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dom zanni, 1966 topps #233, Reds

Player: Zanni, Dom

Card: 1966 Topps #233

Position: RHP

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Dominick Thomas Zanni (March 1, 1932 – July 6, 2017) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds in all or parts of seven seasons spanning 1958–1966. Born in The Bronx, New York, Zanni was signed by his home team New York Giants as an amateur free agent before the 1951 season.

Over the following seasons, Dom moved up the minor league baseball ranks. On June 5, 1954, Zanni pitched a no-hitter for the Sioux City Cowboys of the Western League. His last out to get was none other than Earl Weaver who would gain fame as a Baltimore Orioles manager. In a 1994 interview Zanni recalled: "I'll never forget Weaver saying, 'just throw a strike, buddy, and that's the end of your no-hitter.' But he just popped it up to second. "That's Weaver for you. He would bother you for everything…"

In 1956, Zanni was a spring training roster invitee, but was sent back to the minors before the season started. He spent the following seasons with the Louisville Colonels and the Phoenix Giants, and helped lead the Giants to the Pacific Coast League championship in 1958. Dom would bounce back & forth to the minors his entire career. He saw the most action with the White Sox in 1962 going 6-5 with five saves in 44 games pitched, posting a 3.79 ERA. Zanni played 31 games with the Reds in 1963, finishing 16 of them and earning five saves.

In his "Letters from Home Plate" response, Dom listed his favorite all-time player as Joe Dimaggio, his favorite teammate as Nellie Fox, and the toughest hitters as "All."

In his Letters from Home Plate response, Dom lists Joe Dimaggio as his favorite player growing up, Nellie Fox as his favorite teammate, and White Sox's stadium as his favorite park to play in.

Dom retired in Massapequa, NY, after 27 years in the insurance business, and died there in 2017 at the age of 85.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, Centerfield Maz, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1959 Topps #145
Image from Centerfield Maz Blog


Dom is part of the New York City Born Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

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

Dom is also part of the Cincinnati Reds Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Dom is also part of the Chicago White Sox Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See Zanni’s baseball cards at TCDB

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