Mazzola Castle





Elected : USSSA New York Hall Of Fame in 2006
Inducted : 2007, Rochester, NY

Mazzola Castle started playing USSSA slo-pitch in the late 1960 under several different team names. Managed by Joe Nucci, they made it to their first Mens Major World Series as Pace Electronics in 1974, where they went 2-2 and finished in 3rd place in Pinole, California. In 1975, they again reached the World Series that was hosted in Rochester, NY. That year they played under the sponsorship of Mazzola Castle and finished with a 0-2 record. The games were played at Silver Stadium, where Tom Miller of Sol Mintz hit the longest home run ever, clearing the score board in left center. The ball was measured to have gone over 500 feet and in on display at the USSSA National Hall of Fame.

In 1977, Mazzola Castle made it to their third and final World Series at Petersburg, Virginia. They went 4-1 and won the World Series Championship over the heavily favored Snyder's Softball Club. Several members of the team made the All-World team, Dick Rogers, Doug Farrell, Rick Palmieri and Andy Santillo. Jerry Laspanara was named the tournament MVP and Joe Nucci was the winning manager.