ASA Open Slow Pitch National Championships

Year (Location)
Champion ————————————————-  Runner-up  

-Notes or a small write-up
-Final Standings
-MVP, HR Leaders, Batting Leader, etc
-All Star Team and/or All American Team

1953 (at Cincinnati, OH)
Shield’s Contractors, Newport, KY (45-3) ———————– Pittsburgh Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, PA 

Shields beat Merchants 13-12 in winners bracket finals, Myron Reinhardt was 4-5, HR, double, 4 RBIs. Also leading Shields attack were Ted Stegeman (3-5, 3 doubles), John Henry (3-5), Al Rinehard (3-5, HR, 2B and 4 RBIs) and Don Heilman (double, triple, 3 RBIs). The Merchants came back and beat Wolfs Cafe of Cincinnati 6-1 in the losers bracket final to get another crack at the Kentucky squad.  Sheilds then beat Pittsburgh 13-1 in the Championship game. Myron Reinhardt’s HR and 4 RBIs led the way for Shields to capture the very first ASA Slow Pitch National Championship. Shields pitcher Roland Vorhees gave up only 5 hits and one run. Al Rinehard  (2 Doubles) and Bo Stuntebeck each had three hits in the title clincher. Most of the teams entered were from the Ohio River Valley and Northern Kentucky. For the Merchants, Mike Sabbio was 4-8 with a HR and 3 RBIs in the final two games Pittsburgh played, both losses to Shields.

1- Shield's Contractors, Newport, KY		4-0
2- Pittsburgh Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, PA	3-2
3- Wolf's Café, Cincinnati, OH			4-2
4- D&G Café, Newport, KY			3-2
5- Baldwin Piano, Cincinnati, OH		2-2
6- Club 42, Louisville, KY			2-2
7- Shoddy Daisy Merchants, Chattanooga, TN	0-2
8- Prestonia A.C., Louisville, KY		0-2
9- Homestead Café, Hamilton, OH		0-2
10- Schwedes/Charley Geigers, Lakewood, OH	0-2

All Star Selections (No all star team was selected)
– Not awarded (many say Myron Reinhardt would have won easy, leading the tournament in Average and Homers and leading Shields to the title)
HR Leader – Myron Reinhardt, Shields – 4
Batting Leader – Myron Reinhardt, Shields (11-16) – .688

1954 (at Louisville, KY)
Waldeck’s Tavern, Cincinnati, OH ————————- National Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, PA
Waldeck’s Tavern won 6 straight games to capture the title, outscoring their opponents 82-36 along the way. They defeated Peerless Woolens of Georgia 32-7 in the winners bracket final behind the hitting of Jerry Huber, Fred Heimkreiter and John Drees, all of which had five hits. Drees getting a couple homers. Waldecks collected 38 hits in the contest. Waldeck’s then sat back and waited as last years runner-up, Pittsburgh National Fruit eliminated defending champs, Shields Contractors 5-4 and then disposed of Peerless Woolens 15-11 in the losers bracket final to get back to the finals.  Waldeck’s Tavern proved to be too strong as it won final 13-7 hitting 8 HRs. John Drees went 4 for 4 and hit 4 straight homers while Frank Hiemkrieter, Jim Trainor, Bob Trainor, and Frank Kramer each had 1 to back the pitching of Malio Valvano (Valvano surrendered only 31 runs in 6 games for Waldeck). Drees ended the tournament getting 9 straight hits,  including 6 HRs. Pittsburgh pitcher Tony Bova had 2 home runs in a losing cause for the Fruit Merchants. Mike Sabbio and Bruce Gilbert also hit HR for Pittsburgh.  James Caldwell of Shields went 13-18 to lead the tournament in hitting. Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, delayed due to work commitments, only played the last two games for Shields, yet still made the All Tournament team as he went 6-9 with 3 HRs and 2 doubles. Donnie Key of the Louisville Stars started the tournament with 8 straight hits, before going 2-4 with 2 HRs in the third game.  

1- Waldeck’s Tavern, Cincinnati, OH 6-0
2- National Fruit Merchants, Pittsburgh, PA 6-2
3- Peerless Woolens, Rossville, GA 3-2
4- Shield’s Realty, Newport, KY 4-2
5- Keeneland Bar, Covington, KY 2-2
6- Fire Fighters, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
7- Oertels Stars Brewers, Louisville, KY                 3-2
8- Delco, Dayton, OH 2-2
9- Klug Trucking, Hamilton, OH 2-2
10- Sterling Sters, Louisville, KY 2-2
11- Early Times Distillers, Louisville, KY                 1-2
12- Continental Can, Pittsburgh, PA 1-2
13- Boisel Tire, Springfield, OH 0-2
14- Forks of Elkhorn, Frankfort, KY 0-2
15- RBM, Knoxville, TN 0-2
16- Engineers, Chattanooga, TN 0-2
17- Twin City Automatics, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
18- Schwedes/Charley Geigers, Lakewood, OH 0-2

All Star Selections
 – Not awarded (Some sources say the MVP would have been Waldeck’s pitcher, Malio Valvano, pitching Waldeck’s to the title)
HR Leader – John Drees, Waldeck’s
Batting Leader – James Caldwell, Shields (13-18) – .722
Outstanding Pitcher Award – Malio Valvano, Waldeck’s
First Team
P- Malio Valvano, Waldeck’s
P- Tony Bova, National Fruit
C- Fred Heimkreiter, Waldeck’s
1B- Don Heilman, Shield’s
2B- Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, Shield’s (6-9, .667, 3 HRs)
3B- Charles Geyer, Peerless Woolens
SS- Bob Trainor, Waldeck’s
OF- Myron Reinhardt, Shield’s
OF- John Drees, Waldeck’s (9-9 with 6 HRs in last 2 games)
OF- Walt Wherry, Keeneland Bar
OF- Donnie Key, Sters-Louisville Stars (10-15, .667, 2 HRs)
MGR- Mike Waldeck, Waldeck’s

1955 (at Pittsburgh, PA)
Lang’s Pet Shop, Covington, KY —————————– Tresler Comets, Cincinnati, OH 

Lang’s Pet Shop defeated Tresler Comets 6-1 in the winners bracket final and watched as the Comets beat Rhodes-Garden Club of Pennsylvania 11-5. Rhodes had previously eliminated last year’s champ, Waldeck’s Tavern by a 13-6 score. The Tresler Comets then eliminated Rhodes-Garden 5-1 to get another crack at Lang’s. The Comets defeated Lang’s 7-6 behind the big bat of Jack Carmichael and then forced another game. Lang’s prevailed in the final championship game 19-13. Paul Zembrodt was 3-4 with a triple, 2 HRs and 5 RBIs for Lang’s. Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, Jack Nie and Gene Dittoe (2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBIs), also collected 3 hits apiece. Bill Zeigler smacked a 3-run homer to chip in for Lang’s. Ed Reuter (HR, 4 RBIs) and Art Merten (3B, 3 RBIs) led Tresler with 3 hits each. Jack Carmichael added 2 more hits, including a double and 2 RBIs to complete an outstanding tournament performance. Lang’s pitcher Tom Infield won 5 straight including the winner’s bracket final giving up only 9 runs, he hurled 3 consecutive 1-Run games to the King Seat.  The Comets played in the same league as Shields, Waldecks and the Cincinnati Firefighters. 

1- Lang’s Pet Shop, Covington, KY 6-1
2- Tresler Comets, Cincinnati, OH 6-2
3- Rhodes-Garden Club, McKees Rocks, PA 4-2
4- Continental Can, Pittsburgh, PA 5-2
5- Waldeck’s Tavern, Cincinnati, OH 4-2
6- Perry Social, Pittsburgh, PA 2-2
7- Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 3-2
8- Oscar’s Alleys, Islip Terrace, NY 3-2
9- Delco DIAA, Dayton, OH 2-2
10- Jackie’s Bar, Detroit, MI 2-2
11- Maltese Drug, Wantagh, NY 2-2
12- Homestead Café, Hamilton, OH 1-2
13- Engineers, Chattanooga, TN 2-2
14- Blue Grass A.C., Louisville, KY 1-2
15- Fire and Police, Rossville, GA 1-2
16- Victory Club Rainbows, Middleton, CT 1-2
17- Oscar’s Boys, Louisville, KY 1-2
18- Packard Electric, Warren, OH 1-2
19- Steve Master’s Grill, Rochester, NY 0-2
20- Twin City Automatics, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
21- Slovak Club, Glassmere, PA 0-2
22- First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY 0-2
23- Baldwin Piano, Cincinnati, OH 0-2
24- McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 0-2

All Star Selections
– Jack Carmichael, Tresler Comets
HR Leader – Jack Carmichael, Comets
Batting Leader – Gene Dittoe, Lang’s Pet Shop (16-24) –  .667
Outstanding Pitcher Award – Tom Imfield, Lang’s Pet Shop
First Team
P- Tom Imfield, Lang’s  – (6-1 record)
C- Francis Scumaci, Continental Can
1B- Art Merten, Comets
2B- Ralph Bo Stuntebeck, Lang’s
3B- Joe Ober, Comets
SS- Bob Trainor, Waldeck’s
SF- Ed Rueter, Comets
OF- Jack Carmichael, Comets
OF- Walt Wherry, Lang’s
OF- Albert Tankosh, Rhodes-Garden
OF- Gene Dittoe, Lang’s

1956 (at Cleveland, OH)
Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY —————————-  Lang’s Pet Shop, Covington, KY
Gatliff Auto beat West End Merchants from Jefferson County (Louisville Area) Kentucky 5-0 in the winners bracket final behind the shutout pitching of Vern Roberts. Defending champ Lang’s Pet Shop lost it’s first game to Pittsburgh’s Dormont Boosters 5-4 and stormed through the losers bracket winning 6 straight games then eliminating the West End Merchants of Jefferson County-Louisville, KY 9-6 for their seventh straight win and advanced to the finals. Malio Valvano pitched all the games for Langs. They had to defeat Gatliff’s twice to win the title.  Gatliff pitcher Vern Roberts made sure that didn’t happen as Gatliff’s dethroned Lang’s 2-1 in Championship game. Vern Roberts helped his cause getting a hit and scoring a run. Lou Smith had a big Sac Fly for Gatliff’s to score Gene Dittoe and Bill Bieger chipped in with 2 hits. For Langs, Earl Berryman and Bo Stuntbeck both had doubles, with Berryman scoring the only run for Langs.  Vern Roberts had 2 shutouts and surrendered only 17 runs in 5 games.  Gatliff finished the season with only 3 defeats the entire year … all to Lang’s.

1- Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 5-0
2- Lang’s Pet Shop, Covington, KY 7-2
3- West End Merchants, Jefferson County, KY 4-2
4- Dormont Boosters, Pittsburgh, PA 4-2
5- Helf Builders, Cleveland, OH 4-2
6- Westwood Merchants, Dayton, OH 3-2
7- McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 3-2
8- Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 2-2
9- Green Seven, Milwaukee, WI 3-2
10- Jefferson Grill, Rochester, NY 2-2
11- Spot Tavern, Creighton, PA 2-2
12- Blue Grass Café, Louisville, KY 1-2
13- Dave’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN 2-2
14- Rips All Stars, Detroit, MI 2-2
15- Roth Drugs, Canton, OH 1-2
16- West Park Methodist, Columbus, OH 1-2
17- Maltese Drug, Wantagh, NY 1-2
18- Cincy Matthews Stoppers, Staten Island, NY 1-2
19- Dutt’s Drug, Akron, OH 1-2
20- Elk’s Club, Warren, OH 1-2
21- Fire and Police, Rossville, GA 0-2
22- Eureka Bar, Cincinnati, OH 0-2
23- Heilman Old Style Lagers, Sheboygan, WI 0-2
24- Exchange Club, Sandusky, OH 0-2
25- Green Oak Inn, Toledo, OH 0-2
26- General Shoe Corporation, Frankfort, KY 0-2

All Star Selections
– Vern Roberts, Gatliff’s (5-0 pitching, including 2 shutouts; gave up only 1 run in the two final games)
HR Leader – Lenny Roth, Helf Builders – 5
Batting Leader – Earl Berryman, Lang’s Pet Shop (16-26) – .615
First Team
P- Vern Roberts, Gatliff’s (5-0)
C- Bill Bieger, Gatliff’s
1B – no information available
2B- Don Rardin, Gatliff’s
3B- Ray Whitey Brown, Lang’s (12-30, .400, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs)
SS- JD McDonald, McAdenville
SF – no information available
OF- Hal Wiggins, Lang’s (17-30, .567)
OF- Earl Berryman, Lang’s (16-25, .615)
OF- Lenny Roth, Helf Builders
OF- Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff’s
NOTE – All Star team is incomplete as there are (2) players missing; one would imagine the players are either from West End Merchants and/or Dormont Boosters.

1957 (at Toledo, OH)
Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY ——————————  McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC
Gatliffs started out winning five straight games including the winners bracket final. Vern Roberts won the first three games, Tom Imfeld won the fourth, then Roberts came back to win the winners bracket final to make Gatliffs the only undefeated team. McAdenville pounded out 20 hits, including 5 HRs (Bill Campo, Mason Leeper, Harold Helton, Red Jenkins and Carroll Beale) while defeating Lotus Club of Pittsburgh 18-12 in the losers bracket final. Then they came back and defeated ace hurler Vern Roberts and unbeaten Gatliffs 13-10 in the first championship game. Gatliff’s came back with Tom Imfeld pitching again and won the final game 8-4. Myron Reinhardt started off the hitting barrage with a 2-run homer in the first inning. Three straight home runs followed off the bats of Dan Heilman, Ralph Bo Stutebeck and Alex Burhart. Reinhardt later added another home run. Red Jenkins pitched all 7 games for McAdenville. Vern Roberts finished the tournament with a 4-1 pitching record. In a word of note, Frank Matoh of Sheffield Bronze set a tournament record by hitting 4 consecutive Home Runs in one game during Sheffield’s 19-7 win over the Staten Island Stoppers of NYC.

1- Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 6-1
2- McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 6-2
3- Lotus Club, Pittsburgh, PA 4-2
4- 5&10 Tap, Milwaukee, WI 4-2
5- Westwood Merchants, Dayton, OH 4-2
6- Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 4-2
7- Viking Insurance Agency A.C., Wantagh, NY 3-2
8- Spot Tavern, Creighton, PA 3-2
9- Knoxville Police, Knoxville, TN 3-2
10- Cincy Mat Stoppers, Staten Island, NY 3-2
11- Rip’s All Stars, Detroit, MI                 2-2
12- Macomber Inc., Canton, OH 2-2
13- Neighborhood Inn, Toledo, OH 2-2
14- Homer’s Boys, Louisville, KY 2-2
15- Ethiers Café, Worcester, MA 2-2
16- Hill City Club, Rome, GA 2-2
17- Armands, Sandusky, OH 1-2
18- Legion Post #435, Minneapolis, MN 1-2
19- Latonia A.C., Covington, KY 1-2
20- Dutt’s Drug, Akron, OH 1-2
21- Snafu Club, Sheboygan, WI 1-2
22- Country Charm, Toledo, OH 0-2
23- Ben’s Bar, Sidney, OH 0-2
24- T.T. Bearings,  Rochester, NY 0-2
25- Elks Club #295, Warren, OH 0-2
26- 2424 Club, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
27- Marion Grill, Columbus, OH 0-2
28- Rosmarin Reality, Cincinnati, OH 0-2
29- Duraflex, Buena Vista, VA 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP- No MVP Awarded (Many sources say Myron Reinhardt would have won easily leading Gatliffs to the title, batting .680  and winning the HR award)
HR Leader – Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff’s Auto Sales (17-25, .680) – 8
Batting Leader – Phil Perlongo, 5&10 Tap (16-23) – .696
First Team
P- Tom Imfeld, Gatliff’s (2-0)
P- Ray Red Jenkins, McAdenville (5-2)
P- Phil Perlongo, 5&10 Tap
C- Joe Wooten, McAdenville (12-24, .500, 3 HRs)
C- Jim McKenzie, Lotus Club
IF- Don Whitford, Gatliff’s
IF- JD McDonald, McAdenville
IF- John Henry, Gatliff’s
IF- John Beam, McAdenville (2 HR)
IF- Harold Helton, McAdenville – (12-22, .545, HR)
OF- Joe Lacher, Lotus Club
OF- Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff’s
OF- Jack Moser, 5&10 Tap
OF- Bob Fisher, Lotus Club
MGR- Al Brausch, Gatliff’s

1958 (at Cleveland, OH)
East Side Sports, Detroit, MI ——————————  Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH
East Side defeated Sheffield 8-5 in the winners bracket final on the strength of Frank Panski’s 2 triples, a home run and 4 RBIs. accounting for half the teams runs.  East Side had just defeated Helf Builders 17-7 on the strength of home runs by Panski, Joe Gauci and George Banchui. Sheffield advanced to the championship game by defeating Boone’s Bar of Kentucky 10-1 as Ron Annotico hit a pair of 3-Run HRs for Sheffield. In the Championship game, East Side Sporting Goods beat Sheffield 7-4. George Corona of East Side pitched the victory, hit 2 HRs and added 4 RBIs to lead the Detroit squad to the title George Branchui chipped in with a solo HR for good measure. Corona led the East Side bats in both homers and batting average. East Side’s Joe Gauci, who played the season with Sox’s Inn and was a pickup for East Side for the National Tournament helped the defense turn multiple double plays from his short fielder position. East Side went 6-0 in the tournament. The Detroit squad won their first game rather easily over Staten Island Stape Darts 7-1. They then came from behind and defeated Dapper Dan’s of PA 6-5 on a walk off Home Run by pinch-hitter Carl Cantinella. The  next game saw the same situation as Detroit defeated defending champ, Gatliff Auto of KY. Gatliffs had 17 hits in the game, but only 6 runs, due to the defense of the Detroiters who turned six double plays in the game. With the game tied at six, going into the bottom of the 10th inning, two outs and third basemen Phil Gallo came to bat. He got a hold of one of Vern Robert’s pitches and when it landed on the other side of the left field fence, the East Side team had done it again.

1- East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 6-0
2- Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 5-2
3- Boone’s Bar, Covington, KY 5-2
4- Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH 6-2
5- Ghezi Chevrolet, Spencer, MA 4-2
6- Helf Builders, Cleveland, OH 3-2
7- Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 3-2
8- Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA 3-2
9- Lambrecht’s, Milwaukee, WI 3-2
10- Dapper Dan’s, Vandergrift, PA 3-2
11- Viking Insurance A.C., Wantagh, NY 3-2
12- McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 2-2
13- Parker’s Market, Portsmouth, VA 2-2
14- Woody’s Market, Dayton, OH 2-2
15- Manuel & Poulos Construction, Biloxi, MS 2-2
16- Warren A.C., Warren, OH 2-2
17- House of Champions, Syracuse, NY 1-2
18- Contract Plating, Stratford, CT 1-2
19- South Knoxville Merchants, Knoxville, TN 1-2
20- Snafu Club, Sheboygan, WI 1-2
21- Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL 1-2
22- Arlington A.C., Pittsburgh, PA 1-2
23- Jordan Motors, San Antonio, TX 1-2
24- Scarsdale Black Sox, Scarsdale, NY 1-2
25- Cincy Mat Stoppers, Staten Island, NY 0-2
26- B&B Tavern, Grove City, OH 0-2
27- Northern, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
28- Ted’s Place, Toledo, OH 0-2
29- South Albany, Albany, GA 0-2
30- Stape Darts, Staten Island, NY 0-2
31- Homer’s Boys, Louisville, KY 0-2
32- Mt. View, Fredericksburg, VA 0-2

All Star Selections (Open and Industrial All Star team were combined)
MVP- Joe Gauci, East Side Sports (Clutch hits and great defensive plays from short fielder position)
HR Leader – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze – 6
Batting Leader – Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze (13-21) – .619
Industrial MVP-  Milt Kress, Turbine Jets
Industrial Home Run Leader – Dick Luken, Cincinnati Firefighters – 6
Industrial Batting  Leader – Ralph Rengering, Cincinnati Firefighters (17-25) – .680
First Team
P- Chuck Jacobs, Sheffield
C- Dick Luken, Cincinnati Firefighters – (Industrial Player)
1B- Frank Panski, East Side Sports
2B- Roy Lombardo, East Side Sports
3B- Milt Kress, Turbine Jets – (Industrial Player)
SS- Walt Wherry, Boone’s Bar
SF- Joe Gauci, East Side Sports
LF- Chuck Comella, Sheffield
CF- Ron Annotico, Sheffield
RF- Walt Kunz, Turbine Jets – (Industrial Player)

1959 (at Cleveland, OH)
Yorkshire, Restaurant, Newport, KY ————————–  Duffy’s Tavern, Louisville, KY
Yorkshire won their first two games, then lost to Grande-Caruso of PA 11-2. They then won the next seven straight games behind the pitching of Walt Wherry, who only surrendered 27 runs in the final 7 games of the tournament. In the losers bracket semi final, Yorkshire came back to win in dramatic fashion as Don Rardin’s 3 run homer late in the game, beat Sheffield Bronze 3-2. They then got their revenge on the Grande-Caruso squad with a 6-4 win in the losers bracket final  then had to defeat undefeated Duffy’s twice. Duffy’s had beaten New Kensington’s Grande-Caruso 8-6 as Ish Cornett’s home run with brother Al Cornett aboard iced the game in the last inning. Yorkshire Restaurant became the first team in the history of the Slow Pitch Nationals to come through the losers bracket and win the title. The first final was over quick as Yorkshire won 11-1. In the 10-6 final, Yorkshire  jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as Myron Reinhardt delivered a 2-run homer with Rardin aboard. This was followed by consecutive doubles by Walt Wherry and Bill Beiger, along with singles from Coleman Arthur, Tom Kuhlman and Ralph Champman for 3 more runs. Yorkshire picked up Myron Reninardt and Walt Wherry from Gatliff for the Nationals.

1- Yorkshire Restaurant, Newport, KY 9-1
2- Duffy’s Tavern, Louisville, KY 6-2
3- Grande Caruso, New Kensington, PA 5-2
4- Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 4-2
5- McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 6-2
6- Waljo Builders, Armonk, NY 4-2
7- Carney Auditors Bird Nest, Cleveland, OH 3-2
8- Westrums, Minneapolis, MN 3-2
9- Ghize Chevrolet, Spencer, MA 4-2
10- East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 3-2
11- Sox’s Inn, Detroit, MI 3-2
12- 5&10 Tap, Milwaukee, WI 3-2
13- Krivian Club, Springdale, PA 3-2
14- Electric Motor Service, Knoxville, TN                 3-2
15- Bob Reese Motors, Toledo-Lucas County, MI 3-2
16- Sunbeam Sandwich Shop, Springfield, OH 3-2
17- Ed Tate Sporting Goods, Dayton, OH 1-2
18- Wayne Lee’s Restaurant, Pascagoula, MS 1-2
19- Meneitos, Havana, Cuba 1-2
20- Viking A.C., Wantagh, NY 1-2
21- Fourth Avenue Office Sales, Fargo, ND 1-2
22- Colucci Tile, Pittsburgh, PA 1-2
23- Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH 1-2
24- Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL 1-2
25- Bernsen Silk Mills, Buena Vista, VA 1-2
26- Shaw Lounge, St. Louis, MO 1-2
27- Club 185, Columbus, OH 1-2
28- Stewart Truckers, Toledo, OH 1-2
29- Venus Beverage, Biloxi, MS 1-2
30- Kennedy Drugs, Savannah, GA 1-2
31- Cincy Mat Stoppers, Staten Island, NY 0-2
32- PNA #83, South Bend, IN 0-2
33- Contract Plating, Stratford, CT 0-2
34- Portway-Richfield, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
35- Emmanuel Restaurant, Rochester, NY 0-2
36- Douglas Tire Company, Providence, RI 0-2
37- Jednote #831, Tarentum, PA 0-2
38- Club Snafu, Sheboygan, WI 0-2
39- VFW Post #8006, Florence, MA 0-2
40- Capri Lounge, Trenton, NJ 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Walt Wherry, Yorkshire Restaurant (pitched for Yorkshire, went 7-0, won the last four games in a row on the last day)
HR Leader – George Rosewicz, Grande Caruso (9-22, .409, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs) – 4
Batting Leader – Richard Rader, Sunbeam Sandwich (15-18, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs) – .833 – Set National Tournament Batting record
First Team
P- Walt Wherry, Yorkshire-MVP (12-27, .444, HR, 8 RBIs, 5 Runs)
P- Chuck Jacobs, Sheffield Bronze (Pitched 2 shutouts, 3-14, .214, )
C- Jack Bickerstaff, McAdenville Reds (11-25, .440, HR, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
1B- Robert Kranscik, Grande-Caruso (11-26, .524, HR, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
2B-Don Rardin, Yorkshire  (20-34, .588, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs, 12 Runs, 14 assists)
3B-Ray Whitey Brown, Yorkshire (10-30, .333, HR, 6 RBIs, 7 Runs, 13 assists)
SS-Michael Dick Batten, Grande-Caruso (4-16, .250, 1 Run)
SF- Andy ‘YaYa’ Massetta, Sheffield (8-18, .444, HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Runs)
LF- Ishmeal Cornell, Duffy’s (11-26, .423, 4 2Bs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs, 22 put-outs in LF)
CF- Myron Reinhardt, Yorkshire (7-21, .333, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs – played with injury and had to sit out some games)
RF- Austin ‘Al’ Cornett, Duffy’s (10-27, .370, 4 RBIs, 7 Runs)

