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Remembering great fastpitch times with New Zealand pitcher Jim Wana (Seaman)

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Jim Wana (Seaman) pitching in the 1995 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was named a Second-Team, All-World pitcher for hurling the Broken Bow Travelers to sixth place. Photo By BOB OTTO

Jim Wana (Seaman) pitching in the 1995 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was named a Second-Team, All-World pitcher for hurling the Broken Bow Travelers to sixth place. Photo By BOB OTTO

Jim Wana shares his memories of pitching in the ISC World Tournament, and the great pitchers, players and teams he competed against from 1987 to 1996.

“Being a pitcher, I loved to watch pitchers ‘bring it.’ Pitchers like Peter Meredith, Brad Underwood, Darren Zack, Paul Magan…” – Jim Wana

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Even now, 18 years after his last appearance in the ISC World Tournament, Jim Wana can feel the adrenaline start to simmer when he thinks back on pitching against some of the greatest teams in the most prestigious men’s fastpich tournament in the world.

“The ISC in my mind was the best tournament in the world,” said Wana, who was once known in fastpitch as Jimmy Seaman. “Back in the days when I played there was any number of teams that could have won the championship.”

And Wana can lay claim to a few championships himself.

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Someone to know: fastpitch legend Nick McCurry

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Originally published Oct. 18, 1998

ASHLAND, Ohio – Nick McCurry will warn you about two things: A conversation with him will center on fastpitch softball and it will be long. He’s right on both counts.

“I’m a die hard fastpitch man,” said the 52-year-old McCurry. “I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, but I’ve spent many long hours in the beer tent talking to fastpitch people.”

McCurry’s soft, easy going Tennessee drawl, belies the fact that he’s an intense, fiery fastpitch player and manager, who, he says “loves to thump his chest” after beating one of the big money teams.

And McCurry proved he’s still one of the game’s great clutch players.

He was selected the Most Valuable Player in the 1998 ASA Masters 40-Over National Tournament after helping Eagle Products of Mishawaka, Ind. win the national title.

McCurry blistered tournament pitching with a .416 average and was 10-for-24.

“Over the many years Nick’s been one of the outstanding players in the state and carried the banner for fastpitch so very effectively,” said Ohio Fastball Travel League Commissioner, Gordon Wise. “He’s literally the heart and soul of fastpitch in Ashland.”

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