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Joe DeMaestri

Joe DeMaestri
Shortstop
Born: (1928-12-09) December 9, 1928
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
MLB statistics
Batting average .236
Home runs 49
Runs batted in 281
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Paul DeMaestri (born December 9, 1928), nicknamed "Froggy," is an American 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 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.[1]

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.

See also

References

  1. ^ 1955-7-8 box score from Retrosheet

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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