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1981 NSPC

1981 OFFICERS

  • Executive Director – Robert Brown
  • President – Richard Howard
  • Secretary – Jim Snyder
  • Treasure – Richard Howard
  • Public Relations – Dennis Punch
  • Publicity Director – Jerome Earnest

FINAL STANDINGS

Place/Team Record Pct 1st 2nd
1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC 18-4 .818 6 1
2. Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, OH 37-15 .712 7 2
3. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI 22-16 .579 1 6
4. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA 12-9 .571 1 3
5. Steele’s Sports, Gradton, OH 8-23 .258 0 1
6. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN 4-12 .250 1 0
7. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL 3-11 .214 0 1
8. Gartenhouse, Plainville, CT 1-17 .056 0 1

NSPC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

1981 held at Willoughby, Ohio.


  • Champion: Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
  • Runner Up: Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, Ohio

After Howard’s beat Steele’s 31-10 in the semi-finals (Ed Roth 4 HR, Dick Bartel 3 HR, Don Arndt and Stan Harvey, 2 HR each), Howards then beat NAS 14-12 in winners bracket final as Dick Bartel hit two 3-run homers. NAS then eliminated York Barbell/Ken Sanders 17-13 as Mike Macenko and Dana Andry each homered twice. Howard’s then won the title as Tom Beall’s 3-run home run blew the game open for Howards as they won the championship 16-4.


  • HR Leaders – Ed Roth, Howard’s (8-11, .727, 12 RBI) – 7
  • HR Leaders – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s (10-12, .833, 12 RBI) – 7
  • Batting Leader – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers (10-12, 7 HR, 12 RBI) – .833
  • Outstanding Defensive Players – Mike Nye, York/Sanders
  • Outstanding Defensive Players – Doc Booker, NAS

1981 NSPC ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Dick Bartel, Howard’s/Western Steer (9-13, .692, 6 HR, 15 RBI)
Mike Nye, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (10-14, .714)
Ed Roth, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-11, .727, 7 HR, 12 RBI)
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers (7 HR) (10-12, .833, 7 HR, 12 RBI)
Rick Scherr, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-12, .667, 1 HR)
Mike Cellura, Howard’s/Western Steer (7-12, .583)
Stan Harvey, Howard’s/Western Steer (8-13, .615, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (8-16, .500, 5 HR)
Marty Rolnick, Nationwide Advertising (9-16, .563, 4 HR)
Benny Holt, Nationwide Advertising (8-11, .727, 3 HR)
Craig Elliott, York Barbell’s/Ken Sander’s (8-13, .615, 6 HR, 12 RBI)
Herman Rathman, Steele’s Sports (8-14, .571, 5 HR)
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (3-0)
2. Nationwide Adverstising, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
3. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA (2-2)
4. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH (2-2)
5t. Shimers, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
5t. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL (1-2)
7. Snyder’s/Stroh’s, Detroit, MI (0-2)


FIRST TEAM ALL NSPC

POS PLAYER/TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
P Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 140 50 59 3 2 20 57 .421
C Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 186 83 96 6 5 36 84 .516
1B Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 83 100 4 1 38 80 .575
2B Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 197 97 102 15 7 46 94 .518
3B Bill Ferguson, Howard’s-Western Steer 70 26 45 2 1 3 15 .643
SS Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 123 56 66 11 0 23 43 .537
OF Mike Nye, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 84 42 51 8 2 1 12 .607
OF Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 43 45 5 1 24 54 .556
OF Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 162 84 88 15 5 31 62 .543
OF Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 151 66 81 11 2 31 92 .536
UT Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 49 43 2 0 22 49 .623
UT Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 83 40 43 5 0 21 44 .518

SECOND TEAM ALL NSPC

POS PLAYER/TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
P Buddy Slater, Howard’s-Western Steer 49 14 20 0 0 0 4 .408
C Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Caterers 42 13 21 2 1 8 16 .500
1B John Geckle, Steele’s Sports 97 33 53 3 0 3 24 .546
2B Dennis Myers, Shimers 48 0 25 2 0 9 22 .521
3B Curtis Williams, York Barbell/Sanders 81 34 46 6 2 5 19 .568
SS Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 160 46 86 5 1 1 31 .538
OF Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 140 55 77 7 10 3 45 .550
OF Ron Ford, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 81 36 42 1 1 11 35 .519
OF Larry Garrard, Steele’s Sports 106 29 54 3 4 0 24 .509
OF Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 56 24 27 1 1 13 26 .482
UT Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 144 47 83 4 4 1 31 .576
UT Russell Bradley, Howard’s-Western Steer 90 40 48 7 3 2 15 .533

REGULAR SEASON NSPC LEADERS

  • HR Leader – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (46)
  • RBI Champion – Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (94)
  • Batting Leader – Bill Ferguson, Howard’s/Western Steer (.643)

REGULAR SEASON BATTING LEADERS

Player/Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
Bill Ferguson, Howard’s-Western Steer 70 26 45 2 1 3 15 .643
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 49 43 2 0 22 49 .623
Mike Nye, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 84 42 51 8 2 1 12 .607
Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 144 47 83 4 4 1 31 .576
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 83 100 4 1 38 80 .575
Curtis Williams, York Barbell/Sanders 81 34 46 6 2 5 19 .568
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 43 45 5 1 24 54 .556
Carl Tini, Gartenhaus 63 19 35 2 1 1 10 .556
Jim Gendron, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 140 55 77 7 10 3 45 .550
John Geckle, Steele’s Sports 97 33 53 3 0 3 24 .546

NSPC HOME RUN LEADERS

Player/Team HR
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 46
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 38
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 36
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 31
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 31
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 24
Charles Wright, Nationwide Advertising 23
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 22
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 22
Frank Kessler, Snyders-Strohs 22

NSPC HOME RUN LEADERS

Player/Team RBI
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 94
Braxton Speller, Snyder’s-Stroh’s 92
Jim Bizzell, Nationwide Advertising 84
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 80
Rick Petrunyak, Nationwide Advertising 62
Dana Andry, Nationwide Advertising 57
Frank Kessler, Snyders-Strohs 55
Doc Booker, Nationwide Advertising 55
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 54
Mark Brown, Nationwide Advertising 51

NSPC HR FREQUENCY LEADERS

Player/Team AB HR HRF
Rick Scherr, Howard’s-Western Steer 69 22 3.136
Dick Bartel, Howard’s-Western Steer 81 24 3.375
Stan Harvey, Howard’s-Western Steer 83 21 3.952
Joe Young, Jerry’s Caterers 51 12 4.250
Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising 197 46 4.283
Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders 73 17 4.294
Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Caterers 56 13 4.308
Mike Cellura, Howard’s-Western Steer 26 6 4.333
James Boyett, Jerry’s Caterers 53 12 4.417
Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising 174 38 4.579

1981 REGULAR SEASON MVP WINNERS

  • Mike Macenko, Nationwide Advertising (3)
  • Steve Blanchette, Nationwide Advertising (3)
  • Russell Bradley, Howards’s
  • Rick Trudeau, Snyder’s
  • Don Arndt, Howard’s
  • Stan Harvey, Howard’s
  • Dennis Myers, Shimers
  • Mike Cellura, Howard’s
  • Roger Wilt, Nationwide Advertising
  • Dick Bartel, Howard’s
  • Craig Elliott, York-Sanders

1981 REGULAR SEASON ODPA AWARDS

  • Curtis Williams, York-Sanders
  • Russell Bradley, Howard’s
  • Tony Haley, Steele’s Sports
  • Mac Stalcup, LeAlCo
  • Richard Wilborn, Howard’s
  • Chuck Drewicz, Snyder’s-Stroh’s
  • Roger Gibson, Nashville All-Stars
  • Cliff Carpenter, Steele’s Sports

Pro Softball and the National Slo-Pitch Conference

From 1977 to 1982, various softball owners and sponsors attempted to create separate organizations separate from the ASA and USSSA to make the sport a profitable business and meet the needs who wanted to take it beyond recreation. Ultimately, those efforts, which involved many individuals, did not succeed but it was an interesting time for all participants.

