Category: USSSA

1973 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1973 held at Colonial Heights, Virginia.

Champion – Stan’s Auto, New Castle, Pennsylvania (120-8)
Runner Up – Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Orioles beat Stans 6-5 to force ‘if’ game, then Stans beat Orioles 2-1. Stan’s Pitcher, Luann Grybowski, Stan’s Auto gave up 10 runs in 7 games (with 2 shutouts) and won final 2-1. They defeated First National Bank of toledo in the winners bracket final, 3-0. There were 48 teams entered in this tournament. In a special not of interest, Carol Aselin, Muxworthy’s Pitcher, hurled a no-hitter against the Nor-Cal A’s, quite an achievement in Slow Pitch Softball. The Orioles were sent to the losers bracket on a 3-1 loss to Stan’s. They won four straight to the finals, including their win in the first final game, before being losing the Championship. Stan’s scored their winning run in the 4th inning of the final game. The game was tied at one each, Veronica Funera opened the inning up with a single, but was forced at second by a grounder by Karen Reinhard (she scored the first run for Stans when she singled and then later scored on a fielders choice off the bat of Terry Waters). After Mary West flied out, Reinhard advanced to third on Lynn Runyon’s single. Terry Waters then got a base hit to bring Reinhard in with the second and deciding run.

  • MVP – Terry Waters, Stans Auto (11-20, .550)
  • Batting Leader – Jackie Goff, Nor-Cal A’s (11-16) – .688
  • HR Leader – N/A (Nor-Cal A’s won the team HR Award, no information on personal numbers)


P – Luann Grybowski, Stan’s Auto
P – Jackie Storey, Pittsburgh Orioles
P – Carol Aselin, Muxworthy’s
C – Debbie Ringle, First National (8-19, .421)
1B – Veronica Funera, Stan’s Auto (10-26, .385)
2B – Mary West, Stan’s Auto (10-23, .435)
3B – Terry Waters, Stan’s Auto (11-20, .550)
SS – Bev Bunny Fajerski, Pittsburgh Orioles (16-28, .571)
OF – Vicki Millender, Pittsburgh Orioles (12-28, .428)
OF – Evelyn Abell, Loungettes (10-20, .500)
OF – Clare Mirehood, CT&O Yankees (11-23, .478)
OF – Jackie Goff, Nor-Cal A’s (11-16, .688)
Manager – Mike Sikofolis, Stan’s Auto

FINAL STANDINGS (Incomplete – 48 total teams)

1. Stan’s Auto, New Castle, PA (6-1)
2. Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, PA (7-2)
3. First National Bank, Toledo, OH (4-2)
4. Muxworthy Ski Haus, Rochester, NY (4-2)
5t. Nor-Cal A’s, San Francisco, CA (6-2)
5t. CT &O Yankees, Loveland, OH (6-2)

1973 USSSA Men’s B Slow Pitch Worlds

1973 held at St. Louis, Missouri.

Champion – Sol Mintz, Washington, Pennsylvania
Runner Up – Etna Hotel, Arnold, Pennsylvania

  • MVP – Gary Smith, Sol Mintz
  • HR Leader – N/A
  • Batting Leader – N/A


Chuck Yesenchak, Sol Mintz (2 HR in 16-10 final)
George Taylor, Sol Mintz
Sam Rocca, Sol Mintz
Denny Brown, Sol Mintz
Tom Miller, Etna Hotel (13 HR)
George Talsma, Douglas Auto
Dan Helfrich, Shamrocks (16-24, .667)


1. Sol Mintz, Washington, PA
2. Etna Hotal, Arnold, PA (10-2)
3. Douglas Auto, Racine, WI
4. Shamrocks, Belleville, IL (6-2)


Belle Vernon, Fayette County, PA
Harding Supply, Rochester, NY
Empire Boat Sales, Rochester, NY
Alexander Inn, Saxonburg, PA
Mayer Zukonik Ecorse, MI
Eagles Aerie 545, East St. Louis
Stags, Caseyville, IL
WJIG, Tullahoma, TN
Campbell Construction, Louisville, KY
Spirit of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Avis Rentals, Rocky Mount, NC
300 Pro Shop, Detroit, MI

1972 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1972 held at Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

1971 East World Champ played the 1971 West World Champ in the 1972 World Series best of 7 series Marasco Variety Faire of Milwaukee, WI defeated the Big Apple of Phoenix, AZ (4 games to 1).

