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art ceccarelli, 1958 topps #191, orioles

Player: Ceccarelli, Art

Card: 1958 Topps #191

Position: LHP

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"It wears pitchers down. The winds are unbelievable. Willie Kirkland once hit a home run off me that Ernie Banks called for at shortstop." - Art Ceccarelli on Wrigley Field.

New Haven, CT-born Arthur Edward Ceccarelli (April 2, 1930 – July 11, 2012) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs in parts of five seasons spanning 1955–1960.

Ceccarelli was a pitching star for West Haven High School in the 1940s before signing a bonus contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. In 1949, he set a Georgia–Florida League season record with 294 strikeouts, an average of 12.6 per each nine innings. His baseball career was briefly interrupted while serving in the Korean War from 1950 through 1952. After discharging, he pitched three seasons of minor league ball before joining the majors in 1955 with the Athletics.

In five big league seasons, Ceccarelli posted a 9–18 record and a 5.05 earned run average in 79 pitching appearances (42 starts). His most productive became in 1959, when he went 5–5 with four complete games and a pair of shutouts for the Cubs. That included a string of four straight wins, a streak capped by a complete-game victory over a San Francisco Giants' lineup that included Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda. One of the most notable games of his career came in a 3–0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ceccarelli pitched 10 innings and became the only left-handed pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax in the Coliseum.

Art's baseball idol was Ted Williams, and he stated in an interview that he walked a batter just to have the chance to pitch against him.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1960 Topps #156


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

Art is also part of the Chicago Cubs Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Art is also part of the Athletics Player Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See all Ceccarelli’s baseball cards at TCDB

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3 thoughts on “Art Ceccarelli: Korean War Veteran, only LHP to defeat Sandy Koufax in the Coliseum (1959)

  1. Michelle Ceccarelli says:

    Art Ceccarelli was my father-in-law (Robert Ceccarelli) Brother.
    We have a baseball with all the above mentioned major league players signatures.
    Never really realized that he played with all of these famous major league players.
    My father-in-law told me that My ex-husband Dana Ceccarelli was as good of a pitcher as his brother Art was but chose to make is career in the construction industry instead.
    I never got to meet Art before he passed and I didn’t know all of Arts baseball history until now.

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