In 1977, Bill Byrne, who worked in the World Football League which was active in 1973 and 1974, started the American Professional Slo-Pitch League, based in Columbus, Ohio. He targeted markets primarily in the North and Midwest that had strong softball traditions and facilities that could accommodate several thousand fans. These included Cleveland, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Trenton, Baltimore, Chicago and Long Island. Ownership and facilities as well as on-field talent varied significantly based on location and ownership capabilities. Each team played a 56 game schedule, with each game part of a doubleheader played on weekends from May to September.

Detroit Caesars, owned by Mike Ilitch, greatly enhanced the softball field located in East Detroit to hold crowds of 4000-6000 which occurred often. He also signed Ronnie Ford, Bert Smith and Mike Nye to go with a strong team of local Detroit players that included all-World members Mike Gouin, Tex Collins, Doug Gerdes and Tony Mazza. He also signed former Detroit Tigers Norm Cash and Jim Northrup who created fan and media excitement.

The Kentucky Bourbons, owned by ASA Hall of Famer Don Rardin, Jr., brought together most of the best players in the Kentucky area, including Bill Gatti, Phil Schroer and Don Rardin, Jr. The team also played at a significantly enhanced facility, Bishop David Field and the team received significant media attention.

Chicago was made up of primarily 16 inch players such as Benny Holt, who won the League’s Triple Crown and MVP that year, Buddy Haines, Ron Olesiak and Tom Spahn, managed by former major leaguer Milt Pappas.

The Long Island team consisted of many top players from County Sports, including Jim Galloway, Mike Foley, Larry Chiappetta and Gary Richter. Unfortunately, unstable ownership caused many of these players to leave the team during the season.

Cleveland was owned by Jay Friedman and the team, made up of Pyramid stars Bobby Reid, Steve Loya, Shelley Hoffman, Dave Jakubs, Bob Hegedus as well as Dana Andry, Roger Wilt, Rich Petrunyak and other top players was very competitive and drew good crowds to Rose Field. There were other outstanding players who did not join the team as they were playing for top Cleveland amateur teams, including Mike Macenko, Steve Blanchette and Mark Brown.

The Cincinnati Suds played at Trechter Stadium and had Rick Linz, Emery Lucas, Tom Taylor, Jim Nageleisen, Mike Applin and other solid players. Similar to Cleveland and also Pittsburgh, there were quality players on amateur teams that did not join the pro league.

The Pittsburgh Hard Hats featured Tom Miller and Jim Nelson from Joe’s Army Navy, Columbus took most of the Worthington Steel team, including Bill Swords, Tom Pappas and Goldie Rich, Columbus played its home games in the Clippers’ stadium.

The Minnesota franchise played its games in Midway Stadium and featured most of the best players from the Twin Cities, including Gene Parrish, John Locke, Joe Russell and Lou Boone. Former Twins shortstop Zoilo Versalles also played for the team.

The Trenton team was made up of players from that area such as John Spadaccino and Tom Krenchicki as well as former New York Met Danny Napoleon. In its second year, the team featured former New York Yankee Joe Pepitone, who turned out to be a very good player.

Baltimore featured players from the Maryland/Northern Virginia area, including Piledrivers and All-World performer Johnny Dollar, Lawrence Hutcherson and John Copenhaver.

Milwaukee combined the top teams in that area which had been perennial powers in the Big Eight League and the USSSA, Transport Oil and Copper Hearth. Phil Higgins, Arlis Jones, Doug Czaplewski, Derek Gallagher, Jim Dillard, Kenny Parker, Paul Wenzel and a young first baseman, Dennis Graser, made up the roster. The franchise built on the popularity of softball in that community to draw large crowds to Wilson Park as well as good ratings for the locally televised games and very strong media coverage.

For the most part, the teams with the most stable ownership, Detroit, Milwaukee, Louisville, Cleveland and Cincinnati, were the best on the field and in attendance. That first year demonstrated the gap that persisted during the 6 year history of the League as well in the National Slo-Pitch Conference during its existence relative to the ability to identify and sustain a majority of  strong owners/sponsors who possessed both the vision and the resources to continue to grow their own teams on and off the field as well as strengthen the organization as a whole.

The games among the top teams were very competitive as Detroit and Kentucky vied for the League’s best record through the final weekend of the regular season. Cleveland barely edged out Cincinnati for a playoff berth where they faced and defeated the favored Milwaukee team and came very close to upsetting Detroit. Meanwhile, Baltimore, which had little competition in its division, upset Kentucky in the playoffs. Given new life, Detroit disposed of Baltimore in 4 straight games to capture the World Series. Mike Nye was MVP of the Series.

Before the season began, the League announced that the winner of the World Series would receive $50,000. However, after the completion of the Series, it was discovered that the League had significant financial expenses, including the financing of the Columbus franchise, and was unable to provide that prize money.

The League was reorganized in 1978. Bill Byrne and his team parted ways with the owners and Don Rardin, Sr. was named League President with the office relocating to Detroit. Rardin sold the Bourbons to Larry Gatti and sold his interest in the Cleveland Jaybirds to Ted Stepien. The Long Island, Columbus and Baltimore franchises disbanded and were replaced by the defending USSSA Champions from Rochester, the Zeniths, owned by Dick Hill, who played their games in Red Wings Stadium, the New England Pilgrims and the Philadelphia A’s, who played their games in Veteran’s Stadium.

The Minneapolis franchise was sold to Richard Doran, who built a strong franchise with a talented roster and strong marketing.  Schlitz became involved with the Milwaukee franchise that year as well. Unfortunately, ownership in Cincinnati and Chicago ceased in the middle of that season, forcing the League to carry those franchises until the end of the year.

The schedule was expanded to 64 games. Detroit and Minnesota were the best two teams in the League that year and each won 4 of the 8 games played head-to-head. They reached the World Series with Detroit disposing of Cleveland and Minnesota defeating Cincinnati in the playoffs. Detroit dominated the World Series, beating Minnesota in 4 straight games with Bert Smith, World Series MVP going 16 for 17, the only out being a base hit that was disallowed when Bert was called for stepping on the plate. Ronnie Ford was the regular season MVP, leading the League in home runs and RBI and barely losing the batting title to Mike Nye the last game of the season.

Another reorganization took place that off season when Ted Stepien, who had purchased full control of the Cleveland franchise and renamed it the Competitors, became League President and moved the League office to Cleveland. The Chicago franchise was disbanded and replaced by Ft. Wayne. Larry Luebbers became the owner of the Cincinnati franchise and the team played their games at a reconstructed Crosley Field in Luebbers’ backyard in Florence, Kentucky.

The League also instituted several rule changes, including moving the base paths to 70 feet from 65, moving the pitcher’s mound to 49 feet and several of the fields lengthened their dimensions to 315-330 feet from 300 feet. That season, Milwaukee, led by first year pitcher Rick Weiterman and Manager Mike Basile, got off to a strong start and held the best record in the League all year, followed closely by Kentucky. Detroit got off to a slow start, much of it due to injuries and though it made a late run, was never able to catch the Schlitz. Ronnie Ford, despite missing over 20 of the 64 games with injuries, led the League in home runs and RBI. Weiterman won the batting title and was named MVP. In the playoffs, Milwaukee defeated Cleveland and Detroit and Kentucky defeated Pittsburgh and Rochester to reach the World Series.

Earlier that summer, the League signed a contract with a new 24 hour sports cable network, ESPN, to televise the World Series which turned out to be ESPN’s first live telecast. This should have been a major step forward for big-time softball but unfortunately, it was a missed opportunity that was never recaptured. Milwaukee wound up winning the Series over Kentucky, 5 games to 3 and Weiterman was the World Series MVP as well.

