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Joanne Weaver

Joanne Weaver

Joanne Weaver

Joanne Weaver

Joanne Weaver

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name:
  • Nickname: Jo
  • Hometown: Metropolis, IL (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: December 19, 1935
  • Died: March 19, 2000

Joanne WeaverHistory

Jo Weaver was a hard hitting centerfielder and won several batting titles while playing. Jo and her sister Betty Foss were two great hitters in the AAGPBL and they were both All-Stars. Jo's other sister was Jean Weaver.   Jo was named "Player of the Year in 1954, with a Batting Average

of.429, Home Runs 29, RBI 87, Runs 109 and a Slugging Average of .763.

An outfielder for the Fort Wayne Daisies, "Joltin' Jo Weaver" is remembered as one of the superstars during the final years of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).  

Raised in downstate Illinois, she was part of a noted athletic family.  After playing in a Chicago men's softball league in her teens, Joanne signed with the Ft. Wayne Daisies in 1951 where she and her sisters Betty and Jean helped the team to four playoff appearances, though a league title eluded them. 

Joanne made the first of her three All-Star appearances and collected the first of three straight league batting crowns in 1952, then in 1954 established league records with a .429 batting average and 29 home runs while capturing Player of the Year honors. Her .359 lifetime batting average is the circuit's best.  

After the AAGPBL folded in 1954, she spent some years with Allington's All-Americans, a barnstorming girls' team made up of other stellar AAGPBL players, and she also played in some men's leagues.  After residing in Ft. Wayne for 30 years, she returned home where she died of Lou Gehrig's Disease, ironically the same affliction which had earlier claimed her sister Betty. Joanne was part of the 1988 recognition of the AAGPBL and its players when Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame. established the Women in Baseball exhibit.  The league's story is told in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own." 

Joanne is buried in St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Author: Bob Hufford for Find A Grave

Contributed By: Helen Nordquist

Copyright: Find A Grave Memorial


LeagueBatting Record

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1951 48 163 23 45 8 2 1 21 6 15 16 .276
1952 84 314 58 108 10 5 3 50 7 23 23 .344
1953 104 410 79 142 18 6 5 76 70 23 26 .346
1954 93 333 109 143 16 4 29 87 79 32 24 .429
1950 1 .000

LeaguePitching Record

Year G IP R ER ERA BB SO HB WP W L PCT
1950 1 -1 - - - - - - - - - -
1951 1 2 - - - - - - - - - -
1952 1 1 - - - - - - - - - -

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