Baseball World Mourns Coach Joe Pignatano’s Death at 92
The sad news of New York baseball icon Joe Pignatano’s death was shared on May 23, 2022. According to reports, he passed away on Monday morning in Florida at the age of 92.
Pignatano appeared in 307 games in the Major Leagues during all of six seasons for the Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets.
Joe was a Brooklyn native and also a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City. Pignatano signed with his hometown Dodgers in 1948 and spent seven full seasons in their farm system before three brief auditions with the 1957 big-league team.
The original member of the 1962 Mets was the last living coach from the 1969 Mets. Campanella was paralyzed in a car crash in January 1958, and John Roseboro succeeded him as the Dodgers’ starting catcher.
The player was Roseboro’s backup in 1958 and 1959. He was also the third-string Dodger receiver in 1960. In 1958 Joe hit a career-high 9 home runs and played an important role in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ late-season 1959 pennant drive.
Pignatano singled off Bob Rush in order to keep the inning alive and send Gil Hodges to second. The next hitter, Carl Furillo, known by his nickname The Reading Rifle, delivered the game and pennant-winning run on an infield hit and an error by professional baseball utility player Félix Mantilla.
He then appeared in one inning as a defensive replacement in the 1959 World Series. Joe earned a world championship ring when the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed over the Chicago White Sox in 6 games.
The talented player was a semi-regular for the 1961 Athletics. Joe hit above .240 only once and batted .234 lifetime with 161 hits, 25 doubles, 4 triples, 16 home runs, and 62 runs batted in.
Joseph Benjamin was the only major league player to end his playing career by hitting into a triple play, which he did while playing for the New York Mets in the eighth inning on September 30, 1962.
The news came out the same day that Goalkeeper Marco Cornez’s death news was released. He passed away on May 21, 2022, after battling intense stage IV stomach cancer with spinal metastases.
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Joe Pignatano’s Death Cause Reported as Dementia
The last living coach of the 1969 Miracle Mets Joe Pignatano’s death cause was reported after his death at 92. Reliable sources He sadly died after a battle with dementia.
After his 15-year professional playing career ended in 1964, he served as a coach for the Washington Senators, New York Mets, and Atlanta Brave, working under Gil Hodges from 1965–71 and reaching a second World Series ring with the 1969 “Miracle Mets.”
During his professional years as the Mets’ bullpen coach, Joe cultivated a vegetable garden in the bullpen. He was often out on the field while batting practice engaging with the young Mets fans.
The late coach is also related to two other former Met players, pitchers John Franco and Pete Falcone. The legendary coach is survived by his two children, Frank and Neil, and two grandchildren.
Joe resided in Southwest Florida. The player was married for 66 years to his wife Nancy. The couple had two children, Neil and Frank, and two grandchildren. She passed away on May 14, 2020, at the age of 86.
After the sad news of Joe Pignatano’s death was revealed, his friends and teammates quickly flooded social media with touching messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to Joseph Benjamin.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “#JoePignatano was a longtime friend & neighbor of my family. His wife Nancy & my Mom grew up together. When Joe first married her when he was on the #BrooklynDodgers they lived there. My Dad & he became friends & Piggy was always our hero. Now, all four of them are together again.”
Jay Horwitz said that Another chapter in Mets history came to an end today when Joseph Benjamin Pignatano, the last living coach from the 1969 #Mets, passed away.
“RIP ‘69 Mets bullpen coach Joe Pignatano. Was catching for Brooklyn Dodgers on Sept. 24, 1957, when the last game played at Ebbets Field ended with Pirates’ Dee Fondy grounding out to shortstop Don Zimmer,” Steve Buckley tweeted.
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