Following the season, the Minnesota and Trenton franchises disbanded, Dick Hill ceased ownership of the Rochester franchise and Mike Ilitch, who had owned the flagship franchise, Detroit Caesars, announced that he was no longer participating in professional softball. These occurrences led to the formation of a second league, the NASL, by Ted Stepien, who owned the Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Lexington, Chicago and Pittsburgh franchises. The other two teams came from the APSPL, defending champion Milwaukee and Fort Wayne. Pittsburgh, Louisville, Rochester, Philadelphia, New England and Cincinnati remained in the original league. Due to the defections and divisions, ESPN withdrew from their contract, the last time that big-time softball would have the opportunity to receive regular national television coverage.

in the 1980 season, Milwaukee wound up winning their 2nd consecutive championship, beating Detroit after defeating a very good Chicago team in the playoffs, many of whose players joined Lilly Air the following year, including Ron Olesiak, who was League MVP.  Kenny Parker was the World Series MVP. Rochester defeated Pittsburgh to win the APSPL.

The NASL folded after the season with Cleveland moving to the National Slo-Pitch Conference in 1981 as Nationwide Advertising and Snyder’s absorbing several of the Detroit pro players on their NSPC team. Milwaukee rejoined the established pro league, now called the USPSL. Kentucky, led by Bill Gatti, won the World Series, defeating New England. The Cincinnati franchise acquired many of the players who had played for Greater Cincinnati Sports in the USSSA and NSPC and with its games at St. Bernard Field, had local television coverage for several games during the MLB strike that summer.

In 1982, Cleveland returned to the Pro League with several of its Nationwide stars, including Mike Macenko, Steve Blanchette, Marty Rolnick, Dana Andry, Doc Booker, Rich Petrunyak and Jim Bizzell. Dave Neale also added Paul Wright and brought back Bobby Reid. Cleveland and Kentucky were the best regular season teams but by the playoffs, Petrunyak and Wright were injured. Detroit, which was comprised of much of the Snyder’s NSPC team, including Braxton Speller, Chuck Drewicz, Rick Trudeau, Doug Gerdes and Gary Geister, added power-hitting Charlie Mitchell. Milwaukee got off to a slow start and lost shortstop Paul Wenzel at mid-year.

Both Detroit and Milwaukee peaked at the right time. Detroit defeated Philadelphia and Cleveland in the playoffs, all on the road. Milwaukee defeated Cincinnati and Kentucky, In the World Series, Milwaukee defeated Detroit, a team they had lost to 11 of 16 times in the regular season, 5 games to 1 to capture their third championship in 4 years, led by Higgins, Graser and Weiterman.

During the off-season, Ted Stepien, who owned both the Cleveland and Detroit franchises, was focused on issues involving his Cleveland Cavaliers and announced that both teams were being disbanded. With other issues that arose, professional softball ended and was not revived.

There were opportunities for success with owners like Ilitch, Stepien, Gatti and Doran as well as the ESPN coverage. However, it was imperative for teams to play in facilities such as minor league or college baseball type facilities that were markedly better than the recreation fields where most softball was played. These facilities were required for projecting a professional image as well as providing a backdrop for televising games. Unfortunately, most of the owners did not have the resources or the inclination to do so. They also were unable to obtain the best softball players, in many cases, even in their own cities, where lack of credibility caused many to stay with their amateur teams. Also, the League was unable to obtain national sponsorships from beer, equipment and other companies that would have enticed established softball sponsors with strong resources such as Richard Howard, Ken Sanders, Jerry Pendergast, Campbell Strange and R.T. Nelson to become professional owners.

The other effort to develop a second organization began in 1978 as an effort to counteract Professional Softball and maintain the traditional tournament format. The National Slo-Pitch Conference was formed by Jim Snyder, R.T. Nelson and Richard Howard. The first year, there were nine teams, including Howard’s, Nelson’s, Ken Sanders, Campbell’s, Dave Carroll, Taylor Brothers, Capitol Insulation and Poindexter Lumber. R.T. Nelson ran the Conference Office with Jerome Earnest. Four tournaments were held and Campbell’s won 2, Howard’s and Dave Carroll each won one. Campbell’s, which had spent the off-season recruiting players from around the country, went on to win the ASA over Howard’s and was regarded as the best team in the country that year.

In 1979, Dave Carroll ran the Conference Office out of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, again with Jerome. There were 22 members of the Conference participating in a full slate of 13 tournaments held throughout the country from April to July with the championship held in August in Birmingham, Alabama. The teams were located in all regions and it gave teams that had previously played a mostly local schedule to compete against the best teams prior to the Labor Day Championships. Dudley and Dave Carroll Sports were the primary national sponsors and each local tournament obtained local sponsorship as well as ticket sales.

Campbell’s picked up where they left off the previous season and won the regular season NSPC title. Nelson’s, made up of players from CC Brick and other top teams, took the Championship on its way to the 1979 Triple Crown. The Conference office once again moved in the off-season, this time to Seymour, Indiana. The 1980 Conference had 19 members and 15 tournaments. In addition to Nelson’s leaving softball after the Triple Crown victory, other sponsors who were not as competitive determined that the costs of travel and player expenses were not sustainable.

Jerry’s Catering won the Conference regular season title in 1980 and was featured in Sports Illustrated. However, just as in the previous year, another team on its way to the Triple Crown, Campbell’s, with 5 members of the 1979 Nelson’s team, won the Championship and proceeded to capture the ASA and USSSA Championships. Once again, citing the high cost of operating a national team, the second consecutive Triple Crown winner, citing the high costs associated with operating a national softball team, disbanded following the season.

In 1981, due in part to the mergers of Ken Sanders and York Barbell and Teamsters and Hillcrest along with the Cleveland professional team to form Nationwide Advertising and the disbanding of Detroit Softball City and GB Wilcher, the NSPC functioned with 8 teams. Miller Brewing Company and its local distributors sponsored most of the 14 Conference Tournaments that year along with Dudley Sports. Worth was involved with Ken Sanders-York Barbell, Easton with Howard’s and Steele’s with its team and Nationwide.

Howard’s, with the addition of Dick Bartel, Richard Willborn, Buddy Slater and Bill Ferguson, led from start to finish with Nationwide Advertising beating out Ken Sanders-York, Jerry’s and Snyder’s as the 2nd best team for most of the year. In the Championship at Willoughby, Ohio, Howard’s defeated Nationwide twice to win the title. However, it took a Bartel catch against the fence to rob Doc Booker of a game winning three run homer in the bottom of the 7th of the first game. Howard’s went on to win the Triple Crown but unlike the two previous winners, came back to defend its championships in 1982.

The Conference office was moved to Denver, North Carolina and the structure was changed to allow more teams to participate in the Conference on a limited regional basis while the top 3 teams, Jerry’s, Howard’s and Sanders-York, played a more full national schedule. In the Championship,held in Knoxville at the World’s Fair and sponsored by Miller, Ken Sanders won his first Big 3 championship as York-Sanders won the last NSPC Championship. Jerry’s wound up winning the ASA and USSSA Championships that year.

Following the season, the NSPC as well as the pro league folded permanently. There was one NSPC invitational tournament in 1983 but all of the remaining teams and players from both organizations were absorbed by the ASA and USSSA. The NSPC had some similar sustainable challenges to  the pro league with respect to the wide disparity between sponsors in terms of resources and ability to procure players. Additionally, even the most affluent sponsors focused on winning championships and recruiting players as opposed to building a strong league/conference. As a result, as businessmen, they eventually saw the amounts they were expending with no emphasis or ability to obtain return on investment.

Also, the teams that did have individual sponsorship affiliations were not inclined to sacrifice those for competing national affiliations that might have made the organization stronger. Big time softball, if it had been properly organized with all of the right people, may have had an opportunity to be successful, particularly with the amount of sports that has been televised since the 1980’s. It was a missed opportunity. As the sponsors went back to the ASA and USSSA, the same pattern ensued with teams winning and disbanding a short time later. Steele’s and Howard’s were the exceptions who sustained their teams for almost another decade.

