Category: 1971

National Slow Pitch Softball League (NSPSL)

This league was the idea of Detroit’s Ed Dreslinski, who invested a large amount of his own money and also procured corporate sponsors such as Coca-Cola, American Tobacco Company and General Motors to take care of transportation costs. All lodging would be taken care of through a deal with Holiday Inn. Each player was insured for $200,000. The league would have 8 teams in the league and play a 28 game schedule. The league would use a Red, White and Blue Softball.

Some information was found on games during the season. Either the league folded before it finished or no info is
available on the winner. The league started with 8 teams and soon thereafter, 2 teams dropped out leaving 6 left.

These are the records I could locate.

1971 National Slowpitch Softball League NSPSL (as of July 18)

1. Little Caesars, Detroit, MI 15- 3 .833
2. Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI 10- 4 .715
3. County Sports, Levittown, NY 10-11 .476
4. Toledo Keys, Toledo, OH 8-10 .444
5. Jims Hard Hats, Pittsburgh, PA 10-13 .435
6. York Barbell, York, PA 7-13 .350

– Merchants, Phoenix City, AL 3- 3 N/A (dropped out)
– Piledrivers, VA Beach, VA 2- 4 N/A (dropped out)

Little Caesars of Detroit was 25-3 on August 8th, they defeated County Sports of NY 13-9 to clinch the League Title. Bob Auten and Bill Cole both hit 3-run HRs to lead the way. There was no playoff.

ASA All-Star Series

ASA All-Star Series, Called the ASA Softball World Series: (1970-1977)

(New Format) – Defending ASA Open division champions played defending ASA Industrial division champions

1970 at Milwaukee, WI

Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI (1969 ASA Open Champ) – Lycoming. Stratford, CT (1969 ASA Industrial Champ)

Copper Hearth won the series (2-1): MVP – Officially Not named – (Doc Neubauer, Copper Hearth, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
In the first All-Star Series under the new format, it was a shame that a tragic event ended the series early. Copper Hearth was up 2 games to 1 in the series and leading the fourth game 3-0 when Lycoming outfielder Jim Dobbs was almost electrocuted when he ran into the outfield fence which had exposed electrical wires leading to the scoreboard. He was revived by local police and taken to the hospital. The Lycoming team walked off the field refusing to play. The ASA officials cancelled the rest of the series. This could have been much worse, but the player that was hurt, Jim Dobbs, recovered and continued his career.

Scores: (and some game notes)

Copper Hearth 20 Lycoming 5; – Carl “Doc” Neubauer (4-4), Tony Galecke (4-5), Duke Maas (2 2B’s, 2 RBIs), Tom Sorcic (2 RBIs), Mark Neubauer (3-run HR) all led the 24 hit attack.
Copper Hearth 8 Lycoming 6; – Doc Neubauer hit a clutch Sac Fly to drive  in the eventual winning run in top of 7th as Copper Hearth scored 5 runs to take the lead.
Lycoming 15 Copper Hearth 4; – Frank Deluca’s pitching held the powerful Copper Hearth team to only 6 runs, Ed Finnegan and his Avco-Lycoming teammates collected 23 hits in the game.
Copper Hearth leading Lycoming 3-0 in 4th inning was game was called due to the injury to Dobbs.

1971 at Southgate, MI

Little Caesars, Southgate, MI (1970 ASA Open Champ) – Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (1970 ASA Industrial Champ)

Little Caesars won the series (4-0): MVP – Officially Not named – (Tex Collins, Little Caesars, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
Little Caesars showed how powerful they really are. This is the first team in ASA history to have 4 former ASA National MVPs on the same team playing together. Joe Gauci (1958), Bill Cole (1962), Mike Axelson (1966) and Mike Gouin (1970).  Plus a couple of the best power hitters in the country in Tex Collins and Jim Pucket. Pharr Yarn led the first game 11-3 before Little Caesars came storming back to win 18-11. The Yarnmen weren’t the same after that. The four game sweep upped Little Caesars record to 69-5 for the season. Gary LaDue finished up 12-14 (.857) with 2 HRs. Mike Gouin was 10-15 (.667) with 4 HRs. Tex Collins was 8-16 (.500) with 5 HRs and 13 RBIs in the 4 games. He finished up 6-8 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in the last 2 games. Bob Auten hit 2 HRs and was 4-0 pitching and Jim Puckett chipped in with 2 HRs and was 6-11 in the games he played (.545). Ken Mitchem led Pharr Yarn with 3 HRs. Mike Hover was 7-13 (.538) for Pharr Yarn. Pharr Yarn was outscored 51-28.

Scores: (and some game notes)

Little Caesars 18 – Pharr Yarn 11; – Caesars, trailing 11-3, struck for 15 runs in the top of the 6th inning to come back and win. Pharr Yarn jumped out to its big lead behind Bob McMahon’s 4-4 performance and HRs by Joe Brown and Ken Mitchem. Gary Ladue was 4-4 with a HR. Tex Collins hit 2 HRs and Jim Puckett also hit a bomb.
Little Caesars 11 – Pharr Yarn 1; – Pitcher Bob Auten shut down the Pharr Yarn bats as Gary LaDue had another 4-4 night.
Little Caesars 10 – Pharr Yarn 5; – Tex Collins (3-4) slammed three home runs and drove in 7 runs to lead the Little Caesars attack
Little Caesars 12 – Pharr Yarn 11; – Bob Auten hit two homers and Tex Collins finished up his night with another 3-4 game with 2 RBIs. JD McDonald was 4-4 for Pharr Yarn.

1972 at McAdenville, NC

Indian Lakes Piledrivers, Virginia Beach, VA (1971 ASA Open Champ) – Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (1971 ASA Industrial Champ)

Pile Drivers won the series (3-1): MVP – Officially Not named – (Bert Smith and HT Waller, Piledrivers,  mentioned by newspaper accounts)
Pharr Yarn won the first game behind the powerful bat of Ken Mitchem, who had 2 HRs in the.  After that, the Pile Drivers started to wake up.  Games 2 and 3 went down to the wire. Bert Smith’s HR in the 8th inning was the difference in the 15-13 victory for the Virginia Beach squad. In the next game, the Pile Drivers scored 3 in 7th inning courtesy of an HT Waller Home Run to win 11-8. The final games was just a HR derby for the Pile Drivers. They hit 10 total in the game, with Waller getting 4 and Smith 3.  These two guys combined for 13 HRs in the 4 games. Smith had 7 and Waller 6. Johnny Dollar chipped in with 3 more Leading the way for Pharr Yarn were Ken Mitchem and Smiley Tribble with 3 apiece. The run margin was 64-47 in favor of the Open Champs.

