October 4, 1931|
San Francisco, California
October 19, 2016 (aged 85)|
San Ramon, California
Joseph John "Joe" Kirrene (October 4, 1931 – October 19, 2016) 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
- ↑ "Obituary at Legacy.com". http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-john-kirrene-joe&pid=182370785.
- ↑ "Joe Kirrene Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- ↑ 1950-10-1 (2) box score from Retrosheet
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 1954-9-8 box score from Retrosheet
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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