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carmen mauro, 1979 TCMA #109, dodgers

Player: Mauro, Carmen

Card: 1979 TCMA #109

Position: OF

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Carmen loved to talk about a game between the Cubs and Dodgers at Ebbets Field early on that he has never forgotten. "Brooklyn was leading in the 8th inning when I doubled in the tying run, then scored the go-ahead run. But Burt Shotton, the Dodgers manager, told the umpire I had batted out of turn and the two runs were canceled. Frankie Frisch, the Cubs manager, threw a fit, and was tossed out of the game. Vin Scully was in his first year as the Dodgers announcer and he would bring up that game on the air from time to time."

Born in St. Paul, MN, Carmen Louis Mauro (November 10, 1926 – December 19, 2003) was a professional baseball outfielder. He played all or part of four seasons in Major League Baseball between 1948 and 1953.

Seventeen-year-old Mauro was signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago Cubs before the 1944 season. Mauro got about as late a season call-up as a man could get when the parent Chicago Cubs brought him to Wrigley Field on October 1, 1948.

He appeared in three games, picking up two base hits in five at-bats, his first big league hit being an inside-the-park homer off Murry Dickson of the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent two full seasons with the Cubs, hitting .227 in 1950 but only .172 in 1951. The Cubbies traded him to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Toby Atwell in December, who sent the 25-year-old Mauro to the International League for his career year, hitting .327 with eleven homers in 140 games for the Montreal Royals in 1952.

Carmen's balloon more or less burst in 1953. He started out with the Dodgers, getting into only eight games before being taken off waivers by the Washington Senators in May, and then again off waivers by the Philadelphia Athletics in June. He managed to hit an aggregate .255 for the season, his last in the bigs, finishing his four-year big league career with a .231 average and two home runs in 456 plate appearances. One reason he never played in the Show again was that after the 1953 season, he was sent to the New York Yankees in an eleven-player deal, and there was little chance for him to find a spot with the powerhouse team.

He spent five more years in the minors, almost all in the Pacific Coast League with the Seattle Rainiers, ending a 14-year minor league career in 1958 with a .295 average and 84 home runs.

When his playing days were over, he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education at the University of Washington and served as the Huskies' head baseball coach from 1961 to 1963. From 1964 until his retirement in 1986 he taught, directed student services and coached baseball at Cuesta Junior College in San Luis Obispo, California. An accomplished pianist, organist and accordionist, he was honored with the establishment of a Carmen Mauro Music Scholarship at Cuesta in 1990. He died at 77 on December 19, 2003 in Carmichael, California.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)


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Carmen is also part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

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