In 1959, the Men’s national tournament visited Clearwater, Florida. Johnny’s Used Cars represented Baltimore and the Central Atlantic Region. The team, managed by Frank Taylor, earned a sixth place finish with a 3-2 record. Along the way, they locked horns with Springfield, Missouri in 24-inning marathon, ultimately winning by a score of 2-0 and eclipsing the previous ASA record for the highest number of innings played in a national championship tournament game.
The program (shown above) was provided by Jack Welsh, who had two of Johnny’s eight hits in the 24-inning game. The signatures on the back cover include some 15 Maryland Fastpitch Hall of Fame members:
Johnny’s finished the season with a 61-13 record. None of their four primary pitchers (Hemphill, Busch, Leviton, and Thomas) had an ERA higher than 0.75.
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