1963 ASA Women’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1963 held at Cincinnati, Ohio.

Champion: Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio (42-1)
Runner Up: Windy Tap, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dana Gardens won their first 4 games by the scores of 22-3, 15-2, 24-0 and 10-3 (71-8 run advantage with 19 HR), before being sent to the losers bracket by defending champ Art’s Aces 6-3. Art’s went on and won the winners bracket final over Fieldcrest Mills. After Fieldcrest eliminated Satellite Beach and Steele Concrete, Dana Gardens defeated them in a hard fought semi final 6-3 on the strength of Anita Gardner’s grand slam homer. In the first final with the score tied at 1 in the 7th inning, Cindy Windburn started off the inning with a single, went to third on Donna Wolfe’s single and then scored the winning run on Anita Gardner’s Sac Fly to win 2-1. The Final Championship game ended just as close. Dana Gardens defeated Art’s Aces 1-0 on a double by Norma Eschenbrenner and an RBI single by Cindy Windburn. Dot Bailey pitched the 2-1 and 1-0 championship game wins. She only gave up 6 hits in the final game. Barbara Kelley was the pitcher for Art’s Aces and what proved to be two final games dominated by the two best pitchers in the county. This was Dana Garden’s 4th Championship title in 5 years Dana Gardens came into the tournament with a 35-0 undefeated record, They finished 7-1 in the event and 42-1 on the season. The Satellite Comets in their first year of competition finished the year 51-3.

  • MVP – Not awarded
  • Outstanding Pitcher – Dot Bailey, Dana Gardens (4-0 pitching, including a 15-1 win in the finals. She also twirled a 16-0 shutout earlier in the tournament, gave up only 7 runs in 4 games.)
  • Batting Leader – Karen Kuhnheim, Dana Gardens (went 7-8 in the final two games)
  • HR Leader – Karen Kuhnheim, Dana Gardens


P – Dot Bailey, Dana Gardens
C – Betty Bynum, Pharr Yarn
1B – Janet Kouris, Ohio Furniture
2B – Judy Anderson, Volkwagonettes
3B – Joan Neuser, Windy Tap
SS – Gloria Hill, Dana Gardens
SF – Karen Kuhnheim, Dana Gardens
OF – Norma Eschenbrenner, Dana Gardens (13-23, .576)
OF – Marcy Suszek, Windy Tap
OF – Alberta Kohls, Dana Gardens (12-25, .480)


1. Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH (4-0)
2. Windy Tap, Milwaukee, WI (3-1)
3t. Pasquales, Cincinnati, OH (3-1)
3t. Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH (2-1)
5t. BPW Hoosers, Louisville, KY (2-1)
5t. Ross Wagonettes, Lakeland, FL (1-1)
5t. Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (1-1)
5t. Hillbillies, Clay, WV (1-1)
9t. Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY (1-1)
9t. Richmond BJ’s, Richmond, VA (1-1)
9t. Omaha Rockets, Omaha, NE (1-1)
9t. Pope’s Inn, Grove City, OH (1-1)
9t. Nebraska Phil-Queens, Council Bluffs, IA (1-1)
9t. St. Stephens, Detroit, MI (0-1)
9t. Rice Potato Chips, Moselle, MS (0-1)
9t. Steele Concrete, Graham, NC (0-1)
17t. Broadrick Drugs, Dalton, GA (0-1)
17t. Ohio Furniture, Cleveland, OH (0-1)
17t. Williamson-Garrison, TN (0-1)
17t. Arsenal All-Stars, Pittsburgh, PA (0-1)
17t. Mapleton Hotel, West Oconomowoc, WI (0-1)
17t. The Point, Minneapolis, MN (0-1)
17t. Ellisville Cardinals, St. Louis, MO (0-1)
17t. Monroe Royals, Monroe, MI (0-1)


Single Elimination
First Round
Nebraska Phil-Queens, Council Bluffs, IA 2 – Monroe Royals, Monroe, MI 1
BPW Hoosers, Louisville, KY 15 – Ellisvills Cardinals, St. Louis, MO 0
Pasquales, Cincinnati, OH 21 – The Point, Minneapolis, MN 5
Pope’s Inn, Grove City, OH 9 – Mapleton Hotel, W. Oconomowoc, WI 4
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 18 – Arsenal All-Stars, Pittsburgh, PA 2
Omaha Rockets, Omaha, NE 3 – Williamson-Garrison, TN 0
Richmond Blue Jay’s, Richmond, VA 7 – Ohio Furniture, Cleveland, OH 4
Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 6 – Broadrick Drugs, Dalton, GA 5

Second Round
Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 16 – Nebraska Phil-Queens, Council Bluffs, IA 0
BPW Hoosers, Louisville, KY 3 – Steele Concrete, Graham, MC 2
Pasquales, Cincinnati, OH 11 – Rice Potato Chips, Moselle, MS 10
Ross Wagonettes, Lakeland, FL 4 – Pope’s Inn, Grove City, OH 2
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 20 – St. Stephens, Detroit, MI 3
Hillbillies, Clay, WV 5 – Omaha Rockets, Omaha, NE 4
Windy Tap, Milwaukee, WI 6 – Richmond Blue Jay’s, Richmond, VA 4
Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC 10 – Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 9

Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 3 – BPW Hoosers, Louisville, KY 1
Pasquales, Cincinnati, OH 11 – Ross Wagonettes, Lakeland, FL 5
Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 11 – Hillbillies, Clay, WV 0
Windy Tap, Milwaukee, WI 9 – Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC 5

Semi Finals
Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 14 – Pasquales, Cincinnati, OH 5
— Karen Kuhmheim’s had 2 singles, a double and a home run for Dana Gardens
Windy Tap, Milwaukee, WI 3 – Rutenschorer Florist, Cincinnati, OH 0
— Dolores Sanz hurled the shutout for Milwaukee

Dana Gardens, Cincinnati, OH 15 – Windy Tap, Milwaukee, WI 1

1963 Consolation Final – (only info on consolation flight is the championship result):

Dairy Cottage, Covington, KY 8 – Ohio Furniture, Cleveland, OH 1

NOTE- this is the only information available on the consolation flight. no results, no scores, just the Championship Game score.


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