Cleveland Stepien's Competitors
The Cleveland Stepien's Competitors was a men's professional softball team from Cleveland, Ohio. The squad played one season (1979) in the American Professional Slow Pitch League (APSPL) and then joined the North American Softball League (NASL) for the 1980 season. Originally, the Stepien's Competitors was known as the Cleveland Jaybirds, but the owners' changed the team's name before the 1979 season. In the APSPL's 1979 season, the Cleveland Stepien's Competitors won thirty-three and lost thirty-one games, finishing third in the league's Central Division. The team lost in the first round of the playoffs. In the NASL's 1980 season, the Competitors won twenty-eight games and lost thirty-one, finishing second in the league's Eastern Division. The Competitors again lost in the first round of the playoffs. At the end of the 1980 season, the NASL and APSPL merged to create the United Professional Softball League, and the Cleveland Stepien's Competitors ceased to exist.