1959 Leading Hitters (at least 15 ABs)
Player, Team (H-AB, Avg, HR, RBI)
1. Richard Radar, Sunbeam (15-18, .833, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs)
2. Irv Adams, East Side (13-18, .722, 1 HR, 3 RBIs)
3. Nolan Shepard, Reese (12-18, .667, 1 HR, 6 RBIs)
4. Don Rardin, Yorkshire (20-34, .588, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs)
5. Art Falsetti, Grande (10-17, .583)
6. Carroll Beale, McAdenville (13-23, .565, 1 HR, 8 RBIs)
7. Ted Burliend, Waljo 10-18, .556)
8. Clint Boisel, Sunbeam (11-20, .550, 1 HR, 6 RBIs)
9. Jim Passabet, Waljo (8-15, .533)
10.  Ron Elkind, Ghize (10-19, .526, 1 HR, 6 RBIs)
11. Robert Kranacik, Grande (11-21, 524, 1 HR, 8 RBIs)
12. Mason Leeper, McAdenville (15-29, .517, 7 RBIs)
13. Dave Stucky, Sunbeam (10-20, .500, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs)
13. Cotton Perrin, Electric Mtr. (9-18, .500, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
13. John Stariha, Krivan (8-16, .500, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs)
16. Ray White, Grande (10-21, .476)
17. Marvin Raab, Sox Inn (8-17, .471, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
17. Bob Davis, Sunbeam (8-17, .471)
19. Ron Engler, Krivan (7-15, .467)
20. Dave Demko, Sheffield (9-20, .450, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs)
21. Walt Wherry, Yorkshire (12-27, .444, 1 HR, 8 RBIs)
21. Andy Massetta, Sheffield (8-18, .444, 1 HR, 3 RBIs)
23. Jack Bigerstaff, McAdenville (11-25, .440, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
23. Bill Campo, McAdenville (11-25, .440, 1 HR, 7 RBIs)
23. Jim Wheeler, Duffy’s (11-25, .440)
26. Joe Gauci, East Side (7-16, .438)
26. Del Lang, Sox Inn (7-16, .438, 1 HR, 3 RBIs)
28. Bill Beiger, Yorkshire (12-28, .429, 2 HRS, 5 RBIs)
28. George Greenwell, Duffy’s (9-21, .429, 1 HR, 6 RBIs)
30. Ish Cornett, Duffy’s (11-26, .423, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs)
31. Roy Lombardo, East Side (8-19, .421)
31. Ralph Lucas, Sunbeam (8-19, .421)
33. George Rosewicz, Grande (9-22, .409, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs)
34. Will Sasseville, Ghize (9-23, .391, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs)

1960 (at Toledo, OH)
Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH —————————  Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH
After being dropped to the loser’s bracket by losing to Sheffield 12-9, Hamilton Tailors had to win five straight games and did so with the pitching
of Sam Minniti, defense of Third Baseman, Don Sawyer (who made diving grabs to rob Sheffield of at least 4 hits). Sheffield defeated Buckhorn Cafe of Toledo in the winners bracket final 16-7. Hamilton Tailors came back to eliminate Buckhorn 16-5 in the semi-final to set the stage for the championship against Sheffield Bronze. With Sam Minniti on the mound, The Tailors defeated Sheffield twice; 12-4 and then 17-2 to claim the title. Bernie Roeckers was 4-5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs in the final game. Sam Minniti surrendered 14 runs in the five straight wins to the title after the loss to Sheffield. Including the 12 runs he gave up to Sheffield in the loss, Minniti gave up just 41 runs in the 10 games. He was 9-1 in the tournament.

1-Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH 9-1
2-Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 5-2
3-Buckhorn Cafe, Toledo, OH 4-2
4-Nassau Merchants, Maspeth, NY 5-2
5-Hogan A.C, Pittsburgh, PA 4-2
6-Textile Workers TWUA, Leaksville, NC 4-2
7-Yorkshire Restaurant, Newport, KY 4-2
8-Gatliff Motors, Newport, KY 4-2
9-Maizie’s Gasiorowski’s, Toledo, OH 2-2
10-Sox Inn, Detroit, MI 2-2
11-Duffy’s Tavern, Louisville, KY 2-2
12-Buddies Sporting Goods, Tallahassee, FL 2-2
13-Sill’s Sport Shop, Miami, FL 2-2
14-St. Louis Park Drug, St. Louis Park, MN 2-2
15-Cantwell Home Improvement, TN 2-2
16-Star Drive-In, New Orleans, LA 1-2
17-Black Bear Beverages, Milwaukee, WI 1-2
18-Schroeder’s Bunny Acres, Hutchinson, KS 1-2
19-Tobin’s, Rochester, NY 1-2
20-Krivian Club, Springdale, PA 1-2
21-Olden A.A., Trenton, NJ 1-2
22-Sunbeam Bread, Springfield, OH 1-2
23-Northern Scrap Iron, Minneapolis, MN 1-2
24-Pagliacci, St. Louis, MO 0-2
25-New-Mo Tavern, Oakland, CA 0-2
26-Schubert Garage, Indianapolis, IN 0-2
27-Richmond Rebels, Richmond, VA 0-2
28-Smithfield Fire Co., Greenville, RI 0-2
29-Edgemere Lodge, Edgemere, MA 0-2
30-Bud and Al’s Service, Waukesha, WI 0-2
31-Wesley UM Curch, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP- Sam Minniti, Hamilton Tailors (9-1, pitched 5-hitter in championship, gave up only 43 runs in 10 games)
HR Leader – Denny Braun, Sheffield Bronze – 6
Batting Leader – Paul Nutley, Hamilton Tailoring (18-27) – .667
First Team
P- Sam Minniti, Hamilton Tailors
C- Ed French, Hamilton Tailors
1B- Jim Desmond, Buckhorn Cafe
2B-Bernie Roeckers, Hamilton Tailors
3B-Don Rardin, Yorkshire Restaurant
SS-Paul Tomasovich, Skip Hogans
OF- Paul Nutley, Hamilton Tailoring
OF- Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze
OF- Denny Braun, Sheffield Bronze
OF- Charlie Conley, Yorkshire Restaurant

1961 (at Louisville, KY)
Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH —————————–  Plateau A.C., New York City, NY
Hamilton Tailors eliminated Gatliffs 11-1 behind Sam Minitti’s Pitching. Then the Tailors had to win both games in the finals to repeat as ASA Open National Champions. Sam Minnitti pitched a 5-2 victory in the first game and also hit a 3-run homerun to win the game in the 7th inning. Then he came back and pitched  3-hit shutout against the powerful New York City team to clinch the championship 2-0. Minnitti gave up only 7 total hits in both games. He also went 7-1 overall as a pitcher and in 8 games, only gave up 22 runs, including a shutout and three 1-run games. Somehow he was not named the MVP? Jim Harper of 4th place Ready-Mix from Knoxville was named MVP. Minnitti was named most valuable Pitcher. Counting the 1960 Nationals where he was 9-1, Minniti had a 16-2 pitching record in the back to back titles. Becoming only the second team to perform this feat. Gatliffs of Kentucky won two straight in 1956 and 57. Plateau AC won its first 5 games, defeating The Tailors along the way 9-8 to send them to the losers bracket. Plateau’s stars were Bob Beier and George O’Neill, who both started off the tournament with 8 straight hits and Morty Weinberg, who excelled in Short Field and hit 2 HRs also.

1-Hamilton Tailoring, Cincinnati, OH 7-1
2-Plateau Athletic Club, Maspeth, NYC, NY 5-2
3-Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 5-2
4-Krivian Club, Springdale, PA 4-2
5-Ready-Mix Concrete, Knoxville, TN 5-2
6-Wilsman’s Trucking, Hamilton, OH 5-2
7-Duffy’s Tavern, Louisville, KY 4-2
8-Daly Drive-In, Detroit, MI 3-2
9-French Town Bar, Monroe, MI 4-2
10-Kelly’s Jet System Hamburger, Richmond, VA 4-2
11-Knights of St. John, Louisville, KY 3-2
12-Johnson Construction Company, Macon, GA 2-2
13-Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 3-2
14-Al’s Green Tavern, Rochester, NY 2-2
15-Mike’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN 2-2
16-Freightways, Toledo, OH 2-2
17-Seawall Restaurant, Bridgeport, CT 3-2
18-Mobile All-Stars, Mobile, AL 2-2
19-Otto Candies, New Orleans, LA 2-2
20-McAdenville Reds, McAdenville, NC 1-2
21-Mt. Carmel, Worcester, MA 1-2
22-5 and 10 Tap, Milwaukee, WI 1-2
23-Carter Sporting Goods, Tallahassee, FL 1-2
24-Field Shop, Miami, FL 1-2
25-Olden A.A., Trenton, NJ 2-2
26-Burch’s Blue Note, Hopkins, MN 1-2
27-Antonelli’s Restaurant, Warwick, RI 0-2
28-V&M Foods, Pass Christian, MS 0-2
29-Gold Bond Stamps, Atlanta, GA 0-2
30-U.S. National Bank, Omaha, NE 0-2
31-South Bend Merchants, South Bend, IN 0-2
32-Tip Toe Inn, Cincinnati, OH 0-2
33-Peterson’s, Big Bend, WI   0-2
34-Stan’s Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA 0-2
35-Reno County, South Hutchinson, KS 0-2
36-Charlies Mustangs, St. Louis, MO 0-2
37-Dougies Restaurant, San Antonio, TX 0-2
38-Indiana Avenue Church, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP- Jim Harper, Ready Mix Concrete – won award, even though his team finished 5th
HR – Jim Harper, Ready Mix Concrete
Batting Leader – Hal Wiggins, Gatliff Auto (13-20) – .650
First Team
P- Sam Minniti, Hamilton Tailors – (Most Valuable Pitcher Award)
C- Jim Harper, Ready Mix Concrete-MVP
1B- Harry Phillips, Wilsman Trucking
2B- Bob Beier, Plateau AC
3B-Virgil Hoffman, Duffy’s Tavern
SS-Ron Cutter, Hamilton Tailors
SF- Mort Weinberg, Plateau AC
OF- Leo Wilham, Gatliff Auto Sales
OF- Ron Annotico, Sheffield Bronze
OF- Hal Wiggins, Gatliff Auto Sales

1962 (at Cleveland, OH)
Skip & Hogan A.C., Pittsburgh, PA ——————————  East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI
Plateau AC eliminated Sheffield Bronze 6-5 on a walk-off single by George O’Neil. Then East Side Sporting Goods, behind the hot bat of Bill Cole (triple and single) eliminated Plateau AC 5-1 to reach the final. Paul Tomasovich electrified the crowd in his first at bat when he hit a home run over the 30 foot high fence in right center. Detroit came back with Bill Cole’s double being the big blow to take a 4-1 lead. The Pittsburgh crew came back in the 5th inning as Ron Kaintz and Mike Kovach both had back-to-back run scoring singles. They both scored on Jimmy Watts’ triple tying the score at 4 each. Skips winning run came in the 6th as Mike Orlando’s double plated Billy Caye who had singled. Bimbo McKenzie chipped in with 2 hits, including a RBI Double. The magical pitching of Lou Del Mastro kept the Detroit bats quiet in the top of the 7th to preserve a 5-4 championship for Skip & Hogan. John Stone of Milwaukee set a new Home Run record with 11. Paul Tomasovich led Skip & Hogan for the weekend (12-18, .667, with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HRs and 6 RBIs). Del Mastro (9-15, .600, 4 doubles, 4 triples, while scoring 10 runs) and Kovach (9-17, . 529).

1-Hogan AC, Pittsburgh, PA 6-0
2-East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 5-2
3-Plateau Athletic Club, Maspeth, NYC, NY 6-2
4-Sheffield Bronze, Cleveland, OH 4-2
5-Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH 3-2
6-Stotz Garage, Valhalla, NY 4-2
7-TWUA Textile Workers, Leakesville, NC 5-2
8-St. Clair Merchants, Cleveland, OH 4-2
9-Enterprise Bar, Milwaukee, WI 5-2
10-Grande-Leah, New Kensington, PA 5-2
11-Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA 3-2
12-Bud’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH 4-2
13-University City Blackhawks, St. Louis, MO 3-2
14-Holcomb’s Ten, San Antonio, TX 2-2
15-Hartman Plumbing, Toledo, OH 2-2
16-Mike’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN 3-2
17-Savannah Motors, Savannah, GA 2-2
18-Merchants, Woodland, CA 2-2
19-Ready Mix Concrete, Knoxville, TN 1-2
20-N&S Auto, Rochester, NY 1-2
21-Knights St. John, Louisville, KY 1-2
22-Hamilton Tailors, Cincinnati, OH 1-2
23-Club 149, Trenton, NJ 1-2
23-Sills Sporting Goods, Hialeah-Miami, FL 2-2
25-Broward Sports Shops, Ft Lauderdale, FL 2-2
26-Club Grill, Westport, CT 1-2
27-Johnny’s Car Wash, Covington, KY 1-2
28-South Bend Merchants, South Bend, IN 1-2
29-V&M Foods, Pass Christian, MS 1-2
30-Bernson Silk Mills, Buena Vista, VA 1-2
31-Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL 0-2
32-Reno County, South Hutchinson, KS 1-2
33-Bursch’s, Hopkins, MN 0-2
34-Lafayette Building Assoc., Lafayette, LA 0-2
35-Red Bull Transfer, Omaha, NE 0-2
36-Avenue Church, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2
37-Joliet DX, Joliet, IL 0-2
38-Pabst Blue Ribbon, Atlanta, GA 0-2
39-Blair’s Tavern, Wilmington, DE 0-2
40-Russo’s, Providence, RI 0-2
41-Bridge City, LA 0-2
42-Miller High Life, Sheboygan, WI 0-2
43-Concrete Service, Great Falls, MT 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP- Bill Cole, East Side Sports (22-29, .758)
HR Leader – John Stone, Enterprise Bar – 11 (set National Tournament Home Run record)
Batting Leader – Bill Cole, East Side Sports (22-29) – .758
First Team
P- Lou Delmastro, Skip Hogan AC (5-0 pitching, 9-15, .600, 4 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 8 RBIs, 10 Runs)
C- Bill Cole, East Side Sports- MVP
1B- John Stone, Enterprise Bar (11 HRs, 19 RBIs)
2B- Bob Beier, Plateau AC
3B- Wally Galba, East Side Sports
SS- Mike Kovach, Skip Hogan AC (9-17, .529)
SF- Mort Weinburg, Plateau AC
OF- Gene Gedeon, Sheffield Bronze (17-23, .739)
OF- Jim Pucket, East Side Sports (14-24, .587, 10 HRs)
OF- Mike Orlando, Skip Hogan AC (11-15, .733)
OF- Paul Tomsovich, Skip Hogan AC (12-18, .667, 2 HRs)
Honorable Mention:
Vin Brannigan and Neil O’Neill, both of Plateau AC.

