by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com
Real Name: Frank Demaria
Born: June 10, 1910
Died: August 30, 1958
High School: Winters
Bats: Right-Throws: Right
Height: 5-11-Weight: 185
Debut: July 22, 1932
Last Game: June 13, 1944
Teams: Chicago Cubs 1932-1938; New York Giants 1939-1941, Boston
St. Louis Cardinals 1943; St. Louis Browns 1944
Demaree had an interesting start to an outstanding career.
22 years old when the Chicago Cubs purchased him from the Sacramento Senators midway through the
1932 season. The Cubs won the National League pennant that season, but Demaree played in only 23
games. He did play in two World Series games, hitting a home run and driving in four runs in the
Cubs series loss to the New York Yankees. He also made two spectacular plays, robbing Frank
Crosetti of a home run in one game and Lou Gehrig of a home run in another. He was on the bench in Game 3 when Babe Ruth
hit the home run off Charlie Root that began the controversy as to whether or not he
called “the shot.”
training rolled around in 1933, Demaree was penciled in as a backup outfielder at best. But when
future Hall of Famer Kiki Cuyler broke his leg, he became a regular in the Cubs outfield.
hitting .271, the Cubs worked a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies before the 1934 season for
future Hall of Famer Chuck Klein. Klein was the N.L. Most Valuable Player and Triple Crown winner
in 1932 when he hit .348 with 38 home runs and 137 RBI. With Klein and a healthy Cuyler, needless
to say, Demaree was the odd man out and found himself back in the minor leagues playing for the Los
Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.
Los Angeles wasn’t so bad. The Angels went 137-50 and to this day is considered the best minor
league team of all-time. Demaree responded with an outstanding year, earning MVP honors and a
Triple Crown award after hitting .383 with 45 home runs, 190 RBI and 45 stolen bases in 186
In 1935, he
regained a starting job with the Cubs and had three consecutive outstanding seasons, hitting .325,
.350 and .324 respectively with highs of 17 home runs and 115 RBI in 1937. He was selected by the
fans to start in centerfield for the N.L. in the 1936 and 1937 All-Star
In the 1936
All-Star Game played at Braves Stadium in Boston, he singled off Lefty Grove in the second inning
to start a two-run rally as the N.L. won the game for the first time, 4-3. Two days earlier in a
doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals, Demaree had six consecutive hits in the 14-inning
first game and had two more hits in the second game.
career, Demaree helped the Cubs win pennants in 1932, 1935 and 1938 (the latter season along with
Sacramento residents Stan Hack and Joe Marty). During his only season with the St. Louis Cardinals
he helped them win the pennant in 1943. During his last season, he helped the St. Louis Browns win
the American League pennant in 1944, however, he was released before the end of the season. His
team’s lost all five World Series.
played 12 seasons and came within one thousandth
(.001) of a percentage point of
having a lifetime .batting average of .300.
at age 48 from an intestinal hemorrhage.
To read an in depth profile of Demaree by Winters
writer, Tom Crisp, visit the SABR BioProject.
Career Statistics -- Frank