Lew Fonseca

Lew Fonseca
Birthdate 1/21/1899
Death Date 11/26/1989
Debut Year 1921
Year of Induction
Teams Cubs, Indians, Phillies, Reds, White Sox
Positions First Base, Manager, Second Base

Career .316 hitter and 1929 batting champ Lew Fonseca retired from the playing field then spent decades as the first AL Director of Promotions.

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Fonseca spent a lifetime in baseball - more than a half century

Fonseca spent a lifetime in baseball - more than a half century

In this letter dated June 14, 1976, Fonseca reminisces about his life in baseball. “My career has been a full one now in my 56th yr. in Major League Baseball,” he writes. “Having played against Ty Cobb – “Babe” Ruth – Rogers Hornsby – Tris Speaker and countless other great players of the past and working with the fine players
Lew Fonseca was a pioneer who mixed baseball with the emerging technology of film

Lew Fonseca was a pioneer who mixed baseball with the emerging technology of film

Lew Fonseca had solid big league playing career. His finest season came in 1929. As the American League’s batting champ, he hit .369 tallying 209 hits, 301 total bases, & 103 RBI with just 23 strikeouts. However, Fonseca’s greatest contribution to the game came after he left the play
Carl Erskine thanks then-MLB Director of Promotions Fonseca for a film on the '53 World Series.

Carl Erskine thanks then-MLB Director of Promotions Fonseca for a film on the '53 World Series.

Lew Fonseca had a solid Major League playing career. The 1929 batting champion spent a lifetime in baseball. After a dozen big league seasons and more than 1,000 hits, he remained in the game into he’s 80s. The role he held the longest was MLB’s Director of Promotions. It was in this cap
Lew Fonseca played with and against some of the greatest players ever

Lew Fonseca played with and against some of the greatest players ever

Lew Fonseca was a man of many talents. In addition to his athletic career, he was also a professional singer. In baseball he was a coach, manager, hitting coach, and early pioneer of integrating video into the game. When he broke into the big leagues with the Reds in 1921 Fonseca had parallel profes

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