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Joe Page

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Joe Page
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Pitcher
Born: (1917-10-28)October 28, 1917
Cherry Valley, Pennsylvania
Died: April 21, 1980(1980-04-21) (aged 62)
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 19, 1944 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 25, 1954 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–loss record 57–49
Earned run average 3.53
Strikeouts 519
Saves 76
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Career highlights and awards

Joseph Francis Page (October 28, 1917 – April 21, 1980), nicknamed Fireman and The Gay Reliever,[1] was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Page, who was left-handed, played with the New York Yankees from

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Professional career

Page was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in

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In his rookie season (starting 16 games, and relieving in three others), Page was voted to play in the All-Star Game and ended his season with over 100 innings pitched and a 4.56 ERA.[1] The next season, Page suffered a shoulder injury, which led him to start only nine of the twenty games he pitched. That season, Page improved his ERA to 2.82, along with a 6–3 record.

In

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His fourteen relief wins in 1947 was an American League record until Luis Arroyo broke it in

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year. He was fourth in the league in American League MVP voting. In the seventh game of the 1947 World Series he earned the save by inducing Brooklyn Dodgers hitter Eddie Miksis to hit into a series-ending double play.

In

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The following season, Page had a 13–8 record and a 2.59 ERA. He finished first in the American League in saves with 27, again with no fanfare at the time because the save was not a recognized baseball statistic. He gave up 103 hits in 135.3 innings and struck out 99 batters. He was again named to play in the All-Star Game, and finished first in the league in three categories: games finished, games pitched, and saves. Page won the inaugural Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the 1949 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning game three of the Series.[1] He also finished third in the American League MVP voting.

In

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Page finished his eight-year career in the majors with a career record of 57–49, a 3.53 ERA, 76 saves, and 519 strikeouts in 790.0 innings pitched.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Harvey Frommer. A Yankees Century, A Celebration of the First Hundred Years of Baseball's Greatest Team. The Berkley Publishing Group. pp. 200–201. ISBN 0-425-18617-2. 
  2. ^ Newman, Mark (July 22, 2008). "Holtzman helped 'save' baseball". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. 

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Preceded by
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Babe Ruth Award
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Succeeded by
Jerry Coleman