and played on Senior Softball teams for almost 30 years. In fact, he has either played or managed baseball, softball, basketball and soccer teams for more than 60 years. His teams played at the highest level for many years.

Bill was also President of the Independent Sports Association (ISA), and was a partner in fishing lodges in Alaska, as well as a gold mine near the Yukon. Bill’s main business was in real estate throughout the Northwest and in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

Bill was elected into four Hall of Fames: The USSSA (Washington) Hall of Fame, the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame, the SSUSA Hall of Fame, and the ISA Hall of Fame.

Bill became President of Senior Softball USA in 2000 and was a guiding voice behind the growth of SSUSA in both America and around the world.

Bill was a very close friend and partner, a fierce competitor with a wry sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye every time he, his wife Susan and I started a new adventure.

Terry Hennessy
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Softball-USA


William E. Ruth was born in Seattle at Providence Hospital to Walter and Zella Ruth. He lived in Riverton until age 7 when his family moved to a small farmhouse off the Benson Highway in Renton (now Kent). Bill graduated from Kent Meridian High School and went on to graduate from Washington State University.

Bill’s business ventures took him to many places. Real estate developments in the Pacific Northwest and Mexico, Fishing lodges in Alaska and Softball adventures throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

Bill is survived by his wife, Susan; brother Jerry A. (Cynthia) Ruth; children Jon (JB) Ruth, Demarest (Bruce) Sherwood, Steven (Debbie) Hehr, Starlene (Michael) Ward, Koranne (Michael) Randow and ‘adopted sons’ Brent Freeman and Jake Call; 8 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother John W. Ruth in 2008.

Bill was a fierce competitor with a wry sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye.

2020 ISA Softball World Championships

2020 held at Heritage Point Park in Dalton, Georgia.

Women’s B/C

  1. Sweet Dreams, Lexington, KY
  2. Crossfire/Anchor Roofing/BDT, Waco, GA

Women’s D/E

  1. AKS
  2. Solway Hardware, TN
  3. Carolina Chaos

Men’s B/C

  1. TM/ESCO, Nashville, TN
  2. Kut4/OI/D2E, Columbus, GA
  3. Osborn Excavating/Kut4, Alabaster, AL

Men’s D

  1. NWO, Ringgold, GA
  2. New Rivalz/Longshots, Crossville, TN
  3. Frontline, McColl, SC

Men’s E

  1. ALX, Allover, AL
  2. Dream Team, Valdosta, GA
  3. TSH, McMinville, TN

Men’s REC

  1. Hitmen, Newnan, GA
  2. Joker’s Wild, Winchester, TN
  3. Bama Boyz, Anniston, AL

ISA Men’s 70 and Over Slow Pitch World Series

2005	Gold	Florida Investment Properties, Lantana, FL
2006	Major	N/A - Not held
2007	Major	N/A - Not held
2008	Major	N/A - Not held
2009	Maj+/Ma Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery Florida, FL
	AAA/AA 	Hamel Caveliers, VA 
2010	Major+ 	Suncoast Orthopedics Surgery Florida, FL
	AAA 	Michiana Merchants, MI
2011	Major 	N/A - Not held 
2012	AAA 	Direct Employers, IN 
	AA 	Dayton Legends, OH 
2013	Major	N/A - Not held
2014	Major	N/A - Not held
2015	Major	N/A - Not held
2016	Major	N/A - Not held
2017	Major	N/A - Not held
2018	AAA	Avengers, MO
2019	AAA	N/A - Not held

