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Johnny Antonelli

Johnny Antonelli

John August Antonelli was born April 12, 1930. A left-handed starting pitcher who played for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves, New York and San Francisco Giants, and Cleveland Indians.

One of Antonelli’s claim to fame is that he received the biggest bonus in history, at that point, when he signed with the Braves for $52,000 in 1948. Now that was a lot of money and other players took notice. He then served in Korea and became a regular in 1953.

He was later traded to the Giants along with several other players for Bobby Thomson. He split the 1961 season between the Indians and the Braves before his retirement in 1962 after having been recently acquired by the New York Mets. Antonelli said he was “tired of traveling” and wanted to be home with his family.

His last game was September 4, 1961 when the Milwaukee Braves lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-6. Carl Willey was the starting pitcher. Antonelli came in the bottom of the 7th, pitched 2 innings in relief and gave up 2 hits and 1 run. He struck out 3 and had an ERA of 6.75.

After his baseball career, Antonelli returned to Rochester and for many years ran a chain of Firestone Tire stores bearing his name.

Source: Johnny Antonelli – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG Awards
1948 18 BSN NL 0 0 2.25 4 0 4 0
1949 19 BSN NL 3 7 .300 3.56 22 10 6 3
1950 20 BSN NL 2 3 .400 5.93 20 6 6 2
1951 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1952 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1953 23 MLN NL 12 12 .500 3.18 31 26 2 11
1954 ★ 24 NYG NL 21 7 .750 2.30 39 37 2 18 AS,MVP-3
1955 25 NYG NL 14 16 .467 3.33 38 34 1 14
1956 ★ 26 NYG NL 20 13 .606 2.86 41 36 5 15 AS,MVP-14
1957 ★ 27 NYG NL 12 18 .400 3.77 40 30 6 8 AS
1958 ★ 28 SFG NL 16 13 .552 3.28 41 34 5 13 AS
1959 ★ 29 SFG NL 19 10 .655 3.10 40 38 1 17 AS
1960 30 SFG NL 6 7 .462 3.77 41 10 19 1
1961 31 TOT MLB 1 4 .200 6.75 20 7 4 0
1961 31 CLE AL 0 4 .000 6.56 11 7 0 0
1961 31 MLN NL 1 0 1.000 7.59 9 0 4 0
12 Yrs 126 110 .534 3.34 377 268 61 102
162 Game Avg. 13 12 .534 3.34 40 28 6 11
SFG (7 yrs) 108 84 .563 3.13 280 219 39 86
MLN (5 yrs) 18 22 .450 3.88 86 42 22 16
CLE (1 yr) 0 4 .000 6.56 11 7 0 0
NL (12 yrs) 126 106 .543 3.26 366 261 61 102
AL (1 yr) 0 4 .000 6.56 11 7 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2016.
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