Place of Birth:
January 5, 1914
Died: September 18, 1969 Murphysboro, Illinois
Rank: Storekeeper, Third Class
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Joe Grace on Baseball-Almanac
Joseph L “Joe” Grace was
born on January 5, 1914 in
Tom Watkins, president of the
He batted .306 with 65 RBIs in 1936, and hit .297
with nine home runs and 67 RBIs in 1937. In his third season with
Grace made his major league debut on September
24, 1938. He appeared in 12 games and batted .340. He split the 1939
season between the Browns and
He became a full-time major leaguer in 1941, and rewarded the Browns with a .309 batting average and 60 RBIs in 115 games. His on-base percentage of .410 was sixth best in the American League.
|Joe Grace at-bat during the Service World Series in Hawaii in 1944.|
No sooner had Grace’s career in the big leagues
got on track than military service beckoned and put it on hold for
the duration. He joined the Navy on January 10, 1942 and was
assigned to Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He was the commander
of a recruit company at
In October 1943, Grace was assigned to Bainbridge
for advanced training. By January 1944, he was on the move again and
was assigned to the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base in
Grace played baseball at
In September 1944, he played for the Navy against the Army in the Service World Series, hitting a grand slam in the second game. In 1945, Grace toured Pacific islands with the Navy’s Third Fleet baseball team.
Grace was discharged from service on October 26, 1945. He joined the Browns and was batting .230 through 48 games when he was traded to the Washington Senators. Grace regained his stroke with the Senators and in 77 games he hit .302 for a season total of .278.
He remained with the Senators through 1948 and
Joe Grace later scouted for the Giants, Pirates
and Mets. He was killed – along with his wife, Margie - in a
four-car accident near his Murphysboro,
|The Great Lakes team of 1943: Mickey
Clockwise around the wheel: Earl Bolyard, Vern Olsen, Johnny Lucadello,
Johnny Mize, Eddie Pellagrini, Joe Grace and George Dickey
Created January 10, 2008. Updated April 3, 2008.
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