1956 RAYBESTOS BRAKETTES

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L-R, top row- Joyce Keatley, Ann Gregorini, Marie "Jo-Jo" Ottaviano, Brenda Reilly, Kathy Ries, Joan Wallace, Joan Kammeyer, Mary Hartman, Bertha Ragan, Micki Macchietto
bottom row- Joan Joyce, Edna Fraser, Ann DeLuca, Madeline Hartman, Mary Jane Hagan, Bev Mulonet

L-R, top row- Joan Joyce, Joan Kammeyer, Manager Bernie Kaplan, Madeline Hartman, Mary Hartman, Kathy Ries
middle row- Marie “Jo-Jo” Ottaviano, Mary Jane Hagan, Micki Macchietto, Joan Wallace, Brenda Reilly, Marie Heady
bottom row- Bev Mulonet, Edna Fraser, Bertha Ragan, Ann Gregorini, Ann DeLuca


Bertha Ragan, the nation's No. 1 pitcher, came east to join the Brakettes in 1956. Ragan's addition and the emergence of a 16-year-old phenom from Waterbury, CT, named Joan Joyce, is the foundation for an era in Brakettes' history.

In a 38-5 season, the Brakettes won the National Girl's Softball League title and their seventh New England Regional crown to earn a berth in the World Tournament in Clearwater, FL. Ragan pitched all six games as the Brakettes finished fourth.

Ragan pitched every inning and captured the tournament's Most Valuable Player award and was chosen an All-America. The Brakettes beat Fort Worth, TX, 2-0 and then lost to Kansas City, KS, 3-2. The next four games all went extra innings. Raybestos won three straight nine-inning thrillers, beating New Orleans, LA, 3-2; defeating Lancaster, PA, 4-3; and Portland, 4-3. The Buena Park, CA, Lynx then ousted the Brakettes 1-0 in a 17-inning marathon.

Catcher Micki Macchietto received honorable mention all-star acclaim. Joyce finished the season with a 4-1 overall record.