John Robert Savage (December 1, 1921 – July 26, 2013) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns in parts of five seasons spanning 1942–1949. Listed at 6' 2", 180 lb., Savage batted and threw right handed. He was born in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Savage originally signed with the Athletics in 1942, making his major league debut on June 24. Like many other players of the era, his career was interrupted by World War II conflict. He served with the 3rd Infantry Regiment, where received three Purple Heart awards.
Following his discharge, Savage returned to the Athletics in 1946, pitching for them during three seasons before joining the Browns in 1949, his last major league season. He then continued to pitch in the Minor leagues until 1953.
After retiring from baseball, Savage worked for Wilson Sporting Goods before opening his own sporting goods store. He also taught physical education at Gorham High School.
Besides this, he went into politics, serving two terms as Clerk of the Probate Court of Coos County, New Hampshire, retiring in 1986.
Savage died in Berlin, New Hampshire at the age of 91.
By Dean Hanley
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