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International Women's Professional Softball Association (1976-80)

IWPSA

The International Women's Professional Softball Association (IWPSA) was founded in 1976 by former LPGA Tour member Janie Blaylock, softball legend Joan Joyce and tennis icon Billie Jean King. The original league featured 10 teams from cities across the nation, including the Connecticut Falcons, Buffalo Bisons, Chicago Ravens, Michigan Travelers and Pennsylvania Liberties in the Eastern Division. The Western Division was made up from the San Diego Sandpipers, San Jose Sunbirds, Santa Ana Lionettes, Southern California Gems and the Phoenix/Arizona Bird. The Bird started out as the Phoenix Bird then changed their name to the Arizona Bird midway through the season. The St. Louis Hummers joined the league in 1977 along with the Bakersfield Aggies. The other two team expansion teams were the Edmonton Snowbirds and the New York Golden Apples. In the IWPSA's first season, each team played a 120 game schedule that featured 60 double headers. Player contracts ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 per year,. The fledgling association survived four seasons before lack of funds, high travel costs and inadequate facilities ultimately led to its demise. The following decade proved to be extremely prosperous for the sport of fastpitch softball in the United States despite the absence of a professional league. I'd like to personally thank Robert Swisko, who did much of the research o fins this information. He sent the stuff to me and ask me to use it as I see fit. People like Robert make it easy to compile information like this.

IWPSA Playoffs/Championships

Year Playoff Champion Runner-up Result
1976 Eastern Divisional Final Connecticut Falcons Chicago Ravens 3-0
1976 Western Divisional Final San Jose Sunbirds Santa Ana Lionettes 3-0
1976 League Championship Connecticut Falcons San Jose Sunbirds 4-0
1977 Round Robin Playoff Santa Ana Lionettes San Jose Sunbirds -
1977 Round Robin Playoff Santa Ana Lionettes St. Louis Hummers -
1977 League Championship Connecticut Falcons Santa Ana Lionettes 3-1
1978 Opening Round Playoff St. Louis Hummers Buffalo Breskis -
1978 League Championship Connecticut Falcons St. Louis Hummers 3-0
1979 Opening Round Playoff Buffalo Bisons San Jose Rainbows 3-2
1979 Semi-Final Playoff St. Louis Hummers Buffalo Bisons 3-1
1979 League Championship Connecticut Falcons St. Louis Hummers  3-1
1980 League disbands

 

IWPSA MVP Award

Year Player, Team (stats)
1976 Joan Joyce, Connecticut   (39-2, 0.13, 494 Ks)
1977 Joan Joyce, Connecticut   (24-4, 1.03)
1978 Joan Joyce, Connecticut   (18-1, 0.54,)
Donna Terry, Connecticut   (15-2, .372 Avg.) *
1979 Joan Joyce, Connecticut   (20-6)
1980 League disbands

Note: * Donna Terry also led the league in Home Runs in 1978


IWPSA Annual Standings

1976  IWPSA    
Eastern Division W–L Pct.
Connecticut Falcons 85-33 0.720
Chicago Ravens 57-63 0.475
Buffalo Breskins 56-64 0.466
Pennsylvania Liberties 46-71 0.393
Michigan Travellers 42-77 0.353
   
Western Division W–L Pct.
San Jose Sunbirds 77-43 0.642
Santa Ana Lionettes 67-53 0.558
San Diego Sandpipers 66-54 0.550
Arizona/Phoenix Bird 62-58 0.517
Southern California Gems 39-81 0.325
1977  IWPSA W–L Pct.
Connecticut Falcons 51-30 0.630
St. Louis Hummers 43-37 0.538
San Jose Sunbirds 45-39 0.536
Santa Ana Lionettes 42-40 0.512
Buffalo Breskis 37-42 0.468
Bakersfield Aggies         26-56 0.317
1978  IWPSA W – L Pct.
Connecticut Falcons 69-19 0.784
St. Louis Hummers 59-38 0.591
Buffalo Breskis 39-48 0.422
San Jose Sunbirds 12-66 0.154
1979  IWPSA    
Eastern Division W–L Pct.
Connecticut Falcons 59-20 0.747
Buffalo Bisons 40-53 0.430
New York Golden Apples 20-36 0.357
   
Western Division W–L Pct.
St. Louis Hummers 61-22 0.735
San Jose Rainbow 28-33 0.459
Edmonton Snowbirds 17-49 0.259

 


Joan Joyce

Joan Joyce's pitching record was 101-15 in her 4 years as a Pro player.

