Joan Joyce

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a its to 0-2 a Lu-ongo. 2-0 defense-man a Long before the women's sports explosion, Florida Atlantic's softball coach was 'one of the greatest athletes in the history of the United States. ' 4 '. r - 1 ... " , V h I J , - . - 4 ' ' 4 1 BOB SHANLarStafl Photographer SUCCESS CARRIES INTO DUGOUT: FAU's Joan Joyce, a member of the National Softball Hall of Fame, is a five-time five-time five-time coach of the year in the Atlantic Sun Conference. 11 Pi " II- II- -SW -SW H ' j2 i QTJ IET ERO Joan Joyce lets her myriad accomplishments speak for themselves. Photo courtesy of National Softball Hall of Fame NEARLY UNTOUCHABLE: Joyce pitched 150 no-hitters no-hitters no-hitters and 33 perfect games, and had a career 0.09 ERA. By JANE MUSGRAVE Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON She struck out Ted Williams and Hank Aaron. She was supposed supposed to face Carl Yastrzemski but he chickened out. "He said, 'No way. I'm not going to be embarrassed by a girl,' " Joan Joyce said of a conversation she had later with the Red Sox great. The women's softball coach at Florida Florida Atlantic University throws out the names nonchalantly, much like she fired fastballs, risers, drops and curves at the baseball legends so many years ago. And why not? While Joyce can walk across campus, shop at Publix or leave her name with the maitre d' at an area restaurant without without a ripple of recognition, some admir ers who have followed her nearly 50-year 50-year 50-year career say she's the greatest female athlete athlete possibly the greatest athlete period period of all time. With legends like Babe Didrickson Zaharias dominating so many history books, that's a pretty breathless claim, especially about a relatively anonymous college softball coach. But Joyce wasn't always so anonymous. The 63-year-old 63-year-old 63-year-old 63-year-old 63-year-old Connecticut native holds national records in softball, basketball basketball and golf. She was one of the top volleyball volleyball players in the nation. When she picked up a bowling ball one day, she ended up winning the state championship. championship. When Sports Illustrated recently listed See JOYCE, 4C

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  1. The Palm Beach Post,
  2. 17 Feb 2004, Tue,
  3. Page 21

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