1963 (at Jones Beach, NY)
Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY ———————————  Skip Hogan A.C., Pittsburgh, PA
After Gatliffs had dismantled Skip Hogan’s 15-2 in the winner’s bracket final, the Pittsburgh squad came back to defeat the defending national champs, East Side Sporting Goods of Detroit 5-2 in the loser’s bracket final. This gave them another crack at Galiff’s. Skip Hogan won the first final 16-6 as they hit 6 home runs in the game. Jimmy Watts had 2 HRs and 2 doubles, Bill Downey also had 2 homers, including 4 RBIs. Pitcher Lou DelMastro had a double, triple and a 3-run homer, good for 5 RBIs.  Ron Diulus had the other homer.  After a 10 minute break, Gatliff’s came out. Bob Harrison of Gatliff hit home runs in his first two at bats, giving them a 3-0 lead. The Hogans came back with hits from Mike Kovach and Paul Tomasovach. Joe Bull Yimin scored them both with a double.  After Ron Diulus hit a single, moving Yimin to third, while Dilius went to second on the throw, Louie DelMastro scored them both with a hit to make the score 4-3 in favor of Hogan’s (DelMastro collected 7 RBIs in the two championship games). In the 5th inning, Skip Hogan’s made 3 errors and Bob Harrison scored the last two runners of the inning to give Gatliff a 9-4 lead. Tomasovich hit a 2-run HR in the 6th, but it wasn’t enough as Gatliff won the title 9-6. For Pittsburgh, Jimmy Watts had 5 HRs on the Tournament.  The legendary Myron Reinhardt was awarded the MVP award for his clutch hitting and overall excellence and leadership.

1- Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 7-1
2- Skip & Hogan A.C., Pittsburgh, PA 7-2
3- East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 6-2
4- Musicaro Foods, Massapequa Park, NY 5-2
5- Bill Elliott’s, Pittsburgh, PA 5-2
6- Lud & Angies, Milwaukee, WI 5-2
7- Karp Motors, Savannah, GA 5-2
8- Hamilton Tailors, Cincinnati, OH 5-2
9- TWUA Textile Workers, Leaksville, NC 4-2
10- Quinn Packing, Providence, RI 3-2
11- Lach’s Bar, Cleveland, OH 2-2
12- Sills Sporting Goods, Hialeah-Miami, FL 2-2
13- Strand Tavern, Waukesha, WI 4-2
14- Homer’s Boys, Louisville, KY 2-2
15- Westrums, Minneapolis, MN 2-2
16- VFW-World War Vets, Parkersburg, WV 2-2
17- Polish Hall, Madison, IL 3-2
18- Cote Saint Luc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 2-2
19- Fitzgerald Funeral Home, St- Louis, MO 2-2
20- Earl’s Furniture, Knoxville, TN 2-2
21- Dick’s Market, Richmond, CA 2-2
22- Silver Springs Sports, Washington, DC 1-2
23- DeLoe’s Recreation, Hutchinson, KS 1-2
24- Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH 1-2
25- Bernson Silk Mills, Buena Vista, VA   2-2
26- Local #20, Toledo, OH 2-2
27- St. Anthony’s, Wilmington, DE 1-2
28- Club 149, Trenton, NJ 1-2
29- Grande-Leah, New Kensington, PA 1-2
30- Indiana Avenue Church, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2
31- Pabst Blue Ribbon, Atlanta, GA 0-2
32- St. Charles Ramblers, New Orleans, LA 0-2
33- Stotz Garage, Valhalla, NY 1-2
34- Mt. Carmel Rec, Worcester, MA 1-2
35- Trio’s Restaurant, Bridgeport, CT 1-2
36- Professor Erny’s Music, Lafayette, LA 0-2
37- Portway, Richfield-Bloomington, MN 0-2
38- Thompson State Builders, Cocoa, FL 0-2
39- Burgies, Davis-Sacramento, CA 0-2
40- Troubadours Social Club, Boston, MA 0-2
41- South Bend Merchants, South Bend, IN 0-2
42- Monroe Greenhouse, Monroe, MI 0-2
43- Babylon Republican Club, Babylon, NY 0-2
44- Willie’s Tavern, Mobile, AL 0-2
45- Fox Lake Merchants, Chicago, IL 0-2
46- Al Green’s Tavern, Rochester, NY 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff Auto Sales (16-30, .533, 4 HRs)
HR Leaders – Lou Russo, Musicaro Foods (13-21, .619) – 6
HR Leaders – Jim Galloway, Musicaro Foods (15-24, .625) – 6
Batting Leader – James Mortl, Lud & Angies, Milwaukee (18-25) –  .720
Outstanding Defensive Player – Ken Bryson, Sills Sports Shop, Miami
First Team
P- Lou Delmastro, Skip Hogan AC
C- Lou Russo, Musicaro’s (13-21, .619, 6 HRs)
C- Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff Auto (16-30, .533, 4 HRs)
1B- Jim Galloway, Musicaro’s (15-24, .625, 6 HRs)
2B- Don Whitford, Gatliff Auto
3B- Bill Shuman, Karp Motors
SS- George Caloia, East Side Sports
OF- Jimmy Watts, Skip Hogan AC (5 HRs)
OF- Paul Tomasovich, Skip Hogan AC
OF- Emelio Zeke Sinicola, Musicaro’s
OF- Walt Roeckers, Bud’s Cafe
OF- Hal Wiggins, Gatliff Auto (14-27, .519, 2 HRs)

1963 Leading Hitters (at least 10 ABs)
Player, Team; (H-AB, Avg, HR)
1. Jim Mortl, Lud & Angies (18-25, .720)
2. Jim Puckett, East Side Sports (17-26, .654, 1HR)
3. Bill Downey, Skip Hogan (15-23, .652, 4 HRs)
4. F. Battista, Bill Elliots (16-25, .640, 1 HR)
5. Paul Nutley, Bud’s Cafe (14-22, .636)
6. Jim Galloway, Musicaro (15-24, .625, 6 HRs)
7. Lou Russo, Musicaro (13-21, .619, 6 HRs)
8. Ron Diulis, Skip Hogan AC (8-13, .615, 1 HR)
9. Bill Armfield, TWUA (6-10, .600)
10. Gene Cupertino, Lud & Angies (7-12, .583, 2 HRs)
11. Frank Frietag, Strand Tavern (11-19, .579)
12. Joe Gauci, East Side Sports (16-28, .571)
13. Stan Smiley, Cote Saint Luc (6-11, .545)
14. Myron Reinhardt, Gatliff Auto (16-30, .533, 4 HRs)
15. Hal Wiggins, Gatliff Auto (14-27, .519, 2 HRs)

1964 (at Springfield, OH)
Skip Hogan A.C., Pittsburgh, PA ———————————  Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY
n a National Championship that featured a couple of great comebacks in the history of this event, Musicaro jumped out to an 11-5 lead on homers from Jim Galloway, Oscar Steadman and Lou Russo (3 hits in that game), Zeke Sinicola also had 3 hits for Musicaro’s – everybody at the tournament thought it was going to be a Musicaro-Gatliff championship matchup …. But, Gatliff come back in their usual  way and scored 7 runs in the 5th inning to eventually win 13-11.  In the final, Skips came came twice in the last two innings. Trailing 12-7 in the bottom of the 6th, the Skips scored 6 runs, highlighted by Paul Tomasovich’s (Tomasovich had 2 HRs in the game) homer to give his team a 13-12 lead. Gatliffs came back with 4 runs in the top of the 7th behind Bob Harrison’s HR (That was Harrison’s 3rd of the game) to take a 16-13 lead. Skips pushed across 2 runs with a series of hits and with 2 outs, up comes George Siford of Skips to pinch hit with with 2 runners on base. Siford hits a dramatic walk off 3- run homer to give Skips the championship 18-16 over Gatliff.  Lost in all the commotion was the incredible feat pulled off by TWUA’s Don Arndt, as he had a weekend for the ages. It was stated that he started the tournament with 22 consecutive hits. He finished up 24-26 for a .923 average and also was the Home Run leader with 10. He was also walked intentionally 9 times.

1- Skip AC, Pittsburgh, PA 6-0
2- Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 6-2
3- Musicaro Foods, Massapequa, NY 6-2
4- East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 6-2
5- TWUA Textile Workers, Leaksville, NC 5-2
6- Tom Sweeney’s Pontiac, Cincinnati, OH 4-2
7- Hudepohl Beer, Springfield, OH 4-2
8- Duff’s, Minneapolis, MN 4-2
9- Cities Service, Milwaukee, WI 4-2
10- Ready Mix Concrete, Knoxville, TN 4-2
11- Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 3-2
12- John M. Forster Company, Rochester, NY 3-2
13- Fox Lake, Chicago Metro, IL 3-2
14- Ragusa Market, Gretna-New Orleans, LA 3-2
15- Stubbs Howe Company, Savannah, GA 3-2
16- Olden AA, Trenton, NJ 2-2
17- Krivan Club, Springdale, PA 2-2
18- Christy’s Eggs, Cleveland, OH 2-2
19- Tom Benson Chevy, San Antonio, TX 2-2
20- Pizza Hut, Hutchinson, KS 2-2
21- Quinn Packing, Providence, RI 2-2
22- Caruso Florist, Washington DC 2-2
23- Rockledge Electric, Cocoa, FL 2-2
24- Farmers Merchants Bank, Breaux Bridge, LA 2-2
25- Mira’s Cafe, Bellvue, OH 2-2
26- Quality Aluminum, Coldwater, MI 2-2
27- Rueters, St. Louis Park, MN 2-2
28- Strand Tavern, Waukesha, WI 2-2
29- Park Lumber, Bremerton, WA 2-2
30- May Avenue Methodist, Oklahoma City, OK 1-2
31- Spengler Dawes, Granite City, IL 1-2
32- Venice Cafe, Boston, MA 1-2
33- Tucci & Sons, Tacoma, WA 1-2
34- Cavalier AC, Petersburg, VA 1-2
35- Assembly of God, Mesa, AZ 1-2
36- Schubert’s, Indianapolis, IN 0-2
37- Red Bull Transfer, Omaha, NE 0-2
38- St. Anthony’s, Wilmington, DE 0-2
39- McConaghy Drugs, Mobile, AL 0-2
40- Stotz Garage, Valhalla, NY 0-2
41- Strats, Atlanta, GA 0-2
42- Dorothy’s Lounge, St. Louis, MO 0-2
43- Top Hatters, Bickmore-Clay, WV 0-2
44- Surfside, Restaurant, Fairfield, CT                 0-2
45- North St. Paul VFW, St. Paul, MN 0-2
46- Millbury Old Time Inn, Millbury, MA                 0-2
47- Bill’s Tavern, Evansville, IN 0-2
48- Plaza Gardens, Toledo, OH 0-2
49- Canister Stores, Whitley City, KY 0-2
50- Cafe Ideal, Miami, FL 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Paul Tomasovich, Skip AC (17-24, .708, 7 HRs, 2 Doubles, 4 Triples)
HR Leader – Don Arndt, TWUA – 10
Batting Leader – Don Arndt, TWUA (24-26, 2 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 9 Intentional Walks) – .923 – Set new National Tournament Batting record
First Team
P- Lou DelMastro, Skip AC
C-Hudson Knock, Gatliff’s
1B- Barry Norman, Gatliff’s
2B- Ray Whitey Brown, Gatliff’s
3B- Paul Tomasovich, Skip AC
SS- Mike Kovach, Skip AC
OF- Oscar Steadman, Musicaro’s
OF- Clint Boisel, Hudepohl Beer
OF- Bob Harrison, Gatliff’s
OF- Jim Galloway, Musicaro’s

1965 (at Maumee, OH)
Skip A.C., Pittsburgh, PA ————————————  Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY
Skip AC won this championship in dominating fashion, with tremendous defense and the pitching of Lou DelMastro. Skips defeated a great Swing Inn team from Cleveland in the winner’s bracket final 6-2 and then Swing Inn lost the loser’s bracket final to Gatliff’s 13-5 to finish 3rd. In the championship, that wasn’t even close, Skips exploded for 9 home runs in the 23-7 Championship Game victory. They scored 9 runs in the second inning. Bill Downey started it off with a 3-run Homer. Jimmy Watts had a 2-run homer and Bill Hopkins and George Siford also hit homers in the inning.  Bill Hopkins, George Siford and Bill Downey all hit 2 home runs in the game, while Jimmy Wallace, Joe ‘Bull’ Yimen and Paul Tomasovich also hit home runs. Skip AC had 25 hits during the game and their cause was helped by the fact Gatliff committed 5 errors.   Ageless Myron Reinhardt hit .770 (17-22) to lead the Gatliff team. MVP Pitcher Lou Delmastro upped his ASA National Championship record to 25-2 with this 7-0 performance.  Skips were 26-6 in their Pittsburgh Metro League and 18-1 in tournament play for a 54-7 total record.

