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Player: Scalzi, Skeeter


Position: SS/3B

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Frank John "Skeeter" Scalzi (b. June 16, 1913 in Lafferty, OH – d. August 25, 1984 in Pittsburgh, PA) was an American professional baseball player and manager. John attended the University of Alabama where his roommate was the future longtime Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

His 17-year baseball playing career, which began in 1936, was almost exclusively spent in the minor leagues. The exception was an 11-game, 18-at bat trial with the 1939 New York Giants of Major League Baseball. Scalzi collected six hits, all singles, for a batting average of .333, with one stolen base. He started four games at shortstop during his stint with the Giants.

During his minor league career, Skeeter roomed with Mel Allen, and as per his Grand Nephew led the Middle Atlantic League in batting with a . 377 average, amazing 42 doubles,34 HR's and 355 total bases., and was declared a major league free agent after "contract mishandling" by the Cleveland Indians.

After his MLB stint, he spent three years in the Navy and then managed for 14 years before an auto crash on June 9, 1960 while driving back to Charleston from Savannah. He was still hospitalized in September of that year. During his recovery, he would undergo three brain operations. but he survived to live another 24 years.

Skeeter died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of 71. He was interred at Upland Cemetery, Yorkville, Ohio.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from Scalzi.com


Frank is part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop

Frank is also part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

“Skeeter” is part of the Great Italian American Player Nicknames Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See Frank’s baseball cards at TCDB

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