softball legend dies at 81 – – What We Know!

Joan Joyce was the longtime head softball coach at Florida Atlantic College (FAU), in addition to a record-setting golfer and basketball participant.

Athletic powerhouse

Joyce excelled in lots of sports activities in a profession that stretched throughout many years. Softball was her first sport and the one most related together with her. She performed as a toddler, then joined the Novice Softball Affiliation in her teenagers, pitching for the Connecticut Brakettes and the Orange Lionettes. In a taking part in profession that lasted greater than 20 years, Joyce set softball data together with highest batting common in a season at .467, most shutouts in a season at 38, and most consecutive all-star choices with 18. In exhibition video games, she struck out baseball legends Ted Williams (1918–2002) and Hank Aaron (1934–2021) shortly after their retirements. Whereas taking part in softball professionally, Joyce additionally joined the USA nationwide girls’s basketball crew. She set a report within the 1964 nationwide event when she scored 67 factors, the best rating by a participant in a single event recreation.

In 1976, shortly after retiring from her taking part in profession, Joyce co-founded the Girls’s Skilled Softball League, happening to educate the Connecticut Falcons. The next 12 months, she joined the Women Skilled Golf Affiliation (LPGA) Tour, setting a tour report in 1982 for lowest variety of putts in a spherical, with 17. Joyce started teaching softball at FAU in 1995, taking the Owls to 11 convention championships. Named Coach of the 12 months plenty of instances, she was nonetheless teaching at FAU on the time of her dying, and she or he had simply logged her one thousandth profession win on March 18, 2022. Joyce additionally coached golf at FAU for a number of years, in addition to bowling professionally and taking part in and training volleyball.

Joyce on putting out Williams

“You realize, I had actually blended feelings about it. I believed, ‘Perhaps I ought to have let him hit a pair — only for the present.’ However I used to be too aggressive. I’ve all the time stated that if my mom put a bat in her arms and got here as much as hit, I’d need to strike her out, too.” —from a 2011 interview for ESPN

Tributes to Joan Joyce

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