Category: USSSA Major Slow Pitch

1979 USSSA Major World Series

1979 held at Kinston, NC

Champion – Nelson’s Painting, Oklahoma City, OK
Runner Up – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC

Nelson’s went undefeated, winning all four of their games in route to defeating defending champ, Howard’s  Furniture 20-11 in the championship game. Nelson out scored their opponent 84-40 in the four games. Howard’s
beat Dave Carroll Sports of North Carolina 12-6 and then upended Campbell Carpets of California 22-10 to get through the losers bracket to meet Nelson’s in the championship.

Tom Beall hit 2 HRs, while Stan Harvey, Don Arndt, Rick Scherr and Ray Fleetwood also hit HRs to led the way against DCS. Against Campbell’s, Howards collected 25 hits; Denny Hogan (4), Ed Roth, Stan Harvey, Don Arndt, Rick Scherr, Ray Fleetwood and HT Waller all had 3 hits apiece.

The championship game was another story as Chic Downing of Nelson’s had a monster game going 4-5, 3ith 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. Bruce Meade also had 4 hits for Nelson’s, including a home run. Meade was 12-18 (.667) with 5 HRs and 12 RBIs. Bill Ferguson had 6 HRs and Herman Rathman had 5 HRs for Nelson’s.

Terry Perryman (10-12, .833) led Nelson’s in batting. Stan Harvey and Don Arndt combined for 11 HRs and 30 RBIs for Howard’s.

In winning the USSSA World series, the Oklahoma City crew had the distinction of winning the first Triple Crown of Softball. They captured the NSPC title and won the ASA title as Nelco, Inc.

  • MVP – Chic Downing, Nelson’s Painting (13-19, .684, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Chic Downing, Nelson’s – 8
  • Home Run Leader – Harold Kelley, DCS (13-14, 14 RBIs, 10 Runs) – 8
  • Batting Leader – Harold Kelley, Dave Carroll (13-14, 8 HRs,14 RBIs) – .928

USSSA MAJOR SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Buddy Slater – Nelson’s Painting Service (6-13, .461, 2 RBIs, 8 Runs) – Also 4-0 Pitching
  • Catcher – Chic Downing – Nelson’s Painting Service (13-19, .684, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • First Base – Harold Kelley – Dave Carroll Sports (13-14, .928, 8 HRs,14 RBIs)
  • Second Base – Denny Hogan – Howard’s/Western Steer (13-22, .571, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Third Base – Bill Ferguson – Nelson’s Painting Service (10-17, .588, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Russell Bradley – Campbell’s Carpets (12-24, .500, 2 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Bruce Meade – Nelson’s Painting Service (12-18, .667, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Outfield – Clyde Guy – Poindexter Lumber (12-19, .632, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Denny Jones – Campbell’s Carpets (16-24, .667, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Richard Wilborn – Nelson’s Painting Service (10-15, .667, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Joe Young – Nelson’s Painting Service (7-16, .438, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Outfield – Stan Harvey – Howard’s/Western Steer (10-18, .556, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Utility – Don Arndt – Howard’s/Western Steer (10-24, .417, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – John Braxton – Dave Carroll Sports (9-14, .643, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – John Stephens – Dave Carroll Sports (9-14, .643, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – Terry Perryman – Nelson’s Painting Service 10-12, .833, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Manager – RT Nelson – Nelson’s Painting Service

OTHERS

  • Braxton Speller, Softball City (5-7, .714, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Mickey Morrison, Dave Carroll (7-11, .636, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • James Boyette, Dave Carroll (8-13, .615, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Gordon Wheeler, Campbells (9-15, .600, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Ken Carlton, Green Machine (8-14, .571, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • HT Waller, Howards (5-9, .556, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • Dennis Myers, Capitol (5-9, 556, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Randy Barlich, Campbells (11-20, .550, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Jerry King, Campbells (9-17, .529, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Ed Corum, Campbells (10-19, .526, 4 RBIs 6 Runs)
  • Gary Markland, Poindexter (10-19, .526, 1 RBI, 8 Runs)
  • Mark Thompson, Poindexter (10-19, .526, 4 HRS, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Rick Scherr, Howards (11-22, .500, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Joe Seymour, Poindexter (9-18, .500, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Monty Tucker, Poindexter (9-18, .500, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Don Clatterbaugh, Dave Carroll (7-14, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Rick Linz, Greater Cin. Sports (7-14, .500, 1 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • Ray Fleetwood, Howards (8-17, .471, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Greg Fuhrman, Campbells (9-20, .450, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Herman Rathman, Nelsons (8-18, .444, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Ed Roth, Howards (11-25, .440, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Dick Bartel, Campbells (10-24, .417, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Tom Beall, Howards (9-24, .375, 2 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Mike Jacobs, Howards (10-27, .370, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Rick Pinto, Softball City (2-6, .333, 2 RBIs)
  • Gee Fisher, Howards (1-3, .333,, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Steve Howard, Howards (6-19, .316, 4 Runs)
  • Elby Bushong, Capitol (3-10, .300, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Mike Cellura, Campbells (6-21, .286, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Gene Jones, Dave Carroll (3-11, .273, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Mike Parrott, Nelsons (0-4, .000)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Nelson’s Painting Service, Oklahoma City, OK 4-0
2. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC 4-2
3. Campbell’s Carpets, Concord, CA 3-2
4. Dave Carroll Sports, Sherrills Ford, NC 2-2
5. Poindexter Lumber, Clemmons, NC 3-2
6. Green Machine, Starke, FL 2-2
7. Greater Cincinnati Sports, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
8. Ruth’s Realty, Seattle, WA 1-2
9. Capitol Insulation, N. Hollywood, CA 1-2
10. Softball City, Detroit, MI 0-2
11. Taylor Beverage, Goldsboro, NC 0-2
12. D.M. Construction, Punta Gorda, FL 0-2

*By winning the 1979 World Series, Nelson’s—-(QUALIFIED for 1980 WORLD SERIES) they folded – 2nd place Howards received the defending champ berth.

1978 USSSA Major World Series

1978 held at Petersburg, VA

Champion – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC
Runner Up – Howard & Carroll, Sherrills Ford, NC

It was a North Carolina final as Howard’s dumped Howard & Carroll into the losers bracket early with a 25-5 pasting behind Don Arndt and Stan Harvey (2 HRs each), Dave Jocobs had 5 hits and 5 RBIs to aid in the cause. H&C went through the losers bracket eliminating a tough Corpus Christi Brick & Lumber team 14-13. H&C then revenged the defeat by Howards by beating them 23-15 to set up the final game. James Boyette and Dave Carroll both had 4 hits in the win. Joey Raby had 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. Howard’s Furniture, who had won two ASA titles already, won it’s first USSSA Championship by defeating H&C 20-15 in the final game. Denny Hogan had a pair of 3-run homers to lead the way. Joey Raby, Don Arndt and Stan Harvey all collected 2 HRs in the game. James Boyette (3 HRs) and Tom Beall (2 HRs) were the big hitters for H&C. Dave Jacobs was 16-24 (.667) for Howard’s, while Don Arndt and Bill Howes all were 12-19 (.631), both hammering out 5 HRs. Stan Harvey hit 9 HRs to lead Howard’s. In the Battle of the stats, it was Howard & Carroll with 54 HRs to Howard’s Furniture’s 35 HRs. But Howards team out hit H&C .550 to .470.

