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Player: Coluccio, Bob

Card: 1975 Topps #456

Position: OF

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Robert Pasquali Coluccio (born October 2, 1951 in Centralia, Washington) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), between 1973 and 1978, for the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals, primarily as an outfielder.

The Seattle Pilots drafted Coluccio in the 17th round of the 1969 MLB Draft out of Centralia High School. He chose to sign with the Pilots instead of operating a paver for his father's company, Civic Sand & Gravel. He began his career with the Billings Mustangs.

Coluccio was invited to Major League spring training by the Brewers in 1973 following an injury to outfielder Dave May and broke camp with the team. He became popular with Milwaukee's Italian-American population and was nicknamed the "Macaroni Pony" by Milwaukee Brewers broadcasters Bob Uecker and Merle Harmon.

Bob was traded to the White Sox for Bill Sharp on May 8, 1975 and was released on April 1, 1978, six days before Opening Day. After two months in the minors for the Astros, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Frank Riccelli. He would only appear in five games as a substitute for the Cardinals in the 1978 season.

After the 1978 season, Bob returned to Centralia to care for his father who was suffering from cancer. After his father died, he stayed home to help his family financially. In his retirement, Coluccio made a living as a luxury real estate specialist.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac. BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)

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1976 Topps #333

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


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


“The Macaroni Pony” is part of the Great Italian American Player Nicknames Tour – Go to the Next Stop


See all Bob’s baseball cards at TCDB


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2 thoughts on “Bob “The Macaroni Pony” Coluccio, played in MLB from 1973 to 1978

  1. John Volk says:

    A family relative on my mother’s side. We grew up in Centralia and he is always loved as a hometown kid who made the big leagues. He came to Centralia a few years ago to throw out the first pitch of our American Legion State Tournament. My cousin and I went to Anaheim when we were ten to see Brewers vs Angels in summer of 1973. We go baseballs signed by the entire Brewers club. Had spaghetti that night for dinner with him LOL . Love it. Thanks for the website. I’ll post some pics on the twitter feed

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