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Professional Slow Pitch Softball History
Pro Softball World Series Results
Regular Season League MVP's
Benny Holt, Chicago - 1977 APSPL MVP
Ron Ford, Detroit - 1978 APSPL MVP
Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee - 1979 APSPL MVP
Bill Gatti, Kentucky - 1980 APSPL MVP
Ron Olesiak, Chicago - 1980 NASL MVP
Bill Gatti, Kentucky - 1981 UPSL MVP
Dana Andry, Cleveland - 1982 UPSL MVP
Regular Season Home Run Leaders Year Home Run Leader HRs 1977-APSPL Benny Holt, Chicago 89 1978-APSPL Ronnie Ford, Detroit 80 1979-APSPL Ronnie Ford, Detroit 43 1980-APSPL Bill Gatti, Kentucky 21 Bob Schuster, Rochester 21 1980-NASL Benny Holt, Cleveland 42 1981-UPSL Bill Gatti, Kentucky 38 1982-UPSL Dana Andry, Cleveland 65
Regular Season RBI Leaders Year RBI Leader RBIs 1977-APSPL Benny Holt, Chicago 187 1978-APSPL Ronnie Ford, Detroit 201 1979-APSPL Ronnie Ford, Detroit 122 1980-APSPL Bill Gatti, Kentucky 87 1980-NASL Ron Olesiak, Chicago 124 1981-UPSL Bill Gatti, Kentucky 99 1982-UPSL Mike Macenko, Cleveland 140
Regular Season Batting Leaders Year Batting Leader Avg. 1977-APSPL Benny Holt, Chicago .690 1978-APSPL Mike Nye, Detroit .654 1979-APSPL Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee .557 1980-APSPL Rich Brown, Rochester .494 1980-NASL Ron Olesiak, Chicago .556 1981-UPSL Bill Gatti, Kentucky .622 1982-UPSL Dana Andry, Cleveland .618
1977 APSPL Regular Season Final Standings Eastern Division Record Pct. GB Baltimore Monuments 33-20 .623 - New York Clippers 20-36 .357 14.5 Pittsburgh Hardhats 17-37 .315 16.5 New Jersey Statesmen 16-38 .296 17.5
Central Division Record Pct. GB Kentucky Bourbons 40-16 .714 - Cleveland Jaybirds 32-24 .571 8.0 Cincinnati Suds 30-25 .545 9.5 Columbus All-Americans 16-40 .286 24.0
Mid Western Division Record Pct. GB Detroit Caesars 42-14 .750 - Milwaukee Copper Hearth 39-17 .696 3.0 Minnesota Goofys 24-30 .445 17.0 Chicago Storm 22-34 .393 20.0
Top 2 teams in each division made playoffs. Two division winners with best record received byes. The division winner with the worst record played the wild-card with the worst record. The remaining two wild-card teams played. The two winners then matched up with the division winners receiving a bye depending on their seed. The final two teams then met in the World Series.
