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bklynmike101
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« on: January 11, 2021, 12:30:35 PM »

The scrubs, the back-ups, the proverbial "good field no hit" utility infielders...along with the 3rd string catchers....some of my favorites.....

One of them, the immortal Joey Amalfitano, got his name in the paper today. And, not as a memorial notice. For you see, he, famously a .308 batsman for the 1959 Toronto I.L. entry, thereby earning him a more or less permanent return to the big leagues, has announced his retirement form his 6th stint as a paid employee of the SF Giants, as he approaches his 87th birthday.

Congratulations to all the utility infielders of my youth, - e.g. Amalfitano, Bobby Malkmus, Billy Consolo, Reno Bertoia, Ted Lepcio (described by his own manager Eddie Sawyer as "the worst baseball player that ever played"), Joe DeMaestri, and, of course, Sammy Esposito.         
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2021, 12:51:34 PM »

I didn't bother to look it up but I'm thinking Joey A was one of those high-priced (for the era) "Bonus Babies" when he signed with the NY Giants in the mid-50s. He never realized the potential some saw in him. 

95% (or more) of those guys never really panned out. Exceptions were Koufax, Kaline, Killebrew and Joey Jay.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2021, 05:49:14 PM »

Believe San Pedro HS.  Very nice unassuming guy.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2021, 12:18:38 PM »

I didn't bother to look it up but I'm thinking Joey A was one of those high-priced (for the era) "Bonus Babies" when he signed with the NY Giants in the mid-50s. He never realized the potential some saw in him. 

95% (or more) of those guys never really panned out. Exceptions were Koufax, Kaline, Killebrew and Joey Jay.

I think you're correct (no look-up). One of my "favorites"  Roll Eyes as a young Yankee fan, was the can't miss Frank Leja.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2021, 10:17:41 PM »

re  Leja-dont forget Tommy Carroll.
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2021, 12:49:54 PM »

Intrigued, I came upon an article yesterday (maybe from SABR?) connecting Carroll to Leja and detailing the in and out of baseball "parcours" of Leja - ups and downs like most of us. In his case, early death - heart attack at age 55. Carroll is still with us at age 84.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2021, 09:55:21 PM »

I had both   1955  cards--think  Leja was  orange & Carrol yellow.
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2021, 11:43:00 AM »

I've got a '56 Topps Carrol valued at about $10 in its mediocre condition. Woo hoo!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2021, 08:54:43 PM »

Anybody remember Tony Horton?   A great but psycho  from LA.  A lady friend of  mine once dated him. A  real  shame  when that happens. 

Just a few weeks ago Brandon Martin--top  pick  of Rays- convicted of  3  counts of  murder-but jury spared his  life bec of   schizophrenia. In Corona CA  near LA.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2021, 01:38:53 PM »

I remember Horton. Pretty decent hitter then kind of disappeared from baseball. Looked him up, he's still around, refuses to talk about baseball, but reportedly "successful in business". 76 years old now. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2021, 12:33:31 AM »

Mostly with Indians--disappeared because of mental  illness.
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