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Cincinnati Softball News Article

Written by Mark Linnemann

While doing some research for this month's SOFTBALL NEWS, I stumbled across a softball website that ought to be of interest to virtually every softball fan - young and old, slow pitch or fast pitch, men's or women's. In fact, it appears to fill some sizeable voids even within the websites of the major softball organizations themselves. The site is published by Steve Dimitry, and is called "Steve Dimitry's Slow Pitch Softball History Page." "All the information you ever wanted to know about slow pitch softball is in here," touts the introduction. "Just click on the link to the left to go wherever you want to visit. This site covers all the national championships of all the softball organizations past and present from men's to women's to seniors and every other class imaginable. All the softball hall of fames and all-time teams are listed  along with the yearly team rankings and individual national leaders. Some of the old time tournament classics of yesteryear are documented along with today's major NIT's and some of the more prominent invitational tournaments around the country. Bill Plummer of the ASA offers his official description of softball history for all kids doing school projects on the subject matter. There are some stats of the legends of the game complete with many photos. A complete list of softball links and a message board is available also as is a page of thanks for all the people that have helped and contributed to this site. Thanks for stopping by - Steve." Surfing the "The Softball History" website is comparable to opening a softball encyclopedia. To the best of my knowledge, it is the most comprehensive, all-embracing, all-inclusive and extensive treatment of the game since its inception. There are websites and books and magazines and newspapers that might treat selected subjects more broadly, but I can't imagine one that tackles the game in general more effectively. Some of the softball organizations have vast websites with superior graphics and more bells and whistles. But they are limited to covering their own activities, while the "Softball History" site has no such restrictions. For today's player, there is a "2002 Schedule Page" showing where all the top NIT's and National Champion-ships are scheduled this year for the Men's Super, AA and A World Series. And in case you forgot about what happened last year, click on the "2001 National Softball Review page to refresh your memory" on who won those events last year, along with the final rankings and the national statistic leaders. I'm not a big fan of the upper-most level of the game, but for the handful of people who like to follow this when big time wrestling and NASCAR aren't available, here ya' go!  Want to find the ASA, USSSA, ISA, NSA, and SSAA regional, national, world and world series champions from the very first national tournaments all the way to the present day? Just click on the appropriate "National Champs" site. Some even list the runners-up and statistical leaders. ASA's site has their Men's Super Division all the way down to class D, plus the Church and Industrial divisions. Regular season and playoff results from the NSPC (National Slow Pitch Conference) from 1978 through 1987 are available for the "super" program enthusiast, plus a plethora of information on the pro leagues of the late seventies and early eighties. The APSPL (American Professional Slo-Pitch League) and UPSL (United Professional Slow Pitch League) site includes playoff and World Series results, final league standings, All-Pro teams, league statistical leaders, All-Time All-Pro, league MVP pictures and even team logos. In terms of local flavor, the Cincinnati Suds are shown as winning their division twice, once in 1978 with a 40-24 mark, and again in 1981 with the league's best record, 43-15. Both years the Suds went down in the semi-finals, including 1981 in a heartbreaking one run loss in the deciding game to the Kentucky Bourbons. Four of the five games were decided by a run. The Bourbons, who featured ex-Suds Mike LaFever and Mike O'Brien, went on to win the league crown. Cincinnati all-pro selections included outfielder Mike O'Brien in 1978, and pitcher Black Ron Jones, second baseman Tony Salamone, outfielder Hal Ward and utility player Jim Tuttle in 1981. Ward (2nd) and teammate Jim Kuhn (8th) were also among the league batting leaders in 1981, and Tuttle finished second in the league in rbi's. On the "Final National Team Rankings" page, Greater Cincinnati dominated the rankings and "Player of the Year," category. In fact, area teams finished ranked number one nationally nine out of the first eleven years from 1953 through 1963. National "Players of the Year" included Myron Reinhardt  (1953, '54), Walt Wherry (1955, '59), Hal Wiggins (1956), Don Rardin (1958) and Sam Minniti (1961). Greater Cincinnati "ruled" again during the fifties on the "All-Time Teams and Honors" page. Greater Cincinnati "Player of the Century" Myron Reinhardt was named "Player of the Decade," while Tom Imfeld (Lang's Pet Shop '55, '57), Vern Roberts (Gatliff '56 MVP), John Drees (Waldeck's  Tavern '54), Don Heilman (Shield's Contractors '54), Don Rardin (Gatliff '56, 59 and Yorkshire '60), Bo Stuntebeck (Shields '54 and Lang's '55), Bob Trainor (Waldeck's '54, '55), Whitey Brown (Lang's '56, Yorkshire '59, Gatliff '64), Myron Reinhardt (Shields '54, Yorkshire '59, Gatliff '56, '57, '63), Walt Wherry (Keeneland Bar '54, Lang's '55, Boone's Bar '58, Yorkshire '59), Hal Wiggins (Lang's '56, Gatliff '61, '63), Gene Dittoe (Lang's '55) and John Henry (Gatliff '58) were named to the "Team of the Decade." Sam Minniti (Hamilton Tailoring '60, 61), Bob Harrison (Gatliff '64, Wilsman Trucking '66) and Hudson Knock (Gatliff '64, '65) were the only area "All-Decade" picks in the sixties. Other pages of interest to Greater Cincinnati softballers might be "Classic National Invitational Tournaments." Here the "Stroh's/Hudepohl" Springfield NIT and Ohio Valley Classic (Cincinnati) are chronicled, listing past champions and individual award winners, many of whom will be familiar names to area players and fans. A "Women's History" page is steeped in Greater Cincinnati accomplishments, especially during the fifties, sixties and seventies with ASA championships by Dana Gardens ('57, '62, '63 and '66), Dairy Cottage ('61), Escue Pontiac ('68), Rutenschroer Florist ('70), Riverside Ford ('72), Sweeney Chevrolet ('73), and Sorrento's Pizza ('76), and then again in the seventies and eighties with USSSA "A" World Champions Sweeney Chevrolet ('76), Northside K of C ('85) and Empress Chili ('86, '87, '88). There is even a Master's page heralding the achievements of teams and players from eleven organizations and ages 35 all the way to 80 and over, plus a "Fast Pitch," "Origins of Softball" page, and a "Softball Links" page that is an incredible gateway to over 200 links to organizations, information pages, personal pages, message boards, company pages and softball search engines. Steve Dimitry has made an unmatched contribution to the game of softball with his "Softball History" website. It fills a huge void in the preservation of the game's history and traditions, and the legacies of its great players, teams and sponsors.

