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Joe Kirrene
Born (1931-10-04)October 4, 1931
San Francisco, California
Died October 19, 2016(2016-10-19) (aged 85)
San Ramon, California

Joseph John "Joe" Kirrene (October 4, 1931 – October 19, 2016)[1] was an American professional baseball player. A native of San Francisco, California, a third baseman, appeared in ten Major League games for the Chicago White Sox during late-season trials in 1950 and 1954.[2] Listed at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg), he threw and batted right-handed.

Kirrene signed with the White Sox in 1950 and spent his first pro season in the middle levels of minor league baseball before his autumn call-up. On October 1, 1950, the regular season's final day, he started at third base in the second game of a double-header against left-hander Stubby Overmire of the St. Louis Browns. Kirrene had one single in four at bats and was errorless in the field.[3] Kirrene then was out of baseball for three seasons, and served in the military during the Korean War. Returning to the game in 1954, he led the Class A Western League in batting average (.343) and was selected as the third baseman on the league's all-star team.[4]

That September he received his final Major League trial. This time, he appeared in nine games for the ChiSox, six as the starting third baseman, and had three multi-hit games. He drove in four and registered his only extra-base hit, a double off Bob Porterfield of the Washington Senators, on September 8, 1954.[5] In 33 total big-league plate appearances, Kirrene had eight hits and five bases on balls, with four runs scored. He also was credited a stolen base. He played in the higher minors—including both teams in his native San Francisco Bay Area—in 1955–56 before leaving pro baseball.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Obituary at Legacy.com". http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-john-kirrene-joe&pid=182370785. 
  2. "Joe Kirrene Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  3. 1950-10-1 (2) box score from Retrosheet
  4. Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
  5. 1954-9-8 box score from Retrosheet

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