December 9, 1928|
San Francisco, California
|Died: August 26, 2016
San Rafael, California
|April 19, 1951, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1961, for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||281|
|Career highlights and awards|
Joseph Paul DeMaestri (December 9, 1928 – August 26, 2016), nicknamed "Froggy", was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox (1951), St. Louis Browns (1952), Philadelphia / Kansas City Athletics (1953–59) and New York Yankees (1960–61). He batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg).
On July 8, 1955, at Briggs Stadium, DeMaestri collected six hits in six at bats in an 11-inning game against the Detroit Tigers. All his hits were singles and he scored two runs, but Detroit won the contest, 11–8.
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. However, DeMaestri was off the field when, one inning later, Bill Mazeroski hit his famous walk-off homer against Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry. Dale Long pinch hit for DeMaestri in the bottom of the eighth.
- "Joseph DeMaestri Obituary". legacy.com. Marin Independent Journal. August 31, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- "Detroit Tigers 11, Kansas City Athletics 8". retrosheet.org. July 8, 1955. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- "Pittsburgh Pirates 10, New York Yankees 9". retrosheet.org. October 13, 1960. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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