1977 APSPL Playoffs 1st Round Baltimore beat New York 15-14, 10-9; (2-0) Cleveland beat Milwaukee 11-10, 5-9, 14-7; (2-1) Detroit and Kentucky (both received a 1st Round Bye)
Semi-finals Baltimore beat Kentucky 6-17, 10-4, 15-10; (2-1) Detroit beat Cleveland 4-7, 22-5, 8-6; (2-1) Playoff MVP - Johnny Dollar, Baltimore (.750)
World Series Detroit beat Baltimore 18-16, 13-8, 25-16, 28-11; (4-0) World Series MVP - Mike Nye, Detroit (12-20, 2 HRs)
1977 APSPL League Leaders Batting Home Runs RBIs Benny Holt, Chicago .690 Benny Holt, Chicago 89 Benny Holt, Chicago 187 Mike Nye, Detroit .659 Ronnie Ford, Detroit 85 Ronnie Ford, Detroit 184 Gene Parrish, Minnesota .622 Al Gibson, Detroit 61 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 131 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee .611 Doug Gerdes, Detroit 60 Larry Hutcherson, Balt. 129 Ronnie Ford, Detroit .607 Ron Olesiak, Chicago 55 Tom Spahn, Chicago 129 Buddy Haines, Chicago .605 Bert Smith, Detroit 53 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 127 Doug Czaplewski, Milw. .603 Tom Miller, Pittsburgh 52 Doug Gerdes, Detroit 124 Tom Pappas, Columbus .602 Tom Spahn, Chicago 49 Tom Miller, Pittsburgh 124 John Copenhaver, Balt. .599 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 48 Bert Smith, Detroit 122 Doug Gerdes, Detroit .599 Larry Hutcherson, Balt. 45 Al Gibson, Detroit 119
1977 APSPL All Pro Team P- Phil Schroer, Kentucky C- Benny Holt, Chicago (MVP) Tom Gorski, Milwaukee Mike Applin, Cincinnati Tony Mazza, Detroit Bill Gatti, Kentucky
1B- Doug Gerdes, Detroit 2B- Buddy Haines, Chicago Joe Russell, Minnesota Doug Czaplewski, Milwaukee Tom Miller, Pittsburgh Don Rardin, Kentucky
SS- Ronnie Ford, Detroit 3B- John Copenhaver, Baltimore Tom Pappas, Columbus Jim Dillard, Milwaukee Ricky Linz, Cincinnati Bill Speaks, Columbus
OF- Mike Nye, Detroit John Spadaccino, New Jersey Bert Smith, Detroit John Dollar, Baltimore Gene Parrish, Minnesota Ken Parker, Milwaukee Mike Gouin, Detroit Fred Cammailere, New York Phil Higgins, Milwaukee Rick Petrunyak, Cleveland Jay Smith, Baltimore Bobby Reid, Cleveland Lawrence Hutcherson, Baltimore
Disbanded Teams: New York Clippers, Columbus All-Americans and Baltimore Monuments. New Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, New England Pilgrims and Rochester Zeniths (1977 USSSA Champs-Mazzola Castle). Name Changes: Trenton Statesmen (New Jersey Statesmen), Milwaukee Schlitz (Milwaukee Copper Hearth) and Minnesota Norsemen (Minnesota Goofys).
1978 APSPL Regular Season Final Standings Eastern Division Record Pct. GB New England Pilgrims 37-27 .578 - Philadelphia Athletics 29-35 .453 8.0 Trenton Statesmen 28-36 .438 9.0 Rochester Zeniths 22-42 .344 15.0
Central Division Record Pct. GB Cincinnati Suds 40-24 .625 - Cleveland Jaybirds 32-32 .500 8.0 Kentucky Bourbons 30-34 .469 10.0 Pittsburgh Hardhats 29-35 .453 11.0
Mid Western Division Record Pct. GB Detroit Caesars 49-15 .766 - Minnesota Norsemen 40-24 .625 9.0 Milwaukee Schlitz 38-28 .583 13.0 Chicago Storm 11-53 .172 38.0
Top 2 teams in each division made playoffs. The teams
were seeded by records. Two teams with best records received byes. The
final two teams then met in the World Series.
