1962 ASA Open Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1962 held at Cleveland, Ohio.


Champion – Skip & Hogan A.C., Pittsburgh, PA (39-6)
Runner Up – East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI


Plateau AC eliminated Sheffield Bronze 6-5 on a walk-off single by George O’Neil. Then East Side Sporting Goods, behind the hot bat of Bill Cole (triple and single) eliminated Plateau AC 5-1 to reach the final. Paul Tomasovich electrified the crowd in his first at bat when he hit a home run over the 30 foot high fence in right center. Detroit came back with Bill Cole’s double being the big blow to take a 4-1 lead. The Pittsburgh crew came back in the 5th inning as Ron Kaintz and Mike Kovach both had back-to-back run scoring singles. They both scored on Jimmy Watts’ triple tying the score at 4 each. Skips winning run came in the 6th as Mike Orlando’s double plated Billy Caye who had singled. Bimbo McKenzie chipped in with 2 hits, including a RBI Double. The magical pitching of Lou Del Mastro kept the Detroit bats quiet in the top of the 7th to preserve a 5-4 championship for Skip & Hogan. John Stone of Milwaukee set a new Home Run record with 11. Paul Tomasovich led Skip & Hogan for the weekend (12-18, .667, with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HRs and 6 RBIs). Del Mastro (9-15, .600, 4 doubles, 4 triples, while scoring 10 runs) and Kovach (9-17, . 529). Skip Hogans finished the season with a 39-6 record.


  • MVP– Bill Cole, East Side Sports (22-29, .758)
  • HR Leader – John Stone, Enterprise Bar (19 RBIs) – 11 (set National Tournament Home Run record)
  • Batting Leader – Bill Cole, East Side Sports (22-29) – .758

1962 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P- Lou Delmastro, Skip Hogan AC (5-0 pitching, 9-15, .600, 4 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 8 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • C- Bill Cole, East Side Sports (22-29, .758)
  • 1B- John Stone, Enterprise Bar (11 HRs, 19 RBIs)
  • 2B- Bob Beier, Plateau AC
  • 3B- Wally Galba, East Side Sports
  • SS- Mike Kovach, Skip Hogan AC (9-17, .529)
  • SF- Mort Weinburg, Plateau AC
  • OF- Gene Gedeon, Sheffield Bronze (17-23, .739)
  • OF- Jim Pucket, East Side Sports (14-24, .587, 10 HRs)
  • OF- Mike Orlando, Skip Hogan AC (11-15, .733)
  • OF- Paul Tomsovich, Skip Hogan AC (12-18, .667, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Vin Brannigan, Plateau AC
  • Neil O’Neill, Plateau AC

FINAL STANDINGS

1 – Skip & Hogan AC, Pittsburgh, PA 6-0
2 – East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 5-2
3 – Plateau Athletic Club, Maspeth, NYC, NY 6-2
4 – Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 4-2
5t – Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH 3-2
5t – Stotz Garage, Valhalla, NY 4-2
7t – TWUA Textile Workers, Leakesville, NC 5-2
7t – St. Clair Merchants, Cleveland, OH 4-2
9t – Enterprise Bar, Milwaukee, WI 5-2
9t – Grande-Leah, New Kensington, PA 5-2
9t – Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA 3-2
9t – Bud’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH 4-2
13t – University City Blackhawks, St. Louis, MO 3-2
13t – Holcomb’s Ten, San Antonio, TX 2-2
13t – Hartman Plumbing, Toledo, OH 2-2
13t – Mike’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN 3-2
17t – Savannah Motors, Savannah, GA 2-2
17t – Merchants, Woodland, CA 2-2
17t – Ready Mix Concrete, Knoxville, TN 1-2
17t – N&S Auto, Rochester, NY 1-2
17t – Knights St. John, Louisville, KY 1-2
17t – Hamilton Tailors, Cincinnati, OH 1-2
17t – Club 149, Trenton, NJ 1-2
17t – Sills Sporting Goods, Hialeah-Miami, FL 2-2
25t – Broward Sports Shops, Ft Lauderdale, FL 2-2
25t – Club Grill, Westport, CT 1-2
25t – Johnny’s Car Wash, Covington, KY 1-2
25t – South Bend Merchants, South Bend, IN 1-2
25t – V&M Foods, Pass Christian, MS 1-2
25t – Bernson Silk Mills, Buena Vista, VA 1-2
25t – Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL 0-2
25t – Reno County, South Hutchinson, KS 1-2
33t – Bursch’s, Hopkins, MN 0-2
33t – Lafayette Building Assoc., Lafayette, LA 0-2
33t – Red Bull Transfer, Omaha, NE 0-2
33t – Avenue Church, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2
33t – Joliet DX, Joliet, IL 0-2
33t – Pabst Blue Ribbon, Atlanta, GA 0-2
33t – Blair’s Tavern, Wilmington, DE 0-2
33t – Russo’s, Providence, RI 0-2
33t – Bridge City, LA 0-2
33t – Miller High Life, Sheboygan, WI 0-2
33t – Concrete Service, Great Falls, MT 0-2

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