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For the future of USA men’s fastpitch, it’s all about pitching

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

ALAN COLGLAZIER pitched Aurora, IL, Home Savings to the ISC World Tournament championship in 1980. He is but one of four USA born pitchers to win an ISC World Tournament Championship game between 1980 and 1991. Photo By BOB OTTO

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand is the mecca of men’s fasptich softball. To argue otherwise is just plain nonsense. The results prove the Kiwi’s dominance in fastpitch worldwide.

The Black Sox, the country’s national team, leads the International Softball Federation (now the World Baseball Softball Confederation) world championships with 12 gold, silver and bronze medals since the event started in 1966.

And in the past six championships (1996 to 2015) the Black Sox have taken four-of-six golds and two silvers.

Canada comes a close second with 11 total medals, and did claim the latest world championship in 2015, by pounding the Kiwi’s, 10-5, in the final.

    THIRD NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Bringing up the third spot with nine medals is the United States. Nine sounds like a respectable number, right?

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Seattle Pay ‘N Pak men’s fastpitch softball reunion

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Courtesy of Jimmy Moore and Mark Crawford

    THE DETAILS
  • What: Pay ‘N Pak softball
  • When: Saturday, July 25
  • Where: Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA
  • Cost: $30 Per Person
  • The Seattle Pay ‘N Pak men’s fastpitch team is having a reunion, but the event is also open to players from other teams that Pay ‘N Pak competed against, said Jimmy Moore, who pitched for the team.

    “I am hoping to see friends from teams that played against us, whether local or not,” Moore said. “It would be great to see a carload or two of guys from Portland, Longview, Olympia, Yakima, Boise, Lynden, Mount Vernon, Victoria, Vancouver or Bremerton.”

    Moore adds that fans and family are also welcome. The banquet room at Tulalip Resort Casino can only hold about 100 people, so if you want to attend, please let Moore and Crawford know.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Jimmy Moore
    Mark Crawford

    Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

    YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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    Those Were The Days: Rex Giberson shares memories of a great bygone era of men’s fastpitch

    Thursday, July 31st, 2014

    HOUSTON, Tex. – For those who may doubt that fastpitch softball can take a ball player to far places and great heights, Rex Giberson would beg to differ.

    Giberson started playing as a teenager in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Men’s League and went on to enjoy a 29-year career playing in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

    But it was that inauguration in the Lancaster league that jettisoned him on his way.

    “I started playing at 15 in (that) tough Lancaster League,” he said. “Many considered it the best league on the East Coast.”

      STRING OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

    In 1976, 1980 and 1981, two of the league teams won ASA Class “A” national championships. Millersville, Penn. won the first one, with SH Good taking the last two.

    Those times were some of the fondest of his career.

    “We went undefeated to win the national tourney in Hamilton, Ohio (1976),” said Giberson. “In 1980 with SH Good we beat Jimmy Moore (ISC Hall of Fame pitcher.) in the finals. Jim, as you know, went on to be one of the all-time greats with Seattle Pay ‘N Pak.”

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    Hitting a high-velocity fastpitch softball; a skill only the great ones possess.

    Monday, March 4th, 2013

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    Colin Abbott, three-time ISC World Tournament Most Valuable Player, one of the all-time great fastball hitters.

    By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – I studied Canadian Brad Ezekiel and Ryan Wolfe. I leaned in closer to my computer screen, zoning in on New Zealand’s Rhys Casley, Donny Hale and Brad Rona.

    How do they do it?

    How do they hit a softball speeding toward home plate at 80-plus miles per hour from 46 feet away from a pitcher that can make the yellow sphere dive and dance and soar like a Hummingbird on steroids?

    And then with the cruel nature of a sadist, the pitcher changes speeds. It’s as if the ball is attached to a string and our righty or lefty (prankster) yanks it back just when the batter starts to swing. Like Lucy pulling the football away from hapless Charlie Brown just as he’s about to kick it.

    What special athletic gifts have been bestowed upon fastball’s great hitters, enabling them to hit the riser, the drop, the curve, and the change-up with such proficiency?

    MEREDITH, A LASTING IMPRESSION
    I remember in 1986 standing behind a backstop watching Kiwi Peter Meredith throw a softball harder than ANY ball I had ever seen thrown. I stood in awe of Meredith’s amazing talent.

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    ISC Hall of Fame pitcher, Peter Meredith, who once pitched for TEAM USA.

    I wondered: “how can anyone possibly hit his pitches?”

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    Seattle (men’s fastpitch) Invitational Returns to Fife

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

    FASTPITCH TOURNEY FEATURES SOLID TALENT, HONORS LEGENDS
    By Jeremy Helling / Tacoma Weekly


    The RiverDogs from Boise, Idaho and their pitcher, Shane Alder, will try to bring home a championship in the 52nd Annual Seattle Invitational Tournament.

    FIFE, WA – For the second straight year, men’s fastpitch teams from around the Northwest, Northern California and British Columbia will be converging on Fife (near Tacoma) for the 52nd annual Seattle Invitational, which this year will become the longest continuously running men’s fastpitch tournament in the nation.

    The tournament, which will take place at Dacca Park on July 21-22, will feature 12 to 14 teams from around the region in a round-robin format on July 21. Each team is guaranteed at least five games, and it will switch to a single-elimination format on July 22 to determine the champion.

    The legendary Jimmy Moore, an International Softball Congress Hall of Fame member, will be honored during tournament ceremonies.

    “We have probably the most diverse group we’ve had since 2000,” said Tournament Director Charlie Bendock, adding that last year’s champions, the Cal-State Builders from San Mateo, Calif., return and should be the favorites. “It’s a very good representation, and there are some very strong teams.”

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