1973 held at York Memorial Park Complex in York, Pennsylvania.
Champion – Samuel’s Grocery, Richmond, Virginia (68-18)
Runner Up – Levittown Legion, Levittown, New York
Samuel’s trailed 10-3, came back in bottom of of the 7th to beat defending champ Levittown Legion 13-12 , Pete Thacker had a dramatic pinch hit that scored Jim Crismond (4-4) with the winning run to give Samuel’s the 13-12 win. Crismond was 4-4 in the game and an easy choice for the MVP Award.
Levittown Legion was sent to the losers bracket by another Long Island team (W-B). The had to win 7 games in a row to get back to the final and after winning the first final 7-1, it looked good. But Jim Crismond took over. Crismond was 16 for his last 18 at bats to lead the Richmond squad.
A small rural community north of Richmond, Virginia is gaining a great deal of notoriety in the sports world this year. The community known as Doswell, Virginia which does not even have the legal status of a town, has a post office, a service station, a lumber yard, a grocery store, a softball diamond, and some horse stables.
Out of the horse stables known as Meadow Farm, came a triple crown winner, Secretariat, and off the softball diamond came Samuel’s Grocery, the national class A slow pitch champions.
Samuel’s which lost its first two games in last year’s tournament in Cincinnati, won six straight in York, Pennsylvania over Labor Day weekend to reach the finals of the tournament undefeated. Levittown American Legion of Long Island, New York, the defending champions, handed Samuel’s its first loss by a score of 7-1 and held a seemingly safe 10-2 lead after an inning and a half before Samuel’s rallied for a 13-12 win and the first national champion ever for a Metro Richmond team.
The comeback win was the fourth one-run decision for the champions, which also won lopsided games by scores of 20-3 over Delaware, 8-2 over Maryland, and 34-9 over Ohio.
Samuel’s hitting attack was paced by catcher, David Turner (17-28 .607), outfielder Jim Crismond (16-18, .889), first baseman, Scott Southworth (12-21, .571), and second baseman, Steve Cornwell (13-16, .500). Crismond, who received most valuable player honors, also contributed defensively with diving catches and by throwing out six runners on the bases.
The tournament drew 48 teams from all sections of the country.
In addition to Crismond, Samuel’s landed Harvey Henley, Mike Six, and Tigner on the Class A All America team. Levittown placed Chan Baker, Rich Leek, Rich Saute, and Bob Murcer on the honor squad.
Danny Mascia of W-B, Lallansack and Doern of Green Holmes, Wis., Chuck Meeringa of Bell Pick-Up, Michigan and Rick Yarborough of Georgia, round out the All America team.
- MVP – Jim “Doc” Crismond, Samuel’s Grocery (17-30, .567) 16 for hist last 18 at bats, including 4-4 in the “if” game with 4 RBI.
- HR Leader – N/A
- Batting Leader – N/A
ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM
- Harvey Henley, Samuel’s Grocery
- Mike Six, Samuel’s Grocery
- David Turner, Samuel’s Grocery
- Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
- Rick Leek, Levittown Legion
- Bob Murcer, Levittown Legion
- Rich Saute, Levittown Legion
- Danny Mascia, W-B
- John Lallansack, Morris-Moran/Green Briar Homes
- Gary Doern, Morris-Moran/Green Briar Homes
- Chuck Meerings, Bell Pick-Up
- Rick Yarborough, Dr. Thompson’s
1. Samuel’s Grocery, Richmond, VA (7-1)
2. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY (9-2)
3. W-B, Long Island, NY (5-2)
4. Bell Pick-Up, Wyoming, MI (7-2)
5t. Corner Appliance, Bronx, NY (3-2)
5t. Jolly Bar, Detroit (4-2)
7t. Sorrento Pizza, Cincinnati (6-2)
7t. Morris-Moran/Green Briar Homes, Sheboygan, WI (4-2)
9t. Tremac, Xenia, OH (3-2)
9t. Goodrich Service Center, Midland, TX (2-2)
9t. Osbon Tire Company, Augusta, SC (4-2)
9t. New Era Die Co., York, PA (3-2)
13t. Dr. Thompson’s, Georgia (3-2)
13t. Trademen, Kentucky (2-2)
13t. Monroe Music, Rochester, NY (2-2)
13t. Ray Cooper Roofing, Pennsylvania (2-2)
17t. Higgins-Schwinn Cyclery, Greensboro, NC (2-2)
17t. Cooper Brothers, Iberia, LA (2-2)
17t. Talisman Bar, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
17t. DMC, Charlestown, WV (2-2)
17t. V.R. Moore & Son, Aberdeen, MD (1-2)
17t. Mercury Cleaners, Washington (1-2)
17t. Wechtel’s, Toledo, OH (1-2)
17t. Ram Pub, Salem, OR (1-2)
25t. Digidio’s Bar, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
25t. Golden Leaf Bar, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
25t. Copehart Trailers, Lincoln, NE (1-2)
25t. Bullitt County Merchants, Louisville, KY (1-2)
25t. Sportsco, Washington, D.C. (1-2)
25t. Grafton Eagles, Grafton, ND (1-2)
25t. Fred’s Deli, Scotch Plains, NJ (1-2)
25t. Tom’s Valley Skelly, Stillwater, MN (1-2)
33t. Etna Hawks, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
33t. Wellington Arms, New Castle, DE (0-2)
33t. Elks III, Connecticut (0-2)
33t. Virginia Rebels, Fairfax, VA (0-2)
33t. Mack’s Lounge, Newport, RI (0-2)
33t. Albers Texaco, Brattleboro (0-2)
33t. Kenny’s Newsroom, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
33t. IGA Stores, Illinois (0-2)
33t. Southwest Bank, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
33t. Brentwood, Austin, TX (0-2)
33t. Ryder Truck Lease, Nashville, TN (0-2)
33t. Light, Arkansas (0-2)
33t. Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME (0-2)
33t. Hornets, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
33t. Yonkers Teachers, Yonkers, NY (0-2)
33t. Gondolas, Boston, MA (0-2)