  • MVP – Denny Hogan, Howard’s (12-19, .632, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – James Boyett, H&C (18-29, .621, 20 RBIs, 15 Runs) – 13
  • Batting Leader – Bill Ferguson, C.C. Brick & Lumber (12-15, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 7 Runs) – .800

USSSA MAJOR SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Don Arndt – Howard’s Furniture (12-19, .632, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Catcher – Gene Fisher – Howard’s Furniture (10-19, .526, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • First Base – Stan Harvey – Howard’s Furniture (11-21, .550, 9 HRs, 15 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Second Base – James Boyett – Howard & Carroll (18-29, .621, 13 HRs, 20 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Third Base – Tony Cloninger – Howard & Carroll (11-19, .579, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Steve Howard – Howard’s Furniture (8-17, .471, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dick Bartel – C.C. Brick & Lumber (11-15, .733, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Denny Hogan – Howard’s Furniture (12-19, .632, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Outfield – Mike Jacobs – Howard’s Furniture (16-24, .667, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Mickey Morrison – Howard & Carroll (13-28, .464, 5 HRs, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Utility – Ron Woody – Howard & Carroll (12-20, .600, 2 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – Elby Bushong – Capitol Insulation (11-15, .733, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Utility – Mickey McCarty – C.C. Brick & Lumber (9-15, .600, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – Bill Ferguson – C.C. Brick & Lumber (12-15, .800, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Utility – Gene Jones – Howard & Carroll (11-25, .440, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Utility – Joey Raby – Howard & Carroll (12-25, .480, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Manager – Bobby Lutz – Howard’s Furniture

OTHERS

  • John Davide, County Sports (4-5, .800, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Rick Linz, LaRosa’s (7-10, .700, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Braxton Speller, Snyders (7-10, .700, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Hank Cluess, County Sports (4-6, .667, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • George Chernenko, Snyders (7-11, .636, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Bill Howes, Howard’s (12-19, .632, 5 HRs, 7 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Ron Shoquist, Snyders (7-12, .583, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Rick Scherr, Howard’s (10-18, .556, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Richard Wilborn, CC Brick (8-16, .500, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Hal Ward, LaRosa’s (5-10, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Marty Rolnick, County Sports (3-6, .500, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Tom Beall, H&C (12-30, .400, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Dave Hardt, H&C (10-24, .416, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Don Clatterbaugh, H&C (10-26, .384, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Rick Pinto, Snyders (3-8, .375, 1 Run)
  • Dennis Myers, Capitol (5-14, .357, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Curtis Williams, Howard’s (5-16, .312, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Hank Kosmala, Capitol (4-14, .286, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Buddy Slater, CC Brick (4-14, .286, 4 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, County Sports (2-8, .250)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC 4-1
2. Howard & Carroll, Sherills Ford, NC 5-2
3. C.C. Brick & Lumber, Corpus Christi, TX 2-2
4. Capitol Insulation, N. Hollywood, CA 2-2
5t. LaRosa’s Greater Cincinnati Sports, Cincinnati, OH 1-2
5t. Snyder’s Softball Club, Detroit, MI 1-2
7t. May Tool, Paramount, CA 0-2
7t. County Sports, Levittown, NY 0-2

*By winning the 1978  World Series, Howard’s (QUALIFIED for 1979 WORLD SERIES)

1977 USSSA Major World Series

1977 World Series – Petersburg, VA

Champion – Mazzola Castle, Rochester, NY
Runner Up – Snyder’s, Novi, MI

Snyder’s trying to win three straight world series titles came close. They got off on the wrong foot, losing the opening game to the Candyman Bombers of North Carolina 11-0. Joe Seymour homered for the Bombers. They had to win 4 straight in the losers bracket to get to the finals. Once there, they defeated Mazzola-Castle 25-12 to force the final championship game. Snyder’s was led by Braxton Speller’s 4-5 game, 3 HR game; he also scored 4 runs and drove in 7 runs.  Rick Trudeau’s had 5 hits in the game, while Lon Parker and Rick Pinto both collected 4 hits. Mazzola manager Joe Nucci decided to switch things up in the final game. he brought in big Frank Taccone to pitch his crazy knuckleball. The move worked as Mazzola-Castle held off Snyder’s 16-14 to win the title. Mazzola jumped out to a 16-9 lead behind Cal Carmen’s 4-4 game, including a home run and 3 RBIs. Jerry Laspanara was 3-3. Frank Taccone also hit a homer. Snyder’s came roaring back behind two home runs from Larry Elkins and a homer each from Marv Geary and Braxton Speller. Speller was 4-4 in the game. Trailing by 3 going into the top of the 7th inning, big Frank Taccone held the Snyder’s powerhouse to just one run to clinch the 16-14 win. Rick Trudeau led Snyder’s with a 20-31 tournament (.645). Pitcher Rick Pinto batted .619 (13-21). Elkins, Geary and Speller combined for 18 homers and 47 RBIs.

  • MVP – Jerry Lasponara, Mazzola Castle (13-18, .722, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Marv Geary, Snyder’s (11-21, .524, 21 RBIs, 11 Runs) – 7
  • Batting Leader – Jerry Laspanara, Mazzola – .722

1977 USSSA All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Rick Pinto – Snyder’s Softball Club (13-21, .619, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs) Catcher – Braxton Speller – Snyder’s Softball Club (13-26, .500, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Catcher – Jerry Laspanara – Mazzola Castle (13-18, .722, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • First Base – Ken Ewald – Savannah Cafe (7-13, .538, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Second Base – Sammy Dickens – Candyman Bombers (8-12, .667, 2 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Third Base – Mary Geary – Snyder’s Softball Club (11-21, .524, 7 HRs, 2) RBIs, 11 Runs) Shortstop – Rick Trudeau – Snyder’s Softball Club (20-31, .645, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Outfield – Mike Cellura – Capitol Insulation (6-12, .500, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Outfield – Hal Ward – Savannah Cafe (9-13, .692, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dick Rodgers – Mazzola Castle (8-21, .352, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Doug Farrell – Mazzola Castle (10-18, .556, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – Chuck Drewicz – Snyder’s Softball Club (12-24, .500, 6 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Utility – Hank Kosmala – Capitol Insulation (8-15, .533, 4 HRs, 5 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Utility – Rick Palmieri – Mazzola Castle (8-19, .421, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Utility – Andy Santillo – Mazzola Castle (7-17, .412, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Dan Everts, LKB Merchants (5-8, .625, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Doug Farrell, Mazzola (10-18, .556, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Matt Partridge, Kentucky Fried (5-9, .556, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Ron Shoquist, Snyders (11-22, .500, 9 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Larry Elkins, Snyders (13-27, .481, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Lon Parker, Snyders (9-20, .450, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Frank Rodgriguez, Capitol (6-14, .429, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Tony Salamone, Savannah (6-14, .429, 1 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • John Braxton, Candyman Bombers (4-10, .400, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Tom Taylor, Savannah (2-5, .400, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Denny Hogan, Candyman Bombers (4-11, .364, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Cal Carmen, Mazzola (7-19, .368, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • George Chernenko, Snyders (5-16, .313, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Glen Eichelberger, Mazzola (2-8, .250, 1 RBI)
  • Joe Seymour, Candyman Bombers (2-11, .182, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Mazzola Castle, Rochester, NY 4-1
2. Snyder’s Softball Club, Detroit, MI 5-2
3. Savannah Cafe, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
4. Capitol Insulation, N. Hollywood, CA 2-2
5. Candyman Bombers, Wilson, NC 1-2
6. Kentucky Fried, Union Lake, MI 1-2
7. Universal A.C., Covington, KY 0-2
8. L.K.B. Merchants, Anaheim, CA 0-2

*By winning the 1977 World Series, Mazzola Castle (QUALIFIED for 1978 WORLD SERIES) joined the Pro League – 2nd place Howard’s received the defending champ berth.

