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Ty Stofflet


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Patriot Club

Background Information

Employment History

Allentown Patriots


The International Softball Congress


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Ty Stofflet - The Fastest Pitch in the East

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Ty Stofflet - The Fastest Pitch in the East
Ty Stofflet is a man of many talents, not least of which, bowling. He also loves playing guitar, a devotion he carried over from his younger days playing in a band with his brother Larry. I went to the games with my dad who then worked with Ty at Mack Trucks. Calling Ty Stofflet a great softball pitcher is about the equivalent of saying Michael Jordan played basketball. Ty Stofflet is the greatest fastpitch softball pitcher ever to grace the game. But don't take my word for it. Ask anyone who was around at the time who saw the lefty's windmill arm in action; they'll tell you the same. And if they don't, they're lying. So how fast of a pitcher was Stofflet? In 1979, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, the 37-year-old hurler was clocked at 104.7 mph, a feat that remains in the record books as the fastest softball pitch ever thrown. It caught the attention of Sports Illustrated. That same year the magazine featured an 11-page article on Stofflet titled, "This Guy Can Rise It, Drop It and Pop It at 104 MPH." Ty played guitar, Larry played bass; both of them sang. After 13 years of harmonizing with his brother, all the while playing softball, Ty says he was faced with the decision of choosing one or the other. In 1970, he quit the band and joined the Allentown Patriots. "I even thought of quitting pitching and going back to the band," Ty said. "I really love music. I hated quitting the band. We had a really great sound." Larry, a year younger than Ty, is protective of his brother, as well as proud. Himself a lefty pitcher and a first baseman, Larry played for a while on the same Patriots team as Ty. "He used his body like a bullwhip," he said of Ty's pitching style. "The better you move it, the better it cracks." But speed alone won't do it, Ty says. "He was not a windmill pitcher like I am, he was a figure eight pitcher," Ty said. He credits his father for molding him into a formidable left-handed pitcher. Ty pitched a 20 inning no-hitter including a perfect game for 18 2/3 innings. "I hit a guy on the wrist," he recalls. "It looked like he leaned into it, but what are you gonna do? Then, in the bottom of the 20th, Ty drove in the winning run "God that was a great game. He was voted Most Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Player in the tournament. Today, he lives in a rural part of the state where he prefers his privacy. Still, there are people in the area who hear his name and think to ask, "Aren't you Ty Stofflet? I had the pleasure (?) of facing Ty several times from 1979 thru 1982, then I joined with Ty and the Sunners 1983-1986. Also played with Ty on the Pan American Games team in 1979 and 1983. Not only was he awesome in the circle, off the field he is one of the greatest guys I ever met. In the mid-80s, the Sunners toured Canada for a week or so. We played in Winnipeg, then took off on an 8 lor 9 hour bus trip to Saskatoon ..... basically farmland the whole way, with a house or two periodically .... half way there, we stopped to eat at a truck stop. As we walked to our table, a guy comes up .... excuse me, but aren't you Ty Stofflet? And he proceeded to tell Ty that he was a "fastball" fan who had seen him pitch several times. I never faced Ty but I faced some outstanding pitchers in California in the 70's like Rich Balswick, Chuck D'arcy, Guy French, Bill Simoni, Roy Burleson and I could go on and on. And, like I said I've seen and played against great pitchers, but I would honestly say Ty was the best. I believe he was pitching against Atlanta, Ga. And until the 4th inning, he had struck out every batter. No batter had even fouled one off. A batter finally fouled off a rise ball and believe it or not the crowd gave the batter a standing ovation. His team obviously went on to win the tournament with Ty as MVP. Never have I seen any pitcher throw that hard with so much movement of the ball. But what he had that is very seldom mentioned is an awesome change-up. By far I really doubt anyone was ever as good as Ty Stofflet. Yet none of those guys can touch Stofflet, who was indeed the fastest pitcher I ever personally saw. The only hit I ever witnessed off Stofflet was when one batter unintentionally singled to right field...while attempting a bunt! I played against Ty in the '86 men's major Regional tournament in Wheaton Md. We lost the Championship game but I got a hit off him for our only run getting beat 2-1. Never forget the pitch I got my hit , a changeup. Took a picture of Ty and my son Pete ( Mizzou softball pitching coach) when Pete was just 6 years old, great memories of 2 great softball players. Unhittable is the word that best discribes Ty. I will never forget facing Ty for the first time in '81. I stepped in the batter's box knowing he wasn't going to throw it by me. When he unleashed that rise ball it came by me like a comet with a two foot tail on it. After his 3 pitch strike out I came back to the dugout and told my brother that I will not live long enough to hit Ty so I better start to learn how to pitch. No doubt Ty was the best over the long haul worldwide. I had the pleasure of umpiring Ty in Baltimore at the end of his career. It was one of the best games I ever had. He won the game and his inspiration led me to 3 National Tournaments. He was the best pitcher I had the pleasure of working. I remember a guy facing him and this is a true story the first two pitches from Stofflet he never took his bat off his shoulder. He simply walked away to the dugout I heard the umpire say said hey buddy it's only the second strike he turned around and said to the ump he can try to hit the next one cause I never seen the first two pitches. i faces Ty in the mid 80s in PA. I had the opportunity to be with a team that played a double header on a Sat&Sun against The Rising Sun . Out of the four games (Ty pitched) Larry was hurt, we managed one (1) foul tip???? / Ty Stofflet was the Jack Nickalus of fast pitch . Once he took the mound the blue Angles could fly over and his eye was on the batter. In closing ,I must say that any of you fast pitch fans or high scholl coaches need to get a copy of Softball's Lefty Legend- Ty Stofflet I have no doubt that Ty was the greatest ever, BUT I will forever downplay the notion that he or anyone has ever been capable of throwing a softball at over 100 MPH. Having said that Ty was the greatest I ever saw or played against.

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