1948 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1948 held at Portland, Oregon.

Champion – Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, Arizona
Runner Up – Erv Lind Florists, Portland, Oregon

Amy Peralta May came through big time in the finals as the Ramblers came from the losers bracket and had to defeat the Florists twice. Peralta twirled two straight shutouts, winning 2-0 and 3-0, defeating a tough and confident Portland squad who had just rolled over four good teams with Bullet Betty Evans on the mound. Margie Law went 1-0 and won the other game for the Ramblers. Peralta led Arizona to 85 wins this season as she pitched 55 of them. Virginia Dobson of the Ramblers had 3 hits in the final game. Margie Law and Amy Peralta had an RBI each.

Betty Evans, Lind & Pomeroy went 4-2, 3 shutouts, perfect game, 42 IP, 51 K, lost both final games to Amy Peralta. Evans defeated Peoria and Marie Wadlow 1-0 in a pitcher’s dual.

Ginny Busik, Fresno Rockets went 3-2, with shutouts.

Marie Wadlow, Caterpillar Dieselettes, went 2-2, 28 IP, 42 K, a shutout and only gave up 4 runs and 10 hits.

Ann Kmezich, Walker-Shay Realty went 3-2 pitching with 2 Triples and 2 RBI.

A young lady playing with Monrovia Day and Night Company Owls named Bertha Ragan-Tickey made her first all-America team as an outfielder. Louise Davis was 2-0 for the Monrovia squad, but when they put Bertha in to pitch, It was the start of something amazing that would last almost 30 years. She pitched 4 games for the Owls’ went 2-2 and struck out 37 batters in the 27 innings she pitched, She also had 2 shutouts and only gave up 4 runs and 10 hits in the 4 games she pitched. She beat Peoria and Marie Wadlow 2-0 to eliminate the Dieselette squad.

Amy Peralta-May of Arizona Ramblers went 5-1, 3 shutouts, gave up 6 runs in 6 games, 20 K, 48 IP. She also batted 7-23, .304, triple and 5 RBI batting and would have won the MVP.

Margaret Dobson of Lind & Pomeroy went 8-22, .364, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 hits in the final.

Joan Wallace of Raybestos Brakettes went 2-6, .333, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Helen Yakabusin of Raybestos Brakettes had 1 HR and 1 RBI.

Imogine Pipes of Walker Shay Realtors went 6-18, .333, with an RBI.

  • MVP – N/A
  • HR Leader – Margaret Dobson, Lind & Pomeroy – 1
  • HR Leader – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers – 1
  • HR Leader – Joan Wallace, Raybestos Brakettes – 1
  • HR Leader – Helen Yakabusin, Raybestos Brakettes – 1
  • HR Leader – Imogine Pipes, Walker Shay Realtors – 1
  • Batting Leader – Mary Rider, Fresno Rockets – .429


P – Amy Peralta, Phoenix Ramblers
P – Betty Evans, Lind & Pomeroy
C – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers (3B, HR, and 5 RBI)
1B – Peggy Friends, Walker-Shay Realtors
2B – Jerry Burroughs, Lind & Pomeroy
3B – Jean Hull, Day and Night Company Owls
SS – Chris Meyer, Lind & Pomeroy
OF – Margie Law, Phoenix Ramblers
OF – Mary Rider, Betsy Ross Rockets (6-14, 3 RBI)
OF – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Day & Night Company Owls
UTIL – Jessie Glassock, Phoenix Ramblers


1. Arizona Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (6-1) (Awarded Defending Champ Spot)
2. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (4-2) (Host)
3. Day & Night Company Owls, Monrovia, CA (4-2) (South Pacific Coast)
4. Betsy Ross Rockets, Fresno, CA (3-2) (North Pacific Coast
5t. Walker-Shay Realtors, Des Moines, IA (3-2) (Western)
5t. Caterpillar Dieselettes, Peoria, IL (2-2) (West Central)
7t. Nehi Beverage Orphans, Dayton, OH (1-2) (East Central)
7t. Statesman Newsettes, Boise, ID (1-2) (Northwestern)
9t. Cardinalettes, Pottstown, PA (0-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Russer Girls, Rochester, NY (0-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
9t. Southern Chevrolet, Alexandria LA (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
13. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (0-2) (North Atlantic)


Jax Maids, New Orleans, LA – Defending Champs – Chose not to defend, played National Softball Congress instead. Northern Region did not send a team or did not hold a tournament. Raglan Ramblers, Nashville, TN (withdrew – could not attend). Sinny Lees, Toronto, Ontario (withdrew – could not attend).


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