The big story in this World Series is that the West managed to win a game. Vero McKinn hurled a brilliant 5 hitter to defeat Marasco’s 2-1 in the sceond game. He helped his own cause by going 1-3. Other than that, it was all Marasco’s on Offense. They out scored Big Apple 48 to 10 in the four games they won. The hitting of Dick Polgar, Jim Mortl, John Wegner, Ted Budny, George Mortl, Daryl Greenmeier and Carl Bruce was jus too much for Big Apple to deal with. These seven players were a total of 66-97 for a .680 clip. They also drove in 34 of the total 49 runs scored by  Marasco’s in the five games. Big Apple’s Team Batting Average was .276 (40-145).

  • MVP – Dick Polgar, Marasco’s (10-19, 526, 5 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader – none were hit
  • Batting Leader – George Mortl – Marasco’s (9-14) – .643


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 Scores

  • Game 1 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 13 vs. Big Apple 5 – Darryl Greenmeier and Ted Budny were both 3-3 for Marasco; Pitcher Vero McKinn was 2-4 for Big Apple.
  • Game 2 – Big Apple 2 vs. Marasco’s Variety Faire 1- Vero McKinn was 1-3 and pitched a 5-hitter for Big Apple. Pitcher Jack Moser drove in the only run for Marasco.
  • Game 3 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 12 vs. Big Apple 3 – Greenmeier, Jim Mortl, Dick Polgar and Jack Baird all had 3 hits for Marasco. Vero McKinn had the only RBI for Big Apple.
  • Game 4 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 12 vs. Big Apple 1 – Once again, it was Jim Mortl and Dick Polgar with 3 hits apiece. McKinn and Calderon each had 2 hits for Big Apple
  • Game 5 – Marasco’s Variety Faire 11 vs. Big Apple 1 – George Mortl and Carl Bruce were both 3-3 and combined for 5 RBIs. Richard Lopez was 3-3 for Big Apple.


1. Marasco’s Variety Faire, Milwaukee, WI (4-1)
2. Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ (1-4)

1972 World Series Stats (at least 10 AB)

George Mortl, Marasco (9-14, .643, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
Ted Budny, Marasco (7-11, .636, 6 RBIs, 4 Runs)
John Wegner, Marasco (8-14, .571, 7 RBIs, 6 Runs)
Dick Polgar, Marasco (10-19, .526, 4 RBIs, 5 Runs)
Jim Mortl, Marasco (10-20, .500, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
Sal Martinez, Big Apple (5-10, .500, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
Daryl Greenmeier, Marasco, (6-14, .429, 1 RBI, 5 Runs)
Carl Bruce, Marasco (6-15, .400, 6 RBIs, 2 Runs)
Alex Calderon, Big Apple (6-17, .353, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
Vero McKinn, Big Apple (5-16, .313, 1 RBI, 1 Run)
George Leon, Big Apple (4-13, .308, 2 Runs)
Dennis Meadow, Big Apple (3-11, .273, 1 Run)
Richard Lopez, Big Apple (4-15, .267, 1 RBI, 1 Run) – Also 1-4 Pitching
Jack Baird, Marasco (4-16, .250, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
Joe Conteras, Big Apple (3-14, .214, 1 Run)
Birdie Murillo, Big Apple (2-10, .200, 2 Runs)
Vince Peralta, Big Apple (1-14, .071, 1 Run)
Jack Moser, Marasco (2-1 Pitching)
Jim Cody, Marasco (2-0 Pitching)

1972 East Worlds – Petersburg, Virginia.

Champion – Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, Michigan
Runner Up – Rolling Hills, Covington, Kentucky