1976 USSSA Major World Series

1976 held at Wyandotte, MI

Champion – Snyder’s, Novi, MI
Runner Up
– Joe’s Army & Navy, Kittaning, PA

Joe’s took an early lead on Gary Smith’s homer and Denny Brown’s RBI single. The game went back and forth until the top of the 7th, when Snyder’s trailing 7-5, erupted for four runs to ice the game. Lon Parker, Rick Trudeau and Phil Higgins all hit singles, with Parker scoring on Higgins’ hit. Doug Gerdes, who was 0-3 up to that point, hit a dramatic 3-run homer into a strong wind to give Snyder’s the 9-7 lead. Rick Pinto got Joe’s out in the bottom of the 7th to win the title.  Rick Trudeau (12-17, 706) and Phil Higgins (11-16, .688, 10 RBIs) led the Snyder offense.

  • MVP – Rick Pinto, Snyder’s (8-13, .615, 1 RBI, 6 Runs; 2-3 in Final, 4-0 Pitching)
  • Home Run Leader – Tom Miller, Joe’s Army & Navy  (9-16, .563, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs) – 6
  • Batting Leader – Fred Ryan, Joe’s Army & Navy (12-16, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs) – .750

1976 USSSA All-World Team 

  • Pitcher – Rick Pinto – Snyder’s Softball Club (8-13, .615, 1 RBI, 6 Runs) – also 4-0 Pitching
  • Catcher – Tex Collins – Little Caesars (6-13, .462, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • First Base – Tom Miller – Joe’s Army & Navy (9-16, .563, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Second Base – Doug Czaplewski – Transport Oil (6-16, .375, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Third Base – Doug Gerdes – Snyder’s Softball Club (10-18, .556, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Rick Trudeau – Snyder’s Softball Club (12-17, .706, 7 RBI, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Jim Dillard – Transport Oil (6-15, .400, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Outfield – Larry Elkins – Snyder’s Softball Club (7-15, .467, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Outfield – Gary Smith – Joe’s Army & Navy (9-15, .600, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Outfield – Fred Ryan – Joe’s Army & Navy (12-16, .750, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dave Rhodes – Snyder’s Softball Club (1-5, .200)
  • Utility – Bill Sepich – Joe’s Army & Navy (4-17, .235, 3 RBIs, 1 Run)
  • Utility – Phil Higgins – Snyder’s Softball Club (11-16, .688, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Utility – Dennis Hogan – Little Caesars (9-16, .563, 5 HRs, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Utility – Derek Gallagher – Transport Oil (8-19, .421, 4 Runs)

OTHERS:

  • Mickey McCarty, Taylor Brothers (8-12, .667, 4 HRs, 5 RBIs 5 Runs)
  • Jim Mitchell, Uniroyal (4-6, .667, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Al Gibson, Uniroyal (5-8, .625, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 3 Runs
  • Buddy Slater, Taylor Brothers (5-8, .625, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Bob Voss, Snyders (9-16 .563, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Chuck Drewicz, Snyders (8-15, .533, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Denny Brown, Sol Mintz (8-15, .533, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Matt Partridge, Snyders (5-10, .500, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Stan Harvey, Little Caesars (2-4, .500, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Hank Kosmala, Kerr-Copper State (3-6, .500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Braxton Speller, Synders (8-17, .471, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Arlis Jones, Transport Oil (8-17, 471, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Elby Bushong, Kerr-Copper State (3-7, .429, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Dennis Myers, Kerr-Copper State (3-7, .429, 2 Runs)
  • Buck Buchanon, Taylor Brothers (3-7, .429, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Rick Scherr, Taylor Brothers (5-12, .417, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Cal Carman, Uniroyal (3-8, .375, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Bill Ferguson, Taylor Brothers (4-11. .364, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Dick Bartel, Taylor Brothers (4-11, .364, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (5-15, .333, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Bert Smith, Little Caesars (5-16, .313, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Jim Foxy Nelson, Sol Mintz (4-17, .235, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Glenn Eichelberger, Uniroyal (0-3, .000)
  • Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (0-3, .000)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Snyder’s Softball Club, Detroit, Ml 4-0
2. Joe’s Army & Navy, Kittaning, PA 3-2
3. Transport Oil, Milwaukee, WI 3-2
4. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 2-2
5. Taylor Brothers, Corpus Christi, TX 1-2
6. Uniroyal, Detroit, MI 1-2
7. Kerr-Cooper, Phoenix, AZ 0-2
8. Rodeo Room, Anaheim, CA 0-2

By winning the 1976 World Series, Snyder’s—-(QUALIFIED for 1977 WORLD SERIES)

1975 USSSA Major World Series

1975 held at Rochester, NY

Champion – Snyder’s, Novi, MI
Runner Up
– Sol Mintz, Washington, PA

Sol Mintz had to defeat two powerhouse teams in the loser’s bracket to get a crack at the championship game. Synder’s had beaten Sol Mintz 18-17 to send them tot he loser’s bracket. Sol Mintz then beat Uniroyal of Detroit 12-11 (former USSSA Champion Dino’s Pizza) behind the home run power of Big Tom Miller, then beat Copper Hearth 14-10 in the loser’s bracket final behind George Taylor’s four hits and homers from Chuck Yesenchak and Tom Miller. Gary Smith held the bats scoreless in the final to inning.  Now in the finals, Sol Mintz faced Snyder’s Softball Club of Michigan. Rick Pinto hurled a 5-hit shutout to give Snyder’s the championship via a 11-0 victory. Matt Partridge had 3 hits and Doug Gerdes made it look easy with a booming home run among his two hits and 3 RBIs. Jim Mitchell was 9-13 (.692) with 5 HRs and 10 RBIs to lead Snyder’s in hitting. Matt Partridge was 11-17 (.647). For Sol Mintz, Denny Brown was 15-22 (.681), with 13 Runs
Scored. Don Matthews (15-23, .652) also had a big weekend.

