Joe Goddard

Joe is a graduate of Marshall University where he was a catcher for the Thundering Herd baseball team. He was an 8th round draft selection in the 1971 Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres after his junior year of college. In 1972, he was called up to the major leagues twice with the Padres, once in July and again in September.

Goddard’s major highlights include: his MLB debut game (July 31, 1972) at the Houston Astrodome, playing against Hall of Famer Hank Aaron his second day in the majors, and his first major league hit at Dodger Stadium off of Claude Osteen. His manager in 1972 was the famous Duke Snider, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. Of the six years Joe played professional baseball, he was a member of four championship teams in 1971 Northwest League, 1972 Eastern Division- Texas League, 1975 Pacific Coast League, and 1976 Texas League.

In the fall of 1976, Goddard returned to the Mountain State, where he began coaching at Independence High School. He was the Head Baseball Coach for 36 years, retiring after the 2012 season. He coached the first State Championship Baseball team at Independence in 1990. He piloted the Patriots to six state tournament berths while also winning several sectional championships. He was inducted into the Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 induction class.

Personal: Parents Harold “Bluie” and late Thelma Goddard of Sophia, WV. Wife Angela and two children; daughter Dr. Nicole Goddard and Matthew Goddard, who is a medical school student. Both children graduated from Independence High School as their class Valedictorian.

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