Joseph Paul DeMaestri (born December 9, 1928), nicknamed "Froggy," is an American 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 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg).
In an 11-season career, DeMaestri was a .236 hitter with 49 home runs and 281 RBI in 1,121 games played. He made the American League All-Star team in 1957.
On July 8, 1955, at Briggs Stadium, DeMaestri collected six hits in six at bats in an 11-inning game against the Detroit Tigers. All his hits were singles and he scored two runs, but Detroit won the contest, 11–8.
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 on the field when, one inning later, Bill Mazeroski hit his famous walk-off homer against Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry.
- ^ 1955-7-8 box score from Retrosheet
By Dean Hanley
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