All I can say is thank you Mark for all the kind words you said about my web site in your article - Steve Dimitry

The Hudepohl Softball Hall of Fame in Cincinnati is loaded with great players. Just take a look at this of members and also their selections for all-decade and all-century players. It reads like a list of who's who in National Softball History: (renamed  Norwood-Sorrento's Hall of Fame in 1985)

Men's Slow Pitch
Myron Reinhardt- Shield's, Gatliffs
Don Rardin- Gatliffs, IBM
Walt Wherry- Langs, Gatliffs, Yorkshire
Steve Massong-Hamilton, Century Tire
Al Rinehard- Gatliffs
Frank Harvey- Gatliffs, Century Tire
Ray Whitey Brown- Gatliffs
Hal Wiggins- Langs, Gatliffs
Bill Goedde- Dick Luken, Century Tire
Karl Nageleisen-G.E. Turbine Jets
Tom Taylor- Gatliffs, Century Tire
Barry Norman- Gatliffs, Century Tire
Clyde Soapy Stafford- Gatliffs, Carlisle Const.
Jim Kuhn- Queen City Pattern, Suds
Don Whitford- Gatliffs
Rick Linz- Bushleman's, Suds, GCS
Leo Osterday- Bushleman's, MW Tribble, VIP
Bo Stuntebeck- Langs, Gatliffs
David Ray Penick- Carlisle Const., Gatliffs
Paul Nutley- Hamilton Tailors, Century Tire
Earl Berryman- Langs, Gatliffs
Davey Johnson- GCS, Jay's
Mike O'Brien- Suds, Jay's, Bushleman's, MW Tribble
Bill Schlesinger- Century Tire, Sorrento's
Mike LaFever- Suds, Jay's, Bushleman's, MW Tribble
Lee Sledge- Century Tire, Rolling Hills, Suds, MW Tribble
Mike Burns- Fisher Bros, Bushleman's
Ron Cutter- Hamilton, Schott-Lippert Buick, Jake Sweeney, 
Butch Hays- Rolling Hills, Suds, Universal AC, Fisher Bros.
Tony Salamone- Savannah Café, Suds, GCS, MW Tribble, VIP, Watanabe
Ron Red Jones- Sorrento's, Century Tire, Jay's
Jim Nageleisen- Carlisle Const., Rolling Hills
Mike Sullivan- VIP, Watanabe
Denver Gabbard- Rolling Hills, Sorrento's, Century Tire
Marty Monterosso- Jay's, Bushleman's, MW Tribble
Sonny Rider- Carlisle Const., Gatliffs, Rolling Hills
Galan Kelly-Hal Manufacturing, Fisher Brothers/Stroh’s
Hudson Knock- Gatliff's (ASA 63,65,66), Carlisle Construction, Rolling Hills Lakers (USSSA-72)
Paul “Micky” McMullen- Sorrento’s Pizza, Columbus All-Americans (Pro), Bushelman Construction, M. W. Tribble
Kevin Birkofer - Cincinnati Pipefitters Local 392 Blue (Industrial)
John Earls- Watanabe
Scott Hein- VIP Limousine
Mark Huber- Cincinnati Suds, Bushelman Construction, Cincinnati Pipefitters Local 392 Blue (Industrial)
Michael Kinnett- Watanable Optical, Planet Softball, EMR/Worth
Bob Long- Sorrento’s, Hal Manufacturing, Queen City Pattern
Walt Roeckers- Hamilton Tailors, Tom Sweeney Imports
Dave Beamer- Sorrento's, Queen City Pattern, Bushleman's
Ken Ewald- Savannah Cafe, Greater Cincinnati Sports, Sorrento’s, Bushelman, M. W. Tribble, VIP
John Steele- Watanabe, Perkin's
Gary Mounts- Century Tire, Sorrento's, Jay's, Foxy Lady
Dick Jones- Abrams Texaco, Eddie’s Cafe, Century Tire, Sorrento’s
Dale Overmann- Universal Insurance, Joseph's Chevrolet (Senior Softball)
Randy Lewis- Watanabe Optical
Dick Ernst- 9x Senior Softball All-World- (inducted in National Senior Softball Hall of Fame)
Billy Carter- Hal Manufacturing, Bohemian Lounge, Hauck’s Cafe, Simpson’s Cafe
Ron Garnett- 50 World Championships-Senior Softball
Pat Wright- Buckeye Merchants, Dick Luken Volkswagen, Eddie’s Cafe, Century Tire, Stan’s Roofing
Tim Barker- F&C Athletics
Marvin Doyle- Backstop, Watanabe, EMR
Tom Kasee- Abrams Texaco, Century Tire, Sorrento’s, Universal AC
Brian May- Watanabe, Reece/Roosters, Benfield/Reece, Combat/Dan Smith/Aubrey’s
Pat Shanks- Watanabe, Perkin's, EMR
Jim Wessel- Wilsman Trucking, Joseph Chevrolet, Nothdurft, Florida Investment Properties -(inducted in National Senior Softball HOF)

