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Joe Lis
First baseman
Born: (1946-08-15)August 15, 1946
Somerville, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: October 17, 2010(2010-10-17) (aged 64)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 5, 1970, for the Philadelphia Phillies
NPB: April 1, 1978, for the Kintetsu Buffaloes
Last appearance
MLB: May 8, 1977, for the Seattle Mariners
NPB: September 17, 1978, for the Kintetsu Buffaloes
MLB statistics
Batting average.233
Home runs32
Runs batted in92
NPB statistics
Batting average.206
Home runs6
Runs batted in30

Joseph Anthony Lis (August 15, 1946 – October 17, 2010), was an American professional baseball first baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (19701972), Minnesota Twins (19731974), Cleveland Indians (19741976), and Seattle Mariners (1977). He also played one season for the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), in 1978. During his playing days, Lis stood 6 feet (1.83 m) tall, weighing 175 pounds (79 kg); he batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Somerville, New Jersey and raised in nearby Manville, he moved with his family to Hillsborough Township as a pre-teen and attended Somerville High School, where he played both basketball and baseball.[2]

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 1964 by the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school, when he was 17.

Lis entered the majors in 1970 with the Philadelphia Phillies, playing for them three years before joining the Minnesota Twins (1973–1974), Cleveland Indians (1974–1976), and Seattle Mariners (1977). He had been traded along with Ken Sanders and Ken Reynolds by the Phillies to the Twins for César Tovar on December 1, 1972.[3] While relegated to playing mainly first base as a big leaguer, he also played left field, right field, third base, and even caught in one game.[1]

A good power hitter in Minor League Baseball (MiLB), Lis swatted at least 33 home runs in three separate MiLB seasons. He batted .306 with 30 homers and an International League-leading 103 runs batted in (RBI) with the Toledo Mud Hens and shared Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors with Rich Dauer and Mickey Klutts in 1976.[4] Nevertheless, Lis never translated his minor league success into a full-time job in the major leagues. His most productive MLB season was 1973, with Minnesota, when he posted career-high numbers in homers (nine), runs batted in (RBI) (25), and games played (103), as a replacement for injured Harmon Killebrew.[1][5]

Lis also played in Nippon Professional Baseball, for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, in 1978. He finished his baseball career with the Triple-A Champion, Evansville Triplets, in the 1979 season.[5]

Following his playing career, Lis coached youth baseball for over 30 years, including in the Newburgh American Legion from 1984 to 2002. In 2003, he became General Manager of the Evansville Wolfepack 18-year-old travel team. Lis also owned and operated the Joe Lis Baseball School since 1991, and worked at James R. Pyle Insurance Agency since 1989.[6]

Lis died from prostate cancer in Evansville, Indiana, at the age of 64, on October 17, 2010.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Joe Lis Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Joe Lis, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed June 4, 2020. "Joe was born to Henry and Anna Lis on August 15, 1946, at Somerset Hospital in Somerville, New Jersey. The Lis family lived in the nearby blue-collar town of Manville, home of the Johns-Manville Corporation, a leading manufacturer of asbestos products.... When Joe turned 11, the family moved to Hillsborough Township, where he played in the local American Legion and Tri-State Leagues.... Hillsborough did not have its own high school, so township students went to Somerville High School."
  3. ^ Durso, Joseph. "A's Send Epstein to Rangers; Scheinblum, Nelson to Reds," The New York Times, Saturday, December 2, 1972. Retrieved April 13, 2020
  4. ^ McGowen, Deane. "People in Sports," The New York Times, Wednesday, October 6, 1976. Retrieved November 23, 2020
  5. ^ a b "Joe Lis Minor, Winter & Japanese Leagues Statistics". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "The Deadball Era – obituary". Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2019.

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