Card: 2017 Aldana Art Card #57
Benjamin John Guintini (January 13, 1919 – December 2, 1998) was a professional baseball outfielder. He briefly played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1946) and Philadelphia Athletics (1950). He went hitless in seven total MLB at bats. The native of Los Banos, California was a World War II (1942-43) veteran of the United States Army.
An acrobatic and entertaining player, Ben was a favorite of comedian Joe E. Brown, who tried to interest him into getting into films. In one game when several fans from his hometown of Los Banos, CA came to see him play against the San Francisco Seals, he did handstands while taking his center field position to start the game, then was benched by manager Lefty O'Doul.
Guintini stayed in baseball until 1951 when he finished his ten-year pro baseball career in the PCL with the Oakland Oaks. Guintini, who was a Cadillac salesman for 37 years, died December 2, 1998, at age 79 in Roseville, CA.
See this news story about Ben signing with the Ft. Worth Cats team in 1951.
Ben is part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop
Ben is also part of the Pittsburgh Pirates Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
Ben is also part of the Athletics Player Tour – Go To the Next Stop
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