January 31 – Happy Birthday Duke Maas

maas1.jpgIf the Yankees had won the 1959 pennant, Duke Maas would probably be a much more recognizable name for New York’s baby-boomer aged fans. That was the season the veteran right-hander from Utica, MI finished 14-8 for Manager Casey Stengel’s disappointing third place team. The Yankees had acquired Maas from Kansas City during the 1958 season in exchange for Bob Grim and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Duke had a great start in pinstripes, winning 7 of 10 decisions to help New York win the 1958 pennant. He got shelled in his only appearance against the Braves in the World Series that year but bounced back to become one of the team’s few bright spots the following season. He had another strong year in 1960, going 5-1 with 4 saves as the Yankees recaptured the AL flag. Loaded with pitching, New York left Maas unprotected in the 1961 AL Expansion draft and he was taken by the Angels. LA then traded Duke back to New York before the start of the ’61 season. After just one appearance that year, Duke’s arm gave out and he never again pitched in the big leagues. Duke died at the very young age of 47, in 1976.

This former Yankee and Met shortstop, this long ago outfielder and this current Yankee prospect were also born on the last day of January.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1958 NYY 7 3 .700 3.82 22 13 2 2 1 0 101.1 93 51 43 9 36 50 1.273
1959 NYY 14 8 .636 4.43 38 21 9 3 1 4 138.0 149 82 68 14 53 67 1.464
1960 NYY 5 1 .833 4.09 35 1 17 0 0 4 70.1 70 44 32 6 35 28 1.493
1961 NYY 0 0 54.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 6.000
7 Yrs 45 44 .506 4.19 195 91 55 21 7 15 734.2 745 399 342 71 284 356 1.401
NYY (4 yrs) 26 12 .684 4.21 96 35 28 5 2 8 310.0 314 179 145 29 124 145 1.413
DET (3 yrs) 15 27 .357 4.22 89 49 24 13 4 6 369.1 382 195 173 39 147 192 1.432
KCA (1 yr) 4 5 .444 3.90 10 7 3 3 1 1 55.1 49 25 24 3 13 19 1.120
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/11/2014.

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