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george cappuzzello, 1983 topps #422, astros

Player: Cappuzzello, George

Card: 1983 Topps #422

Position: LHP

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George Angelo Cappuzzello (born January 15, 1954 in Girard, OH) is a former American baseball player who pitched for the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros. He played with two different teams over two seasons and ended his playing career in 1982. Overall, he played 11 years in the minors, mostly in the Detroit organization.

George attended Youngstown State University and completed his studies at Florida State University, where he played baseball. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 27th round of the 1972 Major League Baseball Draft.

Cappuzzello spent a good number of years in the farm system before he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on March 6, 1978, along with John Valle, in exchange for Reds pitcher Jack Billingham. Just two years later, Cappuzzello was released by the Reds and subsequently picked up by his former team, the Detroit Tigers. After sparkling in Triple-A ball that season, he was called up to the big leagues.

He made his MLB debut with the Tigers on May 31, 1981 against the Baltimore Orioles. He did not fare well, giving up three earned runs and walking three batters in an inning of work. Nonetheless, he stayed with the team for the remainder of the season, starting in three games and coming in relief during 15 others. He posted a 3.48 earned run average (ERA) and went 1–1 for the season. Before the start of the 1982 season, Cappuzzello was released by the Tigers and picked up a week later by the Houston Astros. With the Astros, Cappuzzello worked in relief and pitched brilliantly in 19 1/3 innings of work, giving up 16 hits, and striking out 13 while posting a 2.79 ERA.

As of this writing, Cappuzzello is the longest surname in Astros history .

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1981 Topps #137


This player is not associated with any Baseball Amore Tours.

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