1978 APSPL All-Star Game Detroit beat APSPL All-Stars 14-9, 8-3 (Exhibition Series) All-Star Game MVP - Denny Brown, Pittsburgh
1978 APSPL Playoffs 1st round Cleveland beat Philadelphia 10-16, 8-4, 26-22; (2-1) Cincinnati beat New England 9-6, 4-9, 27-17; (2-1) Detroit and Minnesota (both received a 1st Round Bye)
Semi-finals Detroit beat Cleveland 27-22, 30-24; (2-0) Minnesota beat Cincinnati 28-15, 6-2; (2-0) Playoff MVP - Jim Bizzall, Cleveland
World Series Detroit beat Minnesota 22-16, 50-12, 24-16, 26-12; (4-0) World Series MVP - Bert Smith, Detroit (15-16; .940, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs)
1978 APSPL League Leaders Batting Home Runs RBIs Mike Nye, Detroit .654 Ronnie Ford, Detroit 80 Ronnie Ford, Detroit 201 Ronnie Ford, Detroit .645 Dale Palm, Minnesota 70 Dale Palm, Minnesota 166 Gene Parrish, Minnesota .634 John Locke, Minnesota 65 Fred Miller, Kentucky 141 Ken Parker, Milwaukee .634 Bob McMahon, Minn. 59 Joe Russell, Minnesota 141 Dale Palm, Minnesota .614 Fred Miller, Kentucky 57 Mike Applin, Cincinnati 138 Mike Gouin, Detroit .601 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 54 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 137 Denny Brown, Pittsburgh .600 Joe Russell, Minnesota 53 John Locke, Minnesota 136 Gary Geister, Detroit .596 Doug Gerdes, Detroit 53 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 132 Joe Russell, Minnesota .594 Benny Holt, Chicago 50 Benny Holt, Chicago 130 Don Ragozzine, N.Eng. .594 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 49 Jim Dillard, Milwaukee 129 John Spadaccino, Trent. 129
1978 APSPL All Pro Team P- Chuck Drewicz, Detroit John Locke, Minnesota
C- Jim Bizzell, Cleveland Bob McMahon, Minnesota Benny Holt, Chicago
IF- Gary Bello, New England Don Rardin, Cincinnati Rick Page, Rochester Joe Russell, Minnesota Denny Brown, Pittsburgh Jack Roudenbush, Detroit Gary Geister, Detroit Doug Gerdes, Detroit Don Ragozzine, New England
OF- Ronnie Ford, Detroit (MVP) Fred Miller, Kentucky Mike Foley, Trenton Mike O'Brien, Cincinnati Mike Nye, Detroit Dale Palm,Minnesota Bill Gatti, Kentucky Ken Parker, Milwaukee Mike Gouin, Detroit Gene Parrish, Minnesota Phil Higgins, Milwaukee Johnny Dollar, Philadelphia
Disbanded Teams: Chicago Storm. New Teams: Fort Wayne Scouts. Name Changes: Trenton Champales (Trenton Statesmen), Cleveland Stepien's Competitors (Cleveland Jaybirds)
1979 APSPL Regular Season Final Standings Eastern Division Record Pct. GB Rochester Zeniths 35-27 .565 - Trenton Champales 30-30 .500 8.0 Philadelphia Athletics 23-41 .359 13.0 New England Pilgrims 21-41 .339 14.0
Central Division Record Pct. GB Kentucky Bourbons 48-15 .762 - Cincinnati Suds 34-30 .531 14.5 Cleveland Competitors 33-31 .516 15.5 Pittsburgh Hardhats 33-31 .516 15.5
Mid Western Division Record Pct. GB Milwaukee Schlitz 40-23 .635 - Detroit Caesars 40-24 .625 0.5 Minnesota Norsemen 32-32 .500 8.5 Fort Wayne Scouts 8-56 .172 32.5
Top 8 teams by record made playoffs. The teams were seeded by records. The final two teams then met in the World Series.