  • MVP – Doug Gerdes, Snyder’s (10-16, .625, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Tom Miller, Sol Mintz  (12-18, .667, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs) – 6
  • Batting Leader – Phil Higgins, Copper Hearth (12-16, 3 HRs,11 RBIs, 10 Runs) – .750

1975 USSSA All-World Team (The FIRST All World Team Selected, the previous selections were East, West or Central)

  • Pitcher – Rick Pinto – Snyder’s Softball Club (5-15, .333, 1 Run) – also 4-0 Pitching
  • Pitcher – Chuck Drewicz – Copper Heath (7-15, .467, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • First Base – Don Matthews – Sol Mintz (15-23, .652, 3 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Second Base – Stan Brown – Snyder’s Softball Club (9-14, .643, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Third Base – Doug Gerdes – Snyder’s Softball Club (10-16, .625, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Derek Gallagher – Builders Hardware (7-12, .583, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Outfield – Phil Higgins – Copper Hearth (12-16, .750, 3 HRs,11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Outfield – Stan Rocca – Sol Mintz (6-24, .250, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Outfield – Matt Partridge – Snyder’s Softball Club (11-17, .647, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dan Murphy – Uniroyal (8-14, .571, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dave Rhodes – Snyder’s Softball Club (8-15, .533, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 4 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Jim Mitchell, Snyders (9-13, .692, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Jim Yesenchak, Sol Mintz (13-19, .684, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Denny Brown, Sol Mintz (15-22 . 682, 4 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Tom Miller, Sol Mintz (12-18, .667, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Tom Kaminsky, Uniroyal (9-14, .643, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Charlie Pierce, Capitol Insulation (5-8, .625, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Al Gibson, Uniroyal (8-13, .615, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Doc Nuebauer, Copper Hearth (9-16, .562, 5 Runs)
  • Rick Scherr, Copper Hearth (6-12, .500, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Hank Kosmala, Capitol Insulation (3-6, .500, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Frank Tacone, Mazzola (3-6, .500, 1 Run)
  • Rick Trudeau, Snyders (8-17, .471, 2 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Chuck Drewicz, Copper Hearth (7-15, .467, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Lon Parker, Snyders (6-17, 353, 5 Runs)
  • Elby Bushong, Copper State (3-9, .333, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Jim Mortl, Copper Hearth (5-16, .312, 1 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • Larry Elkins, Snyders (2-13, .154, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Cal Carman, Uniroyal (1-14, .071)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Snyder’s Softball Club, Detroit, MI 4-0
2. Sol Mintz, Washington, PA 4-2
3. Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI 2-2
4. Uniroyal, Detroit, MI 2-2
5. Builders Hardware, Milwaukee, WI 1-2
6. Copper State Nut & Bolt, Phoenix, AZ 1-2
7. Capitol Insulation, N. Hollywood, CA 0-2
8. Mazzola, Rochester, NY 0-2

By winning the 1975 World Series, Snyder’s (QUALIFIED for 1976 WORLD SERIES)

1974 USSSA Major World Series

1974 World Series – Pinole, CA

NOTE – 1973 East, Central, West World Champs and Runner-ups along with the 1973 World Series Champ played an 8 team double elimination tournament.

Champion – Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI
Runner Up – Bay Area Merchants (BAM), Richmond, CA

Pace Electronics started to make a statement on the very first night of the tournament as they upset Defending Champ, Bay Area Merchants from Richmond CA by a 10-8 score. Winning Pitcher Frank Tacone was 4-4 to lead the Pace squad. Glen Eichelberger hit a 3-run homer for Pace. This dropped BAM into the losers bracket. There, they won five straight games by a combined score of 114-48. Included in those wins were victories over Pace 20-13 (Pace finished in 3rd place) and then 15-9 over Dino’s Pizza in the first game of the finals. Dino’s came back and won the final championship game 10-5 behind the Pitching and Hitting of Joe Patti. Patti went 2-4 in the final game and surrendered only 11 hits to a team that had previously collected 100 hits in it five game winning streak. Tasso Runeliotis had a big 3-run homer to lead Dino’s.

MVP – Joe Patti,
Dino’s Pizza (10-16, .625, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 9 Runs)
Home Run Leaders – Elby Bushong – (15-29, .529, 17 RBIs, 11 Runs)  – 8
Home Run Leaders – Tom Sandau, BAM (20-29, .670, 16 RBIs, 15 Runs) – 8
Batting Leader – John Morris, BAM- (15-21, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs) – .714

All-World Team

No All-World Team was selected  – The East and West selected All World Teams in their respective Tournaments, The Central did not.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 4-1
2. Bay Area Merchants, Richmond, CA 5-2
3. Pace Electronics, Rochester, NY 2-2
4. Slinger Foundry, Milwaukee, WI 2-2
5. Capitol Insulation, N. Hollywood, CA 1-2
6. Chandler Redi-Mix, Phoenix, AZ 1-2
7. Croton Dukes, New Castle, PA 0-2
8. Thurmer’s Bar, St. Louis, MO 0-2

1974 World Series Stats (at least 12 ABs)

  • John Morris, BAM (15-21,. 714, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Tom Sandau, BAM (20-29, .690, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Bob Woodruff, Capitol (8-12, .667, 1 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • Joe Patti, Dino’s (10-16, .625, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 9 Runs) – Also 4-1 Pitching
  • Lou Smith, BAM (16-26, .615, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Frank Tacone, Pace (9-15, .600, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Dan Murphy, Dino’s (10-17, .588, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Glen Eichelberger, Pace (8-14, .571, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Tasso Runeliotis, Dino’s (11-20, .550, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Charlie Pierce, BAM (17-28, .533, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Phil Higgins, Slinger (8-15, .533, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Bob Rodwell, Dino’s (8-15, .533, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Steve Ehlke, Slinger (8-15, .533, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Elby Bushong, BAM (15-29, .529, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Jerry Gilbreath, BAM (14-27, .519, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 12 Runs) – also 3-0 Pitching
  • Frank Coppa, BAM (13-27, .481, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Marv VanCurran, BAM (13-29, .449, 3 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Larry Shephard, BAM (11-30, .366, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Cal Carman, Dino’s (7-21, .333, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Rick Scherr, Slinger (6-9, .667, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Bob Mittleberger, Dino’s (5-10, .500, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Hank Kosmala, Capitol (5-11, .455, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Andy Santillo, Pace (5-11, .455, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Jerry Johnston, Dino’s (6-17, .352, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 6 Runs)

NOTE – The process of determining the World Series participants the prior year has ended. The East, Central an West Worlds will now be held in the same year as the World Series. To catch up for the 1974 Regional World Champs, the 1975 World Series would include the 1974 East, Central and West World Champs along with the 1975 East., Central and West World Champs along with the 1974 Defending Champion and the Host team.

By winning the 1974 World Series, Dino’s, who became Uniroyal—-(QUALIFIED for 1975 WORLD SERIES)

1973 USSSA Major World Series

1973 held at Southgate, MI

NOTE – 1972 East World Champ played the 1972 West World Champ in the 1973 World Series best of 7 series Bay Area Merchants-BAM of Richmond, CA —– defeated —– Dino’s Pizza  of Detroit, MI (4 games to 2)

Bay Area Merchants or BAM as they preferred to be called made history becoming the first Western team to win the USSSA World Series. BAM had to overcome the powerful hitting of Dino’s Pizza. And they did that by matching them blow for blow. Dinos ended up with 12 Home Runs and BAM had 11. BAM outscored their rivals 58-41 in the 6 game series. Electrfying Charlie
Pierce was amazing as he led BAM to the title with his 13-22 hitting performance. He also covered half the outfield himself with his roadrunner type speed. Big Ed Green supplied the power for BAM with 3 titanic blasts. Dino’s Cal Carman and Jerry Johnston both had terrific series for Dino’s. Carman was 9-14 and also walked 9 times as well. Hed led the series in homers with 5. Johnston’s .684 batting average was also tops. Pierce hit when it counted most in the last two games he was 6-8 to lead the team.

  • MVP – Charles Pierce, BAM (13-22, .592, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Cal Carmen, Dino’s (9-14, .643, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs) – 5
  • Batting Leader – Jerry Johnson, Dino’s – (13-19, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs) – .684

All-World Team

No All-World Team was selected – just a best of 7 series between 2 teams. The East and West selected All World Teams in their respective Tournaments.