Scores: (and some game notes)

Pharr Yarn 20 – Pile Drivers 15; – Ken Mitchem was 3-4 with 2 HRs to lead Pharr Yarn. Nick Sessoms and Johnny Dollar hit HRs for the Piledrvers
Pile Drivers 15 – Pharr Yarn 13; – Bert Smith was 5-5 with 4 HRs, the last in the 8th inning win te game. JD McDonald was 4-4 for Pharr Yarn.
Pile Drivers 11 – Pharr Yarn 8; – HT Waller hit 2 HRs to spark the Pile Drivers to the victory in the third game. Smiley Tribble hit 2 for Pharr Yarn
Pile Drivers 23 – Pharr Yarn 6; – The Pile Drivers exploded for 10 HRs in the game to clinch the series. Bert Smith had 3 and HT Waller had 4.

1973 at Louisville, KY

Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY (1972 ASA Open Champ) – Pharr Yarn, McAdenville, NC (1972 ASA Industrial Champ)

Jiffy Club won the series (3-0, 4th game was rained out): –  MVP – Officially Not named – (Bill Gatti and Phil Schroer, Jiffy Club, mentioned by newspaper accounts
If anyone had any doubt who the best team in the country is, Jiffy Club removed any doubt. They came into this Softball World series ranked number three in the country behind Howard’s Furniture of North Carolina and Empire County Sports from Long Island. Pharr Yarn is the three time defending ASA National Industrial Champion. After Gatti’s heroics to win the first game, it was basically clear sailing for the Louisville squad, especially in front of the hometown crowd. Jiffy outscored the Industrial Champs 65-26 in the three games. The scheduled 4th game was rained out.  Bill Gatti led Jiffy in batting (8-10, .800, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs), followed by Phil Schroer (10-13, .769, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, plus pitched all three games), Jack Brown (10-13, .769, .2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Ron Potter (8-12, .750, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs). Cobbie Harrison (7-14, .500, 5 RBIs). Jiffy Club had 75 hits in the 3 games and 14 HRs. Pharr Yarn had 36 hits. Buck Buchanon, Pharr Yarn (6-7, .857, 7 RBIs) led Pharr Yarn. He was helped by Gene West (6-9, .667, 3 RBIs) , Smiley Tribble (5-9, .556, 2 RBIs) and JD McDonald (5-9, .556).

Scores: (and some game notes)

Jiffy Club 18 – Pharr Yarn 17; – Bill Gatti hit a 2-run walk off homer to win the game in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Jiffy Club 30 – Pharr Yarn 4; – Jiffy exploded for 30 runs behind Phil Schorer and Ron Cutter, who combined for 5 HRs.
Jiffy Club 17 – Pharr Yarn 5; – Bill Gatti once again paced the attack as he hit 3 HRs to lead Jiffy Club to the win.

Fourth Game was rained out.

1974 at Springfield, OH

Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC (1973 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Pabst International Harvester, Springfield, OH (1973 ASA Industrial Champ)

Howard’s won the series (4-1): –  MVP – HT Waller, Howard’s Furniure (15-24, .625, 6 HRs) – by ASA Balls and Strikes
Howards came into this year’s World Series with an 89-7 record. They have entered 10 tournaments and won them all. They have 767 HRs on the year so far. They have 5 player with over 100 HRs. Pabst comes in with a 24-15 record and their leading HR hitter has 15.  The Run margin was 70-39 in favor of Howard’s. HT Waller was named the Series MVP.  Waller was big on all five games. He had a supporting cast of superstars as well: Don Arndt (11-21, .523, 5 HRs), Stan Harvey (14-22, .636, 3 HRs), Gene Fisher (4 HRs). Roger Brown (2 HRs) and Denny Hogan (1 HR). Dave Carroll did all of the pitching for Howards and also hit a HR. Howards had 100 hits in the 5 total games. 22 of the hits went for homers. For Pabst, Larry Garrard (11-19, .578, 2 HRs) was the top man along with Ron Boling (10-18, .556) and Dave Evilsizer (3 HRs).

Scores: (and some game notes)

Howard’s 15 – Pabst 4; – Howards scored 6 runs in both the 2nd and 6th inning. HT Waller, Don Arndt and Butch Adams each hit 2 HRs
Pabst 16 – Howard’s 7; – Pabst took advantage of 7 errors by Howard’s Outfielders. Dave Evilsizor hto 3 HRs for Pabst.
Howard’s 11 – Pabst 8; – Pabts threw three balls away and all three runners scored for the 11-8 win. Denny Hogan hit a HR for Howards.
Howard’s 16 – Pabst 9; – HT Waller led the Howard’s offense in a game that was closer then the score|Howard’s 21 – Pabst 2; – Waller again was the Offensive star as Howard’s hit 22 total HRs in the 5 games.

1975 at Charlotte, NC (first 2 games) and then Denver, NC (final 3 games)

Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC (1974 ASA Open Champ) – Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance, Charlotte, NC (1974 ASA Industrial Champ)

Howard’s won the series (4-1): –  MVP – Bert Smith, Howard’s Furniture (13-15, .867, 9 HRs … stats for final 3 games only) – by ASA Balls and Strikes
(Don Arndt, Howard’s, mentioned by newspaper accounts) This year’s World Series is an all North Carolina affair. There was no information available on individual game results, just a recap.  The scores of the first 2 games played in Charlotte are unavaialbe. The two teams split a double header there. Then then they got to Howard’s home field in Denver, NC, it was a three game Howard’s sweep.   Howard’s outscored Aetna in the three games 104-40. The following stats are just for the 3 games in Denver, NC.  Howard’s split a double header the first night, then won three straight the second night outscoring Aetna 104-40. They hit 46 HRs in the 3 games, including 22 in a crazy 51-12 win. Bert Smith was selected as the series MVP.

Scores: (and some game notes)

Howard’s defeated Aetna – no information available on individual games
Aetna defeated Howard’s L; – no information available on individual games
Howard’s 23 Aetna 6 no information available on individual games
Howard’s 51 Aetna 12 no information available on individual games
Howard’s 30 Aetna 22 no information available on individual games

1976 at Cleveland, OH

Pyramid Cafe, Lakewood, OH (1975 ASA Open Champ) – Nassau County Police, Mineola, NY (1975 ASA Industrial Champ)

Pyramid won the series (5-0): – MVP – Officially Not named – (Jim Seibert and Steve Loya, Pyramid Cafe, mentioned by newspaper accounts)
This was a lop-sided affair as the series was played on a big 300 foot fence field. But that didn’t stop the Pyramid bats as they peppered last years Industrial MVP pitcher Harry Gross for 84 Hits, 68 runs and 9 HRs. Pyramid’s Jim Siebert led the batting parade with a 10-14 performance (.714). Steve Loya led the power charge as he belted 3 HRs out of the big field. Bobby Reid hit 2 HRs. Frank Krawczyk, Jim Szoke, Dave Jakubs and Denny Thomas also hit HRs for Pyramid. Pyramid outscored the Policemen 68-23 in the five games.

Scores: (and some game notes)

Pyramid Cafe 12 – Nassau County Police 4; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 14 – Nassau County Police 5; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 19 – Nassau County Police 7; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 9 – Nassau County Police 2; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 14 – Nassau County Police 3; – no information available on individual games

1977 at Jacksonville, FL

Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL (1976 ASA Open Champ)        ——-    Armco Triangles, Middletown, OH (1976 ASA Industrial Champ)

Warren Motors won the series (5-0): –  MVP – Mickey McCarty, Warren Motors (24-28, .857, 17 HRs, 30 RBIs) – by ASA Balls and Strikes
This was the series that ended this ASA World series. The Open teams were getting to strong getting players from all over to play, while the Industrial teams were being restricted more. Warren Motors, who in 1976, went 94-2 and won the National Open Championship. The actually lost three of their best players from a year ago as Bruce Meade went to Oklahoma City to play for Nelson’s Painting, while the tandem of Ron Ford and Mike Nye joined the Pro League to play for the Detroit Caesars. Don’t tell that to Armco Triangles as this year’s Warren Motors looks every bit as powerful. The margin of victory for Warren’s in this series was the highest ever in the history of the ASA World Series. Warren’s also set the record for most runs scored in the series. The tally was 175-71. Once again, there is limited information on the individual games in favor of just a recap of the series. Mickey McCarty was a run away choice for MVP as he had a series for the ages. There were other players that also had some great stats, including: From Warren’s; Ray Fleetwood  (19-24, .792, 11 HRs); Bob Disney, Warren’s 14-17, (.824, 9 HRs). Lonnie Turner, Warren (5-0 pitching, 11-14,  .786 batting), Micky Morrison (9 HRs), Phil King, Reggie Soehlig, Ed Roth, Mike Jacobs, Richard Mummaw and Darrel Leake accounted for the the other 32 HRs that Warren Motors hit. They had 173 hits and 77 were Home runs. Joe Wills of Armco was the top hitter for them (12-19, .632, 6 HRs) along with James Gomia (10-17, .588, 3 HRs)

Scores: (and some game notes)
Pyramid Cafe 12 Nassau County Police 4; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 14 Nassau County Police 5; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 19 Nassau County Police 7; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 9 Nassau County Police 2; – no information available on individual games
Pyramid Cafe 14 Nassau County Police 3; – no information available on individual games

1978 – ASA disbanded the ASA World Series. The Open Teams won all 8 Series and of the 30 total games played, the Open squads won 25 of them.

1971 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1971 held at York, Pennsylvania on August 1-9.

Champion – Pharr Yarn Red, McAdenville, North Carolina
Runner Up – AMF, Incorporated, York, Pennsylvania

Mac Richardson (15-24, .625, HR, 9 RBI) and Bob McMahan (14-24, .583, 9 RBI, 7-0 pitching) led Pharr Yarn another Industrial National Championship. Pharr Yarn won the final 11-2, behind McMahan’s pitching and Ken Mitchem’s 3-run Home run. Ed Reider was the high man for AMF in the tournament (13-28, .481), along with John King (11-25, .440) and Carl Stambaugh (9-21, .429). Ed Finnegan of Avco-Lycoming has such a fantastic tournament for his team, even though they finished 4th, he was named the Tournament MVP.

  • MVP – Ed Finnegan, Avco-Lycoming (25-36, .694, 13 RBI, 17 Runs) – won award, even though his team finished 4th
  • HR Leader – Dave Evilsizer, Pabst International (11-29, .379, 12 RBI) – 4
  • Batting Leader – Ed Finnegan, Avco – .694


  • P – Bob McMahan, Pharr Yarn (.583)
  • P – Bill Bansak, Avco-Lycoming (.581, 14 RBI)
  • C – Tom Hall, Riegel Rifles
  • 1B – Mac Richardson, Pharr Yarn (.625)
  • 2B – Terry Togio, Avco-Lycoming (.606)
  • 3B – Nick Mescher, Pabst International (.519, 2 HR)
  • SS – Ed Finnegan, Avco-Lycoming
  • OF – Emery Klemstine, Norfolk Fire Department (.636)
  • OF – Larry Holbrooks, Riegel Rifles
  • OF – Jim Dobbs, Avco-Lycoming (2 HR, 18 RBI)
  • OF – Eugene West, Pharr Yarn
  • UTIL – Whitey Tucker, Riegel Rifles


  • P – Carl Stambaugh, AMF
  • C – Raymond Barron, Local #14
  • 1B – Jim Vessels, Bennett Motors
  • 2B – Dick Wade, Pabst International
  • 3B – Joe Brown, Pabst International
  • SS – John King, AMF
  • OF – Rich Dobbs, Avco-Lycoming
  • OF – Bob Weller, Norfolk Fire Department
  • OF – Ken Mitchem, Pharr Yarn
  • UT – Ed Reider, AMF


