Duane Josephson

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Duane Josephson
Duane Josephson.jpg
Topps baseball card - 1970 Series, #263
Born: (1942-06-03)June 3, 1942
New Hampton, Iowa
Died: January 30, 1997(1997-01-30) (aged 54)
New Hampton, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 15, 1965, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 2, 1972, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .258
Home runs 23
Runs batted in 164
Career highlights and awards

Duane Charles Josephson (June 3, 1942 – January 30, 1997) was an American catcher who played in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox in parts of eight seasons spanning 1965–1972. Listed at 6' 0", 190 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.

Josephson was born in New Hampton, Iowa, where he attended New Hampton High School.[1]

His most productive season came in 1968, when he posted career-highs in hits (107), doubles (16), triples (six), RBI (45), games (128), and was selected to the All-Star Game.

In an eight-season career, Josephson posted a .258 batting average with 23 home runs and 164 RBI in 470 games played.

In between, Josephson appeared in four Minor League seasons from 1964–1967, and also played winter ball with the Navegantes del Magallanes club of the Venezuelan League during the 1966-67 tournament.[2]

Additionally, he earned the Pacific Coast League MVP Award in 1966, after hitting a slash line of .324/.369/.446 with 237 total bases and 77 RBI in 146 games for the Indianapolis Indians.[2]

Unfortunately, Joseph was forced to retire from baseball at the age of 30 due to pericarditis.[2] He died in 1997 at his homeland of New Hampton, Iowa, at the age of 54.


  1. ^ Hovelson, Jack (July 18, 1969). "Iowan takes rest cure for ailing arm". Des Moines Register. Newspapers.com. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Nowlin, Bill, Society for American Baseball Research Biography project

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