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Shown delivering a pitch for the New York Giants in this photo of an artist's rendering
Photograph signed: "Best wishes,/Johnny Antonelli". B/w, 8½x11. Photo of an artist's portrait, delivering a pitch for the New York Giants. Johnny Antonelli (b. 1930) reached the Majors as a "bonus baby" in 1948, but he really hit his stride with the New York Giants after returning from military service. His best season was 1954, when he went 21-7 with the league's best ERA, adding another win in the Giants' World Series sweep of the Cleveland Indians. The Sporting News named him Pitcher of the Year, and he made the first of his five All-Star teams. He won 20 games again in 1956. He retired rather than accept a trade to the original New York Mets of 1962. Fine condition.

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Born: April 12, 1930 in Rochester, New York

Baseball Career:
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 1.5" Weight: 185
First Game: July 4, 1948 ; Final Game: September 4, 1961

Awards and Achievements:
Named NL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1954)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1954 and 1959)

Johnny Antonelli
This article was written by Alexander Edelman and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Johnny Antonelli, somewhat unfairly, is remembered by the incidents he was part of, instead of as an individual who had an impressive pitching career. Labels abound and, of the memories attached to them, controversies.

He was, in the minds of many, a "bonus baby" who never paid his dues in the minors. A player on a National League championship club who was not voted a World Series share by his Braves teammates. A rarely used pitcher for Boston who had the gall to make more money than Warren Spahn. A relative unknown who was traded for October heroes and former batting champs. A malcontent, who at a certain point was one of the most despised players in San Francisco Giants history. A southpaw who, rather than play for an expansion team, chose to retire from baseball for good.

It would be wrong, however, to remember Antonelli in this fashion. He was a good southpaw whose pitching was masterful when he was healthy and brilliant when he was at ease. He wasn't perfect, but the decisions he and his family made -- especially the decision to take a boatload of Lou Perini's money -- are no different than those most any teenager with big league dreams and strong self-confidence would have undertaken.

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Film Credits
2000-2001 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1954 1954 World Series (in person), 1954 1954 MLB All-Star Game (in person)

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