Women's Slow Pitch
Alberta Kohls Sims, (3x ASA), Dana Gardens
Norma Eschenbrenner Ante, (3x ASA), Dana Gardens
Donna Wolfe, (5x ASA), Dana Gardens
Marsha Repogle, (6x ASA) Rutensh'r-70, R'rside-72, Sweeney-73, Sorrento-76,77,80
Jenny Johnson Kappes, (9x USSSA) Dana, Tri-State, Famous, Sorrento, Empress (WOMEN'S Player of the Century)
Dot Bailey, (4x ASA) Dana Gardens-62,63,64,66
Irma Richardson, (3x ASA), Dana, Escue, Sweeney
Bev Beck, (5x ASA), Dana-66, Rutenschrorer-70, Riverside-72, Sorrentos-76,80, Rebels
Jan Deters, (7x USSSA), Tri-State, Famous Recipe, Sorrento's, Empress
Anita Gardner Rieskamp, (3x ASA), Dana Gardens
Gloria Hill, (3x ASA), Dana-63,64, Escue-68
Carol Weiss Kiradjieff, (1x ASA), Rutenschorer
Velma Kay (VK) Lehmann, (3x USSSA), Famous Recipe-82, Empress-86,87
Pam Patrus, (4x USSSA), Sweeney, Tri-State, Famous -82,84, Empress-88,90
Sharon Graham, (3x USSSA), Tri-State, Famous Recipe-83, Empress-87,88
Mary Strotman, (2x USSSA), Empress-86,89
Lyn Rose, (3x USSSA), Famous Recipe-87
Sue Malcolm, (2x ASA), Riverside Ford-72, Sorrento's-76
Brenda Ryan, (8x USSSA), Northside Knights of Columbus
Tina May Tuck, (6x USSSA), Famous Recipe, Empress
Mary Jane “M.J." Ranz- (9x USSSA, 1x ASA) Northside K of C, Empress Chili, Kinder Sharks (MVP-02)
Marilyn Booher (6x ASA, 1x USSSA) - Rutenschrorer, Sorrentos
Theresa Hirschauer (USSSA Empress 94, Kinder Sharks 02,03,04, Ty-1-On 35+ MVP-03,ODP-04)
Carol Smith,  Rutenschrorer (ASA- 61,64,65), LaRosa's, Ohio Cardinals 50+/55+
Colleen Needham (Manager)- Famous Recipe, Empress Chili, Northern Cincinnati Sports Medicine, Ty-1-On, Ohio Cardinals
Marsha Friedhoff- Rutenshroer Florist, Dana Gardens, Escue Pontiac
Theresa Shepherd, USSSA (MVP-Black Worlds-95), Empress Chili-90,93,95, Cannon’s-97,98, ABP/Kinder-00,02,05, Kinder-08
Reenie Fitzgerald- Senior Softball-Ohio Cardinals (35 & Over, 50 & Over world titles, 10 All-Worlds, 4 MVPs)

All-Century Team

Player of the Century - Myron Reinhardt

	First Team		Second Team		Third Team		Honorable Mention
P-	Walt Wherry (39)	Black Ron Jones (35)	Jim Burbrink (21)	Steve Hicks (20)
P-				Dave Penick (35)				Billy Carter (20)
P-										Dick Thielmeyer (19)
P-										Gary Nelson (10)
P-										Sam Minnetti (10)
C-	Myron Reinhardt (30)	Randy Lewis (22)	Sonny Rider (16)	Jerry Daugherty (15)
C-										Don Cleaver (13)
C-										Mike Tolliver (8)
C-										Carl Waldbillig (6)
C-										Ty Burdick (5)
1B-	Barry Norman (26)	Hudson Knock (20)	John Earls (19)		Ken Ewald (16)
1B-							Emery Lucas (19)	Ed Gampfer (5)
2B-	Ray Whitey Brown (25)	Tony Salamone (18)	Galen Kelly (12)	John Steele (10)
SS-	Rick Linz (29)		Ron Cutter (24)		Tom Kasee (12)		Dave Turner (6)
SS-				Karl Nageleisen (24)		
3B-	Jim Kuhn (21)		Mike Sullivan (20)	Steve Roeder (8)	Marvin Doyle (7)
3B-				Lee Sledge (20)			
OF-	Tom Taylor (88)		Mike Burns (63)		Hal Ward (17)		Pat Shanks (5)
OF-	Steve Massong (73)	Paul Nutley (59)	Jerome Youngblood (16)	Joe Penwell (5)
OF-	Mike O'Brien (72)	Bill Schlesinger (41)	Bob Massong (10)
OF-	Hal Wiggins (71)	Jack Collins (38)	Randy DeAngelis (8)
OF-	Leo Osterday (70)	Mike Kinnett (36)	Randy Atha (6)
OF-	Mike LaFever (65)	Jim Nageleisen (35)	Paul Ange (6)
OF-				Marty Monterosso (29)	
OF-				Denver Gabbard (27)	
Util.-	Don Rardin (100)	Butch Hays (59)		Homer Ruth (40)		Kevin Blanton (5)
Util.-	Bill Goedde (92)	Walt Roeckers (54)	Larry Shircliff (29)	Ron Troxell (5)
Util.-	Red Ron Jones (79)	Mark Huber (52)		Mike Smith (29)
Util.-	Don Whitford (76)	Davey Johnson (50)	Terry Childs (28)
Util.-	Bo Stuntebeck (70)	Paul McMullen (47)	Greg Sandy (27)
Util.-	Clyde Stafford (67)	Billy Jackson (47)	Rory Orr (22)		
Util.-				John Coorey (47)			
Mgr-	Al Brausch (50)		Bob Fennell (30)	Dave Watanabe (14)
Mgr-	Reed Hughes (42)	Ron Baird (28)		Joe Nagy (12)
Mgr-	Tommy Rowan (34)	Don Schachleiter (28)	Jay Hopkins (6)
Mgr-	Matty Carrelli (34)
Sponsor-Joe Gatliff Mtrs (52)	Sorrento's Pizza (47)	Hudepohl Brewing Co. (30)
Sponsor-Jay Hopkins (52)	Carlise Const. (39)	VIP Limousine (27)
Sponsor-Bushleman Const. (48)	Century Tire (33)	Hill & Griffith (26)
Sponsor-						Snodgrass Dist. Co. (26)
Sponsor-						Westside Café (26)
Sponsor-						Stan’s Roofing (26)
Sponsor-						Watanabe Optical (26)
Player-	Myron Reinhardt		
Pitcher- Black Ronnie Jones
Catcher- Jerry Daugherty
1st Base- Huddy Knock
2nd Base- Galan Kelly
3rd Base- Jim Kuhn
Shortstop- Rick Linz
Outfield- Tom Taylor
Outfield- Mike LaFever
Outfield- Hal Ward
Outfield- (Tie) Jerome Youngblood
Outfield- (Tie) Bill Schlesinger
Utility- Tom Kasee
Utility- Lee Sledge
Utility- Dave Johnson
Utility- Red Ron Jones
Player Of The Decade- Tom Taylor
Manager- Reed Hughes
Pitcher- Billy Carter
Catcher- Mike Tolliver
1st Base- Emery Lucas
2nd Base- Pat Wright
3rd Base- Dan Pillow
Shortstop- Butch Hays
Outfield- Sonny Rider
Outfield- Paul Ange
Outfield- Mike O’Brien
Outfield- Mike Arthur
Utility- Steve Massong
Utility- Bill Goedde
Utility- Mike Costello
Utility- Jim Nageleisen
Player Of The Decade- Rick Linz
Manager- Tom Rowan

