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pete castiglione, 1952 topps #260, pirates

Player: Castiglione, Pete

Card: 1952 Topps #260

Position: 3B/SS

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Born in Greenwich, CT, Peter Paul Castiglione (February 13, 1921 – April 22, 2010) was an infielder in Major League Baseball for eight seasons from 1947 to 1954. He played three seasons in the minor leagues from 1940 to 1942, before joining the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he returned to the Pirates' organization in 1946, joining the major league club during the 1947 season. He played for the Pirates until June 14, 1953 when he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Hal Rice. Castiglione played the rest of 1953 season and the 1954 season in the Cardinals' organization. He played an additional five seasons in the minor leagues before retiring from baseball.

The Pirate's had a habit of beginning the season with Castiglione on the bench, then due to his versatility and steady play, working him into the lineup as the season progressed.

On August 26th, 1951 Castiglione had a career day at Ebbetts Field, smacking two home runs off of Don Newcombe. He scored three runs and drove in three in the 12-11 victory. He had just one more game in his career with two homers, coming on May 1, 1953. His second home run that day was his last big league homer.

In his Letters from Home Plate response, Pete listed Babe Ruth, Frankie Frisch and Joe Medwick as his favorite players growing up, Sal Maglie, Warren Spahn and Robin Roberts as the toughest pitchers he ever faced, and The Polo Grounds and Wrigley Field as his favorite parks to play in.

After his baseball career, he moved to Pompano Beach, Florida where he worked for the postal service as a letter carrier, and was active in local sporting community by refereeing and umpiring. He also scouted for the Pirates during his later years, as well as coaching High School and American Legion baseball teams. He died at the age of 89 in Pompano Beach.

Marvel Comics character "The Punisher" aka Frank Castle's "birthname" was Castiglione, and in the streaming series is even referred to as "Pete Castiglione."

(excerpted from Pittsburgh Baseball History, Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1950 Bowman #201
1951 Bowman #17


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

Pete is also part of the Pittsburgh Pirates Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Pete is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all of Castiglione’s baseball cards at TCDB

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