Joseph "Oyster Joe" MartinaBaseball Player, 1907-24
New Orleans Pelicans/Major League Baseball

Inducted: 1980

  • Recorded a 21-year professional pitching career as a fireballer with the New Orleans Pelicans (1921-23, 25-28) and multiple other minor league teams, as well as one season with the Washington Senators in the major leagues.
  • Compiled a record of 133-79 (.627) with the Pelicans, the winningest pitcher in Pelicans history, including four 20-win seasons and 1,730 innings.
  • Prior to New Orleans, won 121 games in seven seasons at Beaumont in the Texas League, and finished with a career minor-league mark of 349-277 and an impressive 2.25 ERA.
  • After leading his 1923 New Orleans Pelicans to their sixth Southern Association pennant with a record of 21 wins and 10 losses, Martina earned the attention of the Washington Senators and made his major league debut on April 19, 1924 at the tender age of 34. He went 6 and 8 on the season and threw a single inning in Game Three of the 1924 World Series against the New York Giants which the Senators captured in seven games.
  • After his one-year Major League stint, returned to New Orleans for another four seasons helping them win two more Southern Association pennants.
  • Also a member of the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame (inducted 2008).
  • Born in 1889 in New Orleans and died in 1962.