Joe Berry (pitcher)
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December 16, 1904|
|Died: September 27, 1958
|September 6, 1942, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 21, 1946, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||2.45|
Jonas Arthur Berry (December 16, 1904 – September 27, 1958) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. The 5 ft 10 1⁄2 in (1.79 m), 145 lb (66 kg) right-hander played for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics, and Cleveland Indians.
Berry spent 18 seasons in the minor leagues before World War II gave him a chance to pitch regularly in the big leagues. He pitched in two games for the Cubs in 1942, and then made an impact with the Philadelphia A's two years later. The 39-year-old rookie won 10 games in relief and saved 12 more, tying for the league lead in that category. He also led the league with 47 games finished, and his earned run average was 1.94.
In 1945, at age 40, Berry led the league in games pitched (52) and games finished (40), and had another great ERA (2.35).
On July 1, 1946 he was purchased from the A's by the Cleveland Indians and continued to be effective, but not as good as he had been the previous two years. He was also 41 then, the fourth oldest player to appear in an American League game that season. In 50 1⁄3 innings he was 3–7 with a 3.22 ERA.
Berry died in an automobile accident in Anaheim, California.
- James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2004). The Neyer/James guide to pitchers : an historical compendium of pitching, pitchers, and pitches. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 133. ISBN 0-7432-6158-5. Retrieved 9 October 2012.