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ralph gagliano, 1965 topps #501, indians

Player: Gagliano, Ralph

Card: 1965 Topps #501

Position: IF

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Ralph Michael Gagliano (born October 8, 1946 in Memphis, TN) is an American former professional baseball player. An infielder by trade, he appeared in one Major League Baseball game for the Cleveland Indians on September 21, 1965, during which he recorded no at-bats. He has no "official" fielding position since he entered the game as a pinch-runner. He is the brother of MLB player Phil Gagliano.

Ralph entered his only MLB game in the ninth inning of a 9–4 loss to Mel Stottlemyre and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. With one out, Cleveland shortstop Larry Brown hit an infield single to third base and Gagliano pinch ran for him. The next batter, Richie Scheinblum, grounded into a force play, second baseman Bobby Richardson to shortstop Bobby Murcer, and Gagliano was retired.

Although that was the only game, Ralph appeared in at the Major League level, he played in 311 games over four years (1964, 1966, 1970–1971) in minor league baseball, mostly as a shortstop.

It's important to note that his career was interrupted by three years military service as a veteran of the Vietnam War as he missed baseball at ages 20, 21 and 22 while serving his country.

Ralph came from a family that was heavily into baseball. His father played semipro ball in Memphis, TN, his uncle Tony Gagliano played minor league ball and coached high school and American Legion ball, and his brothers both played high school baseball. Phil became a major leaguer, while Paul earned a baseball scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Phil's high school class included Tim McCarver.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from Flickr


Ralph is part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop

Ralph is also part of the Cleveland Indians Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See Ralph’s baseball cards at TCDB

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