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Joseph Valentine Stripp
(Jersey Joe)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 175 lb.

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Third baseman Jersey Joe Stripp hit .294 during eleven seasons in the National League during a lively ball era. He started with four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, then spent six years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and ended up with the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Braves in his last season. In his best year with the bat he hit .324 in 1931, good for tenth in the National League.

In the 1934 July issue of Baseball Magazine in an article that editor F. C. Lane wrote, Joe Stripp recalled the worst injury he had suffered up to that point of his career. He said, "The worst injury I ever had... was when I cracked a knee. That was during the season of 1930 when I was with Cincinnati. Leo Durocher, who was always up to something, put a wet sponge on my seat. I sat down on the sponge and then reached for the water bucket and poured it on Durocher's head. Durocher promptly filled up the bucket and chased me up the inclined way that leads from the player's bench at Cincinnati. This inclined way was concrete and it was slippery. I skidded at the top and went headlong in to the wall. I might have cracked my skull, but it was only my knee. It was plenty sore, however, and bothered me for a long time."

After his playing days Stripp had a baseball school in Florida. He became close friends with Joe Tinker and hired him for the school. At Tinker's funeral, Stripp said he had lost a father figure.

The ten-minute 1940 film Columbia Panoramics: Tomorrow's Stars was filmed at the school and featured Stripp, Tinker and other ballplayers.

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