Capitol Insulation, sponsored by Bob Edmiston and Don Webster, fielded one of the best teams in the country from 1974-1988. Although never capturing a national championship, the team based in North Hollywood, California, defied all obstacles involving extensive travel and maintaining players on the West Coast to produce some of the top players in softball. Mike Cellura, Hank Kosmala, Rick Wheeler, Bo Webber, Cruz Martinez, Don Furnald, Elby Bushong, Frank Rodriguez, Dennis Meyers and Ken Dain are only a few of the many great players who played for manager Ron Whittleton in a Capital uniform. As other California teams came and went over the years, Capitol upheld a strong standard of softball in that area and was a mainstay in the USSSA World Series, failing to qualify only twice between 1974 and 1988.
They came close to capturing the title in 1983 but eventually finished third behind Steele’s in their first year under Dave Neale and repeat champion Jerry’s. They continued to pursue softball excellence and played in every major tournament around the country, including the Smoky Mountain Classic in Maryville, Tennessee.