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Winter, Joanne (11/24/1924 - 9/22/1996)

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joanne Winter, a pioneer in the All-American Girls Baseball League and the Ladies Professional Golf Association, has died in Phoenix.

Ms. Winter, a resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Sunday night. She was 72.

Born in Chicago, Ms. Winter began her professional career as a pitcher for the Racine (Wis.) Belles of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943.

She later was recognized with her league mates by the Baseball Hall of Fame and served as a consultant for the hit movie ''A League of Their Own.''

As a golfer, Ms. Winter was Arizona's first player on the LPGA Tour. She played on the women's professional circuit from 1963-66.

Ms. Winter later coached the women's golf program at Scottsdale Community College and founded the Arizona Silver Belle Golf Championship that annually attracts the top young amateurs from around the country.

In 1969, Ms. Winter was named the LPGA's Teacher of the Year. In 1995, she received the organization's award for lifetime teaching.

Funeral services for Ms. Winter were scheduled Oct. 1 at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Club Stadium.

Contributed by: Merrie Fidler
Submitted on: 07/04/2013
Copyright: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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