Fred Caligiuri Stats

Fred Caligiuri was born on Tuesday, October 22, 1918, in West Hickory, Pennsylvania. Caligiuri was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 3, 1941, with the Philadelphia Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Fred Caligiuri baseball stats page.

"He (Fred Caligiuri) was 22 years old, ecstatic about his Major League Baseball call-up and his crisp uniform that came with it. 'That first game, I come out dressed up in that suit,' he said. 'I thought I was really something. Here comes a guy down the walk - a big tall fella, with a little hat on. It was Connie Mack , the first time I've ever seen him. He got by me, threw me a ball and said, 'You're pitching today.'" - Fred Caligiuri in The Herald and Review (Chapel Fowler, Years of Stories to Tell , Page D3)
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Birth Name:
Frederick John Caligiuri
Nickname:
Fred
Born On:
10-22-1918  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
West Hickory, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-30-2018 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cemetery:
Knox Union Cemetery, Knox, Pennsylvania
High School:
Endeavor High School (West Hickory, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
09-03-1941 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-20-1942
Draft:
Not Applicable
Fred Caligiuri

Fred Caligiuri Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1941 23 Athletics 5 5 0 2 2 .500 2.93 4 0 0 43.0 192 45 14 22 2 14 0 7 0 0 0 0
1942 24 Athletics 13 2 9 0 3 .000 6.38 0 0 1 36.2 172 45 26 27 2 18 1 20 2 2 1 0
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
2 Years 18 7 9 2 5 .286 4.52 4 0 1 79.2 364 90 40 49 4 32 1 27 2 2 1 0
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Fred Caligiuri Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1941 23 Athletics 5 20 2 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
1942 24 Athletics 13 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .083 .154 .167
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
2 Years 18 32 2 5 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 8 1 0 0 0 .156 .182 .313
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Fred Caligiuri Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1941 Athletics P 5 5 129 5 1.0 5 2 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.05
1942 Athletics P 13 2 110 9 0.7 8 0 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.96
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 18 7 239 14 0.8 13 2 11 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.47
2 Years 18 7 239 14 0.8 13 2 11 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.47
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Fred Caligiuri Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1941 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 20.0 0.50 1.47 2.93
1942 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 1.11 4.91 4.42
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
2 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 32.0 0.84 3.05 3.62
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Fred Caligiuri Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1941 Philadelphia Athletics 23 $2,400.00 - -
1942 Philadelphia Athletics 23 $3,000.00 - -


Frederick John Caligiuri was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics (1941-1941). Fred almost never made it to the majors - while in the minor leagues, with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, their bus rolled over near Panorama, Virginia. Caligiuri hurt his arm, his leg, and was one of seven players injured!

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Fred Caligiuri was called-up in September, made five starts, and the last four were complete games! In his final start of the year, on September 28, 1941 , he defeated future hall of fame Lefty Grove , who was taking the mound in his last Major League game.

"That," Caligiuri said, "was the year that boy ( Ted Williams ) hit .406. And I pitched the last game to him."

Before the doubleheader on Sept. 28, ( Connie ) Mack gathered Caligiuri and the rest of the Athletics' pitchers for a meeting.

Williams was going to play in the final two games of the regular season, despite holding a .3995 batting average that would've rounded up to a clean .400.

" Connie Mack told us, the pitchers, 'Just don't give him anything. Throw it as hard as you can throw it,'" Caliguiri said. "In other words, he's going to earn it."

Williams promptly went 4 for 5 in the first game, a Red Sox win, and was comfortably over .400 heading into the second game. Caligiuri and Williams first faced each other in the top of the second - Williams singled. Then, in the top of the fourth, he doubled to center field.

But in their third meeting, in the top of the seventh, Caligiuri prevailed. He remembers the out perfectly, from the play (a foul ball) to the direction (sky high into left field) to the Philadelphia teammate who caught it ( Elmer Valo ).

Caligiuri pitched a complete game that day, allowing six hits and one earned run. The Athletics won 7-1, splitting the double-header. Williams went 6-for-8 in the two games and finished the season hitting .406.

"The game I'll always remember," Caligirui said. "No matter if you only throw one ball in the major leagues, you've accomplished something."

Source: The Arizona Daily Star. Chapel Fowler. July 28, 2018. Years of Stories to Tell. Page B4.

On March 15, 1943, Fred Caligiuri joined the United States Army. He was originally assigned to the New Cumberland Reception Center, where he pitched for the baseball team. When World War II started, he was reassigned to Army amphibious operations and served in English Channel, the Philippines, and other parts of the Pacific Theater.

Last-Modified: December 4, 2018 2:54 AM EST

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