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Professional Slow Pitch Softball History

  • American Professional Slow Pitch League (APSPL) 1977-1980
  • North American Softball League (NASL) 1980
  • United Professional Softball League (UPSL) 1981-1982
  • All Time Professional Slow Pitch Softball Team

Pro Softball World Series Results
Year
Champion
Runner-up
Result
World Series MVP
1977-APSPL
Detroit Caesars
Baltimore Monuments
4-0
Mike Nye, Detroit
1978-APSPL
Detroit Caesars
Minnesota Norsemen
4-0
Bert Smith, Detroit
1979-APSPL
Milwaukee Schlitz
Kentucky Bourbons
5-3
Rick Weiterman, Milw.
1980-APSPL
Rochester Express
Pittsburgh Hardhats
5-4
Don Brown, Rochester
1980-NASL
Milwaukee Schlitz
Detroit Auto Kings
5-2
Ken Parker, Milwaukee
1981-UPSL
Kentucky Bourbons
New England Pilgrims
5-3
Bill Gatti, Kentucky
1982-UPSL
Milwaukee Schlitz
Detroit Softball City
5-1
Dick Laba, Milwaukee

 
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
1977 Player of the Week Awards
Ron Ford, Detroit
Lawrence Hutcherson, Baltimore
Gene Parrish, Minnesota
Phil Higgins, Milwaukee
Benny Holt, Chicago
Gary Richter, New York
Jack Gansheimer, Cleveland
Phil Schroer, Kentucky
Benny Holt, Chicago
Mike Applin, Cincinnati
Roger Wilt, Cleveland
Donnie Rardin Jr., Kentucky
John Spadaccino, New Jersey
Mike Nye, Detroit

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 - Detroit and Kentucky (both received a 1st Round Bye)
      	Baltimore beat New York  	15-14, 10-9; 			(2-0)
	Cleveland beat Milwaukee	11-10, 5-9, 14-7; 		(2-1)
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 (12-16, .750, 8 RBIs)
World Series
      	Detroit beat Baltimore 		18-16, 13-8, 25-16, 28-11; 	(4-0)
	World Series  MVP - Mike Nye, Detroit (12-20, .600, 2 HRs, 3 2Bs, 4 RBIs, 10 Runs)
	-Note (Detroit) - Doug Gerdes (10-13, .769, 3 HRs, 3 2Bs, 6 RBIs, 8 Runs), Bert Smith (2 HRs, 5 RBIs),
	- Ron Ford (3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs), Jim Mitchell (2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Gary Geister (6-12, .500, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 4 Runs)
	-Note (Baltimore) - Larry Hutcherson (10-15, .667, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs), Al Lightner (10-12, .833, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs),
	- John Copenhaver (4 HRs, 7 RBIs)
 
1977 APSPL League Leaders
Batting	(150 at bats)		Home Runs			RBIs				Run Scored
Benny Holt, Chicago	.690	Benny Holt, Chicago	89	Benny Holt, Chicago	187	Ronnie Ford, Detroit	150
Mike Nye, Detroit	.659	Ronnie Ford, Detroit	85	Ronnie Ford, Detroit	184	Mike Nye, Detroit	147
Gene Parrish, Minnesota	.622	Al Gibson, Detroit	61	Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	131	Benny Holt, Chicago	144
Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	.611	Doug Gerdes, Detroit	60	Larry Hutcherson, Balt.	129	Doug Gerdes, Detroit	125
Ronnie Ford, Detroit	.607	Ron Olesiak, Chicago	55	Tom Spahn, Chicago	129	Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	120
Buddy Haines, Chicago	.605	Bert Smith, Detroit	53	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	127	Tom Spahn, Chicago	116
Doug Czaplewski, Milw.	.603	Tom Miller, Pittsburgh	52	Doug Gerdes, Detroit	124	Gene Parrish, Minnesota	115
Tom Pappas, Columbus	.602	Tom Spahn, Chicago	49	Tom Miller, Pittsburgh	124	Ken Parker, Milwaukee	104
John Copenhaver, Balt.	.599	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	48	Bert Smith, Detroit	122	Mike Gouin, Detroit	103
Doug Gerdes, Detroit	.599	Larry Hutcherson, Balt.	45	Al Gibson, Detroit	119	Jim Dillard, Milwaukee	102
Larry Hutcherson, Balt.	.596	Jack Gansheimer, Cleve.	44	Jim Dillard, Milwaukee	117	Buddy Haines, Chicago	101
Rick Linz, Cincinnati	.587	Dana Andry, Cleveland	43	Jack Gansheimer, Cleve.	114	Joe Russell, Minnesota	 98
Gary Richter, New York	.587	Dale Palm, Minnesota	42	Ron Olesiak, Chicago	112	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	 95
Mike Foley, New York	.585	Buddy Haines, Chicago	42	Dale Palm, Minnesota	112	Bobby Reid, Cleveland	 95
Ron Olesiak, Chicago	.581	Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh	41	Joe Russell, Minnesota	111	John Copenhaver, Balt.	 94
Bob Boysen, Minnesota	.578	Mike Applin, Cincinn.	41	Ken Parker, Milwaukee	109	Ron Olesiak, Chicago	 94
Al Gibson, Detroit	.569	Phil Huggins, Milwaukee	41	Mike Nye, Detroit	104	Larry Hutcherson, Bal.	 93
Mike Applin, Cincinnati	.563	Ken Parker, Milwaukee	37	Jim Nelson, Pitsburgh	100	Rick Petrunyak, Cleve.	 92
Jay Smith, Baltimore	.562	Steve Loya, Cleveland	37	Buddy Haines, Chicago	100	Dana Andry, Cleveland	 92
 
