The Mets drafted catcher Joe Nolan in the 2nd round of the 1969 amateur draft. He spent four seasons in the Mets minor league system before getting the call as a September call-up in 1972. He made his Major League debut on September 21 as the Mets starting catcher and went 0 for 4. He would appear in three more games for the Mets but failed to get a hit in 10 plate appearances. Nolan returned to the minors in 1973 and spent the next two seasons playing for the Tidewater Tides, the Mets Triple A affiliate.
The Mets finally cut ties with Nolan in 1975 when they traded him to the Atlanta Braves for Leo Foster. After leaving the Mets Nolan would go on to enjoy a ten-year Major League career.
While with the Mets Nolan wore number 35.
Joe Nolan also played for following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 1975, 1977-1980
Cincinnati Reds – 1980,1981
Baltimore Orioles – 1982-1985