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Joseph "Joe" Page
Birth: Oct. 28, 1917
Cherry Valley (Butler County)
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 1980
Latrobe
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA

Major League Baseball Player. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-hander was the relief ace for the New York Yankees' 1947 and 1949 World Series championship teams. He was a starting pitcher when he made his debut in 1944 with a 5-7 record and a 4.56 earned run average in 16 starts. He improved to 6-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 20 starts in 1945 and had a 9-8 record and 3.57 ERA in 17 starts in 1946. New manager Bucky Harris moved him to the bullpen in 1947, and he responded with a 14-8 record, a 2.48 ERA, 17 saves and 116 strikeouts in 141 innings. In the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, he saved Frank Shea's 5-3 victory in Game 1 and pitched three scoreless innings in a 9-8 loss in Game 3. He was the losing pitcher in Game 6 when he gave up four runs in one inning in an 8-6 setback at Yankee Stadium. But he was back the next day, going five shutout innings and getting the victory as the Yankees won 5-2 for the title. The only Dodgers' hit was a harmless single by Eddie Miksis in the ninth. He slumped to 7-8 with 16 saves in 55 appearances in 1948, but he rebounded under new manager Casey Stengel in 1949 with a 13-8 record, a 2.59 ERA and American League highs with 60 appearances and 27 saves. Needing just one victory in the final two games at Yankee Stadium, the Boston Red Sox took a 4-0 lead, but Page was virtually untouchable for six innings as the Yankees rallied to tie, then win 5-4 on Johnny Lindell's homer. New York took the pennant the next day with a 5-3 victory. Again Page faced the Dodgers in the World Series. He was the winning pitcher in Game 3 when he replaced starter Tommy Byrne with one out in the fourth inning and allowed two runs on solo homers by Luis Olmo and Roy Campanella in the ninth inning in a 4-3 victory. He nailed down the title in Game 5, when he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in a 10-6 triumph. He was third behind Ted Williams and Phil Rizzuto in the Most Valuable Player balloting. But he was never the same again. After going 3-7 in 1950, he was sent to the minor leagues. He appeared in seven games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954 with no decisions. He was chosen to the AL All-Star team in 1944, 1947 and 1948. The only game he got into was in 1947, when he preserved a 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. His lifetime totals were 57-49, a 3.53 ERA and 76 saves.  (bio by: Ron Coons) 
 
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  Mildred M. Brown Page (1928 - 2013)*
 
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Burial:
Greenwood Memorial Park
Lower Burrell
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Ron Coons
Record added: Apr 07, 2006
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Joseph Joe Page
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Joseph Joe Page
Added by: Ron Moody
 
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