1977 APSPL All Pro Team
P- Phil Schroer, Kentucky		( 76-142, .535,  4 HRs,  53 RBIs,  53 Runs, 15-5 Pitching)
P- Tom Gorski, Milwaukee		(112-224, .500, 22 HRs,  75 RBIs,  80 Runs, 17-8 Pitching)
P- Tony Mazza, Detroit			( 61-139, .461,  2 HRs,  25 RBIs,  45 Runs, 23-6 Pitching, 
C- Benny Holt, Chicago - LEAGUE  MVP 	(149-216, .690, 89 HRs, 187 RBIs, 144 Runs, 25 BBs) - Chicago MVP - Won Triple Crown
C- Mike Applin, Cincinnati		(107-190, .563, 41 HRs, 104 RBIs,  82 Runs) - Cincinnati MVP
C- Bill Gatti, Kentucky			( 97-180, .539, 48 HRs, 127 RBIs,  95 Runs, 35 BBs, 10 SFs) - Kentucky MVP
1B- Doug Gerdes, Detroit		(126-237, .599, 60 HRs, 124 RBIs, 125 Runs)
1B- Joe Russell, Minnesota		(119-217, .548, 35 HRs, 111 RBIs,  98 Runs, 11 SFs)
1B- Tom Miller, Pittsburgh		( 99-182, .544, 52 HRs, 124 RBIs,  82 Runs, 23 BBs, 9 SFs) - Pittsburgh MVP
2B- Buddy Haines, Chicago		(124-205, .605, 42 HRs, 100 RBIs, 101 Runs)
2B- Doug Czaplewski, Milwaukee		(123-204, .603,  1 HRs,  43 RBIs,  92 Runs)
2B- Donnie Rardin, Kentucky		(119-222, .536,  4 HRs,  51 RBIs,  81 Runs, 17-5 Pitching)
3B- John Copenhaver, Baltimore		(112-187, .599, 36 HRs,  95 RBIs,  94 Runs)
3B- Jim Dillard, Milwaukee		(117-215, .544, 34 HRs, 117 RBIs, 102 Runs)
3B- Bill Speaks, Columbus		(108-203, .532, 17 HRs,  97 RBIs,  72 Runs, 14 SFs) - Columbus MVP
SS- Ronnie Ford, Detroit		(145-239, .607, 85 HRs, 184 RBIs, 150 Runs, 25 BBs)
SS- Tom Pappas, Columbus		(109-181, .602,  0 HRs,  45 RBIs,  68 Runs)
SS- Ricky Linz, Cincinnati		( 91-155, .587,  1 HRs,  33 RBIs,  60 Runs)
OF- Mike Nye, Detroit 			(170-258, .659, 36 HRs, 104 RBIs, 147 Runs, 30 2Bs, 12 3Bs) - Detroit MVP
OF- Bert Smith, Detroit			(103-201, .512, 53 HRs, 122 RBIs,  90 Runs)
OF- Gene Parrish, Minnesota		(140-225, .622, 22 HRs,  83 RBIs, 115 Runs, 21 2Bs) - Minnesota MVP
OF- Mike Gouin, Detroit			(119-212, .561, 35 HRs, 124 RBIs, 103 Runs)
OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee		(130-211, .611, 41 HRs, 131 RBIs, 120 Runs, 25 2Bs, 10 3Bs) - Milwaukee MVP
OF- Jay Smith, Baltimore		(113-201, .562,  2 HRs,  48 RBIs,  81 Runs)
OF- Lawrence Hutcherson, Baltimore	(109-183, .596, 45 HRs, 129 RBIs,  93 Runs) - Baltimore MVP
OF- John Spadaccino, New Jersey		( 93-169, .550, 32 HRs,  97 RBIs,  90 Runs, 32 BBs) - New Jersey MVP
OF- John Dollar, Baltimore		( 70-134, .522,  5 HRs,  50 RBIs,  62 Runs)
OF- Ken Parker, Milwaukee		(133-244, .545, 37 HRs, 109 RBIs, 104 Runs)
OF- Frank Cammailere, New York		( 78-150, .520, 16 HRs,  54 RBIs,  50 Runs) - New York MVP
OF- Rick Petrunyak, Cleveland		(112-208, .538, 16 HRs,  70 RBIs,  92 Runs, 32 2Bs)
OF- Bobby Reid, Cleveland		(107-200, .535,  8 HRS,  53 RBIs,  95 Runs, 30 2Bs, 15 3Bs)
OTHERS Having Good Seasons:
Jim Mitchell, Detroit			( 79-131, .603, 37 HRs,  77 RBIs,  68 Runs)
Doc Booker, Cleveland			( 44- 73, .603, 14 HRs,  47 RBIs,  38 Runs)
Gary Richter, New York			( 88-150, .587, 24 HRs,  71 RBIs,  61 Runs)
Mike Foley, New York			( 87-154, .585, 32 HRs,  85 RBIs,  62 Runs)
Gary Geister, Detroit			( 55- 94, .585, 22 HRs,  56 RBIs,  40 Runs)
Ron Olesiak, Chicago			(107-184, .581, 55 HRs, 112 RBIs,  94 Runs)
Bob Boyson, Minnesota			( 89-154, .578,  3 HRs,  44 RBIs,  64 Runs)
Al Gibson, Detroit			(112-197, .569, 61 HRs, 119 RBIs,  89 Runs)
Nick Sessoms, Baltimore			(118-214, .551,  2 HRs,  35 RBIs,  80 Runs, 18-9 Pitching)
Jeff Middlestadt, Milwaukee		( 61-111, .550, 30 HRs,  69 RBIs,  52 Runs)
Lou Boone, Minnesota			( 40- 73, .548, 14 HRs,  36 RBIs,  37 Runs)
Fred Miller, Kentucky			( 26- 48, .542, 12 HRs,  30 RBIs,  20 Runs)
Tom Spahn, Chicago			(125-231, .541, 49 HRs, 129 RBIs, 116 Runs, 13 3Bs)
Roger Wilt, Cleveland			( 88-163, .540, 20 HRs,  69 RBIs,  64 Runs)
Rod Warren, Baltimore			( 84-156, .538, 30 HRs,  84 RBIs,  77 Runs)
Larry Chiapetta, New York		( 75-142, .528, 12 HRs,  42 RBIs,  60 Runs)
Tex Collins, Detroit			( 79-150, .527, 26 HRs,  60 RBIs,  66 Runs)
John Dunn, New York			( 73-139, .525, 30 HRs,  68 RBIs,  62 Runs)
Dale Palm, Minnesota			(101-194, .521, 42 HRs, 112 RBIs,  90 Runs)
Greg Wendell, Minnesota			( 93-180, .517,  9 HRs,  57 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Mike Krolicki, Chicago			( 95-186, .511, 22 HRs,  75 RBIs,  75 Runs)
Dave Shortz, Chicago			( 82-162, .506, 33 HRs,  56 RBIs,  70 Runs)
Art Kearns, New Jersey			( 82-163, .503,  0 HRs,  20 RBIs,  43 Runs, 15-29 Pitching)
Jack Gansheimer, Cleveland		(101-201, .502, 44 HRs, 114 RBIs,  89 Runs) - Cleveland MVP
Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh			( 81-166, .488, 41 HRs, 100 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Norm Cash, Detroit			( 30- 61, .492,  1 HRs,   7 RBIs,  19 Runs)
Dennis Graser, Milwaukee		( 71-146, .486, 18 HRs,  52 RBIs,  66 Runs)
Mike O'Brien, Cincinnati		(103-212, .486, 12 HRs,  72 RBIs,  68 Runs)
Dana Andry, Cleveland			( 98-203, .483, 43 HRs,  97 RBIs,  92 Runs, 11-5 Pitching)
Nick Nikitas, Kentucky			( 96-200, .480,  3 HRs,  39 RBIs,  78 Runs)
Steve Loya, Cleveland			( 95-197, .480, 37 HRs,  84 RBIs,  82 Runs)
Tom Kaminski, Detroit			( 71-148, .480, 26 HRs,  50 RBIs,  68 Runs)
Ralph Calitri, Columbus			( 29- 61, .475,  9 HRs,  34 RBIs,  23 Runs)
Greg Birko, Pittsburgh			( 94-202, .465,  0 HRs,  26 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Jim Galloway, New York			( 66-145, .455, 26 HRs,  58 RBIs,  47 Runs, 8-7 Pitching)
Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati			( 49-109, .449, 14 HRs,  52 RBIs,  43 Runs)
Goldie Rich, Columbus			( 85-191, .445, 23 HRs,  69 RBIs,  62 Runs)
Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee			( 89-200, .445,  6 HRs,  49 RBIs,  83 Runs, 18-5 Pitching)
Chuck Winders, Kentucky			( 60-137, .438, 13 HRs,  50 RBIs,  54 Runs)
Lou Abel, Pittsburgh			( 74-169, .438,  1 HRs,  32 RBIs,  54 Runs)
Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky		( 83-190, .437, 17 HRs,  60 RBIs,  53 Runs)
Mike Perfetti, Minnesota		( 76-174, .437, 33 HRs,  68 RBIs,  64 Runs)
Tom Taylor, Cincinnati			( 24- 55, .436,  6 HRs,  21 RBIs,  15 Runs)
John Locke, Minnesota			( 55-130, .423, 17 HRs,  49 RBIs,  57 Runs)
Steve Shurina, New Jersey		( 27- 64, .422,  2 HRs,  10 RBIs,  16 Runs)
Bob Yurch, Minnesota			( 47-112, .420, 12 HRs,  36 RBIs,  45 Runs)
Gary Smith, Pittsburgh			( 83-198, .419,  6 HRs,  37 RBIs,  55 Runs)
Bob Overmiller, New Jersey		( 77-187, .412, 23 HRs,  67 RBIs,  56 Runs)
Mike Kolb, New Jersey			( 51-124, .411, 16 HRs,  48 RBIs,  43 Runs)
Gordie Handevidt, Minnesota		( 49-127, .386, 16 HRs,  54 RBIs,  43 Runs)
Bob Harrison, Cincinnati		( 34- 90, .377,  1 HRs,  20 RBIs,  18 Runs)
Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee		( 16- 45, .356,  2 HRs,   9 RBIs,  13 Runs)
Jim Northrup, Detroit			( 20- 61, .328,  3 HRs,  10 RBIs,  17 Runs)
Ed Zolna, Chicago			(  3- 11, .222,  0 HRs,   4 RBIs,   6 Runs, 2-4 Pitching)
Paul Tomasovich, Pittsburgh		(  3-  4, .750,  0 HRs,   1 RBIs,   2 Runs)
Mike Kovach, Pittsburgh			(  2-  4, .500,  0 HRs,   0 RBIs,   1 Runs)
 

1977 -> 1978 APSPL Franchise Changes
Disbanded Teams:

New York Clippers
Columbus All-Americans
Baltimore Monuments

New Teams:
Philadelphia Athletics - (recruited some players from the disbanded Baltimore Monuments)
New England Pilgrims - (recruited some players from the disbanded New York Clippers)
Rochester Zeniths - (most of the 1977 USSSA Mazzola-Castle players)

Name Changes:
Milwaukee Schlitz - (from Milwaukee Copper Hearth)
Minnesota Norsemen - (from 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
New Jersey 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	
1978 Player of the Week Awards
Ken Parker, Milwaukee
Tom Spahn, Chicago
Ron Ford, Detroit
Doug Gerdes, Detroit
Bill Gatti & Fred Miller, Kentucky
Tom Miller, Pittsburgh
Ron Ford, Detroit
Lawrence Hutcherson, Philadelphia
Bert Smith, Detroit
Mike Nye, Detroit & Dale Palm, Minnesota
Gene Parrish, Minnesota
Johnny Dollar, Philadelphia

