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Joe Altobelli

Joe Altobelli
Altobelli in 1983
First Baseman / Manager
Born: (1932-05-26) May 26, 1932 (age 88)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 14, 1955 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1961 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Batting average .210
Hits 54
Run batted in 28

As Player

As Manager

Joseph Salvatore Altobelli (born May 26, 1932) is an American former player, manager and coach in Major League Baseball. In

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In 2009, Altobelli ended his involvement in professional baseball, retiring after over a decade as a color commentator for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

Personal life

Born and raised in Detroit, Altobelli earned All-City recognition in football, basketball and baseball while attending Eastern High School.[1][2] He married Patsy Ruth Wooten in 1952; they had six children.

Baseball career

As player

As a player, Altobelli was a slugging first baseman and outfielder who enjoyed his greatest success at the AAA level. He batted only .210 in 166 games for the Cleveland Indians (

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In 1951, as a member of the Daytona Beach Islanders, he ran up a 36-game hitting streak that stood as the Florida State League record until Harold Garcia's 37-gamer for the Clearwater Threshers in 2010.[4]

In between, Altobelli played winter baseball in Venezuela in a span of three seasons. He claimed a batting title with a .378 average for the Gavilanes de Maracaibo champion team in the 1955–56 season, and later posted two solid campaigns with the Oriente (1956–57) and Valencia clubs (1960–61).[5]

As coach and manager


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He then joined the New York Yankees as manager of their AAA farm club, the Columbus Clippers.[6]

After another first-place IL finish in

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Before the

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The Orioles fell to fifth in the AL East in

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Altobelli then returned to coaching. He worked with the Yankees again (from

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He then returned to Rochester and took over as general manager of the Red Wings in

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As broadcaster


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  1. ^ "Detroit Free Press All-PSL/Detroit — 1940s". 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: A-F. Google Books. 1932-05-26. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  3. ^ Baseball Reference – Playing career
  4. ^ Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
  5. ^ Gutiérrez, Daniel; Alvarez, Efraim; Gutiérrez (h), Daniel (2006). La Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela. LVBP, Caracas. ISBN 980-6996-02-X
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Baseball Reference – Managerial career". 
  7. ^ "Altobelli calls himself out after 59 seasons". Democrat and Chronicle. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 

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