Pekin Lettes

History Site of the Oldest Continuous Major Womens FastPitch Team in the World - Since 1930 - Located in Pekin Illinois

Pekin Lettes History / Tournament Records

 Pekin Lettes Record Holders

                            Official Records were kept starting in 1939

Team was Organized in 1930 as the Farrow Chicks

then Became the Caterpillar Diesellettes

Includes Caterpillar Dieselettes - 1933 to 1955

Sunnyland Lettes - 1956 to 1958

Pekin Lettes - 1959 to the Present time

Amateur Softball Association (A.S.A.) Member Since 1933

 All Time Lettes Win-Loss Records

Lettes  ~  Win - Loss Record - 1939 to Present

Caterpillar Dieselettes

1939 - 8 & 4 / 1940 - 25 & 3 / 1941 - 37 & 6 / 1942 - 30 & 19

1943 - 25 & 6 / 1944 - 22 & 11 / 1945 - 16 & 10 / 1946 - 26 & 9

1947 - 34 & 6 / 1948 - 39 & 6 / 1949 - 37 & 9 / 1950 - 39 & 8

1951 - 39 & 10 / 1952 - 36 & 14 / 1953 - 34 & 4 / 1954 - 34 & 5

1955 - 37 & 3 / 1956 - 35 & 4

Sunnyland Lettes

1957 - 30 & 9 / 1958 - 26 & 10 /

Pekin Lettes

Chuck McCord  / 1959 to 1972 (886 & 201)

1959 - 27 & 10 / 1960 - 24 & 9 / 1961 - 27 & 10 / 1962 - 29 & 4

1963 - 30 & 8 / 1964 - 36 & 3 / 1965 - 41 & 4 / 1966 - 36 & 7

1967 - 27 & 8 / 1968 - 35 & 9 / 1969 - 43 & 7 / 1970 - 33 & 10

1971 - 42 & 11 / 1972 - 36 & 13  

Gene Zoss / 1973 (37 & 13)

1973 - 37 & 13

Barb Fuller - 1974 to 1980 (249 & 124)

1974 - 19 & 29 / 1975 - 43 & 18 / 1976 / 1977 / 1978 / 1979 / 1980

Sandy Lambur - 1981 to 1982 ( ___ &  ___ )

1981 ___ & ___  /1982 - 42 & 16

Tom Gilles - 1983 (26 & 29) 

1983 - 26 & 29 

1984 / 1985 / 1986 / 1987 / 1988 / 1989

Charlie Brown - 1990 to 1991 (31 & 23) 

1990 - 54 & 15 / 1991 - 23 & 8

Fred Reader  - 1992 to 2014 (Present) (423 & 437)

1992 - 3 & 1 / 1993 - 18 & 27 / 1994 - 33 & 22 / 1995 - 31 & 21

1996 - 25 & 24 / 1997 - 9 & 20 / 1998 - 25 & 21 / 1999 - 25 & 16

2000 - 28 & 17 / 2001 - 28 & 15 / 2002 - 24 & 12 / 2003 - 22 & 16

2004 - 24 & 17 / 2005 - 11 & 17 / 2006 - 17 & 20 / 2007 - 20 & 19

2008 - 25-12 / 2009 - 19 & 20 / 2010 - 4 & 23  /  2011 - 13 & 18 & 1 Tie

2012 - 4 & 33 & 1 Tie  /  2013 - 5 & 25 & 1 Tie

2014 - 10 & 26  / 2015 - ?? & ?? / 2016 - 17 & 14 / 

2017 - (59th. Season in Pekin - 88th. Consectutive Year)

 2018 - 60th. Season in Pekin - 89th. Consecutive Year  .....


Lettes Won the Illinois State Championship Tourney :

1940 - 42 - 43 - 44 - 45 - 46 - 47 - 48 - 49

1950 - 51 - 52 - 53 - 54 - 55 - 57

1969

1977 - 1978 - 1979 

1991

Lettes Did not Compete in State Tourney in 1953 or from 1958

through 1968 & 1970 through 1973.  They were either Host

City or Defending Champion  for the West Central Regional.

 

 

 

Lettes Won the West-Central Regional Championship Tourney :

1943 - 47 - 48 - 49

1950 - 51 - 52 - 55 - 58 - 59

1960 - 61 - 62 - 63 - 64 - 65 - 66

1970 - 71 - 72

 

 

Nation-Wide Tournaments

1965 - 14th. Annual Houston Texas Invitational Tourney - Champions

1966 - 15th. Annual Houston Texas Invitational Tourney - 2nd. Place

1968 - 5th. Annual Omaha Nebraska Tourney - 2nd. Place

1969 - 6th. Annual Omaha Nebraska Tourney - 4th. Place

1971 - 21st. Annual Houston Texas Invitational Tourney - 2nd. Place

1973 - 10th. Annual Omaha Nebraska Tourney - Champions

 

 

A.S.A.  National Tournament Record

Years Participating in National Tourney :

1940 - 41 - 43 - 47 - 48 - 49

1950 - 51 - 52 - 55 - 59

1960 - 61 - 62 - 64 - 65 - 66

1970 - 71 - 72

Best Finishes in National Tourney :

1959 - 7th. Place at Stratford, Connecticut

1960 - 4th. Place at Stratford, Connecticut

1961 - 4th. Place at Portland, Oregon

1965 - 3rd. Place at Stratford, Connecticut

1966 - 7th. Place at Orlando, Florida

1970 - 5th. Place at Stratford, Connecticut

1971 - 7th. Place at Orlando, Florida

 

 

A.S.A. Womens Fastpitch First Team All Americans

Pekin Lettes Honored Players

Gloria Bonelli - UT - 1950

Marie Wadlow - P - 1950

Carolyn (Hart) Thome - OF - 1950, 1951, 1952 & 1959

Shirley Coney - 2B - 1950 & 1951

Sunne Bea Thomas - OF - 1960

Lorene Ramsey - P - 1960 & 1965

Ann Mullins - C - 1965 & 1970

Kelly Waldrup - DH - 1986

Wendy Smith - OF - 1986

Leanne Bonifas - DP - 1987

Linda Wells - C - 1988

Margie Wright - P - 1988

 

1966 Pekin Lettes Booster Club

Erv Abel (V.P.)

Lloyd Armstrong

Leo Bennett

Mel Burling

Dick Evans 

Paul Hernan (Co-Ordinator of Activities)

Guy Illuzi

Paul King

Devon McClain

Charles McCord ( G.M. Treasure ) 

Jessie Milkereit 

Ron Riek ( V.P. Secretary )

Russ Strauman 

Tom Tull (President) - Lois Westrope

Don Williams (V.P.)

Honorary Members :

Mayor J. Norman Shade - Arthur C. Allyn Jr. - Al Black - Bob Cain

Tom Harris - Paul 'Bat' Lohmann - W. Dean McNaughton

Bud More - Dr. Charles Nelson - Bob Paullin - Martin J. Pearlman

Virgil W. Vogel - Al Weston - Leo Woith

 

 

 

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