Card: 2003 Upper Deck Yankees Signature Series – Autographed
Marius Ugo Russo was born July 19, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York to Giovanni "John" Russo and Sabina Caolo, both immigrants from Italy. His father was a tailor and his family lived in Queens.
In 1938, while pitching for Newark, a group of young ladies dared their friend Stasia Syndek to get Marius' autograph. When he refused, and she complained to the Usher, Russo sought out Stasia, offered an apology and ultimately invited her to attend a dance, where she taught him the art of jitterbugging. They were married in 1939.
On June 6, 1939, Russo debuted with the New York Yankees. That year, he led the Yankees pitching corps with the lowest ERA. Known for his pinpoint control, he threw a sidearm fastball that sank. He won 14 games in both 1940 and 1941, and was their best pitcher in 1941 - earning AL All-Star Team status. Beside this, he made two postseason starts in the 1941 and 1943 World Series, both complete game wins.
In the 1943 World Series, Russo limited the St. Louis Cardinals to seven hits in Game 4, and helped himself with the bat, hitting two doubles and scored the winning run in the eighth inning as New York won 2–1. Russo batted (and did everything else except pitch) right-handed.
He joined the army in 1944 during WWII, and pitched briefly in 1946, capping a short six year career, as injuries from over-use in 1941 had taken their toll. Russo worked as an executive with Grumman Aircraft on Long Island for just shy of 30 years before taking full retirement. He regularly participated in old-timers day celebrations at Yankee Stadium, becoming the winning pitcher in the 1959 contest.
Marius postseason record includes two complete game wins (1941, 1943) with an overall ERA of .50 and a postseason WHIP of .778.
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