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archi cianfrocco, 1992 fleer ultra #515 (autographed), expos

Player: Cianfrocco, Archi

Card: 1992 Fleer Ultra Rookie #515 (autographed)

Position: 1B/3B/SS

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"In the cinema verite classic 'This Is Spinal Tap,' Tap's manager, Ian Faith, is asked if the band's shift from playing arena shows to playing small clubs indicated a decline in its popularity. He replies 'Oh, no, no…..not at all. It's that their appeal is becoming more selective.' In that vein, the following statement probably has a very selective appeal: Archi Cianfrocco is the second best name of all time, just behind Scatman Crothers." (Fourth Outfielder Blog)

Angelo Dominic "Archi" Cianfrocco (born October 6, 1966) is an American former professional baseball player. He played all or part of seven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), mostly at first and third base, from 1992 to 1998. Cianfrocco was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 8, 1992, with the Montreal Expos.

Cianfrocco was an all-purpose utility player during his seven years in the major leagues. He played every position except center field and pitcher. Of his 500 games, he had 235 at first base, 185 at third base, and did everything but pitch.

On July 21, 1995, he had a banner day with 6 RBI, becoming the first player since at least 1914 (and only player through the 2019 season) with 6 RBI in a 9-inning or shortened game in which a player entered the game in the 7th inning or later. He entered in the 8th inning, hitting a pinch-hit grand slam off Steve Bedrosian to give the San Diego Padres a 4-2 lead. He added a two-run single in the 9th off Mike Stanton to beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-6.

Archi hit .300 in the minors in 1992, 1994, and 1995, each season of which he also was in the majors. Originally a member of the Montreal Expos, he came to the San Diego Padres in 1993, playing the remainder of his big league career out west. Archi's Padre fan clubs included Archi's Army and the CianfrocCrew. After the 1998 season, he headed to Japan, playing one year with the Seibu Lions of NPB.

He has become known for his video-bombing broadcasts and for a video of him spitting inside and outside his batting helmet.

(excerpted from The Fourth Outfielder, Centerfield Maz, Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1992 Topps #23T
1993 Topps #151
1996 Leaf Extended #NA (autographed)


This player is not associated with any Baseball Amore Tours.

See all Cainfrocco’s baseball cards at TCDB

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