1979 APSPL Playoffs 1st round Kentucky beat Trenton 12-11, 17-1, 14-2; (3-0) Rochester beat Pittsburgh 6-7, 0-4, 10-9, 10-3, 5-1; (3-2) Detroit beat Cincinnati 18-8, 7-8, 11-14, 3-1, 7-6; (3-2) Milwaukee beat Cleveland 15-11, 16-8, 21-2; (3-0)
Semi-finals Kentucky beat Rochester 22-10, 8-9, 4-3, 8-3; (3-1) Milwaukee beat Detroit 11-5, 7-4, 5-1; (3-0) Playoff MVP - Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (16-21 .762)
World Series Milwaukee beat Kentucky 5-15, 12-2, 16-11, 6-12, 4-3, 6-10, 9-4, 12-8; (5-3) World Series MVP - Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (19-24 .792)
1979 APSPL League Leaders Batting Home Runs RBIs Rick Weiterman, Milw. .557 Ronnie Ford, Detroit 43 Ronnie Ford, Detroit 122 Rick Trudeau, Detroit .549 Jim Bizzell, Cleveland 37 Doug Gerdes, Detroit 97 Don Brown, Rochester .536 John Locke, Minnesota 33 John Locke, Minnesota 89 Bill Gatti, Kentucky .533 Doug Gerdes, Detroit 31 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 89 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee .531 Dana Andry, Cleveland 31 Cobbie Harrison, Kent. 88 Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh.527 Fred Miller, Cleveland 29 Dennis Graser, Milw. 87 Don Rardin, Kentucky .516 Gary Geister, Detroit 28 Fred Miller, Cleveland 86 Gene Parrish, Minnesota .511 Dave Watson, Cleveland 26 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 79 Denny Brown, Pittsburgh .504 Mike Kolb, Trenton 22 Gary Geister, Detroit 78 Mike Nye, Detroit .503 Dennis Graser, Milw. 22 Ron Dorsey, Phil. 77
1979 APSPL All Pro Team Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (MVP) Bill Gatti, Kentucky Ronnie Ford, Detroit Don Brown, Rochester Doug Gerdes, Detroit Mike Nye, Detroit Phil Higgins, Milwaukee Gary Richter, Trenton Dennis Graser, Milwaukee Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh Rick Trudeau, Detroit Denny Brown, Pittsburgh Roger Wilt, Cleveland Gene Parrish, Minnesota Don Rardin, Kentucky Mike Lafever, Cincinnati
Another League was formed by Ted Stepien in 1980 called the North American Softball League (NASL). Many ofthe APSPL teams jumped over to that league. The APSPL still existed as a league and also had the backing of ESPN, but the NASL was still the better league according to some.
Disbanded Teams: Detroit Caesars, Trenton Champales and Fort Wayne Scouts. Teams going to the NASL: Cleveland Stepien's Competitors and Milwaukee Schlitz. Name Changes: Rochester Express (Rochester Zeniths),
1980 APSPL Regular Season Final Standings Team Record Pct. GB Kentucky Bourbons 49-13 .790 - Pittsburgh Hardhats 47-17 .734 3.0 Rochester Express 30-34 .469 20.0 New England Pilgrims 26-38 .406 24.0 Cincinnati Suds 22-42 .348 28.0 Philadelphia Athletics 20-44 .313 30.0
Top 4 teams made playoffs. The teams were seeded by records. The final two teams then met in the World Series.
1980 APSPL Playoffs 1st round Pittsburgh beat Kentucky ?-?, ?-?, ?-?, ?-?, ?-?; (3-2) Rochester beat New England 9-5, 4-6, ?-?, 12-9; (3-1)
World Series Rochester beat Pittsburgh 2-8, 8-7, 10-4, 2-5, 7-9, 15-16, 7-6, 9-1, 8-2 (5-4) World Series MVP - Don Fazio, Rochester
1980 APSPL League Leaders Batting Home Runs RBIs Rich Brown, Rochester .494 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 21 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 87 Denny Brown, Pittsburgh .492 Bob Schuster, Rochester 21 Bill Gatti, Kentucky .480 Barry Glaser, Pitt. .480 only information available Nick Nikitas, Kentucky .459 Greg Birko, Pittsburgh .455 Jack Roudenbush, Kent. .448
1980 APSPL All Pro Team Bill Gatti, Kentucky (MVP) Pat Paulsen, New England Nick Nikitas, Kentucky Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh Jack Roudenbush, Kentucky Randy Elliott, Pittsburgh Steve Stewart, Kentucky Bob Schuster, Rochester Greg Whitlock, Kentucky Rich Brown, Rochester Denny Brown, Pittsburgh Pete Castle, Rochester Greg Birko, Pittsburgh Gary Hartman, Philadelphia Pat Benzine, Pittsburgh
Rookie of the Year (Tie) Randy Elliott, Pittsburgh Bob Schuster, Rochester
Teams coming from the APSPL: Cleveland Stepien's Competitors, Milwaukee Schlitz. New Teams: Detroit Auto Kings, Cincinnati Rivermen, Lexington Stallions, Pittsburgh Champions, Chicago Nationwide Advertising and Fort Wayne Huggie Bears.
