1960 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1960 held at Jones Beach, New York.


Champion – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida
Runner Up – Delta Merchants, Stockton, California


The Clearwater Bombers became the first Men’s team to win 5 Championships, breaking the record of 4, previously held by Briggs Beautywear of Detroit. The Bombers came out of the losers bracket to then shutout Canton, NC 1-0 behind an combined effort of Bobby Spell (5.2 IP) and Bill Massey in relief (1.1 IP). Then Bobby Spell struck out 19 as he hurled a 9-inning 1-0 win in the first final as Ricky Tomlinson (11-33, .333 in the tournament) tripled in the 9th and scored on Buster Zeiglers single. Tomlinson (11-33, .333 total) was 2-4 in the game with a double and a triple. In the final championship game, Bill Massey pitched  1-0 no hitter with 13 K.  The Bombers scored the only run in the game in the 6th inning as Buster Zeigler tripled and then scored on a wild pitch.  The wins by Spell and Massey over Bill Simoni of Stockton were the first 2 defeats he had in the tournament after a 5-0 start. He was named the MVP.

Bobby Spell, Bombers (4-0, 49 K, 34 IP, 4 Shutouts) and Bill Massey, Bombers (3-1, 54 K, 45 IP) – combined to Strikeout 103 batters in 79 innings, surrendering just 3 runs in 8 games.

Harvey Sterkel, Aurora Sealmasters (5-2, 108 K, 92 IP, 4 runs)

Wade Garrett, Canton Champion YMCA  (5-1, 65 K, 45 IP, 2 Shutouts)


  • MVP – Bill Simoni, Delta Merchants (5-2, 3 Shutouts, 53 K, 58 IP, gave up only 4 runs) – Pitched his team to the championship games, only to lose two straight 1-0 games.
  • Batting Leader – Frank Doucette, Gardena Merchants (6-10, 6 RBI, 1 Run) – .600
  • Home Run Leader – Lafayette Horton, Peters Sausage of Detroit (3-21, .143, 4 RBI, 3 Runs) – 2

1960 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bill Simoni, Delta Merchants
P – Bobby Spell, Clearwater Bombers
P – Harvey Sterkel, Sealmasters
C – Tony Esposito, Flat Iron AC
1B – George Haley, Delta Merchants
2B – George Caloia, Peter’s Sausage
3B – Babe Lolly, Delta Merchants
SS – Richard “Ricky” Tomlinson, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Bill Bearden, Champion YMCA
OF – John “Buster” Ziegler, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Charles Poindexter, Champion YMCA
UTIL – Jerry Fleming, DeJur

1960 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bill Massey, Clearwater Bombers
P – Wade Garrett, Champion YMCA
P – Gene Barr, A&A Shopette
C – Ed Riddell, Clearwater Bombers
1B – George Adam, DeJur
2B – Tommy Moore, Clearwater Bombers
3B – Gene Roberti, DeJur
SS – Ray Phillips, Delta Merchants
UTIL – Faye Dunbar, Teamsters Local 886


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL 7-1 (Southern)
2. Delta Merchants, Stockton, CA (5-2) (North Pacific Coast)
3. Champion YMCA, Canton, NC (5-2) (South Atlantic)
4. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (5-2) (Defending Champ)
5t. A&A Shopette, Springfield, MO (2-2) (Western)
5t. Teamsters Local #880, Oklahoma City, OK (3-2) (Southwestern)
7t. Peter’s Sausage, Detroit, MI (4-2) (East Central)
7t. DeJur Cameramen, Long Island City, NY (2-2) (Mid Atlantic)
9t. Flat Iron AC, Philadelphia, PA (3-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Gardenia Merchants, Gardenia, CA (2-2) (South Pacific Coast)
9t. US Air Force, USA (1-2) (US Air Force)
9t. US Navy White Caps, Norfolk, VA (1-2) (US Navy)
13t. Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT (1-2) (New England)
13t. Federal Old Line Insurance, Seattle, WA (1-2) (Northwestern)
13t. 7-Up, St. Paul, MN (1-2) (Northern)
13t. M&H Cleaners, Pasadena, TX (0-2) (Texas)
17t. Hausske-Harlan Furniture, Peru, IN (0-2) (West Central)
17t. Zeb Pearce, Mesa, AZ (0-2) (Cactus)
17t. Musicaro’s Restaurant, Massapequa, NY (0-2) (Host)
17t. Our Chapel of Memories, Denver, CO (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
17t. Club 10, Manzanillo, Cuba (0-2) (Cuba)
17t. Mission Orange, Trail, BC (0-2) (West Canada-British Columbia)

NOTES: Peter’s Sausage, Detroit, MI went in place of – East Central Champ – Club 500, Detroit, MI, who could not attend. Our Chapel of Memories Mortuary, Denver, CO went in place of Rocky Mountain Champ – Sunnyside Grocery, Denver, CO, who could not attend. A&A Shopette, Springfield, MO went in place of – Western Champ – Barnes Store, Springfield, MO, who could not attend. East Canada Champ – did not send a representative. West Canada – Edmonton Champ – Calgary Orioles, Alberta did not attend. Puerto Rico Champ – Refrescos FRYA, Pio Piedras, Puerto Rico could not attend – had to withdraw due to Hurricane Donna.

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