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Reliving Memories of one of fastpitch softball’s greatest pitchers

Monday, May 15th, 2017

WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
Roy Burlison of the St. Louis Browns flies through the air before delivering a pitch to the plate in last night’s (June 16, 1973) professional softball game at Koch Park. Burlison tossed his third straight shutout, whipping the Philadelphia Patriots, 8-0. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo By W. Thomas Stewart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Roy Burlison was one of the greatest fastpitch pitchers the sport has ever known. When his 27-year playing career came to an end in 1992, he had won over 770 games against the best teams in the world.

In 1997 he was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame for an arm’s length of accomplishments: nine times competing in the ASA national tournament; twice selected Most Valuable Pitcher, and twice leading his teams to runner-up in the national championship.

Burlison was also renowned as a coach, teaching hundreds of girls how to play the game the right way. But sadly on May 11, Burlison, 71, passed away (see Roller Homes obituary).

His fastpitch legacy will live on, however, in the girls he coached, and with the players he both played with and against in his long and distinguished career.

Let’s relive some of Burlison’s prowess with a stroll down memory lane…

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2017 ISC World Championship Guide ready to order

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress annual 2017 World Championship Guide, in print and digital format, is ready to peruse and order.

The Guide is full of game stories, photos, standings and stats of the 2017 ISC World Tournament. But it also includes information on past championships, hall of famers, tournament records, record-setting achievements and much, much more.

THE DIGITAL FORMAT

  • 2017 ISC World Championship Guide
  • ORDERING INFORMATION

  • $15
  • PayPal
  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
    blairjs@gmail.com

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    iscfastpitch@gmail.com

    Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario
    ftode739@rogers.com

    Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Features Eight Strong Teams

    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

    Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Fastpitch Tournament championship. He returns with Tin Cup to seek back-to-back titles, June 2-4, in Kimberly. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The field is set with eight talented teams competing for the prestigious Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament championship at Sunset Park’s upper and lower diamonds in Kimberly, June 3-5.

    Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. returns as defending champion after defeating Dolan and Murphy (IL), 6-4, in the final.

    THE TEAMS

    Pool A

  • Circle Tap Lumberjacks, Denmark, WI
  • Hitters, Kimberly
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, WI
  • Pool B

  • Stoneyard, Appleton, WI
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton, WI
  • Hustle Hogs, DeKalb, IL
  • Optimum Crush, Kenosha, WI
  • TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
    Click to view or download: 2017 Grafmeier Tournament

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    Kimberly Recreation Association
    Justin Columbo
    jcolombo@humana.com
    bossdj32@yahoo.com
    Rainout number: 920-687-7890

    A Step Back In Time: Long Beach Nitehawks Kings of Softball

    Sunday, April 30th, 2017

    NITEHAWK HEROES: Stars of the Long Beach Nitehawks’ successful assault on the International Softball Congress World Championship were many, but these men provided the standout performances. From left, Jack Randall, who fired two no-hitters and pitched the title-winning victory. Center, Paul Humiston, who paced the power attack with three homers. And right, Leroy Zimmerman, who turned in a no-hitter and a one-hitter. All three were named to the All-World team. Photo Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, Sept. 2, 1958

    Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif.
    Sept. 2, 1958

    By Jerry Erin
    Nitehawks Rout Dinuba in Playoff Game, 8-1

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – It took them awhile to do it, but the Long Beach Nitehawks came to life in the second game Monday night after suffering a 2-1 loss, and launched a vicious hitting attack to roll over Dinuba (Calif.) Condors, 8-1, and win their fourth straight International Softball Congress World Tournament crown at Park Ave. Field before and overflow crowd.

