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bart giamatti, 1990 topps #396, commissioner

Player: Giamatti, Bart

Card: 1990 Topps #396

Position: Commissioner of Major League Baseball

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Angelo Bartlett Giamatti was an American professor of English Renaissance literature, the president of Yale University, and the seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

When Peter Ueberroth resigned in 1989, Bart was unanimously selected as the seventh MLB commissioner. He served as Commissioner for only five months before dying suddenly of a heart attack. In that time, he negotiated the agreement resolving the Pete Rose betting scandal by permitting Rose to voluntarily withdraw from the sport to avoid further punishment. Some feel that the stress of the Rose scandal may have contributed to his death.

Bart was born in Boston and grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts, the son of Mary Claybaugh Walton (Smith College 1935) and Valentine John Giamatti.

His paternal grandparents were Italian immigrants Angelo Giammattei and Maria Lavorgna: his grandfather Angelo emigrated to the United States from Telese, near Benevento, Italy, around 1900.

His book "Take Time for Paradise" was originally published in 1989. His other writings about baseball were collected posthumously in the book "A Great and Glorious Game", published in 1998. After his death, the new research center at the Hall of Fame was named the Giamatti Research Center.

Giamatti's son, Paul, is a well known actor.

(excerpted from Wikipedia and Baseball Reference)


1990 MLB Umpire’s Assoc. #65
1990 Donruss #716
(thank you Daniel Serafini for this card)
2009 Italian American Baseball Heroes #51


This player is not associated with any Baseball Amore Tours.

See all Bart’s baseball cards on TCDB here

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