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Joseph Benjamin Pignatano

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Joe Pignatano played six years in the majors and appeared in the 1959 World Series.

He became the first big leaguer to hit into a triple play in his final major league at-bat.

Signed in 1948 by the Brooklyn Dodgers, Joe spent many years in the Dodgers minor league organization. Roy Campanella was the Dodgers' regular catcher for all of that time, and Johnny Roseboro was another catcher trying to get to the bigs. Roseboro and Pignatano both made their major league debuts in 1957. Pignatano missed the 1951-1953 seasons due to military service.

Playing for the Fort Worth Cats in 1955, Pignatano was listed as the number 8 batter in the lineup on May 29. In the second inning he went to the plate in the number 7 spot and hit a home run. On appeal by the opposing Shreveport Sports, the hit was nullified and the proper batter, Maury Wills, was called out. Pignatano then batted in the number 8 spot, and hit another homer.

After retiring, Pignatano was a coach for the Washington Senators, (1965-1967), New York Mets (1968-1981), and Atlanta Braves (1982-1985).

Pignatano is the second cousin of Pete Falcone.

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