Joe DeMaestri

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Joe DeMaestri
Joe DeMaestri.jpg
Born: (1928-12-09)December 9, 1928
San Francisco, California
Died: August 26, 2016(2016-08-26) (aged 87)
San Rafael, 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
MLB statistics
Batting average.236
Home runs49
Runs batted in281
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Paul DeMaestri (December 9, 1928 – August 26, 2016),[1] 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).

In an 11-season career, DeMaestri was a .236 hitter with 49 home runs and 281 RBI in 1,121 games played. He made the American League All-Star team in 1957.

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.[2]

Before the 1960 season, Demaestri was traded to the New York Yankees.[3] In the eighth inning of Game 7 of the that year's 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 had pinch hit for DeMaestri in the top of the ninth.[4]

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  1. ^ "Joseph DeMaestri Obituary". Marin Independent Journal. August 31, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Detroit Tigers 11, Kansas City Athletics 8". July 8, 1955. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Maris goes to Yanks; A's get Larsen in 7-man deal
  4. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 10, New York Yankees 9". October 13, 1960. Retrieved September 4, 2016.

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