Rolling Hills of Kentucky lost to Dino’s and was sent to the loser’s bracket. Snyder’s of Detroit and Dino’s of Detroit (both play in the same league incidently) Squared off in the Winner’s Bracket final. The two teams combined for 14 HRs as Dino’s defeated Snyders 24-15. Rolling Hill’s eliminated Mertz Bake Shoppe of Oak Park Michigan in a defensive struggle 3-1 to advance to play Snyders with the winner getting another crack at Dino’s. Rolling Hills prevailed 16-9 to advance to the Championship game. Jerry Johnston of Dino’s was 3-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs to lead Snyders to a 13-10 title clinching victory. Jim Haislip and Joe Theison both went 2-4 with homers to help Pitcher Cal Carman nail down the victory. Rolling Hills was led by Sonny Rider’s 3-4 performance.

  • East MVP – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza (.740, 8 HR)
  • East HR Leader – Tom Louria, Snyder’s – 10
  • East Batting Leader – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza – .740


Pitcher – Cal Carmen, Dino’s Pizza (.740, 8 HRs)
Catcher – John Hinds, Snyder’s (.627, 9 HRs)
First Base – Hudson Knock, Rolling Hills
Second Base – Jerry Johnson, Dino’s Pizza
Third Base – Dave Holt, 5&10 Tap
Shortstop – Jim Taliseky, Dino’s Pizza
Infield – Hank Cluess, Pinters Net
Outfield – Joe Thiesan, Dino’s Pizza
Outfield – Bill Schlessinger, Century Tire
Outfield – Jim Haislip, Dino’s Pizza
Outfield – Tom Louria, Snyder’s (.654, 10 HRs)
Utility – Dave McLanger, Mertz Bake Shop
Utility – Jim Gum, Rolling Hills

FINAL STANDINGS (top-10 listed only, 58 teams played)

1. Dino’s Pizza, Detroit, MI (7-0)
2. Rolling Hills, Covington, KY (7-2)
3. Snyder’s, Redford, MI (7-2)
4. Mertz Bake Shop, Oak Park, MI (7-2)
5. Century Tire, Cincinnati, OH (5-2)
6. Pinter’s Nets, Long Island, NY (4-2)
7. Builders Hardware, Milwaukee, WI (6-2)
8. Iron Dukes, New Castle, PA (4-2)
9. Knights of St. John, Louisville, KY (4-2)
10. Milwaukee Commandos, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)

1972 West Worlds held at Sun City, Arizona.

Champion – Gonzales Mexican Food, Richmond, California
Runner Up – Blinky’s, Fullerton, California

Gonzales ran through the Western Worlds with speed and power. They had six players hit at least .500 and banged out 11 HRs total as a team. They defeated Blinky’s twice; 17-9 in the winner’s bracket final and then in the Championship game, Gonzales prevailed by a 9-6 score. Larry Sheppard of Gonzales had an incredible tournament at the plate as he was 20-22 and scored 15 runs to earn the Most Valuable Player Award.

  • West MVP – Larry Sheppard, Gonzales (20-22, .909, 15 runs)
  • West HR Leader – Leonard Bowen, Bemco – 4
  • West Batting Leader – Larry Sheppard, Gonzales Mexican Food – .909


Pitcher – Mike Matthews, Gonzales (over .500)
Catcher – Leonard Bowen, Bemco (over .600, 4 HR)
Infield – Frank Coppa, Gonzales (over .500)
2B-Larry Sheppard, Gonzales (20-22, .909, 15 Runs, also walked 5 times)
Infield – Rancy Rozati, Blinky’s (over .500)
Infield – Dan Derch, Blinky’s (over .500)
Outfield – Mike Edwards, Bemco (over .500)
Outfield – Amata Sotelo, Bemco over (.600)
Outfield – Bob Woodriff, Blinky’s (over .600)
Outfield – Charles Pierce, Gonzales
Utility – Ed Green, Gonzales

FINAL STANDINGS (top-10 listed only, 16 teams played)

1. Gonzales Mexican Food, Richmond, CA (5-0)
2. Blinky’s, Fullerton, CA (4-2)
3. Bemco, Industry, CA (5-2)
4. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ (3-2)
5. CBAC, San Gabriel Valley, CA (3-2)
6. Little Big O, Downey, CA (2-2)
7. Carpetbaggers, Las Vegas, NV (2-2)
8. Maloof Rockets, NV (2-2)
9. Spot and Blotter (1-2)
10. Buccaneers (1-2)

1972 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1972 held at Rochester, New York.

