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|JOHN AUGUST ANTONELLI|
Born: April 12, 1930 in Rochester, New York
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)
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,
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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