Card: 1977 TCMA The War Years #16 (error: card says “AL” on the back, but he played for the NL Phillies)
Nicholas Thomas Picciuto (b. August 27, 1921 in Newark, NJ – d. January 10, 1997 in Winchester, VA) was a third baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Picciuto participated in a squad known as the “Dodger Rookies.” Developed by Branch Rickey and his assistant, Mickey McConnell, the team – which was sponsored by the Brooklyn club – featured high school and collegiate players from the New York City metropolitan area. They would play a schedule of various amateur and semi-professional teams, from throughout the region. Nick was a Dodger Rookie for part of the team’s first season before going on to attend Michigan State.
Nick played for Michigan State College in 1942 and according to Baseball in Wartime, also served in the Army during WW2. He debuted as a pro baseball player with the 1944 Utica Blue Sox, hitting .266/~.358/.386 and leading the Eastern League by getting hit by 10 pitches. In 1945 with the Minneapolis Millers, he hit .262 with 8 homers.
The Philadelphia Phillies gave him 36 games in the major leagues in 1945, mostly at third base, in the talent-depleted World War II season. In 1946, back with Utica of the Eastern League, he tied for the lead in home runs (12) and hit .288/~.372/.440. He completed his career in 1947 by batting .278 for the Hartford Chiefs and .182 in scant time for the Tulsa Drillers.
Nick is part of the Born in New Jersey Tour – go to the Next Stop
Picciuto is part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop
Nick is also part of the Philadelphia Phillies Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
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