Joe Becker (baseball)

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Joe Becker
Catcher
Born: (1908-06-25)June 25, 1908
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: January 11, 1998(1998-01-11) (aged 89)
Sunset Hills, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 10, 1936 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1937 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average .241
Home run 1
Runs scored 8
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Edward Becker (June 25, 1908 – January 11, 1998) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played in 40 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1936-1937. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

After serving in the Navy during World War II he managed in the minors for several years, including stints with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs, Jersey City Giants and Charleston Senators.

Between 1955 and 1970, Becker was a pitching coach in the National League for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1955–1964), St. Louis Cardinals (1965–1966) and Chicago Cubs (1967–1970). A member of the relatively small fraternity of former catchers who became celebrated throughout baseball as a pitching coach (which included men such as Ray Berres, Dave Duncan, Rube Walker and Mike Roarke), Becker coached for four NL championship Dodger clubs, including the 1955, 1959 and 1963 world champions.

Joe Becker died at age 89 in Sunset Hills, Missouri.

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Preceded by
Ted Lyons
Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach
1955–1964
Succeeded by
Lefty Phillips
Preceded by
Howie Pollet
St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Billy Muffett
Preceded by
Freddie Fitzsimmons
Chicago Cubs pitching coach
1967–1970
Succeeded by
Mel Wright