Alberta Brake & Clutch (ABC), the “Softball Ambassadors of Good Will,” provided world class fastball entertainment to fans locally, nationally and internationally for more than ten years. They were formed in 1975 and played in the Calgary Major Men’s League at Renfrew Park (now known as Ed Corbett Field). The team made their first appearance at Senior Men’s Nationals in 1979.
When the Alberta Major Men’s League was formed in 1980, ABC won the pennant three years in a row. Then when the Western Major Men’s Fastball League formed in 1984, ABC again won three consecutive pennants. From 1984 to 1986, ABC represented the WMFL at the ISC ‘World” tournament finishing in 4 th, 3 rd and 11 th respectfully in a field of 48 teams. The 3 rd place finish in 1985 was the highest placing by a Canadian Fastball team in the ISC tournament at the time. In 1985, 1986, and 1988* (under the name Otto Mobiles) ABC won both the Senior Men’s Provincial Championships and Senior Men’s Canadian National Championships.
Over the years, numerous members of ABC went to star on Team Canada at the Pan American Games and World Softball Championships. Alberta Brake & Clutch was one of the greatest men’s fast pitch softball organizations ever to come out of Alberta, both in profile and performance.