Pitcher- Mark Huber (10)
Catcher- Don Cleaver (15)
1st Base- Ken Ewald (9)
2nd Base- Tony Salamone (12)
3rd Base- Mike Sullivan (13)
Shortstop- Rick Linz (11)
Outfield- Leo Osterday (16)
Outfield- Marty Monterosso (14)
Outfield- (Tie) Chuck Atha (12)
Outfield- (Tie) Jack Collins (12)
Outfield- (Tie) Mike O’Brien (12)
Utility- Paul McMullen (9)
Utility- Larry Shircliff (9)
Utility- Carl Waldbillig (9)
Utility- (Tie) Dave Johnson (8)
Utility- (Tie) Bob Massong (8)
Player Of The Decade- Leo Osterday (15)
Manager (Tie)- Ron Baird (9)
Manager (Tie)- Jay Hopkins (9)
Pitcher- Steve Hicks (6)
Catcher- Joe Griffith (6)
1st Base- Ed Gampfer (7)
2nd Base- Ed Coyle (5)
3rd Base- Steve Roeder (6)
Shortstop- Wayne Berrman (7)
Outfield- Bob Miller (6)
Outfield- Rory Orr (6)
Outfield- Scott Hein (5)
Outfield- Tim Baumer (5)
Utility- Bill Jackson (7)
Utility- Jim Tillman (6)
Utility- Doug Hicks (6)
Utility- Don Mills (6)
Utility- Scott Donley (6)
Utility- Mike Harvey (6)
Player Of The Decade- Don Cleaver (15)
Manager- Steve Massong (5)

Pitcher Gary Nelson (13)
Catcher Randy Lewis (16)
1st Base John Earls (16)
2nd Base John Steele (13)
3rd Base Marvin Doyle (10)
Shortstop Dave Turner (11)
Outfield Mike Kinnett (13)
Outfield Pat Shanks (13)
Outfield Ty Burdick (11)
Outfield Joe Penwell (10)
Utility Mike Smith (11)
Utility Kevin Blanton (10)
Utility Jim Burbrink (10)
Utility Homer Ruth (10)
Player Of The Decade (Tie) John Earls (16)
Player Of The Decade (Tie) Randy Lewis (16)
Manager Dave Watanabe (13)
2nd Base- Tony Salamone (6)
3rd Base- Mike King (8)
Shortstop- Mitch Kroell (7)
Outfield- Darrell Hall (9)
Outfield- Jack Collins (8)
Outfield- Dan Houchin (8)
Outfield- Doug Riley (8)
Utility- Bob Massong (7)
Utility- Rory Orr (7)
Utility- Mark Smith (7)
Utility- Mike Sullivan (7)
Utility- Jeff Click (6)
Utility- Dan Duggins (6)
Utility- Robert Lane (6)
Utility- Brian May (6)
Manager- Jay Hopkins (5)

Pitcher- Frank Gruber (9)
Catcher- Jon Jamison (12)
1st Base- Tom Ellis (9)
2nd Base- Jason Brown (10)
3rd Base- Mike Kinnett (10)
Shortstop- Jeff Click (14)
Outfield- Jason Roesch (16)
Outfield- Johnny Miller (12)
Outfield- Jimmy Carter (11)
Outfield- Pat Shanks (11)
Utility- Kevin Atwood (10)
Utility- Darrell Hall (10)
Utility- Brad Reckart (9)
Utility- John Steele (9)
Utility- Brian May (9)
Player Of The Decade- Jason Roesch (16)
Manager- Dave Watanabe (6)
Pitcher- Bob Noeth (7)
Catcher- Steve Bosch (6)
1st Base- Kevin Greene (8)
2nd Base- George Farris (8)
3rd Base- (tie) Homer Matheny (7)
3rd Base- (tie) Tommy Stevens (7)
Shortstop- Brian Wegman (6)
Outfield- Michael Rogers (8)
Outfield- Ryan Minges (7)
Outfield- Sean Mullins (6)
Outfield- Larry Wert (6)
Utility- Shane Spicer (7)
Utility- Steve Spille (7)
Utility- Marvin Doyle (6)
Utility- Jeff Edington (6)
Player Of The Decade- Jeff Click (14)
Manager- Terry Walton (5)
Players of the Decades
Decade- First Team 		Second Team
1970s	Tom Taylor 		Rick Linz
1980s	Leo Osterday 		Don Cleaver
1990s	(tie) John Earls and Randy Lewis
2000s	Jason Roesch 		Jeff Click

Manager of the Decade
Decade- First Team 		Second Team
1970s	Reed Hughes 		Tom Rowan
1980s	Ron Baird 		Steve Massong
	Jay Hopkins
1990s	Dave Watanabe 		Jay Hopkins
2000s	Dave Watanabe 		Terry Walton

