A great utility player who was as good in the outfield as he was in the infield, DeMaree hit his career peak with the Chicago Cubs in 1936, when he batted .360.
Born Joseph Franklin DiMaria on June 10, 1910 in Winters, California, DeMaree was an excellent utility player who filled various infield and outfield positions during his major league career.
During his twelve seasons in the majors, DeMaree played for Chicago, New York, Boston and St. Louis. He made his major league debut with the Cubs in 1932, and would remain with the team until 1938. In 1936, he hit .350, with 16 homeruns and 96 RBIs; in 1937, he batted .324 with 17 HRs and 115 RBIs. During these two years, he also was the starting centerfielder for the National League All-Star team.
In 1939, he was sent to the Giants, where he still performed fairly well, batting .304 with 11 HR and 76 RBIs. He was traded to the Braves in 1941, to the Cardinals in 1943, and finally to the St. Louis Browns in 1944, his last season in baseball.
DeMaree retired with a lifetime batting average of .299, worked as a scout for the Chicago White Sox, and coached the California League Fresno team for one year, in 1947. He also worked for Universal Studios in Hollywood, where he was employed at the time of his death on August 30, 1958. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.