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Player: Albanese, Joe


Position: RHP

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Joseph Peter Albanese (b. June 26, 1933 in Manhattan, NYC – d. June 17, 2000 in Manhattan, NYC) was an American professional baseball pitcher whose career spanned eight seasons, including a part of one in Major League Baseball with the Washington Senators (1958). He started his professional baseball career that season with the Class-B Roanoke Ro-Sox in the Red Sox organization. He also played for the Ro_Sox in 1952.

Joe split the 1953 season between the Class-B Greensboro Patriots and the Class-A Albany Senators. With the Patriots, He did not play during the 1954 season for unknown reasons. In 1955, Albanese resumed his playing career and was assigned to the Class-B Greensboro Patriots. He went 10–10 that season with a 3.45 earned run average (ERA) in 38 games, 24 starts.

In January 1956, the Boston Red Sox added Albanese to the major league roster. While attending spring training with the Red Sox that season, he separated his shoulder after and filing to catch a fly ball.

During the 1956 season, he was assigned to the Class-A Albany Senators, and in 1957, he attended spring training with the Red Sox for the second time in his career. He was again assigned to Class-A Albany that season and also began the 1958 season in the Red Sox organization with the Class-B Raleigh Capitals and the Class-A Allentown

On July 11, 1958, the Boston Red Sox traded Albanese and pitcher Jack Spring to the Washington Senators in exchange for pitcher Bud Byerly and a player to be named later. The player who was sent to Boston ended up being Spring, meaning in essence he was traded for himself.

Joe finally made his Major League Baseball debut on July 18, 1958 against the Chicago White Sox, pitching one inning, giving-up no runs and striking out one. In the majors that season, Albanese was involved in no decisions with a 4.50 ERA and six strikeouts in six games, all in relief. During his final season in professional baseball, 1959, Albanese played for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts in the Senators organization.

After his playing career was over, Albanese resided in Colonia, New Jersey and was a licensed architect who owned his own company in New Brunswick, NJ, doing design work on industrial buildings and restaurants. He died on June 17, 2000 in New York City and was buried at St. George Cemetery in Neptune City, New Jersey.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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6 thoughts on “Joe Albanese: 8 year MiLB/pro career, pitched in 6 MLB games for the 1958 Washington Senators

  1. Pastor Mark Young says:

    Joe and Yvonne albanese were friends of mine. I seen where he passed away in 2000. Is Yvonne still alive. I knew a daughter named Clara and Angela but I do not remember their. last name. Angela was married to a priest at one time I don’t know if she still is.

  2. Gary Cunningham says:

    The biography’s that I’ve seen say that Joe Peter Albanese went to Bellarmine College Orep in San Jose, CA – I think that this is incorrect + he is being confused with Joe J. Albanese (who was a left-handed pitcher born in 1918 and DID GO to Bellarmine College Prep – graduating in 1936). San Jose Joe J. Albanese never played in the big leagues.
    One website has a picture of San Jose Joe J. Albanese “as the picture for” Joe P. Albanese and in that picture you can see a left-handed pitcher wearing a Spreckels Jersey (which was a baseball team from Manteca, CA. ). Any assistance in locating Joe P. Albanese’s ACTUAL high school would be helpful. Thanks for any assistance you can provide. – Gary C.

    1. BaseballAmoreRR says:

      It did seem odd that he was born, and died in NYC, but went to a California HS, especially in that era. Anyone who can provide further details – please do. In the meantime I am removing questionable info as Gary pointed out.
      – Baseball Amore Admin

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