Game Scores

Game 1 – Bay Area Merchants 15 vs. Dino’s Pizza 11 – Charlie Pierce was 3-3 with 2 HRs for BAM; Cal Carmen of Dino’s was 4-4 with 3 HRs.
Game 2 – Dino’s Pizza 5 vs. Bay Area Merchants 2 – Cal Carmen was 2-2 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs for Dino’s; Marv VanCurran was 3-3 for BAM.
Game 3 – Bay Area Merchants 17 vs. Dino’s Pizza 5 – Al Green and Jim Heflin combined for 5 hits and 7 RBIs for BAM; Joe Patti was 3-4 to lead Dino’s
Game 4 – Dino’s Pizza 15 vs. Bay Area Merchants 14 – Joe Theisen was 4-4 with 2 HRs for Dino’s; Mike Matthews was 3-4 with 4 RBIs for BAM
Game 5 – Bay Area Merchants 6 vs. Dino’s Pizza 2 – Charlie Pierce was 4-4 with a HR for BAM; Joe Patti and Dan Murphy had an RBI each for Dino’s
Game 6 – Bay Area Merchants 4 vs. Dino’s Pizza 3 – Charlie Pierce was 2-4 to lead BAM; Jerry Johnston was 3-3 to lead Dino’s

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Bay Area Merchants, Richmond, CA 4-2
2. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 2-4

1973 World Series Stats (at least 10 ABs)

  • Jerry Johnson, Dino’s 13-19, .684, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Cal Carmen, Dino’s (9-14, .643, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Charlie Pierce, BAM (13-22, .591, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Dan Murphy, Dino’s (7-12, .583, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Al Smith, BAM (8-16, .500, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Jim Heflin, BAM (10-21, .476, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Steve Anderson, BAM (7-15, .467, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • Joe Patti, Dino’s (9-20, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs) – Also 1-3 Pitching
  • Marv VanCurran, BAM (9-20, .450, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Ed Green, BAM (9-21, .429, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Larry Shephard, BAM (9-21, .429, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Unknown Klinger, Dino’s (8-19, .421, 2 Runs)
  • Jerry Gilbreath, BAM (5-12, .417, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Chuck Carcium, Dino’s (5-13, .365, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 7 Runs) – Also 1-1 Pitching
  • Frank Coppa, BAM (7-19, .368, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Mike Matthews, BAM (7-21, .333, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 6 Runs) – Also 4-2 Pitching
  • Joe Theisen, Dino’s (6-19, .316, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Jim Halsip, Dino’s (3-13, .231, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • George White, Dino’s (3-13, .231, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • John Morris, BAM (2-13, .154, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • Mario Borrocci, Dino’s (1-10, .100, 1 RBI)

By winning the 1973 World Series, BAM (QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)


1973 East Worlds – Southgate, MI

Champion – Croten Dukes, New Castle, PA
Runner Up
– Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI

East MVP – Carl Pia, Croten Dukes (15-20, .750, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 6-0 Pitching)
East HR Leader – Dave Thayer, Snyder’s (22-33, .667, 22 RBIs) –  10
East Batting Leader – Carl Pia, Croten Dukes – .750

1973 East All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Carl Pia, Croten Dukes (15-20, .750, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 6-0 Pitching)
  • Pitcher – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza (12-25, .480, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs)
  • Catcher – Frank Taccone, Pace Electronics (11-23, .470, 7 HRs, 8 RBIs)
  • Catcher – John Pierog, Iron Dukes (11-18, .611, 8 RBIs)
  • First Base – Emory Lucas, Rolling Hills (14-26, .538, 8 RBIs)
  • Second Base – Joe Patti, Dino’s Pizza (14-27, .519, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs)
  • Third Base – Doug Gerdes, Snyder’s (21-33, .636, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs)
  • Third Base – Micky Annarella, Croten Dukes (10-19, .526, 7 RBIs)
  • Shortstop – Randy Huey, Croten Dukes (13-21, .619, 4 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Dave Thayer, Snyder’s (22-33, .667, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Ron Blaessig, Pace Electronics (15-22, .682, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Glenn Eichelberger, Pace Electronics (17-29, .586, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Joe Thieson, Dino’s Pizza (14-30, .467, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs)

1973 East World Tournament Standings (top-10 listed only, 39 teams played)

1. Croten Dukes, New Castle, PA 6-0 ———–(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
2. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 6-2 —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
3. Pace Electronics, Rochester, NY 6-2 ———–(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
4. Snyder’s Masonary, Redford, MI 6-2
5. Rolling Hills, Covington, KY 5-2
6. Iron Dukes, New Castle, PA 4-2
7. Marasco’s V.F., Milwaukee, WI 4-2
8. S & S Builders, New Albany, IN 3-2
9. Krivan Club, Springdale, PA 3-2
10. Sixth Ward, Pittsburgh, PA 3-2


1973 Central Worlds

Champion – Red Bud, IL (actually held in early 1974)
Runner Up – Slinger Foundry, Milwaukee, WI
Third Place – Thurmers Bar, St. Louis, MO

Central MVP – Phil Higgins, Slinger Foundry
Central HR Leader – no info
Central Batting Leader – no info

No Central All-Tournament Team was named, only the MVP

1973 Central World Tournament Standings (only 2 teams played in a special playoff to determine the Central Champ)

1. Slinger Foundry, Milwaukee, WI 2-0 ————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
2. Thurmers Bar, St. Louis, MO 0-2 —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)


1973 West Worlds held at Tempe, AZ

Champion – Double Tree Inn, Phoenix, AZ
Runner Up
– Association, Orange County, CA

The Double Tree Inn squad from Phoenix had to win just one more game to win the championship. The Association had other ideas as they took the first game of the final by a 4-3 score to force the final championship game. Third Basemen Bailey had 2 hits to back the pitching of Crawford, the Association’s Pitcher. That was the Association’s 10th game of the tournament. The Phoenix squad came through to capture the final game 13-2. Steve Rogers was 4-5 to lead the Double Tree Offense. Third Basemen Don Jackson who went 2-4 was the defensive star as he made stop after stop to thwart many an extra base hit.

  • West MVP – Don Jackson, Double Tree Inn (10-23, .435)
  • West HR Leader – Jerry Gilbreath, CBAC (12-19, .632) –  8
  • West Batting Leader – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s Metals (11-16) – .688

1973 West All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Jerry Gilbreath, CBAC (12-19, .632, 8 HRs)
  • Catcher – Mike Cox, Association (12-28, .429, 1 HR)
  • Infield – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s (11-16, .688)
  • Infield- Dave Walski,  Road Runners (10-16, .625)
  • Infield- Lou Smith, Road Runners (8-18, .444, 2 HRs)
  • Third Base – Don Jackson, Double Tree Inn (10-23, .435)
  • Outfield – Lee Elder, Double Tree Inn (11-24, .458)
  • Outfield – Bob Woodroof,  Association (15-30, .500)
  • Outfield – Dan Furnald, CBAC (12-20, .600)
  • Outfield – Mike Watson, Bemco (14-22, .636)