In the end, both organizations brought together a lot of good owners/sponsors and players and created great memories for the participants and fans.

2019 SSUSA Men’s 40+ Masters Major Plus Slow Pitch World Championship

2019 held at Las Vegas, Nevada on September 27-29, 2019.


Champion – GTS, Meridian, Idaho
Runner Up – Firehouse Pub/Game, Frafer, Michigan


FINAL STANDINGS

1. GTS, Meridian, ID (5-1)
2. Firehouse Pub/Game, Frafer, MI (6-2)
3. All American Athletics, Clackamas, OR (4-2)
4. Suncoast Adidas 40’s, Bradenton, FL (4-2)
5t. Fattboyz Dudley/Elite, San Diego, CA (3-2)
5t. Pony Tail Express Pico, Rivera, CA (2-2)
7t. Frank’s Country Store, Pearland, TX (3-2)
7t. West Coast Adidas, Lake Elsinore, CA (3-2)
9t. CB Softball, Carmichael, CA (1-2)
9t. Front Row/MVP Sports, Tulsa, OK (3-2)
9t. Northwest Legacy, Maryville, WA (1-2)
9t. Prestige/Elite Orange, Stockton, CA (2-2)
13t. Miken Voodoo, Calgary, AB (1-2)
13t. Onyx Elite, Beaumont, CA (0-3)
13t. Powerhouse/Kilbombers, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
13t. R&L Sports, San Antonio, TX (0-3)
17t. Automatic, Las Vegas, NV (0-3)
17t. KJE 40’s, Fresno, CA (0-3)

2019 GSL Men’s C Slow Pitch World Championships

2019 held at Lou Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio on August 24-25, 2019.


Champion – Ely Road Reel Ohio
Runner Up – KBI, Joliet, Illinois


1. Ely Road Reel, Holmesville, OH (7-0)
2. KBI, Joliet, IL (5-2)
3. Elite Nashville/Big Shotz, Nashville, TN (6-2)
4t. Big Hitter Sports, Harrisburg, PA (4-2)
5t. BCR/Kimball/Pauer, Plain City, OH (5-2)
5t. Hub City/Mid-State, Elizabethtown, KY (4-2)
7t. Chick-Fil-A/BAF, Fairfax, VA (4-2)
7t. TPE/CincySoftball.com/Accu-Com/GA, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
9t. The Franchise/BAF, Ruther Glen, VA (5-2)
9t. MJ Lowe, Columbus, OH (4-2)
9t. Syracuse Smoke/Easton, Syracuse, NY (4-2)
9t. Max’s/BHHS/Doc’s, Waterbury, CT (2-2)
13t. Newbreed/Gorillaz, Florissant MO (3-2)
13t. 3AC/Gosports/Ironhorse/Got1S6, Elyria, OH (3-2)
13t. C&M Transport/Nager Law, Wickliffe, OH (3-2)
13t. DWS/Schaller Electric, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
17t. Just Friends/Wolfpack, Columbus, OH (3-2)
17t. FYC/Cotner Time, Columbus, OH (3-2)
17t. Pauer Moves/Old Bag, Columbus, OH (2-2)
17t. Brotherhood/G2/SBF, Detroit, MI (2-2)
17t. TAFN/Miken, Bruce Township, MI (2-2)
17t. Doughboys Softball, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
17t. Headlines/The Association/TCHOA, Middletown, OH (1-2)
17t. Moom/Collateral Managment/BCCH, Brunswick Hills, OH (1-2)
25t. Liberty Softball/Miken/Worth, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
25t. CSN/Glen’s Tile/ Buckshot’s/MLB, Grand Blanc, MI (1-2)
25t. Mint, Joliet, IL (1-2)
25t. Bad News Bears/One Nation, Brady Lake, OH (1-2)
25t. Nuspace Moving/Corso Construction, Indianapolis, IN (1-2)
25t. Daze/All Hustle Gear, Louisville, KY (1-2)
25t. Nager Law/Bowstrings, Willowick, OH (1-2)
25t. FP/PK/Miken, Smashville, IL (1-2)
33t. JNB, Buffalo, NY (1-2)
33t. BCU Electric, Ashland, OH (1-2)
33t. Rubber City Kings, Akron, OH (0-2)
33t. Fly’s Guys, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
33t. WBAC/One Nation, Brownsville, PA (0-2)
33t. Midwest Roofing/MWR, Columbus, OH (0-2)
33t. Mountaineer Elite/GSG Sports/MBW, Charleston, WV (0-2)
33t. Smash It Sports/First Capital/Easton, Rochester, NY (0-2)
33t. Team Grizzly/ACC/Eshore/RKS/Miken, Westminster, MD (0-2)
33t. Belly’s/Indiana’s Finest, Guilford, IN (0-2)
33t. Winesburg Softball, Dundee, OH (0-2)
33t. Xtreme Associates/Harpers/Mojo USA, Columbus, OH (0-2)
33t. Competition Ready/Cornerstone, Louisville, KY (0-2)
33t. Pauer Sports/Sunglo/Koval, Berkley, MI (0-2)

2019 GSL Men’s B Slow Pitch World Championship

2019 held at Lou Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio on August 31 – September 1, 2019.


Champion – GMS/Category 5, Westland, Michigan
Runner Up – Evolution/Compressor Services/S2N, Crystal Lake, Illinois


FINAL STANDINGS

1. GMS/Category 5, Westland, MI (8-1)
2. Evolution/Compressor Services/S2N, Crystal Lake, IL (4-2)
3. Belly’s/Headlines/Durbinbowl, St. Leon, IN (3-2)
4t. Westpoint Softball, Noblesville, IN (4-2)
5t. Old Bag/Headlines Sportswear, Columbus, OH (2-2)
5t. Swiing Kiingz/OA/Iconic/Spiderz, Maryville, IL (2-2)
7t. Fish Head/CLA/BAF Sports, Baltimore, MD (2-2)
7t. DDgrocery/Berties, Georgetown, IN (2-2)
9t. Xtreme Associates/Harpers/Mojo USA, Columbus, OH (1-2)
9t. Douglas Realty/BAF, Baltimore, MD (1-2)
9t. Sportsco/M&S Drywall/Miken/Worth, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
9t. One Nation/All In, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
13t. Tirabassi, Kenosha, WI (0-2)
13t. Krieger Barrels/S2N, Oak Creek, WI (0-2)
13t. SVC/Miken/Worth/Grizzy Athletics, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
13t. P&P 333/CMT/Koval/Arsenal, Lansing, MI (0-2)

2019 GSL Men’s A Slow Pitch World Championships

2019 held at Lou Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio on August 17-18, 2019.