1980 NASL Regular Season Final Standings Eastern Division Record Pct. GB Detroit Auto Kings 34-23 .596 - Cleveland Competitors 28-31 .475 7.0 Cincinnati Rivermen 22-36 .397 12.5 Pittsburgh Champions 22-38 .367 13.5
Western Division Record Pct. GB Milwaukee Schlitz 44-12 .786 - Chicago Nationwide Advertising 42-16 .724 3.0 Lexington Stallions 29-29 .500 16.0 Fort Wayne Huggie Bears 10-46 .179 34.0
Top two teams in each division made the playoffs, The two division winners then met in the World Series.
1980 NASL Playoffs 1st round Detroit beat Cleveland 6-4, 8-7, 19-4, 5-10, 14-5; (4-1) Milwaukee beat Chicago 9-13, 10-7, 17-12, 16-12, 10-17, 22-17; (4-2)
World Series Milwaukee beat Detroit 19-11, 10-12, 12-16, 22-13, 13-4, 12-3, 11-9; (5-2) World Series MVP - Ken Parker, Milwaukee
1980 NASL League Leaders Batting Home Runs RBIs Ron Olesiak, Chicago .555 Benny Holt, Cleveland 42 Ron Olesiak, Chicago 124 Don Rardin, Lexington .548 Dana Andry, Cleveland 34 Buddy Haines, Chicago 115 Benny Holt, Cleveland .533 Mike LaFever, Cinn. 34 Dennis Graser, Milw. 98 Tom Spahn, Chicago .527 Ron Olesiak, Chicago 34 Mike Krolicki, Chicago 98 Jake Jakobi, Chicago .520 Gary Geister, Detroit 31 Tom Spahn, Chicago 97 Buddy Haines, Chicago .518 Dennis Graser, Milw. 30 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 95 Ken Kamradt, Chicago .517 Jim Bizzell, Cleveland 29 Benny Holt, Cleveland 95 Paul Campbell, Cinn. .514 Fred Ryan, Pittsburgh 29 Mike LaFever, Cinn. 88 Rick Weiterman, Milw. .510 Buddy Haines, Chicago 27 Jim Bizzell, Cleveland 87 Willie Simpson, Chic. .506 Jerry Gadette, Detroit 24 Dana Andry, Cleveland 85
1980 NASL All Pro Team Ron Olesiak, Chicago (MVP) Dennis Graser, Milwaukee Phil Higgins, Milwaukee Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee Jim Dilliard, Milwaukee Mike Turk, Detroit Benny Holt, Cleveland Don Rardin, Lexington Jake Jakobi, Chicago Mike Krolicki, Chicago Roger Snatchko, Pittsburgh Willie Simpson, Chicago Buddy Haines, Chicago Dana Andry, Cleveland Tom Spahn, Chicago Mike LaFever, Cincinnati
The NASL and the APSPL merged leagues after the 1980 season and formed a new league called the United Professional Softball League (UPSL). Many of the NASL and APSPL teams joined in the re-formation of the new league. Many teams also disbanded operations.
Disbanded Teams: Detorit Auto Kings, Pittsburgh Champions, Cincinnati Rvermen, Chicago Nationwide Advertising, Fort Wayne Huggie Bears, Cleveland Stepien's Competitors and Lexington Stallions. Teams coming from the NASL: Milwaukee Schlitz. Teams coming from the APSPL: Cincinnati Suds, Pittsburgh Hardhats, New England Pilgrims, Kentucky Bourbons, Rochester Express, South Jersey Athletics (Philadelpiha Athletics). New Teams: Syracuse Salt Name Changes: South Jersey Athletics (Philadelphia Athletics)
1981 UPSL Regular Season Final Standings Eastern Division Record Pct. GB South Jersey Athletics 34-20 .630 - Rochester Express 30-28 .517 3.0 New England Pilgrims 23-35 .397 13.0 Syracuse Salt 4-52 .071 31.0
Western Division Record Pct. GB Cincinnati Suds 43-15 .741 - Milwaukee Schlitz 37-21 .638 6.0 Kentucky Bourbons 36-24 .600 8.0 Pittsburgh Hardhats 23-35 .397 20.0
Top three teams in each division made the playoffs, 3rd played 2nd , with the winner playing 1st for the division title. The two division winners then met in the World Series.