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 @ Cleveland
      	Defending Champion Detroit Caesars - defeated - APSPL All-Stars  	14-9
      	Defending Champion Detroit Caesars - defeated - APSPL All-Stars  	 8-3
	- No information available on APSPL All Star Selections
	- All-Star Game MVP - Denny Brown, APSPL All-Stars (Pittsburgh)- (6-7, .857)
	- Detroit Stars - Mike Nye, Grand Slam in 1st game, Doug Gerdes, 2 HRs in 2nd game, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs in both games total.
1978 APSPL Playoffs
1st round - Detroit and Minnesota (both received a 1st Round Bye)
      	Cleveland beat Philadelphia	10-16, 8-4, 26-22;  		(2-1)
	Cincinnati beat New England	9-6, 4-9, 27-17;  		(2-1)
Semi-finals
      	Detroit beat Cleveland 		27-22, 30-24;  			(2-0)
	Minnesota beat Cincinnati 	28-15, 6-2;  			(2-0)
	- Playoff  MVP - Jim Bizzell, Cleveland (15-21, .714, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs)
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, 11 Runs)
	-Note (Detroit) - Chuck Drewicz (11-16; .688, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs; 4-0 Pitching)
	- Mike Gouin (13-17, .765,  2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 14 Runs), Gary Geister (7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 11 Runs)
	- Jim Mitchell (6 HRs, 8 RBIs), Doug Gerdes (6 HRs, 10 RBIs), Mike Nye (5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 15 Runs)
	- Note (Minnesota) - 
1978 APSPL League Leaders
Batting	(150 at bats)		Home Runs			RBIs				Runs Scored
Mike Nye, Detroit	.654	Ronnie Ford, Detroit	80	Ronnie Ford, Detroit	201	Mike Nye, Detroit	159
Ronnie Ford, Detroit	.645	Dale Palm, Minnesota	70	Dale Palm, Minnesota	166	Ronnie Ford, Detroit	152
Gene Parrish, Minnesota	.634	John Locke, Minnesota	65	Fred Miller, Kentucky	141	Gene Parrish, Minnesota	148
Ken Parker, Milwaukee	.634	Bob McMahon, Minn.	59	Joe Russell, Minnesota	141	Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	135
Dale Palm, Minnesota	.614	Fred Miller, Kentucky	57	Mike Applin, Cincinnati	138	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	132
Denny Brown, Pittsburgh	.608	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	54	Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	137	Mike O'Brien, Cinn.	124
Mike Gouin, Detroit	.601	Joe Russell, Minnesota	53	John Locke, Minnesota	136	Dale Palm, Minnesota	124
Gary Geister, Detroit	.596	Doug Gerdes, Detroit	53	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	132	Bobby Reid, Cleveland	120
Joe Russell, Minnesota	.594	Benny Holt, Chicago	50	Benny Holt, Chicago	130	John Locke, Minnesota	117
Don Ragozzine, N.Eng.	.585	Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	49	Jim Dillard, Milwaukee	129	Joe Russell, Minnesota	117
Doug Gerdes, Detroit	.585	Gary Geister, Detroit	45	John Spadaccino, Trent.	129	Rich Petrunyak, Cleve. 	111
Bill Gatti, Kentucky	.584	Jim Bizzell, Cleve.	45	Tom Miller, Pittsburgh	128	Doug Gerdes, Detroit 	110
John Locke, Minnesota	.582	Dana Andry, Cleveland	44	Larry Hutcheson, Phila.	125	Bob McMahon, Minnesota 	108
Jack Roudenbush, Det.	.579	Larry Hutcheson, Phila.	43	Dana Andry, Cleveland	122	Mike Gouin, Detroit 	108
Roger Snatchko, Pitt.	.578	Mike Applin, Cincinnati	42	Ken Parker, Milwaukee	121	Fred Miller, Kentucky 	107
Johnny Dollar, Phila.	.571	Bert Smith, Detroit	42	Bob McMahon, Minnesota	120	Dana Andry, Cleveland 	107
Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	.569	Tom Miller, Pittsburgh	39	Lou Boone, Minnesota	119	Don Ragozzine, New Eng. 105
Jim Bizzell, Cleve.	.566	Jim Dillard, Milwaukee	38	Dana Andry, Cleveland	117	Lou Boone, Minnesota 	104
1978 APSPL All Pro Team
P- Chuck Drewicz, Detroit 		( 73-123, .593,  4 HRs,  29 RBIs,  62 Runs, 25- 5 Pitching)
P- John Locke, Minnesota 		(131-225, .582, 65 HRs, 136 RBIs, 117 Runs, 24-15 Pitching)
C- Jim Bizzell, Cleveland 		(120-212, .566, 45 HRs, 108 RBIs,  91 Runs)
C- Benny Holt, Chicago 			(121-230, .526, 50 HRs, 130 RBIs, 101 Runs)
C- Bob McMahon, Minnesota 		(134-241, .556, 59 HRs, 120 RBIs, 108 Runs)
IF/1B- Joe Russell, Minnesota 		(149-251, .549, 53 HRs, 141 RBIs, 117 Runs)
IF-1B- Jack Roudenbush, Detroit 	(113-195, .579, 20 HRs,  83 RBIs,  97 Runs)
IF/1B- Doug Gerdes, Detroit 		(127-217, .585, 53 HRs, 112 RBIs, 110 Runs)
IF/2B- Gary Bello, New England 		(120-219, .548, 21 HRs, 101 RBIs, 101 Runs, 23 2Bs)
IF/2B- Rick Page, Rochester 		(105-208, .482, 24 HRs,  94 RBIs,  89 Runs, 15 2Bs, 11 3Bs)
IF/3B- Donnie Rardin, Cincinnati 	(130-238, .546,  8 HRs,  69 RBIs,  97 Runs, 14-16 Pitching)
IF/3B- Gary Geister, Detroit 		(124-208, .596, 45 HRs, 106 RBIs, 103 Runs)
IF/SS- Denny Brown, Pittsburgh 		(146-240, .608,  1 HRs,  46 RBIs, 101 Runs, 22 2Bs)
IF/SS- Don Ragozzine, New England 	(142-239, .585,  5 HRs,  63 RBIs, 105 Runs)
OF- Ronnie Ford, Detroit - LEAGUE  MVP 	(165-256, .645, 80 HRs, 201 RBIs, 152 Runs)
OF- Mike Foley, New Jersey 		(129-229, .563, 35 HRs, 109 RBIs,  90 Runs)
OF- Mike Nye, Detroit 			(161-246, .654, 33 HRs, 110 RBIs, 159 Runs, 38 2Bs, 9 3Bs)
OF- Bill Gatti, Kentucky 		(125-214, .584, 54 HRs, 132 RBIs, 131 Runs, 38 BBs)
OF- Mike Gouin, Detroit 		(131-218, .601, 28 HRs,  90 RBIs, 108 Runs)
OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 		(145-255, .569, 49 HRs, 137 RBIs, 135 Runs, 23 2Bs)
OF- Fred Miller, Kentucky 		(128-233, .549, 57 HRs, 141 RBIs, 107 Runs)
OF- Mike O'Brien, Cincinnati 		(141-256, .551, 22 HRs,  86 RBIs, 124 Runs, 48 2Bs, 9 3Bs)
OF- Dale Palm, Minnesota 		(137-223, .614, 70 HRs, 166 RBIs, 124 Runs)
OF- Ken Parker, Milwaukee 		(123-194, .634, 37 HRs, 121 RBIs,  93 Runs)
OF- Gene Parrish, Minnesota 		(165-262, .634, 23 HRs,  90 RBIs, 148 Runs, 35 2Bs, 6 3Bs)
OF- Johnny Dollar, Philadelphia 	( 97-170, .571, 15 HRs,  81 RBIs,  84 Runs)
OTHERS Having Good Seasons:
Tom Krenchicki, Trenton			( 60- 90, .667,  0 HRs,  32 RBIs,  46 Runs)
Buddy Haines, Milwaukee			( 35- 53, .660,  4 HRs,  18 RBIs,  28 Runs)
Tex Collins, Detroit			( 53- 84, .631, 26 HRs,  53 RBIs,  43 Runs)
Cliff Yeager, Philadelphia 		( 87-140, .621,  3 HRs,  48 RBIs,  53 Runs, 18-20 Pitching)
Roger Snatchko, Pittsburgh		(137-237, .578,  6 HRs,  81 RBIs,  99 Runs, 38 2Bs)
Bob Goodlow, Rochester			( 53- 95, .558, 20 HRs,  59 RBIs,  48 Runs)
Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh		(120-218, .550,  2 HRs,  59 RBIs,  80 Runs)
Fred Miller, Kentucky			(128-233, .549, 57 HRs, 141 RBIs, 107 Runs)
Mike Lafever, Cincinnati		(131-239, .548,  1 HRs,  49 RBIs,  96 Runs)
Jim Mitchell, Detroit			( 71-130, .546, 35 HRs,  74 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Lou Boone, Minnesota			(112-206, .544, 45 HRs, 119 RBIs, 104 Runs)
Gordie Handevidt, Minnesota		(116-218, .541, 29 HRs,  74 RBIs,  83 Runs)
Jim Kuhn, Cincinnati			(108-195, .541,  6 HRs,  66 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Tommy Spahn, Chicago			(118-219, .539, 34 HRs, 101 RBIs,  86 Runs)
Roger Wilt, Cleveland			(122-228, .535, 32 HRs,  86 RBIs,  89 Runs)
Larry Chiapetta, Trenton		( 74-139, .532,  5 HRs,  23 RBIs,  46 Runs)
Bert Smith, Detroit			( 91-172, .529, 42 HRs, 104 RBIs,  87 Runs)
Dave Holtz, Milwaukee			( 75-142, .528, 16 HRs,  46 RBIs,  40 Runs)
Greg Sandy, Cincinnati			( 86-163, .528,  3 HRs,  34 RBIs,  58 Runs)
Greg Wendell, Minnesota			(118-225, .524, 14 HRs,  73 RBIs,  96 Runs)
Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee			(112-215, .521, 12 HRs,  73 RBIs,  76 Runs)
Bobby Reid, Cleveland			(121-233, .519, 24 HRs,  88 RBIs, 120 Runs)
Dana Andry, Cleveland			(122-235, .517, 44 HRs, 117 RBIs, 107 Runs, 5-3 Pitching)
Mike Applin, Cincinnati			(120-232, .517, 42 HRs, 138 RBIs,  89 Runs)
Nick Nikitas, Kentucky			( 91-176, .517,  2 HRs,  30 RBIs,  80 Runs)
Frank Cammailere, New England		( 89-173, .514,  6 HRs,  62 RBIs,  50 Runs)
Dave Snatchko, Pittsburgh		(112-215, .521, 15 HRs,  83 RBIs,  75 Runs, 26 2Bs, 17-14 Pitching)
Bob Yurch, Minnesota			( 85-166, .512, 21 HRs,  59 RBIs,  76 Runs)
Mike Krolicki, Chicago			( 89-174, .511, 13 HRs,  59 RBIs,  63 Runs)
Ron Olesiak, Chicago			( 54-108, .509, 20 HRs,  47 RBIs,  42 Runs)
Jeff Middlestadt, Milwaukee		(106-209, .507, 30 HRs,  96 RBIs,  83 Runs)
Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati			(104-205, .507, 22 HRs,  99 RBIs,  73 Runs)
Phil Schrorer, Kentucky			(102-201, .507,  3 HRs,  58 RBIs,  73 Runs, 27-26 Pitching)
Andy Santillo, Rochester		( 84-166, .506,  0 HRs,  33 RBIs,  40 Runs)
Greg Birko, Pittsburgh			(115-229, .502,  1 HRs,  29 RBIs,  82 Runs)
Doc Booker, Cleveland			(101-202, .500, 24 HRs,  97 RBIs,  69 Runs)
Rick Trudeau, Detroit			(116-232, .500,  4 HRs,  49 RBIs,  83 Runs)
Pete Simonelli, Philadelphia 		(111-222, .500,  9 HRs,  31 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Mike Perfetti, Minnesota		( 66-132, .500, 28 HRs,  59 RBIs,  80 Runs)
Jim Dillard, Milwaukee			(121-243, .496, 38 HRs, 129 RBIs, 103 Runs)
Doug Czaplewski, Milwaukee		(113-228, .495,  0 HRs,  44 RBIs,  66 Runs)
Gary Richter, Trenton			(103-209, .493, 12 HRs,  42 RBIs,  72 Runs)
Pete Castle, Rochester			(100-203, .493, 18 HRs,  59 RBIs,  71 Runs)
Joe Pepitone, Trenton			(110-225, .489, 14 HRs,  61 RBIs,  51 Runs, 15 2Bs, 7 3Bs)
Larry Elkins, Detroit			( 84-173, .488, 27 HRs,  76 RBIs,  73 Runs)
John Spadaccino, Trenton		(107-220, .486, 36 HRs, 129 RBIs,  91 Runs)
Lawrence Hutcherson, Philadelphia 	(107-220, .486, 43 HRs, 125 RBIs,  84 Runs)
Theo Dorsey, Rochester		 	( 75-155, .484,  9 HRs,  46 RBIs,  46 Runs)
Tom Taylor, Cincinnati			( 51-108, .481, 15 HRs,  49 RBIs,  34 Runs)
Tony Mazza, Detroit			( 80-168, .476,  3 HRs,  32 RBIs,  62 Runs, 19-10 Pitching)
Dennis Graser, Milwaukee		( 89-187, .476, 17 HRs,  60 RBIs,  68 Runs, 17 2Bs)
Rich Petrunyak, Cleveland		(112-237, .473, 31 HRs,  95 RBIs, 111 Runs)
Ralph Calitri, New England		( 98-208, .471, 26 HRs, 105 RBIs,  75 Runs)
Dick Laba, Milwaukee			( 75-161, .468,  1 HRs,  42 RBIs,  56 Runs, 14-11 Pitching)
Al Gibson, Detroit			( 66-141, .468, 26 HRs,  68 RBIs,  60 Runs)
Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh			( 66-144, .458, 19 HRs,  69 RBIs,  53 Runs)
Tom Miller, Pittsburgh			( 91-199, .457, 39 HRs, 128 RBIs,  74 Runs)
Ed Finnegan, New England		( 64-143, .448,  1 HRs,  32 RBIs,  32 Runs)
Mike Levangie, Cincinnati		( 33- 74, .446, 13 HRs,  33 RBIs,  30 Runs)
John Regent, Pittsburgh			( 65-170, .441, 15 HRs,  65 RBIs,  60 Runs)
Bob Overmiller, Trenton			( 83-144, .438, 14 HRs,  47 RBIs,  42 Runs)
Dave Shortz, Chicago			( 68-158, .430, 24 HRs,  59 RBIs,  53 Runs)
Cobbie Harrison, Kencutky		( 88-205, .429, 12 HRs,  70 RBIs,  51 Runs)
Chuck Winders, Kentucky			( 91-215, .423, 11 HRs,  83 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Tom Gorski, Milwaukee			( 85-201. .423, 14 HRs,  57 RBIs,  63 Runs, 5-7 Pitching)
Jack Gansheimer, Cleveland		( 79-188, .420, 20 HRs,  74 RBIs,  62 Runs)
Mike Kolb, Trenton			( 39- 83, .419, 15 HRs,  33 RBIs,  32 Runs)
Jim Galloway, Trenton			( 66-160, .413, 28 HRs,  72 RBIs,  50 Runs, 17-19 Pitching)
Jerry Lasponara, Rochester		( 69-167, .413, 12 HRs,  47 RBIs,  47 Runs)
John Dunn, Trenton			( 87-213, .408, 34 HRs,  82 RBIs,  72 Runs)
Pat Paulsen, New England		( 96-243, .395, 11 HRs,  49 RBIs,  78 Runs)
Jim Northrup, Detroit			( 13- 33, .394,  3 HRs,  13 RBIs,  12 Runs)
Fred Ryan, Pittsburgh			( 64-163, .393, 21 HRs,  67 RBIs,  52 Runs)
Billy White Shoes Johnson, Phil. 	( 30- 86, .349,  4 HRs,  19 RBIs,  22 Runs)
Cal Carmen, Rochester			( 42-137, .307,  5 HRs,  22 RBIs,  31 Runs)
Norm Cash, Detroit			(  5- 21, .238,  0 HRs,   4 RBIs,   3 Runs)

