1940 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1940 held at Detroit, Michigan.


Champion – Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, Arizona
Runner Up – Koch Furniture, Cleveland, Ohio


The Arizona Ramblers started in 1933 and didn’t make the Nationals in 1937 and from that National tournament up the 1939 tournament held last year, they have finished 3rd three straight years, their record was the same in all three (3-1). This year, they finally reached the summit going 5-0 to become National champs. The teams overall record from 1933-1940 is an astounding 317-38.

According to a newspaper account, these Ramblers achieved all tournament acclaim:

The Ramblers will be often known as the PBSW Ramblers, which means Peterson-Brooke-Steiner and Wist Ramblers, their backers.

Arizona Ramblers only had 3 hits, 7 errors by Koch was the big difference. Ester Holton led the hit parade with 2. Louise Curtis, Dot Wilkinson, Jessie Glasscock, Mildred Dixon, Marjorie Wood Law and Amy Peralta all accounted for the remainder of the scoring.

Mary Skorich, Koch Furniture pitcher had not given up a run prior to the final, won 4 straight shutouts and finished up 4-1 with 49 Ks in 36 IP. Skorich also won a couple games herself. She stole home in the opening 1-0 victory over Reading, PA in 8 innings. Then once again, after getting a hit, scored the winning run against Cincinnati to win 1-0 in bottom of the 7th.

Louise Curtis was 1-0 (2 runs given up) and Amy Peralta was 4-0 (3 shutouts, 3 runs given up) for the Ramblers.

The J.J. Krieg Alameda, CA Girls lost their first game in the National Tournament to Detroit ending their streak of 175 consecutive victories dating back to May of 1937.

Jane Tabeling, Cincinnati Meyers (4-1, 2 shutouts), Connie Wiesnewski, Keller’s (3-1, 2 shutouts), Betty Ferlin, Montgomery Ward (3-1, 2 shutouts).


  • Unofficial MVP –  Amy Peralta May, Arizona (4-0 pitching, won final 10-3)

1940 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS (Incomplete)

P – Amy Peralta, Arizona Ramblers
C – Dot Wilkinson, Arizona Ramblers
3B – Mickey Sullivan, Arizona Ramblers
OF – Marjorie “Law” Wood, Arizona Ramblers


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (5-0) (Arizona)
2. Koch Furniture, Cleveland, OH (4-1) (Cleveland)
3. Meyers Partridge, Cincinnati, OH (4-1) (Cincinnati)
4. Montgomery Wards, St. Paul, MN (3-1) (Minnesota)
5. Higgins Midgets, Tulsa, OK (2-1) (Oklahoma)
6. Mansfield Merchants, Mansfield, OH (2-1) (Ohio)
7. Keller Girls, Detroit, MI (3-1) (Detroit)
8. Jax Beers, Houston, TX (2-1) (Texas)
9. D.X. Oilers, Topeka, KS (1-1) (Kansas)
10. Ben-Meadows, South Bend, IN (1-1) (Indiana)
11. American Beverage Company, Omaha, NE (1-1) (Nebraska)
12. Caterpillar Tractor Girls, Peoria, IL (1-1) (Illinois)
13. Jax Brewer Maids, New Orleans, LA (1-1) (Louisiana)
14. R.H. Hall, St. Petersburg, FL (1-1) (Florida)
15. Kauffman Maids, Reading, PA (1-1) (Pennsylvania)
16. Pepsi Cola Girls, Rochester, NY (1-1) (Rochester)
17. Harry’s, Farmington, NM (1-1) * (New Mexico)
18. Morton’s Girls, Richmond, VA (1-1) * (Virginia)
19. Kennedy Milk, Madison, WI (0-1) (Wisconsin)
20. Non-Partisan League, Bismarck, ND (0-1) (North Dakota)
21. Van Der Voorts, Lansing, MI (0-1) (Michigan)
22. Dr. Pepper’s, Little Rock, AR (0-1) (Arkansas)
23. Hamilton Funeral Home, Des Moines, IA (0-1) (Iowa)
24. Rival Dog Food, Chicago, IL (0-1) (Chicago)
25. Thames Pony Express, St. Joseph, MO (0-1) (Missouri)
26. Erie County Democrats, Buffalo, NY (0-1) (Buffalo)
27. Kentucky Dairy Maids, Louisville, KY (0-1) (Kentucky)
28. Hood Hotel, Raleigh, NC (0-1) (North Carolina)
29. Tuberettes, Pawtucket, RI (0-1) (Rhode Island)
30. Ziemer Sausage, Milwaukee, WI (0-1) (Milwaukee)
31. Silver’s 5 and 10, Birmingham, AL (0-1) (Alabama)
32. Ken Rau, Dalton, GA (0-1) (Georgia)
33. JJ Kriegs Haberdashers, Alameda, CA (0-1) (Defending Champ)
34. Reeds Oil, Nashville, TN (0-1) (Tennesse)
35. Helena Boosters, Helena, MT (0-1) (Montana) – did not show
36. Duncan Mills, Greenville, SC (0-1) (South Carolina) – did not show

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

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