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Joe Beggs

Baseball ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Many major league baseball players compete their entire career without getting a chance to play in the World Series. But because of his skill as a relief pitcher, Joe Beggs had the unique experience of playing for the winning team in different leagues in two successive series. Joe starred in football, baseball, and track at Aliquippa High School. Joe was a football track star at Geneva College and won the state javelin title there before graduating in 1933 (Geneva had no baseball team then). After four years in the minors, the crafty right handed Joe started his major league career with the Yankees in 1938. Joe then pitched for the New York Yankees in the 1939 Series when they swept the Cincinnati Reds in four straight games. After that season, he was traded to the Reds and pitched for them in the 1940 World Series as they beat the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, four games to three. Joe played with the Reds from 1940 to 1944, then served two years in the Navy. After the war, he pitched for Cincinnati in 1946 and 1947 and then finished his career by pitching two seasons for the New York Giants. His lifetime earned run average was 2.96.