Pitcher- Dot Bailey
Catcher- Jan Deters
Catcher- Irma Richardson
1st Base- Marsha Replogle Helton
2nd Base- Sharon Graham
3rd Base- Sue Malcolm
3rd Base- Anita Reiskamp-Gardner
Shortstop- Jenny Johnson-Kappes
Outfield- Alberta Kohls-Sims
Outfield- Norma Eschenbrenner-Ante
Outfield- Karen Kuhnheim
Outfield- V. K. Lehmann
Outfield- Missy Merrell
Outfield- Brenda Ryan
Utility- Pam Patrus
Utility- Donna Wolfe
Manager- Commie Currens
Sponsor- Empress Chili
Player Of The Century- Jenny Johnson-Kappes
Pitcher- Amy Flaugher
Pitcher- Shirley Patterson
Catcher- Jenny Hammerle
Catcher- Laverne Zureick
1st Base- Wanda Evans
2nd Base- Bev Beck
3rd Base- Carol Weiss-Kiradjieff
Shortstop- Gloria Hill
Outfield- Theresa Hirschauer
Outfield- Peggy Meacham
Outfield- Carol Smith
Outfield- Chris Winters
Utility- Mary Jane Ranz
Utility- Mary Strotman
Manager- Merle Williams
Sponsor- Rutenschroer Florists
Pitcher- Peg Carney
Catcher- Martha Kidd
1st Base- Becky Calahand
1st Base- Jan Worley
2nd Base- Jean Dowell
Shortstop- Shelly Cummins
Shortstop- Sherry Tabb
Outfield- Kate Arlinghaus
Outfield- Mary Bierman
Outfield- Marsha Friedhoff
Outfield- Tina May-Tuck
Outfield- Jane Scheper Meier
Utility- Sharon Tice
Utility- Cathy Walz
Manager- Bill Goedde
Manager- Don Johnson
Sponsor- Sorrento’s Pizza
Kathy Ante Porter
Jeannine Bohn
Marilyn Booher
Rhonda Klette
Joan McGannon
Barb Meadows
Arlene Naumann
Robin Ryan
Theresa Shepherd
Vickie Stambaugh
Cindy Winburn
Tom Taylor HOFs Inductions (Incredible List)
Ohio ASA Softball HOF - 2009
Kentucky Softball HOF - 2009
Hamilton County Sports HOF - 2002
Northern Kentucky Sports HOF - 1992
Norwood-Sorrento's Greater Cincinnati Softball HOF - 1988

Cincinnati News Player of the Year Winners & Runner-ups

	Player of the Year				Runner-up - Player of the Year
1977 	Mike LaFever, Rockcastle Motors 		Jim Kuhn, Hal Manufacturing
1978 	Hal Ward, Greater Cincinnati Sports 		
	Ron Jones, Strohs
1979 	Rick Linz, Greater Cincinnati Sports 		Jack Robinson, Bushleman's Construction
							Hal Ward, Greater Cincinnati Sports
1980 	Galen Kelly, Bushleman's Construction 		Davey Johnson, Hammers
	Steve Hicks, Bushleman's Construction
1981 	Mike Tolliver, Jay's 				Steve Hicks, Bushleman's Construction
1982 	Mickey McMullen, Bushleman's Construction 	Joe Griffith, Knights
1983 	Leo Osterday, Bushleman's Construction 		Jack Collins, Bushleman's Construction
1984 	Bob Massong, Bushleman's Construction 		Leo Osterday, Bushleman's Construction
1985 	Jack Collins, M.W. Tribble 			Mike Sullivan, VIP Limousine
							Mike O'Brien, Jay's
1986 	Mike O'Brien, Jay's 				Mike Sullivan, VIP Limousine
							Don Cleaver, VIP Limousine
1987 	Scott Hein, VIP Limousine/Express Transport 	Mike Sullivan, VIP Limousine/Express Transport
							Mike Harvey, Jay's
							Bob Cole, F&C Athletic
1988 	Steve Roeder, VIP/Express Transport 		Larry Shircliff, VIP/Express Transport
1989 	Billy Jackson, VIP/Express Transport 		Steve Roeder, VIP/Express Transport
							Marty Monterosso, Jay's
1990 	Marty Monterosso, Jay's 			Homer Ruth, VIP/Express Transport
1991 	Tony Salamone, Greg Back/Kipling's 		Doug Riley, Greg Back/Kipling's
							Tim Clemmons, Jay's
1992 	Mike Kinnett, Watanabe/Scarlato's/Easton 	Doug Riley, McCluskey Chevrolet-GEO
1993 	Tommy Thompson, Jay's/Worth 			Mike Kinnett, Watanabe/Scarlato's/Easton
1994 	Randy Lewis, Watanabe/Scarlato's/Easton 	Mike King, Hosea Worldwide
1995 	Mike Kinnett, Watanabe/Scarlato's/Perkin's 	Joe Penwell, Backstop/Easton
1996 	Jim Kearns, Lovill/Easton 			Joe Penwell, Backstop/Easton
	John Steele, Watanabe/Scarlato/Perkins/TPS
1997 	John Steele, Watanabe/Scarlato/Perkins/TPS 	Marvin Doyle, Backstop/Easton
1998 	Randy Lewis, Watanabe/Scarlato/Perkins/TPS	Tom Ellis, First American Title
1999 	Mark Smith, Watanabe/ Perkins/TPS/Bike 		Tony Sharkins, Perkins Roofing/TPS
2000 	Jack Collins, EMR/Meiner’s Cafe/Worth 		Kevin Atwood, Perkins Roofing/TPS
2001 	Marvin Doyle, EMR/Worth 			Jason Roesch, Cooper/Pohlman/Worth
							Steve Spille, Perkins/TPS
							John Steele, Perkins/TPS
2002 	John Steele, Perkins/Watanabe/TPS 		Marvin Doyle, Cooper/Specialty Vending/Worth
2003 	Brian May, Watanabe/K&G/TPS 			Tom Ellis, Watanabe/K&G/TPS
							Darrell Hall, DLB/Arnold/Superior
							Jon Jamison, Luckey Homes/Rite Rug
2004 	Brian Wegman, Watanabe/New/K&G/Tiny Town/TPS 	Shane Hatfield, Alpine/Easton
							Mike Kinnett, EMR/Worth
							Johnny Miller, EMR/Worth
2005 	Brian May, Watanabe/TTP/Superior/CHL/B&A/TPS 	Jon Jamison, Arnold/Freeze
2006 	Brad Reckart, Watanabe/TPS/Superior/CHL/B&A 	Kevin Greene, Storm/Wessel/Nixco Plmbg/Flanagan’s Front Porch
							Frank Gruber, A&K Tile/Wessel/GRK/Blitz
2007 	Jon Jamison, Freeze/Arnold/JAC/Putter’s 	Jason Roesch, Blitz/Watanabe/TTP/Wessel/Easton
2008 	Jimmy Carter, Blitz/Wat./Bull/Wessel/Easton 	Shane Spicer, EAP/Real Estate Title/Wessel
2009 	Jon Jamison, Blitz/Wat./Weller/Minges/Easton 	Jason Brown, EAP/Tiger Fitness/Easton
2010 	Brad Tabler, Blitz/Wat./Weller/Minges/Easton 	Jon Jamison, Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton
2011	David Kessler, Blitz/Weller/Wat./MAB/Easton	Chris Taylor, Seminoles/Schmoe’s/Clutch Apparel
2012	Brad Reckart, Blitz/Weller/Wat./K&G/Easton	Roger Drake, PRI/Easton
2013	-- No more information available on the Player of the Year, The USSSA Tri-State Conference started
	-- in 2012 and the TSC awarded Player of the Year and MVP accolades
Tri-State Conference MVP Winners & Runner-ups
2012	Roger Drake, Pure Romance/Easton 		Chris Riddle, Cooper/Shinetime
2013	Tyler Collins, Cooper/Yuengling/Easton 		Brad Tabler, 3rd Street	
2014	Nick Weimer, Cincysoftball/Buffalo Joe/Elite 	Mike Marksbury, Vicious Sports	(Class-D)
2015	- no information available
2016	- no information available

