Richard Edward Joyce
Born: Nov. 18, 1943 in Portland, ME
Died: Jan. 23, 2007 in Raleigh, N.C.
Debut: 1965 | Pos: P
H: 6'5" | W: 225 | B: L | T: L
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Dick Joyce, who turned down his first shot at the major leagues to attend college, died on Jan. 23, 2007 in Raleigh, N.C. He was 63.
According to published reports, Joyce had been suffering from diabetes and heart problems and had undergone two heart surgeries since October.
He was a star athlete at Cherverus High School in Portland, Maine. Joyce was offered a $100,000 signing bonus to play for the Red Sox after his high school graduation, but he turned it down to attend Holy Cross. He finished his college career with a 20-5 pitching record.
Three years later, he signed with Kansas City Athletics for $40,000. His minor league career included playing with the Birmingham Barons along with Reggie Jackson and Rollie Fingers. Joyce was called up to the major leagues in 1965.
He pitched just 13 innings in the major leagues. On Sept. 19, 1965, he started at Fenway Park against the Red Sox, but lasted just a third of an inning. It was his last appearance in the major leagues. He developed arm problems in 1967 and retired from the game.
Following his career in baseball, he had a long career as an executive with IBM.