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Manny Salvo

Manny Salvo

Manuel Salvo (June 30, 1913 – February 7, 1997) was a 6 ft 4 in right-hander played for the New York Giants (1939), Boston Bees (1940), Boston Braves (1941–1943), and Philadelphia Phillies (1943). His nickname was “Gyp”, short for “Gypsy”.

A native of Sacramento, California, Salvo had his best season statistically in 1940 with the Bees. He won 10, lost 9, making it the only season of his career in which he finished with more wins than losses. He also shared the National League lead with 5 shutouts, and ranked eighth in the league with a 3.08 earned run average.

In 1942, Salvo and Wyatt had a memorable bean ball battle. They were both fined after two bench clearing brawls. In the eight inning, Salvo hit Wyatt in the ribs with a a pitch. The Dodger’s pitched retaliated by throwing his bat at Salvo. The Braves took advantage and won 2-0.

While Salvo had a poor win-loss record, his career Adjusted ERA+ was only slightly below average at 98. He only pitched for one winning team, the 1939 Giants, and at 77–74 they were barely over the .500 mark.

Salvo died at the age of 83 in Vallejo, California.