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    A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

    Thursday, April 13th, 2017

    The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

    Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

    Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

    And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

    Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

    While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

    So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

    By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

    Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

    “We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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    ISC appoints player representatives

    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

    FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

    “We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

    ISC Player Representatives

  • Brad Pender – Canada East
  • Chris Diethert – US Central
  • Eric Fogel – US East
  • Jon Gwizadala – US East
  • Justin Schofield – Atlantic Canada
  • Kris Walushka – Canada West
  • Matt McLaren – Canada East
  • Nick Santos – US West
  • Scott Galenza – Canada West
  • Tyler Dudley – US East
  • Sisco Sabate – International
  • Zennon Winters – International
  • **See the full story at iscfastpitch.com**

    Stepping Back In Time: Tim McGuire numbers among the best for Bloomington Beer Nuts

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    TIM McGUIRE had a successful pitching career with the Bloomington (IL) Beer Nuts, a major-caliber team from Bloomington, Illinois. Photo / The Pantograph

    “I was wild as all get out. I might strike out 10, but I would walk 15 or 16.” – Tim McGuire

    By RANDY KINDRED
    Pantograph staff
    June 25, 1986

    BLOOMINGTON, IL – The numbers don’t lie. A 22-3 record, 1.01 earned run average, 175 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 151 innings.

    Without question, they add up to the best start of Tim McGuire’s softball pitching career. That, he says, is what worries him.

    “The book on me is I usually throw better in July and August (than May and June),” the Bloomington Beer Nuts right-hander told a reporter at O’Neil Park, his home away from home.

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    Kitchener to host 2018 ISC World Tournament

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

    KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CA – Located east of Toronto and just north of the United States border, Kitchener is an excellent and easily reachable destination for any event – including the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

    And in 2018, Kitchener for a FIFTH time will host fastpitch softball’s most competitive event: The ISC World Tournament. Kitchener hosted the event in 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2014.

    See breaking story in The Record by Christine Rivet: World fastball tournament returns to Kitchener in 2018

    Typically, upwards of 40 or more teams battle for the opportunity to be crowned, “world champions of fastball.” Top teams are filled with talented ball players from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and last but not least – Canada.

    So plan ahead to attend this prestigeous men’s fastpitch tournament, and stayed tuned for more information as it unfolds.

    ASA Meet May Top the World

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    TY STOFFLET pitched for several national championship teams, including 1979 York (Pa.) Barbells. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1991 ASA Masters National Championship

    By Bob McGinn / Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Aug. 14, 1979

    GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The ISC World Tournament. The fastpitch softball faithful in the Fox Valley speak of it in almost reverential tones.

    It conjures up images, always, of a week or two on the West Coast, in places like Sun City, Ariz., Long Beach, or even Bakersfield, Calif., where this summer’s version of the International Softball Congress’s national tournament is scheduled to begin Friday.

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    A Step Back In Time: ‘Expatriate’ Tolzin stops Jets as St. Paul wins 1976 ISC crown

    Monday, January 30th, 2017

    ST. PAUL ALL-AMERICAN BAR won the 1976 ISC World Tournament held in Long Beach, Calif. St. Paul became the first and only Minnesota team to win an ISC World Tournament title. Photo / Courtesy ISC Guide Bood

    BY DOUG IVES
    Staff writer / Long Beach Press-Telegram
    Aug. 1976

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – A year ago Darwin Tolzin was the pride of the Lakewood Jets’ pitching staff and on his way to stardom.

    His all-American (All-World) recognition came early Monday morning, but in an ironic turn of events. The Jets were the victims.

    At the close of last season, the 35-year-old right-hander was transferred to Minnesota by the National Weather Service. He had to accept the move or lose a promotion.

    Just coming of age as a pitcher – he started when he was 29 – Tolzin hooked up with St. Paul and was the No. 2 pitcher when the team qualified to play in the International Softball Congress World Tournament at Blair Field in Long Beach.

    No. 2 became No. 1 Sunday night and Monday morning as Tolzin shut out his former teammates in a doubleheader to give St. Paul its first-ever ISC title, achieved the hard way by winning four games in a 24-hour span.

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