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Player: Balsamo, Tony


Position: RHP

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Anthony Alfred Balsamo is a former Major League Baseball player. He was born November 21, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. He went to Fordham University, where he pitched on the baseball team.

In 1959 he got his big break; the Chicago Cubs signed him as a free agent. He was called up by the Cubs on April 14, 1962. Tony Balsamo's' only career decision was a loss for the Chicago Cubs on May 15, 1962, against the New York Mets.

He started the bottom of the 13th inning with the score tied 5-5, then gave up a single to Rod Kanehl, walked Gil Hodges and struck out Cliff Cook. He was then relieved by Jim Brewer, who gave up a walk to Gus Bell. Brewer was replaced by Cal Koonce, who got Harry Chiti to ground out, forcing Kanehl at home but loading the bases. Koonce then walked Hobie Landrith to force in Hodges with the winning run.

Overall, he pitched in 29.1 innings and recorded a 0-1 record with a 6.44 ERA. He only played in one big league season.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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Tony is part of the New York City Born Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

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