1- Skip AC, Pittsburgh, PA 7-0
2- Gatliff Auto Sales, Newport, KY 6-2
3- Swing Inn, Cleveland, OH 6-2
4- Tirabassi Excavators, Kenosha, WI 4-2
5- Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI 5-2
5- Vigilant AA, York, PA 5-2
7- Chadwick Construction, Meriden, CT 4-2
7- Millbury Old Time Inn, Millbury, MA                 4-2
9- Seaport Inn, Toledo, OH 3-2
9- Gonzalez Mexican Foods, Richmond, CA 4-2
9- TWUA Textile Workers, Leaksville, NC 4-2
9- Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 5-2
13- Dick’s Market, Richmond-Oakland, CA 3-2
13- A.D. McCombs, San Antonio, TX 2-2
13- Stotz Garage, Valhalla, NY 3-2
13- East Side Sporting Goods, Detroit, MI 2-2
17- Al’s Sports Center, Danville, KY 3-2
17- Penn TV, Cranston, RI 3-2
17- Ready-Mix Concrete, Knoxville, TN 4-2
17- Fountain’s Marine, Savannah, GA 3-2
17- Duff’s Westrums, Minneapolis, MN 2-2
17- Beavercreek Merchants, Beavercreek, OH 2-2
17- Donaldsville Independents, New Orleans, LA 2-2
25- Falstaffers, Rock Hill, SC 1-2
25- Brookline BYMC Club, Pittsburgh, PA 2-2
25- Hays Trucking, Phoenix, AZ 2-2
25- Foster Lumber Company, Dodge City, KS 1-2
25- Monroe Bombers, Monroe, MI 2-2
25- Musicaro Foods, Massapequa, NY 2-2
25- Hayes International, Birmingham, AL 1-2
25- Professor Erny’s Music, Omaha, NE 1-2
25- East Toledo Independents, Toledo, OH 1-2
33- Family Tavern, Washington DC 2-2
33- Kelly’s Jet System, Richmond, VA 1-2
33- Pisut’s Funeral Home, Joliet-Chicago, IL 0-2
33- Del Campo Baking, Wilmington, DE 1-2
33- Polish Hall, Granite City, IL 0-2
33- John M. Forster Company, Rochester, NY 0-2
33- Lusardi’s Schaefer, Somerville, NJ 1-2
33- The Players Tavern, Tacoma, WA 0-2
33- Hillcrest Bowl, St. Paul, MN 0-2
33- M.B. Hagen Company, Hopkins, MN 0-2
33- Southern Bell Dairy, Danville, KY 0-2
33- Sperry Electric, Long Beach, MS 0-2
33- Lake Drive Liquors, Cocoa, FL 1-2
33- Beachcombers Drive-In, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2
33- Jo-Dog Manufacturing, Bedford, IN 0-2
33- Tasmanian Devils, St. Louis, MO 0-2
49- Cote St. Luc Leafs, Quebec, Canada 0-2
49- Trinity Lutheran, Atlanta, GA 1-2
49- McConaghy Drugs, Mobile, AL 0-2
49- Texas Club, Miles City, MT 0-2
49- Omaha Ace Roofing, Omaha, NE 0-2
49- Opalock Merchants, Miami, FL 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Lou DelMastro, Skip AC (7-0, 29 runs allowed in 7 games)
HR Leaders – Jack Goodrich, Swing Inn – 5
HR Leaders – Don Hansen, Chadwick Construction – 5
HR Leaders – Bob Auten, Monroe Bombers – 5
HR Leaders – George Siford, Skip AC – 5
HR Leaders – Paul Tomasovich, Skip AC – 5
Batting Leader – Bob Auten, Monroe Bombers (13-15) – .867
First Team
P- Lou Delmastro, Skip AC
C- Ted Budny, Cactus Club
1B- Bob Auten, Monroe Bombers
IF- Hudson Knock, Gatliff’s
IF- Ron Kaintz, Skip AC
IF- Jack Goodrich, Swing Inn
IF- Paul Tomasovich, Skip AC
OF- Don Hansen, Chadwick Construction
OF- Dennis, DeLoria, Tirabassi
OF- George Siford, Skip AC
OF- Bob Black, Ready-Mix

1966 (at Parma, OH)
Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI ———————————  County Sports, Levittown, NY
After losing to 2-time defending champ, Skip AC 13-5 in their first game and then a rain delay in which more then 2 inches of rain fell, County Sports won 10 straight games the last 31 hours to reach the finals. Michael’s Lounge, behind MVP Mike Axelson, beat Swing Inn of Cleveland 20-4 in the winner’s bracket finals and then sat back as County Sports beat Cleveland’s Swing Inn in a 18-17 slugfest behind the home run heroics of Jim Galloway. In less than ideal conditions, Big Jim (11 HRs) and pitcher Bill Brown (.690 batting average) led County Sports, who scored 174 runs and gave up 87 runs in that span, all the way back to the finals. All total, they scored 179 runs and hit 41 HRs. All those game took its toll on the Long Islanders as Michael’s Lounge defeated them 10-0 in the championship. Michael’s had 14 hits to County Sports’ 3. MVP Mike Axelson went 5-5 with 3 HRs in the Championship game to lead Michael’s.

1- Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI  7-0
2- County Sports, Levittown, NY 10-2
3- Swing Inn, Cleveland, OH  5-2
4- Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH  6-2
5- Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI  4-2
5- Titans, Maspeth-Queens, NY  4-2
7- Helf-Erie Sheet Metal, Cleveland, OH  4-2
7- Vigilant AA, York, PA  6-2
9- Brookline Young Men’s Club, Pittsburgh, PA  4-2
10- Jo’s Pizza, Milton, FL  3-2
10- Seymour Merchants, Seymour, IN  3-2
10- Gonzalez Mexican Foods, Richmond, CA  3-2
13- B.B. Stone Insurance, Georgetown, KY  4-2
13- Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY  4-2
13- Yuci’s Boys Club, Port Chester, NY  4-2
16- Skip AC, Pittsburgh, PA  3-2
17- Blair’s Tavern, Wilmington, DE  3-2
17- Family Tavern, Washington, DC  3-2
19- Mt. Carmel, Joliet-Chicago, IL  2-2
19- Chadwick Construction, Meriden, CT  2-2
19- Falstaffers, Rock Hill, SC  2-2
19- St. Louis Metro, MO  2-2
19- J.P. Clyde, Knoxville, TN  2-2
19- Stonefingers, Parkersburg, WV  2-2
25- Spearville AMPRO, Dodge City, KS  2-2
25- Mass. State-Worcester, MA  2-2
25- Duff’s Westrum, Minneapolis, MN  2-2
25- Livingston All Stars, Newark, NJ  2-2
25- Olden AA, Trenton, NJ  2-2
25- Huffman Oil, Burlington, NC  2-2
25- The Texans, San Antonio, TX  2-2
25- Mike’s Bar, Toledo, OH  2-2
33- Sportsland, Battle Creek, MI  1-2
33- M.B. Hagen Company, Hopkins, MN  1-2
33- Earl’s Tap, Providence, RI  1-2
33- Granite City, Madison, IL  1-2
33- Donaldsville Independents, New Orleans, LA  1-2
33- Hayes, Birmingham, AL  1-2
33- City Glass, Omaha, NE  1-2
33- Standard Industrial Laundries, Cinn., OH  1-2
33- Players Tavern, Tacoma, WA  1-2
33- Twi-Lite Drive-In, Great Falls, MT  1-2
33- Mark’s Brothers, Miami, FL  1-2
33- First Federal Savings & Loans, Mobile, AL  1-2
45- Weeks Dairy, Dover, NH  0-2
45- Gene Lobe Rich Heat, Bremerton, WA  0-2
45- Icore Industries, Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA  0-2
45- Falstaff Bar, Fort Smith, AR  0-2
49- Okay Tires, Twin Falls, ID  0-2
49- Berry Brothers, Fredericksburg, VA  0-2
49- Becker’s, Waukesha, WI  0-2
49- Haskin’s Sporting Goods, Burlington, IA  0-2
49- Townhouse Motor Inn, Kansas City, MO  0-2
49- Jacksonville Metro, FL  0-2
49- Elliot Sales, Rome, GA  0-2
49- Canton Butane, Canton, MS  0-2
49- Bankers Life Insurance, Oklahoma City, OK  0-2
49- Hillcrest Lounge, St. Paul, MN  0-2
49- Strats, Atlanta, GA  0-2
49- Ragu Foods, Rochester, NY  0-2
49- R.I.T.C., Buffalo, NY  0-2
49- Taco Bell, Mesa, AZ  0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Mike Axelson, Michael’s Lounge (23-29, .792, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs)
Outstanding Pitcher Award – Bill Brown, County Sports  – (10-2, gave up less then 10 runs a game)
HR Leader – Jim Galloway, County Sports (20-41, .488, 29 RBIs) – 11 – tied all time national tournament HR record
Batting Leader – Mike Axelson, Michael’s – .792
P- Bill Brown, County Sports  – (20-29, .690, 8 HRs, 24 RBIs)
C- Howie Krause, Swing Inn (14-24, .583, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs)
IF- Mike Axelson, Michael’s (23-29, .793, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs)
IF- Jim Galloway, County Sports (20-41, .488, 11 HRs, 29 RBs)
IF- Bob Harrison, Wilsman Trucking (11-23, ,478, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs)
IF- Wally Galba, Michael’s (14-24, .583, HR, 10 RBIs)
IF- Steve Loya, Swing Inn (16-24, .667, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs)
OF- Mike Gouin, Michael’s (11-21, .524, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs)
OF- Stu Levine, Helf-Erie (16-21, .762, 10 RBIs)
OF- Fred Maas, Copper Hearth (14-19, .737, 19 RBIs)
OF- Mort Weinberg, NYC Titans (13-21, .619, 3 HRS, 9 RBIs)

1967 (at Parma, OH)
Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh PA ——————————  Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI
Jim’s Sports Shop started the season as Skip AC, but Jim’s Sports Shop took over the financial backing by the end of the season. Miller “Killer” Adams of Jim’s was a dominating force at bat and in the field as Jims beat the defending champs 14-8 to win the title.  Paul Tomasovich hit a home run and collected 3 RBIs in the final game. Tomasovich ended up 15-29 (.517) for the tournament. Both Ray Kruel and Andy Zilka also had 3 RBIs. Tex Collins of Michael’s hit 4 HRs against County Sports, but it took Jack Westerlund’s walk off 3-run homer in the 7th inning to eliminate the Long Islanders 22-21 and send  Michael’s to the finals where they defeated Jim’s 9-5 in the first final. Collins hit 13 HRs to set a record, 6 straight at one point.

1- Jim’s Sports Shop, Pittsburgh, PA 6-1
2- Michael’s Lounge, Detroit, MI 6-2
3- County Sports, Levittown, NY 4-2
4- Twin City Construction, Southington, CT 5-2
5- Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, MI 4-2
7- Erie Sheet Metal, Cleveland, OH 2-2
7- Snyder Masonry, Detroit, MI 3-2
9- Hudepohl Beer, Springfield, OH 2-2
9- Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 3-2
9- LaGrange Screw, LaGrange, OH 3-2
9- Kwik Car Wash, Parma, OH 2-2
13- Heidleberg, Tacoma, WA 2-2
13- Abrams Texaco, Cincinnati, MO 2-2
13- Breton Motors, Rochester, NY 2-2
13- Kobax Corporation, Chattanooga, TN 2-2
17- AD McCombs, San Antonio, TX 1-2
17- Country Side Realty, Hopkins, MN 0-2
17- Dominiques Motors, Beau Bridge, LA 1-2
17- Jimmy’s Colonial Inn, Richmond, VA 0-2
17- Marks Brothers, Miami, FL 1-2
17- Tom’s #2, Columbus, GA 1-2
17- Bayer-Mingola, Millbury, MA 1-2
17- Fred’s Colonial Inn, Washington DC 1-2
25- Jo’s Pizza House, Milton, FL 0-2
25- Max Hay Specialties, Phoenix, AZ 0-2
25- Kutis Funeral Home, St. Louis, MO 0-2
25- Non-Ferrous Metal Fabrics, Cleveland, OH 0-2
25- E.C. Womack AC, Virginia Beach, VA 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Miller Adams, Jim’s Sports Shop (16-24, .667, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs)
HR Leader – Carl Tex Collins, Michael’s Lounge (17-27, .630, 27 RBIs) – 13 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 11
Batting Leader – Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s Sport Shop (19-23) – .840
P- Bill Brown, County Sports
C- Carl Tex Collins, Michael’s
1B- John Stone, Copper Hearth
2B- Ray Corky Kruel, Jim’s
3B- Jim Galloway, County Sports
SS- John Lorenzo, Twin Cities Construction
OF- Miller Killer Adams, Jim’s
OF- Mike Gouin, Michael’s
OF- Bob Malicki, Michael’s
OF- Steve Shurina, County Sports

1968 (at Jones Beach, NY)
County Sports, Levittown, NY ———————————  Jo’s Pizza House, Milton, FL
Jo’s Beat County Sports 7-5 in winners bracket final , County Sports then came back and beat Jo’s twice 11-7, 17-12 to win the crown. Bert Smith hit HRs in his first two at bats to ignite County Sports in the Final championship game.  Smith came up big the Long Island team every game getting 23 hits and 24 RBIs in the teams 8 games. County Sports’ Jim Galloway chipped in with 11 HRs and 17 RBIs, and along with Bill Malloy (9 HRs, 19 RBIs), Lou Russo (5 HRs, 13 RBIs) and Pitcher Bill Brown’s 5 HRs, led an explosive offense. HT Waller was a one man machine for Jo’s Pizza as he led them going 13-21 (.619)  with 9 HRs and 17 RBIs.  Jo’s Pitcher Gerry Martello and Outfielder Luther Ates played outstanding defense for Jo’s.

