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Player: Chelini, Italo

Card: 1934 Batter-Up #114 (no back)

Position: LHP

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italo chelini, 1934 batter-up #114, white sox
1933 Zeenut PCL #NA


Italo Vincent Chelini (b. San Francisco, CA October 10, 1914 – d. San Francisco, CA August 25, 1972), nicknamed "Chilly", was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 1935 to 1937.

Italo, who was a San Franciscan contemporary of Joe DiMaggio, pitched 24 games in the big leagues. He saw his most extensive work with the 1936 Chicago White Sox, finishing 4-3 with a 4.95 ERA (that ekes in just ahead of the team's 5.06 mark) in 18 games and 83 2/3 innings. His minor league career lasted from 1932-1945. Among other teams, he spent parts of five years with the Oakland Oaks, three years with the minor league Baltimore Orioles and three with the St. Paul Saints.

Chelini was subject to writers who used Italian stereotypes - in a Sporting News article in 1939 it was said that "his hot Italian blood gets him in trouble." He died in San Francisco in August 1972 at 57 years old, four days after Eddie "Scrap Iron" Kenna died there.

Italo is one of the 339 different pitchers Lou Gehrig faced in his 17 yr career.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Italo chelini


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

Italo is also part of the Chicago White Sox Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See all Italo’s baseball cards at TCDB

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