Card: 1977 TCMA The War Years #25
Louis Peter "Tony" Parisse (b. June 25, 1911 in Philadelphia, PA – d. June 2, 1956 in Philadelphia, PA) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He appeared in ten Major League Baseball games as a catcher and pinch hitter for the 1943–44 Philadelphia Athletics, one of the many players who received their only MLB trials during the World War II manpower shortage. During his six-season career in the minor leagues, he never played above the Class B level
Parisse, a Philadelphia native, didn't begin his professional career until he was almost 28 years old, in 1939. The Athletics summoned him from the Wilmington Blue Rocks in September 1943, and, in his second MLB game, Parisse collected two singles and an RBI in a 9–4 victory over the St. Louis Browns at Shibe Park on September 27. Those would represent two-thirds of his career hit total in the Majors, and his lone run batted in.
The book "To Every Thing a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia, 1909-1976" states that it was rumored Parisse was valuable to the wartime Athletics partly because his father ran a butcher shop, getting the club the best meat. He briefly managed in the Chicago White Sox farm system for the Wisconsin Rapids White Sox in 1947 before leaving the game, and died in Philadelphia three weeks before his 45th birthday and is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Philadelphia.
This player is not associated with any Baseball Amore Tours.
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