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milo candini, 1951 bowman #255, phillies

Player: Candini, Milo

Card: 1951 Bowman #255

Position: RHP

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"Milo" was born Mario Gustino Candini on August 3, 1917, in Manteca, California, 75 miles east of San Francisco. His parents, Caesar and Lucy Candini, were Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.

Right-hander Candini debuted for the Washington Senators in 1943, after toiling in the New York Yankees farm system for six years. Once hailed as the “sensation of the American League,” he won his first seven decisions, including five consecutive starts. But he was plagued by arm miseries throughout his 20-year professional career, and his quick start proved to be an aberration. He finished with a 26-21 record in eight big-league seasons, the final two (1950-1951) with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Milo served in the United States Army in 1945 in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He did not return to baseball until August 25, 1946. After his baseball career, Candini owned a liquor store in his hometown. He died from prostate cancer at the age of 80 on March 17, 1998. He was buried in Park View Cemetery in Manteca. In 1994 he was inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame, and in 2012 into the Sac-Joaquin (Sacramento-San Joaquin) Section High School Sports Hall of Fame.

(excerpted from SABR, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from SABR.org


Milo Candini is part of the Born in San Fran/Oakland/Sacramento Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Milo is also part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop

Milo is also part of the Philadelphia Phillies Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all Milo’s baseball cards at TCDB

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