Hear about Joyce's experience in her own words through the Grand Valley State Oral history project.
Joyce entered the league with a reputation as a softball pitcher and shortstop for the Nash Company team in Kenosha. Along the line, however, she was converted into a catcher, and she became a full-time worker in that department for the Redwings. Joyce eventually landed with Racine and became a force behind the plate and at the plate with her ability to hit the long ball. Joyce continue to work for the Nash Company during the off-season. She had a hobby of collecting clippings from her games and putting them in scrapebooks. Joyce continues to live in Kenosha where she raised her family.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press's newest book for young readers is out and ready for review! Here is our press release: "Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero" (Paperback: $12.95, ISBN: 978-0-87020-486-9) tells the story of a young girl who grew up on a farm in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. As a kid, Joyce cleaned the barn, picked vegetables and helped her father cut down trees. But what she really loved to do was play baseball. She played at recess and with friends whenever she could, and she even joined her aunt's softball team when she was just 12 years old. When Joyce graduated from high school, she went to work at a factory in Kenosha. But then World War II broke out, and chewing-gum tycoon P.K. Wrigley started a women's baseball league to replace men's baseball while players were away fighting the war. Women from all over the country tried out for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Only a few were good enough to make the cut, and Joyce was one of them. For eight years, she traveled around the country playing ball, even winning the league championship in her last season. This new title in the Badger Biographies series for young readers tells the story of a woman who lived her dream of becoming a professional athlete. In a time when women had few opportunities for careers, and next to none in professional sports, Joyce and her teammates proved to the world that women have what it takes.
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