Joan Joyce's Amateur Softball Career
National Softball Hall for Fame in 1983.
Raybestos Brakettes Records Held (as of 1995);
Most consecutive all star team selections (18)
MVP in the National Tournament (8) (tied with one other player)
Most victories in a season (42) (in 1974)
Most no-hit, no-run games in Nationals (2) (in 1958, 1961, 1970, 1973)
Most shut-outs (38) (in 1974)
Longest games (29) innings (in 1968 (1-0) over Perkasie)
Most doubles in a career
Most doubles in a season (22) (in 1968)
Most triples in a career (37)
Highest batting average on team -1960,1962, 1967-69, 1973

All-American Selections
1958 - Utility (2nd team)
1959 - First Base
1960 - Utility
1961 - Pitcher (MVP)
1962 - Pitcher
1963 - Pitcher (MVP)
1964 - First Base
1965 - Pitcher (MVP)
1966 - Pitcher
1967 - Pitcher
1968 - Pitcher (MVP)
1969 - Pitcher
1970 - Pitcher
1971 - Pitcher (Co-MVP), National Batting Champion (.467)
1972 - Pitcher
1973 - Pitcher (MVP)
1974 - Pitcher (MVP)
1975 - Pitcher (MVP)

 

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Women's Pro Fastpitch (1997-98)

WPF

Women's Pro Softball League (1999-2000)

WPSL

 

WPF/WPSL Championships

Year Champion Runner-up Result MVP
1997 Orlando Wahoos Virginia Roadsters 3-1 Debbie Doom, Orlando
1998 Orlando Wahoos Carolina Diamonds 2-0 Alleah Poulson, Orlando
1999 Tampa Bay FireStix Akron Racers  * 2-0 Pat Dufficy, Tampa Bay
2000 Florida Wahoos Ohio Pride 2-0 Steph Klaviter, Florida
2001 League Suspended indefinitely

Note: * Akron Racers beat Virginia Roadsters in semi-final series (2-0)


WPF/WPSL Awards and Honors

Year MVP
1997 Sarah Dawson, Orlando Wahoos
1998 Crystl Bustos, Orlando Wahoos
1999 Kaci Clark, Virginia Roadsters
2000 Patti Benedict, Florida Wahoos
Year Pitcher of the Year
1997 Sarah Dawson, Orlando Wahoos (30-3, 0.91 ERA)
1998 Kaci Clark, Orlando Wahoos (22-12, 1.81 ERA, 210 Ks)
1999 Kaci Clark, Virginia Roadsters (23-8, 1.51 ERA, 168 Ks)
2000 Steph Klaviter, Florida Wahoos (10-2, 0.25 ERA, 68 Ks)
Year Hitter of the Year
1997 Liz Mizera, Orlando Wahoos (.347, 7 HRs)
1998 Crystl Bustos, Orlando Wahoos (.400, 10 HRs, 36 RBIs)
1999 Marty Laudato, Tampa Bay FireStix (.311, 8 HRs, 36 RBIs)
2000 Patti Benedict, Florida Wahoos (.330, 1 HR, 7 RBIs)
Year Defensive Player of the Year
1997 Rashunda Taylor, Orlando Wahoos
1998 Shama Wilson, Georgia Pride
1999 Randi Berg, Georgia Pride
2000 Julie Smith, Ohio Pride
Year Home Run Champion
1997 Sue Lewis-Newton, Orlando Wahoos  7
Liz Mizera, Orlando Wahoos  7
Trisha Reinhardt, Durham Dragons  7
1998 Monica Armendarez, Carolina Diamonds 10
Crystal Boyd, Georgia Pride 10
Crystl Bustos, Orlando Wahoos 10
1999 Monica Armendarez , Carolina Diamonds 12
2000 Jaime Foutch, Ohio Pride  5
Year Coach of the Year
1997 Lu Harris, Orlando Wahoos
1998 Sharron Backus, Orlando Wahoos
1999 Linda Derk, Tampa Bay FireStix
2000 Cindy Bristow, Florida Wahoos

 


