Worcester Hawks: Best of the Best Book

Tuesday, November 29
Best of the Best - Women's Fast Pitch Softball

Worcester Hawks softball head coach Ralph Raymond is being singled out as one of the top 19 softball legends in a new a book entitled "Best of the Best - Women's Fast Pitch Softball." The 250-page book features legends of women's fast pitch softball from the 1970's to present.


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Joining Coach Raymond in this illustrious group are Monica Abbott, Shawn Andaya, Sharron Backus, Cindy Bristow, Mike Candrea, Debbie Doom, Sue Enquist, Lisa Fernandez, Jennie Finch, Judi Garman, Joan Joyce, Stacey Nuveman, Cat Osterman, Dr. Dot Richardson, Carol Spanks, Michele Smith, Natasha Watley and Margie Wright.

Showcasing in-depth interviews and a 16-page photo section that includes more than 25 color and black and white photos, the "Best of the Best - Women's Fast Pitch Softball" is co-written by Bill Plummer and Dr. Steven Clarfield, Ph.D. In defining this group of individuals the authors scoured through individuals who were "difference makers" in the sport of softball. How they excelled in college, how they excelled at the ASA Women's Major Fast Pitch level, how they excelled as a player or coach in the pro women's league, how they excelled as a college coach, and how they excelled as a coach internationally or on the Olympic level were determining factors.

Bill Plummer, co-author of the book who is the former ASA Hall of Fame manager for the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and an ASA National Softball Hall of Famer, said, “Ralph Raymond, through his dedication, time and effort, was selected for the Best of the Best because he has achieved an unparalleled record in coaching fast pitch softball through career of more than 40 years. He has been a credit to not only to his family, but to the sport and the many, many players he coached during his legendary career. At 87 he is still involved in the game and still contributing. He has had a positive effect on the game and the many, many people he has coached in more than four decades. He clearly is an inspiration to people considering a career in coaching."




Pre-orders for the "Best of the Best - Women's Fast Pitch Softball" are being taken now. Individuals can order the book by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below.  The cost of the book is $16.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling.

The "Best of the Best - Women's Fast Pitch Softball" is the second book that Plummer and Clarfield have worked on together. In 2004 Clarfield, a practicing clinical psychologist who pitched at the top level men's fastpitch for more than 25 years, authored "Softball's Lefty Legend: Ty Stofflet" with Plummer contributing Ty's record breaking performance at the 1976 Men's World Fast Pitch Championship.

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