Champion – Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton, Morrow, Ohio
Runner Up – T&W/Cornerstone/Pauer/Miken, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • Defensive MVP – Rocky Staton, Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton
  • Defensive MVP – Steven Hendrickson, T&W/Cornerstone/Pauer/Miken

GSL A ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

  • Ryan Morrow, Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton
  • John Franklin, Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton
  • Thomas Luna, GMS/CATEGORY 5
  • Cory Boothe, Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton
  • Mychael Evans, GMS/CATEGORY 5
  • Kevin Ballard, T&W/Cornerstone/Pauer/Miken
  • Josh Wright, T&W/Cornerstone/Pauer/Miken
  • Adam Kaminski, Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton
  • Mitchell Lendenski, T&W/Cornerstone/Pauer/Miken
  • Kyle Slicker, GMS/CATEGORY 5
  • Jackie Corn, Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton
  • Robert Noeth IV, T&W/Cornerstone/Pauer/Miken

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.Com/Easton, Morrow, OH (4-1)
2. T&W/Cornerstone/Pauer/Miken, Cincinnati, OH (5-2)
3. GMS/Category 5, Westland, MI (2-2)
4t. Tailgaters/B&E, Pittsburgh,PA (2-2)
5t. SVC/Miken/Worth/Grizzy Athletics, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
5t. Headlines/Titan/CSB/Easton, North Bend, OH (1-2)
7t. Maroadi Transfer/Worth/Miken, Jeannette, PA (0-2)
7t. Loaded/Playmakers, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)

Robert Brown

This man has the greatest memory I ever came across. He has been involved with Softball since he was in High School. He became a coach a coach with Mertz Bakery, fourth place finisher in the 1972 Eastern USSSA World’s in Petersburg, VA. After that, he went to Stroh’s and Bert’s Black Horse softball team, which was the team that defeated Howard’s and finished 2nd to County Sports of Long Island in the Springfield Stroh’s Tournament in 1975. He then moved on to the former USSSA Champs, Uniroyal in 1976 (previously, Dino’s Pizza). It was there he formed a friendship with Manager Gary Vitto. He went to University of Michigan and while there, was a student manager for the football and hockey teams. He joined the famous Detroit Caesar’s team that played in the Professional Softball League (APSPL) in 1977 and 1978. The Caesars won the league both years. Robert was the Assistant General Manager for the Caesars and also administered the League Office in 1978. He went on to become the Director of the American Professional Slow Pitch League (APSPL) in 1979 and the league World Series between Milwaukee and Kentucky was the first live event televised by ESPN when it went on the air on September 7, 1979. In 1980, some teams were unhappy with how the APSPL was being run and Ted Septien of Cleveland started a rival Pro League called the North American Softball League (NASL) and Robert became the Commissioner of the League for it’s one season of existence in which they competed with the already existing APSPL. In 1981, The APSPL and the NASL basically merged to form the United Professional Softball League (UPSL). Robert left the Pro game to become the Executive Director of the National Slo-Pitch Conference (NPSL) for the 1981 season. In 1982, he went back to Professional Softball to be the General Manager of the Detroit Softball City team in the UPSL for the 1982 season. He was reunited with Manager Gary Vitto and the team went to the Pro World Series, only to lose to the Milwaukee Schlitz. Following the 1982 season, both the Pro League and the NSPC folded, so Robert became the Michigan USSSA Director until 1983 went he decided to go to Wayne State University of Law. Don Dedonatis took over as the State Director and eventually moved up to be the National USSSA Executive Director. Robert graduated from Law School and became a very successful Lawyer. He is a pleasure to speak to and such a good person.

I want to say thank you to him for spending so much time helping me with the Pro League information and so many other softball related items. He is a one of a kind nice person and good man. He provided year-by-year details of the pro leagues. He also helped me with some NSPC stuff. This man has the most unbelievable memory I have ever come across. He went out of his way of his busy schedule to help me. Robert is a genuine good person who is the kind of guy you feel you’ve known for a long time. He makes people that comfortable around him. This is evident by the many people who speak of him in that way. I have yet to talk to anyone who has a negative comment

about him. Thank you very much Robert.

Bottom of Form

Robert Brown was inducted into the USSSA of Michigan HOF in 1990

 

American Slowpitch Softball League World Series of Softball

Year Champion — Runner-up
Location
MVP


1972 held at Parma, OH

Champion – Little Caesars, Detroit, MI
Runner Up – Sir Loin/Jim’s, Pittsburgh, PA

  • MVP – Bill Cole, Little Caesars
  • HR Leader – Jim Galloway, Empire County Sports – 6

1973 held at Etna/Pittsburgh, PA

Champion – Empire County Sports, Levittown, NY
Runner Up – Palazzo’s Bar, Trenton, NJ

  • MVP – Jim Galloway, Empire County Sports (13-19, .619, 6 HRs)
  • HR Leader – Larry Chiapatta, County Sports – 7
  • Batting Leader – Mike Foley, County Sports (14-19) – .736

1974 held at Etna/Pittsburgh, PA

Champion – Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA
Runner Up – York Barbell, York, PA

  • MVP – Corky Kruel, Jim’s Hard Hats (15-18, .833)
  • Batting Leader – Corky Kruel, Hard Hats – .833

1975 Held at Trenton, NJ

Champion – Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA
Runner Up – Angeloni’s Restaurant, Trenton, NJ

  • MVP – Jim Foxy Nelson, Jim’s Hard Hats (6 HRs)
  • HR Leader – Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s – 7

1976 Held at Trenton, NJ

Champion – Addies, Washington, DC
Runner Up – Rudolphe-Libbe, Toledo, OH

  • MVP – Stan Brantley, Addies (3 HRs, 8 RBIs in championship)
  • HR Leader – Dick Sievert, Rudolphe-Libbe – 12 HRs

1977 – Folded


ASSL Regular Season Leaders

1972

  • Batting Leader- Ray Corky Kruel, Sir Loin/Jim’s Sports Shop .710
  • Home Run Leader-Steve Loya, Champion Sports/Erie Sheet Metal -28

1973

  • Batting Leader- Dick Sievert, Toledo Keys .655
  • Home Run Leader-Jim Galloway, County Sports -43

1974

  • Batting Leader- no info available
  • Home Run Leader-John Spaddacino, Trenton Big Z’s -32

1975

  • Batting Leader- no info available
  • Home Run Leader-John Spaddacino, Angeloni’s Restaurant -22

1976

  • Batting Leader- no info available
  • Home Run Leader-John Spaddacino, Trenton Bicentennials -22

1972 ASSL (final records are incomplete)

East-North Division

County Sports, Levittown, NY 9- 3 .750 *
Ronnie’s/Sarner’s, Greenwich, CT 7- 5 .583
Conn-Rex, Southington, CT 8- 6 .571
Polazzo-Armenti’s, Trenton, NJ 4-10 .286

East-South Division

Sir Loin/Jim’s Sports, Pittsburgh, PA 10- 3 .769 *
York Barbell, York, PA 6- 6 .500
Federal Wrecking Co., Wash, DC 7- 7 .500
Worthy’s, Wilmington, DE 1- 9 .100

Midwest-East Division

Gene’s/Champion, Parma, OH 20-14 .588 *
Meteors/Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 19-15 .559
American Motors, East Lake, OH 2-24 .083

Midwest-West Division
Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 24- 2 .923 *
Toledo Blades, Toledo, OH 12-12 .500
Central Ohio Welding, Columbus, OH 8-16 .333


1972 ASSL Midwest Regular Season Stats (no info on East Division; except below)

Player, Team AB H Runs RBIs Avg
Dave Jakubs, Champion 106 62 38 27 .585
Steve Loya, Champion 88 51 39 67 .580 28 HRs
Jim Price, Mansfield 128 39 46 35 .575
Andy Loya, Champion 96 52 22 22 .542
Dick Sievert, Toledo Blades 74 40 26 24 .541
Larry Bartilome, Mansfield 104 56 39 38 .538
Jim Puckett, Caesars 82 44 31 36 .537
Mike Gouin, Caesars 86 44 38 24 .512
Jack Ward, Mansfield Meteors 108 55 46 64 .509
Bob Auten, Caesars 93 47 41 48 .505


1972 ASSL East Regular Season Stats (extremely limited)

Player, Team AB H Runs RBIs Avg
Ray Corky Kruel, Jims 107 76 ? ? .710
Miller Killer Adams, Jims 105 62 ? ? .590 26 HRs


1972 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Parma, OH

FORMAT: 4 division Champs played a triple elimination

Final Standings
1. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 4-1
2. Sir Loin/Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 4-3
3. County Sports, Levittown, NY 2-3
4. Champion Sports/Erie Sheet Metal, Parma, OH 0-3

All World Team – incomplete
MVP – Bill Cole, Little Caesars
Bob Auten, Little Caesars (Pitched shutout in final game)
Mike Axelson, Little Caesars
Mike Gouin, Little Caesars
Tex Collins, Little Caesars (2 HRs in Final 2 games)
Bill McDowell, Sir Loin
Jim Galloway, County Sports (6 HRs)
Steve Loya, Champion Sports (3 HRs)


Playoff Tournament-Triple Elimination (September 22-23, Parma, OH)

County Sports 28, Champion Sports 5 (Galloway 3 HRs, Malloy 2 HRs)
Little Caesars 9, Sir Loin 2
Sir Loin 11, Champion Sports 9 (Steve Loya 2 HRs, Andy Loya HR)
County Sports 11, Champion Sports 10 (Steve Loya HR, Mack Chandler HR)
Little Caesars 21, County Sports 18
Sir Loin 10, County Sports 9
Sir Loin 20, County Sports 14 (Bill McDowell 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, Jim Galloway 3 HRs)
Sir Loin 7, Little Caesars 4
Little Caesars 7, Sir Loin 5 (Tex Colllins HR)
Little Caesars 5, Sir Loin 0 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes:

Bob Auten, Little Caesars (Pitched a 4-hit shutout to win championship)
Mike Axelson, Mike Gouin, Bud Malicki and Stan Juciuk (all RBI singles)
Tex Collins had a HR as well.


