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In Stratford, nobody beats the Raybestos Brakettes
Curry Kirkpatrick
September 11, 1967
They dominate women's softball, and neither rain nor all the other 18 teams in the tournament could prevent the champions from winning
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September 11, 1967

In Stratford, Nobody Beats The Raybestos Brakettes

They dominate women's softball, and neither rain nor all the other 18 teams in the tournament could prevent the champions from winning

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A virtual oasis of pulchritude in a field that included the Webb Cats of Yakima, Wash., who drive trucks for old man Webb's logging company, was the foreign entry, the girls from The Netherlands. Toto, who is not accustomed to such splendor on a softball diamond but who still has the good eye at 59, kept saying where are the Dutch girls and you should see the Dutch girls because they are really something and you will breathe a lot and you will remember those Dutch girls. The memory of their pitcher, Inike van der Veldt, will last the longest. Inike has terrific blue eyes and yellow hair that sweeps over her face down to here, and most of the Stratford people were certain they were seeing the Noxema girl who says, "Take it all off."

But, alas, Inike and The Netherlands were eliminated early and, like everybody else, had to be content with siting back and watching the Brakettes roll through the tournament undefeated without even allowing a run. Rain postponed the final game but only prolonged the challengers' appointed fates. When the rain stopped Joanie Joyce blew down the Redwood City ( Calif.) Jets 6-0—she and Donna Lopiano hit home runs for good measure—and Raybestos had another title. Bert retired and Inike, sigh, flew home to The Netherlands. "Cheer up," said Toto, "have some cantaloupe."

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