1. Pharr Yarn Reds, McAdenville, NC (7-0)
2. AMF, lnc. York, PA (7-2)
3. Riegel Rifles, Trion, GA (4-2)
4. AVCO/Lycoming, Stratford, CT (7-2)
5t. Pabst, Springfield, OH (6-2)
5t. Pharr Yarn Greens, McAdenville, NC (3-2)
7t. Norfolk Fire Department, Norfolk, VA (5-2)
7t. Bruce-Johnson, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
9t. Bennett Motors, Evansville, IN (3-2)
9t. Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
9t. Burlington-Northern, St. Paul, MN (2-2)
9t. Dupont Fibers, Waynesboro, VA (2-2)
13t. Delta Airlines, Atlanta, GA (2-2)
13t. Local #14, Cleveland, OH (3-2)
13t. Waco’s, Louisville, KY (2-2)
13t. Link A. C., Binghamton, NY (3-2)
17t. Lawrence Township Fire Department, Lawrence Township, NJ (2-2)
17t. A. H. Robins, Richmond, VA (1-2)
17t. Walker’s, WV (1-2)
17t. Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY (1-2)
17t. RTE Corp., Waukesha, WI (1-2)
17t. Westinghouse, Pensacola, FL (1-2)
17t. Pittsburgh Post Office, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
17t. Delaware Association of Police, Wilmington, DE (1-2)
25t. Wilson & Co., Oklahoma City, OK (1-2)
25t. Great Lakes Steel, Detroit, MI (1-2)
25t. Pepsico, New York, NY (1-2)
25t. Local #1098, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
25t. Kenney Manufacturing, Warwick , RI (0-2)
25t. Raytheon, Worcester, MA (0-2)
25t. Local #149, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
25t. ACCO, York, PA (0-2)
33t. Rohm & Haas, Knoxville, TN (0-2)
33t. Eaton Manufacturing., Bottle Creek, MI (0-2)
33t. Afees, Kansas City, KS (0-2)
33t. Nassau County Police Department, Mineola, NY (0-2)
33t. Arodmoc, Corpus Christi, TX (0-2)
33t. ACIC Rebels, St Louis, MO (0-2)
33t. Clinton Manufacturing, Clinton, SC (0-2)

1971 ASA Men’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

1971 held at Parma, Ohio.

Champion – Virginia Beach Pile Drivers, Virginia Beach, Virginia (100-22)
Runner Up – Little Caesar’s, Southgate, Michigan (112-10)

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 HR, 19 RBI), Tex Collins (7 HR, 18 RBI) and Bill Cole (6 HR, 10 RBI), Gary LaDue (4 HR, 10 RBI), Bob Malicki (5 HR, 15 RBI) and Mike Gouin (8 HR, 17 RBI) all led Little Caesars back to the final.

Johnny Dollar (14-23, .609, 14 RBI), 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 HR and 22 RBI.

  • MVP – Bert Smith, Pile Drivers (15-22, .682, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Jim Pucket, Little Caesar’s (21-30, .700, 26 RBI, 22 Runs) – 13
  • Batting Leader – Bill Gatti, Jiffy’s Club (13-15, 9 HR, 17 RBI, 13 Runs) – .867


P – Don Griever, Stroh’s (13-14, .929, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 10 Runs)
P – Bob Auten, Little Caesars (20-38, .526, 11 HR, 19 RBI, 17 Runs)
C – Dave Lane, Trailways (12-18, .667, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 8 Runs)
C – Tex Collins, Little Caesars (13-25, .520, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 12 Runs)
1B – Terry Smith, Stroh’s (11-13, .846, 10 HR, 19 RBI, 11 Runs)
2B – Nick Sessoms, Piledrivers (14-25, .560, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 14 Runs)
3B – Bill Cole, Little Caesars (16-32, .500, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 13 Runs)
SS – Don Jones, Howard’s (9-16, .563, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 8 Runs)
OF – Bill Gatti, Jiffy Club (13-15, .867, 9 HR, 17 RBI, 13 Runs)
OF – Bert Smith, Piledrivers (15-22, .682, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 14 Runs)
OF – Andy Loya, Gene-Angelo’s (12-19, .632, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 11 Runs)
OF – Jim Puckett, Little Caesars (21-30, .700, 13 HR, 26 RBI, 22 Runs)
UT – Ed Green, Pacific Standard Life (12-14, .857, 7 HR, 14 RBI, 9 Runs)
UT – Lynwood Strickland, Piledrivers (9-19, .474, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4 Runs)


P – Don Arndt, Howard’s Furnitire (9-18, .500, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 6 Runs)
P – Joe Yacabet, Gene-Angelo’s (11-18, .611, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 5 Runs)
C – Myron Rozmark, Maplewood Plumbing (8-13, .615, 5 HR, 7 RBI, 6 Runs)
C – Preston Powell, Non Ferrous (10-18, .556, 6 HR, 9 RBI, 10 Runs)
1B – Emory Lucas, Century Tire (23-30, .767, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 17 Runs)
2B – Carl Tomsic, Gene-Angelo’s (12-18, .667, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 6 Runs)
3B – John DeVoss, Pacific Standard (10-12, .833, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 Runs)
SS – Bob Malicki, Little Caesars (18-32, .523, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 11 Runs)
OF – Johnny Dollar, Piledrivers (14-23, .609, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 11 Runs)
OF – Tommy Maiden, Howard Furniture (12-18, .667, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7 Runs)
OF – Jerry Marcum, Al Stokes VW (12-20, .600, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 13 Runs)
OF – Corky Rogers, Warren Motors (12-17, .706, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 12 Runs)
UT – Bob Rosin, Non Ferrous Metals (9-17, .529, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 6 Runs)
UT – Steve Loya, Gene-Angelo’s (13-21, .619, 9 HR, 14 RBI, 12 Runs)


Tom Taylor, Century Tire (17-29, .586, 10 HR, 21 RBI, 15 Runs)
Bob Voss, Little Caesars (21-36, .583, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 18 Runs)
Gary Ladue, Little Caesars (19-35, .543, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 17 Runs)
Gene Fisher, Howard Furniture (8-17, .471, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 8 Runs)
Ron Potter, Jiffy Club (8-17, .471, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 Runs)
Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (18-40, .450, 8 HR, 17 RBI, 15 Runs)
Cobbie Harrison, Jiffy Club (9-20, .450, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 Runs)
Steve Massong, Century Tire (9-20, .450, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 9 Runs)
Mike Nye, Warren Motors (10-23, .433, 8 HR, 9 RBI, 10 Runs)
Tony Mazza, Little Caesars (13-34, .382, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 11 Runs)


