November 8, 1940 |
|April 18, 1964, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 13, 1970, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||53|
Joseph Rudolph Nossek (born November 8, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder, coach and scout. He threw and batted right-handed, and stood 6' (183 cm) tall and weighed 178 pounds (81 kg) as an active player.
Playing and coaching career
A modest eater, Nossek was known as "coffee and juice" to his Minnesota teammates. He served as a back-up outfielder on the pennant-winning Twins team of 1965, hitting .218 in 87 games. He also played some games at third base for the squad. Despite his modest abilities, he started in center field for most of the games of the 1965 World Series over All-Star Jimmie Hall. The Twins lost to Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
During the 1966 season, Nossek's contract was purchased by the Kansas City Athletics and played in 174 games for them over the next two years. In the middle of the 1969 campaign, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bob Johnson. He only played in 10 games for St. Louis, however, and retired after the 1970 season. Overall, Nossek batted .228 with three home runs and 53 runs batted in in 295 games during his six-year major league playing career.
Nossek, noted as a skilled "stealer" of opposing teams' signs from the bench or coaching lines, was a longtime (28-year) coach in major league baseball after his active career ended, serving with the Milwaukee Brewers (1973–75), Twins (1976), Cleveland Indians (1977–81), Kansas City Royals (1982–83) and Chicago White Sox (1984–86; 1990–2003). He then became a scout for the Houston Astros.