1965 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1965 held at Clearwater, Florida.


Champion – Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, Illinois
Runner Up – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida


The Aurora Sealmasters, led by big Joe Lynch on the mound, who rolled through 5 straight opponents to finish 5-0 won the national title over the Clearwater Bombers. Lynch hurled a 2-0 shutout in the finals to give the Aurora squad the title. This was the 13th time in 16 years that Clearwater made it to the finals. Weldon Haney was the star pitcher for the Bombers and Bobby Quinn for the third place Providence Engineers. The other Sealmaster pitchers, Harvey Sterkal and Charlie Richards both agreed to let Joe Lynch pitch all the games. He was on such a roll at the end of the season and was virtually unhittable. They did not pitch at all, just sat back and watched the big man work.

Bobby Quinn (4-1, 39 IP, 37 K) and Ray Judd (1-1, 26 IP, 30 K) pitched for the Local 57 Engineers.

Joe Lockhart, Chattanooga Flames (3-2, 44 IP, 31 K).

George Pearson, Lakewood Lancers (3-0, 30 IP, 30 K).


  • MVP – Joe Lynch, Aurora Sealmasters (5-0, 58 Ks, 35 IP, 3 Shutouts, 0.29 ERA, pitched every inning for the Sealmasters)
  • Batting Leader – Ned Wickersham, Aurora Sealmasters (6-12, 3 RBI, 1 Run) – .500
  • Home Run Leader – Frank Hurtt, Aurora (7-15, .467, 7 RBI, 4 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Klagge, Sacramento (3-13, .231, 1 RBI, 2 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Ray Samples, Chattanooga (9-32, .281, 4 RBI, 3 Runs) -1
  • Home Run Leader – Matthews, Seattle (2-8, .250, 1 RBI, 2 Runs) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – John Sheehan, St. Paul (2-16, .125, 2 RBI, 1 Run) – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Hollis Lucas, St. Paul (2-11, .182, 2 RBI, 1 Run) – 1
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher Award  – Joe Lynch, Aurora Sealmasters

FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Joe Lynch, Aurora Sealmasters
P – Bob Quinn, Local #57 Engineers
P – Joe Lockhart, Chattanooga Flames
C – Ralph Sangster, Lakewood Lancers
C – Jack Sheehan, Whitaker Buick
1B – Carl Walker, Local #57 Engineers
2B – Bob Barron, Aurora Sealmasters
3B – Doug Mason, Clearwater Bombers
SS – Frank Hurtt, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Ned Wickersham, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Tom Moore, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Abe Baker, Local #57 Engineers
OF – Ray Samples, Chattanooga Flames

SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers
P – Del Howard, Muzio Bakery
P – Art Wical, Federal Old Line
C – Bob Kuykendall, Clearwater Bombers
C – Don Benedict, Aurora Sealmasters
1B – Dennis Commack, Lakewood Lancers
2B – Pete Pemberton, Local #57 Engineers
3B – Don Ropp, Aurora Sealmasters
SS – Ed Mathias, Whitaker Buick
OF – Jim Henley, Chattanooga Flames
OF – Alex Smiros, Local #55 Climate Control
OF – Bob Christensen, Aurora Sealmasters
OF – Hollis Lucas, Whitaker Buick


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (5-0) (West Central)
2. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (5-2) (Host)
3. Local #57 Engineers, Providence, RI (5-2) (New England)
4. Chattanooga Flames, Chattanooga, TN (5-2) (South Atlantic)
5t. Lakewood Lancers, Lakewood, CA (4-2) (South Pacific Coast)
5t. Fox Hill Motors, Hampton, VA (2-2) (Central Atlantic)
7t. Federal Old Line, Seattle, WA (2-2) (Northwestern)
7t. Muzio Bakery, Sacramento, CA (2-2) (North Pacific Coast)
9t. Whitaker Buick, St. Paul, MN (3-2) (Northern)
9t. Local #55 Climate Control, Huntington, NY (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
9t. Ace Appliances, Memphis, TN (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. US Navy All Stars, USA (1-2) (US Navy)
13t. Burch Grinders, Detroit, MI (2-2) (Defending Champ)
13t. Cardenales, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1-2) (Puerto Rico)
13t. Texas Comets, Austin, TX (1-2) (Texas)
13t. Lansing Bombers, Lansing, MI (0-2) (East Central)
17t. St. Louis Merchants, St. Louis, MO (1-2) (Western)
17t. Hull, Quebec (0-2) (East Canada-Montreal)
17t. Deaton Truckers, Birmingham, AL (0-2) (Southern)
17t. Oakland Construction, Salt Lake City, UT (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
17t. Vancouver Blue Boys, Vancouver, BC (0-2) (Canada)
17t. St. Thomas, Ontario (0-2) (East Canada-Toronto)

NOTES:  Cactus Champ – Hays Roofing, Phoenix, AZ did not attend. Alaska Champ – Muldoon Merchants, Anchorage, AK did not attend.

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