Card: 1990 Target Dodgers 100th Anniversary #1019
Ralph Mauriello (born August 25, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY) is a retired American professional baseball pitcher who appeared in three games in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. Born in Brooklyn, where he was a Dodger fan, he moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was 14, graduated from North Hollywood High School, and was offered a baseball scholarship by the University of Southern California's legendary coach, Rod Dedeaux.
The 6' 3" pitcher had signed as an amateur free agent with the Brooklyn Dodgers before the 1952 season and spent six years in the minors before his two week-stay in Los Angeles. "Tami" had three good seasons prior to his big league appearance, going 9-6 in 1954 with the Asheville Tourists of the class B Tri-State League, then his career year with Mobile in 1955 where he was 18-8 plus 4 wins in the playoffs, and a 11-5 season with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League prior to his stop with the major league Dodgers in 1958.
He was nicknamed "Tami" after a boxer named "Tami" Mauriello, who had once fought heavyweight champion Joe Louis. An 18-game winner for the Mobile Bears of the Southern Association in 1955, Ralph recalled some advice from veteran Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine who told him: "You throw bullets, you don't have to try and throw the ball through the catcher. Just get it to him." In Ralph's short and only stretch with the Dodgers, one was his number, as he went 1-1 with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Mauriello's baseball career would touch both his native and adopted cities: signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952, he would make his only appearances for the parent team six years later, at the end of their first season in Los Angeles.
Ralph was a graduate in electrical engineering of the University of Southern California who later earned his master's degree in computer design. As of last notice he was residing in Moorpark, CA, and was a computer system designer for Litton Data Systems, before retiring in 2002.
Mauriello has also pursued his longtime passion for singing that dates back to his grandmother’s Sunday night “Amateur Hour” contests. For fun, all the family members had to sing, dance or recite a poem. He’s been singing ever since — in school, church, choirs or walking down the street. He has sung the national anthem for the Lakers and the Kings and he frequently sings the national anthem at Dodger Stadium for the Dodgers. Watch him sing the National Anthem at a Dodger's game in 2016 - perfect pitch. A talented singer, he also performed other classical/opera pieces.
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