Johnny Antonelli: A Baseball Memoir

Overview

One of only 17 major-league players never to have spent a single day in the minors, Johnny Antonelli was a highly coveted phenom who signed a “bonus baby” contract with the Boston Braves for $52,000 a few days after graduating from Rochester’s Jefferson High School in 1948. It wasn’t until six years later, when he was traded to the New York Giants, that the stylish left-hander began realizing the potential the scouts had seen in him. In a seven-year stretch—from 1953–59—Antonelli was among baseball’s best ...
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Johnny Antonelli: A Baseball Memoir

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Overview

One of only 17 major-league players never to have spent a single day in the minors, Johnny Antonelli was a highly coveted phenom who signed a “bonus baby” contract with the Boston Braves for $52,000 a few days after graduating from Rochester’s Jefferson High School in 1948. It wasn’t until six years later, when he was traded to the New York Giants, that the stylish left-hander began realizing the potential the scouts had seen in him. In a seven-year stretch—from 1953–59—Antonelli was among baseball’s best hurlers, compiling a 114–89 record, 22 shutouts and nine saves, while being named a National League All-Star five times. Following his baseball career, Antonelli became a successful entrepreneur in the tire business. Enjoy this inside look at the Golden Age of baseball.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933360614
  • Publisher: Rochester Institute of Technology, Cary Graphic Arts Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 704,153
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnny Antonelli, a Rochester, N.Y. native, was one of baseball’s top pitchers in the 1950s. Following his baseball career, Antonelli became a successful entrepreneur in the tire business. He and his wife Gail reside in Rochester and Santa Fe, N.M. This is his first book.

Scott Pitoniak, a native of Rome, N.Y. and a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, has written 15 books. He has received more than 100 awards during his nearly four decades as a sportswriter. The Associated Press named him one of the top columnists in America and he is a member of 3 halls of fame. He and his wife, Beth, and children, Amy and Chris, reside in Rochester, N.Y.
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