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Joseph Paul Lonnett (born February 7, 1927, at Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA) is a former catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. As a player, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 5'10½" (179 cm) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Lonnett spent most of the first 24 years of his baseball career with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, as a minor league catcher and manager, and major league catcher and scout. He spent all or parts of the 1956-59 seasons with the big-league Phillies as a second-string receiver, appearing in 143 games, and batting .166 with six home runs and 27 runs batted in — never once cracking the .200 level for a season.

He returned to the major leagues as the third-base coach on Chuck Tanner's staff with the Chicago White Sox (1971-75), Oakland Athletics (1976), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1977-84). He was a coach on the Pirates' 1979 world championship team.

External links


  • Marcin, Joe, and Byers, Dick, eds., The Official 1977 Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1977.
  • Thorn, John, and Palmer, Peter, eds., Total Baseball. New York: Warner Books, 1989.


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