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

Written by Bob on 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.

The team was started somewhere in the 1960s by Page Brake business owner, Carl Hansen, and five decades later it is still going strong. Hansen for his service to the sport, was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 1999.

At one time, Hansen sponsored two teams: a Page Brake Open ball club, featuring some of the best players in the sport, including pitchers Neal Chadwick and Bill Hillhouse. But Hansen recognized that without a youth movement to replace retiring veterans, the future of the sport could be in jeopardy.

So Hansen started an age 23-Under ball club.

Though the Open team no longer exists, the Page Brake young team is still in business.

Led by manager Steve Black, Page Brake is a fixture at the NAFA World Series. And they’ve enjoyed their share of success. In 2014, the team reached the semifinals of the A-Major winners bracket before falling to eventual champion, Roseville, Calif. Eagles.

Page Brake then entered the Gold Division and finished runner-up to the Reese, Mich. A’s. Earlier in the season, Page Brake won the Las Vegas Road Trip A-Major Division with a 5-1 record.

And at the 2013 NAFA World Series in Des Moines, Iowa, Page Brake won the A-Major Gold Division when Nick Cole hit a home run leading off the game to beat Wabash, Ind. Elite, 1-0.

Steve Black has worked diligently developing young players. He brought his sons Rob and Kevin into the sport, along with several other talented youngsters. Steve and his sons are the primary pitchers on the team.

Congratulation and a tip of the hat to Carl Hansen for sponsoring the team, and Steve Black for carrying on the Page Brake tradition.

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