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George Henry "Joe" Decker, Jr
Birth: Jun. 16, 1947
Storm Lake
Buena Vista County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 2003
Fraser
Macomb County
Michigan, USA

Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League Baseball as a pitcher for nine seasons (1969 to 1976, 1979) with the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. Signed by scout Ray Perry for the Chicago Cubs on June 26th, 1965, for an $8,500 bonus, he was a 9th round pick out of High School from Petaluma, California. Attending classes at Arizona State on the MLB college plan, he was twice on the Restricted List in 1966 and in 1967. Joe Decker was a hard thrower, but tended to have streaks of wildness, so much so, that in spring training, his teammates would sometimes refused to bat against him. Starting off with the Cubs in 1969, he struggled for consistency for the next four seasons. He was traded by the Cubs with pitcher Bill Hands and Bob Maneely to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for pitcher Dave LaRoche on November 30, 1972). In 1973, his first season with the Twins, he was 10-10 with a 4.17 ERA. The next year proved to be the watershed mark in his career. He was 16-14 with a 3.29 ERA, with 37 games started, tallying 11 complete games and 1 shutout, but would never approached these figures again. After 1974 performance, he explained his success: "I try to tranquilize myself when I pitch. If I'm lethargic, I have better stuff." He started only 10 games in 1975, going 1-3. He was released by the Twins on June 25, 1976, after having compiled a 2-7 record. He then immediately caught on with the Tigers, signing with them on June 28, 1976. Released by Detroit on December 2, 1976 he resigned with the Cubs during spring training of 1977 (March 20, 1977). Released by the Cubs on July 4, 1977 he eventually caught on with the Mexico City Reds of the Mexican League. His contract was sold to the Seattle Mariners on December 21, 1977. This proved to be his final shot in the big leagues, as he pitched to an 0-1 record in only 9 games, starting 2, and pitching only 27.3 innings. After his Big League career was over, he became a pitching coach in the Detroit Tigers Farm System. Over a 9 year career, he accrued a lifetime 36-44 won-loss record in 152 games, of which he started 105, and completing 19 with a 4.17 ERA over 710 innings pitched. (bio by: Frank Russo) 
 
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Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery
Storm Lake
Buena Vista County
Iowa, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 21, 2003
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