“It’s got to be better than rooming with Joe Page,” One insightful person’s response when asked if Joe DiMaggio’s marriage to Marilyn Monroe was good for him… (And Joe’s marriage only lasted, what…nine months?)
Without Joe Page, the Yankees probably don’t win the 1947 or 1949 World Series. Unfortunately, Page’s lifestyle led to a much-too-short day in the sun.
Joe Page came up to the Yankees in 1944, in the middle of WWII. He started in 16 games and relieved in three more. He went 5-7, 4.56, ERA+ 77. Despite that, he was an All-Star, for after the games of June 4th (two days before D-Day), he was 5-1, 2.07. From June 5th through July 30th, Page was 0-6, 9.82. Ugh. He didn’t pitch in the majors again that season after July 30th.
In 1945, Page suffered a shoulder injury. He started nine games, relieved in eleven more, and was 6-3, 2.82, ERA+ 123 in 102 IP.
In 1946, maybe the year in which Page roomed with Joe D., he went 9-8, 3.57. ERA+ 96 in 136 IP, 17 starts, 14 relief appearances. He also ticked manager Joe ..read more