1963 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1963 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stradford, Connecticut (56-2)
Runner Up – Erv Lind Florists, Portland, Oregon


The championship game went into the 8th inning as Jackie Rice (Portland) and Joan Joyce (Stratford) were engaged in a pitchers dual. In the top of the 8th inning, the Brakettes Micki Stratton hit an inside HR down RF line to give the Brakettes the one run they would need to win as Joyce shut down the Florists in the bottom of the 8th to bring the title back to Stratford. Rice gave up 6 hits and struck out 4 fo Portland and Joyce only gave up one hit (to Marilyn Piper) and struck out 14 in the game.

Canadian legend Marion Fox of Toronto National Torches lost the 2 games she pitched. She got into a serious car crash in December of 1963 and never pitched in another national again.


  • MVP – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (4-0, 3 shutouts, 1 ER, 34 IP, 66 K; including a 1-hit 8-inning 1-0 shutout in final with 14 K)
  • Outstanding Pitcher – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Carol Lee, Whittier Gold Sox (7-16, 3 RBI, 2 Runs) – .438
  • HR Leader – Sis King, Phoenix Ramblers (6-15, .400, 4 RBI, 5 Runs, 3 Doubles) – 2

1963 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Jackie Rice, Erv Lind Florists (4-1, 3 Shutouts, 29 K, 36 IP, only surrendered 2 ER)
P – Maxine Mabel Bennet, Fresno Rockets (3-2, only gave up 1 earned run in 5 games)
C – Laura Malesh, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Harriet Leeke, Whittier Gold Sox
1B – Gloria May, Fresno Rockets
2B – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Jeanne Contel, Fresno Rockets
SS – Carolyn Fitzwater, Erv Lind Florists
OF – Chris “Pettina” Miner, Erv Lind Florists
OF – Kay Williamson, Orange Lionettes
OF – Marlene Piper, Erv Lind Florists (2-1 pitching, 9-23 .391 hitting)
OF – Kathryn “Sis” King, Phoenix Ramblers
UTIL – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes

1963 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Bertha Ragen-Tickey, Raybestos Brakettes (2-0, 20 IP, 33K, 2 shutouts, 1 no hitter)
P – Jan Berkland, Minneapolis Comets
P – Billie Harris, Phoenix Ramblers
C – Dot Wilkinson, Phoenix Ramblers
C – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes
1B – Thelma Keith, Phoenix Ramblers
2B – Gerry Murphy, Fresno Rockets
3B – Bobbi Geldmacher, Houston Blues
SS – Beverly Danaher, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Pat Harrison, Erv Lind Florists
OF – Darlene May, Whittier Gold Sox
OF – Jan Howard, Whittier Gold Sox
OF – Rosemary “Micki” Stratton, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – E. Louise Albrecht, Whittier Gold Sox


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stradford, CT (6-0) (Host)
2. Erv Lind Florists, Portland, OR (6-2) (Northwestern)
3. Whittier Gold Sox, Whittier, CA (3-2) (South Pacific Coast)
4. PBSW Ramblers, Phoenix, AZ (4-2) (Cactus)
5t. Minneapolis Comets, Minneapolis, MN (2-2) (Northern)
5t. Fresno Rockets, Fresno, CA (3-2) (North Pacific Coast)
7t. Houston Blues, Houston, TX (2-2) (Texas)
7t. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (3-2) (Defending Champ)
9t. OHSE Meat Company, Topeka, KS (1-2) (Western)
9t. Buddy’s Pizza, Detroit, MI (2-2) (East Central)
9t. Southeastern Supply Co., Indianapolis, IN (1-2) (West Central)
9t. Spudnut Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
13t. Tennessee Belles, Nashville, TN (1-2) (South Atlantic)
13t. Marauders, Elizabeth, NJ (1-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. National Torches, Toronto, ON (0-2) (East Canada)
13t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (0-2) (Southern)
17t. Cochituate Motors, Cochituate, MA (0-2) (New England)
17t. Oklahoma City Ruf-Nex, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2) (Southwestern)
17t. Vrginia Pollyannas, Richmond, VA (0-2) (Central Atlantic)

NOTES: West Canada-Alberta Champ – Calgary Comets, Alberta did not attend. West Canada-British Columbia Champ – Victoria Vicettes, Victoria, BC did not attend.

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