1972 ASA Major Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

Tournament held at Jacksonville, Florida at Drew Memorial Softball Complex on September 2-4, 1972


Champion – Jiffy’s Club, Louisville, Kentucky
Runner Up – Triton Petroleum, Wichita, Kansas


Jiffy Club of Louisville, Ky., completed a 6-0 record Monday to win the national slow pitch softball tournament.

Jiffy defeated Triton Petroleum of Wichita, Kan., 24-14, in the finals after winning by 23-15 over the same team in the winners’ bracket finals or the double-elimination event.

It was Jiffy’s first title after many national appearances.

Warren Motors of Jacksonville finished third, suffering both losses to the surprising Triton team which was competing in its first national tourney.

Triton dumped Warren, 16-14, in the third round, then clipped the Jacksonville power by 19-17 in the losers’ bracket finals after Warren got past such teams as Long Island, N.Y., Empire Astros, 21-20, Little Ceasar’s of Detroit, 27-26, and Howard’s Furniture of Denver, N.C., 19-15, along with Mr. D’s of Seattle, Wash., 17-5.

in the Warren-Little Caesar’s game, the Jacksonville team jumped out 15-0 in the first three innings only to see the Detroit giants come back with 19 runs in the next two innings. Warren rallied for eight runs in the top of the seventh on four home runs and held on.

Howard’s finished in fourth place while Mr. D’s and Shaeffer Post of Trenton, N.J., tied for fifth and Little Ceasar’s and Stauffer of Warren, ID., tied for seventh. Shaeffer won six straight in the losers’ bracket before falling to Howard’s, 11-8.

Defending champion Virginia Beach, Va., was only 1-2, losing first to Jo’s-Smith of Milton, 33-31, and then to Rudder Construc-tion of Knoxville, Tenn. Jo’s-Smith tied for ninth while Valley Merchants of Phenix City, Ala., tied for 12th along with Rudder. Jerry’s of Miami, another Southern entry, was down the list at 1-2, losing both of its games to Little Ceasar’s.

H. T. Waller’s national home run record survived an early onslaught. He hit 16 while playing with runner-up Jo’s in 1969. Don Arndt of Howard’s, after hitting 12 in his first four games, ended up with 15 while Bill Gatti of Jiffy, who hit six in one game, and Al White of Warren both hit 14. Wailer played with Virginia Beach this year, hitting seven in the three games while going 12 for 13. Toby Harrison was the top hitter of the tournament (on I.5 or more at bats) with an .827 mark for Jiffy.


  • MVP – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture (21-28, .750, 13 HRs, 23 RBIs, 19 Runs) – won MVP, even though his team finished 4th
  • HR Leaders – Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club (20-28, .714, 28 RBIs, 22 Runs) – 14
  • HR Leaders – Al White, Warren Motor’s (30-36, .833, 33 RBIs, 26 Runs) – 14
  • Batting Leader – Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club (29-32, 13 HRs, 22 RBIs, 24 Runs) – .906

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Don Arndt, Howard Furniture (21-28, .750, 13 HRs, 23 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • P – Bob Auten, Little Caesars (12-21, .571, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • C – Van Jenkins, Warren Motors (22.34, .647, 10 HRs, 20 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • C – Randall Elser, Stauffer’s Realty (14, 23, .609, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 1B – Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club (29-32, .906, 13 HRs, 22 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • 2B – Ron Yates, Howard Furniture (13-23, .565, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • 3B – Doug Majhers, Triton Petroleum (20-27, .747, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • SS – Mike Casey, Jiffy Club (15-29, .517, 0 HRs, 8 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • OF – Jack Davis, Mr. D’s (16-23, .696, 8 HRs, 18 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • OF – Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club (20-28, .714, 15 HRs, 28 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • OF – Reggie Soehlig, Warren Motors (24-37, .649, 11 HRs, 21 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • OF – John Spadaccino, Schaefer Post (23-32, .719, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • UT – Jim Galloway, Empire County Astros (16-23, .696, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • UT – Stan Patykula, Schaefer Post (20-30, .667, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 15 Runs)