ASA Cincinnati Open/Major Metro Championship

Year - Champ - 						Runnerup
1953 - Baldwin Piano					Wolf's Cafe		(Wolf's went to Nationals also)
1954 - Waldeck's Tavern 				Cincinnati Firefighters	(Firefighters went to Nationals also)
1955 - Tresler Comets 					Baldwin Piano 		(Baldwin went to Nationals also)
							(Waldeck's went to National as 1954 defending National Champ)
1956 - Eureka Bar 					???
1957 - Rosmarin Reality 				???
1958 - Hamilton Tailoring				Bud's Cafe
1959 - Hamilton Tailoring				Bud's Cafe
1960 - Hamilton Tailoring				???
1961 - Tip Toe Inn					???
							(Hamilton Tailors went to National as 1960 defending National Champ)
1962 - Bud's Café					???
							(Hamilton Tailors went to National as 1961 defending National Champ)
1963 - Hamilton Tailoring				Bud's Café 		(Bud's Cafe went to Nationals also)
1964 - Tom Sweeney's Pontiac				???
1965 - Gatliff Auto (Newport, KY)			???
1966 - Standard Industrial Laundries			???
1967 - Abrams Texaco  					???
1968 - Buckeye Merchants				Dick Luken Volkswagen	(Dick Luken went to National in place of Merchants)
1969 - Eddie's Cafe 					Dick Luken Volkswagen
1970 - Century Tire 					??? 
1971 - Century Tire 					??? 
1972 - Hauck's Cafe 					Century Tire
1973 - Queen City Pattern				Century Tire
1974 - Sorrento’s Pizza 				Century Tire
1975 - Sorrento’s Pizza 				Stan's Roofing
1976 - Don Simpson's Cafe 				Rumpke
1977 - Franz Cafe					???
1978 - Hal Manufacturing				??? 
1979 - Greater Cincinnati Sports 			??? 
1980 - Sorrento's Pizza					Greater Cincinnati Sports 
1981 - Quality Manufacturing Knights			???
1982 - Bushelman Construction 				??? 
1983 - Brogan Oil/Joe & George/Red Sox			???
1984 - Bushelman Construction 				??? 
1985 - Bushelman Construction				M.W. Tribble
1986 - F&C Athletic 					???
1987 - VIP Limousine/Express Transport			M.W. Tribble
1988 - VIP Limousine/Express Transport 			???
1989 - VIP/Express Transport  				???
1990 - VIP/Express Transport  				???
1991 - VIP/Express Transport  				Greg Black Transportation/Kiplings
1992 - J.R. Express  					???
1993 - Jay's						Watanabe Optical
1994 - UDF/Clifton Medical/Worth			???
1995 - Backstop/Easton 					???
1996 - Watanabe Optical					???
1997 - Watanabe Softball/TPS				???
1998 - Watanabe/Perkins/Scarlato's/TPS			???
1999 - Watanabe/Perkins/Scarlato's/TPS			???
2000 - Perkins/TPS					Watanabe Softball/TPS		
2001 - Perkins/Watanabe/Corken/TPS			EMR/Worth
2002 - Perkins/Watanabe/TPS 				EMR/Worth
2003 - Watanabe/K&G/Scarlato’s/TPS 			Perkins/TPS 
2004 - Watanabe/New/K&G/TPS				EMR/Worth
2005 - Watanabe/Kattus/Tiny Town/WHW/Alpine/TPS 	EMR/Kubota Group/Worth 
2006 - Wessel Sports/A&K Tile/Blitz 			Watanabe/Kattus/TTP/B&A/Superior/CHL/TPS  
2007 - Blitz/Watanabe/TTP/Wessel/A&K/Easton 		???
2008 - Blitz/Watanabe/Bull/Wessel/Easton 		???
2009 - EAP/Tiger Fitness/Easton 			Blitz/Watanabe/Bull/Minges/Wessel/Easton
2010 - Blitz/Watanabe/Minges/Weller/Easton 		EMR/Belly’s Party Bus/Red’s Boys Since 1963
2011 - Blitz/Weller/Watanabe/Easton			???
2012 - Blitz/Weller/Watanabe/K&G/Wilson/Easton		???
2013 - 3rd Street/ Weller/Louisville Slugger		Fred’s Boys/Louisville Slugger
2014 - Premier/Louisville Slugger
2015 - EMR						Premier/Louisville Slugger
2016 - - no more information available