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)
5t. Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC (3-2)
5t. Gene’s-Angelo’s, Parma, OH (3-2)
7t. Al Stokes Volkswagon, Houston, TX (3-2)
7t. Maplewood Plumbing, St. Paul, MN (3-2)
9t. Warren Motors, Jacksonville, FL (3-2)
9t. Stroh’s, Springfield, OH (2-2)
9t. Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9t. Trailways, Knoxville, TN (3-2)
13t. Brookline YMC, Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)
13t. Virginia Door, Norfolk, VA (2-2)
13t. Pacific Standard Life, Davis, CA (2-2)
13t. Clutch Specialty, Mobile, AL (2-2)
17t. Al’s Green Tavern, Rochester, NY (1-2)
17t. Green Belt Shell, Washington, DC (1-2)
17t. Johnny Mac’s Sport, St. Louis, MO (1-2)
17t. Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. Taylor Brothers, Providence, RI (1-2)
17t. Eastway Construction, Eastlake, OH (1-2)
17t. Queen City Motors, Burlington, VT (1-2)
17t. Valley Merchants, Langdale, AL (1-2)
25t. Cagles Cardinals, Lawton, OK (0-2)
25t. South-Shore Outdoor, Long Island, NY (0-2)
25t. Taggares, Othello, WA (0-2)
25t. Priced Rite Trophy, Salt Lake City, UT (0-2)
25t. Wilmer-Bilgere, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
25t. Daly Drive-In, Westland, MI (0-2)
25t. Heidelberg, Tacoma, WA (0-2)
25t. Curve Form, Youngstown, OH (0-2)

1971 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1971 held at Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 27-September 5.

Champion – Nitehawks, Long Beach, California
Runner Up – Spencer’s, Englewood, Colorado
Runner Up – LaTapatia, El Paso, Texas

  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Gil Aragon, Schaefer-Smith Insurance
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – N/A
  • Leading Hitter – Chuck Coldera, Hustlers – .600
  • Most RBI – Don Frazier, Nitehawks – 5


P – Roger Teske, Spencer’s (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15 K, 1 BB)
P – Paul Lopez, LaTapatia (4-1, 2.18 ERA, 35 K, 5 BB)
P – Gil Aragon, Schaefer-Smith Insurance (4-2, 2.45 ERA, 65 K, 6 BB)
C – Jack Palmore, LaTapatia C .286
C – Butch Chambers, Schaefer-Smith Insurance C .278
IF – Don Frazier, Spencer’s IF .455
IF – Bob Robinson, Carolina Hawks IF .429
IF – Bill Crumm, Schaefer-Smith Insurance IF .421
IF – Bill Manning, LaTapatia IF .400
IF – Don Sears, Spencer’s IF .364
OF – John Wilson, Spencer’s OF .556
OF – Frank Van Patton, Hustlers OF .417
OF – Bob Brozovich, Spencer’s OF .400
OF – Denny Ferch, Lux Club OF .333


1. Nighthawks, Long Beach, CA
2. Spencer’s, Englewood, CO
3. LaTapatia, El Paso, TX
4. Oregon Clothing, Oshkosh, WI
5t. Schaefer-Smith Insurance, Phoenix, AZ
5t. Hustlers, Hawthorne, CA
7t. Carolina Hawks, Columbia, SC
7t. Quickick, Tulsa, OK
9t. Clearfield Cheese, Wellsville, UT
9t. Trail Liquor, Lamar, CO
9t. Burger-Chef, Clarksburg, WV
9t. Fair-Way Motors, Reno, NV
13t. Sports Shop, Rock Island, IL
13t. Kingsport Club, Kingsport, TN
13t. Cowboys, Clovis, CA
13t. White Glove, Houston, TX
17t. Oklahoma Army National Guard, Oklahoma City, OK
17t. Reeg Motor Sales, Huntington, IN
17t. Lux Club, Dubuque, IA
17t. W.M. Heitgras Co., Tulsa, OK
17t. Tally-Page, Phoenix, AZ
17t. Dallas-Ft. Worth All Stars, Dallas, TX
17t. Beavers, Granite Falls, NC

1971 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1971 held at Las Vegas, Nevada.

1970 East World Champ played the 1970 West World Champ in the 1971 World Series best of 7 series Accurate Welding of Milwaukee, WI (EAST) —– defeated —– Goettl’s Metals of Phoenix, AZ (WEST) – (4 games to 0)

Accurate Welding was 75-22 on the season. They also played Little Caesars in a USSSA vs ASA match of champions. Playing by ASA rules, Accurate emerged victorious 14-13. Accurate shocked USSSA people by how dominating they really were in the series. They collected 68 hits total in the four games, including 5 HRs on the big 300′ fences. They outscored their opponent by a 45-10 margin.

  • MVP – James Mortl, Accurate Welding (12-15, .800, 6 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader – Carl Bruce, Accurate Welding (8-11, .727, 14 RBI) – 3
  • Batting Leader – James Mortl, Accurate Welding – .800


No All-World Team was selected – just a best of 7 series between 2 teams. The East and West selected All World Teams in their respective Tournaments.


  • Game 1 – Accurate Welding 17 vs. Goettl’s Metals 3 – Accurate had 25 hits. Jim Mortl was 4-4, Carl Bruce (HR), Jim Warras (HR) and John Wegner had 3 each.
  • Game 2 – Accurate Welding 13 vs. Goettl’s Metals 0- Accurate dominated again with 22 hits. Jim Mortl, John Wegner and Gary Perkins had 3 hits apiece.
  • Game 3 – Accurate Welding 8 vs. Goettl’s Metals 1 – Accurate had only 11 hits, but still managed to emerge victorious. Jim Mortl led Accurate with 2 hits.
  • Game 4 – Accurate Welding 7 vs. Goettl’s Metals 6 – Goettl’s scored 5 runs in the 5th inning to take a 6-5 lead. Carl Bruce of Accurate hit a 2-run homer to win it 7-6.

1. Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI (4-0)
2. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ (0-4)

1971 World Series Stats (at least 10 ABs)

Jim Mortl, Accurate (12-15, .800, 6 RBI)
Carl Bruce, Accurate (8-11, .727, 3 HR, 14 RBI)
Gary Perkins, Accurate (7-11, .727, 3 RBI)
Gene Cupertino, Accurate (6-12, .500, 3 RBI)
Dick Polgar, Accurate (6-12, .500, 4 RBI)
Jim Warras, Accurate (5-10, .500, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
John Wegner, Accurate (7-14, .500, 2 RBI)
Daryl Greenmeier, Accurate (5-11, .455, 1 RBI)
Ron Stanton, Accurate (3-11, .273, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

*No Stats available for Goettl’s Metals

Larry Harrell
Jack Beavers
Adam Bauer
Denny Bush
Bruce Simmons
Fred Goettl
Bill Wright
Rick Gardner
Hank Goettl
Randy Gill
Paul Digarnde
Skip Hancock
Greg Witherspon
Jerry Beavers
Jim Kelly

