Joe Pittman

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Joe Pittman
Born: (1954-01-01)January 1, 1954
Houston, Texas
Died: June 13, 2014(2014-06-13) (aged 60)
Freeport, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 1981, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 1984, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average .263
On-base percentage .309
Slugging average .302
Games played 139

Joseph Wayne Pittman (January 1, 1954 – June 13, 2014) was a backup infielder/outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants in part of three seasons spanning 1981–1984. Listed at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m), 180 pounds (82 kg), Pittman batted and threw right handed. He was dubbed 'Shoes'.[1]

Born in Houston, Texas, Pittman was selected by the Astros in the 5th round of the 1975 MLB Draft[1] out of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He debuted professionally for their Double-A Columbus Astros club late in the year.

In between, he played winter baseball with the Cardenales de Lara and Navegantes de Magallanes clubs of the Venezuelan League.[2] He then won the Senior Professional Baseball Association championship with the St. Petersburg Pelicans in its 1989 inaugural season.[3]

Following his playing retirement, Pittman coached in the minors[4] and also served as an scout for the Astros organization.[1]

On June 12, 2014, Pittman was working a construction job in Freeport, Texas, when he suddenly collapsed. Immediate attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.[citation needed][original research?]


  1. ^ a b c "Astros statement on the passing of Joe Pittman". Houston Astros. June 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pura Pelota – Venezuelan League statistics
  3. ^ The Trading Card Database
  4. ^ "Joseph Wayne Pittman: Obituary". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. June 19, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 

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