The Fresno Rockets had a long tradition of churning out some of the best softball teams in the country from the 1940s through the 1970s.
The best years came in 1953, '54, and '57 -- when the Rockets were crowned world champions.
Leading those Rocket teams was an outstanding player by the name of Kay Rich, who was born in Los Angeles. Rich played just about every position on the field, except pitcher, and always received a ton of praise from teammates and the media.
Teammate Rose Williamson said Rich was the best softball player she has ever seen while www.asasoftball.com refers to her as "one of the greatest all-around players in softball history."
Rich -- inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 1965 -- had a 21-year career and hit over .400 three times in ASA national championship play. She was slick with the glove as well, posting a .1000 fielding percentage in 1952.
The Rockets held a reunion last weekend in Clovis to celebrate Rich's 90th birthday -- and to share memories from the championship years.