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peter zoccolillo, 2001 muti-ad sports #24,

Player: Zoccolillo, Peter

Card: 2001 Multi-Ad Sports #24

Position: OF

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Peter Jude Zoccolillo (born February 6, 1977 in The Bronx, NY) is a former professional baseball outfielder. He played part of the 2003 season in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers.

He played college baseball at Rutgers University. When he left Rutgers in 1999, he held 10 career and single-season records, including career hits, RBI, home runs and total bases. A four-year starter, he earned All-BIG EAST honors each year and was a two-time All-American, leading Rutgers to the 1998 BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berths in 1998 and 1999. As a senior in 1999, he set the school and BIG EAST single-season record with 72 RBI, while hitting .418. He graduated with a degree in communications and a minor in psychology.

He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 23rd round of the 1999 amateur draft. At the trade deadline in 2001, the Cubs traded him and Rubén Quevedo to the Brewers for David Weathers and a minor leaguer. Peter hit 85 home runs and posted a .284 batting average during an impressive seven-year minor league career

Zoccolillo made his Major League debut on September 5, 2003 for the Brewers at Miller Park. He recorded his first Major League hit on September 9 against Tim Redding of the Houston Astros. Following the season, the Texas Rangers selected him from the Brewers in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

After spending the 2005 season in the minors with the St. Louis Cardinals, he signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies. After playing with Italy at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, however, he decided not to retire from professional baseball.

Zoccolillo's father, Al, coached the Iona Gaels baseball team. After retiring from baseball, he worked as a salesman for Enzo Clinical Labs and coaching youth baseball. In 2012, he was living in Mount Olive, New Jersey and was hired to coach the baseball team at Morris Catholic High School. Peter was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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