ISA Men’s 65 and Over Slow Pitch World Series

2000	Major	Florida Investment Properties, Lantana, FL
2001	Major	Florida Investment Properties, Lantana, FL
2002	Major	N/A - Not held
2003	Major	N/A - No theld
2004	Upper	Pompano Beach Bums, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2005	Gold	Florida Legends, Nokomis, FL
2006	AA	Budweiser, MO
2007	AAA	Hamel Builders, Reisterstown, MD
2008	AAA/AA	Indianapolis Classics, IN
2009	AAA 	West Michigan Carelinc, MI 
	AA 	Jim and Joe's 65's, KY 
2010	AAA 	West Michigan Carelinc, MI
	AA 	Jim and Joe's 65's, KY
2011	AAA 	N/A - Not held
2012	Major 	Marian Maitland/Boys of Summer, MI 
	AAA 	Midwest Express, NE 
	AA 	Jim & Joe's, KY 
2013	Major 	High Five, MN 
	AAA 	Michaels, WI
	AA 	US Jobs, IN
2014	Major 	? - no info
	AAA 	? - no info
2015	Major 	Declaire Orthopaedic, Troy, MI
	AAA 	US Job/Indy 65, Indianapolis, IN
	AA 	Indiana Legends/Columbus, Seymour, IN
2016	Major 	Minnesota Masters/Ancell, MN
	65/70 	Kentuckiana 65s, IN
2017	Major 	? - no info
	AAA 	? - no info
2018	Major 	Handeland Flooring, WI
	AAA 	MP Components/Bomb Squad, MI
	AA 	Indy Fog, IN
2019	Major 	Motown Stars, MI
	AAA 	By Grace Redeemed, TN
	AA 	Indy Fog, IN

ISA Men’s 60 and Over Slow Pitch World Series

1999	Major	Emerald City Masters, Seattle, WA
2000	Major	Florida Crush Legends, Melbourne, FL
	AAA	Pompano Beach Bums, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
	AA	Galyans Geezers, Illinois
2001	Major +	Florida Crush Legends, N. Ft. Myers, FL
	Major	Akron Silver Masters, Akron, OH
	AAA	Bandits, Walnut Creek, CA
2002	Super	Florida Legends/Dan Sports, Nokomis, FL
	AAA	Port St. Lucie Ramblers, Port Saint Lucie, FL
2003	Major + 	Florida Legends, Nokomis, FL
	Major 	Florida Crush, Ft. Meyers, FL
2004	Upper	Florida Legends, Nokomis, FL
2005	Gold 	Human Kinetics, FL
	Silver 	Lazy Days/Chadwell, FL
2006	Major + 	Tharaldson Enterprise, Las Vegas, NV
	Major 	Fire
2007	Major	CC Red, Chicago, IL
	AAA 	Miken Fossils, Rock Island, IL
2008	Major	Michael's Force, IL
	AAA 	Michigan Express, MI
2009	Major+	Miken/Tanel, FL 
	Major 	Morris Farm, FL 
	AAA 	Carriage Homes, AR 
	AA 	Dayton Legends 60's, OH
2010	Major 	Wild Bunch, AL 
	AAA 	Job Central/Indy 60, IN 
	AA 	Dayton Legends 60's, OH 
2011	Major 	N/A - Not held
	AAA 	South Florida Heat, FL
	AA 	Pat's Sports/Levin Financial, FL
2012	Major 	Handeland Flooring, WI 
	AAA 	Indiana Legends/Campbell Tire, IN 
	AA 	Kentuckiana, KY
2013	Major+	Line Drive Salsa Bombers MI 
	Major 	Handeland Flooring, WI 
	AAA 	Dayton Legends 60, OH
2014	Major+ 	? - no info
	Major	? - no info
	AAA 	? - no info
2015	Major 	Kinnco Services, Traversa City, MI
	AAA 	Minutemen/Pepco SFS, North Royalton, OH
	AA 	Indy Fog, Indianapolis, IN
2016	Major+ 	Kinnco Services, Traversa City, MI
	Major	Kentuckiana Legends, IN
	AAA 	Cincinnati 60s, Cincinnati, OH
	AA 	Indy Fog, Indianapolis, IN
2017	Major 	? - no info
	AAA 	? - no info
2018	Major 	N/A - No theld
	AAA 	Chicago Panthers, IL
2019	Major 	Windy City Softball, IL
	AAA 	Playmakers, WI

