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Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: Over The Hill Gang 50s-80s (IP Logged)
Date: January 14, 2009 11:00PM

The History of fast pitch softball 1950's Thru 1980
The four us have played and watch fast pitch since the
50s. We have read all the emails regarding the best fast pitch
players to play the game. What we decided to do was come up with
our top 25 players of all times. You may differ, and we don't want to
insult anyone,BUT we have been working on this for over a month.
During that time we have talked with different players during our
morning walks at Southern Park Mall.

First all, no disrespect to Slo-Pitch, this just for fast pitch players.
Slo-Pitch started in Youngstown in the 60s. When it first started it
was meant for older players and you could have only three players
under 27yrs old.

Lil Parker was commissioner during the 50s, with Fred Vicarel following.
Bill Sferra became commissioner follow Vicrael and did a great job
creating and building a better league, Bill Sullivan took over
and did a good job while commissioner. Because Slo-Pitch was getting
bigger the League move to Hubbard Harding Park. Marty Kamisky did an
outstanding job creating a great League.

Back in the day there were leagues everywhere. The church league
(minor leagues) had about 24 teams, old Hubbard League had around
10 Teams and the Salem League about 12 teams.

Outstanding teams during the years: SKYWAY TAVERN, COSTELLO PAINTS,
REPUBLIC STEEL LOCAL 1331, HULLS, CHESTER JETS, LINTON FUNERAL HOME,
SONS OF ITALY, VFW (HUBBARD & YOUNGSOWN), L&R SPORTS,DENNYS LIBERTY REST.
GLOVER BAR, GASTOWN, CAVALERS, Salem All-Stars, Riordan Sports

OUTSTANDING MEMORIES FROM THE PAST: 50s thru 80s
Scores and exact times are approximate

The 60s Oakland Field Sunday Night Sons of Italy Vs Chester Jets
John Burkley (the best black pitcher ever) the face of the team
pitches and hits to upset Sons of Italy in front of thousands of fans

The 60s Sports Editor Vindicator Chuck Peraich leads league in hitting

The 60s Joe Kolby back to back League no-hitter for local 1331

Late 60s Tommy Steele 20 Struck Out No-Hitter Against Hubbard VFW
in District Tournament

The 70s Wille Brown hits Home Run Over 365 Foot Fence Oakland Field

The Late 60s Joey Palermo claims Tod Park Fence twice to help Gastown
upset mighty Ohio's Top Rank Orr Park Team

The 60s Sons of Italy going to Florida to played the World Champions
Clearwater Bombers.

The Early 70s Tommy Anness ripping highly regarded Bill Higley (hired gun)
Tommy ripped him for 2 yard shots

Late 60s Howie Marstellar Pitches 2 no-hitters in District Tournament

The 60s Costello Paints and Skyway Tavern go 14 innings with Skyway
winning bottom of 14

THE 60S Chaz Desko and Ron Stoops form the best double play
combination PERIOD

Middle 60s Two of Youngstown best players split up Tabbacino and Neff
part ways. Tabby keep buying players and Neff starts building team with
young new players

The 60s Butch Burkholtz names outstanding league pitcher

The 60s Tod Park Young New Outstanding Black Pitcher Lou Brown
dies of Heart Attack on pitching mound

The 60-70s John Burkley Norn Burkley Bill Corbet are probably
the best pitching staff in the league

The 70s John Chair of Hubbard looks like the best catcher we have seen
in league

70-80s Great tournaments at Harding Park, many out of town teams
great effort of Marty Kaminsky

The 60s Tod Park Murph Santor hitting a shot off of World Class Pitcher Bonnie Jones From Detroit

Late 70s Linton Funeral Team is rated one of the best teams in Ohio

(WE GOT THE BALL ROLLING PLEASE ADD MORE HISTORY)

Writers Note: we hear it all the time the teams back in the
day were better than in 70 & 80s (we dont agree) Players
are better and smarter than the old days. We know we played back
than.

PLEASE EXCUSE ANY MISSPELLED NAMES (Its Been Over 40yrs)
Only players from Youngstown Area (no out of town players)
PLEASE No Disrespect intended to anyone not on this list
This just are opinion.

