One of the best softball players of all time and an excellent reporter who covers one of New York's Major League Baseball teams for a legendary New York City Newspaper are making appearances in Waterbury over the next week or so to meet their fans and sign some books.

First up, this coming Thursday, June 17, 2021, New York Post reporter Mike Puma, who has been the best reporter for the New York Mets since 2010, is coming to the Barnes & Noble in Waterbury.

Puma will be hosting a meet & greet and signing copies of a new book he co-wrote with actor Hank Azaria and NY Mets legend Keith Hernandez "If These Walls Could Talk: New York Mets: Stories From The New York Mets Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box" at the store which is located at 235 Union Street in the Brass Mill Commons. The event will be happening at 6 PM.


One of Waterbury's, if not Connecticut's best athletes is coming back to her hometown the following Thursday, June 24 for another meet & greet and book signing. Joan Joyce, who's name I've heard countless times over the course of my 52 years, is going to be signing copies of Tony Renzoni's book: Connecticut Softball Legend Joan Joyce, at the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury from 3-4PM.

God bless the 80-year Joyce, she's making the trip back North to her hometown from her current place in Florida where she is the head coach for Florida Atlantic University's softball team.

An all-around athlete, Joyce excelled at numerous sports including Volleyball, Basketball and Golf, but she is best-know for her pitching in Softball. Joyce pitched over 150 no-hitters and 50 perfect games. The accomplishments that have achieved legendary status over the years though, are Joyce having struck out two of baseball's greats: Joyce struck out the greatest hitter that ever lived, the Splendid Splinter himself, Ted Williams, at Waterbury's Municipal Stadium in 1961, and incredibly, struck out Hammerin' Hank Aaron in 1978.

Joyce was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1983.

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