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ralph citarella, 1985 donruss #504, cardinals

Player: Citarella, Ralph

Card: 1985 Donruss #504

Position: RHP

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"Ralph Citarella will have to wait for another day for his first big-league victory." - Bob Costas, NBC, June 23, 1984

Ralph Alexander Citarella (born February 7, 1958 in East Orange, NJ) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. The right-hander was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft, and he played for the Cardinals (1983–1984) and Chicago White Sox (1987).

On September 13, 1983 Citarella made his major league debut in relief at Three Rivers Stadium. He struck out the first batter he faced, catcher Tony Peña, in the 7th inning. In 1.2 innings that night he gave up one hit (a double to Johnny Ray) and one earned run, and the Cards lost, 6-0.

Citarella was successful in his two short stints with St. Louis, posting ERAs of 1.64 and 3.63, but didn't fare as well with the White Sox in 1987. In five appearances, he gave up nine earned runs in eleven innings, including four home runs. He retired in 1988 due to being bounced around in the minors.

In three seasons he appeared in a total of 21 games and had a 0-1 record, 2 starts, 0 complete games, and 6 games finished. In 44.1 innings pitched he gave up 20 earned runs for an ERA of 4.06, and had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2-to-1. (28 strikeouts and 14 walks)

Ralph made his first ever MLB start on June 23rd 1984, a nationally televised NBC Game of the Week at Wrigley Field versus the Chicago Cubs. The high-scoring extra inning affair came to be known as "The Sandberg Game,' who homered twice to tie the game late against Bruce Sutter.

A great teammate, Ralph is known for mentoring younger players, including Cardinals system teammate Mark Angelo.

In 2006, Ralph became the Athletic Relations Liaison for the Habana Joe Trading Company, for its Dock to Dine Men's clothing line. From 2012 to 2013, Citarella served as the pitching coach for the New Jersey based Newark Bears of the independent Can-Am League.

He kept waiting for that victory Bob Costas promised him. And waiting. And waiting. It never came.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from Wikimedia site


Ralph Citarella is part of the Born in New Jersey Tour – go to the Next Stop

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

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

See all Ralph’s baseball cards at TCDB

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