Joe DeMaestri

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Joe DeMaestri
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Born: (1928-12-09) December 9, 1928 (age 86)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1951 for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1961 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average .236
Home runs 49
Runs batted in 281
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Paul DeMaestri (born December 9, 1928), nicknamed "Froggy," is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox (1951), St. Louis Browns (1952), Philadelphia & Kansas City Athletics (1953–1959) and New York Yankees (1960–1961). He batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg).

In an 11-season career, DeMaestri was a .236 hitter with 49 home runs and 281 RBI in 1121 games played. He made the American League All-Star team in 1957. In the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, DeMaestri took over for regular Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek when Kubek was struck in the throat by a bad-hop ground ball hit by Bill Virdon of the Pittsburgh Pirates. DeMaestri was on the field when, one inning later, Bill Mazeroski hit his famous walk-off homer against Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry.

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