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Joe Page

Joseph Francis Page (Fireman or The Gay Reliever)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: October 28, 1917 in Cherry Valley, PA
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1940. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1944 (Age 26.174)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1944 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Pirates 1944-1954

Final Game: May 25, 1954 (Age 36.209)
Died: April 21, 1980 in Latrobe, PA
Buried: Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, PA
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1944 ★ 26 NYY AL 5 7 .417 4.56 19 16 2 4 0 0 102.2 100 65 52 3 52 63 3 0 6 453 77 3.30 1.481 8.8 0.3 4.6 5.5 1.21 AS
1945 27 NYY AL 6 3 .667 2.82 20 9 5 4 0 0 102.0 95 43 32 1 46 50 0 1 2 438 123 3.04 1.382 8.4 0.1 4.1 4.4 1.09
1946 28 NYY AL 9 8 .529 3.57 31 17 8 6 1 3 136.0 126 66 54 7 72 77 4 2 1 588 96 3.60 1.456 8.3 0.5 4.8 5.1 1.07
1947 ★ 29 NYY AL 14 8 .636 2.48 56 2 44 0 0 17 141.1 105 41 39 5 72 116 1 0 1 584 142 2.86 1.252 6.7 0.3 4.6 7.4 1.61 AS,MVP-4
1948 ★ 30 NYY AL 7 8 .467 4.26 55 1 38 0 0 16 107.2 116 59 51 6 66 77 1 0 2 503 96 3.82 1.690 9.7 0.5 5.5 6.4 1.17 AS
1949 31 NYY AL 13 8 .619 2.59 60 0 48 0 0 27 135.1 103 44 39 8 75 99 5 1 4 571 156 3.59 1.315 6.8 0.5 5.0 6.6 1.32 MVP-3
1950 32 NYY AL 3 7 .300 5.04 37 0 33 0 0 13 55.1 66 34 31 8 31 33 0 1 0 259 86 4.95 1.753 10.7 1.3 5.0 5.4 1.06
1954 36 PIT NL 0 0 11.17 7 0 4 0 0 0 9.2 16 17 12 4 7 4 1 0 0 54 39 9.43 2.379 14.9 3.7 6.5 3.7 0.57
8 Yrs 57 49 .538 3.53 285 45 182 14 1 76 790.0 727 369 310 42 421 519 15 5 16 3450 106 3.55 1.453 8.3 0.5 4.8 5.9 1.23
162 Game Avg. 12 10 .538 3.53 59 9 38 3 0 16 163 150 76 64 9 87 107 3 1 3 711 106 3.55 1.453 8.3 0.5 4.8 5.9 1.23
NYY (7 yrs) 57 49 .538 3.44 278 45 178 14 1 76 780.1 711 352 298 38 414 515 14 5 16 3396 108 3.48 1.442 8.2 0.4 4.8 5.9 1.24
PIT (1 yr) 0 0 11.17 7 0 4 0 0 0 9.2 16 17 12 4 7 4 1 0 0 54 39 9.43 2.379 14.9 3.7 6.5 3.7 0.57
AL (7 yrs) 57 49 .538 3.44 278 45 178 14 1 76 780.1 711 352 298 38 414 515 14 5 16 3396 108 3.48 1.442 8.2 0.4 4.8 5.9 1.24
NL (1 yr) 0 0 11.17 7 0 4 0 0 0 9.2 16 17 12 4 7 4 1 0 0 54 39 9.43 2.379 14.9 3.7 6.5 3.7 0.57
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1944 ★ 26 NYY AL 102.2 19 16 65 5.70 4.15 0.15 0.00 100.2 4.01 -20 -2.0 1.0 -0.1 -1.2 -12 .395 .488 $8,500 AS
1945 27 NYY AL 102.0 20 9 43 3.79 3.85 0.21 0.00 102.4 3.73 -0 -0.1 .9 -0.1 0.7 6 .498 .500
1946 28 NYY AL 136.0 31 17 66 4.37 4.23 0.31 0.00 99.2 3.89 -7 -0.8 1.3 -0.1 0.2 3 .474 .495
1947 ★ 29 NYY AL 141.1 56 2 41 2.61 3.98 0.12 0.00 96.2 3.71 18 2.0 1.6 0.4 3.6 28 .536 .512 AS,MVP-4
1948 ★ 30 NYY AL 107.2 55 1 59 4.93 4.65 0.07 0.00 96.1 4.40 -6 -0.6 1.4 -0.3 -0.0 3 .488 .496 $20,000 AS
1949 31 NYY AL 135.2 60 0 44 2.92 4.67 0.19 0.00 96.4 4.33 21 2.2 2.0 0.9 4.2 32 .537 .514 MVP-3
1950 32 NYY AL 55.1 37 0 34 5.53 5.15 0.13 0.00 95.9 4.81 -5 -0.4 1.8 -0.2 -0.2 1 .488 .497 $35,000
1954 36 PIT NL 9.2 7 0 17 15.83 4.62 -0.27 0.00 102.3 5.00 -12 -1.0 .7 0.2 -0.8 -11 .352 .494
8 Seasons 790.1 285 45 369 4.20 4.33 0.17 0.00 98.1 4.08 -11 -0.8 1.6 0.6 6.4 50 .497 .503 $63,500
NYY (7 yrs) 780.2 278 45 352 4.06 4.33 0.17 0.00 98.1 4.06 1 0.3 1.6 0.5 7.2 61 .501 .503 $63,500
PIT (1 yr) 9.2 7 0 17 15.83 4.62 -0.27 0.00 102.3 5.00 -12 -1.0 .7 0.2 -0.8 -11 .352 .494