ISA Men’s 55 and Over Slow Pitch World Series

1996	East	Classic 50's, PA
	West	W.E. Ruth Realty, Seattle, WA
1997	Major	Thomas Engineering/Dudley, Manassas, VA
1998	Major	Pompano Beach Bums, Pompano Beach, FL
1999	Major	Florida Crush, Melbourne, FL
2000	Major	Thomas Engineering, Manassas, VA
	AAA	Pittsburgh Gold 55's, Pittsburgh, PA
	AA	Akron Silversmiths, Akron, OH
2001	Major	Thomas Engineering, Manassas, VA
	AAA	Penn Hills 55's, Pittsburgh, PA
2002	Super	Old A's, Walnut Creek, CA
	AAA	Ted's Montgomery, Brookeville, MD
	AA	Heat Wave, Naples, FL
2003	Major	Gulf Shore Insurance, Naples, FL
	AAA 	Office Products Warehouse, St. Petersburg, FL
2004	Upper	Bell Corp./Dan's Sports/Miken, Naples, FL
	Lower	Florida Storm, Florida
2005	Gold 	Bob's Transmission, FL
	Silver 	Sun Coast Sun Rays, FL
2006	Major +	All State/Miken, FL
	Maj/AAA	WE Ruth Realty, Renton, WA 
2007	Major +	N/A - Not held
	Maj/AAA	Williams Food Service, Louisville, KY 
	AA	Zeppelin, Louisville, KY
2008	Major +	N/A - Not held
	Maj/AAA	Rhinos, IL
	AA	Zeppelin, Louisville, KY
2009	Major+	Kittrell Acoustics, AL 
	Major	N/A - Not held
	AAA 	Birmingham 55's, AL 
	AA 	Dayton Legends 55's, OH 
2010	Major+	Hendricks Sports Texas 
	Major 	Kinnco Services, IN 
	AAA 	Pat's Sports, FL 
	AA 	Zeppelin, Louisville, KY
2011	Major 	N/A - Not held
	AAA 	Pat's Sports/Levin Financial, FL
2012	Major 	Windy City, IL 
	AAA 	Smith Laminating, KY 
2013	Major 	Kinnco Services, IN 
	AAA 	Central Illinois Chiefs, IL 
2014	Major 	? - no info
	AAA 	? - no info
2015	Major+ 	Doc’s, Pickerington, OH
	Major 	The Softball Club, Munster, IN
	AAA 	Milwaukee Merchants, Greenfield, WI
2016	Major 	Doug & Don's Auto Care, MI
	50/55 	Antique Roadshow, IN
2017	Major 	? - no info
	AAA 	? - no info
2018	Major	Doug & Don's Auto Care, MI
	55/60	Windy City Softball, IL
2019	Major	1 Under Craft Beer/Eats, MI
	AAA	Team Illinois, IL

