Category: USSSA Major Slow Pitch

1976 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1976 held at Wyandotte, Michigan.


Champion – Snyder’s, Novi, Michigan
Runner Up
– Joe’s Army & Navy, Kittanning, Pennsylvania


Joe’s Army & Navy 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)
5t. Taylor Brothers, Corpus Christi, TX (1-2)
5t. Uniroyal, Detroit, MI (1-2)
7t. Kerr-Cooper, Phoenix, AZ (0-2)
7t. Rodeo Room, Anaheim, CA (0-2)

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

1969 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1969 held at New Kensington, Pennsylvania.


Champion – Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Runner Up – Floyd Warren’s, Irwin, Pennsylvania


Jim’s Sports Shop did something no other softball team has ever done. They have now won the ASA and USSSA National/World Softball titles. They won the ASA title in 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1967. Last year they switched over to the USSSA organization and finished 3rd in the first USSSA World Series ever held. This year, they ran through the tournament undefeated with the help of the tremendous defense they have.

Pitcher Louie Del Mastro is considered the best in the business. He made the All World Team for the second year. They have an incredible middle defense of Mike Kovach at SS and Ray ‘Corky’ Kruel at 2B. In the OF, they have Andy Zilka and Miller Adams catching everything in sight. Third Basemen Paul Tomasovich is considered one of the best Softball players in the world. He made his 2 straight USSSA All World team as well and also was named the Tournament MVP.  He won the ASA MVP in 1964.

Floyd Warren’s from Irwin, PA los the winner’ bracket final to Jim’s. They sat back as Milwaukee Electric Tool came through the losers bracket to eliminate National Lanes 9-7 and Brookline YMC 11-4. But they could not get past Warren’s as they lost 17-12.  In the Championship Game, Del Mastro held the Warren bats to just two runs and with the help of Tomasovich’s 6th inning Homer to break the game open, they breezed to a 6-2 Championship victory.


  • MVP – Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop (15-21, .714, 3 HR)
  • Home Run Leader – Tom Taylor, National Lanes – 5
  • Batting Leader – Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop – .714

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

  • P – Lou Delmastro, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • C – Lou Quahliero, Crescant Café
  • 1B – Terry Loughner, Floyd Warren’s
  • 2B – Jim Mortl, Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • 3B – Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop (15-21, .714, 3 HRs)
  • SS – Tom Taylor, National Lanes (5 HRs)
  • OF – Bill Cepige, BYM Club
  • OF – Ted Budny, Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • OF – Red Kowalski, Floyd Warren’s
  • OF – Andy Smoky Zilka, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • OF – Miller Killer Adams,  Jim’s Sport Shop

FINAL STANDINGS (top-10 only listed, 50 teams played, standings incomplete)

1. Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh, PA (6-0)
2. Floyd Warren’s, Irwin, PA (4-2)
3. Milwaukee Electric Tool, Milwaukee, WI (5-2)
4. BYM Club, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
5. Crescant Café, New Castle, PA (5-2)
6. National Lanes, Cincinnati, OH
7. Mueller Pipe Liners, Milwaukee, WI
8. Sports Center, Covington, KY
9. Kendall Lounge, Detroit, MI
10. Robert’s Lounge, Milwaukee, WI

Crescent Café, New Castle, PA
Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV
Main Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
Mitch’s, Baltimore, MD
Black Martini, IL
SNA, Toledo, OH
Home Readers, Cincinnati, OH
Kenosha, WI
Parkmode AC, Detroit, MI
North Kentucky Merchants, Covington, KY
Marble Homes, Hamilton, OH
Capitol, Charleston, WV
Piqua Merchants, Piqua, IA
Gus’s Manor Inn, Dundalk, MD
Glorioso

1968 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1968 held at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Champion – Mueller Pipe Liners, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Runner Up – BYM Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


BYM Club eliminated Jim’s Sport Shop in a close game 6-5 to make it to the Finals. Mueller Pipeliners defeated BYM in the Championship 10-9. Brookline scored 5 runs to take a 9-6 lead in the top of the 7th. Mueller came back with Tom O’Donnell driving in the tying and winning runs on the games last play to win 10-9. Jim Cody of Mueller pitched all 7 victories for Mueller and was the MVP. Cody surrendered only 17 runs in the 7 games he pitched. Ron Engler of BYM and Tom Taylor of Gatliff’s tied for the Home Run lead with 5. Nothing official was ever found, but Pittsburgh newspapers eluded to the fact that Ray Kruel was the tournament batting leader.