Champion – Muxworthys Ski Haus, Rochester, NY (64-4)
Runner Up – Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stan’s Auto was the big talk of this tournament. They came out of nowhere (actually New Castle, PA) and after winning their first game 19-2, lost 2nd round game to FOP Majorettes 4-3, then won 6 in a row outscoring their opponents 69-13 along the way, before being eliminated by the Pittsburgh Orioles by a 5-1 score. Orioles then beat Muxworthy 11-3 in the first final, setting up the winner take all game where Muxworthy prevailed 9-3. Pat Schmitt came into the tournament with an incredible season under her belt. She batted .507 and hit 21 Home Runs. Muxwortthy’s was 5-1, The Orioles were 5-2, in third was Stan’s Auto at 7-2 and the Louisville Majorettes were fourth. There were 36 teams entered in this years event.

  • MVP – Jenny Bellavia, Muxworthy
  • Batting Leader – N/A
  • HR Leader – Veronica Funera, Stan’s Auto – 5


P – Carol Aselin, Muxworthy
P – Luann Grybowski, Stan’s Auto (7-2 pitching, gave up 23 runs in 9 games)
C – Pat Schmitt, Muxworthy (11-20, .550)
1B – Veronica Funera, Stan’s (20-36, .556, 5 HR)
1B – Sue Dixon, Pittsburgh Orioles
2B – Linda Donofrio, Muxworthy
3B – N/A
SS – Debbie Cecere, Pittsburgh Orioles
OF – Jenny Bellavia, Muxworthy
OF – Sharon Kowalski, Muxworthy
OF – N/A
OF – N/A
Manager – Duane McCoy, Muxworthy


Lynn Runyon, Stan’s Auto (14-27, .519)

FINAL STANDINGS (Incomplete – 36 total teams)

1. Muxworthy’s Ski Haus, Rochester, NY (6-1)
2. Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, PA (5-2)
3. Stan’s Auto, New Castle, PA (7-2) 100-11 season record
4. FOP Majorettes, Louisville, KY
5. Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, PA

1972 USSSA Men’s B Slow Pitch Worlds

1972 held at Baltimore, Maryland.

Champion – Sol Mintz, Washington, Pennsylvania
Runner Up – Etna Hotel, Arnold, Pennsylvania

  • MVP – Gary Smith, Sol Mintz
  • HR Leader – George Talsma, Douglas Auto – 7
  • HR Leader – Red Kowalski, Etna Hotel – 7
  • Batting Leader – N/A


P – Ray Wizzer White, Etna Hotel
P – Rick DeLeo, Sportarama
C – Bob Oliver, Sportarama
1B – Tom ‘Lumpy’ Daskovich, Etna Hotel
2B – George Talsma, Douglas Auto (13-25, .520, 7 HR)
3B – Jim Kuhn, Copper Marina
SS – George Taylor, Sol Mintz
IF – Carl Wade, Etna Hotel
OF – Mike Ennis, Smith Towing
OF – Gary Pinnow, Douglas (12-24, .500, 6 HR)
OF – Ed Gaffney, Sportarama
OF – Red Kowalski, Etna Hotel (7 HR)
OF – Chuck Yesenchak, Sol Mintz (2 HR in final)
UTIL – Joe Kern, Sol Mintz
UTIL – Jim Dimusio, Etna Hotel
MGR – Bill Christy, Sol Mintz


