1973 ASA Major Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals


1973 held at Cleveland, Ohio


Champion – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC
Runner Up – Empire County Astros, Levittown, NY


County Sports beat Howard’s in the  Winner’s bracket final 44-32 as County Sports hit 24 home runs in the game, 14 HRs in one inning off Don Arndt, but Howard’s came back to eliminate Little Caesars 27-14 and then Howard’s scored 53 runs off Pitcher Jim Galloway in the two final games as they beat County Sports 27-26 and again 29-11 to win the title.

Bert Smith broke HT Waller’s HR record of 16 set in 1969. Smith hit 21 HRs. HT Waller (20), Stan Harvey (19, Don Arndt (18) and Gene Fisher (13) of Howard’s all bettered the record also. 727 total HRs were hit in the 67 tournament games. Smith hit 7 in a row at one point and was named the National MVP for the third time in his career.

For County Sports, Jim Galloway and Mike Foley both hit 16 HRs,  John Davide and Larry Chiapetta hit 14 each, Joe Konicki (11), Bill Malloy (10). Third Place Little Caesars also had some impressive numbers, led by Jim Puckett (18), Mike Axelson (12) and Tex Collins (11).

This National provided some of the offensive greatest slugfests of all time. Long Island’s Jim Galloway has made the All America team for the 8th time in 11 years …. at 7 different positions (1963-1B, 1964-OF, 1966-IF, 1967-3B, 1968-2B, 1969 & 1972-UT, 1973-P).


  • MVP – Bert Smith, Howard’s Furniture (25-34, .735, 21 HRs, 38 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Bert Smith, Howard’s Furniture – 21 – set New National
  • Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 16
  • Batting Leader – Bob Boysen, Duff’s Inn (15-18, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs) – .833

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P- Don Arndt, Howard Furniture (29-43, .674, 18 HRs, 23 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • P- Jim Galloway, Empire County Astros (30-41, .732, 16 HRs, 28 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • C- Joe Konicki, Empire County Astros (27-36, .750, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • C- Tex Collins, Little Caesars (20-37, .541, 11 HRs, 19 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • 1B- Bob Voss, Little Caesars (19-30, .633, 10 HRs, 18 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • 2B- Bob Boysen, Duff’s Inn (15-18, .833, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 3B- Mike Axelson, Little Caesars (30-39, .769, 12 HRs, 34 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • SS- John Davide, Empire County Astros (26-30, .667, 14 HRs, 30 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • OF- Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (23-41, .561, 18 HRs, 33 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • OF- Bert Smith, Howard’s (25-34, .735, 21 HRs, 38 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • OF- Mike Foley, Empire County Astros (29-41, .707, 16 HRs, 35 RBIs, 27 Runs)
  • UT- Stan Harvey, Howard’s (23-34, .657, 19 HRs, 26 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • UT- Ron Potter, Jiffy Club (17-25, .680, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 13 Runs)

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P- Phil Schroer, Jiffy Club (19-26, .731, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • P- Tony Mazza, Little Caesars (23-41, .548, 5 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • C- Gene Fisher, Howard Furniture (21-37, .658, 13 HRs, 20 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • C- Frank Sorrells, Smith Plumbing (16-24, .667, 8 HRs, 13 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • 1B- Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club (16-27, .592, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • 2B- HT Waller, Howard Furniture (27-39, .692, 20 HRs, 25 RBIs, 27 Runs)
  • 3B- Jim Kuhn, Queen City Pattern (12-17, .706, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • SS- Nick Sessoms, Virginia Doors (18-23, .783, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • OF- Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (32-43, .744, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • OF- Larry Chiapetta, Empire County Astros (24-37, 649, 14 HRS, 25 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • OF- Gary Richter, Empire County Astros (22-31, .710, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • OF- Tommy Maiden, Howard Furniture (18-40, .450, 8 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • UT- Mac Chandler, Non Ferrous Metal (18-27, .667, 10 HRs, 19 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • UT- Bill Malloy, Empire County Astros (23-37, .622, 10 HRs, 17 RBIs, 24 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Bill Tolbert, Smith Plumbing (18-23, .783, 12 HRs, 20 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Johnny Dollar, VA Door (16-23, .696, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Steve Loya, Champion Sports (6-9, .667, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Tony Cloniger, Howard’s (21-32, .656, 13 HRs, 22 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club (17-26, .654, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Preston Powell, Non Ferrous (16-25, .640, 10 HRs, 23 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Roger Wilt, Non Ferrous (17-27, .630, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Henry Koper, Major Brands (10-16, .625, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Denny Hogan, Howards (23-38, .605, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Ed Finnegan, North End Sports (6-10, .600, 2 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Bob Malicki, Little Caesars (21-36, .583, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Bill Cole, Little Caesars (20-35, .571, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Bob Shugman, Empire County Astros (18-34, .529, 5 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Empire County Astros (19-37, .514, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Joe Gauci, Little Caesars (1-2, .500, 1 Run)
  • Joe Petrillo, Empire County Astros  (14-31, .452, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Craig Elliott, Valley Merchants (7-16, .438, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard Furniture, Denver, NC 7-1
2. Empire County Astros, Levittown, NY 6-2
3. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 7-2
4. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 4-2
5. Non-Ferrous Metal Fab, Cleveland, OH 5-2
6. Buck Smith Plumbing, Fort Walton Beach, FL 3-2
7. Southern Fastener, Mobile, AL 4-2
8. Virginia Doors, Chesapeake, VA 3-2
9. Decatur Oxygen, Decatur, IL 3-2
10. BYM Club, Pitteburgh, PA 2-2
11. Major Brands, Oklahoma City, OK 2-2
12. Scott County Merchants, Stamping Ground, KY 4-2
13. Duff’s Inn, Minneapolis, MN 2-2
14. Valley Merchants, Phoenix City, AL 2-2
15. Queen City Pattern, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
16. Joe’s Merchants, Redwood City, CA 3-2
17. Hopkins 908, Hopkins, MN 1-2
18. Cee Bass Realty, Portsmouth, VA 1-2
19. North End Sports, Bridgeport, CT 1-2
20. Greenbelt Shell, Fulton, MD 1-2
21. Number One Lounge, Cleveland, OH 1-2
22. Wilsman Truckers, Hamilton, OH 1-2
23. Carlucci Brothers, Port Chester, NY 1-2
24. Rudder COnstruction, Knoxville, TN 1-2
25. Hasco Incorporated, Salem, OR 1-2
26. Austin & Austin, Greely, CO 0-2
27. Champion Sports, Parma, OH 0-2
28. KCOR Radio, San Antonio, TX 0-2
29. Mit-Way, Emporia, KS 0-2
30. Worthington Steel, Columbus, OH 0-2
31. Domestic Walls, Worcester, MA 0-2
32. Armed Forces All Stars, USA 0-2
33. Triton Brothers, Wichita, KS 0-2
34. Buck’s Bar, Billings, MT 0-2

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