2008 Tournament // St. Louis, Missouri

champion2008StLouisIt was my honor to chair the 30th Anniversary International Jewish Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. I could not have done it without my esteemed co-chairs, friends and teammates, Ben Sandmel, Rich Levy, David Cohen and Aaron Unell. Our host committee had a wonderful time organizing, preparing and hosting this event for more than 220 of our friends from around North America. The tournament enjoyed entertaining new teams from Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis and Las Vegas. The Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel did a fine job as our host hotel with their fine service and accommodations. The BMAC Sports Complex was beyond our wildest expectations as the fields, umpiring and conditions were second to none.

Ozzie Smith’s Sports Bar did an outstanding job of hosting our first open-bar Happy Hour. The Train Wreck Saloon provided more cougars than all our young studs could handle in one weekend. The banquet, entertainment and fundraising were certainly outside-the-box and imaginative, while the Hospitality Room was well-stocked and slammin’. Of course the highlight of the weekend was you.

The softball portion of the weekend was awesome as the competition was very strong this year! It took a record with no more than 2 losses in the preliminary rounds to earn a spot in the playoffs. The preliminary rounds on Saturday and Sunday were exciting and the Championship Playoffs on Labor Day morning were outstanding as the play was very strong. The Detroit Motor City Hit Men beat the host St Louis RiverDawgs in a defensive gem 5 to 3 in the finals to earn their fourth tournament championship.

I hope you all had a wonderful experience in our great city. It was a pleasure having you as our guest. On behalf of the entire St. Louis Tournament Committee, we thank you for joining us in St. Louis and we look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis this coming Labor Day for the 31st Anniversary International Jewish Men’s Softball Tournament.

Warmest Regards,

Mark Michelson
2008 St. Louis Tournament Chairman

QUALIFYING ROUND STANDINGS
Team W L T
Toronto Gamblers 5 1 0
Winnipeg Crown Royal 5 1 0
St. Louis RiverDawgs 5 1 0
Chicago Waste Management 4 1 1
Detroit Motor City Hit Men 4 2 0
Las Vegas Explosion 4 2 0
Montreal Royals 4 2 0
Minneapolis AllStars 3 2 1
Montreal Aces 2 3 1
Chicago Mitzvah Boys 2 3 1
Vancouver Reign 2 3 1
Chicago Pig Monsters 2 4 0
Hamilton Hess Village 1 4 1
St. Louis Heat 1 5 0
Cincinnati Reds 1 5 0
Los Angeles Tribe 0 6 0
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF ROUND RESULTS
Team Scr Team Scr
Quarter Finals
Toronto Gamblers 7 Minneapolis AllStars 6
Winnipeg Crown Royal 14 Montreal Royals 1
St. Louis RiverDawgs 17 Las Vegas Explosion 10
Detroit Motor City 5 Chicago Waste Mgt 4
Semi Finals
Detroit Motor City 2 Toronto Gamblers 1
St. Louis RiverDawgs 7 Winnipeg Crown Royal 3
Finals
Detroit Motor City 5 St. Louis RiverDawgs 3
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