1. Sol Mintz, Washington, PA (7-0)
2. Etna Hotal, Arnold, PA (9-2)
3. Douglas Auto Wash, Racine, WI (5-2)
4. Sportarama, Hicksville, NY (6-2)
5t. Coppers Marina (Queen City Pattern), Law, IN (5-2)
5t. Smith’s, Baltimore, MD (5-2)
7t. Reichert’s News, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
7t. Baden Roadrunners, Rochester, NY (3-2)
9t. Surry Colonials, Surry, VA (5-2)
9t. Bank of Smithfield, Smithfield, VA (5-2)
9t. Tax Savers, Detroit, MI (4-2)
9t. Renzie’s Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)
13t. Anderson Home Care, Poughkeepsie, NY (4-2)
13t. Myron Club 29, Rochester, NY (3-2)
13t. Brooklyn Dodgers, Baltimore, MD (3-2)
13t. Camp Tire, Roanoke Rapids, NC (3-2)
17t. Jules Brothers, Miami, FL (3-2)
17t. W.A. Thompson, Williamsburg, VA (3-2)
17t. Westbrook Village, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
17t. KY Model Shop, Louisville, KY (3-2)
17t. Shamrocks, Belleville, IL (2-2)
17t. Bachelors II, Kenoska, WI (2-2)
17t. Jet Sets, Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)
17t. Bassett Motel, Williamsburg, VA (2-2)
25t. Twin Kegs, Taylor, MI (2-2)
25t. Sgrignias, New Kensington, PA (2-2)
25t. Gus’s Manor Inn, Baltimore, MD (2-2)
25t. Greenview Body Shop, Louisville, KY (2-2)
25t. Mayor trolley, Taylor, MI (2-2)
25t. Knopfel’s Guy, Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)
25t. Peterson, Howell & Heather, Baltimore, MD (2-2)
25t. Tarters, Eloise, MI (1-2)
33t. Mertzmen, Louisville, KY (1-2)
33t. Giannerinis, Baltimore, MD (1-2)
33t. White Allen, Dayton, OH (1-2)
33t. Tim Tam AC, Louisville, KY (1-2)
33t. Buckeye Carry Out, Toledo, OH (1-2)
33t. Universal Underwriters, Louisville, KY (1-2)
33t. Curtis Athletic Club, Dayton, OH (1-2)
33t. Alpha Engineering, Apollo, PA (1-2)
33t. Sonny’s Hollow, Westport, CT (1-2)
33t. Union 76, Covington, KY (1-2)
33t. Tractormen, Louisville, KY (1-2)
33t. Raven’s Nest, Baltimore, MD (1-2)
33t. House of Miller, Baltimore, MD (1-2)
33t. William F. DeCarbo, New Castle, PA (1-2)
33t. Guiseppi’s, NJ (1-2)
33t. Motor Freight, York, PA (1-2)
49t. Up and Down Lounge, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
49t. Car Center, Baltimore, MD (0-2)
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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 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 USSSA Men’s B Slow Pitch Worlds

1971 held at Petersburg, Virginia.

Champion – Sportarama, Hicksville, New York
Runner Up – Sol Mintz, Washington, Pennsylvania