1973 ASSL (final records are incomplete)

East Division
1. Empire County Sports, Levittown, NY 11- 3 *
2. Palazzo’s Bar, Trenton, NJ 15- 9 *
3. Providence, RI ?- ? *
4. Connrex, Southington, CT 4- 2
5. York Barbell, York, PA 2- 6

Midwest-North Division
1. Bar-N/Meteors, Mansfield, OH 15- 7 *
3. Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 10-12 *
2. Walters Cafe, Canton, OH 7- 9 *

Midwest-South Division
1. Schlessman Seeds, Sandusky, OH 12- 8 *
3. Toledo Keys, Toledo, OH 9- 6 *
2. Champion Sports, Parma, OH 3-13

1973 ASSL Midwest Regular Season Stats (no info on East Division, except bottom 5 guys)

Player, Team Avg. HRs RBIs
Dick Sievert, Toledo Keys .655 20 36
Tom Krenchicki, Trenton .613 0 10
John Spadaccino, Trenton .602 16 34
Steve Loya, Champion .582 13 30
Larry Bartilome, Mansfield .581 2 19
Dave Jakubs, Champion .580 15 32
Van Woodworth, Sandusky .575 ? ?
Ray Kruel, Jim’s .564 1 9
Larry Migliaccio, Trenton .550 10 22
Chuck Desloover, Toledo .549 12 24
Cliff Bartilome, Sandusky .547 10 29
Jim Price, Canton .547 2 12
Mike Kovach, Jim’s .531 0 12
Andy Loya, Champion .522 12 38
Player, Team (East) Avg. HRs RBIs
Jim Galloway, County Sports 43
Larry Chiapetta, County Sports 40
Gary Richter, County Sports 29
Stu Laribee, Conrex 11
Bob Miller, York Barbels 10


1973 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Pittsburgh (Etna), PA

FORMAT: Top 2 teams in Midwest Divisions, top 3 in East Division and 1 at-large berth – double elimination

Final Standings
1. County Sports, Levittown, NY 4-1
2. Palazzo’s Bar, Trenton, NJ 4-2
3. Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 3-2
4. Bar-N/Meteors, Mansfield, OH 2-2
5. Providence, RI 1-2
5. Schlessman Seeds, Sandusky, OH 1-2
7. Walters Cafe, Canton, OH 0-2
7. Toledo Keys, Toledo, OH 0-2

All World Team

MVP- Jim Galloway, County Sports (13-19, .619, 6 HRs)
Batting Leader – Mike Foley, County Sports (14-19, .736)
HR Leader – Larry Chiapatta, County Sports (7)
Gary Richter, County Sports
Lou Russo, County Sports
Bob Menzel, Pallazos
Ernie Hicks, Pallazos
John Spaddaccino, Pallazos (20-29, .690)
Stan Patykula, Pallazos
Fred Walters, Pallazos
Lou Abel, Jim’s Sports Shop
Mike Kovach, Jim’s Sports Shop
Red Kowalski, Jim’s Sports Shop
Charley Speck, Jim’s Sports Shop

Playoff Tournament (missing some scores)

Mansfield 11, Toledo 10
County Sports 21, Canton 9 (Galloway HR)
Palazzo’s 19, Sandusky 5 (Spadaccino 4-5 hits, HR, Tom Krenchicki 5-5)
Providence 20, Jim’s Sport Shop 18
Palazzo’s 18, Providence 6 (Spadaccino 4-5, HR)
County Sports W, Mansfield L (Galloway HR)
County Sports 30, Palazzos 17 (Galloway 2 HRs)
Jim’s, Pittsburgh 27, Sandusky 7
Sandusky W, Toledo
Jim’s, Pittsburgh 9, Providence 6
Mansfield W, Sandusky L
Jim’s, Pittsburgh 20, Mansfield 3
Palazzo’s 19, Jim’s Sports Shop 18
Palazzo’s 21, County Sports 8
County Sports 23, Palazzos 7 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes:

Mike Foley, County Sports (4-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBIs)
Larry Chiapetta, County Sports (3-3, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 3B, 5 Runs)
Gary Richter, County Sports (3-4, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
Lou Russo, County Sports (3-4, 2B, 3B)
Jim Galloway, County Sports (1-4, HR, 3 RBIs)
Leon Curiel, Sr. County Sports (4-5, Pitched victory)
John Spaddacino, Palazzos (3-4, 2 RBIs)


1974 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Pittsburgh (Etna), PA

FORMAT: Top 6 best records played a double elimination

1974 final records are incomplete

Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 8-4
Big Z, Trenton, NJ 6-4
Rochester, NY 4-4
Stamford, CT 4-4
York Barbell, York, PA 6-9
Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 0-4
1974 ASSL Regular Season Stats (no other info)

Player, Team Avg. HRs RBIs

John Spadaccino, Trenton .602 32 68

Playoff Tournament

Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 11 – Big Z, Trenton, NJ 9
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 13 – York Barbell, York, PA 2
Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 20 – Rochester, NY 4
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 10 – Stamford, CT 5
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 25 – Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 13
York Barbell, York, PA 9 – Big Z, Trenton, NJ 8
Rochester, NY 12 – Stamford, CT 10
York Barbell, York, PA 6 – Rochester, NY 1
York Barbell, York, PA 11 – Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 8
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 7 – York Barbell, York, PA 6 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes:

Bill Bell, Pittsburgh (3-run homer to give Pittsburgh a 7-6 win)
Ken Stark, Pittsburgh (Winning Pitcher)MVP-Corky Kruel, Pittsburgh (15-18, .833 – 13 straight hits at one point)

All World Team: incomplete
MVP-Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Hard Hats (15-18, .833)
Batting Leader – Corky Kruel, Hard Hats – .833
Jimmy Jones, Hard Hats (13-17, .764, 5 HRs)
Ken Stark, Hard Hats (Pitcher)

Final Standings

1. Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 4-0
2. York Barbell, York, PA 3-2
3. Butler Dry Wall, Mansfield, OH 2-2
4. Rochester, NY 1-2
5. Big Z, Trenton, NJ 0-2
6. Stamford, CT 0-2


1975 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Trenton, NJ

FORMAT: Top 8 best records played a triple elimination (final records are incomplete)

East Division

1. Angeloni’s Restaurant, Trenton, NJ 23-9
2. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY 4-2
3. Bruno’s Resta., Poughkeepsie, NY 2-2
4. York Barbell, York, PA 1-3
5. Pinter’s Nets, Uniondale, NY 0-2
6. Poughkeepsie, NY 0-2

Mid-West Division

1. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 10-6
2. Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 4-2
3. Rochester, NY 3-3
4. Pullman Inn, Willard, OH 3-3

