QUEEN OF SOFTBALL
Thank you for your article on the Women's World Softball Tournament (The Early Birds Squirmed, Aug. 26). I first saw the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn. in the summer of 1973 when they came up to Agincourt, Ontario. I was so impressed with the Brakettes and the queen of softball, Joan Joyce, that I made plans to attend the 1974 women's fast pitch tournament that was to be held in Orlando, Fla. Just two weeks after they had taken the world title from the Japanese, Joan and her teammates had to do it all again. They were upset in their third game 2-1 by Indianapolis, which knocked Stratford into the loser's bracket. In order to come back for the championship, the Brakettes had to win seven straight games—and they did it. During the last two nights of the tournament Joan pitched 45 innings while shutting out her opponents to capture a record fourth straight national championship. Not only is she a proficient softball pitcher, she is excellent in basketball, golf and bowling. Therefore, I am sending in my nomination now for Joan Joyce as Sportswoman of the Year.
Your SCORECARD item about the turtle trap (Aug. 26) interested me very much. On a recent visit to England I rode on a freeway south of London that had been built right through a badger crossing. Many of the animals were killed in the heavy traffic.
To solve the problem, the English dug a tunnel under the raised roadway and installed a culvert. Now the badgers travel on their age-old path in safety.
Perhaps Mrs. Armacost could lobby for turtle culverts and thus stay the slaughter in New Jersey.
JOHN M. COCHRANE