  • MVP – Jim Cody, Mueller Pipe (7-0, 2 Shutouts, 17 Runs given up)
  • HR Champion – Ron Engler, BYM Club – 5
  • HR Champion – Tom Taylor, Gatliff Auto – 5
  • Batting Champion – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

  • P – Jim Cody, Mueller’s Pipe Liners (7-0 Pitching, 2 Shutouts)
  • P – Lou DelMastro, BYM Club
  • C – Fred Cox, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • C – Sonny Rider, Gatliff Motors
  • 1B – Mark Farrington, Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • 2B – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • 3B – Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • SS – Paul Elphinstone, BYM Club
  • OF – Miller Adams, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • OF – Dick Polgar, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • OF – Jerry Schunk, Harrison Merchants
  • OF – Ron Engler, BYM Club (5 HRs)
  • OF – Tom Taylor, Gatliff Auto (5 HRs)

FINAL STANDINGS (top-10 listed, 50 teams played)

1. Mueller Pipe Liners, Milwaukee, WI (7-0)
2. BYM Club, Pittsburgh, PA (7-2)
3. Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
4. Harrison’s Merchants, Harrison, IN (8-2)
5t. Tirabassi Excavating, Kenosha, WI (6-2)
5t. Milwaukee Electric Tool, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
7t. Louisville Stars, Louisville, KY (4-2)
7t. Floyd Warren’s, Irwin, PA (4-2)
9t. Gatliff’s Auto Sales, Newport, KY (3-2)
9t. Brill’s Uniform Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
9t. MarVal Builders, Hamilton, OH (3-2)
9t. Golden Bear Lounge, Covington, KY (2-2)
13t. Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV (3-2)
13t. Larry’s Barber Shop, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
13t. Surf Bar, Cudahy, WI (5-2)
13t. O’Brien’s, Big Bend, WI (2-2)
17t. Seaco, Dalton, GA (2-2)
17t. Las Vegas Stars, Las Vegas, NV (1-2)
17t. Berardi Construction, Pekin, IL (2-2)
17t. Dominiques Motors, Breaux Bridge, LA (2-2)
17t. Covington Merchants, Covington, KY (3-2)
17t. Corky’s, McHenry, IL (3-2)
17t. New Rochelle Coachmen, New Rochelle, NY (1-2)
17t. Home Readers, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
25t. Timmels, Watertown, WI (4-2)
25t. Cheeks, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t. Main Tavern, Covington, KY (2-2)
25t. Ski-Hut, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t29. Mike’s 31 Club, Milwaukee, WI (2-2)
25t. Hey Brothers, Dixon, IL (1-2)
25t. Polling Motors, Piqua, OH (1-2)
25t. Stars, Joliet, IL (1-2)
33t. Stanton’s, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
33t. Big Apple, Tempe, AZ (0-2)
33t. Bryant Furniture, Albertsville, AL (0-2)
33t. Kendall’s Lounge, Detroit, MI (1-2)
33t. Robert’s Lounge, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
33t. Bit of Italy, Covina, CA (0-2)
33t. Roger’s Midway Inn, Rochester, NY (1-2)
33t. Logan’s Party Store, Inkster, MI (0-2)
33t. Pekin Traffic Club, Pekin, IL (0-2)
33t. Indian Nation, Stillwater, OK (0-2)
33t. Lincoln Avenue Merchants, Dixon, IL (0-2)
33t. Optimist Blue, Dixon, IL (0-2)
33t. WQAD Radio, Miline, IL (0-2)
33t. Darvin Excavators, Pekin, IL (0-2)
33t. Schlitz, Fond du Lac, WI (0-2)
33t. Cincinnati Stars, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
49t. Spartansburg, SC (0-2)
49t. Totemburgers, Newport, KY (0-2)