The Super 10 Wiffle® Ball Teams of All-Time
In celebration of the Championship’s Silver Anniversary in 2004, ten teams were named the greatest in World Wiffle® Ball Championship history. (This list is now updated annually.)
1. Blue Ribbon Builders, 1989-2010
After routinely going to the final eight in the early ‘90s, Hall-of-Famers and Granger, Indiana wifflers Kerry and Terry Snyder, in 1995, completed the most stunning acquisition in tournament history, signing the two best young players in the game, Jason Zolman (Co-Player of the ‘90s) and Ben Downey. Seven titles later, Hall-of-Famers Downey, Zolman and Nathan Barcus continued to win without the retired Snyders, through 2010.
2. Cult West Warriors, 2000-present
The five-time World Champions have been around in one form or another since 1987’s Westsiders went to the final game. Fast, powerful and talented, Cult West has dominated arguably the best competition in the 42-year history of the World Wiffle® Ball Championship. Outfielder, Scott Soos (Co-Player of the ’10s) and pitcher Jay Ryans are in the Hall-of-Fame.
3. Dud’s Gang, 1987-94
The gold standard of Wiffle® Ball in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, this team featured the most deadly group of home run hitters in the tournament’s history. They won five consecutive titles from 1987-91, then avenged their ‘92 loss to win a then-record sixth championship in 1993. Outfielders Dave and Dan Reed, pitcher Scott Shroyer, and catcher Glen Duddleson, are all in the Hall-of-Fame. Dave Reed was named Co-Player of the ‘90s.
4. Funky Plastic Offspring, 2004-present
Led by the Schuster brothers (including co-2010s Player of the Decade, Randy Schuster) and HOFer Joel Cyrier, this team of super-athletes won World Championships in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014. FPO has been the model of consistency over two decades with a record nine championship game appearances.
5. Club Ripped, 1999-present
The “kids” from Munster, IN have been around in some form since 1992. Dubbed the “team of the next millennium” in the 1990s by HOFer Scott Ermeti, they won four titles over a span of a decade (2004, 2006, 2009, 2012). Nate Hansen (Player of the ’00s), Mike Baniak and John Premetz all are in the Hall of Fame.
6. The Sure Things, 1987-2020
This Indiana/Kentucky/Georgia team never seemed to stop contending. While other dynasties came and went, these guys won three titles over two decades (1992, 1998 and 2001), interrupting the reigns of both Dud’s Gang and the legendary Blue Ribbon Builders. Pitcher/longballer Skip Wright was the team’s backbone, Mike Weber the consistent star and captain Ken Humphrey, the glue. All are in the Hall-of-Fame.
7. Balco Boys, 2007-present
The 2008 and 2010 world champs also won the national championship in 2009 and 2010. Loaded with home run hitters and defensive stoppers, including Hall-of-Famers Joe Stratton and Eric Wodrich, and the greatest defensive catcher in the game, Dan Zeiger, Balco continues to reach Final Fours over a decade after their first title.
8. Blue Ribbon Babys, 1982-84
Three years – three championships. The 1983 champs may have been the most explosive offensive team in tournament history. Bashing 93 homers in 7 games, this Bloomington, Indiana team featured four Hall-of-Famers: Jim Wiesjahn, Player of the ‘80s Dave Steinhilber and tournament founders Larry Grau and Jim Bottorff (who also won a title in 1980 with “College Park”).
9. Homeboys, 1981-2011
The tournament’s flagship team, they won world championships in 1981 and 1986. Led by the ageless barefoot aerialist outfielder Scott Ermeti, stopper and all-time mythical homerun champion “Gator” Waumans, and the slap-hitting Mad Belgian, Perry Baert, these Mishawaka originals retired in their late 40s after playing for 30 years. All three are in the hall-of-fame.
10. New Carlisle Newts, 2015-Present
The flagship team of ORWBL, out of New Carlisle, Indiana, has won two World Championships, and reached seven Final Fours in their eight appearances. Led by one of the greatest power hitters in wiffle history, Garrett Curless, and flawless roster construction by captain, Koby Keck, the Newts have the goods to continue rising up this list.