 

1978 -> 1979 APSPL Franchise Changes
Disbanded Teams:

Chicago Storm

New Teams:
Fort Wayne Scouts

Name Changes:
Trenton Champales - (from New Jersey Statesmen)
Cleveland Competitors - (from Cleveland Jaybirds)


1979 APSPL Regular Season Final Standings
Eastern Division		Record	Pct.	GB
Rochester Zeniths		35-27	.565	  -
Trenton Champales		30-30	.500	 4.0
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 All-Star Game (@ Louisville, KY)- July 19
      	East All-Stars - defeated - West All-Stars  	11-7
      	East All-Stars - defeated - West All-Stars  	 8-3
	- East Co-MVP - Barry Glaser, East (Pittsburgh) - (5-8, .625)
	- East Co-MVP - Fred Miller, East (Cleveland) - (5-8, .625, 2 HRs, 2 3Bs, 5 RBIs)
	- West MVP - Gene Parrish, West (Minnesota) - (4-6, .667, 2 RBIs)
Eastern APSPL All-Stars
Manager- Fred Tomino, Pitsburgh
Coach- Mike DeCillis, Rochester
Coach- Joe Pepitone, New Jersey
P- Greg Birko, Pittsburgh
P- Don Brown, Rochester
C- Larry Hutcherson, Philadelphia
C- Mike Kolb, Trenton
1B- Joe Aversa, Pittsburgh
2B- Rick Page, Rochester
3B- Rick Palmiero, Rochester (replacement)
SS- Gary Bello, New England
OF- Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh
OF- Gary Richter, Trenton
OF- Fred Miller, Cleveland
OF- Roger Wilt, Cleveland
OF- Doc Booker, Cleveland
OF- Ron Dorsey, Philadelphia
OF- Jerry Lasponera, Rochester (replacement)

Western APSPL All-Stars
Manager- Mike Basile, Milwaukee
Coach- Steve Coffman, Kentucky
Coach- Rich Finke, Minnesota
P- Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee
P- Phil Schroer, Kentucky
C- John Locke, Minnesota
C- Bill Gatti, Kentucky
1B- Doug Gerdes, Detroit
2B- Tony Mazza, Detroit
3B- Don Rardin, Kentucky
SS- Rick Trudeau, Detroit
SF- Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky (replacemant for Bill Gatti)
OF- Tom Bohte, Milwaukee
OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee
OF- Tommy Spahn, Fort Wayne
OF- Mike LaFever, Cincinnati
OF- Gene Parrish, Minnesota
OF- Chuck Winders, Kentucky (replacment for Tony Mazza)
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, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs, 6-0 Pitching)
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, 6 RBIs, 10 Runs, 3 Doubles, HR)
	-Note (Milwaukee) - Doug Czaplewski (12-21, .571), Jim Dillard (14-28, ,500, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 13 Runs),  
	- Dennis Graser (4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs), Phil Higgins (3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs), Paul Wenzel (10 RBIs)
	-Note (Kentucky) - Don Rardin, Jr. (17-33, .515, 9 RBIs, 12 Runs), Bill Gatti (13-26, .500, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs),
	- Phil Schroer (14-28, .500), Cobbie Harrison (13-26, .500, 12 RBIs), Dave Whitlock (.429, 9 RBIs, 14 Runs)
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	Dennis Graser, Milw.	22	Gary Geister, Detroit	 78
Mike Nye, Detroit	.503	Mike Kolb, Trenton	22	Ron Dorsey, Phil.	 77
Gary Richter, Trenton	.501	John Spadaccino, Tren.	20	Jerry Lasponara, Roch.	 70
	
