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Johnny’s Used Cars Wins Historic 24-Inning Marathon in 1959 World Tournament

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.

Dick “Hoss” Jacobs belted a two-run home run to secure the win, capitalizing on 22 innings of shutout pitching from Sam Hemphill and two additional scoreless innings by winning pitcher, Tommy Thomas.

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:

Floyd Jarvis
Hal Heyison
Len Ciotta
Ray Truzskowski
Jack Welsh
Dick Jacobs
Don Winegrad
Tarz Witten
Bob Benzing
Sam Hemphill
Joe Lazzara
Frank Taylor
Billy Busch
Hawk O’Brien
Joe Morecraft

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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