Joe Lonnett

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Joseph Paul Lonnett

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Joe Lonnett made his major league debut at 29, in part due to missing 1951-1952 for military service. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1956 to 1959.

His minor league career started in 1947 and went through 1963. Much of it was spent in the International League, where he played eight years.

After his playing career ended, catcher Lonnett was a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1963 to 1965. He next managed the Huron Phillies for two years, then returned to scouting from 1968 to 1970.

Lonnett was a coach was on Chuck Tanner's staff for many years. He was a Chicago White Sox coach from 1971 to 1971. He followed Tanner to the Oakland Athletics in 1976, and then as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates staff from 1977 to 1984. He was the Pirates' roving catching instructor in 1992.

He managed the St. Catharines Blue Jays in the New York-Pennsylvania League in 1987. He died in 2011 after a battle with Alzheimers disease.

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