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tony ghelfi, williamsport indians

Player: Ghelfi, Tony

Card: 1988 Pro Cards Williamsport Bills #1314

Position: RHP

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"...he (Ghelfi) had been a net-positive in what would be the Phils’ last division title until 1993" (Adam Hughes, Wax Pack Gods)

Anthony Paul Ghelfi (born August 23, 1961 in La Crosse, WI), is a former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies. Ghelfi was drafted in the first round (14th overall) in the 1980 Major League Baseball draft.

He attended La Crosse Central High School in La Crosse, WI. He then went on to Iowa Western Junior College where the Phillies selected him in the first round of the 1980 MLB draft.

Tony played for Philadelphia’s big league team for only 2 weeks, in September 1983, enjoying moderate success, in the process.

He made his Major League debut, on September 1, 1983 as the starting pitcher when the Phillies hosted the San Francisco Giants. After surrendering a run before recording the game's first out, he settled in and was the winning pitcher, in the Phillies' 4–2 victory, striking out 6, along the way.On September 6, in his second MLB start, Ghelfi pitched 41⁄3 scoreless innings, giving up 5 hits, and striking out 4, as the Phillies went on to beat the New York Mets, 2–0. However, since he did not pitch the requisite 5 innings necessary, in order for the game’s starter to be credited with a win, he left with a no-decision.

Tony did not fare as well in his third, and final, big league start, on September 13, against the Mets when he surrendered 3 runs, in 5 innings of work. Although he struck out 4, Ghelfi was the losing pitcher, as the Phillies lost 5–1.

Following his brief MLB stint, Ghelfi finished out his professional career in the minor league systems of the Phillies (1984–1985), Cleveland Indians (1987–1988), and San Diego Padres (1989).

Tony's father, Dick Ghelfi, pitched in the St. Louis Cardinals' chain from 1953 to 1956, and his brother, Andy pitched in the minors from 1985 to 1989, mostly in the Cleveland Indians' chain.

(excerpted from Wax Pack Gods, Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from Wax Pack Gods


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

See Tony’s baseball cards at TCDB

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