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sal fasano, 2006 topps #UH90, yankees

Player: Fasano, Sal

Card: 2006 Topps #UH90

Position: C

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Jeff Pearlman of ESPN.com said of Fasano: "When I think of Sal Fasano, however, I think of greatness. Not of Willie Mays or Ted Williams greatness, but of a uniquely excellent human being who, were class and decency the most valued standards of a career, would be the easiest Hall of Fame inductee of all time."

Salvatore Frank Fasano (born August 10, 1971 in Chicago, IL) is a former professional baseball catcher, who played for 9 different Major League Baseball (MLB) teams over his 11-year big league career. Sal is the son of Vincent and Nella Fasano, Italian immigrants who settled in the Chicago area.

After three seasons in the minor leagues, Sal made his Major League debut on April 3, 1996, for the Royals. The Oakland Athletics purchased his contract from the Royals in March of 2000 and handed him the team's back up duties behind starter Ramón Hernández. He helped the A's capture the A.L. West division crown that season, and made his, only post season appearance as a defensive replacement.

Fasano began 2006 for the Philadelphia Phillies where he earned the cult admiration of Phillies fans, who began a Phan Phavorites fan club called "Sal's Pals". He showed his gratitude by buying the group tickets and pizza.

In 2009, while in Triple-A, Sal retired at the end of the season. On November 25, 2009, he returned to the Blue Jays organization, taking a managerial job for their Single-A affiliate, the Lansing Lugnuts.

On November 28, 2010, Sal accepted the position as the manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2011, he was named Double-A Manager of the Year for leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to an Eastern League championship win. During the offseason, he was given the position of Roving Catching Instructor in Player Development. Fasano also managed the Mobile BayBears, and was a catching instructor for the Atlanta Braves.

Sal is an accomplished, self-taught calligraphist, his lineup cards are works of art. He is also frequently mentioned in lists of famous mustaches.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1996 Leaf Signature #NA (autographed)


Fasano is part of the Born in Chicago TourNext Stop

Sal is also part of the New York Yankee Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Sal is also part of the Philadelphia Phillies Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Sal is also part of the Athletics Player Tour – Go To the Next Stop

View all Sal’s baseball cards at TCDB

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