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.
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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."
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.
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