Duke Maas

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Duke Maas
Duke Maas 1957.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1929-01-31)January 31, 1929
Utica, Michigan
Died: December 7, 1976(1976-12-07) (aged 47)
Mt. Clemens, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1955 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
April 23, 1961 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Win–loss record 45-44
Earned run average 4.19
Strikeouts 356
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Duane Fredrick Maas (January 31, 1929 – December 7, 1976) is a former professional baseball player. He was a pitcher over parts of 7 seasons (1955–1961) with the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics and New York Yankees.

Maas was a member of the 1958 World Series champion Yankees. He saw action in one game, relieving Bob Turley during the first inning of Game 2 when the Milwaukee Braves scored seven runs.

After making his big-league debut in 1955 with Detroit and then struggling through an 0-7 season in 1956, Maas put together a 10-win season in '57. In a midseason transaction the following June, he and fellow pitcher Virgil Trucks were traded to the Yankees for outfielder Harry "Suitcase" Simpson and pitcher Bob Grim.

Maas got seven wins for New York in the second half of that pennant-winning season, then went 14-8 for them in 1959. He also pitched two innings of relief for the Yankees in the 1960 World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the American League expansion draft prior to the 1961 season, but never played for them in a regular season game before being traded back to the Yankees, with whom he concluded his career.

For his career, he compiled an 45–44 record with a 4.19 earned run average and 356 strikeouts in 195 appearances.

Maas was born in Utica, Michigan, and later died in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, at the age of 47 from complications due to arthritis.

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