Born: October 19, 1930|
Died: September 27, 2006 (aged 75)|
|August 9, 1958 for the Milwaukee Braves|
Last MLB appearance
|September 10, 1965 for the California Angels|
|Runs batted in||141|
Career highlights and awards
Joseph Koppe (October 19, 1930 – September 27, 2006), born Joseph Kopchia in Detroit, Michigan, was an American Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Los Angeles Angels.
Koppe made his major league debut on August 9, 1958, for the Braves. He appeared in 16 games for Milwaukee in the later part of the season, but did not make an appearance when the Braves won the National League pennant and went to the World Series. Just prior to the
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Koppe came into his own in Philadelphia. He played in 126 games (113 at shortstop) in his true rookie season. He put up a respectable offensive season, hitting .261 with 18 doubles, 7 home runs, and 7 triples and scoring 68 runs. His 7 triples placed 8th in the National League.
He injured his wrist in
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As an Angel, Joe made a serious effort to return to the performance level of his rookie season. Unfortunately, he never saw more than 375 at-bats in any season for the Angels and finished his career with the team a .236 hitter. Koppe was primarily a middle infielder, however, and was always able to contribute defensively.
Joe Koppe died on September 27, 2006, in Detroit, Michigan, after a seven-year bout with cancer.