1. Tony Tabicano
2. Ed Neff
3. Tommy Steele
4. Tommy Aness
5. Curly Petrillena
6. Murph Santor
7. Junie Lubovic
8. Ron Stoops
9. Charlie Harris
10. Jim Ferrera
11. Howie Marstellar
12. John Berkley
13. John "Chair" Cherol
14. Jamie Stanford
15. Ken Merrill
16. J.B. Brown
17. Jim Dellick
18. Chaz Desko
19. Fred Lebo
20. Ben Costanza
21. Marty Kamisky
22. Joey Palermo
23. Bobby Tynal
24. Butch Burkholtz
25. Ben Costanza

PLEASE ad whatever history you can remember, lets make history

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: well (IP Logged)
Date: January 14, 2009 11:40PM

I'm no expert but Ben Costanza must have been pretty good you have him on the list twice. Secondly,do you mean Marty Kanetsky,not Marty Kaminsky.

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: Raider (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 10:16AM

What about Mike Delaquila?

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: Over The Hill Gang 50s-80s (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 11:00AM

Mike Delaguila, would be a great pick, sorry about Ben Contamza Twice, thats what happens when you are 78 years old.

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: Kingpin (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 11:11AM

Although he was not local, the best fastpitch performances in Youngstown over the years were by the "King" (Eddie Feighner) and his Court.

Over his career, Eddie had over 141,000 strikeouts. That is over 135,000 more than Nolan Ryan.

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: just a fan (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 11:15AM

How about Bill Sferra as a player?

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: margaret linton (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 01:30PM

Over The Hill Gang, you are no doubt one of the most knowlegable person who has seen and even possibly done it all when it comes to fast pitch softball in the area, though I do not know your true identity, I can relate to some of your view points. I remember Palermo climbing the fences at Todd Park,(I admired him and thought he was one of the best center fielders in Y-town). However I do have a few highlights I would like to share. 1. Kenny Merrill sarting a triple play against then Chuck & Frans(formrly Lintons) in the cahampionship gamein the 80's. 2. Bob Sinko striking out 20 of 21 hitters in a 4th of july tourney game( I forget against who), but that was a major feat on any level. 3. Fred Lebo arriving on the mound in a clowns funny car(complete with clowns) to start a district game. 4.Jamie Stanfords walk off blast with no warm-up against The Niners team . 5.The Niners team winning 7 league championships in a row during the 80's and early 90's 6. The Niner team winning the State class C tourney and representing our league in the National Tourney in Kingman, Arizona. 7. DeVanzo (Punch) Tate hitting a solo blast to give Linton's a hard fought 1-0 victory over The hitmen in District finals. 8.The very young V.F.W. #2 Team defeating the Lintons Team to advance to the State Finals(80's). 9.Jimmy Moore(Oak Hill Pharmacy) flipping over the center field fence in Harding Park while taking a home run away from Chico Jenkins of Lintons. 10. But ceratainly not last, Fast Pitch softball in the Youngstown & Hubbard leagues period,no disrespect to the slo-pitch leagues and players,but anyone could play softball,but you had to be highly skilled to play fastpitch softball.

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: Over The Hill Gang 50s-80s (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 01:31PM

Bill Sferra was a great catched for Costello Paints. BUT we had three catchers Charlie Harris,
Jim Dellick and John Chair SORRY
Like Bill alot

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: margaret linton (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 01:41PM

Kingpin no disrespect to you or the king, but I heard he put up those great stats against slo-pitch players,and whe he came to Y-town to play against a legit fast pitch allstar team,he didn't fare too well in fact lost to them at Idora Park. What you think bout that Over the hill gang? am i right bout that? Did not see it personally,but heard many stories about it,in fact ,he stopped coming to Youngstown altogether. can anyone verify.

Re: Youngstown History Of Fast Pitch Softball Plus Top 25 Player Of All Time
Posted by: City Fan (IP Logged)
Date: January 15, 2009 03:19PM

Ward Maloney

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