1958 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1958 held at Parade One in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 16-19.


Champion – Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, Connecticut
Runner Up – McDonald Scots, Lake Charles, Louisiana


The two tournament favorites, Clearwater Bombers and Aurora Sealmasters were both victims of huge upsets in the losers bracket. Host team Minneapolis Soo Line eliminated the Bombers and their invincible pitcher John Hunter 1-0 and then a Canadian team, Montreal Dow eliminated the Sealmasters 1-0, despite the fact that Aurora hurler Harvey Sterkal only gave up one hit. Pitcher Bobby Spell of Lake Charles lost a heartbreaker to John Spring of Raybestos 1-0 in the championship game. The Scots won 5 games to get to the final. Before that point, their only loss was a 14 inning 1-0 defeat at the hands of McDill AFB. Spell pitched the Scots to 2-0 victories over both Seattle Federal Insurance and Long Island’s DeJur Cameramen to get to the championship. In the final, Chuck Shearer doubled to lead off the inning, then was sacrifices to third by John Spring and in an ironic twist, scored on a passed ball by Catcher Max Trahan’s passed ball. Traham was voted the Tournament MVP. Bill Smith batted .346 to lead the Lake Charles bats.

The McDonald Scots made the trip to the Nationals with only 10 players so left handed first baseman Max Trahan, who had never caught a game in any big game or tournament and had not been behind the plate as a catcher at all in over five years had to catch every single inning of every game. He went 6-28, .214 with 2 RBI. He had 89 total chances, with only 2 passed balls and 1 error. he also had 9 assists.

Roy Stephenson, DeJur Cameramen (3-2, 33 IP, 44 K)

Clearwater Bombers – Herb Dudley (1-0, 10 I, 11 K), Eddie King (0-1, 7 IP, 10 K) and John Hunter (0-1, 3 IP, 3 Ks)

Harvey Sterkal, Aurora Sealmasters (1-2, 26 IP, 33 K)

John Spring, Raybestos Cardinals (5-0, 29 IP, 50 K, 5 shutouts, including 1-0 perfect game in final, 12 K, 67 total pitches, he gave up only 1 unearned run and 6 hits in the entire tournament)

Bobby Spell, Lake Charles (5-2, 2 ER, 56 IP, 2 Shutouts, lost 1-0 final on a passed ball) – Lake Charles won 5 straight in the losers bracket with a 10 man roster. When Spell allowed his first ER of the tournament, it broke a string of 12 consecutive National Tournament games without allowing an earned run.


  • MVP – Max Trahan, McDonald Scots
  • Batting Leader – Dominick Golio, DeJur Cameramen (8-19, 2 RBI, 2 Runs) – .421
  • Home Run Leader – George Adam, Raybestos (6-18, .333. 4 RBI, 5 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Ed Tickey, Raybestos (3-16, .188, 5 RBI, 3 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Stevens, Lake Charles (3-28, .107, 1 RBI, 3 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Juillerat, Seattle (3-14, .214, 1 RBI, 2 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Williams, Houston (4-13, .308, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Thomas, Steinbergs (2-19, .105, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Diote, USAF (1-12, .083, 3 RBI, 2 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Holly Wormsby, USAF (1-15, .067, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – 1

1958 ALL AMERICANS

P – John Spring, Raybestos Cardinals
P – Bobby Spell, McDonald Scots
P – Roy Stephenson, DeJur
C – Rejean Denoncourt, Dows
1B – George Adam, Raybestos Cardinals
2B – Frank Williams, Raybestos Cardinals
3B – Andy Fontenot, McDonald Scots
SS – Bubba Ward, Hayne-Stokes
OF – Dominick Golio, DeJur
OF – Bill Smith, McDonald Scots
OF – Med Walsh, Sealmasters
UTIL – Bill Massey, USAF

Honorable Mention: P – Bob Fesler, Federal Old Line, C – Ed Tickey, Raybestos Cardinals, 1B – Dan Kelly, DeJur, SS – Gene Roberti, DeJur, SS – Nolan Whitlock, Clearwater Bombers, OF – Fred Irthum, Soo Line, OF – Bill Baroff, Raybestos Cardinals, OF – Holly Wormsby, USAF, OF – Al McCoy, Dows, C – Max Trainham, McDonald Scots.


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT (5-0) (North Atlantic)
2. McDonald Scots, Lake Charles, LA (7-2) (Southwestern)
3. Federal Old Line Insurance, Seattle, WA (3-2) (Northwestern)
4. DeJur Cameramen, Long Island City, NY (5-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
5t. Haynes Stakes, Houston, TX (2-2) (Texas)
5t. US Air Force (2-2) (US-Air Force)
7t. Dow Brewery, Montreal, Quebec (3-2) (East Canada)
7t. Carling Pilseners, Vancouver, BC (2-2) (West Canada)
9t. Burgermeister Burgies, Sacramento, CA (2-2) (North Pacific Coast)
9t. Northwest Paper, Cloquet, MN (1-2) (Northern)
9t. Soo Line, Minneapolis, MN (2-2) (Host)
9t. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (1-2) (West Central)
13t. Clearwater Bombers (1-2) (Defending Champ)
13t. Steve Flowers, Casper, WY (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
13t. Myron Conwell, Washington, DC (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
13t. Ansberg-West Morticians, Toledo, OH (1-2) (East Central)
17t. Cairo All-Stats, Cairo, GA (1-2) (South Atlantic)
17t. Gregorian Enterprises, San Gabriel, CA (0-2) (South Pacific Coast)
17t. Thurmer’s Bar, St. Louis, MO (0-2) (Western)
17t. Harry Rich, Miami, FL (0-2) (Southern)
17t. San Juan Builders, Farmington, NM (0-2) (Cactus)

NOTE: Steve Flowers, Casper, WY went in place of Rocky Mountain Champ – Bongo Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT, who could not attend.

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