1980 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1980 held at Montgomery, AL

Champion – Campbell’s Carpets, Concord, CA
Runner Up – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC

Campbell’s Carpets captured the ASA National Championship on their way to winning the Triple Crown of Softball in 1980. This was the second straight year a team has won the Triple Crown. With all the high averages, home runs, etc. It was a little guy who captured the imagination of the crowd as Pitcher Buddy Slater was named the National Tournament MVP for Campbell’s.

It was reported that Slater had hurled 9 no-hitters this past season in Slow Pitch Softball. The 38 year old Slater beat Howard’s twice in this tournament; once 23-14 in the winner’s bracket finals and then when Howard’s won a slugfest over third place team Jerry’s Caterers 36-32 in the lower’s bracket final to get another crack at Campbell’s, Slater did it again, holding down the Howard’s bats in route to a 20-15 Championship Game victory.

In the 23-14 Campbells win over Howard’s, 9 different Campbell players hit home runs. In the 36-32 Howard’s victory over Jerry’s, Pitcher Mickey Morrison hit 4 HRs and collected 9 RBIs. Ed Roth also hit 4 HRs with 7 RBIs and Stan Harvey had 3 HRs with 7 RBIs to lead Howard’s. Jerry’s Pitcher, Craig Elliott hit 4 HRs with 8 RBIs to lead the Miami based squad.

Stan Harvey of Howard’s won the Batting championship with an amazing 30-38 performance (.789).  Howard’s Tom Beall was 25-35 (.714) with 17 HRs to win the Home Run Award. 10 of Beall’s homers came in the first 2 games. Don
Arndt and Ed Roth of Howard’s had 16 ad 15 HRs respectively.

Campbell’s averaged close to 26 runs per game in its 6 game march to the title. They gave up only 11 runs per game, mostly due to the crafty pitching of Slater, who was 14-24 in the event (.500), and pitched all of Campbell’s games to finish 6-0.

Other stars for Campbell’s were Jerry King (21-30, .700 with 8 HRs), Dick Bartel (20-30, .667 also with
8 HRs), and Steve Williams (13-25, .520 and he hit 5 HRs). Two of Williams’s HRs came in the Championship Game. Greg Fuhrman and Dennis Myers both hit 9 HRs, but were left off the All-America squads.

  • MVP – Buddy Slater, Campbell’s Carpets (6-0, .500)
  • HR Leader – Tom Beall, Howard’s Furniture (.715, 37 RBIs) -17
  • Batting Leader – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (30-38) – .789

1980 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Buddy Slater, Campbell’s Carpets (.500)
  • P – Craig Elliott, Jerry’s Catering
  • C – Ernie Hicks, York Barbell
  • C – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture (16 HRs)
  • 1B – Ed Roth, Howard’s Furniture (15 HRs)
  • 2B – James Boyett, Jerry’s Catering
  • 3B – Jerry King, Campbell’s Carpets (.700, 8 HRs)
  • SS – Steve Williams, Campbell’s Carpets (.520, 5 HRs)
  • OF – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (30-38, .789)
  • OF – Ron Dorsey, York Barbell
  • OF – Tom Beall, Howard’s Furniture (.715, 17 HRs, 37 RBIs)
  • OF – Dick Bartel, Campbell’s Carpets (.667, 8 HRs)
  • UT – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Catering

1980 ASA MEN’S OPEN SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P – Rick Leek, York Barbell
  • P – John Durkett, Teamsters
  • C – John Hale, Friarson’s
  • C – Fred Winston, Jerry’s Catering
  • 1B – John Geckle, Steele’s Sports
  • 2B – John McAndrew, York Barbell
  • 3B – Mike Lynch, Irving’s Sports
  • SS – John Rogers, Dubose
  • OF – Calvin Davidson, Friarson’s
  • OF – Doug Broxson, Dubose
  • OF – Richard Willborn, Campbell’s Carpets
  • OF – Ray Fleetwood, Howard’s Furniture
  • UT – Joel Tood, Jerry’s Catering

OTHERS

  • Greg Fuhrman, Campbell’s Carpets (9 HRs)
  • Dennis Myers, Campbell’s Carpets (9 HRs)
  • Charles Mitchell, GB Wilcher (14-18, .778)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Campbell Carpets, Concord, CA 6-0
2. Howard’s-Western Steer, Denver, NC 6-2
3. Jerry’s Catering, Miami, OH 5-2
4. Steele’s Sports, Lima, OH 6-2
5. Teamsters #293, Cleveland, OH 5-2
6. DuBose Insurance, Pensacola, FL 3-2
7. Frierson Building Supply, Jackson, MS 4-2
8. York Barbell, York, PA 4-2
9. Irving Sports Center, Irving, TX 4-2
10. Wichita TMI, Wichita, KS 4-2
11. Thompson’s-O’Banon Bank, Springfield, OH 2-2
12. Camera Shop, Fort Worth, TX 3-2
13. GB Wilcher, Seymour, IN 2-2
14. Hillcrest-Fashionrite, Cleveland, OH 3-2
15. Gartenhaus Cafe, Plainville, CT 3-2
16. Dan Belew, Turlock, CA 2-2
17. Manning’s, St. Paul, MN 1-2
18. Fluid Engineering, Lubbock, TX 1-2
19. Sorrento’s Pizza, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
20. Le-Al-Co, Lebanon, TN 1-2
21. St. Louis Merchants, St. Louis, MO 2-2
22. Hans Hansen, Toledo, OH 2-2
23. Nelco Manufacturing, Oklahoma City, OK 1-2
24. Trainham Chevrolet, Beaverdam, VA 1-2
25. Cannon & Lee Painting, Salt Lae City, UT 0-2
26. Thibodaux Merchants, Thibodaux, LA 1-2
27. Southside Automotive, Louisville, KY 0-2
28. Bunca & Frey, Kalamazoo, MI 0-2
29. Diaboloes, Alburquerque, NM 0-2
30. Miller Lite Metros, Montgomery, AL 0-2
31. Red Door Diplomats, Mansville, NJ 0-2
32. Mustang Softball Club, Wauseon, OH 0-2
33. Moose #212, Hagerstown, MD 0-2
34. Shimers, Bloomington, MN 0-2
35. Pizza Baron Fords, Portland, OR 0-2
36. Steamex, Grand Rapids, MI 0-2
37. Chisholm Sports, Maiden, MA 0-2
38. Ruth Real Estate, Seattle, WA 0-2

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