Joyce "Jones" Wolf

Joyce Wolf was born in Ogden, Utah on June 4, 1930. A retired civil servant who worked for the Department of Defense, Wolf graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma in 1949 where she was a competitive swimmer and diver at the school.

Joyce began a distinguished local career in softball when she tried out for the Lincoln Electric team in 1947 while still a student at Stadium High School, from where she would graduate in 1949. Joyce wanted to try out for third base, but the position was already taken by fastpitch star Peggy Moran, so she went to the outfield. That experiment didn't last long, and though Joyce did not make the team, she has always remembered the experience.

Her first real playing experience with Pacific Mutual Fuel, a team coach by Frank Cey, and she considered herself lucky at age 18 to join a team of young women who "lived and breathed softball." Joyce, who played second base, played with PMF from 1948-51, with Cey and then with Bill Stavig serving as the head coach.

During this time, the Fuelerettes provided some of the top individual and team talent in the local league. The 1949 Fuelerettes placed third in the state tournament played at Sunnyside. In 1950 she participated with many of those same players on the Tacoma Orphans squad, and a year later she was back with the Fuelerettes, who won 15 games while losing just one to capture the Pierce County Women�s Softball title.

After a two-year stint in the Army, Joyce returned to Tacoma and played locally for PVT Rustlers and Hustlers, and for three seasons with Hollywood Boat & Motor, a team that featured talented young pitcher Louise Mazzuca. Jones had a great experience playing for HB&M, which competed in a high-level travel league with teams from such places at Vancouver, B.C., Portland, Utah, California and Arizona. Throughout her playing career, Joyce was a singles hitter who, once on the base paths, was not afraid to slide or take chances.

Following her fastpitch career, Joyce became a successful player and coach in slowpitch softball, first with The Gage (1966) and then with Spud's Pizza Pete (1967-71). When that team disbanded, she formed B&E Tavern, Creekwater Dispensary, and BJ's All Stars, which she coached from 1972-82. In all, her teams qualified for four regional tournaments and played in three national tournaments.

During one three-year period, Joyce coached teams to a combined record of 151-19 and won 19 of the 22 tournaments in which they played and were considered "THE" team to beat throughout Washington and Oregon. Her 1972 team lost in the regional finals and the '73 squad was 66-5 and finished third at regionals. Finally in 1974, Creekwater Dispensary broke through to the national tournament, finishing in 17th place.

While she made her mark on the softball field for over 35 years, Joyce also coached competitive women's basketball teams and was a nationally rated basketball referee, working both recreation leagues and well as UPS and PLU collegiate games as well.

After retiring from the Civil Service in 1985, Joyce took up golf and won two tournaments within the first three years of learning the sport. She also discovered traveling and camping, but has great memories of � and friendships from � the many years of her life that were dedicated to softball and sports of all kinds.