1- County Sports, Levittown, NY 7-1
2- Jo’s House of Pizza, Milton, FL 4-2
3- Dick Luken Volkswagon, Cincinnati, OH 5-2
4- Wilsman Truckers, Hamilton, OH 5-2
5- Erie Sheet Metal, Cleveland, OH 3-2
6- Heidleberg Beer, Tacoma, WA 2-2
7- Anderson Shell Misfits, Anderson, SC 4-2
8- Hudepohl Beer, SPringfield, OH 3-2
9- Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 3-2
10- Twin Cities Construction, Meridan, CT 3-2
11- Kobax Corporation, Chattanooga, TN 2-2
12- Ragu Foods, Rochester, NY 2-2
13- Climatic Air Rams, Maspeth, NY 2-2
14- Bayer & Mingola, Millbury, MA 2-2
15- Kutis Funeral Hone, St. Louis, MO 2-2
16- Playboy Tavern, Kennewick, WA 2-2
17- Central Brevard Merchants, Cocoa, FL 1-2
18- Shakey’s, Rockville, MD 1-2
19- Colonial Inn, Richmond, VA 0-2
20- Mahan Ford, Columbus, IN 0-2
21- Gene’s Sunoco, Cleveland, OH 1-2
22- Countryside Realty, Hopkins, MN 0-2
23- S.M. Pisut, Joliet, IL 1-2
24- Buck Moore’s Service Station, Macon, GA 0-2
25- Wamble Realty, Virginia Beach, VA 0-2
26- Del Campo Baking, Wilmington, DE 0-2
27- Coast Wholesalers Supply, Long Beach, MS 0-2
28- Kilberg-Grochran, San Carlos, CA 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Bert Smith, County Sports (23-37, .622, 11 HRs, 24 RBIs, 19 Runs scored)
HR Leader Bert Smith, County Sports – 11
Batting Leader – Bill Goedde, Dick Luken Volkswagon (13-16, 9 RBIs, 3 runs) – .813
First Team
P- Jerry Martello, Jo’s (5-19, .263)
C- Bill Malloy, County Sports (21-33, .638, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 14 Runs)
1B- Lou Russo, County Sports (20-35, .571, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 15 Runs)
2B- HT Waller, Jo’s (13-21, .619, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 11 Runs)
3B- Bill Goedde, Dick Luken (13-16, .813)
SS- Tom DeLanzo, Hudepohl Beer (12-21. .571)
OF- Bob Schugman, County Sports (19-38, .500, 2 RBIs, 12 Runs)
OF- Jerry Booker, Wilsman Trucking (16-26, .615, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 13 Runs)
OF- Bert Smith, County Sports  (23-37, .622, 11 HRs, 24 RBIs, 19 Runs)
OF- Luther Ates, Jo’s (10-22, .455)
Second Team
P- Ron Ritter, Jiffy Club (10-16, .625, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)
C- Mark Chandler, Erie Sheet Metal (10-16, .625, 4 HRs,10 RBIs)
1B- Cal Bodenstein, Jo’s Pizza (9-19, .476, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs)
2B- Jim Galloway, County Sports (19-35, .543, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 17 Runs)
3B- Mac Stalcup, Golden Gallons (9-13, .692, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs)
SS- Roy Hill, Golden Gallons (8-17, .471)
OF- Larry Harbin, Anderson Shell (13-22, .591, 11 RBIs)
OF- Gordon Pfeiffer, Heidelberg Beer (10-12, .833, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)
OF- Junior Riggs, Jiffy Club (8-13, .615, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
OF- Otto Knowles, Jo’s (10-18, .556)

1969 (at Parma, OH)
Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI ———————————  Jo’s Pizza House, Milton, FL
HT Waller almost single handily carried Jo’s to the championship. He had 7 HRs and 16 RBIs in the final 4 games. Jo’s eliminated Little Caesars 21-19 as Waller hit 3 HRs. Then Waller’s HR  won the first final 8-6 over Copper Hearth. In the Final championship, Copper Hearth led 8-1, Waller hit two 3-Run HRs to pull them to 13-11, but fell just short. Copper ended up winning 13-12. Jim Becker led Copper Hearth all weekend with a .593 batting average including 6 HRs and 20 RBIs. Tony Galecke also hit .593 and he scored 16 Runs. Mike Grbich led the Hearth Men with a .609 average (14-23). Duke Mass chipped in with a .556. Luther Ates was the table setter for Jo’s House of Pizza collecting 23 hits and scoring 17 Runs.

1- Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI 6-1
2- Jo’s Pizza, Milton, FL 7-2
3- Little Caesar’s, Detroit, MI                 5-2
4- County Sports, Levitton, NY 5-2
5- Gene’s Sohio, Parma, OH 5-2
6- Hicksville Astro Motor Inn, Hicksville, NY 3-2
7- Golden Gallon, Chattanooga, TN 3-2
8- Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH 4-2
9- Teamsters Local #293, Cleveland, OH 2-2
10- Pyramid Cafe, Cleveland, OH 3-2
11- 615 Lounge, York, PA 3-2
12- Ciccio’s Homes, Plainville, CT 3-2
13- Eddie’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
14- Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 2-2
15- Glidewell Brothers, Richmond, VA 2-2
16- Plumbing & Heating, Maplewood, MN 2-2
17- Canal Lanes, Southampton, MA 1-2
18- Gramma’s Lucky, Billings, MT 1-2
19- Greggs Lettering, Oakland, CA 1-2
20- Romero Music Company, New Iberia, LA 1-2
21- Tom’s, Columbus, GA 1-2
22- Pantorium Cleaners, Dayton, OH 2-2
23- Jerry’s Catering, Miami, FL 1-2
24- Heidelberg, Tacoma, WA 2-2
25- Shakey’s Pizza, Washington, DC 1-2
26- Kwajalein All Stars, Marshall Islands 0-2
27- Virginia Door, Chesapeake, VA 0-2
28- Al Green’s Tavern, Rochester, NY 0-2
29- Wilmar Lounge, St. Louis, MO 0-2
30- Central Brevard Merchants, Cocoa, FL 0-2
31- D.K. Asphalt, St. Louis, MO 0-2
32- Shipwreck Lounge, Phoenix, AZ 0-2
33- Professional Disc. Pharmacy, Ok City, OK 0-2
34- Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – H.T. Waller, Jo’s Pizza House (19-32, .594, 16 HRs, 28 RBIs, 21 Runs Scored, 6 Intentional Walks)
HR Leader – H.T. Waller, Jo’s Pizza House – 16 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 13
Batting Leader – Joe Konicki, Hicksville Astros (16-20, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 15 Runs scored) – .800
First Team
P- Jerry Martello, Jo’s (16-34, .471, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
C- Joe Konicki, Hicksville Astros (16-20, .800, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 15 Runs)
C- Tex Collins, Little Caesars (17-26, .654, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 16 Runs)
1B- Jim Becker, Copper Hearth (16-27, .593, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 16 Runs)
2B- HT Waller, Jo’s ((19-32, .594, 16 HRs, 28 RBIs, 21 Runs)
3B- Bill Cole, Little Caesars (14-25, .560, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 11 Runs)
SS- Chet Forte, County Sports (19-28, .679, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 12 Runs)
OF- Bert Smith, County Sports (22-34, .647, 14 HRs, 26 RBIs, 20 Runs)
OF- Luther Ates, Jo’s (23-38, .605, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 17 Runs)
OF- Tom Sorcic, Copper Hearth (13-26, .500, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 Runs)
OF- Gerry Lyle, Jo’s (18-34, .529, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 13 Runs)
UT- Jim Galloway, County Sports (19-30, .633, 11 HRs, 21 RBIs, 20 Runs)
UT- Steve Loya, Gene’s Sohio (14-25, .560, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 11 Runs)
Second Team
P- Tom Cannonberg, Copper Hearth (5-21, .238, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
P- Jim True, Wilsman Trucking (14-21, .667, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
C- Ben Hogan, Golden Gallons (15-21, .714, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
C- Dan Vlahovic, Teamsters Local  (no info)
1B- Mike Axelson, Little Caesars (18-25, .720, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
2B- Joe Petriello, Hicksville Astros (9-20, .450, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs)
3B- Fred Maas, Copper Hearth (10-18, .556, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 10 Runs)
SS- Wayne Chopus, Ciccio’s Homes (13-17, .765, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)
OF- Tom Drabik, Gene’s Sohio  (no info)
OF- Carl Neubauer, Copper Hearth (12-29, .414 , 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 11 Runs)
OF- Jim Wessel, Wilsman Trucking (17-25, .680, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
OF- Tony Galecke, Copper Hearth (16-27, .593, 4 RBIs, 15 Runs)
UT- Bill Malloy, County Sports (19-32, .594, 10 HRs, 19 RBIs, 15 Runs)
UT- Al Waltz, Little Caesars (12-19, .632, 5 RBI’s, 4 Runs)

1970 (at Southgate, MI)
Little Caesar’s, Southgate, MI ——————————–  Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI
Little Caesars beat Copper Hearth in the winners bracket final 32-9 (9 HRs) and again in the championship 40-11 (17 HRs). Three Players combined for ten of the homers, Tex Collins and Bob Auten both hit 4 and Bill Cole hit 3. Carl Neubauer (19-28, .678, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) and Fred Duke Maas (16-26, .615, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs) led Copper Hearth. Bob Auten (17-25, .680, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 15 Runs scored) and Bill Cole (14-25, .560, 10 HRs, 16 RBIs) of Little Caesars also had big tournaments. Little Caesars hit 34 Home runs in its last 3 games. In the final championship game, every Little Caesar starter hit at least one home run.

1- Little Caesars, Southgate, MI 6-0
2- Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI 5-2
3- Worthington Steel, Columbus, OH 5-2
4- Golden Gallons, Chattanooga, TN 4-2
5- Valley Merchants, Langdale, AL 5-2
6- Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC 4-2
7- Seymour Merchants, Seymour, IN 3-2
8- Teamsters Local #293, Cleveland, OH 4-2
9- Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 3-2
10- Pile Drivers, Virginia Beach, VA 3-2
11- Canal Lanes, Southampton, MA 2-2
12- Century Tire, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
13- County Sports, Levittown, NY 2-2
14- Omar’s Bays, Shelbysville, KY 2-2
15- Non-Ferrous Metals, Cleveland, OH 2-2
16- Southern Fastener, Mobile, AL 2-2
17- Bam Bace, Port Chester, NY 1-2
18- Chrysler’s, Decatur, IL 1-2
19- Ciccio Homes, Southington, CT 1-2
20- Aero Oil Company, York, PA 1-2
21- Heidelberg, Tacoma, WA 1-2
22- Haufbrau-Kountz, Bozeman, MT 1-2
23- Pacific Standard, Burlingame, CA 1-2
24- Andy’s, Richmond, VA 1-2
25- Meader Construction, San Antonio, TX 0-2
26- Duff’s, Minneapolis, MN 0-2
27- Brown-Remy, Waverly, OH 0-2
28- Wilmar Lounge, St. Louis, MO 0-2
29- Cooper Brothers, New Iberia, LA 0-2
30- Priced Rite Trophy, Salt Lake City, UT 0-2
31- Knittig, St. Louis, MO 0-2
32- Fulford TV, Rockville, MD 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Mike Gouin, Little Caesar’s (19-26, .730, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 17 Runs)
Jay Justice, Worthington Steel (20 RBIs, 14 Runs, 16-28, .570) – 11
Batting Leader – Bob Swords, Worthington Steel (21-28, 10 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs) – .750
First Team
P- Don Arndt, Howard Furniture
P- Bob Auten, Little Caesars (17-25, .680, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 15 Runs scored)
C- Ron Patterson, Golden Gallons
C- Bob Swords, Worthington Steel (21-28, .750, 10 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs)
1B- Jim Becker, Copper Hearth
2B- Tony Mazza, Little Caesars
3B- Bill Cole, Little Caesars  (14-25, .560, 10 HRs, 16 RBIs)
SS- Paul Riggs, Golden Gallons
OF- Mike Gouin, Little Caesars
OF- Fred Duke Maas, Copper Hearth  (16-26, .615, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs)
OF- Carl Doc Neubauer, Copper Hearth (19-28, .678, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)
OF- Jay Justice, Worthington Steel  (16-28, .570, 11 HRs, 20 RBIs, 14 Runs)
UT- Phil Schroer, Seymour Merchants
UT- Bill Pope, Valley Merchants
Second Team
P- Stan Harvey, Golden Gallons
P- Bill Agler, Worthington Steel
C- Jim York, Howard Furniture
C- Gary Ritter, Omar’s Boys
1B- Elmer McDaniels, Valley Merchants
2B- Ron Porter, Worthington Steel
3B- Mac Stalcup, Golden Gallons
SS- Darrell Leake, Warren Motors
OF- Bob Silvers, Teamsters Local
OF- Gary Ladue, Little Caesars
OF- Thad Malinowski, Howard’s Furnuture
OF- Gary Haskew, Golden Gallons
UT- Bob Malecki, Little Caesars
UT- Terry Robertson, Valley Merchants

1971 (at Parma, OH)
Virginia Beach Pile Drivers, Virginia Beach, VA  ————————  Little Caesar’s, Southgate, MI
Bert Smith hit a 3-run homer to spark the Piledrivers to a 9-4 win in the Championship Game over Little Caesars, who lost their opening round game to Howard’s Furniture and won 8 straight games before being beaten in the final. Bob Auten (11 HRs, 19 RBIs), Tex Collins (7 HRs, 18 RBIs) and Bill Cole (6 HRs, 10 RBIs), Gary LaDue (4 HRs, 10 RBIs), Bob Malicki (5 HRs, 15 RBIs) and Mike Gouin (8 HRs, 17 RBIs) all led Little Caesars back to the final. Johnny Dollar (14-23, .609, 14 RBIs), Nick Sessoms and Lynwood Strickland all played a big role in the Piledrivers Championship Run. MVP Bert Smith came up big when it counted once again. He was 15-22 for a .682 average with 7 HRs and 22 RBIs.

