Bruce Meade

Bruce Meade is probably the most recognized slow pitch player of his generation, He also has many homers in his career, but was known more for his high batting averages. According to reliable sources, he has led the nation in batting an unprecedented 5 times. He started out his career in Florida playing for Copher Brothers and Warren Motors before moving on to Nelson’s Painting. He then went to play for such renowned teams as Dave Carroll’s, Jerry’s Caterers, Elite Coatings, Smythe Sox, Steele’s Sports, Ritch’s-Kirk’s and Starpath. Finally he came back home to play for Vernon’s. Meade has won three MVP awards on the national championship level (2 ASA’s and a USSSA). He has also had some of the greatest single seasons in history. Here are some of the seasonal stats in Bruce Meade’s career. He led the nation in batting five of these years. Meade was named to 25 All-World teams in his long glorious career. This figure will rise each year as he is also piling up many all world honors on the senior circuit these days. Meade was the first  player in softball history elected to all four association’s Hall of Fames. He gained election into the USSSA Hall of Fame in 1989, the NSA Hall of Fame in 1992, the ASA Hall of Fame in 1999 and the ISA Hall of fame in 2003.

Year  	ABs	Hits	HRs  	Avg.	Team
1974 					Manatee County Stars
1975 			140	.641    Copher Brothers
1976  	387 	273	131   	.705  	Warren Motors
1977  	622	475	215   	.764  	Nelson's Painting
1978  	437	315	175  	.720  	Nelson's Painting (110 gms)
1979  	460	319	198   	.693  	Nelson's Painting and Nelco Mfg. (110 games)
1980  	653	494	230   	.757  	Dave Carroll Sports (130 games)
1981  	636	488	247   	.767  	Dave Carroll's Skoal Bandits and Jerry's Caterers
1982  	308	217	104   	.705  	Jerry's Caterers
1983  	344 	254	138   	.738  	Jerry's Caterers
1984  	625	435	229   	.696  	Jerry's Caterers and Steele's (125 games total)
1985  	487 	363	200   	.746  	Elite Coatings (110 games)
1986    477 	339	190	.711 	Smythe Sox
1987    400 	288 	160	.720 	Smythe Sox
1988   	162	120	 80   	.741  	Smythe Sox
	110	 71	 33   	.645  	Steele's Sports
	272	191	113   	.702  	Total
1989    393 	279	150	.710 	Ken Michael's
1990    185	124	 52   	.670  	Ritch's/Kirks
1991  	357	241	130   	.675  	Starpath
1992    288	187	 81   	.649  	Starpath
1993    227	145	 79   	.638  	Vernon's
1994 			 	 	-Retired, traveled doing HR exhibitions
Totals	7511	5394	3029	.720	INCOMPLETE - (Estimated to have over 3000 HRs and a Batting Average of .735)
1999 - Senior Softball for Florida Crush (.772, 38 HRs) - (Estimated to have over well over 3000 HRs and a Batting Average of .735)

 

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