Category: USSSA Major Slow Pitch

1977 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1977 tournament held at Petersburg, Virginia.


Champion – Mazzola Castle, Rochester, New York
Runner Up – Snyder’s, Novi, Michigan


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)
5t. Candyman Bombers, Wilson, NC (1-2)
5t. Kentucky Fried, Union Lake, MI (1-2)
7t. Universal A.C., Covington, KY (0-2)
7t. 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 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)

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

  • Pitcher – Jim Cody, Mueller’s Pipe Liners (7-0 Pitching, 2 Shutouts)
  • Pitcher – Lou DelMastro, BYM Club
  • Catcher – Fred Cox, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • Catcher – Sonny Rider, Gatliff Motors
  • First Base – Mark Farrington, Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • Second Base – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • Third Base – Paul Tomasovich, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • Shortstop – Paul Elphinstone, BYM Club
  • Outfield – Miller Adams, Jim’s Sport Shop
  • Outfield – Dick Polgar, Mueller Pipe Liners
  • Outfield – Jerry Schunk, Harrison Merchants
  • Outfield – Ron Engler, BYM Club (5 HRs)
  • Outfield – 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)