* Note - Ron Ford led the league in HRs and RBIs, despite missing 21 games due to injury. He batted .617,
but was not officially recognized as the Batting Champ due to not enough at bats? 
1979 APSPL All Pro Team
P- Rick Weiterman, Milw.  - LEAGUE  MVP	(107-192, .557,  9 HRs,  69 RBIs, 56 Runs, 37-18 Pitching)
P- Phil Schroer, Kentucky 		( 86-179, .480,  0 HRs,  55 RBIs, 56 Runs, 40-8 Pitching, 3.84 ERA)
P- Don Brown, Rochester 		( 95-177, .536,  0 HRs,  38 RBIs, 43 Runs, 30-21 Pitching)
C- Bill Gatti, Kentucky 		( 88-165, .533, 20 HRs,  79 RBIs, 80 Runs, 46 BBs)
1B- Dennis Graser, Milwaukee 		(108-222, .486, 22 HRs,  87 RBIs, 86 Runs, 14 2Bs)
2B- Donnie Rardin, Kentucky 		(112-217, .516,  0 HRs,  43 RBIs, 80 Runs, 12 2Bs, 8-7 Pitching)
3B- Doug Gerdes, Detroit 		(104-208, .500, 31 HRs,  97 RBIs, 78 Runs)
SS- Rick Trudeau, Detroit 		(106-193, .549,  1 HRs,  34 RBIs, 56 Runs)
SS- Denny Brown, Pittsburgh 		(.504)
OF- Ronnie Ford, Detroit		(100-162, .617, 43 HRs, 122 RBIs, 88 Runs, 20 BBs)
OF- Mike Nye, Detroit 			( 90-179, .503,  8 HRs,  51 RBIs, 78 Runs, 18 BBs)
OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 		(119-224, .531, 18 HRs,  89 RBIs, 91 Runs, 19 2Bs, 7 3Bs)
OF- Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh 		(.527)
OF- Roger Wilt, Cleveland
OF- Gene Parrish, Minnesota 		(.511)
OF- Mike Lafever, Cincinnati
OF- Gary Richter, Trenton		(.501)
OTHERS Having Good Seasons:
Lawrence Hutcherson, Philadelphia	(         .533, 12 HRs,  57 RBIs)
Tony Mazza, Detroit			( 76-145, .524,  0 HRs,  21 RBIs, 46 Runs)
Cal Carmen, Detroit			( 69-135, .511,  4 HRs,  32 RBIs, 36 Runs)
Mike Gouin, Detroit			( 84-168, .500, 14 HRs,  51 RBIs, 61 Runs)
Nick Nikitas, Kentucky			(100-209, .493,  4 HRs,  27 RBIs, 95 Runs)
Mike Kolb, Trenton			(         .483, 22 HRs)
Greg Birko, Pittsburgh			(         .478)
Fred Miller, Cleveland			(         .477, 29 HRs,  86 RBIs)
Jerry Lasponara, Rochester		( 95-200, .475, 16 HRs,  70 RBIs, 57 Runs)
John Spadaccino, Trenton		(         .469, 20 HRs)
Gary Geister, Detroit			( 97-209, .464, 28 HRs,  78 RBIs, 62 Runs)
Jim Mitchell, Detroit			( 47-102, .461, 15 HRs,  39 RBIs, 34 Runs)
Rick Page, Rochester			( 96-206, .467, 10 HRs,  58 RBIs, 66 Runs, 12 2Bs)
Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee			( 87-191, .455,  5 HRs,  44 RBIs, 63 Runs)
Doug Czaplewski, Milwaukee		( 72-163, .442,  1 HRs,  23 RBIs, 55 Runs)
Jim Dillard, Milwaukee			( 98-223, .439, 10 HRs,  65 RBIs, 74 Runs, 28 2Bs)
Dick Laba, Milwaukee			( 71-162, .438,  1 HRs,  31 RBIs, 51 Runs)
Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky		( 91-209, .435,  8 HRs,  88 RBIs, 49 Runs)
Larry Elkins, Detroit			( 56-131, .427, 14 HRs,  35 RBIs, 34 Runs)
Pete Castle, Rochester			( 80-186, .430,  3 HRs,  50 RBIs, 39 Runs)
Chuck Winders, Kentucky			( 83-202, .409,  6 HRs,  60 RBIs, 45 Runs)
Rich Brown, Rochester			( 89-220, .405,	 2 HRs,  42 RBIs, 51 Runs, 8 3Bs)
Chuck Drewicz, Detroit			( 56-144, .389,  5 HRs,  29 RBIs, 36 Runs)
Greg Whitlock, Kentucky			( 68-172. .386,  0 HRs,  36 RBIs, 34 Runs)
Jack Roudenbush, Detroit		( 71-186, .382,  8 HRs,  40 RBIs, 50 Runs)
Jeff Middlestadt, Milwaukee		( 38-103, .369,  7 HRs,  27 RBIs, 26 Runs)
Jim Northrup, Detroit			( 11- 30, .367,  2 HRs,  11 RBIs,  5 Runs)
Bert Smith, Detroit			( 44-129, .341,  8 HRs,  39 RBIs, 27 Runs)
Dave Whitlock, Kentucky			( 41-131, .313,  0 HRs,  13 RBIs, 20 Runs)
Ron Dorsey, Philadelphia		(         .433, 16 HRs,  77 RBIs)
Joe Pepitone, Trenton			( 50-122, .410,  9 HRs,  30 RBIs)
John Locke, Minnesota 			(                33 HRs, 89 RBIs)
Jim Bizzell, Cleveland 			(                37 HRs)
Dana Andry, Cleveland 			(                31 HRs)
Dave Watson, Cleveland 			(                26 HRs)
Benny Holt, Cleveland 			(                 4 HRs,  9 RBIs - signed late)
Lou Banks, Fort Wayne 			(                16 HRs)
Sam Sapienza, Trenton			( 27-22 Pitching)
Ted Larsen, Minnesota 			( 10-15 Pitching)

1979 -> 1980 APSPL Franchise Changes
Disbanded Teams:

Detroit Caesars
Trenton Champales
Fort Wayne Scouts

Name Changes:
Rochester Express (from Rochester Zeniths)

Teams leaving to play in the NASL:
Cleveland Competitors
Milwaukee Schlitz


Another League was formed by Ted Stepien in 1980 called the North American Softball League (NASL).  A Couple of the 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, if only financially as Ted Stepien of Cleveland owned 6 of the 8 NASL teams.


1980 APSPL Regular Season Final Standings		
Team				Record	Pct.	GB
Kentucky Bourbons		48-16	.750	  -
Pittsburgh Hardhats		44-19	.698	 3.5
Rochester Express		30-34	.469	18.0
New England Pilgrims		27-37	.422	21.0
Cincinnati Suds			22-40	.355	24.0
Philadelphia Athletics 		21-43	.328	27.0

Top 4 teams made playoffs. The teams were seeded by records. The final  two teams then met in the World Series.

1980 APSPL Playoffs
Semi-Final round
      	Pittsburgh beat Kentucky 	5-10, 7-5, 4-10, 5-14, 4-1;  			(3-2)
	Rochester beat New England	12-3, 11-3, 12-9;  				(3-0)
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 Brown, Rochester (5-4 pitching, .500)
	- Note (Rochester) - Tom Zaccardo (.500, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs), Steve Re (.444, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs)
	- Note (Pittsburgh) - John Regent (3 HRs, 2 3Bs, 11 RBIs), Randy Elliott (2 HRs)
1980 APSPL League Leaders
Batting				Home Runs			RBIs
Rich Brown, Rochester	.494	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	21	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	81
Denny Brown, Pittsburgh	.492	Bob Schuster, Rochester	21	Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh	68
Bill Gatti, Kentucky	.483	Mike Applin, Cincinnati	17	Chuck Winders, Kentucky	60
Barry Glaser, Pitt.	.480	Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh	17	Bob Schuster, Rochester	59
Randy Elliott, Pitts.	.470	John Spadaccino, Phila.	14	Cobbie Harrison, Kent.	58
Jack Roudenbush, Kent.	.466	Chuck Winders, Kentucky	12	Pete Castle, Rochester	57
Nick Nikitas, Kentucky	.464	Steve Re, Rochester	11	Dave Whitlock, Kentucky	54
Greg Birko, Pittsburgh	.455	Dave Whitlock, Kentucky	 9	Mike Applin, Cincinnati	54
Pete Castle, Rochester	.435	Pete Castle, Rochester	 9	Len Larabee, New Eng.	54
Greg Whitlock, Kentycky	.435	Mike Kolb, Philadelphia	 8	Steve Re, Rochester	49
Len Larabee, New Eng.	.424	Len Larabee, New Eng.	 7	Jack Roudenbush, Kent.	48
Bob Schuster, Rochester .422					John Spadaccino, Phila.	46
1980 APSPL All Pro Team
P- Greg Birko, Pittsburgh 		(.455,                                    29-13 Pitching)
P- Steve Stewart, Kentucky 		( 46-153, .301,  2 HRs, 19 RBIs, 32 Runs, 40-14 Pitching)
C- Jim Foxy Nelson, Pittsburgh 		(               17 HRs, 68 RBIs)
1B- Pete Castle, Rochester 		( 83-191, .435,  9 HRs, 57 RBIs)
2B- Nick Nikitas, Kentucky 		(102-222, .464,  1 HRs, 29 RBIs, 82 Runs)
3B- Bill Gatti, Kentucky - LEAGUE MVP	( 90-186, .483, 21 HRs, 81 RBIs, 74 Runs, 48 BBs)
SS- Greg Whitlock, Kentucky 		( 93-214, .435,  2 HRs, 42 RBIs, 49 Runs)
OF- Rich Brown, Rochester 		(107-216, .494,  2 HRs, 22 RBIs, 14 2Bs, 11 3Bs, 60 Runs) - Runner-up MVP
OF- Pat Paulsen, New England 		(         .403   3 HRs)
OF- Bob Shuster, Rochester 		( 78-185, .421, 21 HRs, 59 RBIs)
OF- Jack Roudenbush, Kentucky 		( 97-208, .464,  3 HRs, 48 RBIs, 55 Runs)
Utility (SS)- Denny Brown, Pittsburgh 	(.492)
Utility (OF)- Pat Benzing, Pittsburgh	(
Utility (OF)- Randy Elliott, Pittsburgh (.470)
Utility (IF)- Gary Hartman, Phila.	(
Co-Rookies of the Year
Randy Elliott, Pittsburgh 		(.470)
Bob Schuster, Rochester 		( 78-185, .422, 21 HRs, 59 RBIs)
 