1973 West World Tournament Standings (top-8 listed only, 33 teams played)
1. Double Tree Inn, Phoenix, AZ 6-1 (went to 1974 World Series with new sponsor Chandler Redi-Mix) —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
2. Association, Orange County, CA 9-2  (went to 1974 World Series with new sponsor Capitol Insulation) —————(QUALIFIED for 1974 WORLD SERIES)
3. Road Runners, Pamona, CA 5-2
4. CBAC, San Gabriel Valley, CA 6-2
5t. Bemco, Industry, CA 3-2
5t. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ 3-2
7t. Allen Cleaners, Phoenix, AZ 3-2
7t. Danny’s Bar, Las Vegas, NV 4-2

1972 USSSA Major World Series

1972 held at Oak Creek, WI

NOTE – 1971 East World Champ played the 1971 West World Champ in the 1972 World Series best of 7 series Marasco Variety Faire of Milwaukee, WI defeated the Big Apple of Phoenix, AZ (4 games to 1)

The big story in this World Series is that the West managed to win a game. Vero McKinn hurled a brilliant 5 hitter to defeat Marasco’s 2-1 in the sceond game. He helped his own cause by going 1-3. Other than that, it was all Marasco’s on Offense. They out scored Big Apple 48 to 10 in the four games they won. The hitting of Dick Polgar, Jim Mortl, John Wegner, Ted Budny, George Mortl, Daryl Greenmeier and Carl Bruce was jus too much for Big Apple to deal with. These seven players were a total of 66-97 for a .680 clip. They also drove in 34 of the total 49 runs scored by  Marasco’s in the five games. Big Apple’s Team Batting Average was .276 (40-145).

  • MVP – Dick Polgar, Marasco’s (10-19, 526, 5 RBIs)
  • Home Run Leader – none were hit
  • Batting Leader – George Mortl – Marasco’s (9-14) – .643

All-World Team

No All-World Team was selected – just a best of 7 series between 2 teams. The East and West selected All World Teams in their respective Tournaments.

Game Scores

  • Game 1 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 13 vs. Big Apple 5 – Darryl Greenmeier and Ted Budny were both 3-3 for Marasco; Pitcher Vero McKinn was 2-4 for Big Apple.
  • Game 2 – Big Apple 2 vs. Marasco’s Variety Faire 1- Vero McKinn was 1-3 and pitched a 5-hitter for Big Apple. Pitcher Jack Moser drove in the only run for Marasco.
  • Game 3 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 12 vs. Big Apple 3 – Greenmeier, Jim Mortl, Dick Polgar and Jack Baird all had 3 hits for Marasco. Vero McKinn had the only RBI for Big Apple.
  • Game 4 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 12 vs. Big Apple 1 – Once again, it was Jim Mortl and Dick Polgar with 3 hits apiece. McKinn and Calderon each had 2 hits for Big Apple
  • Game 5 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 11 vs. Big Apple 1 – George Mortl and Carl Bruce were both 3-3 and combined for 5 RBIs. Richard Lopez was 3-3 for Big Apple.

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Marasco’s Variety Faire, Milwaukee, WI 4-1
2. Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ 1-4

1972 World Series Stats (at least 10 ABs)

  • George Mortl, Marasco (9-14, .643, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Ted Budny, Marasco (7-11, .636, 6 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • John Wegner, Marasco (8-14, .571, 7 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Dick Polgar, Marasco (10-19, .526, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Jim Mortl, Marasco (10-20, .500, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Sal Martinez, Big Apple (5-10, .500, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Daryl Greenmeier, Marasco, (6-14, .429, 1 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • Carl Bruce, Marasco (6-15, .400, 6 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Alex Calderon, Big Apple (6-17, .353, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Vero McKinn, Big Apple (5-16, .313, 1 RBI, 1 Run)
  • George Leon, Big Apple (4-13, .308, 2 Runs)
  • Dennis Meadow, Big Apple (3-11, .273, 1 Run)
  • Richard Lopez, Big Apple (4-15, .267, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – Also 1-4 Pitching
  • Jack Baird, Marasco (4-16, .250, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Joe Conteras, Big Apple (3-14, .214, 1 Run)
  • Birdie Murillo, Big Apple (2-10, .200, 2 Runs)
  • Vince Peralta, Big Apple (1-14, .071, 1 Run)
  • Jack Moser, Marasco (2-1 Pitching)
  • Jim Cody, Marasco (2-0 Pitching)

1972 East Worlds – Petersburg, VA

Champion – Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI
Runner Up – Rolling Hills, Covington, KY

Rolling Hills of Kentucky lost to Dino’s and was sent to the loser’s bracket. Snyder’s of Detroit and Dino’s of Detroit (both play in the same league incidently) Squared off in the Winner’s Bracket final. The two teams combined for 14 HRs as Dino’s defeated Snyders 24-15. Rolling Hill’s eliminated Mertz Bake Shoppe of Oak Park Michigan in a defensive struggle 3-1 to advance to play Snyders with the winner getting another crack at Dino’s. Rolling Hills prevailed 16-9 to advance to the Championship game. Jerry Johnston of Dino’s was 3-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs to lead Snyders to a 13-10 title clinching victory. Jim Haislip and Joe Theison both went 2-4 with homers to help Pitcher Cal Carman nail down the victory. Rolling Hills was led by Sonny Rider’s 3-4 performance.

  • East MVP – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza (.740, 8 HRs)
  • East HR Leader – Tom Louria, Snyder’s – 10
  • East Batting Leader – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza – .740

1972 East All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza (.740, 8 HRs)
  • Catcher – John Hinds, Snyder’s (.627, 9 HRs)
  • First Base – Hudson Knock, Rolling Hills
  • Second Base – Jerry Johnson, Dino’s Pizza
  • Third Base – Dave Holt, 5&10 Tap
  • Shortstop – Jim Taliseky, Dino’s Pizza
  • Infield – Hank Cluess, Pinters Net
  • Outfield – Joe Thiesan, Dino’s Pizza
  • Outfield – Bill Schlessinger, Century Tire
  • Outfield – Jim Haislip, Dino’s Pizza
  • Outfield – Tom Louria, Snyder’s (.654, 10 HRs)
  • Utility – Dave McLanger, Mertz Bake Shop
  • Utility – Jim Gum, Rolling Hills

1972 East World Tournament Standings (top-10 listed only, 58 teams played)

1. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 7-0
2. Rolling Hills, Covington, KY 7-2
3. Snyder’s, Redford, MI 7-2
4. Mertz Bake Shop, Oak Park, MI 7-2
5. Century Tire, Cincinnati, OH 5-2
6. Pinter’s Nets, Long Island, NY 4-2
7. Builders Hardware, Milwaukee, WI 6-2
8. Iron Dukes, New Castle, PA 4-2
9. Knights of St. John, Louisville, KY 4-2
10. Milwaukee Commandos, Milwaukee, WI 3-2


1972 West Worlds held at Sun City, AZ

Champion – Gonzales Mexican Food, Richmond, CA (Bay Area Merchants)
Runner Up – Blinky’s, Fullerton, CA

Gonzales ran through the Western Worlds with speed and power. They had six players hit at least .500 and banged out 11 HRs total as a team. They defeated Blinky’s twice; 17-9 in the winner’s bracket final and then in the Championship game, Gonzales prevailed by a 9-6 score. Larry Sheppard of Gonzales had an incredible tournament at the plate as he was 20-22 and scored 15 runs to earn the Most Valuable Player Award.