Norwood Sorrento's Hall of Fame

* in ASA or USSSA National HOF

1985 Raymond "Whitey" Brown* Player
Al Brausch* Manager
John Bushelman Sponsor
Ed Clott* Special Service
Russ Cupito Umpire
Commie Currens* Manager
Ray Ernst* Umpire
Norma Eschenbrenner Ante* Female Player
Al Goodman Special Service
Reed Hughes Manager
Jenny Johnson* Female Player
Bernie Kampschmidt* Male Player
John Kinsella Sponsor
Alberta Kohls Sims* Female Player
Steve Massong Male Player
Jim Ramage* Male Player
Don Rardin* Male Player
Myron Reinhardt* Male Player
Marsha Jean Replogle Female Player
LeRoy Rutenschroer* Sponsor
Lou Sandmann Special Service
Don Schachleiter Manager
Walt Wherry Male Player
Donna Wolfe* Female Player
1986 Dot Bailey Female Player
Bill Cappel Special Service
Matty Carrelli Manager
Elmer Gerwin Special Service
Frank Harvey Male Player
Kathryn "Sis" King* Female Player
Al Rinehard Male Player
Dan Romanello Umpire
Jack F. Snodgrass Sponsor
Norb "Cyclone" Warken* Male Player
Don Wickersham Special Service
1987 Ray Feldhaus Special Service
Bill Goedde Male Player
Sam Monterosso Umpire
Joe Nagy Manager
Eddie Vollmer Special Service
Hal Wiggins* Male Player
1988 Bev Beck Female Player
Willie DeLuca Sponsor
Jan Deters* Female Player
Karl Nageleisen Male Player
Mary Jane Tabeling Stille Female Player
Tom Taylor Male Player
1989 Anita Gardner Rieskamp Female Player
Barry Norman Male Player
Clyde Stafford Male Player
Les Treitel Umpire
1990 Bill Gourley Male Player
Gloria Hill Female Player/Manager
Jim Kuhn Male Player
Don Whitford Male Player
1991 Charlie Leftin Male Player
Rick Linz Male Player
Carol Weiss Kiradjieff Female Player
Richard Zureick Umpire
1992 Dick Goedde Manager
Leo Osterday Male Player
Dave Penick Male Player
Bo Stuntebeck Male Player
1993 Roger Grein Manager
Erma Johnson Female Player
Ron Jeffers Umpire
V. K. Lehmann* Female Player
Paul Nutley Male Player
1994 Earl Berryman Male Player
Dave Johnson Male Player
Tom Rowan Manager
Bill Rumpke Special Service
Tom Rumpke Special Service
Walt Stepaniak Special Service
1995 Ron Baird Manager
Sharon Graham* Female Player
Mike O’Brien Male Player
Bill Schlesinger Male Player
1996 Don Johnson Manager
Mike LaFever Male Player
Pam Patrus* Female Player
Lee Sledge Male Player
1997 Mike Burns Male Player
Ron Cutter Male Player
David Greek Sponsor
Mary Strotman Female Player
1998 Butch Hays Male Player
Sue Malcolm Female Player
Tony Salamone Male Player
Ray Stroschen Umpire
1999 Ron Jones Male Player
Jim Nageleisen Male Player
Brenda Ryan* Female Player
Mike Sullivan Male Player
2000 Max Dixon Special Service
Bob Fennell Manager
Denver Gabbard Male Player
Joe Kiradjieff Sponsor
2001 None N/A
2002 Jim Anaruma Umpire
Tina May-Tuck* Female Player
Marty Monterosso Male Player
Sonny Rider Male Player
2003 Jack Collins Male Player
Martha Kidd Female Player
Fred Meinking Umpire
Dick Thielmeyer Male Player
2004 Galan Kelly Male Player
Hudson Knock Male Player
Micky McMullen Male Player
M. J. Ranz Female Player
2005 Kevin Birkofer Male Player
Marilyn Booher Female Player
John Earls Male Player
Scott Hein Male Player
2006 Dave Beamer Male Player
Ken Ewald Male Player
Bob Long Male Player
Walt Roeckers Male Player
Carol Smith Female Player
2007 Theresa Hirschauer Female Player
Mark Huber Male Player
Mike Kinnett Male Player
Jerry Meyer Special Service
2008 Dick Jones Male Player
Gary Mounts Male Player
Colleen Needham* Manager
Dave Neiheisel Sponsor
John Steele Male Player
Ken Williams Special Service
2009 Dan DeClaire Sponsor
Dick Ernst Senior Player
Jerry Fick Umpire
Marsha Friedhoff Female Player
Randy Lewis Male Player
Dale Overmann Male Player
2010 Tim Barker Male Player
Billy Carter Male Player
Marvin Doyle Male Player
Ron Garnett Senior Player
Danney Saylor Special Service
Theresa Shepherd Female Player
Pat Wright Male Player
2011 Reenie Fitzgerald Female Player
Tom Kasee Male Player
Brian May Male Player
Bob Owens Speclal Service
Pat Shanks Male Player
Jim Wessel Senior Player
2012 Chuck Atha Male Player
Shelly Cummins Female Player
Gerry Scaringi Male Player
Loyd Smith Male Player
Dave Watanabe Manager
Merle Williams Manager
2013 Jeannine Bohn Senior Player
Bobby Hays Manager
Joe Penwell Male Player
Ray Vaughn Umpire
Butch Whitaker Male Player
Chris Winter Female Player
2014 Jeff Click Male Player
Bob Massong Male Player
Shirley Patterson Female Player
Mike Smith Male Player
Jim Spelbrink Senior Player
Vickie Stambaugh Female Player
John Tomlinson Sponsor
2015 Tim Klemm Umpire
Red Moore* Manager/Sponsor
Jason Roesch Male Player
Walt Shroyer Senior Player
Jan Worley Senior Player
George Young Sponsor
2016 Tim Cocco* Male Player
Amy Flaugher Female Player
Jack Hatter Senior Player
Jon Jamison Male Player
Bob Shad Sponsor
Eron Smith Manager
2017 Bill Brown Senior Player
Don Holden Sponsor
Bob Kroell Umpire
Bobby Noeth Male Player
Missy Merrell Female Player
Mike Tribble Manager