OTHERS Having Good Seasons:
Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh 		(         .480)
Pete Castle, Rochester			( 83-191, .435,  9 HRs, 57 RBIs)
Len Larabee, New England 		(         .424,  7 HRs, 54 RBIs)
Tom Zaccardo, Rochester 		( 82-204, .402,  2 HRs, 37 RBIs)
Rick Page, Rochester			(  6- 15, .400,  0 HRs,  4 RBIs - out for the season)
Don Brown, Rochester 			( 68-173, .393,  0 HRs, 19 RBIs, 22-19 Pitching)
Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky		( 70-207, .382,  6 HRs, 58 RBIs, 43 Runs)
Dave Whitlock, Kentucky			( 66-177, .373,  9 HRs, 54 RBIs, 40 Runs)
Steve Re, Rochester			( 65-184, .354, 11 HRs, 49 RBIs)
Mike Applin, Cincinnati 		(               17 HRs, 54 RBIs)
John Spadaccino, Philadelphia		(               14 HRs, 46 RBIs)
Gary Richter, New England		(
 

1980 NASL Franchise Information

Teams coming from the APSPL:
Cleveland Competitors
Milwaukee Schlitz

New Teams:
Cincinnati Rivermen - (recruited some of the APSPL Cincinnati Suds players)
Lexington Stallions - (recruited some of the APSPL Kentucky Bourbons players)
Pittsburgh Champions - (recruited some of the APSPL Pittsburgh Hard Hats players)
Chicago Nationwide Advertising - (recruited some of the players of the old APSPL disbanded Chicago Storm)
Detroit Auto Kings - (recruited some of the players of the APSPL disbanded Detroit Caesars)
Fort Wayne Huggie Bears - (recruited some of the players of the APSPL disbanded Fort Wayne Scouts)
 

1980 NASL Regular Season Final Standings
Eastern Division		Record	Pct.	GB
Detroit Auto Kings		35-26	.574	  -
Cleveland Competitors		31-32	.492	 5.0
Cincinnati Rivermen		25-37	.403	10.5
Pittsburgh Champions		25-39	.391	11.5
Western Division		Record	Pct.	GB
Milwaukee Schlitz		47-13	.786	  -
Chicago Nationwide Advertising	43-19	.694	 5.0
Lexington Stallions		30-32	.486	18.0
Fort Wayne Huggie Bears		11-49	.183	36.0

Top two teams in each division made the playoffs, The two division winners then met in the World Series.

1980 NASL All-Star Game (Willoughby, OH)- July 19
      	West All-Stars beat East All-Stars  	10-7
      	- 1st Game MVP- Phil Higgins, West (3-4, HR, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs)
	East All-Stars beat West All-Stars	17-5
	- 2nd Game MVP- Mike Turk, East (2 HRs, 4 RBIs)
NASL Eastern All-Stars (stats at time of game - July 19)
MGR- Mike Gouin, Detroit
P- Dana Andry, Cleveland 	(.342, 21, 44)
C- Benny Holt, Cleveland 	(.517, 17, 49)
1B-Gary Geister, Detroit 	(.365, 16, 45)
2B-Tony Mazza, Detroit 		(.428,  0, 22)
3B-Mike Turk, Detroit 		(.444, 11, 38)
SS-Jim Picard, Pittsburgh 	(.455,  0, 11)
OF-Matt Partridge, Detroit 	(.489,  6, 28)
OF-Doc Booker, Cleveland 	(.472, 11, 51)
OF-Roger Snatchko, Pittsburgh 	(.519, 11, 49)
OF-Mike O'Brien, Cincinnati 	(.387, 10, 39)
Utility Players/Alternates:	--------------
2B-Ed DePompei, Cleveland 	(.373,  0, 16)
OF-Jerry Jarvela, Detroit 	(.417,  0, 27)
OF-Ed Zalewski, Pittsburgh 	(.427, 10, 36)
OF-Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati 	(.463, 19, 43)
2B-Mark Johnson, Pittsburgh 	(.370,  0, 19)

NASL Western All-Stars (stats at time of game - July 19)
MGR- Eddie Zolna, Chicago
P- Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee 	(.503,  7, 52, 22-10 Pitching)
C- Willie Simpson, Chicago 	(.535,  3, 55)
1B-Dennis Graser, Milwaukee 	(.472,  8, 53)
2B-Lou Banks, Ft. Wayne 	(.486, 14, 51)
3B-Don Rardin Jr., Lexington 	(.506,  2, 54)
SS-Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee 	(.443,  1, 40)
OF-Ron Olesiak, Chicago 	(93-161, .579, 24, 101, 13 2Bs, 4 3Bs)
OF-Tommy Spahn, Chicago 	(.544, 12, 76)
OF-Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 	(.497, 10, 63)
OF-Curt Dusek, Chicago 		(.459,  0, 38)
Utility Players/Alternates:	--------------
P- Phil Schroer, Lexington 	(.403,  0, 39)
SS-Ken Kamradt, Chicago 	(.472,  1, 51)
2B-Buddy Haines, Chicago 	(.514, 15, 69)
2B-Cardell Collins, Ft. Wayne 	(.345,  8, 36)
OF-Phil Gowdy, Lexington 	(.388,  0, 25)
 
1980 NASL Playoffs
Divisional Championship 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 (17-29, .586, 16 RBIs)
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	Ron Olesiak, Chicago	34	Dennis Graser, Milw.	 98
Tom Spahn, Chicago	.527	Mike LaFever, Cinn.	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
Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee	.496	Jim Tuttle, Cinn.	24	Gary Geister, Detroit	 80
1980 NASL All Pro Team
P -Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee 		(132-259, .510, 13 HRs,  65 RBIs, 45-13 Pitching)
P- Dana Andry, Cleveland 		(               34 HRs,  85 RBIs)
P- Mike Krolicki, Chicago 		(                        98 RBIs, 10 3Bs)  27-6 Pitching as of July 21
C- Benny Holt, Cleveland 		(         .533, 42 HRs,  95 RBIs)
1B-Dennis Graser, Milwaukee 		(131-273, .480, 30 HRs,  98 RBIs, 23 2Bs, 6 3Bs)
2B- Buddy Haines, Chicago 		(142-274, .518, 27 HRS, 115 RBIs, 19 2Bs)
SS- Mike Turk, Detroit			(
3B- Donnie Rardin Jr., Lexington 	(157-286, .548, 20 2Bs, 14 3Bs)
SS- Ken Kamradt, Chicago 		(149-288. .517)
SS- Paul Wenzel, Milwaukee 		(127-256, .496)
OF- Ron Olesiak, Chicago - LEAGUE MVP	(152-274, .555, 34 HRs, 124 RBIs, 27 2Bs, 9 3Bs)
OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 		(127-262, .485, 16 HRs,  95 RBIs, 33 2Bs, 8 3Bs)
OF- Tom Spahn, Chicago 			(137-260, .527, 15 HRs,  97 RBIs)
OF- Doc Booker, Cleveland 		(         .483, 23 HRs,  70 RBIs, 19 2Bs)
OF- Mike LaFever, Cincinnati 		(               34 HRs,  88 RBIs)
OF- Roger Snatchko, Pittsburgh		(129-270, .478)
OF- Curt Dusek, Chicago 		(109-264, .413)
Utility- Jim Dillard, Milwaukee		(               22 2Bs)
Utility- Willie Simpson, Chicago 	(127-152, .506, 23 2Bs, 13 3Bs)
Utility- Jake Jakobi, Chicago 		(127-244, .520)
Utility- Paul Campbell, Cincinnati 	(         .514)
OTHERS Having Good Seasons:
Matt Partridge, Detroit			(               22 HRs)
Jim Bizzell, Cleveland 			(   -261,       29 HRs, 87 RBIs)
Mike LeFever, Cincinnati 		(               34 HRs, 88 RBIs)
Gary Geister, Detroit 			(               31 HRs, 80 RBIs
Fred Ryan, Pittsburgh 			(               29 HRs, 
Jerry Gadette, Detroit 			(               24 HRs,
Dick Laba, Milwaukee 			(                       10 3Bs)
Chuck Sidewind, Cleveland 		(                8 HRs, 24 RBIs)
Derek Gallagher, Milwaukee 		(
Ken Parker, Milwaukee 			(
Cal Carmen, Detroit 			(

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 and some new teams were formed in previous cities where the APSPL and NASL once existed


UPSL Franchise Information:
Disbanded Teams:

Detorit Auto Kings (from the NASL)
Pittsburgh Champions (from the NASL)
Cincinnati Rvermen (from the NASL)
Chicago Nationwide Advertising (from the NASL)
Fort Wayne Huggie Bears (from the NASL)
Cleveland Competitors (from the NASL)
Lexington Stallions (from the NASL)

Teams coming from the NASL:
Milwaukee Schlitz

Teams coming from the APSPL:
Cincinnati Suds
Pittsburgh Hardhats
New England Pilgrims
Kentucky Bourbons
Rochester Express,

Name Changes:
South Jersey Athletics (from APSPL Philadelpiha Athletics)