1- Pile Drivers, Virginia Beach, VA 6-0
2- Little Caesars, Detroit, MI   8-2
3- Non-Ferrous Metals, Cleveland, OH 4-2
4- Century Tire, Cincinnati, OH 5-2
5- Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC 3-2
6- Gene’s-Angelo’s, Parma, OH 3-2
7- Al Stokes V.W., Houston, TX 3-2
8- Maplewood Plumbing, St. Paul, MN 3-2
9- Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL 3-2
10- Stroh’s, Springfield, OH 2-2
11- Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 3-2
12- Trailways, Knoxville, TN 3-2
13- Brookline YMC, Pittsburgh, PA 2-2
14- Virginia Door, Norfolk, VA 2-2
15- Pacific Standard Life, Davis, CA 2-2
16- Clutch Specialty, Mobile, AL 2-2
17- Al’s Green Tavern, Rochester, NY 1-2
18- Green Belt Shell, Washington, DC 1-2
19- Johnny Mac’s Sport, St. Louis, MO 1-2
20- Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI 1-2
21- Taylor Brothers, Providence, RI 1-2
22- Eastway Construction, Eastlake, OH 1-2
23- Queen City Motors, Burlington, VT 1-2
24- Valley Merchants, Langdale, AL 1-2
25- Cagles Cardinals, Lawton, OK 0-2
26- South-Shore Outdoor, Long Island, NY 0-2
27- Taggares, Othello, WA 0-2
28- Priced Rite Trophy, Salt Lake City, UT 0-2
29- Wilmer-Bilgere, St. Louis, MO 0-2
30- Daly Drive-In, Westland, MI 0-2
31- Heidelberg, Tacoma, WA 0-2
32- Curve Form, Youngstown, OH 0-2

All Star Selections
MVP – Bert Smith, Pile Drivers (15-22, .682, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 14 Runs)
HR Leader – Jim Pucket, Little Caesar’s (21-30, .700, 26 RBIs, 22 Runs) – 13
Batting Leader – Bill Gatti, Jiffy’s Club (13-15, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 13 Runs) – .867
First Team
P- Don Griever, Stroh’s
P- Bob Auten, Little Caesars (11 HRs, 19 RBIs)
C- Dave Lane, Trailways
C- Tex Collins, Little Caesars (7 HRs, 18 RBIs)
1B- Terry Smith, Stroh’s
2B- Nick Sessoms, Piledrivers
3B- Bill Cole, Little Caesars (.500, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs)
SS- Don Jones, Howard’s
OF- Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club (13-15, .867, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 13 Runs)
OF- Bert Smith, Piledrivers (15-22, .682, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 14 Runs)
OF- Andy Loya, Gene-Angelo’s
OF- Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (21-30, .700, 13 HRs, 26 RBIs, 22 Runs)
UT- Ed Green, Pacific Standard Life
UT- Lynwood Strickland, Piledrivers
Second Team
P- Don Arndt, Howard’s
P- Joe Yacabet, Non Ferrous Metal
C- Myron Rozmark, Maplewood Plumbing
C- Preston Powell, Non Ferrous
1B- Emory Lucas, Century Tire
2B- Carl Tomsic, Non Ferrous Metal
3B- John DeVoss, Pacific Standard
SS- Bob Malicki, Little Caesars (5 HRs, 15 RBIs)
OF- Johnny Dollar, Piledrivers (14-23, .609, 14 RBIs)
OF- Tommy Maiden, Howard Furniture
OF- Jerry Marcum, Al Stokes VW
OF- Corky Rogers, Warren Motors
UT- Bob Rosin, Non Ferrous Metals
UT- Steve Loya, Gene-Angelo’s

1972 (at  Jacksonville, FL)
Jiffy’s Club, Louisville, KY ————————————-  Triton Petroleum, Wichita. KS
Jiffy Club trailed Triton Petroleum 14-12 at one point before they came back and won the championship over Triton 24-14 after previously beating them 23-15 in winners bracket final. Triton made it back to the finals by eliminating Warren Motors 19-17. Hometown favorite Warren had previously eliminated County Sports, Little Caesars and Howard’s Furniture. With Cobbie Harrison only making three outs and Bill Gatti slugging home runs (he hit 6 in one game), Jiffy was too powerful for the Triton squad. Don Arndt of 4th place Howard’s was the MVP after an incredible display of hitting. Doug Majher led Triton for the weekend with a 20-27 (.747), 6 HRs, 19 RBIs performance.


All Star Selections
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) – .906
First Team
P- Don Arndt, Howard Furniture
P- Bob Auten, Little Caesars
C- Van Jenkins, Warren Motors
C- Randall Elser, Stauffer’s Realty
1B- Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club
2B- Ron Yates, Howard Furniture
3B- Doug Majhers, Triton Petroleum
SS- Mike Casey, Jiffy Club
OF- Jack Davis, Mr. D’s
OF- Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club
OF- Reggie Soehlig, Warren Motors
OF- John Spadaccino, Schaefer’s
UT- Jim Galloway, Empire County Sports
UT- Stan Patykula, Schaefer’s
Second Team
P- Dennis Parrish, Warren Motors
P- Joe Sims, Jiffy Club
C- Dan King, Jiffy Club
C- Preston Powell, Non Ferrous
1B- Al White, Warren Motors
2B- Frank Sorrells, Jo’s-Smith
3B- Bill Malloy, Empire County Astros
SS- Steve Dixon, Warren Motors
OF- Joe Lowry, Jiffy Club
OF- Steve Shurina, Empire County Astros
OF- Larry Migliaccio, Schaefer’s
OF- Ron Kasa, Schaefer’s
UT- Mac Richardson, Howard’s
UT- Larry Berger, Triton Petroleum

1973 (at Cleveland, OH)
Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC ——————————  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).


All Star Selections
MVP – Bert Smith, Howard’s Furniture (25-34, .735, 21 HRs, 38 RBIs)
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) – .833
First Team
P- Don Arndt, Howard Furniture
P- Jim Galloway, Empire County Astros
C- Joe Konicki, Empire County Astros
C- Tex Collins, Little Caesars
1B- Bob Voss, Little Caesars
2B- Bob Boysen, Duff’s Inn
3B- Mike Axelson, Little Caesars (.769, 12 HRs, 34 RBIs)
SS- John Davide, Empire County Astros
OF- Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (.561, 18, HRs, 33 RBIs)
OF- Bert Smith, Howard’s
OF- Mike Foley, Empire County Astros
UT- Stan Harvey, Howard’s
UT- Ron Potter, Jiffy Club
Second Team
P- Phil Schroer, Jiffy Club
P- Tony Mazza, Little Caesars
C- Gene Fisher, Howard Furniture
C- Frank Sorrells, Smith Plumbing
1B- Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club
2B- HT Waller, Howard Furniture
3B- Jim Kuhn, Queen City Pattern
SS- Nick Sessoms, Virginia Doors
OF- Mike Gouin, Little Caesars
OF- Larry Chiapetta, Empire County Astros
OF- Gary Richter, Empire County Astros
OF- Tommy Maiden, Howard Furniture
UT- Mac Chandler, Non Ferrous Metal
UT- Bill Malloy, Empire County Astros

1974 (at York, PA)
Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC ——————————  Jerry’s Catering, Miami, FL 

Only 116 HRs were hit in 67 games at this year’s National in York with the 300′ fence and a more restricted flight ball and very windy conditions, compared to the 727 in 67 games during last year’s national, Howards alone hit 126.  Jerry’s came out of the losers bracket  winning seven straight games, scored 5 runs in the 6th inning to come back and beat Howard’s in the first game of finals 13-12, to force the ‘if’ game. Howard’s came back to win the Championship via a 18-6 win. Howard’s had hit 1246 home runs in their 137 games during the season. They only hit 23 in the 8 games they played this weekend. Gene Fisher led Howard’s with 7. Stan Harvey (5), Don Arndt (4), Bert Smith (4) and HT Waller (2) … all future hall of famers were held way below their average. Even the greatest Home Run hitter in National Tournament play, Jim Galloway only mustered 1 HR in his 20 at bats.


All Star Selections
MVP – Roger Brown, Howard’s Furniture (16-25, .640, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs) plus played tremendous LF, diving catches, throwing out runners.
HR Leader – Al White, Jerry’s Catering – 10 (22-38, .579, 20 RBIs, 18 Runs)
Batting Leader – Ron Waldron, Adair Landscaping – .733 (11-15, 2 RBIs)
First Team
P- Ernie Yaroshuk, Jerry’s Catering
P- David Carroll, Howard’s Furniture
C- Ron Patterson, Thurman Bryant
C- Gene Fisher, Howard’s Furniture
1B- Al White, Jerry‘s Catering
2B- Dan Denton, Champion Landscaping
3B- Butch Adams, Howard‘s Furniture
SS- Ron Waldron, Adair Landscaping
OF- Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture
OF- Roger Brown, Howard‘s Furniture
OF- James Washington, Jerry’s Catering
OF- David Johnson, Champion Landscaping
UT- Mike Foley, Empire County Astros
UT- John Davide, Empire County Astros
Second Team
P- Al Culbertson, Champion Landscaping
P- Clyde Stafford, Wilsman Trucking
C- Al Jones, Champion Landscaping
C- Rich Powell, Jerry’s Catering
1B- Don Arndt, Howard’ Furniture
2B- Dave Brizzie, Jerry’s Catering
3B- Dave Jakubs, Pyramid Cafe
SS- Ed Finnegan, N.E. Sports Center
OF- Matt Krugee, Schlitz of Fondy
OF- Jim Wessel, Wilsman Trucking
OF- George Pringie, Jerry’s Catering
OF- Tom Maiden, Howard’s Furniture
UT- Dave Rumppe, Cambridge Square
UT- Huck Smith, Thurman Bryant

1975 (at Cleveland, OH)
Pyramid Cafe, Lakewood, OH ———————————  Poindexter Lumber, Winston-Salem, NC
Pyramid Cafe became the first team from Cleveland to win the coveted ASA Slow pitch National Championship. They have had a couple runner-up finishes from Sheffield Bronze in 1958 and 1960, then Swing In finished third twice in 1965 and 1966.  But other than that, its been one heartbreak after another. This year was different, this year, Steve Loya’s name became legendary. Winners Bracket Semi-Finals, Howard’s Furniture led 10-9 in bottom of 7th, Steve Loya comes up and hits a 3-run walk off home run to win the game 12-10. Dave Jakubs had 2-HRs and 5 RBIs in the Howard’s victory. Jakubs had 13 RBIs in the tournament. Winners bracket final- Pyramid losing to Poindexter Lumber 9-8 in bottom of 7th inning, once again, Steve Loya hits a walk off homer, this, time a 2-run shot to give Pyramid a 10-9 win. Poindexter went on to eliminate Howards 13-2 to get another crack at Pyramid.  Poindexter defeats Pyramid 14-8 to send the championship to the “if” game. The game started at 2:00 AM as mist was covering the field. Poindexter jumped out to a 7-6 lead, but Pyramid came back to take a 10-7 lead, added another run to make the final score 11-7.  Cleveland had its first Slow Pitch National Championship. Fittingly, Steve Loya was the MVP. He played the whole weekend with 8 stitches in his wrist, due to a work accident that sliced his wrist down to the bone.  He wasn’t sure he was going to be able to play!


All Star Selections
MVP – Steve Loya, Pyramid Café (12-27, .444, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs)
HR Leaders – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (17-27, .629, 19 RBIs) – 7
HR Leaders – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture (15-27, .556, 16 RBIs)  – 7
Batting Leader – Dave Rumppe, Cambridge Square  (14-19, 3 RBIs) – .737
First Team
P- Carroll Bonneau, Coastal Rental
P- John Reilly, Preston Machine
C- Steve Loya, Pyramid Cafe
C- John Crotty, Preston Machine
1B- Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture
2B- Dave Obholz, Buck Alley Lumber
3B- Dave Jakubs, Pyramid Cafe
SS- Dave Rumppe, Cambridge Square
OF- Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture
OF- Mickey Morrison, Poindexter Lumber
OF- Roger Snatchko, BYM Club
OF- Gene Parrish, Goofy’s
UT- Mike Foley, Empire County Sports
UT- Roger Brown, Howard‘s Furniture
Second Team
P- Tony Fein, Cambridge Square
P- Chuck Musgrave, Pyramid Cafe
C- Gene Fisher, Howard’s Furniture
C- Wayne Hauser, Poindexter Lumber
1B- Andy Loya, Pyyramid Cafe
2B- Ray Kruel, BYM Club
3B- Mike Robertson, Poindexter Lumber
SS- Don Ragozzine, Preston Machine
OF- Butch Singer, Plaza 76
OF- Richard Lee, Tate Chrysler
OF- Jim Sibert, Pyramid Cafe
OF- Gary Markland, Poindexter Lumber
UT- Jim Galloway, Empire County Sports
UT- Russell Mundy, Poindexter Lumber

1976 (at Jacksonville, FL)
Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL ———————————  Paul Johnson Company, Indianapolis, IN 

The championship game started well for Warren Motors right from the start, they won coin flip and elected to hit first. They proceeded to score 19 runs in the first inning.  Paul Johnson was stunned. Ray Fleetwood hit two 3-run homers in that inning. By the time the game was over, Warren had 37 hits and 14 Home Runs and the final score was 35-19 in favor of Warren Motors. The Florida team, who entered the tournament with an incredible 88-2 record, went 6-0 to finish the season with the best record of all time in slow pitch softball (94-2). At one point during the season, Warren Motors won 78 games in a row. Co-MVP Mike Nye, fittingly won the batting title (23-29) with a .793 average. Nye finished the season with the highest season batting average of all time (.769), a mark which would stand for almost 20 years.  On a side NOTE- This is the second straight year that Long Island’s Mike Foley finished runner-up to the Batting Champion. In 1975, Foley lost out  .737 to .733 and this year, he lost by .004 again as Mike Nye’s .793 edged out Foley’s .789 average.