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1947 ❍ 29 NYY AL WS W BRO 1 1 .500 4.15 4 0 3 0 0 1 13.0 12 6 6 0 2 0 7 0 0 2 52 1.077 8.3 0.0 1.4 4.8 3.50
1949 ❍ 31 NYY AL WS W BRO 1 0 1.000 2.00 3 0 3 0 0 1 9.0 6 2 2 2 3 0 8 0 0 0 35 1.000 6.0 2.0 3.0 8.0 2.67
2 Yrs (2 Series) 2 1 .667 3.27 7 0 6 0 0 2 22.0 18 8 8 2 5 0 15 0 0 2 87 1.045 7.4 0.8 2.0 6.1 3.00
2 WS 2 1 .667 3.27 7 0 6 0 0 2 22.0 18 8 8 2 5 0 15 0 0 2 87 1.045 7.4 0.8 2.0 6.1 3.00

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1944 ★ 26 NYY AL 19 34 32 3 5 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 9 .156 .156 .281 .438 22 9 2 0 2 1 AS
1945 27 NYY AL 20 39 36 5 9 0 0 0 5 0 0 3 7 .250 .308 .250 .558 60 9 1 0 0 1
1946 28 NYY AL 32 49 43 5 7 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 14 .163 .163 .256 .419 15 11 0 0 6 1
1947 ★ 29 NYY AL 56 50 46 1 10 0 0 1 5 0 0 2 16 .217 .250 .283 .533 48 13 0 0 2 1 AS,MVP-4
1948 ★ 30 NYY AL 55 28 24 3 7 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 4 .292 .370 .500 .870 131 12 0 0 1 1 AS
1949 31 NYY AL 60 41 40 2 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 14 .175 .195 .175 .370 -2 7 1 0 0 1 MVP-3
1950 32 NYY AL 37 10 8 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 .250 .400 .375 .775 102 3 0 0 0 1
1954 36 PIT NL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
8 Yrs 286 251 229 20 47 5 3 2 26 0 0 11 67 .205 .242 .279 .521 43 64 4 0 11 0
162 Game Avg. 162 142 130 11 27 3 2 1 15 0 0 6 38 .205 .242 .279 .521 43 36 2 0 6
NYY (7 yrs) 279 251 229 20 47 5 3 2 26 0 0 11 67 .205 .242 .279 .521 43 64 4 0 11
PIT (1 yr) 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AL (7 yrs) 279 251 229 20 47 5 3 2 26 0 0 11 67 .205 .242 .279 .521 43 64 4 0 11
NL (1 yr) 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1944 ★ 26 NYY AL 19 34 -4 0 0 0 3 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 $8,500 1 AS
1945 27 NYY AL 20 39 -2 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .510 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1946 28 NYY AL 32 49 -6 0 0 0 5 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1947 ★ 29 NYY AL 56 50 -4 0 0 0 5 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .504 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1 AS,MVP-4
1948 ★ 30 NYY AL 55 28 1 -0 0 0 3 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .507 .502 0.4 0.0 4 $20,000 1 AS
1949 31 NYY AL 60 41 -6 0 -0 0 5 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1 MVP-3
1950 32 NYY AL 37 10 0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $35,000 1
1954 36 PIT NL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
8 Seasons 286 251 -20 -0 -0 0 26 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .502 .501 0.6 -0.0 6 $63,500
NYY (7 yrs) 279 251 -20 -0 -0 0 25 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .502 .501 0.6 -0.0 6 $63,500
PIT (1 yr) 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1947 ❍ 29 NYY AL WS BRO W 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
1949 ❍ 31 NYY AL WS BRO W 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 7 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
2 WS 7 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1944 NYY AL 26 P 19 16 4 102.2 18 3 14 1 1 .944 1.49 0.89 .960 2.09 2.10 0 0 0 AS
