National Softball Hall of Fame Member
Year Inducted: 1999
Hometown: Lakewood, CA
Category: Women's Fast Pitch
BioAfter winning the 1975 ASA Womenís Major Fast Pitch National Championship, the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, CT returned only two starters for the 1976 season. Only two starters returned because a womenís pro league had been formed and had taken the teamís ace hurler, Joan Joyce, plus the majority of the team.In January of that year, a story appeared in the Los Angeles TIMES that would eventually solve the pitching woes.The story was about a pitcher named Barbara Reinalda, who was born February 13, 1957. A Raybestos Manhattan salesman sent a copy of the story of back to chairman of the board Bill Simpson, who in turn forwarded it to Brakettes head coach Ralph Raymond. Raymond called Reinalda and although she wasnít home, gave the details to her mother. Raymond called back later and talked to Reinalda, who thought it over for two weeks before telling him she was going to play for the team. The rest, as they say, is history. Raymond unfortunately had a heart attack that year and he didnít get to see Reinalda pitch until the national tournament. In his absence the team was guided by his assistant coaches, John Stratton and Andy Van Etten.Reinaldaís first year with the Brakettes was a memorable one. She not only hurled the team to the national title, but was named the national tourney MVP and led all hitters with a .429 average. Reinalda compiled a 45-6 record in 18 ASA nationals. She is the winningest pitcher in Brakette history (441-31).
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