1981 UPSL Playoffs 1st Round New England beat Rochester 5-6, 8-7, 3-0, 17-7; (3-1) Kentucky beat Milwaukee 5-4, 13-4, 11-10; (3-0) South Jersey and Cincinnati (both received a 1st Round Bye)
Semi-finals New England beat South Jersey 4-8, 12-7, 0-5, 5-3, 16-6; (3-2) Kentucky beat Cincinnati 2-10, 6-7, 13-12, 4-3, 6-5; (3-2)
World Series Kentucky beat New England ?-?, ?-?, ?-?, ?-?, ?-?, ?-?, ?-?, ?-?; (5-3) World Series MVP - Bill Gatti, Kentucky Bourbons
1981 UPSL League Leaders Batting Home Runs RBIs Bill Gatti, Kentucky .622 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 38 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 99 Hal Ward, Cincinnati .524 Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey 31 Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati 83 Dennis Graser, Milw. .500 Mike Kolb, South Jersey 27 Dennis Graser, Milw. 76 Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey .500 John Spadaccino, SJ 26 Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey 72 John Spadaccino, SJ .500 Dennis Graser, Milw. 26 Mike Kolb, South Jersey 68 Ralph Calitri, New Eng. .492 Rick Page, Rochester 23 Pete Castle, Rochester 66 Dick Laba, Milwaukee .485 Joe Martone, New Eng. 20 Dave Whitlock, Kentucky 65 Jim Kuhn, Cincinnati .480 Ralph Calitri, New Eng. 20 John Spadaccino, SJ 64 Greg Whitlock, Kentucky .474 Bobby Bryant, So. Jer. 20 Rick Page, Rochester 64 Tom Zaccardo, Roch. .474 Dave Whitlock, Kentucky 19 Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh 64
1981 UPSL All Pro Team P- Black Ron Jones, Cincinnati LF- John Regent, Pittsburgh P- Steve Stewart, Kentucky LCF- Hal Ward, Cincinnati C- Joe Martone, New England RCF- Ron Dorsey, South Jersey 1B- Dennis Graser, Milwaukee RF- Dave Whitlock, Kentucky 2B- Tony Salamone, Cincinnati Utl OF- Bob Bryant, South Jersey 3B- Bill Gatti, Kentucky (MVP) Utl OF- Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati SS- Greg Whitlock, Kentucky AH- Ralph Calitri, New England Utl IF- Tom Zaccardo, Rochester MGR- Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky
Disbanded Teams: New England Pilgrims and Syracuse Salt. New Teams: Detroit Softball City (1981 Snyder's Softball Club), Cleveland Competitors (1981 Nationwide Advertising Services) and Lima Steele's (1981 Steele's Sports).
1982 UPSL Regular Season Final Standings Eastern Division Record Pct. GB Cleveland Competitors 46-17 .730 - Detroit Softball City 36-20 .643 6.5 South Jersey A's 34-25 .572 10.0 Rochester Express 24-40 .375 22.5 Pittsburgh Hardhats 8-56 .125 38.5
Western Division Record Pct. GB Kentucky Bourbons 38-23 .623 - Cincinnati Suds 34-28 .548 4.5 Milwaukee Schlitz 32-32 .500 7.5 Lima Steele's 20-34 .370 13.5
Top three teams in each division made the playoffs, 3rd played 2nd , with the winner playing 1st for the division title. The two division winners then met in the World Series.
