Contributed by Nick Chichilitti, President Bux-Mont (PA) MSBL, 2004/2020
Mike Vasas started playing competitive baseball at Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown. Mike starred in baseball as well as in football. He later went on to get his degree at Temple. Mike actually played 12 years of fast pitch competitive softball before getting back to hardball.
Mike’s MSBL career started back in 1989 while playing for the Collegeville Braves in the Montgomery County MSBL. The Montgomery County League soon became the Eastern PA MSBL and Mike took over managing the Collegeville Braves in 1992. The Braves went on to win four championships in six years (1995-2000). In 2004, the Braves merged with the Trooper Cubs and with Mike at the helm, again won the Eastern PA championship in the 2005 season.
In 2006, Mike’s Trooper Cubs needed another challenge and switched leagues and became a part of the Bux-Mont MSBL as the Skippack Cubs. Mike’s Cubs teams have consistently been finalist in the Bux-Mont at least six Runner-Ups that I can remember. They went through several name changes over the Bux-Mont years becoming the Collegeville Cubs and in 2020 the West Norristown Cubs. With Mike at the helm in 2011, the Skippack Cubs won their 1st Bux-Mont Championship.
Vasas has been a part of the MSBL Fall Classic (Florida) as far back as his Eastern PA days. He went down with the Montgomery County Yankees and played with them up until 1997, winning two rings and losing two championship games while catching for the Yankees. Since 2015, Mike has been annually running the Bux-Mont Cubs in the Fall Classic. Mike’s 2019 entry in the 2019 Fall Classic 45 Central Division resulted in yet another ring to his collection.
Mike continues to flourish as a Catcher/DH in the Bux-Mont League and in tournament play as well. Vasas has maintained a .350-.400 batting average into his later years which is amazing. He does it all at the sly old age of 62 (63 in July). Over the years, I’d like to think that Mike and I have become very good friends. We often call each other to make sure all is well with each other’s families and just to flat out talk some baseball. Mike is a winner, and not only is an outstanding person, but an even better husband, father, and friend to everyone he comes in contact with on and off the field. Mike is married to Diane and they have a daughter Heather and three grandchildren.
Keep on Truckin’, Mike!!!