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2014 NAFA World Series book can still be ordered

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

The front cover of 2014 NAFA World Series features, JOSH JOHNSON, left, of the CR Brewers of Portland, Ore., DEVON McCULLOUGH, J&B Painting, So. Calif., and ROCCO RAMSEY, Bowen Fastpitch, Bowen, Ill. Photo By BOB OTTO

(I was asked if I had any books left that I wrote about the 2014 NAFA World Series. Yes! You can order directly by clicking on BLURB Publishing.)

YUCAIPA, Calif. – The North American Fastpitch Association celebrated its 22nd year hosting men’s and young men’s (age 23-Under) championship tournaments in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois in 2014.

After covering and photographing the World Series, I wrote a book about it entitled, “2014 NAFA Men’s Fastpitch World Series”.


  • Over 200 photos
  • Championship game stories of the AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A and 23-Under divisions
  • Feature stories of players and managers, who have helped make the game as great as it is.
  • Hall of Fame stories and listing of members from 1997 to 2014
  • NAFA World Series records and amazing accomplishments by incredible players
  • Listing of NAFA 10 and 20-year anniversary players, “the best of the best”
  • Masters World Series results
  • Wood Bat World Series results
  • You can preview the book and if you like what you see, you can order a PDF or a softcover book (8 1/2 x 11) with semigloss pages from the publisher, Blurb (Online only) from the menu below.

    Click on the SHOPPING CART in the menu to visit my Blurb page.

    Men’s fastpitch does a poor job marketing itself

    Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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    YUCAIPA, Calif. – In 1979 I got into the insurance business when a very successful friend convinced me that selling auto, home and life policies could be financially lucrative.

    The first thing he advised me – actually warned me – was something I’ve never forgotten about marketing:

    “If you don’t let people know what you do, you will fail.”

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    Jim Cowdrey, at the top of the class in men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

    Cowdry.Jim.1web Jim Cowdrey of Saskatchewan, Canada pitching for Class Walls of Whiteford, Maryland in the 1995 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Cowdrey pitched Rempel Bros. of Saskatchewan to provincial and Canadian championships and was as much a great hitter as pitcher. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

    SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – The Saskatoon Rempel Brothers senior men’s softball team was formed in 1985, won the Saskatchewan title in its first year, and then won the Saskatchewan and Canadian championships in 1987.

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    Last chance for “We Play it Fast”

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2013


    YUCAIPA, CALIF – In 2011 I wrote a men’s and boys’ fastpitch book entitled, “We Play It Fast.”

    It contains stories about the players, managers, sponsors, contributors and teams who have made the sport as great as it is.

    It also contains stories – games and features – centering around the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series and International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

    It contains 167 entries and about 200 photos of some of the players and teams who have played the sport.

    I have 12 books left for sale. Once they are sold there will be no second edition.

    (My wife and I are cleaning house. She’s agreed to part with some of her junk – I mean stuff. And I’ve agreed to part with my valuable, prized and collectable possessions. And that includes these books, along with photos that have outgrown any demand they once had.)

    If there is no interest for the final 12 books then they are going in the recycling bin.

    So if you have thought about buying a book, now is the time to place your order. I’ve set a deadline of Oct. 1.

    The price per book is $23 if shipped within the U.S., and $27 Canada. The prices include shipping and handling.

    If you have any questions, just send me an email.

    Send your check or money order to:

    Bob Otto
    35147 Cedar Ave.
    Yucaipa, CA 92399

    Thank You,

    Kevin Kammueller, a NAFA Hall of Famer and 20-year anniversary star

    Friday, July 20th, 2012

    Minnesotan, Kevin Kammueller will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies at the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas. He was also honored as one of NAFA’s top ball players in the organizations 20-year existance (1993-2012). Photo By BOB OTTO

    “I think Kevin’s love for this game outweighs everything else about him.” – Cal-State Builders sponsor and manager Dave Carlton.

