1937 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1937 held at Chicago, Illinois.


Champion – National Screw & Mfg. Co., Cleveland, Ohio
Runner Up – Rayls Sports Shop Girls, Detroit, Michigan


Bernice Sowa took the loss for the Rayls Girls. The Rayls won their first four games by a 35-1 margin. The Cleveland pitching staff had 4 shutouts and gave up only 1 run total. They outscored their opponents 27-1.

Once again, the offense was led by Mary Skorich, Eloise Joliffe, Dot Underwood and Freida Savona.

National Screw defeated Black Gold of Oklahoma City in the semi final 5-0 as Vera Vining pitched a shutout with 9 Ks for the Cleveland Girls. Eloise Joliffe’s HR was the big blow for the Cleveland Girls.

The Detroit Rayls beat the Arizona Ramblers of Phoenix 3-1 in their semi final. Miller and Stefani had 2 hits apiece for the winners, while Louise Miller Curtis took the loss for the Ramblers. She also had one of the only 3 hits for the Arizona Girls.

National Screw (Vera Bud Vining 2-0, pitched a no hitter and a 1-hitter)

Rayls Pitchers – Margaret Stefani (3-0) and Bernice Sowa (1-1)

Louise Miller Curtis, Phoenix Ramblers (went 3-1 on last day, 1 a no hitter for 3rd place AZ)


  • Unofficial MVP –  Mary Skorich, National Screw (3-0, pitched 2 no-hitters, and then won the final game 6-1 w/14 Ks, also went 2 for 2)
  • HR Leader – Freda Savona, National Screw Mfg. – 2

FINAL STANDINGS

1. National Screw & Mfg. Co., Cleveland, OH (5-0) (Defending Champ)
2. Rayls Sports Shop Girls, Detroit, MI (4-1) (Detroit)
3. Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (3-1) (Arizona)
4. Black Gold Sales, Oklahoma City, OK (2-1) (Oklahoma)
5. American National Insurance, Galveston, TX (2-1) (Texas)
6. Capper Girls, Topeka, KS (2-1) (Kansas)
7. Weaver Walls Bloomer Girls, Cleveland, OH (2-1) (Cleveland)
8. Dick Fisher’s Sports Store, Buffalo, NY (3-1) (Buffalo)
9. Vogel Bloomer Girls, Forest Park, IL (1-1) (Illinois)
10. Eastwood Diner, Syracuse, NY (1-1) (New York)
11. Stockham Girls, Birmingham, AL (1-1) (Alabama)
12. Montgomery V-8’s, Chicago, IL (0-1) (Chicago)
13. Syracuse Bluebirds, Syracuse, NE (1-1) (Nebraska)
14. Fant & Anderson, Memphis, TN (0-1) (Tennessee)
15. Peggy’s News Stand, Clearwater, FL (1-1) (Florida)
16. Falstaff’s Brewers, New Orleans, LA (1-1) (Louisiana)
17. McBrayer’s Peaches, Rome, GA (0-1) (Georgia)
18. Kaufman Maids, Reading, PA (0-1) (Pennsylvania)
19. Butchers Local #4, Great Falls, MT (0-1) (Montana)
20. Geyer Springs, Little Rock, AR (0-1) (Arkansas)
21. Vic Brown Rosebuds, Newport, KY (0-1) (Kentucky)
22. Wreckerettes, Vicksburg, MS (0-1) (Mississippi)
23. Van Der Voort Hardware, Lansing, MI (0-1) (Michigan)
24. Raben Auto, Council Bluff, IA (0-1) (Iowa)
25. Pugh Coal Company, Racine, WI (0-1) (Wisconsin)
26. Braches Sports Shop, Stockton, CA (0-1) (California)
27. Langley Cleaner Girls, Toronto, ON (0-1) (Canada-Ontario)
28. Elks 1110 Club, Valley City, ND (0-1) (North Dakota)
29. Queen Annes, Hammond, IN (0-1) (Indiana)
30. Auerbach Dept. Store, Salt Lake City, UT (0-1) (Utah)

NOTES: * indicates the team won a game by forfeit. The tournament was single elimination format.

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