Rugger Ardizoia was born on Thursday, November 20, 1919, in Oleggio, Italy. Ardizoia was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 30, 1947, with the New York Yankees. 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 Rugger Ardizoia baseball stats page.
"'Ronald Reagan — he used to hang out with us,' Ardizoia said to the New York Times in 2015 [ Link ]. At the completion of his professional baseball career in 1951, he went to work selling rental linen for 30 years. Still, his passion for baseball did not dwindle, as he played on the semiprofessional level until he was 61. He continued to attend old-timers reunions well into his 90s, willing to share his stories of playing with the legendary Yankees no matter how brief it was." - NY Baseball History Examiner Nick Diunte (07/21/2015, 'Rugger Ardizoia, 95, was the oldest living New York Yankee', Source )
Rugger Ardizoia Autograph on a 2011 TriStar SignaCuts Baseball Card (#05/10)
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Rugger Ardizoia | New York Yankees Brace Postcard | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
Rugger Ardizoia was the fourth Major League Baseball player born in Italy , the first from Oleggio, a comune in the Province of Novara in the Italian region Piedmont. During his big league debut on April 30, 1947 , he pitched two innings of relief, faced ten batters, allowed four hits, walk one and surrendered a home run (to Wally Judnich ).
Rugger Ardizoia | The Post Standard (Syracuse, NY) | April 30, 1947 | Page 12
Did you know that Rugger Ardizoia served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II and shared the following memory about a baseball game he played in on Iwo Jima, "One day we were playing a game when a big named band were playing a concert nearby for the troops. We had over 10,000 troops watching us play while the band had roughly 1,000. The band leader was so disgusted he left." This quote, and more about his military career, can be found on Gary Bedingfield's Baseball in Wartime website ( Link ).
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