WPF/WPSL Annual Standings

1997 W–L Pct. GB
Orlando Wahoos  (xy) 57–12 0.826 -
Virginia Roadsters  (z) 33–37 0.471 24.5
Tampa Bay Firestix 31-39 0.443 26.5
Durham Dragons 30-39 0.435 27
Carlolina Diamonds 29-41 0.414 28.5
Georgie Pride 29-41 0.414 28.5
(x) 1st half champ
(y) 2nd half champ
(z) Finals berth
1998 Total W–L Pct. GB
Orlando Wahoos     (y) 42–24 0.626 -
Georgia Pride 36–30 0.545 6
Carolina Diamonds  (x) 34–31 0.523 7.5
Durham Dragons 31–32 0.492 9.5
Tampa Bay FireStix 27–39 0.409 15
Virginia Roadsters 25–39 0.391 16
(x) 1st half champ
(y) 2nd half champ
1999  W – L Pct. GB
Tampa Bay FireStix (x) 37–29 0.561 -
Virginia Roadsters   (y) 34–32 0.515 3
Akron Racers          (y) 34–32 0.515 3
Georgia Pride 33-33 0.500 4
Carolina Diamonds 32-34 0.485 5
Durham Dragons 28-38 0.424 9
(x) finals berth
(y) semi final berth
2000 W – L Pct. GB
Florida Wahoos    (x) 24– 8 0.750 -
Ohio Pride            (y) 16–16 0.500 8
Akron Racers 15–17 0.469 9
Tampa Bay FireStix 9–23 0.281 13
(x) finals berth-1st
(y) finals berth-2nd

 


WPF/WPSL Career Statistical Leaders  

 

Batting Avg. (min 250 AB)    
Player Avg. Years
Crystl Bustos  0.386 98-99
Patti Benedict 0.317 98-00
Liz Mizera 0.316 97-98
Crystal Boyd 0.308 97-99
Angie Jacobs 0.302 97-98
   
Hits    
Player Hits Years
Priscilla Welch 215 97-00
Crystal Boyd  178 97-99
Venus Taylor 173 97-00
Patti Benedict 171 98-00
Patti Raduenz 165 97-00
   
Home Runs    
Player HRs Years
Monica Armendarez 23 98-00
Marty Laudato 20 97-00
Crystl Bustos 17 98-99
Liz Mizera 16 97-98
Crystal Boyd  13 97-99
   
RBIs    
Player RBIs Years
Marty Laudato 91 97-00
Crystal Boyd  86 97-99
Andrea D'Innocenzo 83 97-00
Patti Raduenz 76 97-00
Liz Mizera 73 97-98
   
Wins    
Player Wins Years
Kaci Clark 53 98-00
Sarah Dawson 49 97, 99-00
Dee Dee Weiman 46 97-00
Carla Brookbank 36 97-00
Karen Jackson 26 97-99
Amy Kyler 26 97-00

 


Related WPF/WPSL/NPF Events

2000
Central Park to Sydney all Star Series
Team USA (11-0)
Tampa Bay Firestix (0-2)
Akron Racers (0-2)
Florida Wahoos (0-2)
Ohio Pride (0-2)
WPSL All Stars (0-3)


2001
WPSL Tour of Fast Pitch Champions
WPSL All-Stars (6-15-1 Record)
Patti Benedict (22-69, .319, 1 HR, 7 RBIs)
Danielle Cox (13-56, .232, 0 HRS, 3 RBIs)
Kellyn Tate (9-39, .231, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs)
Jaime Foutch (13-60, .217, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs)
Amy Kyler (4-5, 2.85 ERA)
Kaci Clark (1-4, 5.73 ERA)
Steph Kleviter (1-6, 7.71 ERA)

WPSL Gold Team (Team USA) (18-6-1 Record)
Lisa Fernandez (18-45, .400, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs; 11-1, 0.31 ERA)
Crystal Bustos (22-58, .397, 4 HRs, 17 RBIs)
Jennifer Brundage (20-60, .333, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs)
Teri Goldberg (25-80, .312, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs)
Michele Smith (11-40, .275, 1 HR, 3 RBIs; 5-2, 1.73 ERA)

Other Teams Record
USA Red (0-1)
USA Blue (1-0)
Tennessee All Stars (0-1)
White Sox All Stars (0-2)
Team Canada (1-1)


2002
NSA World Championship Exhibition
Game 1 - WPSL All-Stars 13, Tennessee All-Stars 1
Game 2 - WPSL All-Stars 7, Tennessee All-Stars 1
Notes: Julie Marshall, WPSL All-Stars was 5-7 with 2 homers, 1 double and a walk in the 2 games


