*Italian Heritage Doubtful/Unlikely
Card: 1956 Topps #93
"Mr. Susce had a dry sense of humor and was popular with his teammates. “He threw strikes, and he went right at the hitters,’’ Malzone said. “He didn’t brag about his successes, and I never heard a bad word said about him.’’ (Frank Malzone)
George Daniel Susce (September 13, 1931 – May 8, 2010) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball. A right-handed pitcher and batter, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native was also known as George Susce Jr., as he was the son of George C. M. Susce, a former major league catcher and longtime coach with numerous teams. His brother Paul pitched one season in the minors (1957). He served two years in the Army during the Korean War.
Labeled “a right-handed Eddie Lopat … [he] was regarded as a junkman, just like the great [New York] Yankee lefthander.” The son, brother and uncle of professional baseball players who made their mark collectively over seven decades, he dreamed of reaching the big leagues ever since his days as a child selling scorecards and pencils at Cleveland Stadium. Seemingly poised to make the largest splash in the family business, arm problems limited the promising youngster to a five-year major league career — far short of expectations.
George pitched for five seasons (1955–59) in the American League for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. His rookie 1955 campaign for Boston was his finest. On July 20, he threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout against the Kansas City Athletics, with Vic Power getting the only base hit against him in the first inning. Ironically, his father was on the Athletics' coaching staff at the time and that was the first major league game he had ever seen his son pitch.
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