New Teams:
Syracuse Salt

1981 UPSL Regular Season Final Standings
Eastern Division		Record	Pct.	GB
South Jersey Athletics		35-21	.625	  -
Rochester Express		30-28	.517	 6.0
New England Pilgrims		24-36	.400	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 - South Jersey and Cincinnati (both received a 1st Round Bye)
	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)
Semi-finals
      	New England beat South Jersey	4-8, 12-7, 0-5, 5-3, 16-6; 				(3-2)
	- Note (New England) - Ralph Calitri (3-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs in final game), (3 HRs total), Len Larabee (2 HRs)
	- Note (South Jersey) - Ron Dorsey (4 HRs), Bobby Bryant (3 HRs), Sam Sapienza (HR, 2-3 Pitching)
	Kentucky beat Cincinnati 	2-10, 6-7, 13-12, 4-3, 6-5; 				(3-2)
	- Note (Kentucky) - Dave Whitlock (9-19, .474), Bill Gatti (3 HRs, 7 RBIs), Greg Whitlock (7 RBIs, 5 Runs)
	- Note (Cincinnati) - Brad Farrar (10-16, .625), Hal Ward (9-15, .600), Tony Salamone (.550), Butch Whitaker (4 HRs, 8 RBIs)
World Series
      	Kentucky beat  New England	12-17, 11-7, 12-6, 16-5, 10-11, 14-11, 6-8, 14-11;  	(5-3)
	World Series MVP - Greg Whitlock, Kentucky (18-31, .581, 5 RBIs, 3 2Bs, 14 Runs)
	World Series MVP - Bill Gatti, Kentucky (14-26, .538, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 12 Runs, 2 3Bs)
	* Note- I have conflicting reports on who the MVP was, Both of these players are mentioned.
	-Note (Kentucky) - Dave Whitlock (15-26, .577, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs, 13 Runs), Nick Nikitas (12-24, .500)
	- Rick Wilson (3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 10 Runs), Cobbie Harrison (12-27, .444, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 10 Runs)
	-Note (New England) - Joe Martone (15-26, .577, 6 HRs, 18 RBIs, 11 Runs), Ralph Calitri (6 HRs, 15 RBIs)
	- Len Larabee (.500, 5 2Bs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 11 Runs), Gary Bello (.375, 12 Runs), Pat Paulson (12-28, .429)
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	34	Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati	83
Dennis Graser, Milw.	.516	Dennis Graser, Milw.	32	Dennis Graser, Milw.	76
Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey	.511	Mike Kolb, South Jersey	29	Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey	75
Ralph Calitri, New Eng.	.505	John Spadaccino, SJ	26	Mike Kolb, South Jersey	74
John Spadaccino, SJ	.500	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	Bobby Bryant, So. Jer.	64
Joe Martone, New Eng.	.472	Pete Castle, Rochester	19	Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh	64
Tony Salamone, Cinn.	.469	Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati	17	Joe Martone, New Eng.	62
Bob Bryant, So. Jersey	.464	Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh	16	Tom Zaccardo, Roch.	62
Mike Kolb, South Jersey	.456	Steve Re, Rochester	15	Ralph Calitri, New Eng.	60
				Tom Zaccardo, Roch.	15	Steve Rogers, Cinn.	60
1981 UPSL All Pro Team
P-    Black Ron Jones, Cincinnati 	(         .424,                           26-10 Pitching, 5.54 ERA)
P-    Steve Stewart, Kentucky 		( 48-136, .353,  0 HRs, 25 RBIs, 30 Runs, 35-20 Pitching)
C-    Joe Martone, New England 		(         .472, 20 HRs, 62 RBIs)
1B-   Dennis Graser, Milwaukee		( 87-174, .500, 26 HRs, 76 RBIs, 19 2Bs)
2B-   Tony Salamone, Cincinnati 	( 84-179, .469, 62 Runs)
3B-   Bill Gatti, Kentucky - LEAGUE MVP	(110-177, .622, 38 HRs, 99 RBIs, 85 Runs, 37 BBs) - Triple Crown
SS-   Greg Whitlock, Kentucky		(100-211, .474,  2 HRs, 37 RBIs, 63 Runs)
IF-   Tom Zaccardo, Rochester		( 92-194, .474, 15 HRs, 62 RBIs)
LF-   John Regent, Pittsburgh		(                                21 2Bs
LCF-  Hal Ward, Cincinnati -TOP ROOKIE	(         .524, 11 HRs,          11 2Bs, 3 3Bs)
RCF-  Ron Dorsey, South Jersey		( 89-174, .511, 34 HRs, 75 RBIs, 73 Runs)
RF-   Dave Whitlock, Kentucky		( 82-185, .443, 19 HRs, 65 RBIs, 59 Runs, 10 3Bs)
OF-   Bob Bryant, South Jersey 		( 78-170, .464, 20 HRs, 64 RBIs)
OF-   Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati 		(         .434, 17 HRs, 83 RBIs)
EH-   Ralph Calitri, New England	(         .505, 20 HRs, 60 RBIs)
Manager-  Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky	(10 HRs, 51 RBIs)
Rookie -  Hal Ward, Cincinnati		
OTHERS Having Good Seasons:
John Spadaccino, South Jersey		( 84-168, .500, 26 HRs, 64 RBIs)
Jim Kuhn, Cincinnati			(         .480,  4 HRs)
Mike Kolb, South Jersey			( 82-180, .456, 29 HRs, 74 RBIs, 70 Runs)
Rick Linz, Cincinnati			( 83-186, .446,                  67 Runs)
Steve Re, Rochester			(         .414, 15 HRs,          12 2Bs)
Mike O'Brien, Kentucky			( 70-171, .409,  8 HRs, 44 RBIs, 38 Runs)
Dick Laba, Milwaukee 			( 94-194, .485)
Jim Kuhn, Cincinnati 	 		( 84-175, .480)
Rich Brown, Rochester 			( 87-??         9 2Bs
Tony Salamone, Cincinnati 		( 84-??
Rick Linz, Cincinnati 			( 83-??
Rick Page, Rochester 			(              23 HRs, 64 RBIs)
Pete Castle, Rochester 			(              19 HRs, 66 RBIs)
Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh 			(              16 HRs, 64 RBIs)
Jack Collins, Cincinnati		(                               13 2Bs)
Doug Fortune, New England 		(                               12 2Bs)
Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee 		(                               11 2Bs, 36-21 Pitching)
Steve Rogers, Cincinnati 		(                      60 RBIs,  9 2Bs)
Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 		( 26- 8   .308  0 HRs, 12 RBIs	 4 Runs - injured- played last month of the season)
Sam Sapienza, South Jersey 		(19-17 Pitching
Mike DeCillis, Rochester 		(16-12 Pitching
Bob Laemel, New England 		(15-15 Pitching
John Coory, Cincinnati 			(11- 3 Pitching
Don Brown, Rochester 			(11-13 Pitching
Greg Birko, Pittsburgh 			(11-21 Pitching
Joe Arszyla, New England 		( 8-14 Pitching
 

1981 -> 1982 UPSL Franchise Changes
Disbanded Teams:
New England Pilgrims
Syracuse Salt

New Teams:
Detroit Softball City (recruited some of the 1981 NSPC/USSSA  Snyder's Softball Club players)
Cleveland Competitors (recruited some of the 1981 NSPC/ASA Nationwide Advertising Services players)
Lima Steele's (recruited some of the 1981 ASA/USSSA Steele's Sports players)


1982 UPSL Regular Season Final Standings
Eastern Division		Record	Pct.	GB
Cleveland Competitors		46-17	.730	   -
Detroit Softball City		39-20	.661	 5.0
South Jersey Athletics		35-25	.583	 9.5
Rochester Express		24-40	.375	22.5 
Pittsburgh Hardhats		 8-52	.133	36.5
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			20-38	.348	16.5

