1957 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1957 held at Buena Park, California.


Champion – Hacienda Rockets, Fresno, California
Runner Up – PBSW Ramblers, Phoenix, Arizona


The Hacienda Motel Rockets won five straight games on Ginny Busik’s spectacular pitching. The defending Orange Lionettes were seeking their third straight crown ended up finishing fourth. The Rockets won the final game by a 1-0 score over the Phoenix Ramblers, who lost their first game and then won an amazing seven straight games in the loser’s bracket to get to the final. Busik pitched all five victories and allowed only 10 hits and 1 run. She had a no-hitter, a 1-hitter and a pair of 2-hitters.

Nonie Hoehn and Teddy Hamilton combined for the Orange Lionettes (5-2, 2 shutouts).

Virginia Hanselman, Huntington Park Blues (3-2, 1 shutout).

Eloise Biefeld, Buena Park Lynx (3-2, 2 shutouts, 1 no hitter).


  • MVP – Virginia “Ginny” Busik, Hacienda Rockets (5-0, 4 shutouts, 1 run, 10 hits in 35 IP, including a 2-hit 1-0 shutout in the final), She had a no hitter, a one-hitter and a pair of two-hitters.
  • Batting Leader – Delores Price, Erv Lind Florist (5-12) – .416
  • HR Leader – Nancy Ito, Denver – 1
  • HR Leader – Carman, Phoenix (2-8, .250) – 1

1957 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Virginia “Ginny” Busick, Hacienda Rockets
P – Bertha Ragan-Tickey, Raybestos Brakettes (2-2, 2 consecutive no-hitters on same day with 32 K in the 2 games, both of her losses were 1-0 games)
P – Alma Wilson, PBSW Ramblers
C – Dot Wilkinson, PBSW Ramblers (12-31, .387)
1B – Gloria May, Hacienda Rockets
2B – Estelle “Ricki” Caito, Orange Lionettes
3B – Jeanne Contel, Hacienda Rockets
SS – Gloria Quintana, Huntington Park Blues
OF – Elaine Harris, Orange Lionettes
OF – Phyllis Keeney, Hacienda Rockets
OF – Thelma Eisen, Orange  Lionettes
UTIL – Margie Law, PBSW Ramblers (2-1, 2 shutouts, perfect game) and Alma Wilson (4-1, 3 shutouts, no hitter) combined to pitch all the games for the Ramblers.

1957 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Virginia Hanselman, Huntington Park Blues
P – Kathy Eliose Bielfeld, Buena Park Lynx
P – Marion Fox, Toronto Dawes Fur
C – Bobby McDaniel, Orange Lionettes
1B – Gloria Barnes, Denver El-Car Fences
2B – Terry Urrutia, Fresno Hacienda Rockets
3B – Bobbie Jordan, Orange Lionettes
SS – Dorothy “Snookie” Doyle, Orange Lionettes
OF – Barbara Prather, Huntington Park Blues
OF – Joanne Moore, Buena Park Lynx
OF – Annabelle Lockabay, Orange Lionettes
OF – Zada Boles, Phoenix Ramblers

Honorable Mention: C – Nancy Ito, Denver El-Car Fences, C – Kay Rich, Fresno Hacienda Rockets, 1B – Roberta (Robbie) Mulkey, Orange Lionettes, 3B – Carmen Rosie Miranda, Phoenix Ramblers, SS – Marilyn Sypriano, Fresno Hacienda Rockets.


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Hacienda Rockets, Fresno, CA (5-0) (North Pacific Coast)
2. PBSW Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (7-2) (Cactus)
3. Huntington Park Blues, Buena Park, CA (3-2) (South Pacific Coast)
4. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (5-2) (Defending Champs)
5t. Nutrilite Lynx, Buena Park, CA (3-2) (Host)
5t. El-Car Fence, Denver, CO (2-2) (Rocky Mountain)
7t. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (2-2) (Northwestern)
7t. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (2-2) (North Atlantic)
9t. Setlich Sign, St. Louis, MO (2-2) (Western)
9t. Dawes Furs, Toronto, ON (2-2) (East Canada)
9t. La Rosettes, Houston, TX (1-2) (Texas)
9t. Rebelettes, New Orleans, LA (1-2) (Southwestern)
13t. RH Hall Girls, St. Petersburg, FL (1-2) (Southern)
13t. Minneapolis Comets, Minneapolis, MN (0-2) (Northern)
13t. Dee-Jays, Springfield, OH (0-2) (East Central)
13t. IBEW Girls, Lancaster, PA (0-2) (Central Atlantic)
17t. Pandoras, New York City, NY (0-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
17t. Bardin Rockets, Asheboro, NC (0-2) (South Atlantic)
17t. Anchor Fence, Anchorettes, Indianapolis, IN (0-2) (West Central)

NOTES: West Canada Champ – CUAC Blues, Winnipeg, Manitoba did not attend.

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