Joey Jay

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Joseph Richard Jay

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jay on the cover of the Feb. 1962 Baseball Digest

Joey Jay had a thirteen-year career in the majors but didn't get into more than 18 games in a year until his sixth season. In 1961 and 1962 he won 21 games each year.

Jay was seventeen years old when he first came up in 1953 as a bonus baby, and pitched 10 innings without giving up a run. In spite of that, he didn't pitch more than 20 innings in a season until 1958 when he went 7-5 in just under 100 innings. He was barely a part of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves team that won the 1957 World Series (he pitched 2/3 of an inning in the regular season), but was much more a part of the pennant-winning 1958 Braves.

He was the youngest player in the National League in each of his first two seasons.

He finally became more of a rotation hurler in 1959 and 1960, getting around 135 innings in both seasons.

After the 1960 season he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, just in time to become part of their surprise pennant-winning 1961 team. He led the National League in victories and was named to his first All-Star team. In 1962 the team won 98 games and Jay won 21, but they finished third.

Jay stayed with the Reds through half of the 1966 season, in which he went 6-2 for them. However, when traded back to the Braves, he struggled and was released. In spite of being only 31 years old, he was done with major league baseball. Jay finished with 99 wins, 999 strikeouts and an ERA+ of 99.

Jay was an early "bonus baby" and is said to be the first Little Leaguer to get to the majors. In 1952 he played for the minor league team at St. Albans.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1961)
  • NL Wins Leader (1961)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1961)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1961 & 1962)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1961 & 1962)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1961 & 1962)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Joseph Wancho: "Joey Jay", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 85-91. ISBN 978-1933599717

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