Joseph Benjamin Pignatano (born August 4, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball. He played from 1957-1962.
He played in the 1959 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and ended his playing career with the New York Mets, hitting into a triple play in his final Major League at bat.
After his playing career ended, he was a coach for the Washington Senators (1965-1967), New York Mets (1968-1981) and Atlanta Braves (1982-1985). During his years as bullpen coach with the Mets, Pignatano cultivated a vegetable garden in the bullpen.
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