Joseph Vincent Nucci

Elected : USSSA National Hall of Fame: November 1987, Orlando, FL.
Inducted : November 1987, Myrtle Beach, S. C.

Joe, a colorful fighter from Rochester, New York, always found a way to get the most out of his ball club, was inducted into the USSSA National Hall of Fame in the Manager Category.

The highlight of Joe's career came in 1977 when his Mazzola-Castle team pulled a stunning upset to capture the Men's Major World Series Championship. Joe managed one of the first teams to cross the border and compete in the USSSA. He constantly had a team ranked in the top ten and traveled the country to play in NIT's.

His teams are remembered more for guts and pride than overall talent. Joe enjoyed more than 600 victories in big tournaments.

The spirited manager gave umpires and opposing coaches all they wanted and more, but he gained respect as a fierce competitor who knew how to win.