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Joe DeMaestri : biography

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Joseph Paul DeMaestri (born December 9, 1928), nicknamed "Froggy," is a 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 tall and weighed .

In an 11-season career, DeMaestri was a .236 hitter with 49 home runs and 281 RBI in 1121 games played. He made the American League All-Star team in . 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 in the field when, one inning later, Bill Mazeroski hit his famous walk-off homer against Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry.

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