1977 Missouri State Tournament

The Missouri State Tournament was held at Sedalia, MO., with the Missouri State Fair as the host. Over 100 entrants took part. Dave Baker, defending champion retained his title having a 8-1 record with a 76.0%. Charles Killgore once again was the runner-up, followed by Lillard Pinion in third place.

In the Junior's Division, the three amigos from St. Joseph once again finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Only this time the title went to Stacy Griggs and Britt Brant finished as runner-up, and for the second year in a row the youngest of the amigos, Stan Griggs finished in 3rd place.

Although the tournament was plagued by various kinds of weather, including heat and thunder storms, the pitchers prevailed and the tournament went on to conclusion.

A bid was presented by the St. Joseph Horseshoe Club to host the 1978 Missouri State Tournament and after 23 years the tournament will be played outside of Sedalia.

Sedalia, Missouri - August, 1977

                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Dave Baker         Wentworth           8     1                   76.0%
 2. Charles Killgore   Plattsburg          7     2                   73.3%
 3. Lillard Pinion     St. Joseph          6     3                   65.3%
 4. Earl Winston       LaMonte             5     4                   65.8%
 5. Elwyn Cooper       Kansas City         5     4                   64.2%
 6. Jerry Wooden       Dawn                4     5                   68.1%
 7. Ray Plute          Warrensburg         4     5                   65.1%
 8. Sam Carter         St. Clair           3     6                   60.4%
 9. Ron Frakes         Springfield         2     7                   64.2%
10. Randy Parton       Edina               1     8                   57.0%
Juniors
                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Stacy Griggs       St. Joseph          7     0                   45.7%
 2. Britt Brant        St. Joseph          6     1                   41.3%
 3. Stan Griggs        St. Joseph          5     2                   37.9%
 4. Gary Swigart       Higginsville        3     4                   22.5%
 5. Robert Daugherty   Higginsville        3     4                   20.4%
 6. Mark Elder         Higginsville        2     5                   13.9%
 7. Mark McCarter      Marshall            2     5                   11.3%
Seniors

CANCELLED BECAUSE OF RAIN

Womens
                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Vicki Winston      LaMonte             4     0                   58.2%
 2. Alma Adey          Licking             2     2                   25.6%
 3. Bonnie Mathews     Unknown             0     4                   14.5%