1982 UPSL Playoffs 1st Round Detroit beat South Jersey ?-?, 17-16, ?-?; (3-0) Milwaukee beat Cincinnati ?-?, ?-?, ?-?; (3-0) Cleveland and Kentucky (both received a 1st Round Bye)
Semi-finals Detroit beat Cleveland 14-7, 6-11, 9-7, 0-11, 17-10 (3-2) Milwaukee beat Kentucky 10-7, 4-7, 9-21, 14-10, 23-22; (3-2)
World Series Milwaukee beat Detroit 9-8, 8-3, 7-10, 13-11, 12-7, 39-6; (5-1) World Series MVP - Dick Laba, Milwaukee Schlitz (.667)
1982 UPSL League Leaders Batting Home Runs RBIs Dana Andry, Cleveland .618 Dana Andry, Cleveland 65 Mike Macenko, Clev. 140 Phil Higgins, Milwaukee .572 Mike Macenko, Clev. 63 Charles Mitchell, Det. 133 Paul Wright, Cleveland .566 Charles Mitchell, Det. 57 Dana Andry, Cleveland 128 Bill Gatti, Kentucky .565 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 47 Dennis Graser, Milw. 122 Derek Gallagher, Milw. .560 Dennis Graser, Milw. 43 Steve Blanchette, Clev. 120 Ken Parker, Kentucky .540 Joe Young, Lima 38 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 115 Greg Whitlock, Kentucky .535 Ken Parker, Kentucky 36 Ken Parker, Kentucky 102
1982 UPSL All Pro Team Dana Andry, Cleveland (MVP) Ken Parker, Kentucky Mike Macenko, Cleveland Charles Mitchell, Detroit Bill Gatti, Kentucky Dennis Graser, Milwaukee Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee Steve Blanchett, Cleveland Greg Whitlock, Kentucky Paul Wright, Cleveland Phil Higgins, Milwaukee Ron Dorsey, South Jersey Derek Gallagher, Milwaukee Joe Young, Lima
The UPSL folded after the 1982 season. There
has not been a Men's Professional Slow Pitch Softball League since.
Robert Brown's All-Time Pro Softball Team (1977-1982)
Position- First Team Second Team Pitcher- Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee Dana Andry, Cleveland Catcher- Bill Gatti, Kentucky Benny Holt, Chicago-Cleveland First Base- Doug Gerdes, Detroit Dennis Graser, Milwaukee Second Base- Don Rardin, Cinn-KY-Lexington Doug Czaplewski, Milwaukee Shortstop- Rick Trudeau, Detroit Denny Brown, Pittsburgh Third Base- Buddy Haines, Chicago Gary Richter, New York-Trenton Outfield- Ron Ford, Detroit Gene Parrish, Minnesota Mike Nye, Detroit Ken Parker, Milwaukee-Kentucky Phil Higgins, Milwaukee Fred Miller, Kentucky-Cleveland Mike Gouin, Detroit Ron Olesiak, Chicago Utility- Rick Petrunyak, Cleveland Lawrence Hutcherson, Balt.-Phil Jim Dillard, Milwaukee John Spadaccino, NJ-Trenton-SJ Bert Smith, Detroit Manager- Gary Vitto, Detroit Mike Basile, Milwaukee
All-Time Greatest Pro Softball Team - 1978 Detroit Caesars - 49-15 regular season record, Division Champs (Mid-West) - Undefeated in Playoffs (55-15 overall record ), World Series Champs - HR, RBI and Batting Leader, league MVP and World Series MVP - 7 Players on APSPL 1978 all-league team - 6 Players and Manager on All-Time Pro Softball Team
All-Time Greatest Pro Softball Player - Bill Gatti - 1980 APSPL MVP, 1981 UPSL MVP, 1981 UPSL World Series MVP, - 6 time member of the All-Pro Team - 1980 APSPL HR and RBI Champion - 1981 UPSL Triple Crown winner (HR, RBI and batting Average Champion)
All Time team compiled by former league commissioner Robert Brown, who saw more games than anybody. I'd like to take a second to thank Robert for helping me with this page. If it wasn't for him, 90% of the information wouldn't have been found. - Thank You Robert.