1971 East Worlds held at Louisville, Kentucky.

Champion – Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI
Runner Up – Ace Movers, Milwaukee, WI

Accurate defeated Ace Movers 12-4 in the winner’s bracket finals on the strength of home runs from Carl Bruce and John Wegner. Ace came back to score a couple on run scoring doubles off the bats of John Gross and Willie May. John Wegner hit his second HR of the game and Darryl Greenmeier’s triple put the game out of reach. Accurate defeated Fairdale AC of KY 13-1 and Feldotts of IL 8-5 to reach the final. Ace defeated 6th Ward of Pittsburgh 22-7 and the Iron Dukes of New Castle PA 5-4 to gain their final berth. The Milwaukee Commandos (Robert’s Lounge) were playing the powerful Hicksville Astros of New York in the loser’s bracket. Hicksville was leading 1-0 when it started to rain hard. After 6 hours of rain, it was called and Accurate declared the champ, with Ace second and Hicksville awarded third and the Commandos fourth.

  • East MVP – John Wegner, Accurate Welding (10-18, .556, 4 HR, 13 RBI)
  • East HR Leader – Larry Chiapetta, Hicksville Astros
  • East Batting Leader – Darrell Greenmeir, Accurate Welding (12-16, 6 RBI) – .750


Pitcher – Mike Fox, Ace Movers
Catcher – Willie May, Ace Movers (12-17, .706)
First Base – Oscar Steadman, Hicksville Astros
Second Base – Jim Mortl, Accurate Welding (10-22, .455, 7 RBI)
Third Base – Carl Bruce, Accurate Welding (11-17, .647, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
Shortstop – Mike Foley, Hicksville Astros
Outfield – John Wegner, Accurate Welding (10-18, .556, 4 HR, 13 RBI)
Outfield – Darrell Greenmeier, Accurate Welding (12-16, .750, 6 RBI)
Outfield – Arlis Jones, Commando’s
Outfield – Jim Sieloff, Ace Movers

EAST FINAL STANDINGS (top-10 listed, 38 total teams …. rain shortened)

1. Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI (6-1)
2. Ace Movers, Milwaukee, WI (4-1)
3. Hicksville Astros, Hicksville, NY (6-1)
4. Milwaukee Commandos, Milwaukee, WI (7-1)
5. Iron Dukes, New Castle, PA (3-2)
6. Feldotts Plateau, Napierville, IL (3-2)
7. Sports Center, Covington, KY (5-2)
8. Queen City Patterns, Miamitown, OH (4-2)
9. Milwaukee Forging, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
10. Sixth Ward Club, Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)

1971 USSSA West Worlds held at Azusa, California.

Champion – Johnson’s Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ
Runner Up – Berg Ford, Mesa, AZ

Big Apple won five straight games to win the Western Worlds. All were close games as they beat in order; Bemco 5-2, VB Morgan Trucking 6-4, Kerr’s Sporting Goods 4-3 and Glenwood Motors 5-3. In the Championship, they defeated Berg Ford 9-3. Weekes earlier, Berg defeated Big Apple to win the Arizona USSSA State Championship. Berg also played a series of close games to reach the title game. They won 10-9 over the Carpetbaggers, 6-3 over Bit of Italy, both from California. Then Glenwood Motors beat Berg 7-6 to send them to the losers bracket. There, they eliminated Blinky’s 2-0, Kerr’s 6-4 and Glenwood Motors 2-0. Pitcher Benny Crittenden hurled the two shutouts. Shortstop Vince Peralta sparkled on defense and drove in the deciding runs in some of the close games.

  • West MVP – Vince Paralta, Big Apple
  • West HR Leader – Elby Bushong, Kerr Sporting Goods
  • West Batting Leader – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s Metal ( .623)


Pitcher – Benny Crittenden, Berg Ford (.529)
Catcher – Elby Bushong, Kerr Sp. Goods (.400)
First Base – Ken Novak, Glenwood Motors (.450)
Second Base – Dave Hibbert, Berge Ford (.563)
Third Base – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s (.623)
Shortstop – Vince Peralta, Big Apple (.471)
Shortstop – Gordon Loveless, Berg Ford (.341)
Outfield – Joe Contraras, Big Apple (.333)
Outfield – Dan McMann, Blinky’s (.500)
Outfield – Frank Wilson, Glenwood Motors (.474)
Outfield – Frank Valunzuela, Big Apple (.385)


1. Johnson’s Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ (5-0)
2. Berg Ford, Mesa, AZ (5-2)
3. Glenwood Motors, Glenwood, CA (4-2)
4. Kerr Sporting Goods, Phoenix, AZ (3-2)
5t. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ (4-2)
5t. Nevada Test Site Bears, Nye County, NV (4-2)
7t. Bit of Italy, Huntington Park, CA (3-2)
7t. V.B. Morgan Truckers, Lakewood, CA (2-2)
9t. Austin & Wolfe Refrigeration, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
9t. Honeywell, Phoenix, AZ (1-2)
9t. Bemco, Industry, CA (1-2)
9tt. Foothill Dairy, Azusa, CA (2-2)
13t. Shakey’s, CA (2-2)
13t. Motorola Blue, AZ (2-2)
13t. Bohunks, CA (1-2)
13t. Carpet Baggers, NV (0-2)
17t. Garrey Room, CA (0-2)
17t. Motorola White, AZ (0-2)
17t. So. Phoenix Merchants, AZ (0-2)
17t. Sierra Produce, NV (0-2)
17t. Wonder World, NV (0-2)
17t. The Pitcher, AZ (0-2)

1971 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1971 held at Louisville, Kentucky.

Co-Champion – Troy Redman, Troy, Michigan
Co-Champion – St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus, Detroit, Michigan

  • No MVP or all tournament team was named and no other information available

This was the first year of the ASA A Men’s Slow Pitch National Championships. The Class “A” meet drew-a field of 26 teams In its first outing. Teams came from Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Delaware, Rhode Island, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Michigan and six metro areas.

The winners bracket final between Troy Redmen and St. Patricks was tied 6-6 in the fifth inning when torrential rains came and washed away the rest of the tournament. Troy and St. Pats were awarded Co-Champs and Des Speilhaus of Wisconsin and Fairport Merchants of Rochester third and fourth respectively. Both were alive in the losers bracket.

