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April 17, 2014

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Top 30 Las Vegas 51s Players:

14. Joe Lansford (1983-84, ‘87)

His 258 career RBIs ranked second in Las Vegas minor league history

Joe Lansford

Joe Lansford

Joe Lansford never reached the heights achieved by his brother, Carney, a mainstay on the powerhouse Oakland A’s teams of the 1980s.

As a member of the Stars, however, he was one of the early standouts.

He played in 140 games as a member of the Stars’ first team in 1983, which is tied for a franchise single-season record. His 258 career RBIs are second all-time behind Chin-Feng Chen’s 298.

Joe Lansford came from a baseball family that not only produced Carney but another brother, Phil, who was the 10th pick overall in the 1978 amateur draft but became the only one of the three siblings not to play in the majors. Joe appeared in 25 games for the Padres in 1982-83, getting six hits in 37 plate appearances

Later, two of his nephews — Josh and Jared, both Carney’s son — would follow the brothers into semiprofessional baseball.

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