Barbara Maltby

National Champion 1980, 1981
National Doubles Champion 1978, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
National Mixed Doubles Champion 1988
North American Open Champion 1976, 1977

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, Barbara Maltby was taught squash by the redoubtable Norm Brammall at the Cynwyd Club. Maltby was the first American woman to put an emphasis on training and fitness, and her palpable passion for squash helped revolutionize the game. For six straight years she held the number one ranking in the U.S., and after losing in the finals of the nationals five times, she managed to break through with two straight titles in the early 1980’s. An early participant in the nascent women’s professional tour, she represented the U.S. twice in international competitions and won two (softball) North American Opens in Toronto. In doubles Maltby won five titles with Jane Stauffer, Joyce Davenport and Jody Law and the mixed doubles once with Mike Pierce. Seven knee surgeries eventually led to her retirement, but not before Barbara Maltby had ushered in a new era of physically fit, competitive women’s squash.