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2014 NAFA World Series magazine sent to the publisher

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Cover of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

Cover of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine


YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’ve sent my magazine entitled, 2014 NAFA World Series, to the publisher, but waiting for a hard copy to finish the final edit before releasing for purchase.

The magazine’s 112 pages contain dozens of photos, championship game stories and results (AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A, 23-Under, Wood Bat, and Masters East and West), feature stories, NAFA Hall of Fame stories, and a look at past World Series feats & stats of some of the games biggest stars.

Final stage of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’ve reached page 93 with about seven left and my magazine (8.5 x 11 inches) about the 2014 NAFA World Series will be finished after four months work.

Content will include:

  • Championship game stories
  • Feature stories
  • Hall of Fame stories
  • Over 125 action and team photos
  • The magazine will be published and available through Blurb.

    I’ll post as soon as the magazine is available for preview on Blurb.

    Calling all 2014 NAFA World Series all-world players

    Sunday, January 11th, 2015
    The 2014 NAFA World Series A-Major, all-world team (other members may exist, but weren't available at time of photo.) Photo By BOB OTTO

    The 2014 NAFA World Series A-Major, all-world team (other members may exist, but weren’t available at time of photo.) Photo By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I am working on a fastpitch project that includes gathering information on the all-world players of all five divisions that played in the 2014 NAFA World Series in the Quad Cities.

      INFORMATION NEEDED
  • Your full name
  • Team(s) you played for
  • Division(s) you competed in
  • Your uniform number
  • Position(s) you played
  • Your statistics as a pitcher or player
  • If you are the manager or team statistician of all-world players, and can provide this information, or pass my request on to your player(s), I would much appreciate that.

    You can email me at: botto3@verizon.net.

    Thank you for your help,
    Bob Otto

    Page Brake of Salt Lake City carries on long tradition in men’s fast pitch

    Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
    The Page Brake men's fastpitch team has been in existence since the 1960s, and still goes strong today. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

    The Page Brake men’s fastpitch team has been in existence since the 1960s, and still goes strong today. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

    SALT LAKE CITY – Mention the name “Page Brake” in men’s fast pitch circles and most will say, sure I’ve heard of them, or I’ve seen them play, or what a great team.

    But for those REALLY in the know, they will go a bit further in dishing out the accolades. For this Salt Lake City ball club has quite a legacy.

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    Leo “Lefty” Bartos and Art Gillis, none better for men’s fast pitch

    Monday, January 5th, 2015
    Leo "Lefty" Bartos, left, and Art Gillis were two of men's fastpitch softball's greatest contributors. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2000 ISC World Tournament Hall of Fame ceremony

    Leo “Lefty” Bartos, left, and Art Gillis were two of men’s fastpitch softball’s greatest contributors. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2000 ISC World Tournament Hall of Fame ceremony

    SAGINAW, Mich. – Two of Michigan’s and the world’s all-time great men’s fast pitch promoters were Leo “Lefty” Bartos, who was inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 2000, and presented by his good friend Art Gillis during ceremonies at the 2000 ISC World Tournament in St. Joseph, MO.

    Gillis followed Bartos into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Both men have since passed away; Bartos in 2012 and Gillis on Dec. 30. But their incredible work ethic on behalf of fastpitch will long live on as some of the greatest contributions ever made in the history of the sport.

    Plan now for Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament

    Sunday, January 4th, 2015
    Clyde Bennett will host his Best of The West men's fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 6-7. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Clyde Bennett will host his Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 6-7. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. – 2015 is but four days old, but Clyde Bennett is already planning for his 24th Annual Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament.

    “All the details are not worked out yet,” said Bennett by email, “but I’m getting lots of inquiries.”

    The tournament is scheduled for June 6-7 at beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara.

    For more information, please contact Clyde at:

    clydebennett50@gmail.com
    805-964-2114 or 805-895-9007

    Northern California Hawaiian Athletic Association Men’s Fastpitch

    Sunday, January 4th, 2015

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    Art Gillis, fastpitch icon passes away

    Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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    Gillis, Arthur 4/12/1925 – 12/30/2014 Saginaw, Michigan Passed away December 30, 2014, Age 89 years. Art was born April 12, 1925 in Saginaw, Michigan and grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. He returned to Saginaw shortly after high school. He married Janet Dougherty, October 16, 1954. She passed away March 26, 2001.

    Art was the owner of Gillis Locker, for many years the largest installer of lockers and shelving in the United States. He also owned the Saginaw Bolters Men’s fastpitch softball team, which won the 1979 ISC World Championship.

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    NAFA announces host cities for 2015 World Series championship tournaments

    Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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    DAYTON, Ore – Since 1993, the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) has held post-season national tournaments for several divisions of men’s fastpitch – from age 23-under to Open to Masters 60-Over.

    2015 will be no different. 2015 NAFA WS

    Approximately 200 teams from the U.S. and Canada, and possibly Japan, are expected to compete for World Series championships in various cities throughout the United States.

    NAFA recently released its selection of host cities, so depending on the division your team plays in, start making plans to attend one or more of the World Series championships.

      Division – Dates – Location
  • Open World Series, Aug. 1-2, Seattle, Wash.
  • Native American World Series, Aug 1-2, Lawton, Okla.
  • AA-Major World Series, Aug 5-7, Warsaw, Ind.
  • A-Major World Series, Aug. 6-9, Quad Cities (Moline, Ill.)
  • A World Series, Aug. 13-16, Quad Cities
  • AA World Series, Aug. 14-16, Quad Cities
  • 23-Under World Series, Aug. 14-16, Quad Cities
  • Wood Bat World Series, Aug 22-23, Quad Cities
  • East Masters World Series, Sept. 11-13, Quad Cities
  • West Masters World Series, Sept. 18-20, Carson City, Nev.
    1. Regional and NAFA sanctioned tournaments
  • **West Coast Super Regional Las Vegas Roadtrip, April 10-12, Las Vegas
  • Grants Pass Boatnik, May 23-25, Grants Pass, Ore.
  • A, A-Major, AA, Open West Coast Championships, June 27-28, Carson City, Nev.
  • ** Events, and Las Vegas Roadtrip still must be confirmed as of this printing.

    Young Craig Lewis sets high goals in fastpitch softball

    Monday, November 10th, 2014
    The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys' 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

    The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys’ 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

    WINSTON, Mo. – When he was a little tyke of 3 or 4, Craig Lewis was already wind-milling a softball and tagging along with his dad from one Missouri ball field to the next.

    By first grade, he knew how to keep a scorebook.

    And now at 15?

    Well, let’s just say he’s too valuable on the field to have sitting on the bench scoring the game.

      TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL HONORS

    Craig Lewis had himself quite a high school fastpitch season this year. He pitched the defending champion Winston Redbirds to third place in the Missouri State High School Boys Fastpitch Tournament. This coming on the heels of pitching the Redbirds to the Harrison-Daviess-Caldwell (HDC) Conference championship (6-0, 16-2).

    And he was a unanimous pick on the all-conference and all-state teams. Pretty good accomplishments for a 15-year-old sophomore, who had a 14-2 record. And just imagine the grief he’s going to give the competition with two more varsity years left.

    So how did all this success come about?

    No need to look any further than Craig’s dad, Eric Lewis.

    “I grew up watching my dad pitch and I wanted to be just like him,” Craig said. He taught me to pitch and be mentally tough and not cave under pressure. He was always setting up games and taking my (boys’) team places to play, so we could be good in the future. He is the reason I have gotten into pitching.”

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