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The Pawtucket Slaterettes – A Rhode Island Tradition of Girls and Women’s Baseball Excellence

On a recent trip to the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club, I photographed two fields and posted the photos on social media.  One of the fields caught the eye of a Facebook member who messaged me “Hey that’s where the Slaterettes play, you should do an article on them.”  I was intrigued and followed up with that poster, who led me to Deb Bettencourt.  Deb is the player agent for the Pawtucket Slatterettes Girls and Womens Baseball League.  I mentioned to Deb that my elementary school teacher was Wilma Briggs, who was a member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and then we started a fantastic dialogue about girls baseball, the legacy of the Slaterettes, and why crying is allowed in baseball.  Here is an excerpt from our conversation.  And following our conversation, there are some links so you can learn more about the Pawtucket Slaterettes Baseball League.