With just a quick blink you might miss it, or maybe
just mistake it as woods. But this massive now abandoned softball field once
held over 12,000 people. It was known as Raybestos
Memorial Field and hosted the Stratford Brakettes Woman’s Softball team.
The field hosted many notable games including the 1974 ISF Women's World
Championship in which the United States defeated Japan for the gold medal. The
field was owned and operated by Raymark Industries, Inc. a major asbestos
removal company which had a factory adjacent to the field. Everything took a
turn for the worst in the late 1980’s when allegations that Raymark Industries had
been burring asbestos underground outside its factory. The EPA came in and discovered
that the field which opened in 1947 and area surrounding it was highly
contaminated, and like that the factory was shut down and the field shut its
gates in 1987.
The field remains intact today with not many things
at all removed due to the fear of releasing asbestos fibers into the air.
UPDATE AUGUST 2020: Field Reported to be demolished
My name's Mike, I enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and Urban exploration. I started this website in 2012 because I believe in documenting the past for future generations, and to share these interesting places with others..