Joe Nagle was born in St. Augustine, Pennsylvania, near Patton, but moved to Jamestown and became a baseball legend. While playing third base for the Celoron Spiders, Nagle saw action against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Braves back in the days when major league teams toured the country after the season. Nagle's brightest moment was when he hit a home run off Grover Cleveland Alexander who was touring with the House of David.
Nagle was only 5'4", 140 pounds, but that didn't stop him from doing the job as a catcher and third basemen. He had a quick bat and could hit the long ball despite his size. He claimed he never struck out more than seven times in a season.
Nagle had a tryout with Erie in the Mid-Atlantic League and manager Chief Bender was impressed with Nagle's ability. However, Bender thought Nagle's age and size could be a handicap because it was the time of scouting big men.