"Joanie" was one of the original players in the league in 1943 and one of the most popular Belles' players. She was also one of seven pitchers with 100 or more wins in AAGPBL history, ranking in third place with 133 victories behind Helen Nicol (163) and Jean Faut (140). As the seasons passed she became more of a strikeout pitcher, usually with an ERA in the mid 2.50 to 3.00 range. An all-around athlete, she competed in many sports: basketball, swimming, volleyball, soccer, track, handball, tennis, and golf.
Following her baseball career, Winter played tennis and golf in Arizona. She won the Arizona State Women's Golf champiionship four times, and joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1962, competing in 25 tournaments. Her LPGA career ended in 1965 due to a back injury caused by an auto accident.
One of 14 original Master Professionals in the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, Winter found her niche as a master teacher of golf for 30 years. Founder of the Arizona Silver Belle Championship Golf Tournament, she also coached women's golf at Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University.
Winter's golf honors included LPGA Teacher of the Year in 1969 and the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 1995. This award, named after one of the best known female teachers in American golf history, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated by their teaching skill the same spirit, love, and dedication possessed by Griffin.
Besides this, Winter was inducted into the National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
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 in the mid-1940s.
She later was inducted into 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. Last year, 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.
Author: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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