Card: 1973 Topps #616
San Francisco, CA-born Norman Stanley Angelini (September 24, 1947 – December 21, 2019) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for two seasons. He pitched for the Kansas City Royals for 21 games during the 1972 season and seven games during the 1973 season.
The southpaw started raising eyebrows in California relatively early. While pitching for the Independents in the San Mateo City League in 1965, he threw back-to-back perfect games. The 18-year-old was pitching in a summer league with other high school students. During the school year, he was showing off his variety of pitches and good control at Serra High School. He would eventually be indicted into the Serra High School Hall of Fame.
Norm attended Washington State University, where he played college baseball for the Cougars from 1968–1969. Angelini died on December 21, 2019.
Promoted to AAA Omaha in 1972, Angelini was a lights-out reliever. He picked up 6 saves in 19 games and had a 1.41 ERA. His strikeout totals became even more impressive, with 66 K’s in 51 innings. He was brought to the majors in July after the club demoted starter Jim Rooker. Manager Bob Lemon said that Angelini could work either as a starter or reliever.
“We needed another lefty in the pen, but there’s a chance we’ll start him too. He’s leading the American Association in earned run average,” Lemon said. However, Norm struggled with his control, and never made it back to MLB after 1973.
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