  • MVP – N/A
  • HR Leader – N/A
  • Batting Leader – N/A


Jack Eneix, Sol Mintz
Stan Majesky, Sol Mintz
Denny Brown, Sol Mintz


1. Sportarama, Hicksville, NY (7-1)
2. Sol Mintz, Washington, PA (9-2)
3. Renzie Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA (5-2)
4. Reichert’s News, Milwaukee, WI (4-2)
5t. Muldowney’s Too, NY (5-2)
5t. Gus’s Manor Inn, MD (4-2)
7t. Etna Hotel, Arnold, PA (5-2)
7t. Roman Carousel, Queens, NY (3-2)
9t. Surry Colonials, Surrey, VA (4-2)
9t. New York Life, Hicksville, NY (4-2)
9t. Tim Tam AC, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9t. Nitecap Rest, Poughkeepsie, NY (3-2)
13t. Blawnox AC, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)
13t. Union 76, Covington, KY (3-2)
13t. New Rainbow Tavern, Bristol, PA (2-2)
13t. Jerry-Earl’s, Rochester, NY (3-2)
17t. Russell’s Nursery, NY (2-2)
17t. St. Anthony, New Kensington, PA (2-2)
17t. William F. DeCarbo, New Castle, PA (3-2)
17t. Redwood Lounge, Lancaster, PA (2-2)
17t. Ramsey Lounge, Rochester, NY (2-2)
17t. The Crest, WI (2-2)
17t. Brooklyn Dodgers, Baltimore, MD (2-2)
17t. Big L’s All Stars, New Rochelle, NY (2-2)
25t. EJ Gibbons, OH (2-2)
25t. Halls & Hostetters 66, VA (2-2)
25t. First National Bank, FL (2-2)
25t. Creative Investment Services, FL (1-2)
25t. Jockey Club, Westport, CT (1-2)
25t. Timmel’s Tavern, WI (1-2)
25t. The Place, Poughkeepsie, NY (1-2)
25t. Ponderosa, OH (1-2)
33t. Tax Saver, Detroit, MI (1-2)
33t. Lum’s Restaurant, Rochester, NY (1-2)
33t. Ports Sport Shop, Baltimore, MD (1-2)
33t. Apollo Softball, Kittanning, PA (1-2)
33t. Baldwin AC, Baldwin, NY (0-2)
33t. DeGregory’s, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)
33t. West End Grill, Newburg, NY (0-2)
33t. Buckingham Palace, OH (0-2)
33t. Clingesmith TV, New Castle, PA (0-2)
33t. VA-Car Furniture, Roanoke, NC (0-2)
33t. Local 1058, MI (0-2)
33t. Rappl’s, NY (0-2)
33t. KY Model Shop, Louisville, KY (0-2)
33t. Squires, Petersburg, VA (0-2)
33t. Doyle’s Texaco, Roanoke, NC (0-2)
33t. Kingsmen AC, VA (0-2)
49. Little Messels, NC (0-2)

1970 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

No World Series Played in 1970, The USSSA reorganized the World Series into a new format where the 1970 East and West World Champions meet in the 1971 World Series best of 7 format.

In 1968 and 1969, the USSSA held World Championships, then in 1970 they changed the format to have a separate Eastern and Western World Championship, with the two winners to meet the following year in the USSSA World Series. From 1971 through 1973, the Eastern Champ would meet the Western Champ in a best of seven to determine the USSSA World Series Champion.

The Separate World Championships were held in September of the previous year and the World Series was played in June of the year listed. In 1974, 8 teams, which included not just the winners of the Eastern and Western World Series, but the runner-ups as well. Also included were teams from the new Central World Series.

In 1975, the first USSSA World Series all-world team was named. Previously, the all-world teams were made up of from the separate divisional world series.

1970 East held at Rochester, New York

Champion – Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Runner Up – Tirabassi Excavating, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Tirabassi defeated WAWA Radio of West Allis, WI in the semi-final 13-4 and then took on undefeated Accurate Welding in the Finals. Accurate Welding won 6-3 and claimed the Eastern Worlds over a tough Tirabassi squad. The Welders won behind the big bat of Carl Bruce, who had 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Gene Cuppertino and Jim Mortl also chipped in with 3 hits apiece. Accurate now plays the Western World Champ in May of 1971 for the USSSA World Series Championship. Tirabassi won their first 5 games before losing to Accurate 12-10. They came back to defeat Accurate 6-5 to force the final championship game. The Welders held Tirabassi scoreless until the seventh inning. Jim’s eliminated Hicksville Astros 15-14, before being eliminated by Tirabassi 9-8.

  • East MVP – Mario Bonofiglio, Tirabassi Excavating (6-2 pitching, including a walk off home run earlier in the tournament)
  • East HR Leader – Mike Foley, Hicksville Astros
  • East Batting Leader – Tony Guiliano, Iron Dukes (11-12) – .913


Pitcher – Mario Bonofiglio, Tirabassi Excavating
Catcher – D. Denson, WAWA Radio
First Base – Jim Warras, Accurate Welding
Second Base – Jim Mortl, Accurate Welding
Third Base – Mike Foley, Hicksville Astros
Shortstop – Nick Perrine, Tirabassi Excavating
Outfield – S. Jones, Robert’s Lounge
Outfield – Rich Baumgarten, Tirabassi Excavating
Outfield – Oscar Steadman, Hicksville Astros
Outfield – Dick Polgar, Accurate Welding

*very little stats available for this tournament

NOTE: John Sepich, Brookline BYM (4 HR, 10-11) – .909

FINAL RESULTS (top 8 listed, final standings and records incomplete – 32 teams total)

