Note: This page discusses 1940s and 1950s relief pitcher Jeff Nelson. For the minor league executive and scout of the same name, click here.
Joseph Francis Page
(Fireman or The Gay Reliever)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- Debut April 19, 1944
- Final Game May 25, 1954
- Born October 28, 1917 in Cherry Valley, PA USA
He left school to work in the coal mines near Pittsburgh, PA at a young age. He was pitching in the city's amateur league and working in an aluminum factory when he was first signed by the New York Yankees in 1940. His career had almost ended before it started, as he was in a serious automobile accident in 1936 and almost lost a leg, needing a five-month hospital stay to recover form a compound fracture. That injury led to his being classified as 4-F and ineligible for the draft during World War II. Thus he continued to play minor league ball during the War years and in 1944 made his way to the Yankees.
- 3-time AL All-Star (1944, 1947 & 1948)
- 2-time AL Games Pitched Leader (1948 & 1949)
- 2-time AL Saves Leader (1947 & 1949)
- Won three World Series with the New York Yankees (1947, 1949 & 1950; he did not play in the 1950 World Series)