    SHAKOPEE, MN – Like many pitchers in the fastpitch game, Kevin Kammueller took a roundabout way before he found his way into the pitching circle. The big right-hander caught some, and he split time in the outfield and infield.

    He admits that he won’t be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest hitters or fielders. But pitching, now that’s an entirely different matter. Kammueller has developed into one of the greatest in the history of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA).

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    “We Play It Fast” is still available

    Thursday, July 12th, 2012

    Stew Sabiston of the Winnipeg Bullets is featured on the front cover of We Play It Fast. SEE BELOW for ordering information of this one-time, limited edition book about boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball.

    YUCAIPA, CA – In 2011, I wrote a boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball book entitled, “We Play It Fast.” The book is part documentary, part memoir, part feature story, and part photo essay.

    It has 170 pages and over 200 black and white photos, all packed in 8.5 x 11 inches. The front laminated color cover features Winnipeg, Canada pitcher Stew Sabiston. His is determined expression shows why we play and love this sport.

    Michael White, 2009 ISC Hall of Fame member, leads all World Tournament pitchers with 70 wins, with Peter Meredith second at 61.

    The book has feature stories about ISC Hall of Famers Mark Sorenson, Michael White, Milt Stark, Russell Boice, Jim Rubbelke, Irvin “Red” Meairs, Carl Hansen, K.G. Fincher, Joe Avila, Dave Blackburn, Hice Stiles, John Becker, Darren Zack …

    Mark Sorenson, 2010 ISC Hall of Fame member set many World Tournament records.

    And there are also contributed stories from Milt Stark about the great Western Softball Congress league, Jim Flanagan in his tribute to Dave Blackburn, Kyle Beane, Marc Gillis, Wally Groehler…and more.

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    Bucknell Park A’s off to fast start, aiming for NAFA title

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012

    “We’re a solid group that puts up a lot of runs. One through nine, we are tough outs.” – Kasey Knight, A’s infielder

    LACEY, WA – The Bucknell Park A’s have started the season firing on all cylinders in carving out a 12-0 record. But one cylinder in particular has been humming along without a single misfire: pitcher Shawn Koster.

    The 24-year-old from Victoria, BC, Canada owns a perfect 8-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. In 37 innings, the right-hander hasn’t allowed a single earned run, while striking out 91 batters and walking eight.

    “He’s a fairly hard thrower and he’s got all the pitches,” said A’s coach Dave Michalak. “He’s got a great change-up that he’s worked really hard on. He’s very aggressive and goes after hitters.”

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    Pueblo Bandits celebrate milestone in men’s fastpitch

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

    The Pueblo Bandits have had several top-10 finishes in the ISC World Tournament, including 10th place in 2009 at the Quad Cities of Moline and Rock Island, Illinois. Courtesy Photo / 2010 ISC World Championship Guide

    PUEBLO, CO – Some will claim men’s fastpitch softball is well past its prime. That it’s a sport wobbling and reeling on the ropes like an old, worn out boxer awaiting the knockout punch.

    If you’re preaching this kind of blasphemy, beware: Because if this nonsense talk reaches the Santos boys – brothers Chris, Mike and Jerry, and the youngster, Nick – it will certainly cause a collective and menacing growl. And probably a stern reprimand.

    The Santos, along with their late father Joe, have been playing this sport collectively for better than 150 years.

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    NAFA World Series photos, gallery three

    Monday, August 30th, 2010

    Photo and graphics By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – Check out photos of the Topeka Toros, Wilber Lime, Iowa Cocks, Willkomm Mobil, Cal-State Builders, and Rice Lake Orangemen.

    See Photo Gallery Here

    See photos of men’s Palm Springs fastpitch tournament

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    PALM SPRINGS, CA – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League men’s Alliance tournament was held at Demuth Park in sunny Palm Springs, April 24-25. Enjoy a photo gallery of Sunday’s action by visiting my SmugMug gallery.
    Otto’s Sunday Photo Gallery