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Encyclopedia > Joan Joyce

Joan Joyce (born August 1, 1940, in Waterbury, CT, USA) has been a leader in women's softball for more than 50 years. [1] This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Waterbury is a city located in New Haven County, Connecticut, 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Hartford on the Naugatuck River. ... Softball is a team sport in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ...



Joyce was a player for the Raybestos Brakettes.

Records held (played from 1954–63, 1967–75/19 seasons):

  • Most consecutive all-star team selections (18)
  • Eight-time MVP in the National Tournament
  • Most victories in a season (42) (in 1974)
  • Two no-hit, no-run games in National Tournament (four times)
  • Shutouts in a season (38 in 1974)
  • Most innings pitched in a game (29 in 1968 against Perkasie)
  • Career doubles (153)
  • Doubles in a season (22 in 1968)
  • Career triples (67)
  • Team batting champion (1960, 1962, 1967–69, 1973)

15-Time All-America selection (First Team unless noted):

  • 1958 (Utility) — Second Team
  • 1959 (1B)
  • 1960 (Utility)
  • 1961 MVP (Pitcher)
  • 1962 (Pitcher)
  • 1963 MVP (Pitcher)
  • 1964-1966 (Played for the Orange Lionettes)
  • 1967 (1B)
  • 1968 MVP (Pitcher)
  • 1969 (Pitcher)
  • 1970 (Pitcher)
  • 1971 Co-MVP (Pitcher)
  • 1972 (Pitcher)
  • 1973 MVP (Pitcher)
  • 1974 MVP (Pitcher)
  • 1975 MVP (Pitcher)

During her softball career, Joyce's pitches were sometimes clocked at more than 116 mph. In exhibition games, she struck out Ted Williams in 1962 and Hank Aaron in 1978. [2] Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the... Henry Louis Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ...

Joyce was co-founder (with Billie Jean King, Jim Jorgensen and Dennis Murphy) of the Women’s Professional Softball League in 1976 and the coach and part owner of the Connecticut Falcon Team (which won the Championship all four years of the leagues history). Billie Jean Moffitt King (born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California) is a retired tennis player from the United States. ... Jim Jorgensen (born in 1948 in Racine, Wisconsin) has become one of the more prolific serial entrepreneurs to graduate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. ... National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), formerly the Womens Pro Softball League (WPSL), is the only professional womens softball league in the world. ...

Joyce was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1983. Softball museum located in Oklahoma City, OK. External Links National Softball Hall of Fame ...

She was the coach at Florida Atlantic University: Florida Atlantic University, also commonly referred to as FAU or Florida Atlantic, is a coeducational state university located in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. The university has six additional satellite campuses in Florida; located in the cities of Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Port St. ...

  • 1995 A-Sun runner-up, Coach of the Year
  • 1996 A-Sun runner-up
  • 1997 A-Sun Champions, Coach of the Year
  • 1998 A-Sun Champions
  • 1999 A-Sun Champions, NCAA Tournament, Coach of the Year
  • 2000 A-Sun Champions, NCAA Tournament, Coach of the Year
  • 2001 A-Sun Champions, NCAA Tournament
  • 2002 A-Sun Champions, NCAA Tournament, Coach of the Year
  • 2003 A-Sun Champions, NCAA Tournament
  • 2004 A-Sun Champions, NCAA Tournament
  • 2005 Second place in A-Sun
  • 2006 A-Sun Champions, NCAA Tournament



  • 19-Year Member of LPGA Tour (1977–1995)
  • Best finishes included sixth-place in tournaments in 1981 and 1984
  • Best round was a 66
  • Listed in Guinness Book of World Records for lowest number of putts (17) in a single round (both men and women)

The LPGA is the Ladies Professional Golf Association. ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ...


  • Served as player/coach in the United States Volleyball Association with the Connecticut Clippers
  • Competed in four National Tournaments
  • Named to the All-East Regional team


  • Four-time WBA (Women's Basketball Association) All-American
  • Three-time AAU All-America
  • Set national tournament single game scoring record in 1964 with 67 points
  • Played on U.S. National Team in 1965

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