All Star Selections
Co-MVP – Ronnie Ford, Warren Motors (22-30, .733, 12 HRs, 25 RBIs)
Co-MVP – Mike Nye, Warren Motors (23-29, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs)
HR Leader – Ken Carlton, Green Machine (19-29, .655, 31 RBIs) – 13
Batting Leader – Mike Nye, Warren Motors (23-29, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs)  – .793
First Team
P – Lonnie Turner, Warren Motors
P – Jim Anthony, Paul Johnson Company
C – Ed Douglas, Green Machine
C – Bruce Meade, Warren Motors
1B – Doyle Newby, Bunch Brothers
2B – Bob Rinehart, Duggan & Duggan
3B – Kenneth Carlton, Green Machine
SS – Ronnie Ford, Warren Motors
OF – Mike Nye, Warren Motors
OF – Ray Fleetwood, Warren Motors
OF – Reggie Soehlig, Warren Motors
OF – Jerry King, Dubois Chemical
UT – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture
UT – Jack Sample, Duggan & Duggan
Second Team
P – John Reilly, Preston Machine
P – Buddy Slater, Ray Carpenter Company
C – Greg Fuhrman, York Barbells
C – Dillard Quick, Bunch Brothers
1B – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture
2B – Louis Giovanini, Paul Johnson Company
3B – Ledon Green, Warren Motors
SS – Randy Bright, Paul Johnson Company
OF – Dick Bartel, Ray Carpenter Company
OF – Denny Hogan, Howard’s Furniture
OF – David Brown, Duggan & Duggan
OF – Phil Eads, Paul Johnson Company
UT – Mike Foley, Pepsico
UT – John Johnstony, Beef Corral

1977 (at Parma, OH)
Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, OK —————————–  Ken Sanders Ford, Birmingham, AL 

Nelson came from losers bracket to defeat KSF twice; 24-23 and 26-25. Ironically, Nelson was put in the losers bracket by KSF 21-20. On the way to the finals, Nelsons eliminated Jerry’s Catering 30-14 and Howard’s Furniture 27-10, then had to defeat KSF twice. Nelson, trailing 23-20 in the 7th inning of the first championship game, scored 4 runs to win 24-23. Henry Koper led off the inning with his 5th home run of the game.  Bruce Meade and Herman Rathman both flied out, then Al White singled and Mighty Joe Young hit a 2-run homer to tie the game. it was his second of the game. Dean Brunken came up and drilled a homer to give Nelsons the lead and they got KSF out in the bottom of the 7th to force the “if” game. Nelsons was leading 26-19 in the bottom of 7th, needing just 3 outs to win, but it wasn’t easy. Sidney Cooper, Charles Wright and Greg Smith all hit 2-run homers to get KSF within one run 26-25, but it wasn’t meant to be. Nelson held on for a 26-25 win. Herman Rathman hit 3 homers and had 8 RBIs in the final game. Bruce Meade, Henry Koper and Joe Young all had 2 HRs for Nelsons. James Abercrombie and Charles Wright each hit 3 HRs for KSF in the final game.  The powerful Nelson team had 6 players hit more then 10 HRs, – Meade (22) and Rathman (22) tie for the lead,  Koper (15), Young (12), White (11), Bill Howes (11). KSF had Elliott (18), James Abercrombie (15) and  Wright (12). 3rd place Howard’s had Don Arndt (13), Stan Harvey (12) and HT Waller (11). Greg Fuhrman hit 16 for 4th place Jerry’s Caterers.


All Star Selections
Co-MVP – Craig Elliot, Ken Sanders Ford (26-36, .722, 18 HRs, 32 RBIs)
Co-MVP – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s (32-50, .640, 22 HRs, 40 RBIs)
HR Leaders – Herman Rathman, Nelson’s Painting (32-50, .640, 39 RBIs) – 22 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 21
HR Leaders – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s Painting -22 – Also set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 21
Batting Leader – Larry Franklin, Mid-State Oil (16-21, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs) – .762
Note – John Terchera, Campbell’s Carpets and Mike Macenko, Hillcrest Tavern (both batted .750)
First Team
P – Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford
P – Henry Koper, Nelson Painting
C – James Abercrombie, Ken Sanders Ford
C – John Tercheria, Campbell’s BAM
1B – Herman Rathman, Nelson Painting
2B – Jorge Milian, Jerry’s Catering
3B – Al White, Nelson Painting
SS – Charles Wright, Ken Sanders Ford
OF – Bruce Meade, Nelson Painting
OF – Scott McManis, Port City Ford
OF – Curtis Williams, Jerry’s Catering
OF – Richard Willborn, Ray Carpenter
UT – Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Catering
UT – Rick Scherr, Howard’s Furniture
Second Team
P – Donald Sevenson, Ohio Sealants
P – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture
C – Matthew ‘Chic’ Downing, Fliteline
C – Ray Fleetwood, Warren Motors
1B – James Washington, Jerry’s Caterers
2B – Mike Macenko, Hillcrest Tavern
3B – Frank Sorrells, Jerry’s Catering
SS – Terry Perryman, Nelson Painting
OF – Bob Birdsey, Gartenhaus
OF – Sidney Cooper, Ken Sanders Ford
OF – Jim Underhill, Jerry’s Catering
OF – Bill Howes, Nelson Painting
UT – Larry Franklin, Midstate Oil
UT – Mike Parrott, Port City Ford

1978 (at Elk Grove, CA)
Campbell’s Carpets, Concord, CA ——————————  Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC 

Campbell’s Carpets realized their three year dream of an ASA National Championship by holding off the mighty Howard’s Furniture in the championship.  Campbell’s advanced to the finals with a convincing 41-12 win over American Realty. Denny Jones was 5-5 with two walks in the game. He also hit 3 HRs as did Mike Cellura and Tom Sandau. Howard’s, sent to the loser’s bracket by Ken Sander’s Ford behind 4 HRs each from Craig Elliott and Roger Mayo. Howard’s then came back from the loser’s bracket, defeating Nelson’s Painting 25-21, despite 5 HRs from Curtis Williams of Nelson’s. Don Arndt and Stan Harvey hit 3 each for Howard’s. After Howard’s defeated American Realty in the loser’s bracket final, they out-homered Campbells 22-8 in the first final on their way to a 42-26 victory, behind the strength of 22 HRs in the first final to force the “if” game. Arndt and Harvey led Howard’s once again as they each hit 4 HRs in the game.  Campbell’s put that game behind them and defeated Howard’s 26-20 in the winner take all final game. Mike Cellura hit 4 HRs in the game and Denny Jones shipped in with three.  Campbell’s set a record by scoring 86 runs in a game in their victory over AAFCO.  The Carpetmen scored 17 runs in the first inning, 20 in the 4th and 25 in the 6th inning, before finally winning 86-21. Denny Jones, Charles Pierce and Ron Masterson each collected 8 hits in the game. Among Pierce’s 8 hits were 5 HRs. He also had 11 RBIs. Denny Jones, Russell Bradley and Randy Barlich all drove in 9 runs.


All Star Selections
MVP – Denny Jones, Campbell’s Carpets (34-41, .829, 18 HRs, 40 RBIs)
HR Leader – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture (36-51, .706, 45 RBIs) -23 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 22
Batting Leader – Greg Fuhrman, York Barbells (17-18, 12 HRs, 19 RBIs)  – .944  – Set all time National Tournament Batting record
First Team
P – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture
P – Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford
C – Gene Fisher, Howard’s Furniture
C – John Tercheria, Campbell’s Carpets
1B – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture
2B – H.T. Waller, Howard’s Furniture
3B – Tom Sandau, Campbell’s Carpets
SS – Russell Bradley, Campbell’s Carpets
OF – Denny Jones, Campbell’s Carpets
OF – Mike Cellura, Campbell’s Carpets
OF – Mike Jacobs, Howard’s Furniture
OF – Randy Barlich, Campbell’s Carpets
UT – Greg Fuhrman, York Barbell
UT – Mark Koller, American Realty
Second Team
P – Gordon Wheeler, Campbell’s Carpets
P – Charles Mitchell, Nelson’s Painting
C – Brad Krebs, York Barbell
C – Herman Rathman, Nelson’s Painting
1B – Eddie Corum, Campell’s Carpets
2B – James Abercrombie, Nelson Painting
3B – Rick Scherr, Howard’s Furniture
SS – Terry Perryman, Nelson’s Painting
OF – Curtis Williams, Howard’s Furniture
OF – Bruce Meade, Nelson’s Painting
OF – Dean Brunken, Nelson’s Painting
UT – Rich Latimer, Dallas Merchants
UT – Willie Willis, American Realty

1979 (at York, PA)
Nelco Mfg., Oklahoma City, OK ———————————  Campbell’s Carpets, Concord, CA 

Nelco Manufacturing had a slim chance of winning this event. Most thought it was gonna be another Howard’s-Campbell final.  But these two teams met in a first round matchup. ASA’s residency rule limited Nelson’s Painting to just local guys from Oklahoma, so only 6 of the players on the USSSA/NSPC Nelson’s team were eligible to play. Campbell’s defeated Howard’s 17-16 in that first round matchup. The North Carolina squad then reeled off 8 straight wins in the loser’s bracket before meeting Campbell’s in the loser’s bracket final.  The Howard’s boys suffered the same fate, only this time, it wasn’t as close in the 27-8 decision Nelco want undefeated (7-0) as they defeated Campbell’s in the Championship game 14-13 on the strength of Bruce Meade’s double that drove in the tying and winning runs in the game.  Meade was 5-5 in that game and finished the tournament 25-35 with a .714 batting average, including 7 HRs and 18 RBIs.  Nelco’s “Might Joe” Young was the tournament MVP as he batted only .559 (19-34), but had 10 HRs and 30 RBIs.  He also hit a grand slam in Nelco’s 18-15 winner’s bracket final victory over Campbell’s. The Nelso’s Painting team went on to win the NSPC and USSSA Championships to win the first Triple Crown of Slow Pitch Softball for Sponsor RT Nelson.


All Star Selections
MVP – ‘Mighty’ Joe Young, Nelco Mfg. (19-34, .559, 10 Hrs, 30 RBIs)
HR Leader – David Beaird, Ken Sanders Ford (17-21, .810, 31 RBIs)  – 14
Batting Leader – David Beaird, Ken Sanders Ford – .810
Note- Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford (3 HRs in one inning and 9 consecutive HRs during the tournament — a record that has yet to be broken.)
First Team
P – Craig Elliott, Ken Sanders Ford
P – Earl Chambers, Nelco Manufacturing
C – Dean Brunken, Nelco Manufacturing
C – Bob Brindamour, Shimers
1B – Ed Berg, Nelco Manufacturing
2B – Denny Hogan, Howard’s Furniture
3B – Ed Roth, Howard’s Furniture
SS – Russell Bradley, Campbell’s Carpets
OF – David Beaird, Ken Sanders Ford
OF – Tom Beall, Howard’s Furniture
OF – Joe Young, Nelco Manufacturing
OF – Bruce Meade, Nelco Manfacturing
UT – Dale Chenault, Dave Carroll Sports
UT – Mike Cellura, Campbell’s Carpets
Second Team
P – Steve Kurman, County Sports
P – Greg Fuhrman, Campell’s Carpets
C – Ray Fleetwood, Howard’s Furniture
C – Lynn Navarre, Hans Hansen
1B – Harold Kelly, Dave Carroll Sports
2B – Jerry King, Campbell’s Carpets
3B – John Braxton, Dave Carroll Sports
SS – Paul Wright, Ken Sanders Ford
OF – Denny Jones, Campbell’s Carpets
OF – Gary Perkins, Hans Hansen
OF – Charles Pierce, Campbell’s Carpets
OF – Joel Todd, Nelco Manufacturing
UT – Terry Perryman, Nelco Manufacturing
UT – Steve Williams, American Realty

1980 (at Montgomery, AL)
Campbell’s Carpets, Concord, CA ——————————  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.


All Star Selections
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
First Team
P – Buddy Slater, Campbell’s Carpets
P – Craig Elliott, Jerry’s Catering
C – Ernie Hicks, York Barbell
C – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furniture
1B – Ed Roth, Howard’s Furniture
2B – James Boyett, Jerry’s Catering
3B – Jerry King, Campbell’s Carpets
SS – Steve Williams, Campbell’s Carpets
OF – Stan Harvey, Howard’s Furniture
OF – Ron Dorsey, York Barbell
OF – Tom Beall, Howard’s Furniture
OF – Dick Bartel, Campbell’s Carpets
UT – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Catering
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


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