HR Leaders- Eastern Division only

John Spadaccino, Angeloni’s 22
John Dunn, Angeloni’s 18
Larry Migliaccio, Angeloni’s 16
JR Elio, Angeloni’s 16
Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s 14
Stan Patykula, Angeloni’s 12
Playoff Tournament
Angeloni’s Restaurant W, York Barbell L
Pullman Inn 15, Plaza 76 9
Levittown Legion W, Bruno’s Restaurant L
Hard Hats W, Rochester L
Angeloni’s Restaurant W, Pullman Inn L
Hard Hats W, Levittown Legion L
Hard Hats w, Angeloni’s Restaurant L
Plaza 76 W, York Barbell L
Rochester W, Bruno’s Restaurant L
Pullman Inn W, Plaza 76 L
Rochester 8, Levittown Legion 6
Pullman Inn W, Rochester L
Plaza 76 W, Bruno’s Restaurant L
Levittown Legion W, York Barbell L
Plaza 76 W, Levittown Legion L
Plaza 76 16, Rochester 5
Pullman Inn 15, Angeloni’s Restaurant 9
Angeloni’s Restaurant 12, Plaza 76 1
Angeloni’s Restaurant 11, Pullman Inn 6
Angeloni’s Restaurant 22, Pullman Inn 11
Hard Hats 17, Angeloni’s 7 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes: Jim Nelson continued his hot streak, he had 8 straight hits at one point, started the championship with HRs in his first 2 at bats. Pittsburgh led 5-0, then stretched it out to 11-0, and then finally 17-7.

Jim Foxy Nelson, Hard Hats (4-4, 2 HRs)
Larry Migliaccio, Angeloni’s (2 HRs)
John Dunn, Angeloni’s (HR)

All World Team: incomplete

MVP – Jim Foxy Nelson, Jim’s Hard Hats (6 HRs)
HR Leader – Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s – 7 HRs
Batting Leader – Jim Foxy Nelson, Jim’s Hard Hats
Lou Abel, Jim’s Hard Hats
Jimmy Jones, Jim’s Hard Hats
Greg Birko, Jim’s Hard Hats
Harry Westwood, Jim’s Hard Hats
John Dunn, Angeloni’s Restaurant
Art Kearns, Angeloni’s Restaurant
Jim Gibson, Angeloni’s Restaurant

Final Standings

1. Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 4-0
2. Angeloni’s Restaurant, Trenton, NJ 5-3
3. Pullman Inn, Willard, OH 4-3
4. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 4-3
5. Rochester, NY 2-3
5. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY 2-3
7. York Barbell, York, PA 0-3
7. Bruno’s Restaurant, Poughkeepsie, NY 0-3


1976 American Slowpitch Softball League (ASSL) World Series of Softball – Trenton, NJ

FORMAT: triple elimination (final records are incomplete)

East Division

1. Addies, Silver Springs, MD
2. Trenton Bicentennials, Trenton, NJ
2. Clifco, Wilmington, DE
4. York Barbell, York, PA

Midwest Division

1. Rudolphe-Libbe, Toledo, OH 8-1
2. Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 3-3
3. Pullman-Schlessman, Willard, OH 3-1
4. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 4-6

1976 HR Leaders- Eastern Division only

John Spadaccino, Bicentennials 31 – (106 RBIs, .604 average)
John Dunn, Bicentennials 22
Stan Patykula, Bicentennials 21

Playoff Tournament (incomplete)

Clifco, Wilmington, DE 8, York Barbell 7
Addies, Silver Springs, MD 10, Trenton Bicentenniels, Trenton, NJ 5
Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA W, Pullman-Schlessman, Willard, OH L
Rudolph-Libbe, Toledo, OH W, Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH L
Addies beat Pittsburgh
Toledo beat Clifco
Addies beat Toledo
———————–
Trenton beat Pullman
Mansfield beat York
Pittsburgh beat Trenton
Mansfield beat Clifco
Pittsburgh beat Mansfield
Toledo beat Pittsburgh
———————–
Addies, Silver Springs, MD 33, Rudolph-Libbe, Toledo, OH 10 (Final Championship Game)

Final Game Notes: Bill Brantley, Addies (3 HRs, 8 RBIs)
Addies hit 10 HRs in the game.

All World Team: incomplete
MVP – Bill Brantley, Addies
HR Leader – Dick Sievert, Toledo – 12 HRs
Chuck DeSloover, Toledo
Phil Boze, Toledo
No info on remainder of team

Final Standings
1. Addies, Silver Springs, MD 4-0
2. Rudolph-Libbe, Toledo, OH 3-2
3. Jim’s Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 3-2
4. Plaza 76, Mansfield, OH 2-2
5. Clifco, Wilmington, DE 1-2
5. Trenton Bicentenniels, Trenton, NJ 1-2
7. York Barbell, York, PA 0-2
7. Pullman-Schlessman, Willard, OH 0-2


1977 American Slowpitch Softball League – FOLDED, the APSPL Professional League Started in 1977

2000 WASA AA Worlds

2000 Tournament Site Unknown

Champion –  Lashley Construction, Frostburg, MD
Runner Up – Roosters/A+ Mortgage/Astros/Easton, Reynoldsburg OH

*remainder of standings unknown

  • MVP – Brian May, Lashley Construction (25-28, .893, 2 HRs)
  • HR Leader – Brett Helmer, Lashley Construction (26-32, .813) – 10
  • Batting Leader – Jeff Wallace, Lashley Construction ((28-30, 9 HRs) – .933
  • Defensive Award – Demond Thomas, Lashley

All Tournament Team

  • Brian May, Lashley Construction (25-28, .893, 2 HRs)
  • Jeff Wallace, Lashley Construction (28-30, . 933, 9 HRs)
  • Brett Helmer, Lashley Construction (26-32, .813, 10 HRs)
  • David Hood, Lashley Constructions (24-31, .774, 5 HRs)
  • Billy Bird, Lashley Constructions (18-29, .621, 6 HRs)
  • Dewayne Nevitt, Lashley Construction (18-27, .667, 5 HRs)
  • Demond Thomas, Lashley Construction (25-28, .893, 7 HRs)
  • Chris Lashley, Lashley Construction (21-25, .840, 6 HRs)
  • David Wallace, Lashley Construction (19-26, .731, 7 HRs)
  • Managers/Coaches – Cobbie Harrison, Jack Lashley, Dave Watanabe and Billy Bird

*no other info on remainder of team

1980 NASL

1980 NASL Franchise Information

Teams coming from the APSPL:

  • Cleveland Competitors
  • Milwaukee Schlitz

New Teams:

  • Cincinnati Rivermen – (recruited some of the APSPL Cincinnati Suds players)
  • Lexington Stallions – (recruited some of the APSPL Kentucky Bourbons players)
  • Pittsburgh Champions – (recruited some of the APSPL Pittsburgh Hard Hats players)
  • Chicago Nationwide Advertising – (recruited some of the players of the old APSPL disbanded Chicago Storm)
  • Detroit Auto Kings – (recruited some of the players of the APSPL disbanded Detroit Caesars)
  • Fort Wayne Huggie Bears – (recruited some of the players of the APSPL disbanded Fort Wayne Scouts)

1980 NASL Regular Season Final Standings

Eastern Division                Record  Pct.        GB

Detroit Auto Kings                           35-26     .574          –

Cleveland Competitors                  31-32     .492        5.0

Cincinnati Rivermen                       25-37     .403        10.5

Pittsburgh Champions                    25-39     .391        11.5

 

Western Division                              Record  Pct.        GB

Milwaukee Schlitz                            47-13     .786          –

Chicago Nationwide Advertising 43-19     .694        5.0

Lexington Stallions                           30-32     .486        18.0

Fort Wayne Huggie Bears                             11-49     .183        36.0

Top two teams in each division made the playoffs, The two division winners then met in the World Series.