1945 NYY AL 27 P 20 9 4 102.0 15 2 12 1 1 .933 1.24 0.70 .955 2.24 2.23 1 1 50% 0
1946 NYY AL 28 P 31 17 6 136.0 30 2 23 5 1 .833 1.65 0.81 .951 2.01 1.99 2 2 50% 1
1947 NYY AL 29 P 56 2 0 141.1 20 2 18 0 0 1.000 1.27 0.36 .955 1.92 1.90 4 2 33% 50% 1 AS,MVP-4
1948 NYY AL 30 P 55 1 0 107.2 17 3 14 0 0 1.000 1.42 0.31 .963 2.02 1.99 3 0 0% 48% 1 AS
1949 NYY AL 31 P 60 0 0 135.1 20 4 15 1 1 .950 1.26 0.32 .962 2.12 2.09 1 3 75% 46% 1 MVP-3
1950 NYY AL 32 P 37 0 0 55.1 7 1 6 0 0 1.000 1.14 0.19 .950 2.03 1.99 1 0 0% 0
1954 PIT NL 36 P 7 0 0 9.2 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.86 0.29 .960 2.05 2.06 3 0 0% 45% 0
8 Seasons P 285 45 14 790.0 129 17 104 8 4 .938 1.38 0.42 .957 2.06 2.02 15 8 35% 33% 4
8 Seasons TOT 285 45 14 790.0 129 17 104 8 4 .938 1.38 0.42 .957 2.06 2.02 15 8 35% 33% 4
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1947 AL (4, 50%)
1949 AL (3, 49%)
0.99 Career Shares (254th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1947 AL  3.6 (10th)
1949 AL  4.2 (8th)

Wins s c a p y
1947 AL  14 (9th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1947 AL  .636 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1947 AL  56 (2nd)
1948 AL  55 (1st)
1949 AL  60 (1st)

Saves s c a p y
1946 AL  3 (8th)
1947 AL  17 (1st)
1948 AL  16 (2nd)
1949 AL  27 (1st)
1950 AL  13 (2nd)
Career  76 (196th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1947 AL  116 (7th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1944 AL  6 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1946 AL  4 (5th)
1949 AL  5 (7th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1947 AL  44 (1st)
1948 AL  38 (1st)
1949 AL  48 (1st)
1950 AL  33 (2nd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1947 AL  19 (8th)
1949 AL  23 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1947 AL  2.0 (8th)
1949 AL  2.3 (9th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1947 AL  34.28 (2nd)
1949 AL  23.05 (9th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1947 AL  3.0 (4th)
1949 AL  3.1 (7th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1944 AL  0.6 (8th)
1947 AL  2.2 (3rd)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1947 AL  3.8 (2nd)
1949 AL  2.3 (9th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1947 AL  56 (2nd)
1948 AL  55 (1st)
1949 AL  60 (1st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1946 AL  5 (2nd)


Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 8 (306), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 29 (831), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 27 (495), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 9 (968), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (369th), 7.0 career WAR/8.3 7yr-peak WAR/7.6 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1944 26 New York Yankees $8,500 ? 2/16/55 TSN
1948 30 New York Yankees $20,000 ? 1/14/48 TSN
1950 32 New York Yankees $35,000 ? 2/16/55 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$63,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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Name and misspellings: Fireman The Gay Joseph Reliever joseph jose Joe Gay Francis Fireman The Page

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