Former Twins 1B Joe Lis passes away

Joe LisOctober 19, 2010 – Joseph Anthony Lis Sr., 64, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Lis was born August 15, 1946, in Somerville, N.J.

Joe Lis signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964 and ended up playing in the major leagues with the Phillies 70-72, the Minnesota Twins in 73-74, and the Cleveland Indians in 74-76 and the Seattle Mariners in 1977. Lis also spent some time in the White Sox and Tigers minor league systems.

Lis played in the minors for all or parts of 12 season’s and put up some decent numbers in 1,337 games, getting 4,492 at bats, and hitting 236 home runs while getting 604 RBI’s to go along with a .277 batting average. Lis was really never able to land a full time starting job in the big leagues. Lis’s best season may have been with the Minnesota Twins in 1973 when he appeared in 103 games, getting 253 at bats and hitting .245 with 9 home runs, 25 RBI’s and 37 runs scored. When his major league career ended after the 1977 season, Joe had played in all or part of 8 big league seasons, appearing in 356 games with 780 at bats and hitting 32 home runs and knocking in 92 RBI’s while hitting for a .233 average.

After retiring from baseball, Lis coached youth baseball for over 30 years and in his spare time he enjoyed golf, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Joe Lis owned and operated the Joe Lis Baseball School since 1991 and also worked in insurance since 1989. The obituary for Joe Lis can be found in the Evansville Courier & Press. You can also find a very nice SABR biography about Joe Lis by clicking here. We at would like to pass on our condolences to the Joe Lis family in their time of sorrow.

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3 Responses to Former Twins 1B Joe Lis passes away

  1. John McGrath says:

    I was thinking of Joe the last few days and I’m only learning of the news of his passing now, sorry to say. I knew that Joe was a “Jersey Boy” who played for a few major league clubs in his time. I recall seeing him in games against the Yankees in the 70s. He struck me as being a solid, reliable player. Rest In Peace, Joe. You did the Garden State proud.

  2. Ashley Lis says:

    I’m one of Joe’s grandchildren, Ashley, and I was looking up some of the teams he’s played on, and came across this, so I wanted to say thank you! Sorry I didn’t see this sooner!

    • jjswol says:

      Ashley, thank you for your note. I am sorry for your loss. I try to make sure that no former Minnesota Twins player is ever forgotten. Feel free to stop by our site any time.

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