1980 NASL All-Star Game (Willoughby, OH)- July 19

West All-Stars beat East All-Stars               10-7

– 1st Game MVP- Phil Higgins, West (3-4, HR, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs)

East All-Stars beat West All-Stars               17-5

– 2nd Game MVP- Mike Turk, East (2 HRs, 4 RBIs)

NASL Eastern All-Stars (stats at time of game – July 19)

  • MGR- Mike Gouin, Detroit
  • P- Dana Andry, Cleveland              (.342, 21, 44)
  • C- Benny Holt, Cleveland               (.517, 17, 49)
  • 1B-Gary Geister, Detroit                (.365, 16, 45)
  • 2B-Tony Mazza, Detroit                 (.428,  0, 22)
  • 3B-Mike Turk, Detroit                     (.444, 11, 38)
  • SS-Jim Picard, Pittsburgh               (.455,  0, 11)
  • OF-Matt Partridge, Detroit           (.489,  6, 28)
  • OF-Doc Booker, Cleveland            (.472, 11, 51)
  • OF-Roger Snatchko, Pittsburgh   (.519, 11, 49)
  • OF-Mike O’Brien, Cincinnati         (.387, 10, 39)

Utility Players/Alternates:            ————–

  • 2B-Ed DePompei, Cleveland        (.373,  0, 16)
  • OF-Jerry Jarvela, Detroit                (.417,  0, 27)
  • OF-Ed Zalewski, Pittsburgh           (.427, 10, 36)
  • OF-Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati               (.463, 19, 43)
  • 2B-Mark Johnson, Pittsburgh      (.370,  0, 19)

NASL Western All-Stars (stats at time of game – July 19)

  • MGR- Eddie Zolna, Chicago
  • P- Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (.503,  7, 52, 22-10 Pitching)
  • C- Willie Simpson, Chicago           (.535,  3, 55)
  • 1B-Dennis Graser, Milwaukee     (.472,  8, 53)
  • 2B-Lou Banks, Ft. Wayne               (.486, 14, 51)
  • 3B-Don Rardin Jr., Lexington       (.506,  2, 54)
  • SS-Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee         (.443,  1, 40)
  • OF-Ron Olesiak, Chicago                (93-161, .579, 24, 101, 13 2Bs, 4 3Bs)
  • OF-Tommy Spahn, Chicago           (.544, 12, 76)
  • OF-Phil Higgins, Milwaukee         (.497, 10, 63)
  • OF-Curt Dusek, Chicago                 (.459,  0, 38)

Utility Players/Alternates:            ————–

  • P- Phil Schroer, Lexington             (.403,  0, 39)
  • SS-Ken Kamradt, Chicago              (.472,  1, 51)
  • 2B-Buddy Haines, Chicago            (.514, 15, 69)
  • 2B-Cardell Collins, Ft. Wayne       (.345,  8, 36)
  • OF-Phil Gowdy, Lexington            (.388,  0, 25)

1980 NASL Playoffs

Divisional Championship round

Detroit beat Cleveland                   6-4, 8-7, 19-4, 5-10, 14-5;                                             (4-1)

Milwaukee beat Chicago                               9-13, 10-7, 17-12, 16-12, 10-17, 22-17;  (4-2)

World Series

Milwaukee beat Detroit                                 19-11, 10-12, 12-16, 22-13, 13-4, 12-3, 11-9;        (5-2)

World Series MVP –    Ken Parker,  Milwaukee (17-29, .586, 16 RBIs)

1980 NASL League Leaders

Batting                                                  Home Runs                                         RBIs

Ron Olesiak, Chicago       .555        Benny Holt, Cleveland    42           Ron Olesiak, Chicago       124

Don Rardin, Lexington   .548        Dana Andry, Cleveland  34           Buddy Haines, Chicago   115

Benny Holt, Cleveland    .533        Ron Olesiak, Chicago       34           Dennis Graser, Milw.      98

Tom Spahn, Chicago        .527        Mike LaFever, Cinn.         34           Mike Krolicki, Chicago    98

Jake Jakobi, Chicago        .520        Gary Geister, Detroit      31           Tom Spahn, Chicago        97

Buddy Haines, Chicago   .518        Dennis Graser, Milw.      30           Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 95

Ken Kamradt, Chicago    .517        Jim Bizzell, Cleveland      29           Benny Holt, Cleveland    95

Paul Campbell, Cinn.       .514        Fred Ryan, Pittsburgh     29           Mike LaFever, Cinn.         88

Rick Weiterman, Milw.  .510        Buddy Haines, Chicago   27           Jim Bizzell, Cleveland      87

Willie Simpson, Chic.       .506        Jerry Gadette, Detroit    24           Dana Andry, Cleveland  85

Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee              .496        Jim Tuttle, Cinn.                24           Gary Geister, Detroit      80

1980 NASL All Pro Team

  • P -Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee                  (132-259, .510, 13 HRs,  65 RBIs, 45-13 Pitching)
  • P- Dana Andry, Cleveland                              (               34 HRs,  85 RBIs)
  • P- Mike Krolicki, Chicago                               (                        98 RBIs, 10 3Bs)  27-6 Pitching as of July 21
  • C- Benny Holt, Cleveland                               (         .533, 42 HRs,  95 RBIs)
  • 1B-Dennis Graser, Milwaukee                     (131-273, .480, 30 HRs,  98 RBIs, 23 2Bs, 6 3Bs)
  • 2B- Buddy Haines, Chicago                           (142-274, .518, 27 HRS, 115 RBIs, 19 2Bs)
  • SS- Mike Turk, Detroit                                    (
  • 3B- Donnie Rardin Jr., Lexington                (157-286, .548, 20 2Bs, 14 3Bs)
  • SS- Ken Kamradt, Chicago                             (149-288. .517)
  • SS- Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee                        (127-256, .496)
  • OF- Ron Olesiak, Chicago – LEAGUE MVP (152-274, .555, 34 HRs, 124 RBIs, 27 2Bs, 9 3Bs)
  • OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee                        (127-262, .485, 16 HRs,  95 RBIs, 33 2Bs, 8 3Bs)
  • OF- Tom Spahn, Chicago                                                (137-260, .527, 15 HRs,  97 RBIs)
  • OF- Doc Booker, Cleveland                           (         .483, 23 HRs,  70 RBIs, 19 2Bs)
  • OF- Mike LaFever, Cincinnati                       (               34 HRs,  88 RBIs)
  • OF- Roger Snatchko, Pittsburgh                 (129-270, .478)
  • OF- Curt Dusek, Chicago                                (109-264, .413)
  • Utility- Jim Dillard, Milwaukee                    (               22 2Bs)
  • Utility- Willie Simpson, Chicago (127-152, .506, 23 2Bs, 13 3Bs)
  • Utility- Jake Jakobi, Chicago                         (127-244, .520)
  • Utility- Paul Campbell, Cincinnati               (         .514)

OTHERS Having Good Seasons:

  • Matt Partridge, Detroit                                  (               22 HRs)
  • Jim Bizzell, Cleveland                                      (   -261,       29 HRs, 87 RBIs)
  • Mike LeFever, Cincinnati                               (               34 HRs, 88 RBIs)
  • Gary Geister, Detroit                                       (               31 HRs, 80 RBIs
  • Fred Ryan, Pittsburgh                                     (               29 HRs,
  • Jerry Gadette, Detroit                                    (               24 HRs,
  • Dick Laba, Milwaukee                                    (                       10 3Bs)
  • Chuck Sidewind, Cleveland                           (                8 HRs, 24 RBIs)
  • Derek Gallagher, Milwaukee                       (
  • Ken Parker, Milwaukee                                  (
  • Cal Carmen, Detroit                                         (

The NASL and the APSPL merged leagues after the 1980 season and formed a new league called the United Professional Softball League (UPSL).  Many of the NASL and APSPL teams joined in the re-formation of the new league.  Many teams also disbanded operations and some new teams were formed in previous cities where the APSPL and NASL once existed