Jefferson County Merchants and 5&10 Tap were awarded 5th and 6th as they were still alive as well, but did not advance as far as the other two teams with one loss. Also, Fairport defeated Jefferson County head-to-head. In the final few games played:

Winner’s bracket – Fairport Rochester Merchants defeated Jefferson County Merchants 4-1. Troy Redmen defeated Fairport Rochester Merchants 15-5. St. Patricks K of C defeated Milwaukee 5&10 Tap 10-3. In Loser’s Bracket games; Des Speilhaus eliminated Schumachers 12-4. Jefferson Merchants eliminated Corbin Pepsi Cola.

Also, Fairport Merchants defeated Jefferson County head-to-head. In the final few games played: Winner’s bracket – Fairport Merchants defeated Jefferson County Merchants 4-1. Troy Redmen defeated Fairport Merchants 15-5. St. Patricks K of C defeated Milwaukee 5&10 Tap 10-3. In Loser’s Bracket games; Des Speilhaus eliminated Schumachers 12-4. Jefferson Merchants eliminated Corbin Pepsi Cola.


1t. Troy Holy Name Redmen, Troy, OH (4-0)
1t. St. Patrick’s K of C, Detroit, MI (4-0)
3. Des Spielhaus, River Falls, WI (6-1)
4. Fairport Merchants, Rochester, NY (2-1)
5t. Jefferson County Merchants, Louisville, KY (4-1)
5t. 5&10 Tap, Milwaukee, WI (2-1)
7t. Schumacher SWBT, St. Louis, MO (4-2)
7t. American Savings, Pekin, IL (3-2)
9t. Pepsi Cola, Corbin, KY (2-2)
9t. Wayside, Buffalo, MN (2-2)
9t. Shoney’s Big Boy, Richmond, VA (2-2)
9t. St. Elizabeth, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. Minnesota Mutual, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
13t. Moore Painting, Orlando, FL (1-2)
13t. Milford Merchants, Milford, MI (1-2)
13t. Howard Johnson’s, Lexington, KY (1-2)
17t. Mack’s Lounge, Newport, RI (1-2)
17t. Local 851, Joliet, IL (1-2)
17t. Digby Dodgers, Indianapolis, IN (1-2)
17t. Hicks Chevrolet, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
17t. Embalmers, Wilmington, DE (0-2)
17t. Red Roosters, Grand Island, NE (0-2)
17t. Moody Blues, Louisville, KY (0-2)
17t. Portland AC, Bowling Green, KY (0-2)
25t. Keilwood, Brownsville, KY (0-2)
25t. Jet Sets, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)



1971 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1971 held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Champion – East End Debs, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (52-6)
Runner Up – Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jeri Reidel of the Debs hurled a 9-0 shutout over the Pittsburgh Orioles to win the Championship. The Orioles managed just six hits off Reidel. She helped her own cause by going 3-4 and scoring 2 runs herself. Reidel pitched all the games for the Debs and went 5-0, allowing just 6 runs in those 5 games. It was a Pittsburgh affair as the Orioles had to beat Pittsburgh Baierl Chevrolet in the losers bracket final to reach the Debs. Pittsburgh teams finished 1, 2, 3 and 5. Georgetown Village of Ohio was 4th and Penn Hills of Pittsburgh was 5th. 22 teams entered this event, making it the largest Women’s World Championship to date. 5 of the teams were from PA. 4 were from KY, NY and VA. 2 from Maryland, while 1 each from OH, IN and NC.

  • MVP – Jeri Riedel, East End Debs (allowed 6 runs in 5 games)
  • Batting Leader – Jeri Riedel, East End Debs
  • Batting Leader – Janet Schmidt, East End Debs
  • HR Leader – Dottie Galligan, Indiana Majorettes – 3


P – Jeri Reidel, Debs (3-4 in final)
P – Olivia Jones, Orioles (0-3 in final)
C – Sue Anderson, Debs (2-4 in final)
C – Pat Miller, Baierl Chevrolet
1B – Sue Dixon, Orioles (1-3 in final)
2B – Jan Kasnevica, Baierl Chevrolet
3B – Bonnie Perella, Debs (2-4 in final)
SS – Debbie Cecerie, Orioles (1-2 in final)
SS – Dottie Galligan, Indiana Majorettes
SF – Debbie Lesesne, Orioles (0-3 in final)
OF – Janet Schmitt, Debs (3-4 in final)
OF – Jody Manore, Georgetown
OF – Jean Deliman, Baierl Chevrolet
Manager – James Reidel, Debs

FINAL STANDINGS (Incomplete – 22 total teams)

1. East End Debs, Pittsburgh, PA (5-0)
2. Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
3. Baierl Chevrolet, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
4. Georgetown Village, Toledo, OH (4-2)
5. Penn Hill, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)

1971 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1971 held at Stratford, Connecticut.

Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (57-0)
Runner Up – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California (67-14)

Joan Joyce of Raybestos beat Nancy Welborn of Orange Lionettes 1-0 in the Championship game. Joyce tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 Lionettes. Welborn scattered six hits, walked none and struck out only one batter. Joyce and Donna Lopiano each had two hits in the championship game to lead the Brakettes. The Brakettes went through the tournament winning five straight games, 4 of them by shut out and outscored their opponents by a 15-1 margin. The only run of the game was registered in the bottom of the 4th inning when Pat Harrison smashed a double to score Joyce. The throw was on time at the plate, but catcher Nancy Ito couldn’t hold onto the ball as Joyce and her aggressive base running jarred the ball loose at the plate.

24 games of the total 34 games in the tournament were shutouts. – Brakettes Pitchers went 5-0, 37 IP, 51 K, 5 Hits, 1 Run, 0 ER.