Greater Cincinnati Area All Century Women's Slow Pitch Team
P - Dot Bailey
C - Jan Deters
C - Irma Richardson
1B- Marsha Replogle Helton
2B- Sharon Graham
3B- Sue Malcolm
3B- Anita Reiskamp-Gardner
SS- Jenny Johnson-Kappes
OF- Alberta Kohls Sims
OF- Norma Eschenbrenner Ante
OF- Karen Kuhnheim
OF- VK Lehmann
OF- Missy Merrell
OF- Brenda Ryan
UT- Pam Patrus
UT- Donna Wolfe
MGR- Commie Currens
Sponsor-Empress Chili
Player of Century- Jenny Johnson Kappes

Second Team
P- Amy Flaugher
P- Shirley Patterson
C- Jenny Hammerle
C- Laverne Zureick
1B- Wanda Evans
2B- Bev Beck
3B- Carol Weiss Kiradjieff
SS- Gloria Hill
OF- Theresa Hirschauer
OF- Peggy Meacham
OF- Carol Smith
OF- Chris Winters
UT- Mary Jane Ranz
UT- Mary Strotman
MGR- Merle Williams
Sponsor-Rutenschroer Florists

Third Team
P- Peg Carney
C- Martha Kidd
1B- Becky Calahand
1B- Jan Worley
2B- Jean Dowell
SS- Shelly Cummins
SS- Sherry Tabb
OF- Kate Arlinghaus
OF- Mary Bierman
OF- Marsha Friedhoff
OF- Tina May Tuck
OF- Jane Scheper Meier
UT- Sharon Tice
UT- Cathy Walz
MGR- Bill Goedde
MGR- Don Johnson
Sponsor-Sorrento's Pizza

Honorable Mention
Kathy Ante Porter
Jeannine Bohn
Marilyn Booher
Rhonda Klette
Joan McGannon
Barb Meadows
Arlene Naumann
Robin Ryan
Theresa Shepherd
Vickie Stambaugh
Cindy Winburn

Cincinnati Area All Century Team (Votes)
P- Walt Wherry (39)
C- Myron Reinhardt (30)
1B- Barry Norman (26)
2B- Ray Whitey Brown (25)
3B- Jim Kuhn (21)
SS- Rick Linz (29)
OF- Tom Taylor (88)
OF- Steve Massong (73)
OF- Mike O'Brien (72)
OF- Hal Wiggins (71)
OF- Leo Osterday (70)
OF- Mike LaFever (65)
UT- Don Rardin (100)
UT- Bill Goedde (92)
UT- Ron Red Jones (79)
UT- Don Whitford (76)
UT- Bo Stuntebeck (70)
UT- Clyde Stafford (67)
MGR- Al Brausch (50)
MGR- Reed Hughes (42)
MGR- Tom Rowan (34)
MGR- Mayy Carrelli (34)
Sponsor-Joe Gatliff Motors (52)
Sponsor-Jay Hopkins (52)
Sponsor-Bushelman Construction (48)
Player of the Century - Myron Reinhardt

Second Team
P- Black Ron Jones (35)
P- Dave Penick (35)
C- Randy Lewis (22)
1B- Hudson Knock (20)
2B- Tony Salamone (18)
3B- Mike Sullivan (20)
3B- Lee Sledge (20)
SS- Ron Cutter (24)
SS- Karl Nageleisen (24)
OF- Mike Burns (63)
OF- Paul Nutley (59)
OF- Bill Schlesinger (41)
OF- Jack Collins (38)
OF- Mike Kinnett (36)
OF- Jim Nageleisen (35)
OF- Earl Berryman (35)
OF- Marty Monterosso (29)
OF- Denver Gabbard (27)
UT- Butch Hays (59)
UT- Walt Roeckers (54)
UT- Mark Huber (52)
UT- Dave Johnson (50)
UT- Paul McMullen (47)
UT- Billy Jackson (47)
UT- John Coorey (47)
MGR- Bob Fennell (30)
MGR- Ron Baird (28)
MGR- Don Schachleiter (28)
Sponsor-Sorrento’s Pizza ((47)
Sponsor-Carlisle Construction (39)
Sponsor-Century Tire (33)

Third Team
P- Jim Burbrink (21)
C- Sonny Rider (16)
1B- John Earls (19)
1B- Emery Lucas (19)
2B- Galan Kelly (12)
3B- Steve Roeder (8)
SS- Tom Kasee (12)
OF- Marty Monterosso (29)
OF- Hal Ward (17)
OF- Jerome Youngblood (16)
OF- Bob Massong (10)
OF- Randy DeAngelis (8)
OF- Randy Atha (6)
OF- Paul Ange (6)
UT- Homer Ruth (40)
UT- Larry Shircliff (29)
UT- Mike Smith (29)
UT- Terry Childs (28)
UT- Greg Sandy (27)
UT- Rory Orr (22)
MGR- Dave Watanabe (14)
MGR- Joe Nagy (12)
MGR- Jay Hopkins (6)
Sponsor-Hudepohl Brewing Company (30)
Sponsor-VIP Limousine (27)
Sponsor-Hill & Griffith (26)
Sponsor-Jack Snodgrass Distributing Co. (26)
Sponsor-Westside Café (26)
Sponsor-Stan’s Roofing (26)
Sponsor-Watanabe Optical (26)

Honorable Mention
P- Steve Hicks (20)
P- Billy Carter (20)
P- Dick Thielmeyer (19)
P- Gary Nelson (10)
P- Sam Minnetti (10)
C- Jerry Daugherty (15)
C- Don Cleaver (13)
C- Mike Tolliver (8)
C- Carl Waldbillig (6)
C- Ty Burdick (5)
1B- Ken Ewald (16)
1B- Ed Gampfer (5)
2B- John Steele (10)
3B- Marvin Doyle (7)
SS- Dave Turner (6)
OF- Pat Shanks (5)
OF- Joe Penwell (5)
UT- Kevin Blanton (5)
UT- Ron Troxell (5)

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