There was a limited Major program but it was not present in most of the west.
campbell’s had just won his world and bailed on the game.1980 I think.
somewhere in the mid 80s i remember learning about the major list..That list was for the elite power hitters (back then hitting a homerun over a 300 foot fence was valuable and rare).
also being a super elite defensive player put you on the list..rich aliotti was the first great defensive player to be listed in my area..he went on the list after winning the A world with american reality and being the mvp in ‘87.
during the mid 80s-mid 90s Dan Smith was heavy into softball...yet...even with his HUGE financial backing he was not able to build a team for himself in the B, A or AA level
capable of wrecking a program.
in 1991 our Smith team won the AA, Dan sponsored but didn’t build or coach it. He had his own A team with his boys Steven and Dan jr.
after we won worlds Danny Brown added three of our players to the major list and we had to release tthem the next year to stay in AA...we were good for a few years after that but not dominant..Our state director had rightly, through the major list additions, kept us from being a dominant division wrecking team.
A strong, well managed elite and watch list with other roster restrictions (division rankings) works. and it’s not because of the Con ference.
I can sum this pretty easily...every division that has allowed multi state rosters has been either destroyed or never been able to stand alone.
some kind of Regionalized or localized programs and rosters with strong player monitoring is the only way to help the game.