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Forrest Gordon Orrell

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Right-hander Joe Orrell pitched 21 seasons in professional baseball from 1936 to 1957. He appeared in 467 Minor League games, winning 167 and losing 170, for a .496 percentage. He had eight double-digit winning years and in 1952 at the age of 35, pitching for the Tijuana Potros of the Southwest International League, he built a 21-3 record with a 2.01 ERA. This performance put Joe on the League All-Star team as he led the league in ERA and winning percentage plus helping his team to the league title.

Orrell also pitched pretty well as a war-time player in 1943-45, posting a 4-4 record while appearing in 32 games with a 3.01 ERA for the Detroit Tigers in 1943, '44, '45. The Tigers won the 1945 World Series but Orrell's last major league appearance was on August 6, and he did not play in the Series.

After his long run in professional baseball, Orrell was self-employed in the swimming pool maintenance business. Orrell died from pneumonia on January 12, 1993 at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista, CA. Forrest Gordon Orrell passed away at 76 years of age.

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