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Arlie Galbraith

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A member of the colorful and legendary Funk Jewels of Phoenix, he was a place-hitter par excellence who once placed fourth in league batting without ever hitting a fly ball to the outfield. He ranks as one of the greatest boosters Arizona softball ever had, organizing Phoenix’ first league in 1930, using both 12-inch and 16-inch softballs before selecting the 12-inch ball in 1932. He was Arizona’s first state softball commissioner in 1934 and conducted the first state tournament at University Park, won by Funk Jewels, whom he accompanied to the nationals as an outfielder. He competed in three national tournaments with the Jewels. His tireless efforts in the 1930s and ‘40s helped Phoenix achieve lasting fame as the Softball Capital of the World.