Jo's close friend wrote a Memorial for Jo. She states that the years she played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League were one of the best things that happened to her in her life.
Jo is remembered by her students from years of teaching. She had a profound effect on many of their lives.
After she retired, she moved out west and took up a rural life raising animals and selling them. She took in all kinds of strays and nurtured them to health. She loved working in her yard, feeding the birds, and growing flowers.
Jo became an avid golfer, joined a country club, and eventually became a champion, winning two annual memorial tournaments and four club championships. She loved watching the old movies and sharing old memories with her many close friends.
Joan Sindelar played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between 1949 and 1953 in the positions of first base and utility outfield. She was born in Chicago IL, and her nickname was Jo Jo. Listed at 5 ft 7 in (1.63 m), 125 lb., she batted and threw right-handed. She is recorded to have said that playing in the league was one of the best things that happened to her in her life.
Joan played for the Chicago Colleens (in 1949 and 1950) and the Kalamazoo Lassies (in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953).
Following her baseball career, Joan taught in schools in Kalamazoo, MI and Phoenix, AZ. She was remembered by her students, having made a "profound impact" on them. She was an active golfer, joined a country club and became a champion. She won two annual memorial tournaments four club championships.
Once she retired from teaching, Joan adopted a rural life in which she raised animals that she sold. She was known to take in a whole array of strays which she nurtured back to health. She really enjoyed working her yard, feeding birds and growing flowers.
When she died at age 71 on April 12, 2003. She was survived by a close friend, three nieces residing in Chicago, and many great nieces and nephews.
Contributed By: Helen Nordquist