  • MVP – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (3-0, 34 K, 21 IP, 0 ER, 2 no-hitters; 7-15, .467 average)
  • MVP – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes (2-0, 17 K, 0 ER, no-hitter; 7-16, .438 average)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching MVP Award – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes (6-2, 46 K, 53 IP 1 ER)
  • Erv Lind Defensive MVP Award – Stephany Tenny, Orlando Rebels
  • Batting Leader – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (7-15, 2 RBI, 2 Runs) – .467
  • HR Leader – Marilyn Bradley, Pekinettes – 1


P – Jean Daves, Orlando Rebels (4-2, 51 IP, 39 K, 3 shutouts)
P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes
C – Mary Jane Boyd, Telford PA Wanderers
C – Peggy Kellers, Raybestos Brakettes
1B – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Rose Marie “Rosie” Adams, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Billie Moore, Raybestos Brakettes
SS – Sharron Backus, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Willie Roze, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Cyndi Lillock, Santa Clara Laurels
OF – Carol Lichtenberger, Plainfield Schaeferettes
OF – Diane Kalliam, Santa Clara Laurels (6-14, .429)
UTIL – Stephany Tenny, Orlando Rebels


P – Dot Elliott, Lorelei Ladies
P – Pat Whitman, Telford PA Wanderers
P – Charlotte Graham, Santa Clara Laurels (3-2, 34 IP, 3 ER, 13 K)
C – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes
C – Janice White, Lorelei Ladies
1B – Pat Dierking, Telford PA Wanderers
2B – Veronica Maurek, Telford PA Wanderers
3B – Sandy Ware, Lorelei Ladies
SS – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
OF – Snookie Mulder, Orlando Rebels
OF – Diane Haataia, Orange Lionettes
OF – Cecilia Ponce, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Mickey Davis, Orange Lionettes
UTIL – Bobbie Damron, Lorelei Ladies


1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (5-0) (New England)
2. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (5-2) (Defending Champ)
3. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (3-2) (Host)
4. Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, CA (3-2) (North Pacific Coast)
5t. Telford Wanderers, Telford, PA (3-2) (Central Atlantic)
5t. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (3-2) (South Atlantic)
7t. Pekin-Lettes, Pekin, IL (2-2) (West Central)
7t. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (2-2) (Cactus)
9t. Little Devils, Birmingham, AL (1-2) (Southern)
9t. Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. Jolo’s, Seattle, WA (1-2) (Northwestern)
9t. Schafferettes, Plainfield, NJ (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. Wooster Lumber Girls Girls Wooster, OH (1-2) (East Central)
13t. Houston Laurels, Houston, TX (0-2) (Texas)
13t. Moose Lodge, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2) (Southwestern)
13t. Teamsterettes Local 696, Topeka, KS (0-2) (Western)
17t. Anaheim Stars, Anaheim, CA (0-2) (South Pacific Coast)
17t. Gulfettes, Bloomington, MN (0-2) (Northern)

NOTES: Alaska Champ – Tesoro Toppers #5, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Canada Champ – Kitchener Kieswetters, Kitchener, Ontario did not attend.

1971 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1971 held at Springfield, Missouri.

Champion – Welty Way, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Runner Up – Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, Connecticut

Jerry Ralfs, Welty Way (3-0, 17 IP, 22 K) and Richie Stephens, Welty Way (2-0, 35 IP, 30 K)

Mike Pallesen, Welty Way (3-run HR difference in 5-2 championship game victory)

Bob Bickford, Mesa (3-2)

Clearwater Bombers won 62 consecutive games during the regular season

Raybestos Pitching- Dick Norenburg (3-1), Al Lewis (2-0), Metro Szeryk (2-1)

Dick Brubaker, Anixter Bombers (No Hitter with 19 K in 7 inning game)

  • MVP – Ty Stofflet, Rising Sun Hotel (3-2, Perfect Game, 43 IP, 79 K, 33 K in a 16 inning game, and was 6-20, .300 batting)
  • Batting Leader – Al Yaeger, Raybestos Cardinals (10-22, 2 RBI, 6 Runs) – .455
  • Home Run Leader – N/A
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher Award  – Roy Burlison, Anixter Bombers (3-2, 35 K in a 16 inning game, 98 K total, 43 IP)


P – Roy Burlison, Anixter Bombers
P – Ty Stofflet, Rising Sun
P – Jerry Ralfs, Welty Way
C – Don Benedict, Raybestos Cardinals
C – Dick Zuccato, Welty Way
1B – George Adam, Raybestos Cardinals
2B – Bob Barron, Anixter Bombers
3B – Chuck Page, Masterbilt Motors
SS – John Anquillare, Raybestos Cardinals
OF – Al Yaeger, Raybestos Cardinals
OF – Mike Pallesen, Welty Way
OF – Carl Walker, Raybestos Cardinals
OF – Bruce Pitts, Armed Forces
UTIL – Mike McElrath, Wiegand Engineers


P – Jay Bob Bickford, Sports Club
P – Al Lewis, Raybestos Cardinals
P – Richie Stephen, Welty Way
C – Marvin Harris, Masterbilt Motors
C – Pat Whitten, Wiegand Engineers
1B – Robbie Robinson, Armed Forces
2B – Phillip Johnson, Armed Forces
3B – Jerry Jenkins, Anixter Bombers
SS – John Muench, Welty Way
OF – Gary Stephenson, Masterbilt Motors
OF – Paul Price, Rising Sun
OF – Bill LeSeur, Sports Club
OF – Cliff Rice, Welty Way
UTIL – Mickey Herbert, Chuck’s Dairy


1. Welty Way, Cedar Rapids, IA (5-0) (Western)
2. Raybestos Cardinals, Stratford, CT (6-2) (Defending Champ)
3. Anixter Bombers, Skokie, IL (4-2) (West Central)
4. Rising Sun Hotel, Reading, PA (3-2) (Central Atlantic)
5t. Masterbilt Motors, Oklahoma City, OK (4-2) (Southwestern)
5t. Sports Clubs of America, Mesa, AZ (3-2) (Cactus)
7t. Armed Forces, USA (4-2) (Armed Forces)
7t. Wiegand Engineers, Fort Worth, TX (2-2) (Texas)
9t. Chuck’s Dairy, Minneapolis, MN (2-2) (Northern)
9t. Falstaff Brewers, Fall River, MA (1-2) (New England)
9t. Shell Oilers, Nashville, TN (1-2) (South Atlantic)
9t. Little Brauhaus, Poughkeepsie, NY (1-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (1-2) (Southern)
13t. Scenic Riley, Springfield, MO (1-2) (Host)
13t. Muzio Bakery, Sacramento, CA (0-2) (North Pacific Coast)
13t. Lakewood Truckers, Lakewood, CA (0-2) (South Pacific Coast)
17t. Nothdurft Tool, Detroit, MI (0-2) (East Central)
17t. Pay ‘n Pak, Seattle, WA (0-2) (Northwestern)
17t. Puueo Poi, Hilo, HI (0-2) (Hawaii)
17t. Hagestad VW, Englewood, CO (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)

NOTES: Alaska Champ – Alaska Builders Cache, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Hawaii Champ – Midas Muffler, Oahu, HI listed as champ, but Puueo Poi, Hilo, Hi attended.