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 All-Star Game (Willoughby, OH)
      	- Game was cancelled due to financial hardships
1982 UPSL Playoffs 
1st Round
      	Detroit beat South Jersey  	18-11, 16-15, 18-14;  			(3-0)
	Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 	11-4, 11-8, 13-4;  			(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)
	- Note (Detroit) - Ed Collins (11-15, .733), Gary Geister (11-18, .611), Rick Trudeau (.579) 
	- Note (Cleveland) - Dana Andry (7 HRs), Mike Macenko (5 HRs)
	Milwaukee beat Kentucky 	10-7, 4-7, 9-21, 14-10, 23-22;  	(3-2)
	-Note (Milwaukee) - Derek Gallagher (10-17, .588), Kevin Delimat (10-18, .556, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs)
	- Phil Higgins (9-17, .529, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs), Dennis Graser (3 HRs, 7 RBIs)
	-Note (Kentucky) - Dave Whitlock (11-16, .688, 7 HRs, 11 RBIs), Greg Kemp (11-17, .647),
	- Bill Gatti (8-13, .615, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs), Ken Parker (12-20, .600, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs)
	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 (16-24, .667)
	-Note (Milwaukee) - Dennis Graser (12-17, .706, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs), Phil Higgins (2 Grand Slams, 22 RBIs)
	- Final Game: Dennis Graser (6-6, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Phil Higgins (6-6, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs), Rick Weiterman (3 HRs)
	- Phil Higgins (8-10, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs in final 2 games)
	-Note (Detroit) - Braxton Speller (13-21, .619, 5 HRs), Charles Mitchell (.389, 6 HRs)
	- Manager Gary Vitto - directed 2 different teams to the finals (Detroit Caesars won title in 1977 & 1978)
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.	59	Dana Andry, Cleveland	128
Dick Laba, Milwaukee	.565	Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey	47	Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	125
Derek Gallagher, Milw.	.560	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	46	Dennis Graser, Milw.	122
Steve Blanchette, Clev.	.558	Mike Kolb, So. Jersey	46	Steve Blanchette, Clev.	120
Bill Gatti, Kentucky	.554	Dennis Graser, Milw.	43	Mike Kolb, So. Jersey	114
Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey	.547	Steve Blanchette, Clev.	42	Bill Gatti, Kentucky	109
Ken Parker, Kentucky	.540	Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	40	Ken Parker, Kentucky	107
Greg Whitlock, Kentucky	.535	Joe Young, Lima		40	Marty Rolnick Cleve.	106
Gary Trumm, Milw.  	.530	Gary Geister, Detroit	39	Joe Young, Lima		106
Mike Kolb, So. Jersey	.521	Marty Rolnick Cleve.	39	Doc Booker, Cleveland	100
Doc Booker, Cleveland  	.515	Pete Castle, Rochester	38	Ron Dorsey, So. Jersey	 95
Rick Weiterman, Milw.  	.514	Ken Parker, Kentucky	36	Gary Geister, Detroit	 86
Bobby Reid, Cleveland	.512	Bob Bryant, So. Jersey	32	Braxton Speller, Det.	 74*
Braxton Speller, Det.	*	Jim Bizzell, Cleveland	31	Pete Castle, Rochester	 74*
Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati	*	Braxton Speller, Det.	29*	Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati	 72*
* Numbers are incomplete
1982 UPSL All Pro Team
P-  Dana Andry, Cleveland - LEAGUE MVP	(139-225, .618, 65 HRs, 128 RBIs, 125 Runs, 46-17 Pitching)
P-  Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee 		(         .514,  7 HRs)
C-  Charles Mitchell, Detroit		(               59 HRs, 133 RBIs)
1B- Dennis Graser, Milwaukee		(               43 HRs, 122 RBIs)
2B- Mike Macenko, Cleveland 		(110-250, .440, 63 HRs, 140 RBIs, 122 Runs)
3B- Bill Gatti, Kentucky		( 97-175, .554, 46 HRs, 109 RBIs,  97 Runs)
SS- Greg Whitlock, Kentucky		(125-236, .535,  5 HRS,  57 RBIs,  80 Runs)
SS- Paul Wright, Cleveland 		(105-185, .566,  1 HRs,  31 RBIs,  66 Runs)
OF- Steve Blanchett, Cleveland		(134-240, .558, 42 HRs, 120 RBIs, 115 Runs)
OF- Ken Parker, Kentucky		(114-211, .540, 36 HRs, 107 RBIs,  84 Runs)
OF- Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 		(143-250, .572, 40 HRs, 125 RBIs,  24 2Bs)
OF- Derek Gallagher, Milwaukee		(         .560)
OF- Ron Dorsey, South Jersey		(         .547, 47 HRs,  95
OF- Joe Young, Lima 			(         .476, 40 HRs, 106 RBIs)
OTHERS Having Good Seasons:
Dick Laba, Milwaukee			(         .565)
Gary Trumm, Milwaukee			(         .530)
Mike Kolb, South Jersey			(         .521, 46 HRs, 114 RBIs)
Doc Booker, Cleveland			(100-194, .515, 25 HRs, 100 RBIs,  76 Runs)
Bobby Reid, Cleveland			(111-217, .512, 30 HRs,  74 RBIs, 105 Runs)
Pat Paulson, Kentucky			(100-199, .503,  4 HRs,  50 RBIs,  91 Runs)
Mick Dwyer, Cleveland			( 95-192, .495, 27 HRs,  81 RBIs,  71 Runs)
Bob Bryant, South Jersey		(         .493, 32 HRs,  66 RBIs)
John Spadaccino, South Jersey		(         .481, 27 HRs,  55 RBIs)  
Dave Whitlock, Kentucky			( 92-193, .477, 18 HRS,  77 RBIs,  61 Runs)
Hank Gibson, Cleveland			( 65-139, .468, 15 HRs,  34 RBIs,  65 Runs)
Pete Castle, Rochester			(         .450, 38 HRS,  74 RBIs)
Nick Nikitas, Kentucky			( 92-207, .444,  0 HRS,  29 RBIs,  77 Runs)
Marty Rolnick, Cleveland		( 93-217, .429, 39 HRs, 106 RBIs,  83 Runs)
Jim Bizzell, Cleveland			( 80-180, .426, 31 HRs,  77 RBIs,  72 Runs)
Rich Petrunyak, Cleveland		( 59-157, .376, 25 HRs,  54 RBIs,  51 Runs)
Cobbie Harrison, Kentucky		( 12- 35, .343,  4 HRS,  15 RBIs,   2 Runs)
Gary Geister, Detroit			(               39 HRs,  86 RBIs)
Braxton Speller, Detroit		(               29 HRs,  74 RBIs)
Jim Tuttle, Cincinnati			(                        74 RBIs)
Mike Turk, Detroit			(
Jim Kuhn, Cincinnati			(  
Jim Nelson, Pittsburgh			(
Steve Stewart, Kentucky			(35-20 Pitching
Ron Jones, Cincinnati			(24-12 Pitching

      

 

The UPSL decided to take 1983 off and reorganize to make a better league in 1984.  They had Franchise requests from Florida, New England, North Carolina and St. Louis.            

This never happened and the league ended up folding. - This was the Last Professional Slow Pitch Softball League.
 


Robert Brown's All-Time Pro Softball Team (1977-1982)

Position-	First Team							Second Team
Pitcher-	Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (79-MVP, 79-WS MVP)			Dana Andry, Cleveland (82-MVP)
Catcher-	Bill Gatti, Kentucky (80-MVP, 81-MVP)				Benny Holt, Chicago-Cleveland (77-MVP)
First Base-	Doug Gerdes, Detroit						Dennis Graser, Milwaukee
Second Base-	Donnie Rardin, Cincinnati-Kentucky-Lexington			Doug Czaplewski, Milwaukee
Shortstop-	Rick Trudeau, Detroit						Denny Brown, Pittsburgh (78 All Star MVP)
Third Base-	Buddy Haines, Chicago-Milwaukee					Gary Richter, New York-Trenton
Outfield-	Ron Ford, Detroit (78-MVP)					Gene Parrish, Minnesota
		Mike Nye, Detroit (77-WS MVP)					Ken Parker, Milwaukee-Kentucky (80-WS MVP
		Phil Higgins, Milwaukee	(80 All Star MVP)			Fred Miller, Kentucky-Cleveland
		Mike Gouin, Detroit						Ron Olesiak, Chicago (80-MVP)
Utility-	Rick Petrunyak, Cleveland					Lawrence Hutcherson, Baltimore-Philadelphia
		Jim Dillard, Milwaukee						John Spadaccino, New Jersey-Trenton-South Jersey
		Bert Smith, Detroit (78-Series MVP)
Manager-	Gary Vitto, Detroit (2 Titles)					Mike Basile, Milwaukee (3 Titles)
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
- 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) 
- Stat Totals for 6 years:  
Year 	G 	AB 	R 	H 	2B 	3B 	HR 	RBI 	BB 	Avg	
1977 	54 	180 	 95 	 97 	7 	5 	48 	127 	35 	.539	
1978 	62 	214 	131 	125 	9 	5 	54 	132 	38 	.584	
1979 	56 	165 	 80 	 88 	9 	3 	20 	 79 	46 	.533	
1980 	63 	186 	 74 	 90 	9 	1 	21 	 81 	48 	.483	MVP
1981 	56 	177 	 85 	110 	8 	3 	38 	 99 	37 	.622	MVP - Triple Crown
1982 	59 	175 	102 	 97	8	1 	46 	109 	47 	.554 
TOTALS	350	 1097 	567 	607 	50 	16 	227 	627 	281 	.553	
 

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.

All Time Home Run Leaders
1. Bill Gatti (1977-82) - 227
2. Ron Ford (1977-79) - 208
3. Benny Holt (1977-78,80) - 189  (played end of year 1979 with Cleveland)
4. Gary Geister (1977-82) - 165 (missing 1981)
4. Doug Gerdes (1977-79) - 144
5. Dana Andry (1979-80,82) - 130
.    Phil Higgins (1977-82) -  (missing info) (played 1981 end of year)
.    Jim Foxy Nelson (1977-82) -  (missing info, close to 200 HRs)
.    Mike Nye (1977-79) - 77

All Time RBI Leaders
1. Bill Gatti (1977-82) - 627
2. Ron Ford (1977-79) - 506
3. Doug Gerdes (1977-79) - 333
4. Gary Geister (1977-82) - 406 (missing 1981)
5. Dana Andry (1979-80,82) - 213+ (missing 1979)

All Time Batting Leaders
1. Ron Ford (1977-79) - 410-657, .624
2. Mike Nye (1977-79) - 421-683, .616
3. Phil Higgins (1977-1982, missed most of 1981) - 682-1200, .568 
4. Mike Gouin (1977-79) - 336-598. .563
5. Bill Gatti (1977-82) - 607-1097,  .553
.   Rick Weiterman (1979-82) - (missing info)

All Time Runs Scored Leaders
1. Bill Gatti (1977-82) - 567
2. Ron Ford (1977-79) - 390
3. Mike Nye (1977-79) - 384
4. Doug Gerdes (1977-79) - 313
5. Dana Andry (1979-80,82) - 213+ (missing 1979)

 


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
Norm Beeker's Detroit Caesars Page

Also Check out Cincinnati's Dennis Hasty who has a wonderful page on Pro Softball Memorabilia
Dennis Hasty's Pro Softball "Flickr" Page

National Slow Pitch Softball History Home Page

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