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Joan Joyce


Joan Joyce (Softball.  Born, Waterbury, CT, Aug. 1, 1940.)  Thought by many to be the greatest female athlete in U.S. history, Joan Joyce earned her largest fame in softball with the Raybestos Brakettes (Bridgeport, Conn.) as a pitcher and first baseman.  Joyce played for the Brakettes from 1954-73, earning all-America honors 18 straight years.  She helped them win 11 national championships, compiled a 509-33 record as a pitcher with 105 no-hitters, and batted .327 for her career.  Joyce was a three-time all-American in A.A.U. basketball, also playing volleyball and bowling at national levels.  At 35, she turned to golf and played 11 seasons on the L.P.G.A. Tour (1975-85).  Later, she became the softball coach at Florida Atlantic University.

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