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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 Fazio, 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

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
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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