  • West MVP – Larry Sheppard, Gonzales (20-22, .909, 15 runs)
  • West HR Leader – Leonard Bowen, Bemco – 4
  • West Batting Leader – Larry Sheppard, Gonzales Mexican Food – .909

1972 West All-Tournament Team (stats are very vague)

  • Pitcher – Mike Matthews, Gonzales (over .500)
  • Catcher – Leonard Bowen, Bemco (over .600, 4 HRs)
  • Infield – Frank Coppa, Gonzales (over .500)
  • 2B-Larry Sheppard, Gonzales (20-22, .909, 15 Runs, also walked 5 times)
  • Infield – Rancy Rozati, Blinky’s (over .500)
  • Infield – Dan Derch, Blinky’s (over .500)
  • Outfield – Mike Edwards, Bemco (over .500)
  • Outfield – Amata Sotelo, Bemco over (.600)
  • Outfield – Bob Woodriff, Blinky’s (over .600)
  • Outfield – Charles Pierce, Gonzales
  • Utility – Ed Green, Gonzales

1972 West World Tournament Standings (top-10 listed only, 16 teams played)

1. Gonzales Mexican Food, Richmond, CA 5-0
2. Blinky’s, Fullerton, CA 4-2
3. Bemco, Industry, CA 5-2
4. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ 3-2
5. CBAC, San Gabriel Valley, CA 3-2
6. Little Big O, Downey, CA 2-2
7. Carpetbaggers, Las Vegas, NV 2-2
8. Maloof Rockets, NV 2-2
9. Spot and Blotter 1-2
10. Buccaneers 1-2

1971 USSSA Major World Series

1971 held at Las Vegas, NV

NOTE – 1970 East World Champ played the 1970 West World Champ in the 1971 World Series best of 7 series Accurate Welding of Milwaukee, WI (EAST) —– defeated —– Goettl’s Metals of Phoenix, AZ (WEST) – (4 games to 0)

Accurate Welding was 75-22 on the season. They also played Little Caesars in a USSSA vs ASA match of champions. Playing by ASA rules, Accurate emerged victorious 14-13. Accurate shocked USSSA people by how dominating they really were in the series. They collected 68 hits total in the four games, including 5 HRs on the big 300′ fences. They outscored their opponent by a 45-10 margin.

  • MVP – James Mortl, Accurate Welding (12-15, .800, 6 RBIs)
  • Home Run Leader – Carl Bruce, Accurate Welding (8-11, .727, 14 RBIs) – 3
  • Batting Leader – James Mortl, Accurate Welding – .800

USSSA Major World Series All Tournament Team

No All-World Team was selected – just a best of 7 series between 2 teams. The East and West selected All World Teams in their respective Tournaments.

Game Scores

  • Game 1 – Accurate Welding 17 vs. Goettl’s Metals 3 – Accurate had 25 hits. Jim Mortl was 4-4, Carl Bruce (HR), Jim Warras (HR) and John Wegner had 3 each.
  • Game 2 – Accurate Welding 13 vs. Goettl’s Metals 0- Accurate dominated again with 22 hits. Jim Mortl, John Wegner and Gary Perkins had 3 hits apiece.
  • Game 3 – Accurate Welding 8 vs. Goettl’s Metals 1 – Accurate had only 11 hits, but still managed to emerge victorious. Jim Mortl led Accurate with 2 hits.
  • Game 4 – Accurate Welding 7 vs. Goettl’s Metals 6 – Goettl’s scored 5 runs in the 5th inning to take a 6-5 lead. Carl Bruce of Accurate hit a 2-run homer to win it 7-6.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI 4-0
2. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ 0-4

1971 World Series Stats (at least 10 ABs)

  • Jim Mortl, Accurate (12-15, .800, 6 RBIs)
  • Carl Bruce, Accurate (8-11, .727, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs)
  • Gary Perkins, Accurate (7-11, .727, 3 RBIs)
  • Gene Cupertino, Accurate (6-12, .500, 3 RBIs)
  • Dick Polgar, Accurate (6-12, .500, 4 RBIs)
  • Jim Warras, Accurate (5-10, .500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs)
  • John Wegner, Accurate (7-14, .500, 2 RBIs)
  • Daryl Greenmeier, Accurate (5-11, .455, 1 RBI)
  • Ron Stanton, Accurate (3-11, .273, 1 HR, 3 RBIs)

*No Stats available for Goettl’s Metals

  • Larry Harrell
  • Jack Beavers
  • Adam Bauer
  • Denny Bush
  • Bruce Simmons
  • Fred Goettl
  • Bill Wright
  • Rick Gardner
  • Hank Goettl
  • Randy Gill
  • Paul Digarnde
  • Skip Hancock
  • Greg Witherspon
  • Jerry Beavers
  • Jim Kelly

1971 East Worlds held at Louisville, KY

Champion – Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI
Runner Up – Ace Movers, Milwaukee, WI

Accurate defeated Ace Movers 12-4 in the winner’s bracket finals on the strength of home runs from Carl Bruce and John Wegner. Ace came back to score a couple on run scoring doubles off the bats of John Gross and Willie May. John Wegner hit his second HR of the game and Darryl Greenmeier’s triple put the game out of reach. Accurate defeated Fairdale AC of KY 13-1 and Feldotts of IL 8-5 to reach the final. Ace defeated 6th Ward of Pittsburgh 22-7 and the Iron Dukes of New Castle PA 5-4 to gain their final berth. The Milwaukee Commandos (Robert’s Lounge) were playing the powerful Hicksville Astros of NY in the loser’s bracket. Hicksville was leading 1-0 when it started to rain hard. After 6 hours of rain, it was called and Accurate declared the champ, with Ace second and Hicksville awarded third and the Commandos fourth.

  • East MVP – John Wegner, Accurate Welding (10-18, .556, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs)
  • East HR Leader – Larry Chiapetta, Hicksville Astros
  • East Batting Leader – Darrell Greenmeir, Accurate Welding (12-16, 6 RBIs) – .750

1971 East All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Mike Fox, Ace Movers
  • Catcher – Willie May, Ace Movers (12-17, .706)
  • First Base – Oscar Steadman, Hicksville Astros
  • Second Base – Jim Mortl, Accurate Welding (10-22, .455, 7 RBIs)
  • Third Base – Carl Bruce, Accurate Welding (11-17, .647, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs)
  • Shortstop – Mike Foley, Hicksville Astros
  • Outfield – John Wegner, Accurate Welding (10-18, .556, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Darrell Greenmeier, Accurate Welding (12-16, .750, 6 RBIs)
  • Outfield – Arlis Jones, Commando’s
  • Outfield – Jim Sieloff, Ace Movers

1971 East World Tournament Standings (top-10 listed, 38 total teams …. rain shortened)

1. Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI 6-1
2. Ace Movers, Milwaukee, WI 4-1
3. Hicksville Astros, Hicksville, NY 6-1
4. Milwaukee Commandos, Milwaukee, WI 7-1
5. Iron Dukes, New Castle, PA 3-2
6. Feldotts Plateau, Napierville, IL 3-2
7. Sports Center, Covington, KY 5-2
8. Queen City Patterns, Miamitown, OH 4-2
9. Milwaukee Forging, Milwaukee, WI 3-2
10. Sixth Ward Club, Pittsburgh, PA 2-2


1971 West Worlds held at Azusa, CA

Champion – Johnson’s Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ
Runner Up – Berg Ford, Mesa, AZ

Big Apple won five straight games to win the Western Worlds. All were close games as they beat in order; Bemco 5-2, VB Morgan Trucking 6-4, Kerr’s Sporting Goods 4-3 and Glenwood Motors 5-3. In the Championship, they defeated Berg Ford 9-3. Weekes earlier, Berg defeated Big Apple to win the Arizona USSSA State Championship. Berg also played a series of close games to reach the title game. They won 10-9 over the Carpetbaggers, 6-3 over Bit of Italy, both from California. Then Glenwood Motors beat Berg 7-6 to send them to the losers bracket. There, they eliminated Blinky’s 2-0, Kerr’s 6-4 and Glenwood Motors 2-0. Pitcher Benny Crittenden hurled the two shutouts. Shortstop Vince Peralta sparkled on defense and drove in the deciding runs in some of the close games.

