Card: 1977 Topps #205
Peter Frank Falcone (born October 1, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY) is an American former professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, and Atlanta Braves.
As a senior at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, New York (the same high school as Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax and, later, John Franco), Pete was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (third overall) of the June 1973 secondary draft.
Falcone made his major league debut in the second game of an April 13, 1975 doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves. Fellow rookie John Montefusco was masterful in the first game, pitching a complete game shutout. Aside from a two-run home run by catcher Vic Correll, Falcone held the Braves' batters at bay for eight innings, earning his first victory.
In 1976, while with the Cardinals, the .222 batting average he held opposing batters to was fifth best in the league.
On May 1, 1980, while with the Mets, Falcone tied a Major League record by striking out the first six batters of the game versus the Philadelphia Phillies. The feat had only been accomplished four other times in the majors.
While playing with the Mets and Braves, Falcone was reunited with his cousin, former MLB player Joe Pignatano, who was a coach with both clubs.
In his career, Pete kept batters to a .234 Batting Average with Runners in Scoring Position.
Falcone attempted a comeback with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1989, and then he played in the Italian Baseball League for the Rimini Pirates. He led his team to the championship series, but lost a dramatic game seven against another former MLB pitcher, Bob Galasso.
Falcone's son, Joey, served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as a Marine Corps medic. After six years serving overseas, the former Bolton High School right fielder returned to baseball in 2013 at the age of 26 years, serving as a designated hitter for Columbia University. In three seasons with Columbia, Joey batted .292 with sixteen home runs and ninety runs batted in. After which, he spent one season in the New York Yankees' farm system.
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