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lou camilli, 1971 topps #612 rookie stars, indians

Player: Camilli, Lou

Card: 1971 Topps #612

Position: SS/2B

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Louis Steven Camilli (born September 24, 1946 in El Paso, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for four seasons for the Cleveland Indians.

No relation to Dolph or Doug Camilli, Lou was an all-conference selection in both 1966 and 1967 while at Texas A&M. In August 1966, he was one of 19 college baseball players named to represent the United States in the World Amateur Tournament. He was then selected by the Indians in the 3rd round of the 1967 MLB Draft.

Lou made his Major League debut on August 9, 1969 at third base against the Kansas City Royals. Camilli recorded his first Major League hit with a single to center field against Vida Blue of the Oakland Athletics on April 30, 1971. Though used sparingly, and moved up and down in the Indian's system, his 34 at-bats without a hit marks the longest such streak for a non-pitcher at the start of a career since those records were first kept in 1908, according to Baseball Reference.

In four seasons (1969–1972) with the Indians he played in 107 games, as he was used mostly as a utility infielder, a role that he embraced. The Indians never finished higher than fifth during Camilli's time with the team, leading him to quip, "They ought to change our name to the Cleveland Light Company. We don't have anything but utility men."

Camilli's professional baseball career ended in 1973. Though his career in MLB with the Indians was a thin one, he managed to last through three different uniform styles.

He shares his 1971 Topps Rookie card with IA player Steve Mingori.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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