ISA Men’s 50 and Over Slow Pitch World Series

1996	A	Robbie's, Portland, OR
1997	A	Carolina Cobras, Burlington, NC
	B	Express, Glen Burnie, MD
1998	Major	Sawtre Texas Legends, Garland, TX
	A	Fairfield Unknowns, Pembroke Pines, FL
1999	Major	Florida Crush/Easton, Melbourne, FL
	A	Florida Crush, Melbourne, FL
2000	Major	Florida Crush-Brevard, N. Ft. Myers, FL
	AAA	Carolina Cobras, Raleigh, NC
	AA	Roseville Gateway, Sierra, CA
2001	Major +	California Rebels, Sacramento, CA
	Major	Akron Silversmiths, Cuyahogo Falls, OH
	AAA	W.E. Ruth Realty, Seattle, WA
	AA	Doc Martens, Martin, MI
2002	Super	California Rebels, Sacramento, CA
	Major	Joseph Chevrolet, Ft. Thomas, KY
	AAA	Team Worth Eagles, Boca Raton, FL
	AA	Sunshine Boys, Sebring, FL
2003	Major +	Pineknobs, Warren, MI
	Major 	W.E. Ruth Realty, Seattle, WA
2004	Major	JAH Masters, Atlanta, GA
	Upper	Al Estes Bail Bonds, Pinellas Park, FL
	Lower	Topps Softball
2005	Gold	Al Estes Bail Bonds, FL (Gold Division)
	-Red	Kittrell Acoustics, AL (Red Division)
	Silver	Broward Bunch, FL (Green Division))
	-White	Southern Softball, AL (White Division)
2006	Major +	Pine Knob, Mt. Clemens, MI
	Major	Travelodge Bears, Columbus, IN
	AAA	Metro Coors Light, Belleville, IL
2007	Major +	Hollis Appraisal, Jacksonville, FL
	Major	Travel Lodge, Columbus, IN
	AAA	Barons, Kansas City, MO
2008	Maj+/Ma	Hendricks Sports, TX
	AAA	Brickyard, IN
2009	Major	Windy City, IL
	AAA	Kayson's Grill, GA 
2010	Major 	Kayson's Grille 50's, GA 
	AAA 	Monster Softball II, TN 
2011	Major+ 	South Florida Renegades, FL
	Major	N/A - Not held
	AAA 	Harbortown Marina, FL 
2012	Major 	OKI, IL 
	AAA 	Twin City, IL 
2013	Major+	OKI, IN 
	Major 	Chicago Prime, IN 
	AAA 	WC Thunder, IL 
2014	Major	? - no info
	AAA	? - no info
2015	Major 	Pope Transport, FT Atkinson, WI
	AAA 	Team 050, Alorton, IL
2016	Major	Big Ten Softball/DLB, IL
	AAA 	Team Illinois, IL
2017	Major	? - no info
	AAA	? - no info
2018	Major	Dudley Lightning, MO
	AAA	50 Degrees, MO
2019	Major	Dudley Lightning, MO
	AAA	50 Degrees, MO

ISA Men’s 40 and Over Slow Pitch World Series

1991	-	Ben's Muffler, Orlando, FL
1992	-	?- no info available
1993	-	?- no info available
1994	-	?- no info available
1995	-	MW Tribble/Union Savings Bank, Cincinnati, OH
1996	-	MW Tribble/Union Savings Bank, Cincinnati, OH (Ricky Huggins-MVP)
1997	-	B Dry, Louisville, KY
1998	A	Flooring Solutions, Oakton, VA
	B	CSX #1, Jacksonville, FL
1999	-	CSX #1, Jacksonville, FL
2000	-	B&H Softball, Ft. Myers, FL
2001	-	Team Mizuno/RB Plastering, Ft. Pierce, FL
2002	-	Big Dogs/Sports Page, Pittsburgh, PA
2003	-	Big Dogs, Pittsburgh, PA
2004	-	Gulf Coast/Easton, Sarasota, FL
2005	-	Big Dogs, Pittsburgh, PA
2006	-	Team Worth 40+, Ft Pierce, FL
2007	-	Team Worth 40+, Ft Pierce, FL
2008	-	N/A
2009	-	N/A
NOTE - not held since 2007

ISA Men’s 35 and Over Slow Pitch World Series

1993	-	Doc's/Speedline, Jacksonville, FL
1994	-	?- no info available
1995	-	?- no info available
1996	-	?- no info available
1997	-	Perkins Roofing, Cincinnati, OH
1998	-	Perkins Roofing, Cincinnati, OH
1999	-	?- no info available
2000	-	C&M Sporting Goods, Dotham, AL
2001	-	?- no info available
2002	-	?- no info available
2003	-	Romeo's Masters, Birmingham, AL
2004	-	Loves Jewelers, Columbus, GA
2005	North	Bombers, Mackinaw, MI
	South	Romeo's, Birmingham, AL
2006	Comp.	Woody's Barr/ABT, Michigan
	Rec.	Smooth Criminal, Michigan
2007	-	N/A
2008	-	N/A
2009	-	N/A
NOTE - not held since 2007