  • West MVP – Vince Paralta, Big Apple
  • West HR Leader – Elby Bushong, Kerr Sporting Goods
  • West Batting Leader – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s Metal ( .623)

1971 West All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Benny Crittenden, Berg Ford (.529)
  • Catcher – Elby Bushong, Kerr Sp. Goods (.400)
  • First Base – Ken Novak, Glenwood Motors (.450)
  • Second Base – Dave Hibbert, Berge Ford (.563)
  • Third Base – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s (.623)
  • Shortstop – Vince Peralta, Big Apple (.471)
  • Shortstop – Gordon Loveless, Berg Ford (.341)
  • Outfield – Joe Contraras, Big Apple (.333)
  • Outfield – Dan McMann, Blinky’s (.500)
  • Outfield – Frank Wilson, Glenwood Motors (.474)
  • Outfield – Frank Valunzuela, Big Apple (.385)

FINAL RESULTS (top-10 listed, 22 teams total)
1. Johnson’s Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ 5-0
2. Berg Ford, Mesa, AZ 5-2
3. Glenwood Motors, Glenwood, CA 4-2
4. Kerr Sporting Goods, Phoenix, AZ 3-2
5. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ 4-2
6. Nevada Test Site Bears, Nye County, NV 4-2
7. Bit of Italy, Huntington Park, CA 3-2
8. V.B. Morgan Truckers, Lakewood, CA 2-2
9. Austin & Wolfe Refrigeration, Phoenix, AZ 2-2
10. Honeywell, Phoenix, AZ 1-2

1970 USSSA Major World Series

1970 – N/A
No World Series Played in 1970, The USSSA reorganized the World Series into a new format where the 1970 East and West World Champions meet in the 1971 World Series best of 7 format.

In 1968 and 1969, the USSSA held World Championships, then in 1970 they changed the format to have a separate Eastern and Western World Championship, with the two winners to meet the following year in the USSSA World Series. From 1971 through 1973, the Eastern Champ would meet the Western Champ in a best of seven to determine the USSSA World Series Champion.

The Separate World Championships were held in September of the previous year and the World Series was played in June of the year listed. In 1974, 8 teams, which included not just the winners of the Eastern and Western World Series, but the runner-ups as well. Also included were teams from the new Central World Series.

In 1975, the first USSSA World Series all-world team was named. Previously, the all-world teams were made up of from the separate divisional world series.


1970 East held at Rochester, NY

Champion – Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI
Runner Up – Tirabassi Excavating, Kenosha, WI

Tirabassi defeated WAWA Radio of West Allis, WI in the semi-final 13-4 and then took on undefeated Accurate Welding in the Finals. Accurate Welding won 6-3 and claimed the Eastern Worlds over a tough Tirabassi squad. The Welders won behind the big bat of Carl Bruce, who had 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Gene Cuppertino and Jim Mortl also chipped in with 3 hits apiece. Accurate now plays the Western World Champ in May of 1971 for the USSSA World Series Championship. Tirabassi won their first 5 games before losing to Accurate 12-10. They came back to defeat Accurate 6-5 to force the final championship game. The Welders held Tirabassi scoreless until the seventh inning. Jim’s eliminated Hicksville Astros 15-14, before being eliminated by Tirabassi 9-8

  • East MVP – Mario Bonofiglio, Tirabassi Excavating (6-2 pitching, including a walk off home run earlier in the tournament)
  • East HR Leader – Mike Foley, Hicksville Astros
  • East Batting Leader – Tony Guiliano, Iron Dukes (11-12) – .913

*Note – John Sepich, Brookline BYM (4 HRs, 10-11) – .909

East All-World Team

  • Pitcher – Mario Bonofiglio, Tirabassi Excavating
  • Catcher – D. Denson, WAWA Radio
  • First Base – Jim Warras, Accurate Welding
  • Second Base – Jim Mortl, Accurate Welding
  • Third Base – Mike Foley, Hicksville Astros
  • Shortstop – Nick Perrine, Tirabassi Excavating
  • Outfield – S. Jones, Robert’s Lounge
  • Outfield – Rich Baumgarten, Tirabassi Excavating
  • Outfield – Oscar Steadman, Hicksville Astros
  • Outfield – Dick Polgar, Accurate Welding

*very little stats available for this tournament

FINAL RESULTS (top-8 listed, final standings and records incomplete – 32 teams total)
1. Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI
2. Tirabassi Excavating, Kenosha, WI 6-2
3. WAWA Radio, West Allis, WI
4. Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh, PA
5t. Hicksville Motor Inn Astros, Hicksville, NY
5t. Robert’s Lounge, Milwaukee, WI
7t. Floyd Warren’s, Irwin, PA
7t. Houcks, Rochester, NY


1970 West held at Azusa, CA

Champion – Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ  (54-9)
Runner Up – Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ (92-18)

Goettl’s came on strong in the championship game to defeat Big Apple 9-0 behind the pitching of MVP Larry Harrell.  Harrell was 5-0 on the during the tournament to lead Goettl’s to a berth in the USSSA World Series. Harrell had previously shutout Kelly’s Sporting Goods in the winners bracket semi-finals before beat Big Apple 7-5 in the winner’s bracket final as Denny Bush and Jack Beavers both went 3-4. Big Apple finished the season with a 92-18 record, while Goettl’s was 54-9. M&M defeated Kelly’s in the loser’s bracket 3-2, before being eliminated by Big Apple 12-10.

  • West MVP – Larry Harrell, Goettl’s Metals
  • West HR Leader – Elby Bushong, M&M
  • West Batting Leader – no info available

1970 West All-World Team (very little or no info on stats)

  • Pitcher – Larry Harrell, Goettl’s
  • Pitcher – Virgil Watkins, M&M
  • Catcher – Elby Bushong, M&M
  • First Base – Bill Brotherton, Kelly’s
  • Second Base – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s
  • Third Base – Sal Martinez, Big Apple
  • Shortstop – Richard Lopez, Big Apple
  • Outfield – Amata Sotelo, Bemco
  • Outfield – Randy Gill, Goettl’s
  • Outfield – Phil Brown, M&M
  • Outfield – Ernie Valenzuela, Big Apple

FINAL STANDINGS (top-8 listed, final standings and records incomplete – 12 teams total)

1. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ 5-0
2. Big Apple Restaurant, Phoenix, AZ
3. M&M, Scottsdale, AZ
4. Kelly’s Sporting Goods, Anaheim, CA
5t. Bit of Italy, Huntington Park, CA
5t. Shakey’s, El Monte, CA
7t. Bemco, Industry, CA
7t. Carpetbaggers, Las Vegas, NV