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Dennis Parrish, Warren Motors (17-33, .519, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • P – Joe Sims, Jiffy Club (no info)
  • C – Dan King, Jiffy Club (19-30, .633, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • C – Preston Powell, Non Ferrous (12-19, .632, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 1B – Al White, Warren Motors (30-36, .833, 14 HRs, 33 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • 2B – Frank Sorrells, Jo’s-Smith (10-15, .667, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • 3B – Bill Malloy, Empire County Astros (17-23, .739, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • SS – Steve Dixon, Warren Motors (no info)
  • OF – Joe Lowry, Jiffy Club (22-32, .688, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • OF – Steve Shurina, Empire County Astros (17-23, .739, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • OF – Larry Migliaccio, Schaefer Post (18-31, .581, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 16 RBIs)
  • OF – Ron Kasa, Schaefer Post (19-31, .631, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • UT – Mac Richardson, Howard Furniture  (14-22, .636, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • UT – Larry Berger, Triton Petroleum (19-28, .679, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs, 14 Runs)

OTHERS

  • HT Waller, Piledrivers (12-13, .923, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Phil Higgins, Copper Hearth (6-8, .750, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Bill Cole, Little Caesars (18-25, .720, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Bert Smith, Piledrivers (10-14, .714, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Phil Schroer, Jiffy Club (19-27, .704, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • Ron Potter, Jiffy Club (19-28, .679, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Roger Brown, Howard Furniture (17-26, .654, 7 HRs, 17 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Mike Foley, Empire County Astros (17-27, .630, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (17-27, .630, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Artie Kearns, Schaeffer Post (15-24, .625, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Gary LaDue, Little Caesars (15-24, .625, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Tony Mazza, Little Caesars (17-29, .586, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs, 14 Runs
  • Tex Collins, Little Caesars (14-24, .583, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Rick Scherr, Copper Hearth (7-12, .583, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Gene Fisher, Howard Furniture (15-26, .577, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Gary Richter, Empire Astros (12-21, .571, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Mike Nye, Warren Motors (21-37, .568, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (10-18, .556, 2 HRs, 5 HRs, 6 RBIs)
  • Randy Gorrell, Howard Furniture (15-27, .556, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • James Washington, Jerry’s Caterers (6-11, .545, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Darrell Leake, Warren Motors (21-38, .533, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Empire County Astros (13-26, .520, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY (6-0)
2. Triton Petroleum, Wichita, KS (5-2)
3. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL (6-2)
4. Howard Furniture, Denver, NC (4-2)
5t. Mr. D’s, Seattle, WA (3-2)
5t. Schaeffer Post 458, Trenton, NJ (6-2)
7t. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI (4-2)
7t. Stauffer’s Realty, Warren, OH (4-2)
9t. Greenbelt Shell, Fulton, MD (2-2)
9t. Non-Ferrous Metals, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
9t. Empire County Astros, Levittown, NY (3-2)
9t. Jo’s Pizza-Smith Plumbing, Milton, FL (2-2)
13t. Valley Merchants, Phoenix City, AL (2-2)
13t. Virginia Doors, Chesapeake, VA (2-2)
13t. Turner Welding, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
13t. Rudder Construction, Knowxville, TN (2-2)
17t. Cee Bass Realty. Portsmouth, VA (1-2)
17t. Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. Hauck’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
17t. Pizza Hut, Wichita, KS (1-2)
17t. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL (1-2)
17t. Ronnie’s, Greenwich, CT (1-2)
17t. Downtown Ford, Sacramento, CA (1-2)
17t. Indian Lake Piledrivers, Virginia Beach, VA (1-2)
25t. Brookline Young Men’s Club, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)
25t. Priced Rite Trophies, Salt Lake City, UT (0-2)
25t. Stroh’s Beer, Springfield, OH (0-2)
25t. Maplewood Plumbing & Heating, Maplewood, MN (0-2)
25t. Village Inn Pizza, Bozeman, MT (0-2)
25t. M&C Trucking, Worcester, MA (0-2)
25t. T.A.O., Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
25t. Armed Services All Stars, USA (0-2)
33. Lakeshore Sands, Euclid, OH (0-2)

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