Professional Softball Team History
Team (Year -League) Home Field Location Baltimore Monuments (1977 APSPL) Rips Memorial Stadium, Bowie, MD
Chicago Storm (1977-1978 APSPL) Windy City Stadium, Bridgeview, IL
Chicago Nationwide Advertising (1980 NASL) Lou Boudreau Field, Harvey, IL
Cincinnati Suds (1977-80 APSPL, 81-82 UPSL) Trechter Stadium, Cincinnati, OH (1977-78) Old Crosley Field, Union, KY (1979-80) Ross Field, St. Bernard, OH (1981-82)
Cincinnati Rivermen (1980 NASL) Newport Recreation Center, Newport, KY
Cleveland Jaybirds (1977-1978 APSPL) Rose Field, Brookside Park, Cleveland, OH (1977-79) Cleveland Stepien's Competitors (1979 APSPL) Daniel's Field, Willoughby, OH (1980, 1982) Cleveland Stepien's Competitors (1980 NASL) Cleveland Competitors (1982 UPSL)
Columbus All-Americans (1977 APSPL) Franklin County Stadium, Columbus, OH
Detroit Caesars (1977-1979 APSPL) East Detroit Memorial Field, E. Detroit, MI
Detroit Auto Kings (1980 NASL) East Detroit Memorial Field, E. Detroit, MI
Detroit Softball City (1982 UPSL) East Detroit Memorial Field, E. Detroit, MI
Kentucky Bourbons (1977-80 APSPL, 81-82 UPSL) Bishop David Stadium, Louisville, KY
Milwaukee Copper Hearth (1977 APSPL) Wilson Park Stadium, Milwaukee, WI (1977-78) Milwaukee Schlitz (1978-1979 APSPL) Wildwood Field, Milwaukee, WI (1978) Milwaukee Schlitz (1980 NASL) Lannon Field, Milwaukee, WI (1979-82) Milwaukee Schlitz (1981-1982 UPSL)
Minnesota Goofys (1977 APSPL) Midway Stadium, St. Paul, MN Minnesota Norsemen (1978-1979 APSPL)
New York Clippers (1977 APSPL) Mt. Vernon Stadium, Mt. Vernon, NY
Pittsburgh HardHats (1977-80 APSPL, 81-82 UPSL) Munhall Municipal Stadium, Munhall, PA (1977-78) Morrell Field, Aliquippa, PA (1978-1980) LaRussa Field, Sokol Club, L. Burrell, PA (1981-82)
Pittsburgh Champions (1980 NASL) LaRussa Field, Sokol Club, Lower Burrell, PA
New Jersey Statesmen (1977 APSPL) Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ (1977-78) Trenton Statesmen (1978 APSPL) Wetzel Field, Chambersburg, NJ (1979) Trenton Champales (1979 APSPL)
New England Pilgrims (1978-80 APSPL, 81 UPSL) Quigley Stadium, West Haven, CT (1978) Blake Field, New Haven, CT (1978-1980) Oakdale Sports Complex, Montville, CT (1981)
Philadelphia Athletics (1978-1980 APSPL) Veterans Stadium,Philadelphia, PA (1978) South Jersey Athletics (1981-1982 UPSL) Dyer Field, Wlimington, DE (1979-1980) Cjonacki Sports Complex, Berlin, NJ (1981-82)
Rochester Zeniths (1978-1979 APSPL) Harris Whalen Park, Penfield, NY (1978-79, 82) Rochester Express (1980 APSPL, 81-82 UPSL) Softball Centre, Scottsville, NY (1980-1981) Silver Stadium, Rochester, NY (1982)
Fort Wayne Scouts (1979 APSPL) Tah-Cum-Wah Field, Fort Wayne, IN (1979)
Fort Wayne Huggie Bears (1980 NASL) Tah-Cum-Wah Field, Fort Wayne, IN (1980)
Lexington Stallions (1980 NASL) Southland Park, Richmond, KY (1980)
Syracuse Salts (1981 UPSL) Hopkins Park, North Syracuse, NY
Lima Steele's (1982 UPSL) Vic Lyons Field, Dayton, OH (1982) Ohio St. Univ.-Lima Campus Field, Lima, OH (1982)
Check out Norm Beeker's Detroit Caesars Page. It has some nice information and Photos
Also Check out Cincinnati's Dennis Hasty who has a wonderful page on Pro Softball Memorabilia
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