ISA Men’s A Slow Pitch Winter Worlds

1995	Team Dudley/Mizuno, Fort Pierce, FL		Superior/Southland, Gainesville, GA
	MVP - Mark Martin, Team Dudley (20-24, .833, 7 HRs)
	Tim Williamson, Sup/Southland - 13   (23-31, .742, 30 RBIs)
	Mark Martin, Team Dudley - .833
1996	Allison Const./Dudley, Concord, NC		Steele's Bad Dogs, Lake Wales, FL
	MVP - Todd Bailes, Allison Construction
	Judson Jackson, W.W. Gay - 8	
1997	Robert's/Easton, Orlando, FL			Sierra Power, Reno, NV
	MVP - Russ Urshan, Robert's (25-28, .893, 9 HRs)
	Dale Walters, Sierra Power - 14 
1998	Chase/Worth, Wilmington, NC			Ruby's/Worth, Savannah, GA
	MVP - Ed Hicks, Chase (.727, 6 HRs)
	Chris Calcutt (.840),  Heath Altman & Ed Hicks, Chase - 6
	Keith Roberts, Chase - .870
1999	Chase/Tri-Gems/Easton, Wilmington, NC	Resmondo/Hague/TPS, Columbus, OH
	MVP - Mike Shenk, Chase (14-16, .875, 3 HRs)
	J.C. Phelps, Chase - 8	
2000	Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, OH		Altimore Concrete/Beck's, Cedar Brook, NJ
	MVP - Dennis Turner, Hague/Resmondo (17-24, .708, 7 HRs)
	Jeff Wallace, Altimare Concrete (26-32, .813,  12 HRs, 28 RBIs)
	John Keigley, Hague (15-16, .938, 1 HR)
2001	W.W.Gay/TPS, Gainesville, FL			Suncoast/Smith Barney, Sarasota, FL
	MVP - Billy Eurice, W.W. Gay (20-25, .800, 12 HRs)
	Jeff Vargo, W.W Gay - 13
	Billy Eurice, W.W. Gay - .800
2002	Team Mizuno, Fort Pierce, FL			Resmondo Sod, Auburndale, FL
	MVP - Wayne Busby, Team Mizuno (14-18, .778)
	Albert Davis, Resmondo Sod & Butch Smith, Florida Heat - 13
	Wayne Busby, Team Mizuno - .778
2003	Doc's/Easton, Sioux City, IA			Resmondo's Sod Boys, Auburndale, FL
	MVP - Chad Durick, Doc's/Easton (21-24, .875, 6 HRs)
	Albert Davis, Resmondo's Sod Boys, Florida Heat - 18
	Wayne Busby, Team Mizuno - .875
2004	Aubrey's/TPS, Savannah, GA 			B&J Logging/Mizuno, Sandoval, IL
	MVP - JD Genter, Aubrey's/TPS
	HR Leaders - JC Phelps, B&J Logging & Kyle Cowart, Aubrey's
2005	Aubrey's/TPS, Savannah, GA 			Team Stucco (Creative/T&R), Illinois/Florida
	MVP - Kevin Martin, Aubrey's
	HR Leader - Jamie Wise, Aubrey's
2006	Specialty Tank, Columbus, OH 		Belcher Concrete/Easton, Kankakee, IL
	MVP - Greg Connell, Specialty Tank/Creative Stucco/Docs/K&G/Worth
	HR Leader - Rich Gulash, Resmondo II
2007	Belcher Concrete/Easton, Kankakee, IL 		Resmondo I, Winter Haven, FL
	MVP - Scott Kirby, Belcher Concrete
	HR Leader - Tim Cocco, Belcher Concrete
2008	Pierce Construction, Creo, NY	 		Stucco Supply, Cincinnati, OH
	MVP - Matt Loughhead, Pierce Construction
	HR Leader - ?
2009	AJS/Easton, Fort Myers, FL	 		Bass Gloves, Fayette, AL
	MVP - Billy Moore, AJS/Easton
	HR Leader - ?
2010	Bass Gloves, Fayette, AL	 		Suncoast/Reebok, Sarasota, FL
	MVP - Oscar Shipley, Bass Gloves
	Jeff Turnbow, Bass Gloves (HR Leader)
2011	N/A
NOTE - Class-A not held since 2010