2003
NPF All-Star Tournament Results
NPF All-Stars 2, Northern California All-Stars 1
NPF All-Stars 7, Northern California All-Stars 2
NPF All-Stars 8, Minnesota Majestics 2
ASA National Champs-Stratford Brakettes 5, NPF All-Stars 2
NPF All-Stars 2, Independence Day All-Stars 0
NPF All-Stars 6, Fort Collins Force/TC Diamonds 0
NPF All-Stars 17, Northern Illinois Lightning 0
NPF All-Stars 6, Triple Crown Stars 3
Fort Collins TC Buckaroos 1, NPF All-Stars 0
NPF All-Stars 8, Fort Collins Force/TC Diamonds 0
NPF All-Stars 9, Fort Collins TC Buckaroos 1
NPF All-Stars 2, East Cobb All-Stars 0
NPF All-Stars 1, Arizona Majestic Stars 0
Arizona Majestic Stars 2, NPF All-Stars 1
NPF All-Stars 5, Ohio College Stars 1
NPF All-Stars 13, Stiles League All-Stars 0
Stiles League All-Stars 1, NPF All-Stars 0
NPF All-Stars 4, Connecticut Classics 0
NPF All-Stars 5, Connecticut Classics 1
ASA National Champs-Stratford Brakettes 1, NPF All-Stars 0
ASA National Champs-Stratford Brakettes 2, NPF All-Stars 0
NPF All-Stars 5, Texas College Stars 0
NPF All-Stars 4, Texas College Stars 0

NPF All-Stars Record: (17-6)


National Pro Fastpitch (2004- present)

NPF

 

2004 Standings W-L Pct.
Texas Thunder 41-17 0.707
NY/NJ Juggernaut 39-21 0.650
Akron Racers 39-21 0.650
New England Riptide 25-35 0.417
Arizona Heat 19-14 0.317
California Sunbirds 15-43 0.259

NPF Playoff Results (best of 3)
New York/New Jersey Juggernaut - Akron Racers (2-1)
New England Riptide - Texas Thunder (2-1)

NPF Championship
New York/New Jersey Juggernaut 10, New England Riptide 1
MVP- Amanda Scott, New York/New Jersey Juggernaut

NPF All-Star Games
Game-1 - Team USA 5, NPF East All-Stars 0
Game-2 - Team USA 5, NPF West All-Stars 2

NPF Awards -
Player of the Year - Iyhia McMichael, Akron Racers
Batting Champion - Iyhia McMichael, Akron Racers
Manager of the Year - Wayne Daigle, Texas Thunder
Pitcher of the Year - Christa Williams, Texas Thunder
Defensive Player of the Year - Lindsay Gardner, Texas Thunder

NPF Statistical Leaders:
Batting Leader - Iyhia McMichael, Akron - .331
Home Run Leader - Julie Marshall, California - 6
RBI Leader - Trena Peel, Akron - 27
Pitching Leader - Amanda Scott, NY/NJ - 15-7
Strikeout Leader - Jocelyn Forest, New England - 162
ERA Leader - Christa Williams, Texas - 0.64Other NPF Links:


 

2005 Standings W-L * Pct.
Chicago Bandits 41-7 0.854
Akron Racers 36-10 0.783
Texas Thunder 35-12 0.745
New York Juggernaut 31-14 0.689
Arizona Heat 30-16 0.652
New England Riptide 25-23 0.521

* Games include international competition

NPF Playoff Results
Chicago Bandits 6, New York Juggernaut 3
Akron Racers 1, Texas Thunder 0

NPF Championship
Akron Racers 5, Chicago Bandits 4

NPF All-Star Game
East All-Stars 2, West All-Stars 1
MVP- Iyhia McMichael, East (Akron Racers)

NPF Awards -
Player of the Year - Kristen Zaleski, Texas Thunder
Batting Champion - Kristen Zaleski, Texas Thunder
Co-Managers of the Year - Eugene Lenti and Mickey Dean, Chicago Bandits
Co-Pitchers of the Year - Lauren Bay and Jennie Finch, Chicago Bandits
Offensive Player of the Year - Chrystl Bustos, Akron Racers
Defensive Player of the Year - Lisa Iancin, New England Riptide
NPF Louisville Slugger/Anderson Bat HR Derby Champ - Stacey Nuveman, Arizona Heat

NPF Statistical Leaders:
Batting Leader - Kristen Zaleski, Texas Thunder - .468
Home Run Leader - Crystl Bustos, Akron Racers - 19
RBI Leader - Crystl Bustos, Akron Racers - 57
Pitching Leader - Christa Williams, Texas Thunder (17-5) and Lauren Bay, Chicago Bandits (17-1)
Strikeout Leader - Christa Williams, Texas Thunder - 172
ERA Leader - Christa Williams, Texas - 0.76

 

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