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The late Joe Pittman was born this day in 1953

Of the four former Friars born on New Year's day, Joe Pittman was the first. The first to be born, that is; Bob Owchinko pitched for the Padres a couple years before Pittman came over from the Astros in 1982, but was born two years after Pittman.

Joe Pittman passed away this past June, just three days before his former teammate Tony Gwynn. Although Pittman played in just 55 games with the Padres, he was present for Gwynn's first major league game. Pittman wasn't in the starting lineup, but he did pinch-hit for Tim Flannery in the seventh inning, flying out to left field.

Pittman spent the entirety of the 1983 season in Las Vegas with the Padres' AAA affiliate; after the season he was sent to San Francisco for Champ Summers. He split 1984 between the Giants and their AAA team in Phoenix, then spent all of his final pro season of 1985 with Detroit's AAA club in Nashville. In his three years in the majors he got into 139 games and went to the plate 312 times, putting together a slash line of .263/ .309/ .302; the latter total was aided by his grand total of zero home runs.

He's pictured above on his 1982 Topps Traded and 1983 Topps cards. His Traded card features some decent airbrushing; it's definitely better than most examples from the era. His 1983 card was his final Topps issue; he never made it onto cardboard as a Giant.