1. Accurate Welding, Milwaukee, WI
2. Tirabassi Excavating, Kenosha, WI (6-2)
3. WAWA Radio, West Allis, WI
4. Jim’s Sport Shop, Pittsburgh, PA
5t. Hicksville Motor Inn Astros, Hicksville, NY
5t. Robert’s Lounge, Milwaukee, WI
7t. Floyd Warren’s, Irwin, PA
7t. Houcks, Rochester, NY

1970 West held at Azusa, California.

Champion – Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ  (54-9)
Runner Up – Big Apple, Phoenix, AZ (92-18)

Goettl’s came on strong in the championship game to defeat Big Apple 9-0 behind the pitching of MVP Larry Harrell.  Harrell was 5-0 on the during the tournament to lead Goettl’s to a berth in the USSSA World Series. Harrell had previously shutout Kelly’s Sporting Goods in the winners bracket semi-finals before beat Big Apple 7-5 in the winner’s bracket final as Denny Bush and Jack Beavers both went 3-4. Big Apple finished the season with a 92-18 record, while Goettl’s was 54-9. M&M defeated Kelly’s in the loser’s bracket 3-2, before being eliminated by Big Apple 12-10.

  • West MVP – Larry Harrell, Goettl’s Metals
  • West HR Leader – Elby Bushong, M&M
  • West Batting Leader – no info available


Pitcher – Larry Harrell, Goettl’s
Pitcher – Virgil Watkins, M&M
Catcher – Elby Bushong, M&M
First Base – Bill Brotherton, Kelly’s
Second Base – Jack Beavers, Goettl’s
Third Base – Sal Martinez, Big Apple
Shortstop – Richard Lopez, Big Apple
Outfield – Amata Sotelo, Bemco
Outfield – Randy Gill, Goettl’s
Outfield – Phil Brown, M&M
Outfield – Ernie Valenzuela, Big Apple

FINAL STANDINGS (top 8 listed, final standings and records incomplete, 12 teams total)

1. Goettl’s Metals, Mesa, AZ (5-0)
2. Big Apple Restaurant, Phoenix, AZ
3. M&M, Scottsdale, AZ
4. Kelly’s Sporting Goods, Anaheim, CA
5t. Bit of Italy, Huntington Park, CA
5t. Shakey’s, El Monte, CA
7t. Bemco, Industry, CA
7t. Carpetbaggers, Las Vegas, NV

1970 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1970 held at Louisville, Kentucky

Champion – East End Debs, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (24-4)
Runner Up – Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Debs beat Orioles twice behind the pitching of Mary Jane Magel. The Debs had to defeat the Louisville Saints 3-1, the Louisville Roadrunners 3-2 and then defeat the Orioles in the first final 2-1. In the final Championship game, Magel once again spun her magic and led the Debs to the championship via a 5-1 win.

  • MVP – Sue Stead, Debs
  • Batting Leader – N/A
  • HR Leader – N/A


P – Mary Jane Magel, Debs
C – Becky Stevenson, Orioles
IF – Maureen Nolan, Debs
IF – Bonnie Perella, Debs
IF – Sue Stead, Debs
IF – Debbie Cecerie, Debs
IF – Carliss Bivens, Saints
OF – Shirley Bowens, Muxworthys
OF – Sandy Baird, Roadrunners
OF – Barb Munch, Oregon Girls


1. East End Debs, Pittsburgh, PA (5-0)
2. Pittsburgh Orioles, Pittsburgh, PA (4-2)
3. Saints and Sinners, Louisville, KY
4. Roadrunners, Louisville, KY
5. Muxworthy’s Ski Haus, Rochester, NY
6. Oregon Girls, Toledo, OH
Baierl Chevrolet, Pittsburgh
Hi-Landers, Louisville, KY
FOP Majorettes, Louisville
Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, PA
Toledo Aamcoettes, Toledo, OH
Cabbage Patch, Louisville
Toledo B&H, Toledo, OH
Wisconsin Merchants, Milwaukee, WI
Messmer Girls, Henrietta, NY