Joe Lis

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

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]

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). 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 and was named International League Most Valuable Player (MVP), in 1976, an award he shared with fellow infielders Mickey Klutts and Rich Dauer. 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][2]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Lis died from prostate cancer in Evansville, Indiana, at the age of 64, on October 17, 2010.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Joe Lis Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Joe Lis Minor, Winter & Japanese Leagues Statistics". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Deadball Era – obituary". Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2019.

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