Art Ceccarelli

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Art Ceccarelli
Born:(1930-04-02)April 2, 1930
New Haven, Connecticut
Died: July 11, 2012(2012-07-11) (aged 82)
Orange, Connecticut
Batted: RightThrew: Left
MLB debut
May 3, 1955, for the Kansas City Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 17, 1960, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 9-18
Earned run average 5.05
Strikeouts 166
Innings pitched 306⅔

Arthur Edward Ceccarelli (April 2, 1930 – July 11, 2012) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs in parts of five seasons spanning 19551960. Listed at 6' 0", 190 lb., he batted right-handed and threw left-handed. [1]

Pitcher the player responsible for throwing ("pitching") the ball to the batters in a game of baseball or softball

In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and the closer.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

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Baltimore Orioles Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Ceccarelli was a pitching star for West Haven High School in the 1940s before signing a bonus contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. [2]

West Haven High School

West Haven High School is a secondary school located in West Haven, Connecticut, which educates students in grades 9–12. The mascot of West Haven is the Blue Devil.

In 1949, he set a Georgia–Florida League season record with 294 strikeouts, an average of 12.6 per each nine innings. His baseball career was briefly interrupted while serving in the Korean War from 1950 through 1952. After discharging, he pitched three seasons of minor league ball before joining the majors in 1955 with the Athletics. [2] [3]

The Georgia–Florida League was a minor baseball league that existed from 1935 through 1958 and in 1962–1963. It was one of many Class D circuits that played in the Southeastern United States during the postwar period—a group that included the Georgia State League, Georgia–Alabama League, Florida State League, and the Alabama State League.

Strikeout in baseball, a batter called out due to three strikes

In baseball or softball, a strikeout occurs when a batter racks up three strikes during a time at bat. It usually means the batter is out. A strikeout is a statistic recorded for both pitchers and batters, and is denoted by K. A strikeout looking is denoted by a .

Korean War 1950–1953 war between North Korea and South Korea

The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border.

In five big league seasons, Ceccarelli posted a 9-18 record and a 5.05 earned run average in 79 pitching appearances (42 starts). His most productive became in 1959, when he went 5-5 with four complete games and a pair of shutouts for the Cubs. That included a string of four straight wins, a streak capped by a complete game victory over a San Francisco Giants' lineup that included Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda. [4] One of the most notable games of his career came in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ceccarelli pitched 10 innings and became the only left handed pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax in the Coliseum. His baseball idol was Ted Williams stating in an interview he had walked a batter just to have the chance to pitch against him.

Earned run average

In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. It is determined by dividing the number of earned runs allowed by the number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine. Runs resulting from defensive errors are recorded as unearned runs and omitted from ERA calculations.

Starting pitcher baseball or softball pitcher who throws the first pitch for their team in a game

In baseball, a starting pitcher or starter is the first pitcher in the game for each team. A pitcher is credited with a game started if they throw the first pitch to the opponent's first batter of a game. A pitcher who enters the game after the first pitch of the game is a relief pitcher. Starting pitchers are expected to pitch for a significant portion of the game, although their ability to do this depends on many factors, including effectiveness, stamina, health, and strategy.

Complete game

In baseball, a complete game is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game without the benefit of a relief pitcher. A pitcher who meets this criterion will be credited with a complete game regardless of the number of innings played - pitchers who throw an entire official game that is shortened by rain will still be credited with a complete game, while starting pitchers who are relieved in extra innings after throwing nine or more innings will not be credited with a complete game. A starting pitcher who is replaced by a pinch hitter in the final half inning of a game will still be credited with a complete game.

During the off seasons, Ceccarelli attended classes at Southern Connecticut State University, where he also served as a pitching coach for the SCSU baseball team. Besides this, he taught History and English at both Milford and Foran High School. [2]

Southern Connecticut State University university

Southern Connecticut State University is a state university in Connecticut. Part of the Connecticut State University System, it was founded in 1893 and is governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. SCSU is located in the West Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut.

He and wife Katherine had three children Sherri, Gregg and Richard as well as four grandchildren.

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