Before enlisting, Pinder experienced success as a minor league baseball player. He was a pitcher.
He played for the Butler Indians, which became the Butler Yankees. He pitched for the Sterling Oils. Joe then joined the Sanford Lookouts (a Chicago White Sox Affiliate) which changed its name to the Seminoles. In 1940, Pinder joined the Macon Peaches for a short time before playing for the Fort Pierce Bombers and finally the Greenville Lions.
Pinder played his last professional game on 28
Baseball's Dead of World War II, written by Gary Bedingfield, captures Joe Pinder.
Joe was featured in Dick Thompson's article "Baseball's Greatest Hero: Joe Pinder" found in The Baseball Research Journal #30, published in 2001.