September 27, 1859|
|Died: June 17, 1945
|July 4, 1885 for the Baltimore Orioles|
Last MLB appearance
|June 1, 1891 for the St. Louis Browns|
|Runs batted in||149|
Career highlights and awards
Joseph Paul Visner born Joseph Paul Vezina (September 27, 1859 – June 17, 1945 was a 19th-century Major League Baseball outfielder and catcher born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He played from 1885 to 1891, mostly in the American Association. Visner also has the distinction of being one of the few Native Americans to play professionally in the years prior to the arrival of the much more famous Louis Sockalexis.
He didn't appear again until 1889, when he played in 80 games, 53 at catcher for the first place Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The team lost the "World Series" after the season to the New York Giants, six games to three.
After a successful season in Brooklyn, Visner then jumped over to the Players' League and played all of his games as the starting right fielder for the Pittsburgh Burghers. He batted .267, and led the team in runs scored with 110, and hit 22 triples.
After his major league career, he played some minor league baseball, specifically for the Minneapolis Millers of the Western League in 1894. Visner died in Fosston, Minnesota, at the age of 85, and was interred at the Hansville Cemetery, buried under his birth name of Vezina.
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- "1890 Pittsburgh Burghers team". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference