1968 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1968 held at Springfield, Missouri.


Champion – Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, Florida
Runner Up – Oxnard Kings, Oxnard, California


Weldon Haney pitched the greatest game of his career as he hurled a 1-0 perfect game to win the Championship for the Clearwater Bombers over the Oxnard Kings of California. He also defeated the Kings 3-0 in the winner’s bracket finals. Haney was a one man show as he had 2 of the Bombers 3 hits in the final and scored the games only run. The Bombers went through this tournament without surrendering a single run.

Bill Parker, Bombers (6-18, .333, 3 RBI, 6 Runs with a 2B, 3B and a HR) led the Bombers offensively.

Eddie King, Bombers (2-0, 17 IP, 18 K, 2 shutouts)

Al DeWall, Whitaker Buick (3-2, 40 K, 41 IP, 3 runs, 1 ER given up, Pitched 30 consecutive innings of scoreless ball)

Wes Ivey, Ashland (3-2, 36 IP and 33 K).

Jack Newman (3-1, 28 IP, 35 K) and Pete Carlson (2-1, 25 IP, 41 K) both pitched brilliantly for the Oxnard Kings. They combined to strikeout 76 batters.


  • MVP – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers (4-0, 4 shutouts, perfect 1-0 game in finals, 39 K, 28 IP, also was 7-17 and batted .412 with a HR and 4 RBI, had 2 hits in the Championship Game)
  • Batting Leader – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers (7-17, 4 RBI, 4 Runs, 1 HR) – .412
  • Home Run Leader – Bobby Ledford, Turner Electric (3-15, .200, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs) – 2
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher Award  – N/A, not awarded or no mention of it (Weldon Haney would be the obvious choice)

1968 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Weldon Haney, Clearwater Bombers
P – Jack Newman, Kings
P – Wes Ivey, Faultless Rubber Company
C – Len Hall, Turner Electric Company
C – Al Varnum, Clearwater Bombers
1B – Dick Jaquez, Kings
2B – Bill Parker, Clearwater Bombers
3B – Bobby Clark, Little Joe’s
SS – Don O’Connor, Whitaker Buick
OF – Dave Dudley, Faultless Rubber Company
OF – John Tasker, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Ron Cooper, Local 57
OF – Fred Stift, Mayfair Center
UTIL – Bill Bearden, Little Joe’s

1968 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Eddie King, Clearwater Bombers
P – Al DeWall, Whitaker Buick
P – Bobby Spell, Stephen’s Truck Line
C – Barney Bridges, Stephen’s Truck Line
C – Jack Purtall, Faultless Rubber Company
1B – Bob Ledford, Turner Electric Company
2B – Bud Newman, Kings
3B – Jim Duncan, Stephen’s Truck Line
SS – Dewey Harris, Faultless Rubber Company
OF – Dennis Traham, Stephen’s Truck Line
OF – Bob Hunter, Kings
OF – Verlan Best, Little Joe’s
OF – Ben Hitch, Turner Electric Company
UTIL – Phillip Johnson, Turner Electric Company


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (6-0) (Host)
2. Oxnard Kings, Oxnard, CA (5-2) (South Pacific Coast)
3. Turner Electric Company, Montgomery, AL (3-2) (South Atlantic)
4. Faultless Rubber Company, Ashland, OH (4-2) (East Central)
5t. Whitaker Buick, St. Paul, MN (3-2) (Northern)
5t. Little Joe’s, Columbus, GA (2-2) (Southern)
7t. Stephens Truck Line, Lake Charles, LA (3-2) (Southwestern)
7t. Mayfair Center, Stockton, CA (2-2) (North Pacific Coast)
9t. Beech Grove Moose #17A, Indianapolis, IN (1-2) (West Central)
9t. Flat Iron AC, Philadelphia, PA (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Red White, Poughkeepsie, NY (1-2) (Mid Atlantic)
9t. Local 57 Engineers, Providence, RI (2-2) (New England)
13t. US Armed Forces, USA (2-2) (Armed Forces)
13t. Fremont Coin, Las Vegas, NV (0-2) (Cactus)
13t. Metzgar Salvage, Topeka, KS (1-2) (Western)
13t. Puueo Poi, Hilo, HI (1-2) (Hawaii)
17t. Aurora Sealmasters, Aurora, IL (1-2) (Defending Champ)
17t. Kraft Heating, Houston, TX (0-2) (Texas)
17t. Jet-X, Englwwood, CO (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
17t. Federal Old Line Insurance, Seattle, WA (0-2) (Northwestern)

NOTES: Alaska Champ – Alaska Builders Cache, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Canada Champ – St. Catherine’s Old Guard Teepees, Ontario did not attend.

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