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al ferrara, 1968 topps #34, dodgers

Player: Ferrara, Al

Card: 1968 Topps #34

Position: OF

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Alfred Ferrara Jr. was born on December 22, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York to Al Ferrara Sr. and his wife Adele. Al Sr. was a New York City fireman for 20 years who later was an air conditioning technician for Chase Bank before working the gate at Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Country Club in Florida in his retirement.

Al was a high school classmate of Bob Aspromonte and played sandlot baseball with Joe Torre and Joe Pepitone.

Al’s grandmother came over from Italy with Guido Morvillo, an accomplished piano teacher, who taught Al to play. Al was a classical pianist who played at Carnegie Hall by 16, a World Champion baseball player with one of the major league’s glamour franchises by 23 (1963 Dodgers), and an actor sharing screen time with Tallulah Bankhead and Zsa Zsa Gabor on a top-rated television series before he turned 30 (Batman). In 1974 Al appeared as a contestant on Match Game '74, listing his profession as a "freelance piano buyer."

As per Baseball Amore site fan David Pecoraro, Al was both the first and the last of the record 10 consecutive strikeouts to end Tom Seaver’s 19K gem vs. San Diego on April 22, 1970. Al also provided the Padre's only run that game, with a home run in the 2nd inning.

Ferrara played parts of eight years for the Dodgers (5 years), Padres and Reds. At the end of his career, Ferrara was traded to the Reds in exchange for backup outfielder Angel Bravo. In his first game with Cincinnati, he misplayed a ball in the outfield and manager Sparky Anderson was waiting for him on the top step when Ferrara returned to the dugout. Ferrara told him, "What do you expect for Angel Bravo, Willie Mays?"

His friendship with Dodger GM Buzzie Bavasi is the subject of the book “Buzzie and the Bull” by Ken Lazebnik.

(excerpted from Wikipedia, BR Bullpen, Night Owl Blog and SABR)

morecards

1965 Topps #331
1970 Topps Booklet #23
1971 Topps #214

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Listen to Larry Baldassaro’s interview with The Bull here – or view the Next Stop on the Baseball Italian Style Tour


Al Ferrara is part of the New York City Born Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop


The Bull is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1968 Topps – Go to the Next Stop


Al is also part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop


Al is part of the Cincinnati Reds Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop


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


See all Al’s baseball cards at TCDB


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2 thoughts on “Al “The Bull” Ferrara: Brooklyn-born, classical pianist, member of 1966 Champion Dodgers, TV actor

  1. David Pecoraro says:

    One more thing about Al Ferrara –
    He was both the first and the final of the record 10 consececutive strikeouts to end Tom Seaver’s 19K gem v San Diego.

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